March 2006 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

#1 Most Ordered Issue
#2 Most Ordered Issue
#3 Most Ordered Issue
#4 Most Ordered Issue
#5 Most Ordered Issue

Retailers ordered at least a million more comic books in the first quarter of 2006 than in the first quarter of 2005. The Direct Market was at $89 million overall for the first three months of 2006, up 9% from the first quarter of 2005. 

Marvel reached a notable threshold in March, placing 100 comics on Diamond's Top 300 list. That's a quantity unseen in many years, although as the list includes reordered comics, many were appearing for the second time. The period of highest volume for Marvel offerings would have been in the early 1990s, when it often had more than 120 titles in the market.

Infinite Crisis #5's sales of at least 201,800 copies led the field, representing significant growth from #4's January sales of 182,600 copies. The March issue benefited from both the generally stronger retail conditions of March relative to January and from its placement in the calendar. Infinite Crisis #4 shipped on January 18, meaning the January chart captured only two weeks of reorders; #5 shipped on March 1, meaning a whole month's reorder activity appeared on the March charts.

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.
Click to read the methodology for this table's estimates.
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
11Infinite Crisis5$3.99DC201,830
28New Avengers17$2.50Marvel121,083
34All Star Superman3$2.99DC110,571
43New Avengers Illuminati Sp$3.99Marvel107,898
57Superman Batman24 (Res)$2.99DC101,302
69Ultimates 210$2.99Marvel94,888
715Amazing Spider-Man530$2.50Marvel89,863
812Green Lantern10$2.99DC79,735
918Uncanny X-Men470$2.50Marvel79,379
102Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006$5.99DC78,730
1119Uncanny X-Men471$2.50Marvel78,277
1313Ultimate Extinction3$2.99Marvel75,764
1510X-Men Deadly Genesis5$3.50Marvel74,675
1621Ultimate Spider-Man91$2.50Marvel74,019
1716Ms Marvel1$2.99Marvel73,398
1822Ultimate X-Men68$2.50Marvel72,756
1923Ultimate Spider-Man92$2.50Marvel72,260
2117Squadron Supreme1$2.99Marvel69,671
2229Ultimate Fantastic Four28$2.50Marvel67,472
2330Teen Titans33$2.50DC67,200
245Batman Annual25$4.99DC65,958
2634Detective Comics817$2.50DC62,237
276Teen Titans Annual1$4.99DC61,944
2811Annihilation Prologue$3.99Marvel61,777
2924Green Lantern Corps Recharge5$2.99DC60,116
3025Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man5$2.99Marvel59,892
3126Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man6$2.99Marvel58,845
3228Fantastic Four536$2.99Marvel57,938
3341Action Comics837$2.50DC55,809
3432Sensational Spider-Man24$2.99Marvel53,904
3533X-Men 1983$2.99Marvel53,876
3750Adventures of Superman649$2.50DC50,888
3835Blue Beetle1$2.99DC50,672
3937Son of M4$2.99Marvel49,967
4139Supergirl & Legion of Super Heroes16$2.99DC47,420
4544X-Men End Men & X-Men3$2.99Marvel44,893
4645Captain America16$2.99Marvel44,712
4746Marvel Zombies4$2.99Marvel44,307
4847Incredible Hulk93$2.99Marvel43,686
4948New Excalibur5$2.99Marvel43,518
5036Superman Shazam First Thunder4$3.50DC42,967
5252New X-Men24$2.99Marvel42,038
5366JSA Classified10$2.50DC41,326
5453Iron Man6$2.99Marvel40,259
5554Spider-Woman Origin4$2.99Marvel39,763
5657Batman Secrets1$2.99DC38,311
5772Green Arrow60$2.50DC37,941
5858Aquaman Sword of Atlantis40$2.99DC37,606
5959Generation M5$2.99Marvel37,585
6075Birds of Prey92$2.50DC36,804
6260JLA Classified18$2.99DC35,868
6363JLA Classified19$2.99DC35,296
