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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2005

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

Published: 05/19/2005 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during April 2005.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in April, see 'DC Closes the Gap in April.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Graphic Novels Drive April Sales.'
 
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 2005.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

17.27

VERTIGO FIRST TASTE TP (MR)

$4.99

DC

 

10,767

2

15.27

F MILLER SIN CITY VOL 6 BOOZE BROADS BULLETS 2ND TP (MR)*

$15.00

DAR

 

9,520

3

12.88

F MILLER SIN CITY VOL 7 HELL & BACK 2ND TP (MR)*

$28.00

DAR

 

8,030

4

10.62

TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE VOL 5 TP

$12.99

WIZ

 

6,621

5

8.59

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE EDITION HC

$19.99

DC

 

5,355

6

8.27

F MILLER SIN CITY VOL 4 THAT YELLOW BASTARD 2ND TP (MR)*

$19.00

DAR

 

5,156

7

8.26

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

$17.00

DAR

 

5,150

8

8.03

SUPERMAN VERSUS THE FLASH TP

$19.99

DC

 

5,006

9

7.96

DC THE NEW FRONTIER VOL 2 TP

$19.99

DC

 

4,963

10

7.59

CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 7 DWELLER I/T POOL TP

$15.95

DAR

 

4,732

11

6.78

F MILLER SIN CITY VOL 2 DAME TO KILL FOR 2ND TP (MR)

$17.00

DAR

 

4,227

12

6.77

SW EPISODE III REVENGE O/T SITH TP

$12.95

DAR

 

4,221

13

6.74

RISING STARS VOL 3 FIRE & ASH TP

$19.99

IMA

 

4,202

14

6.54

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

$17.00

DAR

 

4,077

15

6.2

ESSENTIAL HULK VOL 3 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,865

16

6.01

JENNY FINN DOOM #1

$6.99

ATO

 

3,747

17

5.71

INU YASHA VOL 21 TP

$8.95

VIZ

 

3,560

18

5.69

NARUTO VOL 6 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,547

19

5.59

INVINCIBLE VOL 4 HEAD O/T CLASS TP

$14.95

IMA

 

3,485

20

5.56

SHE HULK VOL 2 SUPERHUMAN LAW TP

$14.99

MAR

 

3,466

21

5.47

DAREDEVIL VOL 11 GOLDEN AGE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

3,410

22

5.44

WOLVERINE ENEMY O/T STATE VOL 1 HC

$19.99

MAR

 

3,392

23

5.36

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 14 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,342

24

5.3

SUPREME POWER VOL 1 HC (MR)

$29.99

MAR

 

3,304

25

5.21

BATMAN COVER TO COVER HC

$39.99

DC

 

3,248

26

4.66

BITE CLUB TP (MR)

$9.99

DC

 

2,905

27

4.63

BATMAN SCARECROW TALES TP

$19.99

DC

 

2,887

28

4.54

FLIGHT VOL 2 GN

$24.95

IMA

 

2,830

29

4.54

FREAK SHOW HC

$14.95

IMA

 

2,830

30

4.45

GTO VOL 24 GN (OF 25) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,774

31

4.24

AUTHORITY KEV TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

2,643

32

4.01

BATTLE VIXENS VOL 7 GN (OF 8) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,500

33

3.96

F MILLER SIN CITY VOL 5 FAMILY VALUES 2ND TP (MR)

$12.00

DAR

 

2,469

34

3.89

SW CRIMSON EMPIRE BOOK & BUST UP FIGURE SET

$24.99

DAR

 

2,425

35

3.89

KARE KANO VOL 15 GN (OF 18)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,425

36

3.87

BATMAN THE GREATEST BATMAN STORIES EVER TOLD TP

$19.99

DC

 

2,413

37

3.62

COMIC CAVALCADE ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC

$49.99

DC

 

2,257

38

3.53

GREEN ARROW CITY WALLS TP

$12.99

DC

 

2,201

39

3.5

BULLSEYE GREATEST HITS TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,182

40

3.47

DAMPYR #1 DEVILS SON

$7.99

IDW

 

2,163

41

3.45

MARVEL VISIONARIES STEVE DITKO HC

$29.99

MAR

 

2,151

42

3.42

BLACK WIDOW HOMECOMING TP

$14.99

MAR

 

2,132

43

3.41

WILL EISNERS SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 16 HC

$49.99

DC

 

2,126

44

3.36

LEGEND O/GRIMJACK VOL 2 TP

$19.99

IDW

 

2,095

45

3.12

MYSTIQUE VOL 4 QUIET TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,945

46

3.12

FANTASTIC FOUR SPIDER-MAN CLASSIC TP

$16.99

MAR

 

1,945

47

3.06

AVENGERS EARTHS MIGHTIEST HEROES HC

$24.99

MAR

 

1,908

48

3.01

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 13 BEAUTIFUL NIGHT TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,877

