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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--July 2008

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

Published: 08/19/2008 12:00am
#1 in July

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


For an overview and analysis of comic sales in July see "'Secret Invasion' Stays Strong in July."

For an analysis of the dollar trends in July, see "Comic Dollars Decline Continues."

 

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

 

 

TOP 100 GNs -- JULY 2008

 

 

 

Rank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

Est. Qty

1

19.08

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

 19,108

2

5.81

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

   5,819

3

5.81

NARUTO TP VOL 30

$7.95

VIZ

   5,819

4

5.77

ULTIMATE X-MEN TP VOL 18 APOCALYPSE

$13.99

MAR

   5,779

5

5.32

FRUITS BASKET GN VOL 20 (Of 22)

$9.99

TKP

   5,328

6

5.07

THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TP VOL 01

$14.99

MAR

   5,078

7

4.99

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS AND WHEREFORES (MR)

$14.99

DC

    4,997

8

4.89

BATMAN & SON TP

$14.99

DC

   4,897

9

4.51

COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS TP VOL 02

$19.99

DC

    4,517

10

4.4

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC VOL 01

$24.99

IDW

   4,407

11

4.35

RUNAWAYS PREM HC DEAD END KIDS*

$19.99

MAR

   4,356

12

4.18

X-MEN TP ENDANGERED SPECIES

$19.99

MAR

   4,186

13

4.17

ANITA BLAKE VH GUILTY PLEASURES HC VOL 02*

$19.99

MAR

    4,176

14

4.08

WANTED GN (NEW PTG)

$19.99

IMA

   4,086

15

4.07

CRIMINAL TP VOL 03 DEAD & DYING (MR)

$11.99

MAR

    4,076

16

3.95

SUPERMAN LAST SON HC

$19.99

DC

   3,956

17

3.81

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR)

$14.99

IMA

    3,816

18

3.75

MINI MARVELS TP VOL 01 ROCK PAPER SCISSORS DIGEST

$9.99

MAR

    3,756

19

3.67

TEEN TITANS TP TITANS O/TOMORROW

$14.99

DC

    3,675

20

3.67

BERSERK TP VOL 24 (MR)

$13.95

DAR

   3,675

21

3.56

SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATMAN TP VOL 03

$16.99

DC

    3,565

22

3.43

HELLBLAZER FEAR MACHINE TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

   3,435

23

3.29

NEIL GAIMAN CORALINE GN

$18.99

HAR

   3,295

24

3.29

NEW YORK FOUR

$9.99

DC

   3,295

25

3.25

HELLBOY ODDEST JOBS TP

$14.95

DAR

   3,255

26

3.22

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

   3,225

27

3.09

WOLVERINE TP DEATH O/WOLVERINE

$14.99

MAR

   3,095

28

3.07

MIGHTY AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 02 VENOM BOMB

$19.99

MAR

    3,075

29

3.01

SUPERMAN & LEGION O/SUPER-HEROES HC

$24.99

DC

3,014

30

2.83

MARVEL AGE X-MEN EVOLUTION TP

$13.99

MAR

   2,834

31

2.81

HULK WWH TP WARBOUND

$12.99

MAR

   2,814

32

2.78

BATMAN GOING SANE TP

$14.99

DC

   2,784

33

2.74

SWORD TP VOL 01

$14.99

IMA

   2,744

34

2.74

BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 08 TREASURE HUNTERS

$9.99

SCH

    2,744

35

2.72

FABLES TP VOL 10 THE GOOD PRINCE (MR)

$17.99

DC

    2,724

36

2.71

SCUD DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN WHOLE SHEBANG TP

$29.99

IMA

    2,714

37

2.7

PATH O/ASSASSIN TP VOL 12 THREE FOOT BATTLE (MR)