6665Red Sonja8$2.99Dynamic34,696
6767Red Sonja7$2.99Dynamic34,556
7070Supreme Power Hyperion5$2.99Marvel33,314
7171Red Sonja Claw Devils Hands1$2.99DC33,237
7273X-Men Apocalypse Dracula2$2.99Marvel31,715
7374Conan26$2.99Dark Horse31,569
7477Transformers Infiltration3$2.99IDW30,340
7578Nextwave Agents of Hate2$2.99Marvel29,908
7656Captain America 65th Annv Sp$3.99Marvel29,321
7779Seven Soldiers Bulleteer4$2.99DC29,224
7880Seven Soldiers Frankenstein3$2.99DC29,133
7982Seven Soldiers Mister Miracle4$2.99DC28,965
8084Black Panther14$2.99Marvel28,805
8488Hellboy Makoma2$2.99Dark Horse27,193
8589Nextwave Agents of Hate3$2.99Marvel27,123
8890She-Hulk 26$2.99Marvel26,627
8993G. I. Joe Vs Transformers Vol. 3 Art of War1$2.95Devil's Due26,557
9092Fantastic Four First Family1$2.99Marvel26,432
9194Batman & Monster Men5$2.99DC25,957
9396Y The Last Man43$2.99DC25,873
9497Transformers Beast Wars (Idw)2$2.99IDW25,734
9598Cable Deadpool26$2.99Marvel25,580
9651Conan Book of Thoth1$4.99Dark Horse25,196
97116Firestorm Nuclear Man23$2.50DC25,106
99118Batman Legends of Dark Knight201$2.50DC24,512
10085Red Sonja Vs Thulsa Doom2$3.50Dynamic24,366
101999Sentinel Squad One3$2.99Marvel24,331
104999Transformers Generations1$1.99IDW24,101
105999Batman Legends of the Dark Knight202$2.50DC23,808
106999Books of Doom4$2.99Marvel23,801
107999Sgt Rock Prophecy3$2.99DC23,507
108999Jonah Hex5$2.99DC23,493
109999Batman Year One Hundred2$5.99DC23,026
110999Books of Doom5$2.99Marvel22,712
111999Punisher Vs Bullseye5$2.99Marvel22,649
112999Amazing Spider-Man529$2.50Marvel22,481
113999All New Off Handbook Marvel Universe A To Z3$3.99Marvel21,679
114999Fury Peacemaker2$3.50Marvel21,609
116999Iron Man Inevitable4$2.99Marvel21,427
117999Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic3$2.99Dark Horse21,344
118999Ex Machina18$2.99DC21,078
120999Star Wars Return of Tag & Bink Sp Ed1$2.99Dark Horse20,374
122999Captain Atom Armageddon6$2.99DC20,192
123999Spider-Man Unlimited14$2.99Marvel20,185
124999Batman Journey Into Knight8$2.50DC19,976
125999Soulfire6 (Res)$2.99Aspen19,529
126999American Virgin1$2.99DC19,452
127999Walking Dead26$2.99Image19,382
128999Marvel Zombies1$2.99Marvel19,047
129999Marvel Team-Up18$2.99Marvel18,992
131999Walking Dead27$2.99Image18,866
132999G.I. Joe Americas Elite9$2.95Devil's Due18,014
134999Star Wars Empire40$2.99Dark Horse17,742
136999Army of Darkness5 (Res)$2.99Dynamic16,800
139999Spider-Man & Arana Sp$3.99Marvel16,214
142999X-Statix Presents Dead Girl3$2.99Marvel16,046
144999Painkiller Jane1$2.99Dynamic15,830
145999Marvel Zombies3 2nd Ptg Var$2.99Marvel15,530
147999Wildcats Nemesis7$2.99DC14,532
150999Spike Vs Dracula1$3.99IDW14,106
151999Blood of Demon13$2.50DC14,085
152999100 Bullets70$2.75DC13,589
153999Angel Old Friends4$3.99IDW13,478
154999Daughters of Dragon2$2.99Marvel13,254
157999Aspen Swimsuit Spl1$2.99Aspen12,605
158999Incredible Hulk92$2.99Marvel12,424
160999Tom Strong36$2.99DC12,193
161999Daughters of Dragon3$2.99Marvel12,103
162999Spike Vs Dracula2$3.99IDW12,089
163999Rising Stars Untouchable2$2.99Image12,005
164999American Way2$2.99DC11,935
168999Teen Titans Go29$2.25DC11,258
169999Untold Tales of New Universe Star Brand$2.99Marvel11,188
171999Simpsons Comics116$2.99Bongo10,860
173999Doc Samson3$2.99Marvel10,825
175999Untold Tales of New Universe Justice$2.99Marvel10,679
176999Justice League Unlimited19$2.25DC10,532
178999Untold Tales of New Universe Nightmask$2.99Marvel10,393
179999Untold Tales of New Universe DP7$2.99Marvel10,274
180999New Mangaverse3$2.99Marvel10,246
