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May 2006 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

Comic-book orders in the direct market in May were higher than they'd been in nearly a decade, thanks to the release of what would arguably be the most important comic book, sales-wise, in the Direct Market during the first decade of the 2000s: Civil War #1 from Marvel.

Among Diamond's Top 300 comics, unit orders were up 23% over the previous May, and dollar orders were up 28%. Diamond's overall sales including all comics, trade paperbacks, and magazines rose an astounding 40% over May of the previous year to $37.58 million. Year-over-year increases of that magnitude had not been seen since the beginning of the 1990s color comics boom.

Civil War #1 shipped at least 260,700 copies in its first month, missing the 21st-century record held by July 2005's All-Star Batman and Robin #1 by a mere 400 copies. DC's Infinite Crisis finale narrowly missed the 200,000-copy mark. Orders for DC's first four issues of 52 were only estimated by Diamond, owing to that title's returnability -- but estimates for all four were above 120,000 copies. 

The powerful sales coming from the major publishers resulted in not a single new publisher appearing on the list in May. The bottom of the Top 300 chart was at 2,800 copies; it had been a long time since the bar had been set so high.

DC's weekly 52 title was returnable, so the totals were estimated — likely reduced by 10% —  in the reports to account for its returnability. Diamond did not release the dollar sales rankings for the comics in 101st through 300th place this month.

Read more in our original report from the month. You can also 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.
Where dollar rankings were not available, "999" is listed for sorting purposes.
Items marked with asterisks [*] had their reported orders reduced by 10% due to returnability.
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
11Civil War1$3.99Marvel260,706
22Infinite Crisis7$3.99DC198,367
33All Star Batman & Robin4$2.99DC160,340
55Wolverine Origins2$2.99Marvel131,473
86New Avengers19$2.99Marvel123,271
104Superman Batman26$3.99DC118,776
119Superman Batman25$2.99DC103,663
1312Ultimate Fantastic Four30$2.99Marvel102,543
1414Amazing Spider-Man532$2.99Marvel95,508
1718Uncanny X-Men473$2.99Marvel79,305
1819Green Lantern11$2.99DC78,896
1916X-Men Deadly Genesis6$3.50Marvel77,390
2121Moon Knight2$2.99Marvel75,305
2222Ultimate Spider-Man94$2.99Marvel74,023
2323Ultimate Spider-Man95$2.99Marvel73,536
2430Teen Titans35$2.50DC72,926
2524Ultimate X-Men70$2.99Marvel72,208
2625Ultimate Extinction5$2.99Marvel71,729
2726Teen Titans36$2.99DC71,459
2928Detective Comics819$2.99DC65,775
3037Action Comics838$2.50DC62,678
3129Action Comics839$2.99DC61,875
3231Crisis Aftermath Spectre1$2.99DC55,751
3433Secret Six1$2.99DC54,940
3534Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man8$2.99Marvel53,890
3736Sensational Spider-Man26$2.99Marvel52,476
3941Crisis Aftermath Battle For Bludhaven3$2.99DC49,673
4042Squadron Supreme3$2.99Marvel49,186
