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December 2006 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

No Civil War issue this month, but it didn't matter; 2006 closed up across all categories — with Top 300 Comics sales volume jumping more than Top 100 Trade Paperback sales volume did, in a reversal of recent experience. The comics industry completed its sixth consecutive year of sales increases, surpassing 2005's sales by $37 million overall. Increases for the year came in all sales categories.

It was the first time more than 80 million copies from the Top 300 shipped since 1998, when sales were 84.45 million copies. Unit sales were up month-over-month for 10 out of 12 months in 2006.

DC's two issues of Justice League of America topped the December list, with #4 selling 136,700 copies. With Marvel and DC again taking up nearly two-thirds of the Top 300, most of the offerings from other publishers were forced further down or off the list. Only 30 publishers placed titles in the Top 300, with no new publishers cracking the list at all.  

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.
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
12Justice League of America4$2.99DC136,698
24Justice League of America5$2.99DC132,450
35New Avengers26$2.99Marvel122,661
46Astonishing X-Men19$2.99Marvel121,291
510New Avengers Illuminati1$2.99Marvel103,944
61Justice Society of America1$3.99DC102,982
73Iron Man Captain America Casualties of War One Shot0$3.99Marvel100,650
1311Civil War Front Line9$2.99Marvel97,941
1412Uncanny X-Men481$2.99Marvel85,989
1513Fantastic Four541$2.99Marvel84,888
168Civil War War Crimes One Shot0$3.99Marvel84,765
1714Wolverine Origins9$2.99Marvel84,727
1819Superman Batman31$2.99DC81,710
2223Ultimate Spider-Man103$2.99Marvel76,245
2425Iron Man14$2.99Marvel73,382
2526Ultimate Power3$2.99Marvel70,142
2627Ultimate X-Men77$2.99Marvel67,333
2729Batman Confidential1$2.99DC61,115
2830Teen Titans42$2.99DC60,161
3032Detective Comics826$2.99DC59,653
3120Winter Soldier Winter Kills One Shot0$3.99Marvel59,114
3233X-23 Target X1$2.99Marvel58,121
3435Ultimate Fantastic Four37$2.99Marvel55,043
3536Detective Comics827$2.99DC55,027
3637Black Panther23$2.99Marvel54,758
3738Flash Fastest Man Alive7$2.99DC53,596
3839Ultimate Vision1$2.99Marvel53,065
3940Onslaught Reborn2$2.99Marvel52,903
4041Sensational Spider-Man33$2.99Marvel48,439
4243Incredible Hulk101$2.99Marvel47,924
4344X-Men Phoenix Warsong4$2.99Marvel46,939
4428Spider-Man Reign1$3.99Marvel46,823
4545Superman Confidential2$2.99DC46,762
4646Ghost Rider6$2.99Marvel46,669
4849Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man15$2.99Marvel42,144
5055Green Lantern Corps7$2.99DC38,735
5257New X-Men33$2.99Marvel38,073
5358Trials of Shazam4$2.99DC38,026
5459Fantastic Four End3$2.99Marvel36,741
5662Secret Six6$2.99DC35,510
5965Ms Marvel10$2.99Marvel34,348
6168Supergirl & Legion of Super-Heroes25$2.99DC33,286
6269Immortal Iron Fist2$2.99Marvel33,216
6471Green Arrow69$2.99DC32,231
6550Cyberforce X-Men1$3.99Image31,346
6673Heroes For Hire5$2.99Marvel31,315
6774New Excalibur14$2.99Marvel31,315
6875What If X-Men Age of Apocalypse0$2.99Marvel31,169
6976Anita Blake VH Guilty Pleasures3$2.99Marvel30,607
7280Gen 133$2.99DC30,230
7353Exiles Annual1$3.99Marvel30,030
7454What If X-Men Deadly Genesis0$3.99Marvel29,899
7581Birds of Prey101$2.99DC29,822
7682X-Men First Class4$2.99Marvel28,453
