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May 2004 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Joss Whedon's new title, Astonishing X-Men, rocketed to the top of the charts.

This was also the last month with Crossgen titles appearing on the charts. The company had ceased publishing operations.

Marvel released an unprecedented three issues of Iron Man this month. (All written by yours truly!)

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
11Astonishing X-Men1$2.99Marvel209,289
23Superman205$2.50DC208,005
32Superman/Batman10$2.95DC178,780
44Secret War2$3.99Marvel116,556
56Uncanny X-Men444$2.25Marvel112,076
67X-Men157$2.25Marvel107,134
75Marvel Knights Spider-Man2$2.99Marvel99,273
810Ultimate X-Men45$2.25Marvel96,652
911Ultimate X-Men46$2.25Marvel96,606
1013Ultimate Spider-Man58$2.25Marvel90,919
1114Ultimate Spider-Man59$2.25Marvel89,820
1217Amazing Spider-Man507$2.25Marvel81,905
1319Batman627$2.25DC76,848
149New X-Men Academy X1$2.99Marvel76,380
1521Batman628$2.25DC74,312
1612Excalibur1$2.99Marvel71,723
1723JLA98$2.25DC69,932
1825JLA99$2.25DC69,025
1926Wolverine15$2.25Marvel68,695
2020Teen Titans11$2.50DC67,780
2116Supreme Power10$2.99Marvel63,262
2233Avengers82$2.25Marvel55,684
2334Avengers83$2.25Marvel55,254
2422Daredevil60$2.99Marvel53,986
2540Spectacular Spider-Man14$2.25Marvel51,012
2641Fantastic Four513$2.25Marvel50,912
2727Conan4$2.99Dark Horse50,735
2835Adventures of Superman628$2.50DC49,552
2936Action Comics815$2.50DC49,460
3045Robin126$2.25DC49,060
3128Punisher6$2.99Marvel48,553
3215Secret War Book One Comm Ed1$3.99Marvel47,769
3329Wolverine/Punisher3$2.99Marvel47,677
3439Firestorm1$2.50DC46,270
3530District X1$2.99Marvel45,417
3653Incredible Hulk72$2.25Marvel45,364
3754Flash210$2.25DC45,333
3831Witchblade/Wolverine One-Shot$2.99Image43,842
3932Pulse3$2.99Marvel43,634
4048Outsiders12$2.50DC43,412
4150JSA61$2.50DC43,066
4237Darkness/Hulk One-Shot$2.99Image40,384
438Justice League of America Another Nail1$5.95DC40,330
4424Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe X-Men 2004$3.99Marvel39,362
4538Exiles46$2.99Marvel38,770
4642Exiles47$2.99Marvel38,309
4743Captain America26$2.99Marvel37,540
4847Batman Gotham Knights53$2.95DC37,287
4944Nyx4$2.99Marvel37,010
5046Cable Deadpool3$2.99Marvel36,803
5151Superman Birthright10$2.95DC35,035
5252Detective Comics794$2.95DC34,858
5367Soulfire0$2.50ASP34,036
5468Green Arrow38$2.50DC34,021
5555Captain America & Falcon3$2.99Marvel33,959
5683Green Lantern177$2.25DC33,375
5756Alpha Flight3$2.99Marvel32,668
5879Birds of Prey67$2.50DC31,831
5957Spider-Man Unlimited3$2.99Marvel31,646
6058Emma Frost11$2.99Marvel31,254
6191Nightwing93$2.25DC30,801
6259Thor78$2.99Marvel30,547
6392Wonder Woman204$2.25DC30,363
6460Thor79$2.99Marvel30,255
6562G.I. Joe29$2.95Devil's Due29,833
6661She Hulk3$2.99Marvel29,648
6763Mystique14$2.99Marvel29,425
6886Hawkman28$2.50DC29,318
6965G.I. Joe30$2.95Devil's Due29,310
7064Mystique15$2.99Marvel28,926
7166Thanos10$2.99Marvel28,795
7273Superman/Batman8*$2.95DC28,334
