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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--December 2005

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

Published: 01/16/2006 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during December 2005.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in December see '21 of 23 Top Comics Down in December.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in December, see '2005 Graphic Novel Sales in Comic Stores Up 33%.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during December, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--December 2005.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

12.96

VILLAINS UNITED TP

$12.99

DC

 

8,184

2

11.3

FABLES VOL 6 HOMELANDS TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

7,136

3

10.78

RANN THANAGAR WAR TP

$12.99

DC

 

6,808

4

10.48

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 14 WARRIORS TP

$17.99

MAR

 

6,618

5

10.38

SHOWCASE PRESENTS JUSTICE LEAGUE O/AMERICA VOL 1 TP

$16.99

DC

 

6,555

6

8.49

ULTIMATE GALACTUS BOOK 2 SECRET TP

$12.99

MAR

 

5,362

7

8.05

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOL 7 TP

$9.95

DAR

 

5,084

8

7.32

NARUTO VOL 8 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

4,623

9

7.23

CRISIS O/MULTIPLE EARTHS TEAM UPS VOL 1 TP

$14.99

DC

 

4,566

10

6.53

X-MEN PHOENIX ENDSONG TP

$14.99

MAR

 

4,124

11

6.11

ESSENTIAL SPIDER-WOMAN VOL 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,859

12

6.09

LEX LUTHOR MAN O/STEEL TP

$12.99

DC

 

3,846

13

5.75

BEST O/T SPIRIT TP

$14.99

DC

 

3,631

14

5.26

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 21 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,322

15

5.15

KINGDOM HEARTS VOL 2 GN (Of 4)

$5.99

TKP

 

3,252

16

5.14

NEGIMA VOL 8 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

3,246

17

5.11

SPAWN COLL VOL 1 TP

$19.95

IMA

 

3,227

18

5.06

STAR WARS GENERAL GRIEVOUS TP

$12.95

DAR

 

3,195

19

4.96

SPAWN MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

IMA

 

3,132

20

4.62

WONDER WOMAN EYES O/T GORGON TP

$19.99

DC

 

2,918

21

4.47

BLEACH VOL 10 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

2,823

22

4.42

SUPERMAN I/NAME O/GOG TP

$17.99

DC

 

2,791

23

4.27

WHAT IF CLASSIC VOL 2 TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,697

24

4.04

GLA MISASSEMBLED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

2,551

25

4.03

SPIDER-MAN BREAKOUT TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,545

26

3.93

SUPERMAN TRUE BRIT SC

$17.99

DC

 

2,482

27

3.91

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES JOHN BYRNE VOL 5 TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,469

28

3.85

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 2 SUPERGIRL TP

$12.99

DC

 

2,431

29

3.74

DEMO COLLECTION TP

$19.95

AIT

 

2,362

30

3.73

VIMANARAMA TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

2,356

31

3.61

DEARS VOL 5 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,280

32

3.46

CONAN & JEWELS O/GWAHLUR HC

$13.95

DAR

 

2,185

33

3.41

MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL 2 MASTER O/T RING TP

$17.99

MAR

 

2,153

34

3.41

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

2,153

35

3.39

BATGIRL KICKING ASSASSINS TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,141

36

3.34

TOP COW MARVEL CROSSOVER COLLECTION TP

$24.99

IMA

 

2,109

37

3.31

IMAGE FIRST TP (MR)

$6.99

IMA

 

2,090

38

3.31

CAPTAIN AMERICA & FALCON SECRET EMPIRE TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,090

39

3.08

NEW X-MEN ACADEMY X VOL 3 X-POSED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,945

40

3.07

GOLDEN AGE HAWKMAN ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.99

DC

 

1,939

41

3.04

FANTASTIC FOUR BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOL 1 PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

 

1,920

42

2.9

OH MY GODDESS VOL 1 AUTHENTIC ED TP

$10.95

DAR

 

1,831

43

2.85

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

 

1,800

44

2.83

WALKING DEAD VOL 4 HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR)

$12.99

IMA

 

1,787

45

2.81

SWAMP THING SPONTANEOUS GENERATION TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

 

1,775

46

2.8

LITTLE LULU VOL 7 LULUS UMBRELLA SERVICE TP

$9.95

DAR

 

1,768

47

2.77

Y THE LAST MAN VOL 6 GIRL O/GIRL TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

1,749

48

2.76

MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS WOLVERINE VOL 2 TP

$12.99

MAR

 

1,743

49

2.74

HELLSING IMPURE SOULS ANIME MANGA TP

$14.95

DAR

 

