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December 2004 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


The relaunched Avengers title sent 2004 on a positive note, up 6% over the previous year overall.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the month.

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
12New Avengers1$2.25Marvel240,734
23Ultimates 21$2.99Marvel146,277
31Identity Crisis7$3.95DC139,578
44Astonishing X-Men7$2.99Marvel134,109
55Superman Batman15 (Res)$2.95DC119,932
66Superman Batman16$2.95DC115,662
77Green Lantern Rebirth3$2.95DC106,527
89Superman212$2.50DC100,248
910Uncanny X-Men453$2.25Marvel89,956
1011Ultimate Spider-Man70$2.25Marvel88,964
1114X-Men165$2.25Marvel86,637
1216Amazing Spider-Man515$2.25Marvel82,843
1317Wolverine23$2.25Marvel80,681
1418Ultimate Fantastic Four14$2.25Marvel77,935
1520Ultimate Nightmare4$2.25Marvel76,662
168X-Men Fantastic Four1$3.50Marvel74,518
1712X-Men The End Book 1 Dreamers & Demons6$2.99Marvel66,223
1813JLA Classified2$2.95DC66,150
1915Marvel Knights Spider-Man9$2.99Marvel64,463
2028JLA109$2.25DC63,793
2123Teen Titans19$2.50DC62,588
2230Batman635$2.25DC60,901
2319Supreme Power14$2.99Marvel57,977
2422Iron Man2$2.99Marvel53,294
2526Legion of Super Heroes1$2.95DC50,694
2625Daredevil68$2.99Marvel50,493
2729Fantastic Four521$2.99Marvel47,636
2845Spectacular Spider-Man22$2.25Marvel47,515
2943JSA68$2.50DC45,200
3031New X-Men7$2.99Marvel43,026
3134Detective Comics801$2.95DC42,777
3233Excalibur8$2.99Marvel42,442
3336Conan11$2.99Dark Horse41,151
3427Strange3$3.50Marvel41,017
3563Ultimate Elektra5$2.25Marvel40,858
3648Outsiders18$2.50DC40,602
3737The Punisher15$2.99Marvel40,359
3839Nightwing100$2.95DC40,024
3957Action Comics822$2.50DC38,112
4024New Avengers1 Directors Cut$3.99Marvel38,075
4141X-Force5$2.99Marvel38,008
4242What If Magneto Had Formed X-Men W/Professor X$2.99Marvel37,898
4332Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes3$3.50Marvel36,668
4446Green Lantern Rebirth2$2.95DC35,950
4566Batman Gotham Knights60$2.50DC35,895
4635Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes4$3.50Marvel35,627
4776Robin133$2.25DC35,408
4847Doctor Spectrum4$2.99Marvel34,853
4972Adventures of Superman635$2.50DC34,439
5049Exiles55$2.99Marvel33,745
5150Exiles56$2.99Marvel33,398
5240Catwoman When I/Rome3$3.50DC33,392
5351Exiles57$2.99Marvel33,185
5473Justice League Elite6$2.50DC33,142
5552Rising Stars23$2.99Image32,911
5653New Thunderbolts3$2.99Marvel32,722
5754Marvel Knights 413$2.99Marvel32,624
5821Batman Danger Girl$4.95DC32,423
5955What If Karen Page Had Lived$2.99Marvel32,314
6058What If Aunt May Had Died Instead of Uncle Ben$2.99Marvel31,784
6159Nightcrawler3$2.99Marvel31,437
6260Space Ghost2$2.95DC31,431
6378Batgirl59$2.50DC31,029
6444Hulk & Thing Hard Knocks4$3.50Marvel31,004
6579Green Arrow45$2.50DC30,998
6661What If Dr Doom Had Become Thing$2.99Marvel30,931
6762What If Jessica Jones Had Joined Avengers$2.99Marvel30,840
6864Powers7$2.95Marvel30,688