7369Iron Man81$2.99Marvel28,219
7470Iron Man83$2.99Marvel28,042
7571Iron Man82$2.99Marvel27,988
7674Weapon X23$2.99Marvel27,934
7775Venom14$2.99Marvel27,558
7877G.I. Joe Master & Apprentice1$2.95Devil's Due27,435
7976Weapon X24$2.99Marvel27,273
8078Venom15$2.99Marvel26,905
8180G.I. Joe Reloaded3$2.95Devil's Due26,805
8281Y The Last Man22$2.95DC26,759
8318DC New Frontier4$6.95DC26,428
8495Batgirl52$2.50DC26,405
8596Fables25$2.50DC25,514
8682Authority More Kev1$2.95DC25,498
87100Aquaman18$2.50DC25,345
8884Iron Fist3$2.99Marvel24,960
89101Legion33$2.50DC24,853
90102Batman Legends of the Dark Knight179$2.50DC24,807
9187Swamp Thing3$2.95DC24,530
92105Catwoman31$2.50DC24,238
9390Transformers Energon23$2.95Dreamwave24,223
94115Marvel Age Spider-Man3$2.25Marvel24,169
9588Silver Surfer9$2.99Marvel24,130
96106Batman Harley & Ivy2$2.50DC24,069
9789X-Statix23$2.99Marvel24,069
98118Marvel Age Spider-Man4$2.25Marvel23,431
9994Thor Son of Asgard4$2.99Marvel22,686
100113Richard Dragon1$2.50DC21,856
10149Witchblade75$4.99Image21,717
10298Authority Vol. 212$2.95DC21,518
10399Seaguy1$2.95DC21,502
10497Captain Marvel23$2.99Marvel21,241
105121Marvel Age Fantastic Four2$2.25Marvel21,064
106103Bite Club2$2.95DC20,703
107104Spider-Girl73$2.99Marvel20,265
108107Spider-Girl74$2.99Marvel19,950
109109Star Wars Empire19$2.99Dark Horse19,673
110110Darkness Vol. 211$2.99Image19,627
111111Runaways15$2.99Marvel19,297
112112Star Wars Empire20$2.99Dark Horse19,281
113116Liberty Meadows36$2.95Image18,298
114117BPRD Plague of Frogs3$2.99Dark Horse18,052
115120El Cazador6$2.95Crossgen17,714
116133Gotham Central19$2.50DC17,368
1179330 Days of Night Return To Barrow3$3.99IDW17,007
11872Transformers Armada More Than Meets Eye3$4.95Dreamwave16,899
119122Promethea30$2.95DC16,023
120123Batman City of Light8$2.95DC16,008
121124Tom Strong26$2.95DC15,977
122125Negation War2$2.95Crossgen15,823
123126Van Helsing One-Shot$2.99Dark Horse15,531
124129Brian Pulido Lady Death Wild Hunt2$2.95Crossgen15,293
125119Lucifer50$3.50DC14,970
126135Hellblazer196$2.75DC14,947
127132Plastic Man6$2.95DC14,878
128130Punisher5$2.99Marvel14,839
129131Strykeforce2$2.99Image14,824
130150Teen Titans Go7$2.25DC14,724
131146Hero16$2.50DC14,309
132134Masters of the Universe Vol. 32$2.95MV Creations13,963
133114Smallville8$3.95DC13,771
134137Sandman Presents Thesaly Witch For Hire4$2.95DC13,310
135138Rose & Thorn6$2.95DC13,187
136139Last Train To Deadsville Cal Mcdonald Mystery1$2.99Dark Horse12,811
137140Simpsons Comics94$2.99Bongo12,703
138155Superman204$2.50DC12,703
139141Wildcats Version 3.021$2.95DC12,626
140142Monolith4$2.95DC12,565
141145Kiss Kiss Bang Bang5$2.95Crossgen12,357
142166Justice League Adventures31$2.25DC12,342
143144Freaks of the Heartland3$2.99Dark Horse12,242
144167Batman Adventures14$2.25DC12,188
145127George Romeros Dawn of the Dead2$3.99IDW11,489
146128Remains1$3.99IDW11,335
147149Robotech Invasion5$2.95DC11,289
148151Tarot Witch of the Black Rose26$2.95Broadsword11,197
149152Brath14$2.95Crossgen11,074
150153Way of the Rat24$2.95Crossgen11,005
