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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--February 2005

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

Published: 03/24/2005 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during February 2005.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in February, see 'Comics Edge Up.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see 'Comic Dollars Up 15%.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during February, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2005.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

13.44

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 2 SUPERGIRL HC

$19.95

DC

 

7,800

2

11.97

ULT X-MEN VOL 10 CRY WOLF TP

$8.99

MAR

 

6,947

3

9.95

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 1 HARD GOODBYE 2ND TP (MR)

$17.00

DAR

 

5,774

4

9.42

WOLVERINE THE END TP

$14.99

MAR

 

5,467

5

8.78

BATMAN WAR GAMES ACT ONE TP

$14.95

DC

 

5,095

6

7.34

BIZARRO WORLD HC

$29.95

DC

 

4,260

7

7.33

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 3 BIG FAT KILL 2ND TP (MR)

$17.00

DAR

 

4,254

8

7.22

FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 4 THAT YELLOW BASTARD TP (MR)*

$19.00

DAR

 

4,190

9

7.15

MEGATOKYO VOL 3 TP

$9.95

DAR

 

4,149

10

6.85

FRUITS BASKET VOL 7 GN (OF 14)

$9.99

TKP

 

3,975

11

6.72

X-MEN THE END BOOK 1 DREAMERS & DEMONS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

3,900

12

6.54

TRIGUN MAXIMUM VOL 4 BOTTOM O/T DARK TP

$9.95

DAR

 

3,795

13

6.32

RUNAWAYS VOL 3 GOOD DIE YOUNG DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

3,668

14

6.32

ESSENTIAL LUKE CAGE VOL 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,668

15

6.16

SILENT HILL PAINT IT BLACK (MR)

$7.49

IDW

 

3,575

16

6.15

UNCANNY X-MEN NEW AGE VOL 2 CRUELEST CUT TP

$11.99

MAR

 

3,569

17

6.14

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 11 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,563

18

6.13

24 STORIES ONE SHOT

$7.49

IDW

 

3,557

19

6.02

BPRD PLAGUE O/FROGS TP

$17.95

DAR

 

3,494

20

5.95

LUCIFER VOL 7 EXODUS TP (MR)

$14.95

DC

 

3,453

21

5.89

BLACK PANTHER BY JACK KIRBY VOL 1 TP

$19.99

MAR

 

3,418

22

5.64

LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL 3 SUMMER O/LOVE HC

$24.95

IMA

 

3,273

23

5.43

BATTLE ROYALE VOL 11 GN (OF 13) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

3,151

24

5.31

JSA VOL 7 PRINCE O/DARKNESS TP

$19.95

DC

 

3,082

25

5.27

ARMY O/DARKNESS VOL 1 ASHES TO ASHES TP

$14.99

DYN

 

3,058

26

5.22

SUPERMAN ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$19.95

DC

 

3,029

27

5.09

SEAGUY TP (MR)

$9.95

DC

 

2,954

28

5.09

DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES VOL 10 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

2,954

29

4.95

X-MEN DAY O/T ATOM TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,873

30

4.93

LEGEND O/GRIMJACK VOL 1 TP

$19.99

IDW

 

2,861

31

4.92

RANMA 1/2 VOL 29 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

2,855

32

4.92

FLASH IGNITION TP

$14.95

DC

 

2,855

33

4.82

GTO VOL 23 GN (OF 25) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,797

34

4.64

MAXX BOOK FOUR TP (MR)

$17.95

DC

 

2,693

35

4.56

ULT X-MEN VOL 4 HC

$29.99

MAR

 

2,646

36

4.48

BOOKS O/MAGICK LIFE DURING WARTIME BOOK 1 TP (MR)

$9.95

DC

 

2,600

37

4.43

GOON VOL 3 HEAPS O/RUINATION TP

$12.95

DAR

 

2,571

38

4.41

KARE KANO VOL 14 GN (OF 18)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,559

39

4.41

DNANGEL VOL 6 GN (OF 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,559

40

4.29

MARVEL VISIONARIES STAN LEE HC

$29.99

MAR

 

2,490

41

4.16

HULK AND THING HARD KNOCKS TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,414

42

4.11

TRIGUN ANIME MANGA VOL 1 TP

$14.95

DAR

 

2,385

43

4.01

STAR WARS TALES VOL 5 TP

$19.95

DAR

 

2,327

44

3.98

SNK VS CAPCOM VOL 1 SVC CHAOS TP

$13.95

COM

 

2,310

45

3.96

ITS A BIRD SC (MR)

$17.95

DC

 

2,298

46

3.84

SEVEN SOLDIERS O/VICTORY ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,229

47

3.84

MARVEL WEDDINGS TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,229

48

3.79

BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DC

 

2,199

49

3.77

GRAVITATION VOL 10 GN (OF 12)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,188

50

3.63

AI LOVE YOU VOL 7 GN (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,107

51

3.62

ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL 11 HC

$49.95

DC

 

