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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--September 2005

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

Published: 10/25/2005 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during September 2005.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in September, see 'All Star Batman & Robin Tops Again.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in September, see 'Comic Sales Down in September.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during September, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--September 2005.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

18.07

IDENTITY CRISIS HC*

$24.99

DC

 

11,923

2

9.14

EX MACHINA VOL 2 TAG TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

6,031

3

8.41

WORLDS GREATEST SUPER HEROES OVERSIZED SLIPCASE HC

$49.99

DC

 

5,549

4

8.33

SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN VOL 1 TP

$9.99

DC

 

5,496

5

7.9

SHOWCASE PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN VOL 1 TP

$9.99

DC

 

5,213

6

7.89

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOL 5 10 FINGERS 1 LIFE TP (MR)

$9.95

DAR

 

5,206

7

7.82

ABSOLUTE BATMAN HUSH OVERSIZED HC

$49.99

DC

 

5,160

8

7.37

BATMAN WAR GAMES ACT THREE TP

$14.99

DC

 

4,863

9

7.13

ESSENTIAL GHOST RIDER VOL 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

4,705

10

6.86

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 2 SUPERGIRL TP

$12.99

DC

 

4,527

11

5.96

HELLSING VOL 7 TP

$13.95

DAR

 

3,933

12

5.78

RUNAWAYS VOL 4 TRUE BELIEVERS DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

3,814

13

5.57

JLA VOL 17 SYNDICATE RULES TP

$17.99

DC

 

3,675

14

5.54

WOLVERINE ENEMY O/T STATE VOL 1 TP

$14.99

MAR

 

3,656

15

5.44

SGT ROCKS COMBAT TALES VOL 1 TP

$9.99

DC

 

3,590

16

4.89

LADY SNOWBLOOD VOL 1 TP (MR)

$14.95

DAR

 

3,227

17

4.79

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 19 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,161

18

4.78

SUPERMAN BIRTHRIGHT TP

$19.99

DC

 

3,154

19

4.77

HELLBLAZER BLACK FLOWERS TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

3,147

20

4.75

NEGIMA VOL 7 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

3,134

21

4.71

CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 8 TOWER O/BLOOD & OTHER STORIES TP

$16.95

DAR

 

3,108

22

4.65

BPRD DEAD TP

$17.95

DAR

 

3,068

23

4.42

AVENGERS SERPENT CROWN TP

$15.99

MAR

 

2,916

24

4.1

SLEEPER VOL 4 LONG WAY HOME TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

2,705

25

4.1

WONDER WOMAN VOL 3 BEAUTY & BEASTS TP

$19.95

DC

 

2,705

26

4.06

EXILES VOL 11 TIME BREAKERS TP

$17.99

MAR

 

2,679

27

3.96

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 6 HC

$29.99

MAR

 

2,613

28

3.9

BLEACH VOL 9 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

2,573

29

3.79

KATSUYA TERADA THE MONKEY KING VOL 1 TP (MR)

$14.95

DAR

 

2,501

30

3.79

ROBIN BATGIRL FRESH BLOOD TP

$12.99

DC

 

2,501

31

3.77

KINGDOM HEARTS VOL 1 GN (Of 4)

$5.99

TKP

 

2,488

32

3.74

RONIN HOOD OF THE 47 SAMURAI GN

$9.99

IMA

 

2,468

33

3.63

HULK VISIONARIES PETER DAVID VOL 2 TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,395

34

3.59

LAST HERO STANDING TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,369

35

3.34

WOLVERINE CLASSIC VOL 2 TP

$12.99

MAR

 

2,204

36

3.34

SECRET O/T SWAMP THING TP

$9.99

DC

 

2,204

37

3.31

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

$17.00

DAR

 

2,184

38

3.13

DEVIL MAY CRY 3 GN (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,065

39

3.12

YOTSUBA MANGA VOL 3 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

2,059

40

3.09

DEARS VOL 4 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,039

41

2.95

ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY HC

$27.50

RAN

 

1,947

42

2.86

KAMANDI ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.99

DC

 

1,887

43

2.84

PUNISHER MAX VOL 1 HC (MR)

$29.99

MAR

 

1,874

44

2.76

CBLDF SPX 2005 ANTHOLOGY

$12.95

CBL

 

1,821

45

2.68

BLOODY MARY TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

 

1,768

46

2.61

ONE PIECE VOL 8 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,722

47

2.55

BLACK PANTHER WHO IS BLACK PANTHER HC

$21.99

MAR

 

1,683

48

2.51

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

 

1,656

49

2.5

I LUV HALLOWEEN VOL 1 GN (Of 3) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,650

50

2.46

DISTRICT X VOL 2 UNDERGROUND TP

$19.99

MAR

 

1,623

51

2.44

COVENANT VOL 1 GN

$9.99

IMA

 