151154Losers12$2.95DC10,882
152156Voltron Vol. 25$2.95Devil's Due10,697
153157Stormwatch Team Achilles22$2.95DC10,690
154158Fallen Angel11$2.95DC10,682
15585DC 100 Pg Super Spectacular Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes$6.95DC10,674
156159Strangers in Paradise Vol. III65$2.95Abstract10,513
157160Walking Dead7$2.95Image10,490
158170Hard Time4$2.50DC10,375
159161Two Step3$2.95DC10,359
160176Enginehead2$2.50DC9,975
161108Light Brigade4$5.95DC9,944
162165Human Target10$2.95DC9,460
163186Fraction2$2.50DC9,160
164169Route 66622$2.95Crossgen9,007
165187Kinetic3$2.50DC8,953
166168Futurama Comics17$2.99Bongo8,914
167190Touch2$2.50DC8,592
168173Micronauts3$2.95Devil's Due8,538
169174Alternation3$2.95Image8,476
170175Midnight Mass Here There Be Monsters5$2.95DC8,469
171177Dragonlance Legend of Huma4$2.95Devil's Due8,315
172179Caper8$2.95DC8,200
173180Steve Rude Moth2$2.99Dark Horse8,084
174181Common Grounds5$2.99Image8,061
175196Sonic The Hedgehog136$2.19Archie7,693
176185Wanted Death Row Ed1$2.99Image7,669
177188Spyboy Final Exam1$2.99Dark Horse7,416
178162CSI Demon House3$3.99IDW7,339
179189Hedge Knight6 Miller Cvr$2.95Devil's Due7,324
180171Stargate SG1 Pow3$3.50Avatar7,316
181147Shonen Jump Vol. 2$4.99Viz7,162
182191Sojourn34$2.95Crossgen7,132
183164Silent Hill Dying Inside4$3.99IDW7,132
184182Grendel Devils Reign1$3.50Dark Horse6,878
185204Powerpuff Girls50$2.25DC6,647
186193Invincible12$2.95Image6,547
187195Superman/Batman9$2.95DC6,302
188178Knights of the Dinner Table91$3.99Kenzer6,109
189184Aleister Arcane2$3.99IDW5,787
190136Uncle Scrooge330$6.95Gemstone5,779
191197Invincible11$2.95Image5,610
192199Donald Duck & Friends316$2.95Gemstone5,572
193198Oh My Goddess108$2.99Dark Horse5,518
194214Scooby Doo84$2.25DC5,487
195201Mickey Mouse & Friends265$2.95Gemstone5,356
196200Blade of the Immortal89$2.99Dark Horse5,341
197148Walt Disneys Comics & Stories645$6.95Gemstone4,949
198192Underworld Red I/Tooth & Claw3$3.99IDW4,841
199163Bad Ideas1$5.95Image4,803
200206NYC Mech1$2.95Image4,795
201194Draculas Revenge1$3.99IDW4,711
202207Blue Monday Painted Moon1$2.99Oni4,611
203208Ant2$2.95Archie4,588
204210Abadazad3$2.95Crossgen4,542
205172Feather5$5.95Image4,242
206212Kiss Kiss Bang Bang4$2.95Crossgen4,234
207213Poison Elves78$2.95Sirius4,211
208215Sword of Dracula4$2.95Image4,127
209183Super Manga Blast42$5.99Dark Horse3,981
210203Shield Spotlight4$3.99IDW3,942
211218Conan3$2.99Dark Horse3,812
212219Gold Digger52$2.99Antarctic3,804
213220Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom4$2.99Oni3,743
214240Flash209$2.25DC3,689
215223Way of the Rat23$2.95Crossgen3,581
216222El Zombo2$2.99Dark Horse3,543
217225Demo6$2.95Astronauts in Trouble3,512
218249Brian Pulidos Belladonna Preview$1.99Avatar3,481
219216Daredevil Father1$3.50Marvel3,435
220227Dork Tower27$2.99Dork Storm3,397
221209Ultraman Tiga8$3.99Dark Horse3,366
222229David & Goliath3$2.95Image3,304
223247Looney Tunes114$2.25DC3,243
224231Gift6$2.95Overcast3,220
225202War Stone Abaddon Invades$4.95Devil's Due3,182