4143Crisis Aftermath Battle For Bludhaven4$2.99DC48,816
4244X-Men 1985$2.99Marvel48,121
4446Son of M6$2.99Marvel47,148
4547Captain America18$2.99Marvel46,723
4648Incredible Hulk95$2.99Marvel46,553
4951Supergirl & Legion of Super Heroes18$2.99DC45,503
5153Annihilation Silver Surfer2$2.99Marvel44,213
5254X-Men End Men & X-Men5$2.99Marvel43,835
5355She-Hulk 28$2.99Marvel43,796
5457Ms Marvel3$2.99Marvel43,031
5659Blue Beetle3$2.99DC41,695
5861New X-Men26$2.99Marvel40,058
5962Annihilation Nova2$2.99Marvel39,587
6038Fantastic Four Death in the Family0$3.99Marvel39,232
6163Green Arrow62$2.99DC39,170
6264Iron Man8$2.99Marvel38,846
6365New Excalibur7$2.99Marvel38,730
6466Annihilation Super Skrull2$2.99Marvel38,313
6567JSA Classified12$2.99DC37,432
6669Annihilation Ronan2$2.99Marvel36,297
6770Birds of Prey94$2.99DC34,892
7174JLA Classified21$2.99DC33,787
7275Aquaman Sword of Atlantis42$2.99DC32,598
7376Red Sonja10$2.99Dynamic32,467
7477Last Planet Standing1$2.99Marvel32,219
7578Conan28$2.99Dark Horse31,663
7679Batman Secrets3$2.99DC30,845
77159Nextwave Agents of Hate5$1.25Marvel30,806
8082Last Planet Standing2$2.99Marvel29,154
8184X-Men Apocalypse Dracula4$2.99Marvel28,119
8285Black Panther16$2.99Marvel28,080
8386Transformers Infiltration5$2.99IDW27,254
8589She-Hulk 27$2.99Marvel26,551
8656Punisher Tyger (Res)0$4.99Marvel26,003
8790Y The Last Man45$2.99DC25,856
8839Batman Year One Hundred4$5.99DC25,825
8991Cable Deadpool28$2.99Marvel25,655
9194Batman Legends of the Dark Knight205$2.99DC24,412
9295Batman Legends of the Dark Knight206$2.99DC24,219
9497Star Wars Rebellion2$2.99Dark Horse23,755
97100Firestorm Nuclear Man25$2.99DC23,292
98102Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic5$2.99Dark Horse23,215
99103X-Men Fairy Tales1$2.99Marvel22,913
100104Transformers Beast Wars4$2.99IDW22,581
102999Books of Doom6$2.99Marvel22,296
104999Conan Book of Thoth3$4.99Dark Horse22,141
105999Jonah Hex7$2.99DC21,902
106999Red Sonja Claw Devils Hands3$2.99DC21,879
107999All New Off Handbook Marvel Universe A To Z5$3.99Marvel21,323
108999Red Sonja Vs Thulsa Doom4$3.50Dynamic21,145
109999G.I. Joe Vs Transformers Vol. 3 Art of War3$2.95Devil's Due20,604
110999Ex Machina20$2.99DC20,581
111999Sgt Rock Prophecy5$2.99DC20,535
112999Sentinel Squad One5$2.99Marvel20,342
113999Captain Atom Armageddon8$2.99DC19,747
114999Iron Man Inevitable6$2.99Marvel19,716
115999Batman Journey Into Knight9$2.50DC19,600
116999Soulfire7 (Res)$2.99Aspen19,593
119999Fantastic Four First Family3$2.99Marvel19,307
120999Marvel Team-Up20$2.99Marvel18,836
121999Fantastic Four536$2.99Marvel18,674
123999Fury Peacemaker4$3.50Marvel18,372
124999G.I. Joe Americas Elite11$2.95Devil's Due18,141
126999Neil Gaimans Neverwhere7$2.99DC17,562
127999BPRD Universal Machine2$2.99Dark Horse16,504
129999Spider-Man Unlimited15$2.99Marvel16,280
131999Army of Darkness7$2.99Dynamic16,056
132999Loveless7 (Res)$2.99DC15,955
133999Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk Directors Cut0$4.99Marvel15,932
134999Liberty Meadows37 (Res)$2.95Image15,793
136999Bite Club Vampire Crime Unit2$2.99DC15,646
137999X-Statix Presents Dead Girl5$2.99Marvel15,376
