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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2007

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

Published: 05/22/2007, Last Updated: 05/09/2008 03:16am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during April 2007.

For an overview and analysis of comic sales in April, see ''Fallen Son' Tops Comics in April.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Comic Dollars Continue Climb.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during April, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2007.'

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 Est.Qty 

1 34.14 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR  19,215
2 16.76 CIVIL WAR AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP $17.99 MAR    9,433
3 13.47 CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE BOOK 1 TP $14.99 MAR    7,581
4 12.13 CIVIL WAR FANTASTIC FOUR TP $17.99 MAR    6,827
5 11.86 ALL STAR SUPERMAN VOL 1 HC $19.99 DC    6,675
6 11.69 FRUITS BASKET VOL 16 GN (Of 20) $9.99 TKP    6,580
7 11.01 CIVIL WAR X-MEN TP $11.99 MAR    6,197
8 10.38 CIVIL WAR THUNDERBOLTS TP $13.99 MAR    5,842
9 9.63 RUNAWAYS VOL 7 LIVE FAST DIGEST TP $7.99 MAR    5,420
10 9.38 SPIDER-MAN REIGN PREMIERE HC $19.99 MAR    5,279
11 8.55 SHOWCASE PRESENTS LEGION O/SUPER-HEROES VOL 1 TP $16.99 DC    4,812
12 8.38 BATMAN DETECTIVE TP $14.99 DC    4,717
13 8.25 HEROES FOR HIRE VOL 1 CIVIL WAR TP $13.99 MAR    4,643
14 8.08 WOLVERINE ORIGINS VOL 1 BORN IN BLOOD TP $13.99 MAR    4,548
15 8 DEATH NOTE VOL 11 TP $7.99 VIZ    4,503
16 7.86 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN VOL 3 TP $16.99 DC    4,424
17 7.71 DAREDEVIL DEVIL INSIDE & OUT VOL 2 TP $14.99 MAR    4,339
18 7.54 GOD SAVE THE QUEEN HC (MR) $19.99 DC    4,244
19 7.45 ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL 8 TP $16.99 MAR    4,193
20 7.41 BLEACH VOL 18 TP $7.95 VIZ    4,171
21 7.24 300 HC $30.00 DAR    4,075
22 7.14 PUNISHER MAX VOL 7 MAN O/STONE TP (MR) $15.99 MAR    4,019
23 6.8 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 13 TP $9.99 VIZ    3,827
24 6.67 BATMAN & MAD MONK TP $14.99 DC    3,754
25 6.58 YOUNG AVENGERS VOL 2 FAMILY MATTERS TP $17.99 MAR    3,703
26 6.08 HELLBLAZER REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL TP (MR) $14.99 DC    3,422
27 5.65 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL VOL 1 CIVIL WAR PREM HC $19.99 MAR    3,180
28 5.62 WONDER WOMAN GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP $19.99 DC    3,163
29 5.58 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN CLONE SAGA PREM HC $29.99 MAR    3,141
30 5.52 SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO TP $14.99 MAR    3,107
31 5.46 ABSOLUTE BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN HC $75.00 DC    3,073
32 5.42 OH MY GODDESS VOL 26 TP $10.95 DAR    3,051
33 5.4 SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN FERAL TP $13.99 MAR    3,039
34 5.09 SGT ROCK PROPHECY TP $17.99 DC    2,865
35 5.06 PATH O/THE ASSASSIN VOL 6 TP (MR) $9.95 DAR    2,848
36 4.99 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC* $99.99 MAR    2,809
37 4.91 CABLE DEADPOOL VOL 6 PAVED W/GOOD INTENTIONS TP $14.99 MAR    2,764
38 4.85 JONAH HEX VOL 2 GUNS O/VENGEANCE TP $12.99 DC    2,730
39 4.8 SUPERGIRL & LEGION O/SUPER-HEROES VOL 4 $14.99 DC    2,702
40 4.77 ANNIHILATION BOOK 2 HC $29.99 MAR    2,685
41 4.63 BATTLE VIXENS VOL 11 GN (Of 11) (MR) $9.99 TKP    2,606
42 4.47 MARVEL MASTERWORKS INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOL 4 NEW ED HC* $54.99 MAR    2,516
43 4.46 WALKING DEAD VOL 6 SORROWFUL LIFE $12.99 IMA    2,510
44 4.14 CRISIS AFTERMATH SPECTRE TP $12.99 DC    2,330
45 4.14 INU YASHA VOL 29 TP $8.95 VIZ    2,330
46 4.11 SPAWN COLL VOL 3 TP $29.95 IMA    2,313
47 3.92 ALPHA FLIGHT CLASSIC VOL 1 TP $24.99 MAR    2,206
48 3.87 SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE VOL 5 DR DEATH TP (MR) $19.99 DC    2,178