1,730

50

2.73

STRANGERS I/PARADISE VOL 5 POCKET TP

$17.95

ABS

 

1,724

51

2.66

WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC (MR)

#######

IMA

 

1,680

52

2.63

TOM STRONG BOOK FOUR TP

$17.99

DC

 

1,661

53

2.63

TEEN TITANS FUTURE IS NOW TP

$9.99

DC

 

1,661

54

2.59

OWLY VOL 3 FLYING LESSONS TP

$10.00

TOP

 

1,636

55

2.57

BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 TP

$12.99

DC

 

1,623

56

2.57

HOT GIMMICK VOL 10 TP

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,623

57

2.57

BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DC

 

1,623

58

2.56

DRAGONBALL Z VOL 23 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,617

59

2.56

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 22 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,617

60

2.55

OMEGA THE UNKNOWN CLASSIC TP

$29.99

MAR

 

1,610

61

2.49

JAZZ VOL 1 GN

$12.95

DIG

 

1,572

62

2.47

PLASTIC MAN VOL 2 RUBBER BANDITS TP

$14.99

DC

 

1,560

63

2.46

LIGHT BRIGADE TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

 

1,554

64

2.42

BLACKSAD VOL 3 TP (MR)

$12.95

PUB

 

1,528

65

2.41

SENTRY TP NEW PTG

$24.99

MAR

 

1,522

66

2.4

REIKO ZOMBIE SHOP VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DAR

 

1,516

67

2.37

ELFQUEST GRAND QUEST VOL 12 TP

$9.99

DC

 

1,497

68

2.31

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY LIBRARY I HC

#######

DAR

 

1,459

69

2.29

DAWN VOL 1 LUCIFERS HALO TP NEW ED

$17.99

IMA

 

1,446

70

2.25

FURTHER ADVS O/ONE PAGE FILLER MAN GN

$11.99

IMA

 

1,421

71

2.23

SHAUN O/T DEAD TP

$17.99

IDW

 

1,408

72

2.19

LAGOON ENGINE EINSATZ MANGA VOL 1 TP

$10.95

ADV

 

1,383

73

2.18

IMAGE COMICS HC

$24.99

IMA

 

1,377

74

2.14

OUR KINGDOM VOL 1 GN

$12.95

DIG

 

1,351

75

2.14

RG VEDA VOL 4 GN (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,351

76

2.14

ANGEL SANCTUARY VOL 11 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,351

77

2.13

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

$9.99

TKP

 

1,345

78

2.1

ANTIQUE BAKERY VOL 2 GN

$12.95

DIG

 

1,326

79

2.09

HANA KIMI VOL 9 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,320

80

2.08

MARVEL MASTERWORKS GOLDEN AGE ALL WINNERS VOL 1 HC NEW ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,314

81

2.07

BLOOD RIVER GN

$7.99

IMA

 

1,307

82

2.06

NEXUS ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.95

DAR

 

1,301

83

2.06

WIMBLEDON GREEN GREATEST CB COLLECTOR I/T WORLD HC

$19.95

DRA

 

1,301

84

2.05

GRAVITY BIG CITY SUPER HERO DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

 

1,295

85

2.04

MAJESTIC WHILE YOU WERE OUT TP

$12.99

DC

 

1,288

86

2.01

WE 3 TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

1,269

87

2

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AVENGERS VOL 5 HC NEW ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,263

88

1.98

WALKING DEAD VOL 2 MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,250

89

1.97

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AVENGERS VOL 5 HC VAR ED

$54.99

MAR

 

1,244

90

1.96

LADY SNOWBLOOD VOL 2 DEEP SEATED GRUDGE TP (MR)

$14.95

DAR

 

1,238

91

1.94

BEYOND MY TOUCH VOL 1 GN

$12.95

DIG

 

1,225

92

1.93

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 4 TP

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,219

93

1.92

SHOWCASE PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN VOL 1 TP

$9.99

DC

 

1,212

94

1.91

LA ESPERANCA VOL 1 GN

$12.95

DIG

 

1,206

95

1.9

SCRAPPED PRINCESS VOL 2 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,200

96

1.89

WALKING DEAD VOL 3 SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,194

97

1.87

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,181

98

1.81

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 2 DANGEROUS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,143

99

1.81

CRISIS O/INFINITE EARTHS TP

$29.99

DC

 

1,143

100

1.8

YU GI OH DUELIST VOL 11 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,137

 
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 December, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of December.
 
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, 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 November, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--November 2005.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in November, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2005.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual November orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Infinite Crisis #2 Sells Over 200K' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in November, see 'Graphic Novel Continue Growth in November.''
 
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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