7784Cable Deadpool35$2.99Marvel27,783
7986Conan35$2.99Dark Horse27,113
8087Doctor Strange Oath3$2.99Marvel27,044
8260Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes II3$3.99Marvel27,013
8490Amazing Spider-Girl3$2.99Marvel25,643
8567Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes II4$3.99Marvel25,620
8691Martian Manhunter5$2.99DC25,520
8792Y The Last Man52$2.99DC25,420
8893Bullet Points2$2.99Marvel25,182
9095JSA Classified20$2.99DC24,720
9197She-Hulk 214$2.99Marvel24,551
9298Star Wars Knights of Old Republic11$2.99Dark Horse24,435
9351DCU Infinite Christmas Special0$4.99DC24,366
9499Welcome To Tranquility1$2.99DC24,351
97103JLA Classified30$2.99DC23,642
9872Mystery in Space4$3.99DC23,573
99104Red Sonja17$2.99Dynamic23,550
101999Uncle Sam & Freedom Fighters6$2.99DC23,319
103999Star Wars Rebellion5$2.99Dark Horse23,211
104999Batman Legends of Dark Knight213$2.99DC22,896
105999All New Atom6$2.99DC22,850
106999Batman & Mad Monk5$3.50DC22,396
108999Wonder Man1$2.99Marvel22,280
109999Nextwave Agents of Hate11$2.99Marvel22,257
110999Guy Gardner Collateral Damage2$5.99DC22,188
112999Stormwatch Phd2$2.99DC21,603
114999Marvel 1602 Fantastick Four4$3.50Marvel21,387
115999Blue Beetle10$2.99DC21,357
116999Walking Dead33 New Ptg$2.99Image21,234
117999Aquaman Sword of Atlantis47$2.99DC21,195
118999Tales of Unexpected3$3.99DC21,164
120999Jack of Fables6$2.99DC20,949
122999Lone Ranger3$2.99Dynamic20,064
123999Irredeemable Ant-Man3$2.99Marvel19,579
124999Avengers Next3$2.99Marvel19,494
125999Ex Machina25$2.99DC19,233
126999White Tiger2$2.99Marvel19,040
127999Jonah Hex14$2.99DC18,294
128999Connor Hawke Dragons Blood2$2.99DC18,194
129999Avengers Next4$2.99Marvel18,155
131999All New Off Handbook Marvel Universe A To Z12$3.99Marvel17,824
133999Hunter Killer10$2.99Image17,616
134999Union Jack4$2.99Marvel17,493
135999Sandman Mystery Theatre Sleep of Reason1$2.99DC17,470
137999G.I. Joe Americas Elite18$2.95Devil's Due16,708
138999Stan Lee Meets Silver Surfer0$3.99Marvel16,654
139999Transformers Escalation2$3.99IDW16,362
141999Friday The 13th1$2.99DC15,800
142999Firestorm The Nuclear Man32$2.99DC15,254
143999Battlestar Galactica4$2.99Dynamic15,115
144999Marvel Holiday Sp0$3.99Marvel15,092
146999Desolation Jones8$2.99DC14,777
147999Hellstorm Son of Satan3$3.99Marvel14,592
148999Red Menace2$2.99DC14,499
150999Omega Men3$2.99DC14,045
152999Transformers Spotlight Six Shot0$3.99IDW13,591
155999100 Bullets79$2.99DC12,906
156999Battlestar Galactica Zarek1$3.50Dynamic12,237
157999Transformers Animated Movie Adaptation3$3.99IDW12,168
158999Agents of Atlas5$2.99Marvel11,852
159999G.I. Joe Special Missions Antarctica0$4.95Devil's Due11,783
160999Escapists6$2.99Dark Horse11,637
161999Darkman Vs Army of Darkness2$3.50Dynamic11,567
162999Street Fighter Legends Sakura4$3.95Udon11,490
164999Man Called Kev5$2.99DC11,329
165999Darkness Pitt First Look0$2.99Image11,005
166999Freshmen Vol. 22$2.99Image10,913
167999Darkness Level 00$2.99Image10,767
168999Ninja Scroll3$2.99DC10,467
169999Nightmare of Elm Street3$2.99DC10,128
172999Warhammer 40k1$2.99Boom9,736
173999Justice League Unlimited28$2.25DC9,712
174999Texas Chainsaw Massacre2$2.99DC9,705
175999Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Human Error Processor3$2.99Dark Horse9,682
177999Teen Titans Go38$2.25DC9,528
178999Simpsons Comics125$2.99Bongo9,397
179999John Woos Seven Brothers3$2.99Virgin9,358
180999Wildstorm Fine Art Spotlight Jim Lee0$3.50DC9,074