49 3.85 COMPLETE PEANUTS VOL 7 1963-1964 HC $28.95 FAN    2,167
50 3.84 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC    2,161
51 3.74 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 12 TP $9.99 VIZ    2,105
52 3.73 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION VOL 10 TP $9.99 VIZ    2,099
53 3.48 CIVIL WAR ROAD TO CIVIL WAR TP $14.99 MAR    1,959
54 3.41 AMERICAN SPLENDOR ANOTHER DAY TP (MR) $14.99 DC    1,919
55 3.39 WILL EISNERS SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 21 HC $49.99 DC    1,908
56 3.21 ONE PIECE VOL 14 TP $7.95 VIZ    1,807
57 3.18 CHIBI VAMPIRE VOL 4 GN (Of 9) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,790
58 3.09 AGENTS O/ATLAS PREM HC $24.99 MAR    1,739
59 2.98 EC ARCHIVES WEIRD SCIENCE VOL 2 HC $49.95 GEM    1,677
60 2.92 DOOMED PRESENTS ASHLEY WOOD TP (MR) $7.99 IDW    1,643
61 2.88 SAIYUKI RELOAD VOL 7 GN (Of 7) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,621
62 2.87 HAWKGIRL MAW TP $17.99 DC    1,615
63 2.86 GENSHIKEN VOL 8 GN (MR) $10.95 RAN    1,610
64 2.76 PREY ORIGIN O/THE SPECIES TP $10.99 MAR    1,553
65 2.71 WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP $9.99 IMA    1,525
66 2.67 WASTELAND BOOK 1 CITIES I/DUST TP (MR) $11.95 ONI    1,503
67 2.67 SPIDER-GIRL VOL 8 DUTY CALLS DIGEST TP $7.99 MAR    1,503
68 2.6 SPIDER-MAN VISIONARIES ROGER STERN VOL 1 TP $24.99 MAR    1,463
69 2.6 BATTLE POPE VOL 3 TP PILLOW TALK (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,463
70 2.56 STAR WARS LEGACY VOL 1 BROKEN TP $17.95 DAR    1,441
71 2.51 TENJHO TENGE VOL 13 $9.99 DC    1,413
72 2.48 LOVEHOLIC VOL 1 GN $12.95 DIG    1,396
73 2.43 CROSS BRONX VOL 1 TP (MR) $14.99 IMA    1,368
74 2.43 VAMPIRE KNIGHT VOL 2 TP $8.99 VIZ    1,368
75 2.41 ROZEN MAIDEN VOL 4 GN (Of 7) $9.99 TKP    1,356
76 2.38 LITTLE LULU VOL 15 EXPLORERS TP $9.95 DAR    1,340
77 2.35 FABLES VOL 1 LEGENDS I/EXILE TP $9.99 DC    1,323
78 2.28 MARVEL ADVENTURES FF VOL 5 ALL 4 ONE 4 FOR ALL DIGEST TP $6.99 MAR    1,283
79 2.27 GI JOE DECLASSIFIED TP $18.99 DDP    1,278
80 2.22 WALKING DEAD VOL 5 BEST DEFENSE TP (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,250
81 2.22 HIKARU NO GO VOL 9 TP $7.95 VIZ    1,250
82 2.2 BLACK CAT VOL 8 TP $7.99 VIZ    1,238
83 2.19 FAKE FUR VOL 1 GN $12.95 DIG    1,233
84 2.18 MILLENNIUM SNOW VOL 1 TP $8.99 VIZ    1,227
85 2.17 RIN VOL 3 GN $12.95 DIG    1,221
86 2.15 FAFHRD AND THE GRAY MOUSER TP $19.95 DAR    1,210
87 2.15 RG VEDA VOL 9 GN (Of 10) $9.99 TKP    1,210
88 2.13 HANA KIMI VOL 17 GN $9.99 VIZ    1,199
89 2.12 OLD BOY VOL 5 TP (MR) $12.95 DAR    1,193
90 2.1 D GRAY MAN VOL 5 GN $7.99 VIZ    1,182
91 2.1 SHAMAN KING VOL 12 TP $7.95 VIZ    1,182
92 2.06 WALLFLOWER VOL 11 GN (MR) $10.95 RAN    1,159
93 1.98 IS VOL 13 GN $7.99 VIZ    1,114
94 1.98 HACK SLASH VOL 2 DEATH BY SEQUEL TP $18.99 DDP    1,114
95 1.98 FABLES VOL 8 WOLVES TP (MR) $17.99 DC    1,114
96 1.96 WALKING DEAD VOL 2 TP MILES BEHIND US TP (MR) $12.99 IMA    1,103
97 1.93 SPIDER-MAN BIRTH O/VENOM TP $29.99 MAR    1,086
98 1.93 SCHOOL RUMBLE VOL 5 GN (MR) $10.95 RAN    1,086
99 1.92 ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 3 TORN TP $14.99 MAR    1,081
100 1.92 YUBISAKI MILK TEA VOL 4 GN (Of 7) (MR) $9.99 TKP    1,081

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 April, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of April.  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 March, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2007.'
For the top 300 comic actual orders in March, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2007.'
For an overview and analysis of the actual March orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Death Sells' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in March, see 'Comics Up 14% in Q1.'
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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