1,610

52

2.39

FORGOTTEN REALMS DARK ELF TRILOGY VOL 1 HOMELAND TP

$14.95

DDP

 

1,577

53

2.33

ROGUE FORGET ME NOT TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,537

54

2.33

DRAGONBALL Z VOL 22 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,537

55

2.31

GAMBIT HATH NO FURY TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,524

56

2.25

SNK VS CAPCOM VOL 2 SVC CHAOS TP

$13.95

DR

 

1,485

57

2.22

TRIGUN ANIME MANGA WOLFWOOD VOL 2 TP

$14.95

DAR

 

1,465

58

2.2

BIGFOOT TP

$19.99

IDW

 

1,452

59

2.19

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNTD JAM PACKED ACTION TP

$7.99

DC

 

1,445

60

2.18

SPIDER-GIRL VOL 4 TURNING POINT DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

1,438

61

2.18

TENJHO TENGE VOL 3

$9.99

DC

 

1,438

62

2.18

COYOTE VOL 1 TP

$14.99

IMA

 

1,438

63

2.17

FUSHIGI YUGI VOL 16 GN

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,432

64

2.14

RG VEDA VOL 3 GN (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,412

65

2.1

ZOMBIEWORLD WINTERS DREGS & OTHER STORIES TP

$24.95

DAR

 

1,386

66

2.07

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

$17.00

DAR

 

1,366

67

2.01

BLACK FOREST VOL 2 CASTLE O/SHADOWS GN

$6.99

IMA

 

1,326

68

2.01

MARVEL MASTERWORKS DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 2 HC NEW ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,326

69

1.99

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

$17.00

DAR

 

1,313

70

1.98

BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 TP

$12.99

DC

 

1,306

71

1.92

MAHOROMATIC AUTOMATIC MAIDEN VOL 7 GN (Of 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,267

72

1.92

FABLES VOL 5 MEAN SEASONS TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

1,267

73

1.91

LULLABY WISDOM SEEKER VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ALI

 

1,260

74

1.89

SANDMAN VOL 1 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES TP

$19.95

DC

 

1,247

75

1.89

ANGEL SANCTUARY VOL 10 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,247

76

1.87

MARVEL MASTERWORKS DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 2 HC VAR ED

$54.99

MAR

 

1,234

77

1.87

MARVEL MASTERWORKS CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL 1 HC NEW ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,234

78

1.87

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

$12.00

DAR

 

1,234

79

1.86

GRENDEL RED WHITE & BLACK TP

$19.95

DAR

 

1,227

80

1.84

HIKARU NO GO VOL 5 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,214

81

1.82

MALLRATS TP

$14.95

GRA

 

1,201

82

1.8

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

1,188

83

1.78

DEATH NOTE VOL 1 TP

$7.99

VIZ

 

1,175

84

1.77

RAVE MASTER VOL 17 GN (Of 32)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,168

85

1.77

MARVEL MASTERWORKS CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL 1 HC VAR ED

$54.99

MAR

 

1,168

86

1.77

ULTIMATES VOL 2 HOMELAND SECURITY TP

$17.99

MAR

 

1,168

87

1.74

Y THE LAST MAN VOL 5 RING O/TRUTH TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

1,148

88

1.69

BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DC

 

1,115

89

1.68

WALKING DEAD VOL 3 SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,109

90

1.67

ULTIMATES 2 VOL 1 GODS & MONSTERS TP

$15.99

MAR

 

1,102

91

1.66

YU GI OH DUELIST VOL 9 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,095

92

1.63

MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER VOL 1 GN

$6.95

PUB

 

1,076

93

1.62

BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.95

DC

 

1,069

94

1.6

WALKING DEAD VOL 2 MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,056

95

1.6

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

 

1,056

96

1.59

FULL MOON FEVER GN

$12.95

AIT

 

1,049

97

1.57

REMOTE VOL 7 GN (Of 10) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,036

98

1.53

WALLFLOWER VOL 5 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

1,010

99

1.53

YU YU HAKUSHO VOL 8 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,010

100

1.53

CHIKYU MISAKI VOL 1

$9.99

DC

 

1,010

 
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
ABS = Abstract Studio
ADV = A.D. Vision
ALI = Alias Enterprises LLC
ANT = Antarctic Press
ARC = Archie Comic Publications
ASP = Apen MLT Inc.
AVA = Avatar Press
BON = Bongo Comics
CAR = Cartoon Books
DEV = Devil's Due Publishing
DYN = Dynamite Entertainment
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
IDW = IDW Publishing
MIR = Mirage Studios
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
SLG = Slave Labor Graphics
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz Media
 
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 September, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of September.
 
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Devil's Due, Avatar, Aspen Studios and Gemstone 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 August, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--August 2005.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in August, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--August 2005.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual August orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see ''Justice' Tops in August' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in August, see 'Comic Sales Soar in August.'
 
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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