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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--May 2004

Sales Estimates for May Based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data

Published: 06/21/2004 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during May 2004.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in May, see 'Three Comics Top 175K.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in May, see 'Comics Up 12% in May.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during May, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--May 2004.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

22.39

SPAWN SIMONY

$7.95

IMA

 

17,215

2

10.15

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 8 CATS & KINGS TP

$17.99

MAR

 

7,804

3

9.05

WITCHBLADE/DARKMINDS RETURN O/PARADOX TP

$9.99

IMA

 

6,958

4

8.02

CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 4 RED NAILS & OTHER STORIES TP

$15.95

DAR

 

6,166

5

7.59

TRANSMETROPOLITAN VOL 10 ONE MORE TIME TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

 

5,836

6

7.45

NEW X-MEN VOL 7 HERE COMES TOMORROW TP

$10.99

MAR

 

5,728

7

7.43

COMPLETE PEANUTS VOL 1 1950-1952 HC

$28.95

FAN

 

5,713

8

7.11

TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOL 1 HERO RETURNS TP (MR)

$9.95

DAR

 

5,467

9

6.99

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

5,374

10

6.05

CSI MIAMI THOU SHALT NOT (MR)

$6.99

IDW

 

4,652

11

5.72

GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DC

 

4,398

12

5.69

FILTH TP (MR)

$19.95

DC

 

4,375

13

5.65

BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN TRINITY HC

$24.95

DC

 

4,344

14

5.09

EMPIRE TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

 

3,913

15

5.08

ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL 5 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,906

16

4.26

BATTLE ROYALE VOL 7 GN (Of 11) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

3,275

17

4.25

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL 5 SHE LIES W/ANGELS TP

$11.99

MAR

 

3,268

18

4.11

JSA ALL STARS TP

$14.95

DC

 

3,160

19

3.96

MICHAEL CHABON PRESENTS ADVS O/ESCAPIST VOL 1 TP

$17.95

DAR

 

3,045

20

3.84

ORBITER SC (MR)

$17.95

DC

 

2,952

21

3.72

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES JOHN BYRNE VOL 2 TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,860

22

3.42

RING VOL 2 TP (MR)

$12.95

DAR

 

2,629

23

3.36

GOON VOL 2 MY MURDEROUS CHILDHOOD TP

$13.95

DAR

 

2,583

24

3.33

TERRA OBSCURA TP

$14.95

DC

 

2,560

25

3.31

HULK GRAY HC

$21.99

MAR

 

2,545

26

3.26

HELLBOY VOL 2 WAKE DEVIL TP NEW PRT

$17.95

DAR

 

2,506

27

3.24

VENOM VOL 1 SHIVER TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,491

28

3.2

CHALLENGERS O/T UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC

$39.95

DC

 

2,460

29

3.16

FRUITS BASKET VOL 3 GN (Of 11)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,430

30

3.03

TSUBASA GN

$10.95

RAN

 

2,330

31

2.98

STAR WARS EMPIRE VOL 2 DARKLIGHTER TP

$17.95

DAR

 

2,291

32

2.86

THANOS VOL 4 EPIPHANY TP

$14.99

MAR

 

2,199

33

2.74

XXXHOLIC VOL 1 GN

$10.95

RAN

 

2,107

34

2.73

NEW TEEN TITANS ARCHIVES VOL 2 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,099

35

2.63

THUNDER AGENTS ARCHIVES VOL 4 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,022

36

2.6

NEGIMA VOL 1 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

1,999

37

2.56

OH MY GODDESS VOL 18 PHANTOM RACER TP

$17.95

DAR

 

1,968

38

2.49

DRAGONBALL VOL 15 TP SHONEN J ED

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,914

39

2.46

AI LOVE YOU VOL 3 GN (Of 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,891

40

2.43

THOR VOL 5 REIGNING TP

$17.99

MAR

 

1,868

41

2.41

ULTIMATES VOL 2 HOMELAND SECURITY TP

$17.99

MAR

 

1,853

42

2.3

ANGEL SANCTUARY VOL 2

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,768

43

2.24

SUPERMAN/BATMAN PUBLIC ENEMIES HC

$19.95

DC

 

1,722

44

2.22

GTO VOL 18 GN (Of 25)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,707

45

2.18

SIMPSONS BIG BRATTY BOOK O/BART SIMPSON TP

$12.95

BON

 

1,676

46

2.17

DEAD AT 17 VOL 1 COMP FIRST SERIES TP (MR)

$14.95

VIP

 

1,668

47

2.15

ALL NEW TENCHI MUYO VOL 4 GIRLS GET BUSY TP

$8.95

VIZ

 

1,653

48

2.14

GRAVITATION VOL 6 GN (Of 12)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,645

49

2.04

SHAMAN KING VOL 3 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,568

50

1.99

ALIAS VOL 1 TP

$19.99

MAR

 

1,530

51

1.99

CANNON GOD EXAXXION STAGE 3 TP (MR)

$15.95

DAR

 

1,530

52

1.99

INITIAL D VOL 12 GN (Of 26)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,530

53

1.98

KARE KANO VOL 9 GN (Of 13)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,522

54

1.98

REMOTE VOL 1 GN (Of 6) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,522

55

1.97

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON VOL 6 GN

$13.95

HK

 

1,515

56

1.9

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 7 GN (Of 18)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,461

57

1.82

ALICE 19TH VOL 4 UNREQUITED LOVE GN

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,399

58

1.81

GRENDEL DEVIL INSIDE TP (MR)

