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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--May 2006

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

Published: 06/19/2006 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during May 2006.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in May, see ''Civil War' Ends Reign of 'Infinite Crisis'.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in May, see 'May Periodicals Boffo!'
 
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 2006.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

20.51

FAMILY GUY VOL 1 GN (Of 3)

$6.95

DDP

 

15,845

2

13.33

Y THE LAST MAN VOL 7 PAPER DOLLS TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

10,298

3

9.61

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 15 SILVER SABLE TP

$15.99

MAR

 

7,424

4

7.21

CRISIS O/MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL 4 TP

$14.99

DC

 

5,570

5

6.25

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOL 10 TP (MR)

$9.95

DAR

 

4,829

6

5.62

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HAUNTED TANK VOL 1 TP

$16.99

DC

 

4,342

7

5.37

ULTIMATE X-MEN FANTASTIC FOUR TP

$12.99

MAR

 

4,149

8

5.29

JLA VOL 19 WORLD WITHOUT JUSTICE LEAGUE TP

$12.99

DC

 

4,087

9

5.21

SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW VOL 1 TP

$14.99

DC

 

4,025

10

5.08

PUNISHER MAX VOL 5 SLAVERS TP (MR)

$15.99

MAR

 

3,925

11

4.92

LOVELESS VOL 1 KIN O/HOMECOMING TP (MR)

$9.99

DC

 

3,801

12

4.81

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 7 TP

$9.99

VIZ

 

3,716

13

4.76

ESSENTIAL OFF HANDBK MARVEL UNIVERSE DLX ED VOL 2 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,677

14

4.75

WOLVERINE ORIGINS & ENDINGS PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

 

3,670

15

4.73

NYX VOLUME 1 WANNABE TP

$19.99

MAR

 

3,654

16

4.63

ESSENTIAL CLASSIC X-MEN VOL 2 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,577

17

4.63

CARL BARKS GREATEST DUCKTALES STORIES VOL 1 TP

$10.95

GEM

 

3,577

18

4.41

GOTHAM CENTRAL VOL 3 UNRESOLVED TARGETS TP

$14.99

DC

 

3,407

19

4.39

SUPERMAN SHAZAM FIRST THUNDER TP

$12.99

DC

 

3,392

20

4.38

SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO MARVEL PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

 

3,384

21

4.35

WOLVERINE ENEMY O/T STATE VOL 2 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,361

22

4.2

CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER VOL 2 PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

 

3,245

23

4.17

NEGIMA VOL 10 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

3,222

24

3.95

SEVEN SOLDIERS O/VICTORY VOL 3 TP

$14.99

DC

 

3,052

25

3.84

NGE ANGELIC DAYS MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

2,967

26

3.83

TSUBASA VOL 9 GN (Of 10)

$10.95

RAN

 

2,959

27

3.82

STAR WARS HONOR & DUTY TP

$12.95

DAR

 

2,951

28

3.72

LEGION O/SUPER HEROES VOL 2 DEATH O/DREAM TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,874

29

3.71

GIRLS VOL 2 EMERGENCE TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

 

2,866

30

3.68

FIVE FISTS O/SCIENCE GN (RES)

$12.99

IMA

 

2,843

31

3.47

LOVELESS VOL 2 GN (Of 5)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,681

32

3.46

SKRULL KILL KREW TP

$16.99

MAR

 

2,673

33

3.41

DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES VOL 1 DRAGONS O/AUTUMN TWILIGHT TP

$17.95

DDP

 

2,634

34

3.35

DONALD DUCK ADVS VOL 18 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

2,588

35

3.29

RANMA 1/2 VOL 34 TP

$9.99

VIZ

 

2,542

36

3.12

AI YORI AOSHI VOL 13 GN (Of 15)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,410

37

3.11

NARUTO VOL 10 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

2,403

38

3.04

SCOTT PILGRIM VOL 3 INFINITE SADNESS GN (MR)

$11.95

ONI

 

2,349

39

3.02

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 1 PUBLIC ENEMIES TP

$12.99

DC

 

2,333

40

2.94

MICKEY MOUSE ADVS VOL 9 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

2,271

41

2.93

SUPERMAN STRANGE ATTRACTORS TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,264

42

2.9

SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE VOL 4 SCORPION TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

2,240

43

2.86

SAMURAI HEAVEN & EARTH TP

$14.95

DAR

 

2,210

44

2.81

AUTHORITY MAGNIFICENT KEVIN TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,171

45

2.75

SUPERMAN COVER TO COVER HC

$39.99

DC

 

2,125

46

2.75

XXXHOLIC VOL 7 GN

$10.95

RAN

 

2,125

47

2.72

HULK VISIONARIES PETER DAVID VOL 3 TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,101

48

2.67

HAWKMAN VOL 4 GOLDEN EAGLE TP

$17.99

DC

 