6982Birds of Prey77$2.50DC30,304
7065X-Men Unlimited6$2.99Marvel30,140
7138Punisher Red Xmas$3.99Marvel29,853
7267What If General Ross Had Become Hulk$2.99Marvel29,786
7368Green Lantern Rebirth1$2.95DC29,719
7470Transformers Generation 1 Vol. 310$2.95Dreamwave29,683
7584Spawn141 (Res)$2.50Image29,470
7669Nightcrawler4$2.99Marvel29,293
77104Marvel Team-Up3$2.25Marvel29,086
7871Rogue5$2.99Marvel28,836
7994Batman Legends of the Dark Knight186$2.50DC27,813
8074Cable Deadpool10$2.99Marvel26,912
8175Rogue6$2.99Marvel26,906
8277Y The Last Man29$2.95DC26,766
8381Gambit5$2.99Marvel25,414
84109Catwoman38$2.50DC25,109
85110Fables32$2.50DC24,890
86119Wonder Woman211$2.25DC24,829
8783Spider-Man India2$2.99Marvel24,780
8885Emma Frost18$2.99Marvel24,519
8986Black Widow4$2.99Marvel24,372
9087G.I. Joe Vs Transformers Vol. 24$2.95Devil's Due24,263
9188She Hulk10$2.99Marvel23,849
9290District X8$2.99Marvel23,684
9392Fathom Dawn of War3$2.99Aspen23,453
9493Sabretooth4$2.99Marvel23,294
9598Street Fighter12$2.95Devil's Due23,252
9695Captain America & The Falcon10$2.99Marvel23,234
9799Ex Machina7$2.95DC23,173
98100G.I. Joe37$2.95Devil's Due23,087
9997Bullseye Greatest Hits4$2.99Marvel22,953
100101Transformers War Within Vol. 33$2.95Dreamwave22,929
101102Mystique22$2.99Marvel22,558
102103Madrox4$2.99Marvel22,551
103105Authority Revolution3$2.95DC22,028
10480JSA Strange Adventures5$3.50DC21,833
105106Adam Strange4$2.95DC21,510
106107Deadshot1$2.95DC21,449
107108G.I. Joe38$2.95Devil's Due21,413
108126Hawkman35$2.50DC21,358
109128Aquaman25$2.50DC21,108
110129Firestorm8$2.50DC21,078
111111New Invaders5$2.99Marvel20,791
112114Intimates2$2.95DC20,444
113112Spider-Girl81$2.99Marvel20,420
114115Star Wars Republic71$2.99Dark Horse19,823
11556Solo2$4.95DC19,391
116139Doom Patrol7$2.50DC19,336
117117Alpha Flight10$2.99Marvel19,056
118118Star Wars Republic72$2.99Dark Horse18,989
119122Ocean3$2.95DC18,660
120120Star Wars Obsession2$2.99Dark Horse18,654
121121Elektra The Hand5$2.99Marvel18,556
122123Star Wars Empire28$2.99Dark Horse18,215
123124Star Wars Empire27$2.99Dark Horse18,112
124125Spider-Man Doctor Octopus Year 15$2.99Marvel18,033
12591Identity Crisis2$3.95DC17,850
126127Tomb of Dracula3$2.99Marvel17,795
127131G.I. Joe Reloaded10$2.95Devil's Due17,728
128130Tomb Raider48$2.99Image17,491
12996Off Hndbk Marvel Universe Golden Age Marvel 2004$3.99Marvel17,357
130148Gotham Central26$2.50DC17,095
131135Question2$2.95DC16,949
132132Thor Son of Asgard11$2.99Marvel16,930
133133Witchblade81$2.99Image16,912
134137Transformers Energon30$2.95Dreamwave16,778
135138G.I. Joe Reloaded11$2.95Devil's Due16,754
136136BPRD The Dead2$2.99Dark Horse16,577
137140Darkness Vol. 217$2.99Image15,992
138141Swamp Thing10$2.95DC15,846
139154100 Bullets56$2.50DC15,591
140157Manhunter5$2.50DC15,353
141149Hellblazer203$2.75DC15,304
142164Teen Titans Go14$2.25DC14,963
143144Toe Tags Feat George Romero3$2.95DC14,933
144147Walking Dead14$2.95Image14,714
145116Young Guns 2004 Sketch Book$3.99Marvel14,701