18199930 Days of Night Spreading Disease1$3.99IDW9,043
182999Crossing Midnight2$2.99DC8,981
183999Civil War Choosing Sides0$3.99Marvel8,935
184999Strangers in Paradise86$2.99Abstract8,927
185999Forgotten Realms Crystal Shard3 Seeley Cvr$4.95Devil's Due8,597
186999Army of Darkness13$2.99Dynamic8,466
187999Other Side3$2.99DC8,435
189999Official Handbook of Invincible Universe1$4.99Image8,035
190999Ninja Scroll4$2.99DC7,781
191999Marvel Adventures Avengers8$2.99Marvel7,511
192999Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures2 2nd Ptg Var$2.99Marvel7,496
193999Batman Strikes28$2.25DC7,427
194999Fallen Angel11$3.99IDW7,396
195999Angel Auld Lang Syne2$3.99IDW7,357
196999Bart Simpson Comics33$2.99Bongo7,342
198999Magician Apprentice4$2.99Marvel7,265
199999Criminal Macabre Two Red Eyes1$2.99Dark Horse7,234
200999Soulfire Chaos Reign3$2.99Aspen7,219
201999Transformers Generations10$2.49IDW7,150
202999Night of the Living Dead Beginning1$3.99Avatar7,142
203999American Splendor4$2.99DC7,104
204999Sonic The Hedgehog170$2.25Archie6,927
205999Gargoyles2$3.50Slave Labor6,919
206999Spike Asylum4$3.99IDW6,911
208999Lady Death Blacklands2$3.99Avatar6,780
210999Marvel Adventures Spider-Man22$2.99Marvel6,395
211999Spider-Man & Power Pack2$2.99Marvel6,349
212999Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane13$2.99Marvel6,311
213999Black Panther22$2.99Marvel6,288
215999Lady Death Sacrilege0$2.99Avatar6,041
217999Usagi Yojimbo99$2.99Dark Horse5,857
21899924 Nightfall2$3.99IDW5,695
219999Cross Bronx4$2.99Image5,626
220999Krypto The Super Dog4$2.25DC5,518
221999Outer Orbit1$2.99Dark Horse5,510
222999Sonic X15$2.25Archie5,487
223999Hellgate London2$2.99Dark Horse5,364
224999Zombies Eclipse of Undead2$3.99IDW5,310
225999Action Comics844$2.99DC5,295
226999Escape of the Living Dead Airborne3$3.99Avatar5,241
227999Kabuki Reflections7$5.99Marvel5,226
228999Fear Agent9$2.99Image5,141
229999Red Prophet Tales of Alvin Maker4$2.99Marvel5,033
230999Hack Slash Slice Hard0$4.95Devil's Due4,987
232999Clive Barkers Great & Secret Show8$3.99IDW4,825
233999Knights of Dinner Table121$4.99Kenzer4,818
234999Rex Mundi3$2.99Dark Horse4,764
236999Battle Pope12$3.50Image4,741
237999Savage Dragon131$2.99Image4,718
238999Bakers Meet Jingle Belle0$2.99Dark Horse4,710
239999Bomb Queen Vol. 23$3.50Image4,625
240999Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four19$2.99Marvel4,533
241999Uncle Scrooge361$7.50Gemstone4,502
243999Medieval Lady Death War of the Winds5$3.99Avatar4,394
244999Scooby Doo115$2.25DC4,364
245999Shonen Jump Feb 0750$4.99Viz4,133
246999City of Heroes17$2.99Image4,125
247999Batman Spirit0$4.99DC4,125
248999Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures1$2.99Marvel4,056
249999Love & Rockets Vol. 218$4.50Fantagraphics4,048
252999Nightly News2$2.99Image3,879
253999Ramayan 3392 Ad4$2.99Virgin3,833
254999Civil War5$2.99Marvel3,725
255999Walt Disneys Comics & Stories676$7.50Gemstone3,648
256999Onslaught Reborn1$2.99Marvel3,540
257999Blade of Immortal120$2.99Dark Horse3,456
258999Okko Cycle of Water1$3.95Archaia3,386
259999Starship Troopers Damaged Justice1$3.95Markosia3,286
261999Stargate Atlantis Wraithfall2$3.99Avatar3,232
262999Ptolus City By Spire3$2.99Marvel3,186
263999Gold Digger79$2.99Antarctic3,186
265999Civil War4$2.99Marvel3,048
266999Hero Squared Ongoing4$3.99Boom2,901
267999Pirates of Coney Island3$2.99Image2,794
268999Looney Tunes145$2.25DC2,732