138999Eternals Sketchbook0$1.99Marvel15,345
139999Fantastic Four537$2.99Marvel15,214
141999American Virgin3$2.99DC14,758
142999Haunt of Horror Edgar Allan Poe1$3.99Marvel14,511
144999Marvel Zombies1$2.99Marvel14,210
146999Marvel Legacy 1970s Handbook0$4.99Marvel14,156
148999Wildcats Nemesis9$2.99DC14,117
149999Marvel Adventures Avengers1$2.99Marvel13,886
150999Transformers Generations (Idw)3$2.49IDW13,839
151999100 Bullets72$2.99DC13,484
152999Blood of the Demon15$2.99DC13,322
153999Texas Chainsaw Massacre Grind1$3.99Avatar13,183
155999Blue Beetle1$2.99DC12,735
157999Infinite Crisis6$3.99DC12,179
159999Angel Spotlight Illyria One Shot0$3.99IDW11,800
160999Painkiller Jane2$2.99Dynamic11,677
162999Spike Vs Dracula3$3.99IDW11,337
163999Marvel Zombies5$2.99Marvel11,190
164999Daughters of the Dragon5$2.99Marvel11,159
165999Teen Titans Go31$2.25DC11,136
167999Simpsons Comics118$2.99Bongo10,696
168999Rising Stars Untouchable4$2.99Image10,681
170999Angel Spotlight Gunn One Shot0$3.99IDW10,503
171999Albion5 (Res)$2.99DC10,472
172999Justice League Unlimited21$2.25DC10,426
174999Conan27$2.99Dark Horse10,379
176999Team Zero6$2.99DC9,839
178999American Way4$2.99DC9,576
179999Tarot Witch of the Black Rose38$2.95Broadsword9,553
181999New Mangaverse5$2.99Marvel9,499
182999Skye Runner2$2.99DC9,460
183999Forgotten Realms Dark Elf Sojourn2 Cvr A$4.95Devil's Due9,229
184999Rival Schools1$4.95Udon9,159
185999Fallen Angel5$3.99IDW9,151
186999Elfquest Discovery3$3.99DC9,105
187999Strangers in Paradise82$2.95Abstract8,966
188999Spike Lost & Found One Shot0$7.49IDW8,958
189999Doc Samson5$2.99Marvel8,734
190999Lady Death Abandon All Hope4$3.99Avatar8,580
192999Batman Strikes21$2.25DC8,464
193999Futurama Comics25$2.99Bongo8,410
194999Mouse Guard3$3.50Archaia8,333
197999Hard Time Season Two6$2.99DC8,101
198999Warren Ellis Black Gas3$3.99Avatar8,070
199999Detective Comics817 2nd Ptg$2.50DC7,993
200999Wolverine Origins1$2.99Marvel7,985
201999Mouse Guard2$3.50Archaia7,924
202999Swamp Thing27$2.99DC7,792
203999Detective Comics818$2.50DC7,746
204999Sonic The Hedgehog162$2.25Archie7,622
205999Teen Titans34$2.50DC7,545
206999Amazing Spider-Man531$2.99Marvel7,329
208999Buckaroo Banzai1$3.50Moonstone7,259
209999Last Christmas1$2.99Image7,090
210999Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane6$2.99Marvel7,066
211999Savage Dragon126$2.99Image6,889
212999ABC A To Z Top 10 & Teams0$3.99DC6,649
213999Avengers & Power Pack Assemble2$2.99Marvel6,611
214999Loaded Bible Jesus Vs Vampires One Shot0$4.99Image6,588
215999G.I. Joe Sigma 66$2.95Devil's Due6,441
216999Blue Beetle2$2.99DC6,418
219999Sonic X8$2.25Archie6,201
221999Medieval Lady Death War of the Winds2$3.99Avatar6,178
222999Marvel Adventures Spider-Man15$2.99Marvel6,163
223999Sonic X9$2.25Archie6,093
224999Zoom Suit2$2.95Superverse6,039
225999Omac Project Infinite Crisis Sp0$4.99DC6,001
227999Action Comics837$2.50DC5,452
228999Thunderbolt Jaxon4$2.99DC5,406
229999Crisis Aftermath Battle For Bludhaven1$2.99DC5,344
230999Moon Knight1$2.99Marvel5,290
231999Clive Barkers Great & Secret Show3$3.99IDW5,290