146159Books of Magick Life During Wartime6$2.50DC14,494
147151Trigger1$2.95DC14,019
148150Kabuki3$2.99Marvel13,885
149172Justice League Unlimited4$2.25DC13,788
150175Batman Strikes4$2.25DC13,258
151156Tom Strong30$2.95DC13,069
152155Jubilee4$2.99Marvel13,027
153134Tales of Suspense Captain America & Iron Man Comm Ed1$3.99Marvel12,673
154158Simpsons Comics101$2.99Bongo12,625
155145Doc Frankenstein1$3.50Burlyman12,576
156171Lucifer57$2.50DC12,442
157184Ultimate Fantastic Four13$2.25Marvel12,180
158161Samurai Heaven & Earth1$2.99Dark Horse11,937
159162The Incredibles2$2.99Dark Horse11,912
16089Elektra The Movie$5.99Marvel11,870
161142Stokers Dracula2$3.99Marvel11,693
16214330 Days of Bloodsuckers Tales3$3.99IDW11,669
163189Marvel Age Spider-Man17$2.25Marvel11,644
164152Shaolin Cowboy1$3.50Burlyman11,595
165153Concrete Human Dilemma1$3.50Dark Horse11,535
166163Warlock4$2.99Marvel11,449
167194Marvel Age Spider-Man18$2.25Marvel11,413
168166Masters of the Universe Vol. 38$2.95Image11,267
169167Sleeper Season Two7$2.95DC11,023
170146Metal Gear Solid4$3.99IDW11,005
171185Richard Dragon8$2.50DC10,919
172173Witching7$2.95DC10,402
173225Marvel Age Spider-Man Team Up4$1.75Marvel10,341
174113Elric Making of A Sorcerer2$5.95DC10,207
175174Fallen Angel18$2.95DC10,201
176176Goon Dh Ed10$2.99Dark Horse9,976
177178Plastic Man13$2.95DC9,976
178170Ghostbusters Legion3$2.9588 MPH9,921
179177Return of Shadowhawk One Shot1$2.99Image9,848
180180Humankind4$2.99Image9,756
181182Losers19$2.95DC9,665
182181Bart Simpson Comics21$2.99Bongo9,653
183183Invincible18$2.95Image9,440
184187Aftermath Infantry1$2.95Devil's Due8,898
185188Voltron Vol. 211$2.95Devil's Due8,898
186239Marvel Age Hulk4$1.75Marvel8,806
187190Monolith10$2.95DC8,788
188191Wild Girl2$2.95DC8,751
189195Savage Dragon119$2.95Image8,672
190221Sonic The Hedgehog143$2.19Archie8,459
191165Garth Ennis 3032$3.99Avatar8,416
192196Razors Edge Warblade3$2.95DC8,398
193222Sonic The Hedgehog144$2.19Archie8,337
194197Human Target17$2.95DC8,215
195198Angeltown2$2.95DC8,155
196223Marvel Age Fantastic Four9$2.25Marvel8,118
197200Megacity 9094$2.95Devil's Due8,008
198168Lady Death 10th Anniv Ed1$3.99Avatar7,996
199214Hard Time11$2.50DC7,996
200227Marvel Age Fantastic Four10$2.25Marvel7,954
201201Monolith11$2.95DC7,948
202203Ultra5$2.95Image7,740
203204Battle of the Planets Princess3$2.99Image7,594
204211PVP12$2.95Image6,979
205218Bloodhound6$2.95DC6,529
206238Enginehead6$2.50DC6,437
207224Ojo4$2.99Oni6,096
208230Aftermath Breakdown2$2.95Devil's Due6,023
209199Brian Pulidos Belladonna2$3.99Avatar5,980
210228Cosmic Guard5$2.99Dynamic5,968
211231Mu2$2.95Devil's Due5,932
212212Noble Causes4$3.50Image5,865
213202Knights of the Dinner Table98$3.99Kenzer5,786
214233Blade of Kumori2$2.95Devil's Due5,731
215216Wildguard Fire Power1$3.50Image5,603
216217Noble Causes5$3.50Image5,597
217236Aftermath Defex3$2.95Devil's Due5,566
218205Girl Genius13$3.95Airship5,524
219250Powerpuff Girls57$2.25DC5,463