269999Strange Girl12$2.99Image2,686
270999Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles29$3.25Mirage2,686
272999Civil War1$3.99Marvel2,571
273999Age of Bronze24$3.50Image2,563
274999Dork Tower35$3.49Dork Storm2,509
275999Lone Ranger2$2.99Dynamic2,501
276999Captain America24$2.99Marvel2,463
277999Cavewoman Reloaded3 (Res)$3.95Basement2,432
278999Justice League of America3$2.99DC2,370
279999Cavewoman Jungle Jam2$3.50Basement2,324
280999Lone Ranger1 2nd Ptg Cassaday Var Cvr$2.99Dynamic2,278
281999Sabrina Vol. 281$2.25Archie2,263
282999Betty & Veronica223$2.25Archie2,240
284999PS23819$2.99Dork Storm2,193
287999Vault of Michael Allred3$6.99AAA Pop2,178
288999New Tales of Old Palomar1$7.95Fantagraphics2,170
289999Amazing Spider-Man536$2.99Marvel2,170
290999Gold Digger 15 Year Annv Sp0$4.95Antarctic2,155
291999Civil War3$2.99Marvel2,147
292999Immortal Iron Fist1$2.99Marvel2,116
293999Jeremiah Harm5$3.99Boom2,116
295999Star Wars Legacy1 New Ptg$2.99Dark Horse2,001
296999Action Comics845$2.99DC1,986
297999Ultimate Power2$2.99Marvel1,901
298999Cartoon Network Block Party28$2.25DC1,778
299999Public Enemy2$2.99American Mule1,732
300999Archie Double Digest175$3.69Archie1,716


December 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.

#1 #2 #3 #4

The Top 100 Trade Paperbacks and graphic novels reported by Diamond had orders worth $3.79 million at full retail in December, a drop of 2% versus December 2005. It was the second consecutive month the total has dropped year-over-year. For 2006, the Top 100 Trades for each month totalled $48.45 million, up 6% from the same period in the previous year, when sales were $45.84 million.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Fables Vol. 8 Wolves$17.99DC10,267
210Fruits Basket Vol. 15$9.99Tokyopop7,019
32100 Bullets Vol. 10 Decayed$14.99DC6,734
432Naruto Vol. 12$7.95Viz6,303
56Showcase Presents Shazam Vol. 1$16.99DC4,818
65X-Men Deadly Genesis$19.99Marvel4,287
723Berserk Vol. 14$13.95Dark Horse4,040
849Bleach Vol. 16$7.95Viz4,040
922Superman For Tomorrow Vol. 2$14.99DC3,825
1028Wolverine Origins & Endings$13.99Marvel3,794
1113BPRD Universal Machine$17.95Dark Horse3,710
1278Cowboys & Aliens$4.99Image3,602
1311Wolverine By Claremont & Miller Prem HC$19.99Marvel3,448
1421Essential Defenders Vol. 2$16.99Marvel3,409
1514New Teen Titans Terra Incognito$19.99DC3,325
167Runaways Vol. 2 HC$24.99Marvel3,263
1716Huntress Dark Knight Daughter$19.99DC3,240
1852Path of Assassin Vol. 4$9.95Dark Horse2,963
1935Justice League of America Hereby Elects$14.99DC2,955
2038Frank Cho Women Selected Drawings & Illustrations$14.99Image2,817
2126Moon Knight Vol. 1 Bottom Prem HC$19.99Marvel2,755
2250New X-Men Childhoods End Vol. 3$10.99Marvel2,755
2333Essential Off Handbook Marvel Unv Update 89 Vol. 1$16.99Marvel2,748
2434Star Wars Empire Wrong Side of the War Vol. 7$17.95Dark Horse2,594
2560Wonderful Wizard of Oz$9.99Image2,594
2648Walking Dead Vol. 5 Best Defense$12.99Image2,555
2717Avengers Disassembled HC$24.99Marvel2,532
2831Superman Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 2$19.99DC2,532
2961Battle Angel Alita Last Order Vol. 8$9.99Viz2,509
3063Battle Vixens Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop2,501
3158Oh My Goddess Vol. 24$10.95Dark Horse2,455
3243Sachs & Violens$14.99DC2,447
3351Aquaman Sword of Atlantis Once & Future$12.99DC2,317
3412Heroes Reborn Avengers$29.99Marvel2,293