226211Ultraman Tiga9$3.99Dark Horse3,182
227250Betty & Veronica200$2.19Archie3,135
228217Samurai Jack Sp1 New Prt$3.95DC2,966
229235Dead at 17 Blood of Saints2$2.95Viper2,959
230251Green Lantern176$2.25DC2,889
231238Boneyard14$2.95NBM2,874
232254Archie548$2.19Archie2,851
233230Stray Bullets33$3.50El Capitan2,751
234257Robin125$2.25DC2,667
235242Too Much Hopeless Savages4$2.99Oni2,621
236233Classwar4$3.50Com X2,574
237205Hedge Knight6 Finer Cvr$5.95Devil's Due2,505
238245Brian Pulidos Belladonna Preview Sp Cvr*$2.99Avatar2,482
239246Dogwitch11$2.95Sirius2,482
240237Joe Lansdales By Bizarre Hands2$3.50Avatar2,436
241267Betty & Veronica Spectacular66$2.19Archie2,421
242269Sabrina Vol. 257$2.19Archie2,421
243265Cartoon Cartoons30$2.25DC2,398
244248Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated34$2.99Kenzer2,375
245239Betty & Veronica Double Digest124$3.59Archie2,329
246273Veronica152$2.19Archie2,282
247272JLA97$2.25DC2,275
248234Metal Hurlant11$3.95Humanoids2,259
249270Archie Digest207$2.39Archie2,190
250253Walking Dead6$2.95Image2,144
251243Archie Double Digest152$3.59Archie2,121
252282Archie & Friends82$2.19Archie2,106
253226Animerica Extra Jun 2004 Vol. 76$4.99Viz2,067
254232Gold Digger Swimsuit Sp 2004$4.50Antarctic2,029
255259Bite Club1$2.95DC1,960
256236Street Fighter7$4.50Devil's Due1,937
257261Ninja High School116$2.99Antarctic1,867
258143DF Superman Lee Sgn204$19.99Dynamic Forces1,852
259264Ant1 (Curr Prt)$2.95Archie1,829
260262Wanted Death Row Ed3$2.99Image1,814
261266Knights of the Dinner Table Everknights12$2.99Kenzer1,783
262255Assassin School Vol. 21$3.50APC1,737
263290Laugh Digest193$2.39Archie1,721
264274City of Heroes1$2.95Blue King1,683
265275Superman/Batman7$2.95DC1,668
266303Batman626$2.25DC1,629
267280Conan2$2.99Dark Horse1,568
268268Milk40$3.50Radio1,514
269284Thieves & Kings44$2.95I Box1,506
270285Chosen1 New Prt$2.99Dark Horse1,460
271318Ultimate Fantastic Four5$2.25Marvel1,414
272241Superman Secret Identity4$5.95DC1,337
273293I Hunt Monsters3$2.99Antarctic1,329
274296Furrlough136$2.99Radio1,314
275301Ministry of Space3$2.95Image1,299
276297Heaven Sent3$2.99Antarctic1,299
277299Furrlough135$2.99Radio1,291
278300Michael Turner Presents Aspen3$2.99Aspen1,283
279302Johnny The Homicidal Maniac3$2.95Slave Labor1,253
280244Stargate SG1 Pow Ready For Action3$5.99Avatar1,245
281304Finder34$2.95Lightspeed1,237
282276Casual Sex4$3.95Fantagraphics1,237
283305Batman Gotham Knights52$2.95DC1,237
284306Outlook Grim5$2.95Slave Labor1,207
285308Pirate Club2$2.95Slave Labor1,199
286307Dragon Arms Chaos Blade3$2.99Antarctic1,191
287258Ap You Can Draw Manga4$4.95Antarctic1,183
288224Michael Chabon Presents Adventures of the Escapist2$8.95Dark Horse1,168
289309Wanted Dossier One-Shot$2.99Image1,168
290340JLA96$2.25DC1,168
291263Wanted1 Wizard World Texas Ex$5.00Image1,084
292252Lumakick2$5.95Lumakick1,068
293323Johnny The Homicidal Maniac7$2.95Slave Labor1,061
294324Johnny The Homicidal Maniac4$2.95Slave Labor1,061
295321Wanted2$2.99Image1,053
