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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2006

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

Published: 04/17/2006 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during March 2006.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in March, see ''Infinite Crisis' #5 Up 11%.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in March, see 'Healthy Comic Periodical Market in March, Q1.'
 
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2006.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

10.21

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

 

7,127

2

8.83

FRUITS BASKET VOL 13 GN (Of 14)

$9.99

TKP

 

6,164

3

7.45

SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN FAMILY VOL 1 TP

$16.99

DC

 

5,200

4

7.39

SEVEN SOLDIERS O/VICTORY VOL 2 TP

$14.99

DC

 

5,159

5

7.19

NARUTO VOL 9 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

5,019

6

6.94

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOL 9 TP (MR)

$9.95

DAR

 

4,844

7

6.76

SECRET WAR HC

$29.99

MAR

 

4,719

8

6.56

ESSENTIAL GODZILLA TP

$19.99

MAR

 

4,579

9

6.37

CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER VOL 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

4,447

10

6.19

WIZARD BEST OF BASIC TRAINING CHARACTER CREATION TP

$19.99

WIZ

 

4,321

11

5.84

CHRONICLES O/CONAN VOL 10 GIANTS WALK EARTH TP

$16.95

DAR

 

4,077

12

5.78

JSA VOL 10 BLACK VENGEANCE TP

$19.99

DC

 

4,035

13

5.7

LENORE VOL 3 COOTIES TP

$13.95

SLG

 

3,979

14

5.58

ESSENTIAL OFF HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE DLX ED VOL 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,895

15

5.46

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 6 TP

$9.99

VIZ

 

3,811

16

5.42

RUNAWAYS VOL 5 ESCAPE TO NEW YORK DIGEST TP

$7.99

MAR

 

3,783

17

5.22

TOP 10 FORTY NINERS SC (MR)

$17.99

DC

 

3,644

18

5.2

NEW AVENGERS VOL 3 SECRETS & LIES PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

 

3,630

19

5.08

KINGDOM HEARTS VOL 3 GN (Of 4)

$5.99

TKP

 

3,546

20

5.07

SW CLONE WARS VOL 8 LAST SIEGE FINAL TRUTH TP

$17.95

DAR

 

3,539

21

5

NEGIMA VOL 9 GN (MR)

$10.95

RAN

 

3,490

22

4.94

BATTLE ROYALE VOL 15 GN (Of 15) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

3,448

23

4.87

DAREDEVIL VOL 13 MURDOCK PAPERS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

3,400

24

4.59

ULTIMATE IRON MAN VOL 1 PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

 

3,204

25

4.57

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 24 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

3,190

26

4.49

ESSENTIAL NOVA VOL 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,134

27

4.27

FORGOTTEN REALMS DARK ELF TRILOGY VOL 2 EXILE TP

$14.95

DDP

 

2,981

28

4.2

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

MAR

 

2,932

29

4.13

EXILES VOL 12 WORLD TOUR BOOK 1 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

2,883

30

4.11

SQUADRON SUPREME DEATH O/UNIVERSE TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,869

31

4.03

ULTIMATE X-MEN ULTIMATE COLL VOL 1 TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,813

32

3.75

SILVER SURFER REBIRTH O/THANOS TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,618

33

3.73

BIRDS O/PREY BETWEEN DARK & DAWN TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,604

34

3.67

DONALD DUCK ADVS VOL 17 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

2,562

35

3.64

AUTHORITY REVOLUTION BK TWO 2 (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

2,541

36

3.64

NIGHTWING MOBBED UP TP

$12.99

DC

 

2,541

37

3.52

KARE KANO VOL 19 GN (Of 20)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,457

38

3.45

MAXX BOOK SIX TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

 

2,408

39

3.42

INCREDIBLE HULK PLANET HULK PRELUDE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

2,387

40

3.42

X-MEN DARK PHOENIX SAGA TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,387

41

3.4

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

2,373

42

3.34

DEARS VOL 6 GN (Of 7)

$9.99

TKP

 

2,331

43

3.33

WALKING DEAD VOL 4 HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR)

$12.99

IMA

 

2,325

44

3.32

HELLBLAZER LADY CONSTANTINE TP (MR)

$9.99

DC

 

2,318

45

3.31

SUPERMAN DAILY PLANET TP

$19.99

DC

 

2,311

46

3.26

LADY SNOWBLOOD VOL 3 RETRIBUTION PT 1 TP (MR)

$14.95

DAR

 

2,276

47

3.26

MICKEY MOUSE ADVS VOL 8 TP

$7.95

GEM

 

2,276

48

3.21

WAR STORIES VOL 2 TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

 

2,241

49

3.21

ALL STAR ARCHIVES VOL 0 HC

$39.99

DC

 

