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Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2006

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

Published: 05/23/2006 12:00am
These are estimates of the sales by Diamond U.S. to comic specialty stores during April 2006.
 
For an overview and analysis of comic sales in April, see ''Infinite Crisis' Still Dominant.'
 
For an analysis of the dollar trends in April, see 'Periodicals 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 2006.'
 

QtyRank

Index

Title

Price

Pub

 

Est.Qty

1

8.83

HELLBOY VOL 6 STRANGE PLACES TP (MR)

$17.95

DAR

 

6,436

2

8.44

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 5 CROSSOVER TP

$12.99

MAR

 

6,152

3

7.97

100 BULLETS VOL 9 STRYCHNINE LIVES TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

5,809

4

7.89

SHOWCASE PRESENTS TEEN TITANS VOL 1 TP

$16.99

DC

 

5,751

5

7.8

ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 HC*

$29.99

MAR

 

5,685

6

7.78

V FOR VENDETTA TP

$19.99

DC

 

5,671

7

7.75

EX MACHINA VOL 3 FACT V FICTION TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

5,649

8

7.41

X-MEN COMPLETE AGE O/APOCALYPSE EPIC BK 3 TP

$29.99

MAR

 

5,401

9

7.32

STAR WARS CLONE WARS ADVS VOL 5 TP

$6.95

DAR

 

5,335

10

6.31

YOUNG AVENGERS VOL 1 SIDEKICKS TP

$14.99

MAR

 

4,599

11

5.65

SPIDER-MAN OTHER HC

$29.99

MAR

 

4,118

12

5.32

DECIMATION X-MEN DAY AFTER TP

$15.99

MAR

 

3,878

13

5.3

ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL 7 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,863

14

4.93

BERSERK VOL 11 TP (MR)

$13.95

DAR

 

3,593

15

4.82

OUTSIDERS CRISIS INTERVENTION TP

$12.99

DC

 

3,513

16

4.78

X-23 INNOCENCE LOST TP

$15.99

MAR

 

3,484

17

4.64

FRESHMEN TP

$16.99

IMA

 

3,382

18

4.29

ESSENTIAL WOLVERINE VOL 4 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

3,127

19

4.14

SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 1 PUBLIC ENEMIES TP

$12.99

DC

 

3,018

20

4.08

GREEN LANTERN NO FEAR HC

$24.99

DC

 

2,974

21

4.07

INU YASHA VOL 25 TP

$8.95

VIZ

 

2,967

22

3.92

TOURIST GN (MR)

$9.99

IMA

 

2,857

23

3.8

BATMAN DARK DETECTIVE TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,770

24

3.71

BATMAN THRILLKILLER TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,704

25

3.35

SUPERMAN RUIN REVEALED

$14.99

DC

 

2,442

26

3.29

SUPERMAN BIRTHRIGHT TP

$19.99

DC

 

2,398

27

3.28

IRON MAN DEMON I/BOTTLE TP

$24.99

MAR

 

2,391

28

3.27

SUPERMAN I/EIGHTIES

$19.99

DC

 

2,383

29

3.2

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

 

2,332

30

3.1

SERENITY TP

$9.95

DAR

 

2,260

31

3.1

NEW X-MEN CHILDHOODS END VOL 1 TP

$10.99

MAR

 

2,260

32

2.96

HELLBLAZER PAPA MIDNITE TP (MR)

$12.99

DC

 

2,158

33

2.92

ROBIN TO KILL BIRD TP

$14.99

DC

 

2,128

34

2.79

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES PEREZ VOL 2 TP

$19.99

MAR

 

2,034

35

2.66

ASTRO GN

$6.99

IMA

 

1,939

36

2.65

WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)

$9.95

IMA

 

1,932

37

2.64

GI JOE SNAKE-EYES DECLASSIFIED TP

$18.95

DDP

 

1,924

38

2.54

FLASH ARCHIVES VOL 4 HC

$49.99

DC

 

1,851

39

2.53

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO VOL 18 GN (Of 31) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,844

40

2.53

NEW MUTANTS CLASSIC VOL 1 TP

$24.99

MAR

 

1,844

41

2.48

SUPERMAN ARCHIVES VOL 7 HC

$49.99

DC

 

1,808

42

2.44

ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP

$12.99

MAR

 

1,778

43

2.37

ULTIMATES VOL 2 HOMELAND SECURITY TP

$17.99

MAR

 

1,727

44

2.29

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 25 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,669

45

2.27

TOM STRONG BOOK FIVE TP

$17.99

DC

 

1,655

46

2.26

CHALLENGERS O/UNKNOWN STOLEN MOMENTS BORROWED TIME TP

$16.99

DC

 

1,647

47

2.26

FREAK SHOW TP

$5.99

IMA

 

1,647

48

2.25

BATTLE POPE COLOR VOL 1 GENESIS TP (MR)

$12.99

IMA

 

1,640

49

2.23

WHAT IF MIRROR MIRROR TP

$16.99

MAR

 

1,625

50

2.2

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLTD VOL 2 WORLDS GREATEST HEROES TP

$6.99

DC

 

1,604

51

2.19

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLTD VOL 3 CHAMPIONS O/JUSTICE TP