3524Daredevil Father HC$24.99Marvel2,247
3653Blue Beetle Shellshocked$12.99DC2,216
3736Punisher Max From First To Last HC$19.99Marvel2,209
3866XXXholic Vol. 8$10.95Random House2,101
3929What If Classic Vol. 3$24.99Marvel2,086
4130Frank Miller 300 Art of Making 300 HC$24.95Dark Horse2,063
4319Supreme Power Vol. 2 HC$29.99Marvel2,001
443Will Eisners Spirit Archives Vol. 20 HC$49.99DC1,993
4542Hedge Knight Prem HC$19.99Marvel1,955
46100Sonic The Hedgehog Archives Vol. 2$7.49Archie1,947
4720300 HC$30.00Dark Horse1,939
4854Thor Blood Oath$14.99Marvel1,870
4925Universe X Vol. 1$29.99Marvel1,847
5057Y The Last Man Vol. 8 Kimono Dragons$14.99DC1,847
524Marvel Masterworks Golden Age All Winners Vol. 2 HC New Ed$54.99Marvel1,809
5380Chibi Vampire Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,762
5437Captain America & Falcon Nomad$24.99Marvel1,709
5547Magdalena Vol. 1$19.99Image1,701
5639Robot Vol. 3$24.95Digital Manga1,678
5791Fables Vol. 1 Legends I/Exile$9.99DC1,585
5893Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.99Image1,555
5955Conan Book of thehothb$17.95Dark Horse1,555
6094Blank Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,539
6172Passion Vol. 3$12.95Digital Manga1,516
6269Crying Freeman Vol. 4$14.95Dark Horse1,493
63117Action Philosophers Vol. 2 Giant Sized Thing$8.95Evil Twin1,462
648Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 6 HC Var Ed 70$54.99Marvel1,439
6546Red Sonja Vol. 1 HC Sgn$24.99Dynamic1,424
6675Little Butterfly Vol. 3$12.95Digital Manga1,424
6776Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 4$12.99Marvel1,416
68104Little Lulu Vol. 13 Too Much Fun$9.95Dark Horse1,416
6956Fables 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC$19.99DC1,385
7081La Esperanca Vol. 5$12.95Digital Manga1,331
7159V For Vendetta$19.99DC1,316
7215Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 6 HC New Ed$49.99Marvel1,316
739Tomb Raider Compendium$59.99Image1,278
74158Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Vol. 2 New Girl Digest$7.99Marvel1,254
75120Rozen Maiden Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,239
7688King Kong$12.95Dark Horse1,239
77122Angel Sanctuary Vol. 17$9.99Viz1,239
7890Old Boy Vol. 3$12.95Dark Horse1,231
79125Rg Veda Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop1,224
8064Savage Dragon Archives Vol. 1$19.99Image1,208
8192Y The Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned$12.99DC1,208
8270Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 14 Warriors$17.99Marvel1,193
8367Transformers Evolutions Hearts of Steel$19.99IDW1,147
8497Walking Dead Vol. 3 Safety Behind Bars$12.95Image1,139
8582Goon Wicked Inclinations Vol. 5b$14.95Dark Horse1,124
86189Zombie Powder Vol. 2$7.99Viz1,101
87144Sgt Frog Vol. 12$9.99Tokyopop1,093
88103Walking Dead Vol. 4 Hearts Desire$12.99Image1,093
89266Kilala Princess Vol. 1$5.99Tokyopop1,085
90110Walking Dead Vol. 2 Miles Behind Us$12.95Image1,062
91131Wallflower Vol. 10$10.95Random House1,054
92206Yu Gi Oh Duelist Vol. 18$7.95Viz1,047
93134Kashimashi Manga Vol. 1$10.99Seven Seas1,047
9418Witchblade Compendium Ed$59.99Image1,031
95148Shout Out Loud Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,031
96140School Rumble Vol. 4$10.95Random House1,024
9795Preacher Vol. 1 Gone To Texas New Ed$14.99DC1,016
98115Fables Vol. 2 Animal Farm$12.99DC1,016
99212Runaways Vol. 1 Pride & Joy Digest$7.99Marvel1,016
100116Day of Revolution Vol. 2$12.95Digital Manga1,016