29628730 Days of Night Return To Barrow2$3.99IDW1,053
297327Scurvy Dogs4$2.95Astronauts in Trouble1,037
298349Wolverine14$2.25Marvel1,007
299313Sort of Homecoming3$3.50Alternative968
300334Neo Dawn1$2.95Committed945





May 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 novel sales were strongly up during May.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Spawn Simony$7.95Image17,206
22Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 8 Cats & Kings$17.99Marvel7,800
312Witchblade/Darkminds Return of Paradox$9.99Image6,955
47Chronicles of Conan Vol. 4 Red Nails & Other Stories$15.95Dark Horse6,163
59Transmetropolitan Vol. 10 One More Time$14.95DC5,833
614New X-Men Vol. 7 Here Comes Tomorrow$10.99Marvel5,725
71Complete Peanuts Vol. 1 1950-1952 HC$28.95Fantagraphics5,710
819Trigun Maximum Vol. 1 Hero Returns$9.95Dark Horse5,464
920Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.95Image5,372
1036CSI Miami Thou Shalt Not$6.99IDW4,649
1116Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol. 1$12.95DC4,396
1210Filth$19.95DC4,373
134Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman Trinity HC$24.95DC4,342
1415Empire$14.95DC3,912
1513Essential X-Men Vol. 5$16.99Marvel3,904
1635Battle Royale Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop3,274
1725Uncanny X-Men Vol. 5 She Lies with Angels$11.99Marvel3,266
1822JSA All Stars$14.95DC3,158
1918Michael Chabon Presents Adventures of Escapist Vol. 1$17.95Dark Horse3,043
2021Orbiter Sc$17.95DC2,951
2111Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne Vol. 2$24.99Marvel2,859
2231Ring Vol. 2$12.95Dark Horse2,628
2327Goon Vol. 2 My Murderous Childhood$13.95Dark Horse2,582
2426Terra Obscura$14.95DC2,559
2517Hulk Gray HC$21.99Marvel2,544
2623Hellboy Vol. 2 Wake Devil New Prt$17.95Dark Horse2,505
2729Venom Vol. 1 Shiver$13.99Marvel2,490
288Challengers of the Unknown Archives Vol. 2 HC$39.95DC2,459
2943Fruits Basket Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop2,428
3039Tsubasa$10.95Random House2,329
3124Star Wars Empire Vol. 2 Darklighter$17.95Dark Horse2,290
3234Thanos Vol. 4 Epiphany$14.99Marvel2,198
3345XXXholic Vol. 1$10.95Random House2,106
345New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 2 HC$49.95DC2,098
356Thunder Agents Archives Vol. 4 HC$49.95DC2,021
3646Negima Vol. 1$10.95Random House1,998
3728Oh My Goddess Vol. 18 Phantom Racer$17.95Dark Horse1,967
3867Dragonball Vol. 15 Shonen J Ed$7.95Viz1,914
3955Ai Love You Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,890
4032Thor Vol. 5 Reigning$17.99Marvel1,867
4133Ultimates Vol. 2 Homeland Security$17.99Marvel1,852
4259Angel Sanctuary Vol. 2$9.95Viz1,768
4330Superman/Batman Public Enemies HC$19.95DC1,721
4460GTO Vol. 18$9.99Tokyopop1,706
4548Simpsons Big Bratty Book of Bart Simpson$12.95Bongo1,675
4640Dead At 17 Vol. 1 Comp First Series$14.95Viper1,668
4771All New Tenchi Muyo Vol. 4 Girls Get Busy$8.95Viz1,652
4862Gravitation Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop1,645
4986Shaman King Vol. 3$7.95Viz1,568
