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Comics Up 12% in May

Over 2003

Published: 06/21/2004 12:00am

Comic sales were up again in May with a 12% over-all increase over May 2003.  Comics were up more strongly than graphic novels, with a 12% increase vs. a 7% increase in graphic novel sales.  Comic dollars were helped by strong sales at the top of the charts, with three titles over 175,000 copies sold.  Image's Spawn Simony, at over 17,000 copies sold, was a strong contributor to the graphic novel dollars, as were Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 8 TPB and The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1 HC. 

 

This is the third consecutive month of year over year increases, since we began calculating those comparisons based on Diamond's new system of reporting sales. It's also the third consecutive month in which periodical sales growth outpaced the growth in graphic novel sales.
 
For the top 300 comics in May, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--May 2004.'
 
For the top 100 graphics novels in May, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--May 2004.'
 
For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in May, see 'Three Comics Top 175K.'
 
 
For the top 300 comics in April, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2004.'
 
For the top 100 graphics novels in April, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2004.'
 
For an over-view and analysis of the best-selling comics and graphic novels in April, see 'Supes #204 Over 230k.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Comic Dollars Up Again in April.'
 
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through May 2004, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 50 GNs Index.'
 
 
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