232999Knights of the Dinner Table114$4.99Kenzer5,259
233999City of Heroes13$2.99Image5,205
234999Wormwood Gentleman Corpse Taster0$3.99IDW5,182
236999My Inner Bimbo1$2.99Oni5,159
237999Green Arrow60$2.50DC5,097
238999Wonderland1$3.50Slave Labor5,082
239999Lady Death Infernal Sins Sp Cvr0$2.99Avatar5,074
240999Fear Agent4$2.99Image5,051
241999New Avengers Annual1$3.99Marvel5,043
242999Lions Tigers & Bears Vol. 22$2.99Image4,997
243999Metal Gear Solid Sons of Liberty6$3.99IDW4,873
244999Uncle Scrooge354$6.95Gemstone4,873
245999Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four12$2.99Marvel4,834
246999Archenemies2$2.99Dark Horse4,773
247999Queen & Country30$2.99Oni4,695
248999Green Arrow61 2nd Ptg$2.50DC4,626
249999Raymond E Feist Magician Apprentice1 Booth Cvr$2.95Dabel4,564
250999Donald Duck & Friends340$2.95Gemstone4,502
251999Scooby Doo108$2.25DC4,495
252999Marvel Romance Redux I Should Have Been Blonde0$2.99Marvel4,471
254999Shonen Jump July 0643$4.99Viz4,471
255999Cthulhu Tales1$6.99Boom4,255
256999Outsiders34 2nd Ptg$2.50DC4,240
257999Marvel Milestones Black Panther Storm & Ka-Zar0$3.99Marvel4,209
258999Love & Rockets Vol. 216$4.50Fantagraphics4,186
259999Gold Digger75$2.99Antarctic4,139
260999Truth Justin & American Way2$2.99Image4,132
261999Mickey Mouse & Friends289$2.95Gemstone4,085
262999Sea of Red9 (Res)$2.99Image4,054
263999Orson Scott Card Wyrms1 Cvr A$2.95Dabel4,054
264999Hero Squared Ongoing1$3.99Boom4,000
265999Amazing Spider-Man529$2.50Marvel3,900
266999Villains United Infinite Crisis Sp0$4.99DC3,892
267999Rex Mundi18$2.99Image3,877
268999Haunted Mansion3$2.95Slave Labor3,815
269999Walt Disneys Comics & Stories669$6.95Gemstone3,753
270999Negative Burn1$5.99Image3,715
271999Apocalypse Nerd3$2.99Dark Horse3,676
272999Blade of the Immortal113$2.99Dark Horse3,622
273999Bomb Queen4$3.50Image3,491
274999Will Eisners John Law Angels Ashes Devils Dust1$3.99IDW3,460
277999Sea of Red10 (Res)$2.99Image3,398
278999Archie & Friends100$2.25Archie3,390
279999Walt Disneys Vacation Parade3$8.95Gemstone3,359
280999Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles27$2.95Mirage3,298
281999New Avengers Illuminati Sp0$3.99Marvel3,244
282999Lady Death Infernal Sins0$2.50Avatar3,244
283999Book of Shadows2$3.50Image3,190
284999Tales of Alvin Maker Red Prophet2 Cvr A$2.95Dabel3,135
285999Silent Hill Dead Alive5$3.99IDW3,066
286999Angel Scriptbook3$3.99IDW3,066
287999Incredible Hulk94$2.99Marvel3,058
288999Fear Dead Zombie Survivors Journal6.99$6.99Boom3,020
290999Amazing Spider-Man530$2.50Marvel2,966
291999Blackbeard Legacy1$3.50Alias2,958
292999Supergirl & Legion of Super Heroes17$2.99DC2,896
293999Revolution on the Planet of the Apes4$3.95MR Comics2,888
294999Dork Tower33$3.49Dork Storm2,857
295999Strange Girl8$2.99Image2,850
296999Artesia Besieged1$3.95Archaia2,827
297999Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles22$3.25Mirage2,803
298999Cobb: Off the Leash1$3.99IDW2,780
299999Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles23$3.25Mirage2,772
300999Looney Tunes138$2.25DC2,772


May 2006 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.