2,241

50

3.13

LULLABY ONCE UPON TIME VOL 1 PIED PIPER O/HAMELIN GN

$5.99

ALI

 

2,185

51

3.1

DEATH NOTE VOL 4 TP

$7.99

VIZ

 

2,164

52

2.96

X-MEN MUTANT GENESIS TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,066

53

2.96

CABLE DEADPOOL VOL 4 BOSOM BUDDIES TP

$14.99

MAR

 

2,066

54

2.93

HOUSE O/M TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,045

55

2.92

WILL EISNERS SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 18 HC

$49.99

DC

 

2,038

56

2.9

CRYING FREEMAN VOL 1 TP

$14.95

DAR

 

2,024

57

2.88

SPAWN MANGA VOL 3 TP

$9.99

IMA

 

2,010

58

2.78

X-MEN COLOSSUS BLOODLINE TP

$13.99

MAR

 

1,941

59

2.77

BLACK PANTHER WHO I/BLACK PANTHER TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,934

60

2.71

CHRONO CRUSADE MANGA VOL 7 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,892

61

2.66

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

 

1,857

62

2.64

ALIAS OMNIBUS HC

$69.99

MAR

 

1,843

63

2.4

THOR BLOOD OATH HC

$19.99

MAR

 

1,675

64

2.38

DRAX THE DESTROYER EARTH FALL TP

$10.99

MAR

 

1,661

65

2.34

TENJHO TENGE VOL 6

$9.99

DC

 

1,633

66

2.3

ROCKETO VOL 1 JOURNEY TO HIDDEN SEA TP

$19.99

IMA

 

1,606

67

2.3

SUIKODEN III VOL 9 GN (Of 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,606

68

2.29

CHIBI VAMPIRE VOL 1 GN (Of 5) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,599

69

2.23

CONCRETE VOL 4 KILLER SMILE TP

$12.95

DAR

 

1,557

70

2.22

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 25 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,550

71

2.2

MARVEL VISIONARIES JACK KIRBY VOL 2 HC

$34.99

MAR

 

1,536

72

2.2

LAST FANTASY VOL 1 GN (Of 5)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,536

73

2.2

PSYCHIC ACADEMY VOL 11 GN (Of 11)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,536

74

2.19

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,529

75

2.17

EVERY GIRL I/END O/T WORLD FOR ME GN (MR)

$8.00

TOP

 

1,515

76

2.17

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 2 DANGEROUS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

1,515

77

2.17

OUR EVERLASTING VOL 2 GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,515

78

2.16

READ OR DIE VOL 1 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,508

79

2.15

OUR KINGDOM VOL 2 GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,501

80

2.14

YELLOW VOL 3 GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,494

81

2.14

MY ONLY KING GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,494

82

2.13

GIRLS BRAVO VOL 3 GN (Of 10) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,487

83

2.12

SUPERMAN ADVS VOL 3 LAST SON O/KRYPTON

$6.99

DC

 

1,480

84

2.11

SUPERMAN ADVS VOL 4 MAN O/STEEL

$6.99

DC

 

1,473

85

2.06

FULL METAL PANIC MANGA VOL 9 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,438

86

2.06

ULTIMATES 2 VOL 1 GODS & MONSTERS TP

$15.99

MAR

 

1,438

87

2.06

WALKING DEAD VOL 2 MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,438

88

2.06

BLEACH VOL 12 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,438

89

2.05

SUPERMAN RED SON TP

$17.99

DC

 

1,431

90

2.04

FUSHIGI YUGI GENBU KAIDEN VOL 3 TP

$8.99

VIZ

 

1,424

91

2.03

WALKING DEAD VOL 3 SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,417

92

2.01

I LUV HALLOWEEN VOL 2 GN (Of 3) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,403

93

2

METAL GEAR SOLID VOL 2 TP

$19.99

IDW

 

1,396

94

1.92

WARCRAFT VOL 2 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,340

95

1.9

RG VEDA VOL 5 GN (Of 10)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,326

96

1.89

MARVEL MASTERWORKS ANT-MAN GIANT-MAN VOL 1 NEW ED HC

$49.99

MAR

 

1,319

97

1.89

ABANDONED VOL 1 GN (Of 3) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,319

98

1.89

TARZAN JOE KUBERT YEARS VOL 2 HC

$49.95

DAR

 

1,319

99

1.87

YUBISAKI MILK TEA VOL 1 GN (Of 4) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,305

100

1.81

Y THE LAST MAN VOL 6 GIRL O/GIRL TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

1,263

 
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 March, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of March.  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.
 
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 February, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--February 2006.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in February, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--February 2006.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual February orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see 'Astonishing X-Men Leads Strong February' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in February, see 'Comic Sales Up in February.'
 
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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