2,063

49

2.55

BIZARRO WORLD SC

$19.99

DC

 

1,970

50

2.54

BLACK PANTHER BAD MUTHA TP

$10.99

MAR

 

1,962

51

2.48

NEW ONIMUSHA NIGHT O/GENESIS VOL 1 GN

$12.95

UDO

 

1,916

52

2.41

WOLVERINE CLASSIC VOL 3 TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,862

53

2.38

GTO EARLY YEARS SHONAN JUNAI GUMI VOL 1 GN (Of 15)

$12.99

TKP

 

1,839

54

2.38

AEON FLUX TP

$12.95

DAR

 

1,839

55

2.37

ORIGIN TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,831

56

2.33

NEW THUNDERBOLTS VOL 3 RIGHT O/POWER TP

$17.99

MAR

 

1,800

57

2.28

CONAN VOL 3 TOWER O/T ELEPHANT & STORIES HC

$24.95

DAR

 

1,761

58

2.27

PHANTOM LEGACY GN

$12.95

MOO

 

1,754

59

2.27

SAM & TWITCH BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS COLL VOL 1 TP (MR)

$24.95

IMA

 

1,754

60

2.22

BLACK WIDOW THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER TP

$15.99

MAR

 

1,715

61

2.18

SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS TP

$17.99

DC

 

1,684

62

2.14

CASTLE WAITING HC

$29.95

FAN

 

1,653

63

2.14

SAIYUKI RELOAD VOL 4 GN (Of 6) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,653

64

2.12

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 26 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,638

65

2.11

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

1,630

66

2.11

MARVEL MASTERWORKS FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 10 HC NEW ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,630

67

2.11

TROUBLE WITH IGOR GN

$3.95

SLG

 

1,630

68

2.09

LITTLE BUTTERFLY GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,615

69

2.07

CONCRETE VOL 5 THINK LIKE MOUNTAIN TP

$12.95

DAR

 

1,599

70

2.05

KINGDOM HEARTS VOL 2 GN (Of 4)

$5.99

TKP

 

1,584

71

1.99

BLEACH VOL 13 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,537

72

1.98

FULL METAL PANIC OVERLOAD MANGA VOL 5 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,530

73

1.96

DEVIL MAY CRY VOL 1 NVL

$7.99

TKP

 

1,514

74

1.94

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 27 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,499

75

1.94

SERENITY TP

$9.95

DAR

 

1,499

76

1.93

SIMPSONS VOL 5 BIG BOUNCY BK O/BART SIMPSON TP

$13.95

BON

 

1,491

77

1.93

ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 1 TOMORROW PEOPLE TP

$14.95

MAR

 

1,491

78

1.91

MARVEL MASTERWORKS FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 10 HC VAR ED

$54.99

MAR

 

1,476

79

1.89

READ OR DIE VOL 2 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,460

80

1.89

YOU & HARUJON GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,460

81

1.88

X-MEN FIRESTAR DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

1,452

82

1.88

GORGEOUS CARAT VOL 2 GN (Of 4) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,452

83

1.87

100 BULLETS VOL 9 STRYCHNINE LIVES TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

1,445

84

1.87

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,445

85

1.86

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

 

1,437

86

1.85

ABADAZAD BK 1 ROAD TO INCONCEIVABLE

$9.99

WAR

 

1,429

87

1.82

SUPERMAN GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP

$19.99

DC

 

1,406

88

1.81

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

 

1,398

89

1.81

RISING STARS VOL 4 TP

$19.99

IMA

 

1,398

90

1.8

ABADAZAD BK 2 DREAM THIEF

$9.99

WAR

 

1,391

91

1.79

HOUSE O/M TP

$24.99

MAR

 

1,383

92

1.79

GENSHIKEN VOL 5 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

1,383

93

1.79

BLUE GRIND ONE SHOT (A)

$4.95

ANT

 

1,383

94

1.78

STAR TREK KEY COLL VOL 5 TP

$22.95

CHE

 

1,375

95

1.77

WALKING DEAD VOL 4 HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR)

$12.99

IMA

 

1,367

96

1.73

MANS BEST FRIEND INU MO ARUKE BA FALL I/LOVE GN (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,337

97

1.72

TENJHO TENGE VOL 7

$9.99

DC

 

1,329

98

1.72

OUR GANG VOL 1 SC

$12.95

FAN

 

1,329

99

1.69

DEATH NOTE VOL 5 TP

$7.99

VIZ

 

1,306

100

1.65

COMPLETE PEANUTS VOL 5 1959-1960 HC

$28.95

FAN

 

1,275

 
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 May, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of May.  This information may not be reproduced in any format without also crediting Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
 
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 April, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2006.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in April, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2006.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual April orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see ''Infinite Crisis' Still Dominant' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Periodicals Drive April Sales.'
 
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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