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The Top 100 trade paperbacks and graphic novels reported by Diamond had orders worth $3.65 million at full retail in May, an increase of 3% over the same month in 2005. For the first five months of the year, the Top 100 trades for each month total $18.24 million, off 2% from the same period in the previous year, when sales were $18.69 million. Adding those to the Top 300 comics for the month yields $27.19 million, a big increase of 24% over the $20.6 million ordered in May 2005. That, also, is the highest total seen in that category since December 1996. 

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
15Family Guy Vol. 1$6.95Devil's Due15,839
22Y The Last Man Vol. 7 Paper Dolls$14.99DC10,294
34Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 15 Silver Sable$15.99Marvel7,422
48Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 4$14.99DC5,568
525Samurai Executioner Vol. 10$9.95Dark Horse4,827
611Showcase Presents Haunted Tank Vol. 1$16.99DC4,340
721Ultimate X-Men Fantastic Four$12.99Marvel4,147
822JLA Vol. 19 World Without Justice League$12.99DC4,085
919Superman For Tomorrow Vol. 1$14.99DC4,024
1016Punisher Max Vol. 5 Slavers$15.99Marvel3,923
1138Loveless Vol. 1 Kin of Homecoming$9.99DC3,800
1239Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 7$9.99Viz3,715
1317Essential Official Handbk Marvel Universe Dlx Ed Vol. 2$16.99Marvel3,676
1412Wolverine Origins & Endings Prem HC$19.99Marvel3,668
1513Nyx Vol.ume 1 Wannabe$19.99Marvel3,653
1618Essential Classic X-Men Vol. 2$16.99Marvel3,576
1736Carl Barks Greatest Ducktales Stories Vol. 1$10.95Gemstone3,576
1823Gotham Central Vol. 3 Unresolved Targets$14.99DC3,406
1929Superman Shazam First Thunder$12.99DC3,390
2014Spider-Man Black Cat Evil That Men Do Marvel Prem HC$19.99Marvel3,383
2120Wolverine Enemy of the State Vol. 2$16.99Marvel3,359
2215Captain America Winter Soldier Vol. 2 Prem HC$19.99Marvel3,244
2343Negima Vol. 10$10.95Random House3,220
2427Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 3$14.99DC3,050
2556Nge Angelic Days Manga Vol. 1$9.99ADV 2,966
2648Tsubasa Vol. 9$10.95Random House2,958
2737Star Wars Honor & Duty$12.95Dark Horse2,950
2832Legion of Super Heroes Vol. 2 Death of Dream$14.99DC2,873
2933Girls Vol. 2 Emergence$14.99Image2,865
3042Five Fists of Science (Res)$12.99Image2,842
3166Loveless Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop2,680
3228Skrull Kill Krew$16.99Marvel2,672
3326Dragonlance Chronicles Vol. 1 Dragons of Autumn Twilight$17.95Devil's Due2,633
3488Donald Duck Adventures Vol. 18$7.95Gemstone2,587
3568Ranma 1/2 Vol. 34$9.99Viz2,541
3672Ai Yori Aoshi Vol. 13$9.99Tokyopop2,410
3790Naruto Vol. 10$7.95Viz2,402
3859Scott Pilgrim Vol. 3 Infinite Sadness$11.95Oni2,348
3954Superman Batman Vol. 1 Public Enemies$12.99DC2,332
4095Mickey Mouse Adventures Vol. 9$7.95Gemstone2,270
4145Superman Strange Attractors$14.99DC2,263
4257Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 4 Scorpion$12.99DC2,240