5038Alias Vol. 1$19.99Marvel1,529
5142Cannon God Exaxxion Stage 3$15.95Dark Horse1,529
5266Initial D Vol. 12$9.99Tokyopop1,529
5368Kare Kano Vol. 9$9.99Tokyopop1,522
5469Remote Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,522
5549Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Vol. 6$13.95HK1,514
5673Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop1,460
5776Alice 19th Vol. 4 Unrequited Love$9.95Viz1,399
5857Grendel Devil Inside$12.95Dark Horse1,391
5978Comic Party Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,383
6079Dnangel Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,383
6180Seikai Trilogy Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,376
6281Deus Vitae Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,376
6341Hellboy Vol. 4 Right Hand of Doom New Prt$17.95Dark Horse1,368
6454Alias Vol. 2 Come Home$13.99Marvel1,353
6544Hellboy Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction New Prt$17.95Dark Horse1,299
6653Thundercats Dogs of War$14.95DC1,299
6783AI Yori Aoshi Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,291
68174Deady Malevolent Teddy$5.95Sirius1,253
6987Battle Vixens Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,245
7047Iron Empires Vol. 2 Shevas War$17.95Dark Horse1,214
7189Gregory Treasury Vol. 2$9.95DC1,214
7290Tokyo Babylon Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,214
7358Scooter Girl$14.95Oni1,191
7492Fake Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop1,191
75129Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 5$7.95Viz1,176
7684Gundam Seed$10.95Random House1,176
7794Immortal Rain Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,176
7897Chrono Crusade Manga Vol. 1$9.99ADV1,153
7999Housewives at Play Original Recipe$9.95Fantagraphics1,122
80100Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 3 2nd Ed$9.95Viz1,122
81102Planetes Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,099
82103Pretear Manga Vol. 1$9.99ADV1,099
83503x3 Eyes Vol. 8 Descent of the Mystic City$18.95Dark Horse1,091
84105Get Backers Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,084
8563Kingdom Come$14.95DC1,076
8664Supreme Power Vol. 1 Contact$14.99Marvel1,068
87106Escaflowne Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop1,061
88107Demon Diary Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop1,045
89110Peach Girl Change of Heart Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop1,030
90112Mahoromatic Automatic Maiden Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,022
91115World of Narue Book 1$9.99CPM999
92116Boys Over Flowers Vol. 6$9.95Viz991
93165Prince of Tennis Vol. 1$7.95Viz991
94117Tokyo Mew Mew Vol. 7$9.99Tokyopop984
95118Suikoden III Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop976
96119Saiyuki Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop976
97169Megaman Nt Warrior Vol. 1$7.95Viz976
98120Pet Shop of Horrors Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop968
9988Y The Last Man Vol. 3 One Small Step$12.95DC945
10056Watchmen$19.95DC945