220237Queen & Country28$2.99Oni5,420
221186Misplaced At 171$4.95Devil's Due5,396
222208Identity Crisis6$3.95DC5,341
223220Warren Ellis Quit City1$3.50Avatar5,335
224206Stargate SG1 Fall of Rome3$3.99Avatar5,329
225207CSI Dominos4$3.99IDW5,304
226210Identity Crisis1$3.95DC5,225
227160Uncle Scrooge337$6.95Gemstone5,207
228251Scooby Doo91$2.25DC5,201
229193Army of Darkness Ashes To Ashes Directors Cut1$4.99Dynamic5,152
230215Desperadoes Banners of Gold1$3.99IDW4,988
231241Jingle Belle2$2.99Dark Horse4,915
232243Donald Duck & Friends323$2.95Gemstone4,854
233219Identity Crisis5$3.95DC4,854
234242Blade of the Immortal96$2.99Dark Horse4,848
235258Flash216$2.25DC4,683
236244Demo12$2.95Astronauts in Trouble4,628
237226Metal Hurlant14$3.95DC4,568
238213Love & Rockets Vol. 212$4.50Fantagraphics4,494
239247Superman Batman14 (Res)$2.95DC4,482
240248Mickey Mouse and Friends272$2.95Gemstone4,482
241229Secret Skull4$3.99IDW4,464
242249Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles19$2.95Mirage4,452
243245The Incredibles1 New Prtg$2.99Dark Horse4,427
244246Karas$2.99Dark Horse4,427
245192Black Hole12$5.95Fantagraphics4,324
246232Identity Crisis3$3.95DC4,324
247234Identity Crisis4$3.95DC4,257
248179Walt Disneys Comics & Stories652$6.95Gemstone4,214
249235Lurkers3$3.99IDW4,160
250261Radioactive Man197$2.50Bongo3,989
251253Worldwatch3$2.95Austen3,800
252252Supreme Power13$2.99Marvel3,788
253271Ultimate Elektra4$2.25Marvel3,776
254255Dead At 17 Revolution2$2.95Viper3,697
255256Gold Digger58$2.99Antarctic3,617
256266Teen Titans18$2.50DC3,605
257209Super Manga Blast47$5.99Dark Horse3,459
258260Space Ghost1$2.95DC3,441
259269Spawn140 (Res)$2.50Image3,423
260263Frankenstein Mobster7$2.95Image3,234
261278Looney Tunes121$2.25DC3,088
262267Bear7$2.95Slave Labor3,033
263284Archie553$2.19Archie2,820
264254Cvo Covert Vampiric Operations Rogue State2$3.99IDW2,801
265272Hardy Boys2$2.95NBM2,716
266257Marvel Must Haves Wolverine20-22$3.99Marvel2,704
267288Sabrina Vol. 263$2.19Archie2,649
268280Superman211$2.50DC2,625
269264Secret War Book 1$3.50Marvel2,607
270274Ezra3$2.95Archie2,600
271259Fierce4$3.99Dark Horse2,576
272240G-Man One Shot$5.95Image2,570
273273Brian Pulidos War Angel Book of Death Var Cvr$2.99Avatar2,570
274268Secret War Book 2$3.50Marvel2,540
275290JLA108$2.25DC2,527
276275Gloomcookie22$2.95Slave Labor2,521
277276Nightmares & Fairy Tales11$2.95Slave Labor2,515
278293Betty & Veronica205$2.19Archie2,503
279169Street Fighter Cvr C Power Foil11$7.50Devil's Due2,448
280270Mad Magazine449$3.50DC2,442
281262Olympus Heights5$3.99IDW2,406
282296Cartoon Network Block Party4$2.25DC2,393
283297Betty143$2.19Archie2,357
284298Veronica157$2.19Archie2,308
285279PS2389$2.99Dork Storm2,247
286294Brian Pulidos War Angel Book of Death Reg Cvr$2.50Avatar2,174
287283Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated41$2.99Kenzer2,132
288277Joe Lansdale's By Bizarre Hands6$3.50Avatar2,077
289285Adam Strange3$2.95DC1,991
290286Serenity Rose5$2.95Slave Labor1,973