4346Samurai Heaven & Earth$14.95Dark Horse2,209
4447Authority Magnificent Kevin$14.99DC2,170
457Superman Cover To Cover HC$39.99DC2,124
4676XXXholic Vol. 7$10.95Random House2,124
4734Hulk Visionaries Peter David Vol. 3$19.99Marvel2,101
4840Hawkman Vol. 4 Golden Eagle$17.99DC2,062
4935Bizarro World$19.99DC1,969
5083Black Panther Bad Mutha$10.99Marvel1,962
5169New Onimusha Night of Genesis Vol. 1$12.95Udon1,915
5263Wolverine Classic Vol. 3$14.99Marvel1,861
5373GTO Early Years Shonan Junai Gumi Vol. 1$12.99Tokyopop1,838
5474Aeon Flux$12.95Dark Horse1,838
5649New Thunderbolts Vol. 3 Right of Power$17.99Marvel1,799
5730Conan Vol. 3 Tower of the Elephant & Stories HC$24.95Dark Horse1,761
5877Phantom Legacy$12.95Moonstone1,753
5931Sam & Twitch Brian Michael Bendis Coll Vol. 1$24.95Image1,753
6065Black Widow Things They Say About Her$15.99Marvel1,714
6155Superman For All Seasons$17.99DC1,684
6224Castle Waiting HC$29.95Fantagraphics1,653
63107Saiyuki Reload Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop1,653
64145Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 26$7.95Viz1,637
65110Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.95Image1,630
669Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol. 10 HC New Ed$49.99Marvel1,630
67309Trouble With Igor$3.95Slave Labor1,630
6885Little Butterfly$12.95Digital Manga1,614
6987Concrete Vol. 5 Think Like Mountain$12.95Dark Horse1,599
70200Kingdom Hearts Vol. 2$5.99Tokyopop1,583
71157Bleach Vol. 13$7.95Viz1,537
72116Full Metal Panic Overload Manga Vol. 5$9.99ADV 1,529
73158Devil May Cry Vol. 1 Nvl$7.99Tokyopop1,514
74161Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 27$7.95Viz1,498
75122Serenity$9.95Dark Horse1,498
7686Simpsons Vol. 5 Big Bouncy Bk of Bart Simpson$13.95Bongo1,490
7778Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1 Tomorrow People$14.95Marvel1,490
7810Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol. 10 HC Var Ed$54.99Marvel1,475
79126Read Or Die Vol. 2$9.99Viz1,460
8091You & Harujon$12.95Digital Manga1,460
81166X-Men Firestar Digest$7.99Marvel1,452
82129Gorgeous Carat Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,452
8381100 Bullets Vol. 9 Strychnine Lives$14.99DC1,444
8482Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Gifted$14.99Marvel1,444
86131Abadazad Bk 1 Road To Inconceivable$9.99Hyperion1,429
8760Superman Greatest Stories Ever Told$19.99DC1,406
8861V For Vendetta$19.99DC1,398
8962Rising Stars Vol. 4$19.99Image1,398
90135Abadazad Bk 2 Dream Thief$9.99Hyperion1,390
9144House of M$24.99Marvel1,382
92119Genshiken Vol. 5$10.95Random House1,382
93289Blue Grind One Shot$4.95Antarctic1,382
9450Star Trek Key Coll Vol. 5$22.95Checker1,375
9596Walking Dead Vol. 4 Hearts Desire$12.99Image1,367
96141Mans Best Friend Inu Mo Aruke Ba Fall in Love$9.99Tokyopop1,336
97142Tenjho Tenge Vol. 7$9.99DC1,328
98100Our Gang Vol. 1 Sc$12.95Fantagraphics1,328
99188Death Note Vol. 5$7.99Viz1,305
10041Complete Peanuts Vol. 5 1959-1960 HC$28.95Fantagraphics1,274