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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--May 2008

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

Published: 06/18/2008 12:00am
#1 for May

These are estimates of the sales on graphic novels by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during May 2008.


For an overview and analysis of comic sales in May see "'Secret Invasion' on Top Again."

For an analysis of the dollar trends in May, see "Comic Sales Continue Decline in May."

 

For our estimates of actual sales by Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels shipped during May, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--May 2008."

 

 

TOP 100 GNs -- MAY 2008

 

 

 

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est. Qty.

1

9.32

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 02 NO FUTURE FOR YOU

$15.95

DAR

   9,493

2

9.26

HULK WWH TP

$24.99

MAR

   9,432

3

6.29

INDIANA JONES & KINGDOM O/T CRYSTAL SKULL TP

$12.95

DAR

   6,407

4

6.12

HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS

$19.95

DAR

   6,234

5

5.83

HEROES SC

$19.99

DC

   5,938

6

5.64

NARUTO TP VOL 29

$7.95

VIZ

   5,745

7

5.49

CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC VOL 02 DEATH CAPT AMERICA*

$19.99

MAR

   5,592

8

5.42

COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS TP VOL 01

$19.99

DC

   5,521

9

5.34

NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI TP

$14.99

MAR

   5,439

10

5.09

SAVAGE SWORD O/CONAN TP VOL 03

$19.95

DAR

   5,185

11

5

JUSTICE TP VOL 01

$14.99

DC

   5,093

12

4.88

BATMAN RESURRECTION O/RAS AL GHUL HC

$29.99

DC

   4,971

13

4.5

VERTIGO FIRST CUT TP (MR)

$4.99

DC

   4,584

14

4.49

BATMAN JOKERS LAST LAUGH TP

$17.99

DC

   4,574

15

4.44

HULK WWH TP X-MEN

$24.99

MAR

   4,523

16

4.33

HELLBOY COMPANION TP

$14.95

DAR

   4,411

17

4.05

KINGDOM HEARTS II GN VOL 02 (Of 5)

$9.99

TKP

   4,125

18

3.75

BERSERK TP VOL 23 (MR)

$13.95

DAR

   3,820

19

3.49

HULK WWH TP INCREDIBLE HERC

$14.99

MAR

   3,555

20

3.48

JLA PRESENTS AZTEK THE ULTIMATE MAN TP

$19.99

DC

   3,545

21

3.27

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SP ED HC

$17.99

DC

   3,331

22

3.22

STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01

$49.99

DC

   3,280

23

3.22

GREEN LANTERN NO FEAR TP

$12.99

DC

   3,280

24

3.16

OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 29

$10.95

DAR

   3,219

25

3.11

BLACK ADAM DARK AGE TP

$17.99

DC

   3,168

26

3.07

SHOWCASE PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN TP VOL 03

$16.99

DC

   3,127

27

2.98

IMMORTAL IRON FIST PREM HC VOL 02 CITIES O/HEAVEN

$24.99

MAR

   3,035

28

2.94

EXTERMINATORS TP VOL 04 CROSSFIRE & COLLATERAL (MR)

$14.99

DC

   2,995

29

2.91

ULTIMATE HULK VS IRON MAN PREM HC ULTIMATE HUMAN

$19.99

MAR

   2,964

30

2.78

ESSENTIAL RAMPAGING HULK TP VOL 01

$16.99

MAR

   2,832

31

2.77

X-MEN TP VOL 02 COMP ONSLAUGHT EPIC

$29.99

MAR

   2,822

32

2.69

BATMAN VS TWO FACE TP

$19.99

DC

   2,740

33

2.64

WOLVERINE ORIGINS TP VOL 04 OUR WAR

$14.99

MAR

   2,689

34

2.62

X-MEN HC MESSIAH COMPLEX

$39.99

MAR

   2,669

35

2.59

HULK WWH TP GAMMA CORPS

$10.99

MAR

   2,638

36

2.59

JACK KIRBYS OMAC ONE MAN ARMY CORPS HC

$24.99

DC

   2,638

37

2.58

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC VOL 01 BRAND NEW DAY

$24.99

MAR

   2,628

38

2.56

52 AFTERMATH FOUR HORSEMEN TP

$19.99

DC

   2,608

39

2.5

NEW X-MEN BY MORRISON ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 01

$34.99

MAR

   2,547

40

2.44

HULK WWH TP FRONT LINE

$16.99

MAR

   2,485

41

2.36

BOOSTER GOLD HC VOL 01 52 PICK UP

$24.99

DC

   2,404

42

2.35

TSUBASA GN VOL 17

$10.95

RAN

   2,394

43

2.34

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

   2,384

44

2.32

IRON MAN TP ENTER THE MANDARIN

$14.99

MAR

   2,363

45

2.31

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC VOL 06 FANTASTIC FOUR

$29.99

MAR

   2,353

46

2.27

INCREDIBLE HULK OMNIBUS HC VOL 01*

$99.99

MAR

   2,312

47

2.21

STAR WARS CLONE WARS PHOTO COMIC

$9.95

DAR

   2,251

48

2.12

SUPERMAN ESCAPE FROM BIZARRO WORLD HC

$24.99

DC

   2,159

49

2.12

MMW MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 07*

$54.99

MAR

   2,159

50

2.08

FANTASTIC FOUR TP NEW FANTASTIC FOUR

$15.99

MAR

   2,119

51

2.04

QUESTION TP VOL 02 POISONED GROUND

$19.99

DC

   2,078

52

2.04

IRON MAN WAR MACHINE TP

$29.99

MAR

   2,078

53

2.03

GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 03

$15.99

ZEN

   2,068

54

1.95

COLOR O/RAGE TP VOL 01

$14.95

DAR

   1,986

55

1.94

SPAWN COLL VOL 5 TP

$29.99

IMA

   1,976

56

1.92

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

   1,956

57

1.92

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

   1,956

58

1.83

CHECKMATE TP VOL 03 FALL O/WALL

$14.99

DC

   1,864

59

1.82

BOYS TP VOL 01 (MR)

