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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2005

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

Published: 04/21/2005 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during March 2005.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in March, see 'New Marvels Drive Up Numbers in March.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in March, see 'Graphc Novels Lead Comic Market.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2005.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

15.39

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 2 DAME TO KILL FOR 2ND TP (MR)

$17.00

DAR

 

9,203

2

14.72

SW EPISODE III REVENGE O/T SITH TP

$12.95

DAR

 

8,802

3

12.96

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 1 HARD GOODBYE 2ND TP (MR)

$17.00

DAR

 

7,750

4

12.19

FABLES VOL 5 MEAN SEASONS TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

7,289

5

12.02

ULT SPIDER-MAN VOL 12 SUPERSTARS TP

$12.99

MAR

 

7,188

6

11.53

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 1 PUBLIC ENEMIES TP

$12.99

DC

 

6,895

7

11.11

X-MEN COMPLETE AGE O/APOCALYPSE EPIC BOOK 1 TP

$29.99

MAR

 

6,643

8

10.32

ULT GALACTUS VOL 1 NIGHTMARE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

6,171

9

10.28

SW CLONE WARS ADVENTURES VOL 3 TP

$6.95

DAR

 

6,147

10

10.15

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 5 FAMILY VALUES 2ND TP (MR)

$12.00

DAR

 

6,069

11

8.54

BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL 1 TP

$14.99

DC

 

5,107

12

8.39

SW VISIONARIES TP

$17.95

DAR

 

5,017

13

7.92

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 3 BIG FAT KILL 2ND TP (MR)

$17.00

DAR

 

4,736

14

7.84

FRUITS BASKET VOL 8 GN (OF 14)

$9.99

TKP

 

4,688

15

7.75

PLANETARY VOL 3 LEAVING 20TH CENTURY TP

$14.99

DC

 

4,634

16

7.41

SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW VOL 1 HC

$24.99

DC

 

4,431

17

7.08

HELLSING VOL 6 TP

$13.95

DAR

 

4,234

18

7.01

ESSENTIAL TOMB O/DRACULA VOL 4 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

4,192

19

6.94

ESSENTIAL DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 2 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

4,150

20

6.71

BATTLE ROYALE VOL 12 GN (OF 13) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

4,012

21

6.46

CONAN VOL 1 FROST GIANTS DAUGHTER & OTHER HC

$24.95

DAR

 

3,863

22

6.38

MINISTRY O/SPACE TP

$12.95

IMA

 

3,815

23

6.36

WIZARD BEST O/BASIC TRAINING DLX TP

$29.99

WIZ

 

3,803

24

6.26

CONAN VOL 1 FROST GIANTS DAUGHTER & OTHER TP

$15.95

DAR

 

3,743

25

5.79

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 12 TP (C: 3)

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,462

26

5.63

JLA VOL 16 PAIN O/T GODS TP

$12.99

DC

 

3,367

27

5.44

WHAT IF VOL 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,253

28

5.31

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY THAT YELLOW BASTARD TP*

$19.00

DAR

 

3,175

29

5.17

WOLVERINE CLASSIC VOL 1 TP

$12.99

MAR

 

3,092

30

5.09

PROMETHEA BOOK 4 TP

$14.99

DC

 

3,044

31

4.86

AI YORI AOSHI VOL 8 GN (OF 13) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,906

32

4.85

STARMAN VOL 10 SONS O/T FATHER TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,900

33

4.84

DNANGEL VOL 7 GN (OF 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,894

34

4.8

SLEEPER VOL 3 A CROOKED LINE TP (MR)

$17.99

DC

 

2,870

35

4.8

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES JOHN BYRNE VOL 4 TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,870

36

4.68

DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES VOL 11 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

2,798

37

4.6

WARCRAFT VOL 1 GN (OF 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,751

38

4.37

NEGIMA VOL 5 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

2,613

39

4.33

GRAVITATION VOL 11 GN (OF 12)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,589

40

4.26

AI LOVE YOU VOL 8 GN (OF 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,547

41

4.19

EXILES VOL 9 BUMP I/T NIGHT TP

$17.99

MAR

 

2,505

42

4.08

MICKEY MOUSE ADVENTURES VOL 2 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

2,440

43

3.95

CLIVE BARKERS THIEF O/ALWAYS VOL 2 TP

$7.49

IDW

 

2,362

44

3.91

SAIYUKI VOL 7 GN (OF 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,338

45

3.9

TENJHO TENGE VOL 1

$9.95

DC

 

2,332

46

3.88

BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 TP

$12.95

DC

 

2,320

47

3.79

LITTLE LULU VOL 2 LULU TAKES A TRIP TP

$9.95

DAR

 

2,266

48

3.75

STAN LEES ALEXA VOL 1 GN

$6.95

POC

 

2,242

49

3.72

MADROX MULTIPLE CHOICE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,224

50

3.62

IRREGULARS VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DAR

 