$9.95

DAR

    2,704

38

2.7

USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 22 TOMOES STORY

$15.95

DAR

    2,704

39

2.66

WATER BABY

$9.99

DC

   2,664

40

2.6

COMIC BOOK TATTOO SC

$29.99

IMA

   2,604

41

2.59

COUNTDOWN PRESENTS SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER TP

$17.99

DC

    2,594

42

2.55

ANITA BLAKE VH GUILTY PLEASURES TP VOL 01

$14.99

MAR

    2,554

43

2.49

GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY ROAD TO ALTAR TP

$17.99

DC

    2,494

44

2.49

DIANA PRINCE WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 02

$19.99

DC

    2,494

45

2.45

ANNIHILATION CONQUEST HC BOOK 02

$39.99

MAR

   2,454

46

2.44

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HAWKMAN TP VOL 02

$16.99

DC

    2,444

47

2.42

TRIALS O/SHAZAM TP VOL 02

$14.99

DC

   2,424

48

2.41

ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 7

$16.99

MAR

   2,414

49

2.35

MARVEL AGE AVENGERS EARTHS MIGHTIEST HEROES TP

$13.99

MAR

    2,353

50

2.34

EC ARCHIVES WEIRD SCIENCE HC VOL 03

$49.95

GEM

    2,343

51

2.32

COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE TP

$17.99

DC

   2,323

52

2.32

CAPTAIN MARVEL PREM HC SECRET INVASION

$19.99

MAR

    2,323

53

2.3

NOVA TP VOL 02 KNOWHERE

$16.99

MAR

   2,303

54

2.29

TSUBASA GN VOL 18

$10.95

RAN

   2,293

55

2.28

ESSENTIAL DEFENDERS TP VOL 04

$16.99

MAR

   2,283

56

2.26

HULK WWH TP

$24.99

MAR

   2,263

57

2.21

SPIDER-MAN PREM HC VOL 02 BRAND NEW DAY

$24.99

MAR

    2,213

58

2.21

BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.99

DC

   2,213

59

2.2

KITTY PRYDE & WOLVERINE PREM HC*

$19.99

MAR

   2,203

60

2.19

ASTRO CITY DARK AGE HC BOOK 01

$29.99

DC

   2,193

61

2.18

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

MAR

   2,183

62

2.13

FLIGHT GN VOL 05

$25.00

RAN

   2,133

63

2.06

AVENGERS INITIATIVE PREM HC VOL 02 KILLED ACTION

$24.99

MAR

    2,063

64

2.05

XXXHOLIC GN VOL 12

$10.95

RAN

   2,053

65

2.05

SILVER SURFER TP REQUIEM

$14.99

MAR

   2,053

66

2.03

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

    2,033

67

2

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL TP VOL 03 HUNTER HUNTED

$14.99

MAR

    2,003

68

1.97

COUNTER X TP VOL 01 X-FORCE

$19.99

MAR

   1,973

69

1.95

MMW DEFENDERS HC VOL 01*

$54.99

MAR

   1,953

70

1.95

ARMY @ LOVE TP VOL 02 GENERATION PWNED (MR)

$12.99

DC

    1,953

71

1.94

AMERICAN VIRGIN TP VOL 04 AROUND THE WORLD (MR)

$17.99

DC

    1,943

72

1.92

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

$14.99

DC

   1,923

73

1.9

FORGOTTEN REALMS TP VOL 07 THE LEGACY

$18.99

DEV

    1,903

74

1.88

ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 04 UNSTOPPABLE

$19.99

MAR

    1,883

75

1.87

MMW GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 02*

$59.99

MAR

    1,873

76

1.86

BATMAN FACES NEW ED TP

$12.99

DC

   1,863

77

1.86

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 04 SAFEWORD (MR)

$12.99

DC

    1,863

78

1.84

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 02 NO FUTURE FOR YOU

$15.95

DAR

    1,843

79

1.83

GHOST TALKERS DAYDREAM TP VOL 01

$10.95

DAR

    1,833

80

1.81

CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 09 (Of 13) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

    1,813

81

1.81

GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 07 AGATHA & VOICE O/T CASTLE

$21.95

STU

    1,813

82

1.8

WITCHBLADE TP VOL 01 WITCH HUNT (DIRECT MARKET ED)

$4.99

IMA

    1,803

83

1.78

UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.95

DAR

    1,783

84

1.77

WORLD WAR ROBOT TP

$11.99

IDW

   1,773

85

1.74

COMBAT ZONE TRUE TALES OF GIS IN IRAQ TP VOL 01

$19.99

MAR

    1,743

86

1.72

AMERICAN FLAGG DEFINITIVE COLL HC 1 01

$49.99

IMA

    1,723

87

1.71

AUTHORITY PRIME TP

$17.99

DC

   1,713

88

1.71

INVADERS CLASSIC TP VOL 02

$29.99

MAR

   1,713

89

1.71

MS MARVEL TP VOL 04 MONSTER SMASH

$14.99

MAR

    1,713

90

1.69

GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 02 SINESTRO CORPS WAR

$24.99

DC

    1,693

91

1.68

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 08

$7.95

ARC

    1,682

92

1.66

CAPTAIN AMERICA TP OPERATION REBIRTH

$29.99

MAR

    1,662

93

1.64

IN ODD WE TRUST GN

$10.95

RAN

   1,642

94

1.63

INU YASHA TP VOL 34

$8.95

VIZ

   1,632

95

1.62

FANTASTIC FOUR PREM HC LOST ADVENTURES STAN LEE*

$24.99

MAR

    1,622

96

1.59

ORDER TP VOL 02 CALIFORNIA DREAMING

$12.99

MAR

    1,592

97

1.59

STAR TREK MANGA GN VOL 03 (Of 3) UCHU

$10.99

TKP

    1,592

98

1.58

BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME

$15.95

DAR

    1,582

99

1.58

Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 02 CYCLES (MR)

$12.99

DC

    1,582

100

1.57

TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN HC

$14.95

TOP

   1,572

 

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 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 July, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of July.  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 June, see "Top 100 Graphic Novel Actual--June 2008."

 

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

 

For an overview and analysis of the actual June orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see "'Secret Invasion' Continues Its Reign" and "ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting."  For an analysis of the dollar trends in June, see "Comic Sales Fall Again in June."

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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