$6.99

DC

 

1,596

52

2.16

ROZEN MAIDEN VOL 1 GN (Of 4)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,574

53

2.13

BLEACH VOL 12 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,553

54

2.13

INITIAL D VOL 22 GN (Of 30)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,553

55

2.1

LITTLE LULU VOL 9 LUCKY LULU TP

$9.95

DAR

 

1,531

56

2.09

MARVEL MASTERWORKS X-MEN VOL 6 HC NEW ED

$49.99

MAR

 

1,523

57

2.09

RUROUNI KENSHIN VOL 26 TP

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,523

58

2.05

ELFQUEST GRAND QUEST VOL 14 TP

$9.99

DC

 

1,494

59

2.04

OH MY GODDESS VOL 2 RTL TP

$10.95

DAR

 

1,487

60

2.03

GIRL GENIUS VOL 4 TP

$20.95

STU

 

1,480

61

1.98

FULL METAL PANIC OVERLOAD MANGA VOL 4 TP

$9.99

ADV

 

1,443

62

1.96

ART O/LOVING GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,429

63

1.93

FUSHIGI YUGI VOL 18 TP

$9.95

VIZ

 

1,407

64

1.88

GET BACKERS VOL 14 GN (Of 26) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,370

65

1.82

QUEEN & COUNTRY DECLASSIFIED VOL 2 TP (MR)

$8.95

ONI

 

1,327

66

1.82

BOYS O/SUMMER VOL 1 GN (Of 3) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,327

67

1.81

HOUSE O/M TP

$24.99

MAR

 

1,319

68

1.81

ANIMA VOL 1 GN

$9.99

TKP

 

1,319

69

1.8

BATMAN UNDER HOOD VOL 1 TP

$9.99

DC

 

1,312

70

1.8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS X-MEN VOL 6 HC VAR ED

$54.99

MAR

 

1,312

71

1.77

HG WELLS WAR O/T WORLDS HC

$14.95

DAR

 

1,290

72

1.72

KING O/HELL VOL 13 GN (Of 13)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,254

73

1.71

WALKING DEAD VOL 2 MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,246

74

1.7

WALKING DEAD VOL 4 HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR)

$12.99

IMA

 

1,239

75

1.7

ANGEL SANCTUARY VOL 13 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,239

76

1.69

COMP PEANUTS VOL 5 1959-1960 HC

$28.95

FAN

 

1,232

77

1.66

CONFIDENTIAL CONFESSIONS DEAI VOL 1 GN (Of 2) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,210

78

1.65

HANA KIMI VOL 11 GN

$9.99

VIZ

 

1,203

79

1.65

QUEEN & COUNTRY DECLASSIFIED VOL 3 TP (MR)

$8.95

ONI

 

1,203

80

1.63

SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS TP

$17.95

DC

 

1,188

81

1.59

HANK KETCHAMS COMP DENNIS MENACE 1953-4 HC

$24.95

FAN

 

1,159

82

1.59

ALMOST CRYING VOL 1 GN (MR)

$12.95

DIG

 

1,159

83

1.59

BLAME VOL 4 GN (OF 10) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,159

84

1.57

GUNGRAVE ANIME MANGA TP

$14.95

DAR

 

1,144

85

1.55

DEFENDERS INDEFENSIBLE PREM HC

$19.99

MAR

 

1,130

86

1.54

ONE PIECE VOL 10 GN

$7.95

VIZ

 

1,122

87

1.54

SCRAPPED PRINCESS VOL 3 GN (Of 3)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,122

88

1.53

DEATH NOTE VOL 5 TP

$7.99

VIZ

 

1,115

89

1.49

JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC

$19.95

SLG

 

1,086

90

1.47

JU ON VIDEO SIDE TP

$9.95

DAR

 

1,071

91

1.47

LILO & STITCH VOL 1 GN

$4.99

WAR

 

1,071

92

1.46

SHRINE O/MORNING MIST VOL 1 GN (Of 4)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,064

93

1.46

ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL 4 TP

$16.99

MAR

 

1,064

94

1.43

BOYS BE VOL 9 GN (Of 20) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,042

95

1.41

SUPERMAN GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP

$19.95

DC

 

1,028

96

1.41

WALKING DEAD VOL 3 SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR)

$12.95

IMA

 

1,028

97

1.4

FABLES VOL 6 HOMELANDS TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

 

1,020

98

1.4

LA ESPERANCA VOL 2 GN

$12.95

DIG

 

1,020

99

1.4

KINGDOM HEARTS VOL 3 GN (Of 4)

$5.99

TKP

 

1,020

100

1.4

PHD PHANTASY DEGREE VOL 6 GN (Of 8)

$9.99

TKP

 

1,020

 
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 April, or copies purchased by Diamond but held in inventory at the end of April.  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 March, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2006.'
 
For the top 300 comic actual orders in March, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2006.'
 
For an overview and analsysis of the actual March orders and an explanation of the transition to our new reporting, see ''Infinite Crisis' #5 Up 11%' and 'ICv2 Kicks Off New Top 300 Reporting.'  For an analysis of the dollar trends in March, see 'Healthy Comic Periodical Market in March, Q1.'
 
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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