$16.99

DE

   1,854

60

1.82

CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 08 (Of 12) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

   1,854

61

1.79

ESSENTIAL OFF HB MARVEL UNIV MASTER ED TP VOL 02

$16.99

MAR

   1,823

62

1.77

BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR)

$19.99

DE

   1,803

63

1.77

HULK VISIONARIES JOHN BYRNE TP VOL 01

$24.99

MAR

   1,803

64

1.76

SUPERMAN WORLD O/KRYPTON TP

$14.99

DC

   1,793

65

1.72

GRENDEL HC DEVIL QUEST

$14.95

DAR

   1,752

66

1.66

NEARLY COMP ESSENTIAL HEMBECK ARCHIVES OMNIBUS

$24.99

IMA

   1,691

67

1.62

BATTLE CLUB GN VOL 06 (Of 6) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

   1,650

68

1.6

SUPERNATURAL ORIGINS TP

$14.99

DC

   1,630

69

1.58

BLOOD PLUS GN VOL 02

$10.95

DAR

   1,609

70

1.55

SUBURBAN GLAMOUR TP VOL 01

$9.99

IMA

   1,579

71

1.52

TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATION TP

$19.99

IDW

   1,548

72

1.51

PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION (MR)

$14.99

DC

   1,538

73

1.49

BIG BRILLIANT BOOK O/BART SIMPSON TP

$14.95

BON

   1,518

74

1.48

WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY TP VOL 02

$19.99

DC

   1,508

75

1.47

GRENDEL DEVIL CHILD HC

$14.95

DAR

   1,497

76

1.42

GOLDEN AGE SHEENA BEST O/QUEEN O/T JUNGLE TP VOL 01

$18.99

DDP

   1,446

77

1.42

ALL NEW ATOM TP VOL 03 HUNT FOR RAY PALMER

$14.99

DC

   1,446

78

1.4

BOMB QUEEN TP VOL 04 SUICIDE BOMBER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

   1,426

79

1.39

TRINITY BLOOD GN VOL 06 (Of 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

   1,416

80

1.38

ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND GN VOL 06

$8.99

VIZ

   1,406

81

1.31

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME

$15.95

DAR

   1,334

82

1.31

NANA TP VOL 10 (MR)

$8.99

VIZ

   1,334

83

1.31

D GRAY MAN GN VOL 09

$7.99

VIZ

   1,334

84

1.3

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

   1,324

85

1.28

JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 01 BEST LITTLE GHOST IN THE WORLD

$9.95

TOP

   1,304

86

1.28

RETURN TO WONDERLAND HC

$24.99

ZEN

   1,304

87

1.26

GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 07 (Of 15) SHONAN JUNAI GUMI (MR)

$12.99

TKP

   1,283

88

1.25

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 08 KIMONO DRAGONS (MR)

$14.99

DC

   1,273

89

1.23

SHE-HULK PREM HC JADED

$19.99

MAR

   1,253

90

1.23

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO GN VOL 28 (Of 38) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

   1,253

91

1.2

ESSENTIAL X-MEN TP VOL 01

$16.99

MAR

   1,222

92

1.18

STREET FIGHTER II MANGA VOL 2 GN

$12.95

UDO

   1,202

93

1.17

AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL TP VOL 03 MIND GAMES

$13.99

MAR

   1,192

94

1.15

STAR TREK ALIEN SPOTLIGHT TP

$19.99

IDW

   1,171

95

1.12

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

   1,141

96

1.11

IRON MAN & POWER PACK TP ARMORED DIGEST

$7.99

MAR

   1,131

97

1.1

KASHIMASHI MANGA GN VOL 05

$10.99

SEV

   1,120

98

1.1

HIKARU NO GO TP VOL 12

$7.95

VIZ

   1,120

99

1.1

BLACK CAT TP VOL 14

$7.99

VIZ

   1,120

100

1.1

SHAMAN KING TP VOL 16

$7.95

VIZ

   1,120


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
DE = Dynamite Entertainment
DDP = Devil's Due Publishing
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
IDW = IDW Publishing
MIR = Mirage Studios
NBM = NBM / Papercutz
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
SEV = Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC
SLG = Slave Labor Graphics
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz Media
ZEN = Zenescope Entertainment, Inc.

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, Dynamite, 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 U.S. 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 Novel Actual--April 2008."

 

For the top 300 comic actual orders in April, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2008."

 

For an overview and analysis of the actual April orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see "'Secret Invasion' Launches at 250k" and "ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see "Comic Sales Slip in April."

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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