49

3.01

X-MEN COMPLETE AGE O/APOCALYPSE EPIC BOOK 1 TP

$29.99

MAR

 

1,877

50

2.97

MAN-THING WHATEVER KNOWS FEAR TP

$12.99

MAR

 

1,852

51

2.87

ARTHUR SUYDAM ART O/T BARBARIAN SKETCHBOOK SGN

$14.95

IMA

 

1,789

52

2.83

CABLE DEADPOOL VOL 2 BURNT OFFERING TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,764

53

2.83

BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER VOL 5 GN

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,764

54

2.82

ELFQUEST THE GRAND QUEST VOL 8 TP

$9.99

DC

 

1,758

55

2.76

ELFQUEST SEARCHER & THE SWORD SC

$14.99

DC

 

1,721

56

2.75

ART O/GREG HORN TP

$24.95

IMA

 

1,714

57

2.71

THOR SON O/ASGARD VOL 2 WORTHY DIGEST TP (MR)

$7.99

MAR

 

1,690

58

2.68

FOUR LETTER WORLDS GN

$12.95

IMA

 

1,671

59

2.65

TOKYO BABYLON VOL 7 GN (OF 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,652

60

2.52

FUSHIGI YUGI VOL 14 GN

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,571

61

2.5

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AMAZ SPIDER-MAN VOL 7 NEW ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,559

62

2.49

SPIDER-MAN DR OCTOPUS YEAR ONE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

1,552

63

2.48

SW VISIONARIES TP

$17.95

DAR

 

1,546

64

2.45

SHAMAN KING VOL 6 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,527

65

2.35

ANGEL SANCTUARY VOL 7 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,465

66

2.3

SUIKODEN III VOL 6 GN (OF 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,434

67

2.24

SHAOLIN SISTERS REBORN VOL 1 GN (OF 4)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,397

68

2.22

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AMAZ SPIDER-MAN VOL 7 HC VAR ED

$54.99

MAR

 

1,384

69

2.2

BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 TP

$12.95

DC

 

1,372

70

2.19

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,365

71

2.15

MABURAHO MANGA VOL 1 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,340

72

2.14

SPIDER-MAN INDIA TP

$9.99

MAR

 

1,334

73

2.13

ALPHA FLIGHT VOL 2 WAXING POETIC TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,328

74

2.02

BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 TP NEW PTG

$12.99

DC

 

1,259

75

1.96

STRAY BULLETS VOL 1 INNOCENCE O/NIHILISM 10TH ANN TP

$19.95

EL

 

1,222

76

1.94

VAN VON HUNTER VOL 1 GN (OF 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,209

77

1.89

BATMAN BLIND JUSTICE TP NEW PTG

$14.99

DC

 

1,178

78

1.89

YU GI OH DUELIST VOL 4 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,178

79

1.87

DEVIL DOES EXIST VOL 1

$9.95

DC

 

1,166

80

1.86

BLEACH VOL 6 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,160

81

1.83

TEX THE LONESOME RIDER GN

$15.95

SAF

 

1,141

82

1.83

GIRL GOT GAME VOL 9 GN (OF 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,141

83

1.82

SGT FROG VOL 8 GN (OF 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,135

84

1.8

DR SLUMP VOL 1 TP

$7.99

VIZ

 

1,122

85

1.79

BOYS BE VOL 4 GN (OF 20) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,116

86

1.76

WALKING DEAD VOL 2 MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,097

87

1.75

MEGALEX VOL 1 TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

1,091

88

1.73

MILKMAN MURDERS TP (MR)

$12.95

DAR

 

1,079

89

1.72

ULT GALACTUS VOL 1 NIGHTMARE TP

$12.99

MAR

 

1,072

90

1.71

TOM STRONGS TERRIFIC TALES VOL 2 HC

$24.99

DC

 

1,066

91

1.7

ID ENTITY VOL 1 GN (OF 13)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,060

92

1.7

TENRYU THE DRAGON CYCLE VOL 1 TP

$9.99

DC

 

1,060

93

1.67

GUNDAM SEED ASTRAY R VOL 2 GN (OF 4)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,041

94

1.66

BILAL LIBRARY MEMORIES TP (MR)

$17.99

DC

 

1,035

95

1.65

TEEN TITANS FAMILY LOST TP NEW PTG

$9.99

DC

 

1,029

96

1.65

PRINCE OF TENNIS VOL 7 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,029

97

1.62

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 1 PUBLIC ENEMIES TP

$12.99

DC

 

1,010

98

1.62

VAMPIRE GAME VOL 11 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,010

99

1.62

WIZARD BEST O/BASIC TRAINING DLX TP

$29.99

WIZ

 

1,010

100

1.61

VIDEO GIRL AI VOL 11 TP

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,004

 
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 April, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of April.
 
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 March, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2005.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in March, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2005.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual March orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'New Marvels Drive Up Numbers in March' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in March, see 'Graphc Novels Lead Comic Market.'
 
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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