181999Team Zero4$2.99DC10,232
182999Amazing Fantasy18$2.99Marvel10,107
183999Tales of Army of Darkness One Shot$5.95Dynamic10,107
184999Lady Death Lost Souls1$3.99Avatar9,988
185999Tarot Witch of Black Rose37$2.95Broadsword9,813
186999Fallen Angel3$3.99IDW9,569
187999Amazing Fantasy19$2.99Marvel9,534
188999Untold Tales of New Universe Psi-Force$2.99Marvel9,499
189999Forgotten Realms Dark Elf Sojourn Seeley Cvr1$4.95Devil's Due9,388
190999Elfquest Discovery2$3.99DC9,381
191999Nextwave Directors Cut1$2.99Marvel9,325
192999Nick Fury Howling Commandos6$2.99Marvel9,220
193999Fallen Angel4$3.99IDW9,108
194999Strangers in Paradise80$2.95Abstract8,969
195999Thunderbolt Jaxon2$2.99DC8,725
196999Hard Time Season Two4$2.50DC8,634
197999Tomorrow Stories Sp2$6.99DC8,529
198999Futurama Comics24$2.99Bongo8,445
199999Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk2$2.99Marvel8,410
200999Vampirella Revelations3$2.99Harris8,369
20199930 Days of Night Dead Space2$3.99IDW8,271
202999Batman Strikes19$2.25DC8,243
203999Infinite Crisis 2nd Ptg4$3.99DC8,138
204999Dragonlance Chronicles Kurth Cvr8$2.95Devil's Due8,117
205999Swamp Thing25$2.99DC8,075
206999Marvel Zombies2$2.99Marvel7,852
207999Sable & Fortune3$2.99Marvel7,754
209999Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane4$2.99Marvel7,671
210999Sonic The Hedgehog160$2.25Archie7,587
211999G.I. Joe Sigma 64$2.95Devil's Due7,496
212999Escape of the Living Dead4$3.99Avatar7,384
213999Tomb Raider Cover Gallery$2.99Image6,952
215999I Heart Marvel Masked Intentions$2.99Marvel6,875
216999Savage Dragon124 (Res)$2.99Image6,777
217999Medieval Lady Death War of the Winds1$3.99Avatar6,554
218999Astonishing X-Men13$2.99Marvel6,463
219999Sonic X6$2.25Archie6,233
220999Marvel Romance Redux Guys & Doll$2.99Marvel6,149
221999Looking Glass Wars Hatter M2$3.99Image5,989
222999Infinite Crisis3$3.99DC5,926
223999Purgatori5$2.95Devil's Due5,905
224999Marvel Adventures Spider-Man13$2.50Marvel5,898
225999Body Bags 3 The Hard Way One Shot Cvr A$5.99Image5,884
227999Usagi Yojimbo92$2.99Dark Horse5,835
228999City of Heroes11$2.99Image5,674
229999Battle Pope Color5$2.99Image5,493
231999Grimm Fairy Tales4$2.99Zenescope5,409
232999Starship Troopers1$3.50Markosia5,284
233999Evil Ernie I/Santa Fe4$2.95Devil's Due5,270
234999Truth Justin & American Way1$2.99Image5,263
235999Knights of the Dinner Table113$4.99Kenzer5,263
236999Fear Agent3$2.99Image5,256
237999Metal Gear Solid Sons of Liberty5$3.99IDW5,228
238999Flaming Carrot Sp$3.50Image5,116
240999Shonen Jump Apr 0640$4.99Viz4,739
241999Queen & Country29$2.99Oni4,732
243999Queen & Country Declassified Vol. 23$2.99Oni4,711
246999Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four10$2.50Marvel4,662
247999Hack Slash Trailers$3.25Devil's Due4,614
248999Robert Jordans New Spring5$3.95Red Eagle4,614
250999Donald Duck & Friends338$2.95Gemstone4,488
251999Scooby Doo106$2.25DC4,418
253999Mickey Mouse & Friends287$2.95Gemstone4,153
254999Marvel Spotlight Finch Aguirre-Sacasa$2.99Marvel4,146
255999Infinite Crisis2$3.99DC4,090
256999Superpatriot War of Terror3$2.99Image4,048
257999Retro Rocket1$2.99Image3,978
258999Noble Causes18$3.50Image3,950
25999913th Son Worse Thing Waiting4$2.99Dark Horse3,937
261999Victorias Secret Service1$2.99Alias3,909
262999Iron Ghost6$2.99Image3,874
263999Rex Mundi17$2.99Image3,832
264999Perhapanauts4$2.99Dark Horse3,797
265999Black Harvest4$3.25Devil's Due3,762
266999Walt Disneys Comics & Stories667$6.95Gemstone3,741
267999Archie Comics Fun Pack$1.25Archie3,706
268999Infinite Crisis1$3.99DC3,650