2,101

52

3.45

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

2,002

53

3.38

BATTLE VIXENS VOL 6 GN (OF 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,962

54

3.34

NEW MUTANTS BACK TO SCHOOL TP

$16.99

MAR

 

1,938

55

3.3

ELFQUEST THE GRAND QUEST VOL 7 TP

$9.95

DC

 

1,915

56

3.28

ROGUE VOL 1 GOING ROGUE TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,904

57

3.24

BLEACH VOL 5 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,880

58

3.23

TOM STRONG BOOK 3 TP

$17.95

DC

 

1,874

59

3.17

SIMPSON COMICS BARN BURNER TP

$14.95

BON

 

1,840

60

3.1

LEGAL DRUG VOL 2 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,799

61

3.09

CHRONO CRUSADE MANGA VOL 4 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,793

62

3.01

STAR WARS MINI BUST C3PO

$49.95

DAR

 

1,747

63

2.91

NEGATIVE BURN VERY BEST FROM 1993-1998 TP

$19.95

IMA

 

1,689

64

2.84

WOLFS RAIN VOL 2 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,648

65

2.81

BILL & TEDS MOST EXCELLENT ADV VOL 1 TP

$13.95

SLG

 

1,631

66

2.81

TOKYO BABYLON VOL 6 GN (OF 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,631

67

2.78

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 11 GN (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,613

68

2.68

YU GI OH DUELIST VOL 1 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,555

69

2.68

SABRETOOTH OPEN SEASON TP

$9.99

MAR

 

1,555

70

2.67

INITIAL D VOL 16 GN (OF 26)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,550

71

2.65

QUIXOTE NOVEL

$9.95

IMA

 

1,538

72

2.53

GUNSLINGER GIRL MANGA VOL 2 TP (MR)

$9.99

ADV

 

1,468

73

2.5

KILL ME KISS ME VOL 5 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,451

74

2.49

SMALL GODS VOL 1 KILLING GRIN TP

$9.95

IMA

 

1,445

75

2.48

ANGEL SANCTUARY VOL 6 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,439

76

2.42

GET BACKERS VOL 7 GN (OF 26)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,404

77

2.4

PVP RELOADED VOL 2 TP

$11.95

IMA

 

1,393

78

2.36

AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED TP

$15.99

MAR

 

1,370

79

2.33

EX MACHINA VOL 1 THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS TP (MR)

$9.95

DC

 

1,352

80

2.33

HOT GIMMICK VOL 8 TP

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,352

81

2.33

PEACEMAKER KUROGANE MANGA VOL 3 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,352

82

2.31

JING KING O/BANDITS TWILIGHT TALES VOL 3 GN (OF 6)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,341

83

2.27

MAGE VOL 1 THE HERO DISCOVERED TP

$29.99

IMA

 

1,317

84

2.26

BUDDY DOES SEATTLE GN (MR)

$14.95

FAN

 

1,312

85

2.25

VAGABOND VOL 19 TP (MR)

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,306

86

2.23

CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND VOL 10 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,294

87

2.2

ALICHINO VOL 1 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,277

88

2.19

PINUP ART OF DAN DECARLO SC (MR)

$18.95

FAN

 

1,271

89

2.17

MARVEL MASTERWORKS DAREDEVIL VOL 3 NEW ED HC

$49.99

MAR

 

1,259

90

2.14

SKIZZ TP

$14.95

DC

 

1,242

91

2.13

HIKARU NO GO VOL 3 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,236

92

2.1

CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL MANGA VOL 1 TP

$10.95

ADV

 

1,219

93

2.09

MARVEL MASTERWORKS DAREDEVIL VOL 3 VAR DUST JACKET

$54.99

MAR

 

1,213

94

2.08

BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 TP

$12.95

DC

 

1,207

95

2.08

GI JOE RELOADED TP VOL 1

$12.95

DEV

 

1,207

96

2.07

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

1,201

97

2.06

SUIKODEN III VOL 5 GN (OF 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,196

98

2.06

BOYS BE VOL 3 GN (OF 20) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,196

99

2.04

FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 3 RETURN DOCTOR DOOM DIGEST TP

$5.99

MAR

 

1,184

100

2.02

YU YU HAKUSHO VOL 6 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,172

 
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
DRE = Dreamwave Productions
DEV = Devil's Due Publishing
ABS = Abstract Studio
AVA = Avatar Press
ADV = A.D. Vision
BON = Bongo Comics
CAR = Cartoon Books
GEM = Gemstone Publishing
FAN = Fantagraphics Books
IDW = IDW Publishing
ONI = Oni Press Inc.
TIT = Titan Publishing
TKP = Tokyopop
VIZ = Viz LLC
 
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 February, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of February.
 
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Devil's Due, and Dreamwave 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 January, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--January 2005.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in January, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--January 2005.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual January orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Marvel Owns 70k+' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in January, see 'Comic Sales Skid 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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