291287Darkstalkers1$2.95Devil's Due1,967
292289Heroes Anonymous6$2.99Bongo1,906
293291Captain Gravity & Power of Vril1 Curr Prtg$2.95Penny Farthing1,888
294292City of Heroes8$2.95Blue King1,888
295299Batgirl58$2.50DC1,876
296265Hot Moms4$4.95Fantagraphics1,845
297295Street Angel4$2.95Slave Labor1,833
298300Jughead162$2.19Archie1,827
299282Genus68$3.50Radio1,821
300281Archie Double Digest157$3.59Archie1,821




December 2004 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 100 chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #3 #4

Graphic novels were up strongly for the year.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
12Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Gifted$14.99Marvel10,901
25Creatures of the Night HC $12.95Dark Horse8,325
327Samurai Executioner Vol. 2 $9.95Dark Horse5,652
416Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 2 Doom$12.99Marvel5,578
53Powers Vol. 7 Forever$19.95Marvel5,518
610Chronicles of Conan Vol. 6 Curse of the Golden Skull$15.95Dark Horse5,323
719Hellsing Vol. 5 $13.95Dark Horse4,817
813Avengers Disassembled Thor$16.99Marvel4,805
922JLA Another Nail$12.95DC4,756
106Matrix Comics Vol. 2$21.95Burlyman4,726
1138Fruits Basket Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop4,726
1214Essential Iron Man Vol. 2$16.99Marvel4,464
1340Battle Royale Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop4,397
1411DC The New Frontier Vol. 1$19.95DC4,184
157What If Classic Vol. 1$24.99Marvel3,983
1625Global Frequency Detonation Radio$14.95DC3,904
1752Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 9 $7.95Viz3,849
1836Uncanny X-Men New Age Vol. 1 End of History$12.99Marvel3,709
1946Venom Vs Carnage$9.99Marvel3,502
2023X-Men Dreams End$17.99Marvel3,417
2153Inu Yasha Vol. 20$8.95Viz3,374
2235Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 4 Disassembled$14.99Marvel3,252
2333Tales of the Vampires $15.95Dark Horse3,179
2437Fantastic Four Vol. 5 Disassembled$14.99Marvel3,161
2561Donald Duck Adventures Vol. 9$7.95Gemstone3,161
268Arkham Asylum Anniv Ed HC$29.95DC3,130
2728Sw Clone Wars Vol. 5 The Best Blades $17.95Dark Horse3,124
2839Avengers Disassembled Iron Man$14.99Marvel3,069
2963Naruto Vol. 5 $7.95Viz3,057
3030Avengers Disassembled Captain America$17.99Marvel3,051
3154Marges Little Lulu Vol. 1 $9.95Dark Horse3,027
3267Batman Jam Packed Action$7.99DC2,966
3326Batman Dark Knight Archives Vol. 1 HC$19.95DC2,856
3475Very Big Monster Show$7.49IDW2,734
3520Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne Vol. 3$24.99Marvel2,655
361DC Comics Rarities Archives Vol. 1 HC$75.00DC2,582
3792Hell House Vol. 1$6.49IDW2,558
3843Adventures in the Rifle Brigade$14.95DC2,515
3944New X-Men Academy X Vol. 1 Choosing Sides$14.99Marvel2,442
4064Swamp Thing Bad Seed$9.95DC2,430
4117Spider-Man Maximum Carnage$29.99Marvel2,418
4265Battle Vixens Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop2,418
4342Marvel Holiday Special$15.99Marvel2,363
4449Yu Gi Oh The Movie Ani Manga $13.99Viz2,345