269999Blade of the Immortal111$2.99Dark Horse3,615
270999Action Comics836$2.50DC3,608
271999Masters of Horror3$3.99IDW3,601
272999Silent Hill Dead Alive3$3.99IDW3,553
274999Deadworld3 (Res)$3.50Image3,497
275999Planetary Brigade2$2.99Boom3,462
276999Book of Shadows1$3.50Image3,441
277999Green Lantern9$2.99DC3,420
278999Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles26$2.95Mirage3,399
279999Doll & Creature1$2.99Image3,322
280999War of the Worlds Second Wave1$2.99Boom3,308
281999Strange Girl7$2.99Image3,301
282999Tales of Alvin Maker Red Prophet1 Cvr A$2.95Dabel Brothers3,287
283999Gold Digger73$2.99Antarctic3,280
284999Gold Digger72$2.99Antarctic3,266
286999Full Cirkle3$3.95Full Circle3,050
290999Bomb Queen2$3.50Image3,015
291999Maze Agency3$3.99IDW2,952
292999Cavewoman Pangaean Sea9$3.95Basement2,890
293999X-Men Deadly Genesis4$3.50Marvel2,883
295999Justice2 2nd Ptg$3.50DC2,813
296999Looney Tunes136$2.25DC2,792
297999Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles21$3.25Mirage2,764
298999New Avengers16$2.50Marvel2,764
299999Atheist3 (Res)$3.50Image2,666
300999Gun Fu Showgirls Are Forever1$3.50Image2,631

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March 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 Graphic Novel chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to title details on Amazon (paid links). You can also find the books at your comics shop.

The Top 100 trade paperbacks and graphic novels reported by Diamond had orders worth $4.05 million at full retail in March 2006, a drop of 5% from the total in March 2005. Adding those to the Top 300 comics for the month yields $25.56 million, an increase of 9% over March 2005's total of $23.35 million.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11V For Vendetta$19.99DC7,126
225Fruits Basket Vol. 13$9.99Tokyopop6,163
37Showcase Presents Superman Family Vol. 1$16.99DC5,200
411Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 2$14.99DC5,158
540Naruto Vol. 9$7.95Viz5,018
634Samurai Executioner Vol. 9$9.95Dark Horse4,844
72Secret War HC$29.99Marvel4,718
85Essential Godzilla$19.99Marvel4,579
912Captain America Winter Soldier Vol. 1$16.99Marvel4,446
109Wizard Best of Basic Training Character Creation$19.99Wizard4,320
1116Chronicles of Conan Vol. 10 Giants Walk Earth$16.95Dark Horse4,076
1210JSA Vol. 10 Black Vengeance$19.99DC4,034
1328Lenore Vol. 3 Cooties$13.95Slave Labor3,978
1418Essential Off Handbook Marvel Universe Dlx Ed Vol. 1$16.99Marvel3,895
1544Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 6$9.99Viz3,811
1655Runaways Vol. 5 Escape To New York Digest$7.99Marvel3,783
1721Top 10 Forty Niners$17.99DC3,643
1813New Avengers Vol. 3 Secrets & Lies Prem HC$19.99Marvel3,629
1975Kingdom Hearts Vol. 3$5.99Tokyopop3,546
2024SW Clone Wars Vol. 8 Last Siege Final Truth$17.95Dark Horse3,539
2142Negima Vol. 9$10.95Random House3,490
2246Battle Royale Vol. 15$9.99Tokyopop3,448
2332Daredevil Vol. 13 Murdock Papers$14.99Marvel3,399
2423Ultimate Iron Man Vol. 1 Prem HC$19.99Marvel3,204
2562Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 24$7.95Viz3,190
2630Essential Nova Vol. 1$16.99Marvel3,134
2738Forgotten Realms Dark Elf Trilogy Vol. 2 Exile$14.95Devil's Due2,980
288Infinity War$29.99Marvel2,931
2933Exiles Vol. 12 World Tour Book 1$16.99Marvel2,883
3014Squadron Supreme Death of Universe$24.99Marvel2,869
3115Ultimate X-Men Ultimate Coll Vol. 1$24.99Marvel2,813
3222Silver Surfer Rebirth of Thanos$24.99Marvel2,617
3341Birds of Prey Between Dark & Dawn$14.99DC2,603
