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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2007

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

Published: 04/16/2007, Last Updated: 05/09/2008 03:19am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during March 2007.

For an overview and analysis of comic sales in March, see 'Death Sells.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in March, see 'Comics Up 14% in Q1.'
 
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 2007.'
 
Rank Index Title Price Pub  Est.Qty 
1 10.84 300 HC $30.00 DAR    8,726
2 7.81 NARUTO VOL 13 TP $7.95 VIZ    6,287
3 7.6 EX MACHINA VOL 5 SMOKE SMOKE TP (MR) $12.99 DC    6,118
4 6.53 SPIDER-MAN BIRTH O/VENOM TP $29.99 MAR    5,256
5 6.31 NEW AVENGERS VOL 4 COLLECTIVE TP $14.99 MAR    5,079
6 6.03 STAR WARS BOBA FETT VOL 1 TP MAN W/MISSION $12.95 DAR    4,854
7 5.81 DEATH NOTE VOL 10 TP $7.99 VIZ    4,677
8 5.63 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 7 GOD WAR TP $16.99 MAR    4,532
9 5.28 FAFHRD & GRAY MOUSER TP $19.95 DAR    4,250
10 5.12 WARCRAFT VOL 3 GN (Of 3) $9.99 TKP    4,121
11 5.02 SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE O/MYSTERY VOL 2 TP $16.99 DC    4,041
12 4.71 CRISIS O/MULTIPLE EARTHS TEAM UPS VOL 2 TP $14.99 DC    3,791
13 4.67 SHOWCASE PRESENTS HAWKMAN VOL 1 TP $16.99 DC    3,759
14 4.51 WOLVERINE WEAPON X PREM HC* $19.99 MAR    3,630
15 4.39 GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH TP $14.99 DC    3,534
16 4.38 SUPERGIRL CANDOR TP $14.99 DC    3,526
17 4.28 BERSERK VOL 16 TP (MR) $13.95 DAR    3,445
18 4.04 EXTERMINATORS VOL 2 INSURGENCY TP (MR) $12.99 DC    3,252
19 3.99 SUPERMAN BATMAN GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD $19.99 DC    3,212
20 3.99 STAR WARS 30TH ANNV COLL VOL 1 HC FREEDON NADD UPRISING $16.95 DAR    3,212
21 3.96 EMPOWERED TP $14.95 DAR    3,188
22 3.93 LOVELESS VOL 2 THICKER THAN BLACKWATER TP (MR) $14.99 DC    3,164
23 3.86 FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN VOL 2 MYSTERY DATE TP $13.99 MAR    3,107
24 3.83 FLASH FASTEST MAN ALIVE TP $12.99 DC    3,083
25 3.77 SPIDER-MAN SAGA O/SANDMAN TP $19.99 MAR    3,035
26 3.52 WALT DISNEYS SPRING FEVER VOL 1 TP $9.50 GEM    2,833
27 3.48 SECRET SIX SIX DEGREES O/DEVASTATION TP $14.99 DC    2,801
28 3.25 WOLVERINE ORIGINS VOL 2 SAVIOR PREM HC $19.99 MAR    2,616
29 3.24 STREET FIGHTER VOL 3 FIGHTERS DESTINY TP $13.99 UDO    2,608
30 3.19 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 8 HC $29.99 MAR    2,568
31 3.16 MS MARVEL VOL 2 CIVIL WAR PREM HC $19.99 MAR    2,544
32 3.08 BATMAN SNOW TP $14.99 DC    2,479
33 3.04 MARVEL MASTERWORKS DOCTOR STRANGE VOL 3 HC* $54.99 MAR    2,447
34 3.01 GREEN ARROW CRAWLING FROM WRECKAGE TP $12.99 DC    2,423
35 2.97 STAR WARS 30TH ANNV COLL VOL 2 HC JEDI VS SITH $24.95 DAR    2,391
36 2.94 MARVEL MASTERWORKS GOLDEN AGE USA COMICS VOL 1 HC* $59.99 MAR    2,367
37 2.92 NIGHTWING BROTHERS I/BLOOD TP $14.99 DC    2,351
38 2.91 SHADOWPACT PENTACLE PLOT TP $14.99 DC    2,342
39 2.86 FABLES VOL 1 LEGENDS I/EXILE TP $9.99 DC    2,302
40 2.85 CONAN & SONGS O/T DEAD TP $14.95 DAR    2,294
41 2.76 CIVIL WAR ROAD TO CIVIL WAR TP $14.99 MAR    2,222
42 2.69 GARTH ENNIS 303 TP $19.99 AVA    2,165
43 2.68 DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER & KLAUS JANSON OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC* $99.99 MAR    2,157
44 2.68 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATE COLL VOL 1 TP $24.99 MAR    2,157
45 2.66 ROBIN WANTED TP $12.99 DC    2,141
46 2.62 ZOMBIE TP $13.99 MAR    2,109
47 2.62 MS MARVEL VOL 1 BEST O/BEST TP $14.99 MAR    2,109
48 2.61 THOR ETERNALS SAGA VOL 2 TP $24.99 MAR    2,101
49 2.52 HALF DEAD TP (MR) $10.99 MAR    2,029
50 2.51 BATTLE CLUB VOL 4 GN (Of 4) (MR) $9.99 TKP    2,020
51 2.47 TRINITY BLOOD VOL 2 GN (Of 7) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,988
52 2.37 NEW EXCALIBUR VOL 2 LAST DAYS O/CAMELOT TP $19.99 MAR    1,908
53 2.33 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 12 TP $9.99 VIZ    1,876