4524Transformers Gen 1 More Than Meets The Eye Vol. 2$24.95Dreamwave2,339
4651Identity Disc$13.99Marvel2,296
4769Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop2,229
484Justice League of America Archives Vol. 9 HC$49.95DC2,168
499Art of Greg Horn HC$39.95Image2,125
5072Elfquest The Grand Quest Vol. 6$9.95DC2,119
5156Mystique Vol. 3 Unnatural$13.99Marvel2,089
5231Astro City Local Heroes HC$24.95DC2,083
5376Initial D Vol. 15$9.99Tokyopop2,040
5434Kong King of Skull Island HC $24.95Dark Horse1,998
5547American Splendor Our Movie Year $16.95Random House1,973
5659Batman Hush Vol. 1$12.95DC1,961
5786Get Backers Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop1,882
58109Yu Gi Oh Vol. 7 $7.95Viz1,839
59108Marvel Age Spider-Girl Father Like Daughter Vol. 2 Digest$7.99Marvel1,839
6068Batman Hush Vol. 2$12.95DC1,809
6141Star Trek Key Collection Vol. 2$22.95Checker1,760
62113Bleach Vol. 4 $7.95Viz1,754
6358Alpha Flight Vol. 1 You Gotta Be Kiddin Me$14.99Marvel1,711
6470Ultimate X-Men Vol. 7 Blockbuster$12.99Marvel1,687
6594Angel Sanctuary Vol. 5 $9.99Viz1,644
6612Thunder Agents Archives Vol. 5 HC$49.95DC1,644
6750Blood A Tale New Ptg$19.95DC1,638
6866Will Eisners John Law Vol. 1$14.99IDW1,602
6997Comic Party Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop1,602
70100Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.95Image1,553
7177Y The Last Man Vol. 4 Safeword$12.95DC1,547
72102Fushigi Yugi Vol. 13 $9.95Viz1,523
73104King of Hell Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop1,510
74106Vagabond Vol. 17 $9.95Viz1,486
7555Remains$19.99IDW1,468
7685Walking Dead Vol. 2 Miles Behind Us$12.95Image1,449
7760Strangers In Paradise Pocket Vol. 3$17.95Abstract1,401
78111Rave Master Vol. 12$9.99Tokyopop1,401
7973Krazy & Ignatz 1933-34 Necromancy By The Blue Bean Bush$14.95Fantagraphics1,395
8018Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 New Ed HC$49.99Marvel1,389
8157Watchmen$19.95DC1,358
8215Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 2nd Ed HC Var Dust$54.99Marvel1,334
8348Midnight Nation New Prtg$24.99Image1,328
8421Mage Vol. 1 The Hero Discovered HC$49.95Image1,322
8532Art of Usagi Yojimbo HC $39.95Dark Horse1,297
8684Batman Dark Knight Returns$14.95DC1,285
8762Lore$19.99IDW1,242
8889Tales of the Realm$14.95Image1,206
89218Dare Detectives Vol. 1 Snowpea Plot $5.95Dark Horse1,194
90223Deady The Terrible Teddy$5.95Sirius1,175
9195Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Vol. 9$13.95HK 1,157
9274Seraphic Feather Vol. 5 War Crimes$17.95Dark Horse1,151
9391Kingdom Come$14.95DC1,114
94130Tramps Like Us Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,114
95131Neck & Neck Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,108
96132Diablo Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,108
97133Awakening$9.95Oni1,090
9871Vampirella Crimson Chronicles Vol. 2 $19.95Harris1,072
99139Dragon Knights Vol. 17$9.99Tokyopop1,072
10083Sin City That Yellow Bastard$19.00Dark Horse1,017