3478Donald Duck Adventures Vol. 17$7.95Gemstone2,562
3543Authority Revolution Bk Two 2$14.99DC2,541
3650Nightwing Mobbed Up$12.99DC2,541
3764Kare Kano Vol. 19$9.99Tokyopop2,457
3835Maxx Book Six$19.99DC2,408
3949Incredible Hulk Planet Hulk Prelude$13.99Marvel2,387
4027X-Men Dark Phoenix Saga$24.99Marvel2,387
4167Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.95Image2,373
4268Dears Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop2,331
4356Walking Dead Vol. 4 Hearts Desire$12.99Image2,324
4469Hellblazer Lady Constantine$9.99DC2,317
4536Superman Daily Planet$19.99DC2,310
4647Lady Snowblood Vol. 3 Retribution Pt 1$14.95Dark Horse2,275
4794Mickey Mouse Adventures Vol. 8$7.95Gemstone2,275
4837War Stories Vol. 2$19.99DC2,240
496All Star Archives Vol. 0 HC$39.99DC2,240
50142Lullaby Once Upon Time Vol. 1 Pied Piper of Hamelin$5.99Alias2,185
5197Death Note Vol. 4$7.99Viz2,164
5239X-Men Mutant Genesis$19.99Marvel2,066
5353Cable Deadpool Vol. 4 Bosom Buddies$14.99Marvel2,066
5431House of M$24.99Marvel2,045
554Will Eisners Spirit Archives Vol. 18 HC$49.99DC2,038
5654Crying Freeman Vol. 1$14.95Dark Horse2,024
5781Spawn Manga Vol. 3$9.99Image2,010
5860X-Men Colossus Bloodline$13.99Marvel1,940
5957Black Panther Who I/Black Panther$14.99Marvel1,933
6088Chrono Crusade Manga Vol. 7$9.99ADV 1,891
623Alias Omnibus HC$69.99Marvel1,843
6348Thor Blood Oath HC$19.99Marvel1,675
6493Drax The Destroyer Earth Fall$10.99Marvel1,661
65102Tenjho Tenge Vol. 6$9.99DC1,633
6652Rocketo Vol. 1 Journey To Hidden Sea$19.99Image1,605
67105Suikoden III Vol. 9$9.99Tokyopop1,605
68107Chibi Vampire Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,598
6979Concrete Vol. 4 Killer Smile$12.95Dark Horse1,556
70157Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 25$7.95Viz1,549
7129Marvel Visionaries Jack Kirby Vol. 2 HC$34.99Marvel1,536
72113Last Fantasy Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,536
73114Psychic Academy Vol. 11$9.99Tokyopop1,536
7471Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Gifted$14.99Marvel1,529
75161Every Girl I/End of the World For Me$8.00Top Shelf1,515
7673Astonishing X-Men Vol. 2 Dangerous$14.99Marvel1,515
7784Our Everlasting Vol. 2$12.95Digital Manga1,515
78118Read Or Die Vol. 1$9.99Viz1,508
7985Our Kingdom Vol. 2$12.95Digital Manga1,501
8086Yellow Vol. 3$12.95Digital Manga1,494
8187My Only King$12.95Digital Manga1,494
82121Girls Bravo Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,487
83199Superman Adventures Vol. 3 Last Son of Krypton$6.99DC1,480
84200Superman Adventures Vol. 4 Man of Steel$6.99DC1,473
85127Full Metal Panic Manga Vol. 9$9.99ADV 1,438
8670Ultimates 2 Vol. 1 Gods & Monsters$15.99Marvel1,438
8790Walking Dead Vol. 2 Miles Behind Us$12.95Image1,438
88175Bleach Vol. 12$7.95Viz1,438
8961Superman Red Son$17.99DC1,431
90145Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden Vol. 3$8.99Viz1,424
9192Walking Dead Vol. 3 Safety Behind Bars$12.95Image1,417
92131I Luv Halloween Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,403
9358Metal Gear Solid Vol. 2$19.99IDW1,396
94136Warcraft Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,340
95137Rg Veda Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop1,326
9619Marvel Masterworks Ant-Man Giant-Man Vol. 1 New Ed HC$49.99Marvel1,319
97138Abandoned Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,319
9820Tarzan Joe Kubert Years Vol. 2 HC$49.95Dark Horse1,319
99143Yubisaki Milk Tea Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,305
100100Y The Last Man Vol. 6 Girl of Girl$12.99DC1,263