$12.95

DAR

 

1,392

59

1.8

COMIC PARTY VOL 1 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,384

60

1.8

DNANGEL VOL 2 GN (Of 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,384

61

1.79

SEIKAI TRILOGY VOL 1 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,376

62

1.79

DEUS VITAE VOL 1 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,376

63

1.78

HELLBOY VOL 4 RIGHT HAND O/DOOM TP NEW PRT

$17.95

DAR

 

1,369

64

1.76

ALIAS VOL 2 COME HOME TP

$13.99

MAR

 

1,353

65

1.69

HELLBOY VOL 1 SEED O/DESTRUCTION TP NEW PRT

$17.95

DAR

 

1,299

66

1.69

THUNDERCATS DOGS O/WAR TP

$14.95

DC

 

1,299

67

1.68

AI YORI AOSHI VOL 3 GN (Of 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,292

68

1.63

DEADY MALEVOLENT TEDDY GN (MR)

$5.95

SIR

 

1,253

69

1.62

BATTLE VIXENS VOL 2 GN (Of 6) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,246

70

1.58

IRON EMPIRES VOL 2 SHEVAS WAR TP

$17.95

DAR

 

1,215

71

1.58

GREGORY TREASURY VOL 2 TP (MR)

$9.95

DC

 

1,215

72

1.58

TOKYO BABYLON VOL 1 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,215

73

1.55

SCOOTER GIRL TP (MR)

$14.95

ONI

 

1,192

74

1.55

FAKE VOL 7 GN (Of 7) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,192

75

1.53

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 5 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,176

76

1.53

GUNDAM SEED GN

$10.95

RAN

 

1,176

77

1.53

IMMORTAL RAIN VOL 1 GN (Of 5)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,176

78

1.5

CHRONO CRUSADE MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,153

79

1.46

HOUSEWIVES A/PLAY ORIGINAL RECIPE GN (A)

$9.95

ERO

 

1,123

80

1.46

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION VOL 3 TP 2ND ED

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,123

81

1.43

PLANETES VOL 3 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,099

82

1.43

PRETEAR MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,099

83

1.42

3X3 EYES VOL 8 DESCENT O/T MYSTIC CITY TP (MR)

$18.95

DAR

 

1,092

84

1.41

GET BACKERS VOL 3 GN (Of 23)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,084

85

1.4

KINGDOM COME TP

$14.95

DC

 

1,076

86

1.39

SUPREME POWER VOL 1 CONTACT TP (MR)

$14.99

MAR

 

1,069

87

1.38

ESCAFLOWNE VOL 6 GN (Of 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,061

88

1.36

DEMON DIARY VOL 7 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,046

89

1.34

PEACH GIRL CHANGE O/HEART VOL 8 TP (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,030

90

1.33

MAHOROMATIC AUTOMATIC MAIDEN VOL 1 GN (Of 6) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,023

91

1.3

WORLD O/NARUE BOOK 1 GN

$9.99

CPM

 

1,000

92

1.29

BOYS OVER FLOWERS VOL 6 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

992

93

1.29

PRINCE O/TENNIS VOL 1 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

992

94

1.28

TOKYO MEW MEW VOL 7 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

984

95

1.27

SUIKODEN III VOL 1 GN (Of 4)

$9.99

TKP

 

976

96

1.27

SAIYUKI VOL 2 GN (Of 9)

$9.99

TKP

 

976

97

1.27

MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR VOL 1 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

976

98

1.26

PET SHOP O/HORRORS VOL 6 GN (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

969

99

1.23

Y THE LAST MAN VOL 3 ONE SMALL STEP TP (MR)

$12.95

DC

 

946

100

1.23

WATCHMEN TP

$19.95

DC

 

946

 
Notes on this chart:

Some titles have been truncated or abbreviated for space reasons.

Publisher abbreviations have also been used.

MAR = Marvel Comics

DC = DC Comics

DAR = Dark Horse Comics

IMA = Image Comics

DRE = Dreamwave Productions

DEV = Devil's Due Publishing

AVA = Avatar Press

ADV = A.D. Vision

TIT = Titan Publishing

CAR = Cartoon Books

CRO = CrossGen

BON = Bongo Comics

GEM = Gemstone Publishing

TKP = Tokyopop

 

These estimates are based on ICv2 estimates of comic sales by Diamond North America during May, 2004.  They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of May, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of May.

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, CrossGen, and Image distribute 100% of their comic store orders through Diamond.  Some other publishers distribute directly to stores or through other distributors and as a result this analysis may underestimate their sales. 

 

Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and CrossGen distribute some of their titles through channels other than comic specialty stores, e.g., newsstands and bookstores.  These quantity estimates do not reflect distribution through those channels. 

 

Most of the titles on this chart are also distributed to Europe by Diamond UK, which can account for significant sales for the publisher, ranging from 3-20% of the US numbers.  Sales by Diamond UK are not included in the numbers above.

 

One other factor to consider is that sales through Diamond and other comic distributors are non-returnable to retailers.  That means that there is a considerable unknown percentage of books unsold at the retailer level, probably amounting to 5-20% of sales.

 

For the top 100 graphic novels actual orders in April, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2004.'

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in April, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2004.'

 

For an overview and analsysis of the actual April orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Supes #204 Over 230k' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Comic Dollars Up Again in April.'

 

For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 50 Graphic Novel articles (going back over three years, including preorder analysis through March 2003 and actual order analysis beginning March 2003) see: 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 50 GNs Index.'

 
 
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