2,165

51

3.55

100 PERCENT TP (MR)

$24.99

DC

 

2,123

52

3.49

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 12 GN (OF 27) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,087

53

3.46

DEARS VOL 2 GN (OF 4)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,069

54

3.36

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE VOL 2 HC

$29.99

MAR

 

2,009

55

3.29

BRAVE & THE BOLD TEAM UP ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.99

DC

 

1,967

56

3.24

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,937

57

3.18

ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP

$12.99

MAR

 

1,902

58

3.15

MAJESTIC STRANGE NEW VISITOR TP

$14.99

DC

 

1,884

59

3.14

TONY MILLIONAIRE SOCK MONKEY HC THAT DARN YARN

$7.95

DAR

 

1,878

60

3.13

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 2 SUPERGIRL HC

$19.95

DC

 

1,872

61

3.12

RG VEDA VOL 1 GN (OF 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,866

62

3.02

INITIAL D VOL 17 GN (OF 26)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,806

63

2.95

MARVEL MASTERWORKS FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 8 NEW ED HC

$49.99

MAR

 

1,764

64

2.95

ONE PIECE VOL 6 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,764

65

2.9

WALKING DEAD VOL 2 MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,734

66

2.87

STAR TREK KEY COLLECTION VOL 3 TP

$22.95

CHE

 

1,716

67

2.86

X-FORCE CABLE VOL 1 LEGEND RETURNS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,710

68

2.85

GAMBIT HOUSE OF CARDS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,704

69

2.84

BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DC

 

1,698

70

2.84

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

1,698

71

2.81

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 13 BEAUTIFUL NIGHT TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,680

72

2.81

BATMAN TALES O/T DEMON TP NEW PTG

$17.99

DC

 

1,680

73

2.79

GET BACKERS VOL 8 GN (OF 26)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,668

74

2.77

GIRL GOT GAME VOL 8 GN (OF 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,656

75

2.77

PITA TEN VOL 8 GN (OF 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,656

76

2.72

FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 2 HC

$29.99

MAR

 

1,626

77

2.7

RING VOL 0 TP

$12.95

DAR

 

1,615

78

2.68

HELL HOUSE VOL 2 TP

$6.49

IDW

 

1,603

79

2.6

SPIDER-MAN VOL 5 SPIDEY STRIKES BACK VOL 1 DIGEST TP

$5.99

MAR

 

1,555

80

2.58

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON VOL 10 GN

$13.95

HK

 

1,543

81

2.55

TAROT CAFE VOL 1 GN (OF 4)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,525

82

2.52

MAHOROMATIC AUTOMATIC MAIDEN VOL 5 GN (OF 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,507

83

2.5

INHUMANS VOL 1 CULTURE SHOCK DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

1,495

84

2.45

PSYCHIC ACADEMY VOL 7 GN (OF 11)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,465

85

2.44

SPIDER-GIRL VOL 3 AVENGING ALLIES DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

1,459

86

2.4

HELLBLAZER ORIGINAL SINS TP

$19.95

DC

 

1,435

87

2.39

KING O/HELL VOL 9 GN (OF 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,429

88

2.37

SOKORA REFUGEES VOL 1 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,417

89

2.34

QUEEN & COUNTRY VOL 7 OPERATION SADDLEBAGS TP (MR)

$14.95

ONI

 

1,399

90

2.33

IMADOKI VOL 5 GN

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,393

91

2.31

VAGABOND VOL 20 TP (MR)

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,381

92

2.3

YU GI OH DUELIST VOL 2 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,375

93

2.3

WATCHMEN TP

$19.95

DC

 

1,375

94

2.28

OWLY VOL 2 JUST A LITTLE BLUE TP

$10.00

TOP

 

1,363

95

2.22

MARVEL MASTERWORKS FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 8 HC VAR DUST JCKT

$54.99

MAR

 

1,327

96

2.21

RAVE MASTER VOL 14 GN (OF 28)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,322

97

2.17

PROJECT SUPERIOR SC (MR)

$19.95

ADH

 

1,298

98

2.16

MARVEL MASTERWORKS X-MEN VOL 1 HC

$34.95

MAR

 

1,292

99

2.15

LONG HAUL GN (MR)

$14.95

ONI

 

1,286

100

2.15

RUNAWAYS VOL 3 GOOD DIE YOUNG DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

1,286

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
ABS = Abstract Studio
AVA = Avatar Press
ADV = A.D. Vision
BON = Bongo Comics
CAR = Cartoon Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
IDW = IDW Publishing
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz LLC
 
We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the anchor title Diamond uses in its calculations), and using that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles.  We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.They do not include sales made by Diamond UK, orders on these titles placed after the end of March, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of March.
 
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Devil's Due, and Dreamwave 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 Archie 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 February, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--February 2005.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in February, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2005.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual February orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Comics Edge Up' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see 'Comic Dollars Up 15%.'
 
For links to all previous Top 300 Comic and Top 100 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 100 GNs Index.'
 
 
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