54 2.22 DEADMAN VOL 1 DEADMAN WALKING TP (MR) $9.99 DC    1,787
55 2.2 HARLAN ELLISONS DREAM CORRIDOR VOL 2 TP $19.95 DAR    1,771
56 2.13 NAT TURNER BOOK 2 REVOLUTION TP $10.00 IMA    1,715
57 2.11 EC ARCHIVES TWO FISTED TALES VOL 1 HC $49.95 GEM    1,698
58 2.11 ALICE I/SUNDERLAND GN $29.95 DAR    1,698
59 2.03 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC    1,634
60 2.02 GRENDEL DEVIL BY DEED HC $12.95 DAR    1,626
61 1.94 STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS VOL 1 SAKURA TP $11.95 UDO    1,562
62 1.93 GUNSMITH CATS OMNIBUS VOL 1 TP $16.95 DAR    1,554
63 1.92 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC    1,546
64 1.88 WORMWOOD GENTLEMAN CORPSE VOL 1 TP (MR) $19.99 IDW    1,513
65 1.82 SPAWN ARMAGEDDON VOL 2 TP $15.95 IMA    1,465
66 1.8 WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP $9.99 IMA    1,449
67 1.79 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS ARCHIVES VOL 5 HC $49.99 DC    1,441
68 1.7 CRYING FREEMAN VOL 5 TP (MR) $14.95 DAR    1,368
69 1.68 ALCOHOL SHIRT & KISS VOL 1 GN $12.95 DIG    1,352
70 1.67 DEATH COMES TO DILLINGER COLL ED $6.99 SIL    1,344
71 1.63 DAY WHICH I BECAME BUTTERFLY GN $12.95 DIG    1,312
72 1.61 DMZ VOL 1 O/GROUND TP (MR) $9.99 DC    1,296
73 1.6 SOLFEGE GN $12.95 DIG    1,288
74 1.58 BLACK CAT VOL 7 TP $7.99 VIZ    1,272
75 1.57 JUSTICE VOL 2 HC $19.99 DC    1,264
76 1.52 IT RHYMES W/LUST TP $14.95 DAR    1,224
77 1.5 TRANSFORMERS WAR WITHIN IDW VOL 1 TP $19.99 IDW    1,207
78 1.49 SERENITY TP $9.95 DAR    1,199
79 1.49 PRIEST VOL 16 GN (Of 16) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,199
80 1.47 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 1 UNMANNED TP $12.99 DC    1,183
81 1.46 HOUDINI HANDCUFF KING CENTER O/CARTOON STUDIES HC BK $16.99 WAR    1,175
82 1.46 BATMAN YEAR ONE DLX SC $14.99 DC    1,175
83 1.45 ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 3 TORN TP $14.99 MAR    1,167
84 1.45 WALKING DEAD VOL 3 SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR) $12.95 IMA    1,167
85 1.44 RONIN TP $19.99 DC    1,159
86 1.44 INNOCENT BIRD VOL 1 GN (Of 3) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,159
87 1.42 JUSTICE VOL 1 HC $19.99 DC    1,143
88 1.42 IS VOL 12 GN $7.99 VIZ    1,143
89 1.41 WALKING DEAD VOL 5 BEST DEFENSE TP (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,135
90 1.4 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 8 KIMONO DRAGONS TP (MR) $14.99 DC    1,127
91 1.4 KASHIMASHI MANGA VOL 2 GN $10.99 SEV    1,127
92 1.39 BUDDY DOES JERSEY GN (MR) $14.95 FAN    1,119
93 1.36 TSUKUYOMI MOON PHASE VOL 6 GN (Of 10) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,095
94 1.35 WALKING DEAD VOL 4 HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,087
95 1.35 ROSE HIP ZERO VOL 2 GN (Of 4) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,087
96 1.34 READ OR DREAM VOL 3 TP $9.99 VIZ    1,079
97 1.34 MABURAHO MANGA VOL 2 TP $9.99 ADV    1,079
98 1.33 FABLES VOL 2 ANIMAL FARM TP $12.99 DC    1,071
99 1.32 PVP VOL 4 PVP GOES BANANAS TP $12.99 IMA    1,063
100 1.31 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOL 3 TP $10.95 DAR    1,055
 
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 March, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of March.  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.
 
Most graphic novel publishers also release their titles through other channels, which make up a majority of graphic novel sales over-all.  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 2007.'
For the top 300 comic actual orders in February, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2007.'
For an overview and analysis of the actual February orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see ''Civil War' Finale Tops the Charts' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see 'Comics & Graphic Novels Post Gains Again.'
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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