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August 2005 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

Powered by a strong launch for Justice by Alex Ross, the August comics market posted solid double-digit gains over the same month in 2004. August was the second five-week month in three months, a quirk of the calendar that provided 2005's summer with an additional week of sales. 

Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, and IDW combined to take 246 spots — meaning last place in the Diamond Top 300 was around 2,100 copies, higher than it had been in a while. The highest (and only) debut publisher in the Top 300 was Red Eagle. Its Robert Jordan's New Spring placed 215th, with approximately 5,500 copies sold.

Marvel led both unit and dollar categories in Diamond's reported overall unit and dollar market shares, but each had well over a third of the market to themselves. DC had 97 comics in the Top 300 versus Marvel's 85. Image, with 37 titles in the Top 300, posted one of its better months in a while — though Dark Horse still surpassed it in the overall categories.

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
23New Avengers8$2.50Marvel156,025
36New Avengers9$2.50Marvel145,661
42House of M5$2.99Marvel140,669
54Astonishing X-Men12$2.99Marvel125,824
78Green Lantern3$2.99DC108,502
89Green Lantern4$2.99DC96,924
912OMAC Project5$2.50DC94,003
1115Uncanny X-Men463$2.50Marvel87,603
1216Villains United4$2.50DC84,715
137Ultimate s Annual1$3.99Marvel82,683
1413Ultimate Iron Man3$2.99Marvel77,372
1620Ultimate X-Men62$2.50Marvel76,223
1822Ultimate Spider-Man81$2.50Marvel75,566
1923Rann Thanagar War4$2.50DC75,095
2024Teen Titans27$2.50DC74,776
2126Amazing Spider-Man523$2.50Marvel72,041
2227Day of Vengeance5$2.50DC71,881
2328Ultimate Fantastic Four22$2.50Marvel71,762
2410Ultimate Spider-Man Annual1$3.99Marvel70,806
2511Ultimate X-Men Annual1$3.99Marvel67,904
2617Young Avengers6$2.99Marvel67,539
2718Spider-Man House of M3$2.99Marvel67,194
3025Fantastic Four House of M2$2.99Marvel61,538
3229DC Special The Return of Donna Troy3$2.99DC58,251
3330Iron Man House of M2$2.99Marvel57,800
3434Incredible Hulk85$2.99Marvel53,172
3636Captain America8$2.99Marvel51,838
3737Fantastic Four530$2.99Marvel51,778
3839Supreme Power18$2.99Marvel50,590
4040X-Men The End Heroes & Martyrs6$2.99Marvel49,561
4141Detective Comics809$2.99DC49,083
4242Marvel Knights Spider-Man17$2.99Marvel48,552
4355Action Comics830$2.50DC48,465
4443Iron Man4$2.99Marvel48,399
4544Detective Comics810$2.99DC48,266
4631Marvel 1602 New World1$3.50Marvel48,186
4746Serenity2$2.99Dark Horse47,091
4858Adventures of Superman643$2.50DC46,533
5060JSA Classified2$2.50DC46,035
5148Captain America9$2.99Marvel44,634
5449New X-Men17$2.99Marvel43,904
5550JLA Classified11$2.99DC43,579
5652Black Panther7$2.99Marvel42,902
5754Mutopia X2$2.99Marvel40,890
5845Marvel 1602 New World2$3.50Marvel40,485
5957Daredevil Father2$2.99Marvel39,741
6073Batman Journey Into Knight1$2.50DC39,562
6175Wonder Woman220$2.50DC38,367
6261Seven Soldiers Zatanna3$2.99DC37,889
6362Lex Luthor Man of Steel5$2.99DC37,331
6463New Thunderbolts11$2.99Marvel37,033
6666Weapon X Days of Future Now2$2.99Marvel36,269
6968Legion of Super Heroes9$2.99DC35,831
7069Conan19$2.99Dark Horse35,453
7259Shanna The She Devil7$3.50Marvel32,930
7483Wonder Woman219$2.50DC32,565
7584Green Arrow53$2.50DC32,472
7687Birds of Prey85$2.50DC32,073
7776Seven Soldiers Shining Knight4$2.99DC31,974
7877Seven Soldiers Klarion The Witch Boy3$2.99DC30,580
8091Batman Gotham Knights68$2.50DC30,221
8179Daredevil Vs Punisher3$2.99Marvel29,770
8380Spider-Man Breakout5$2.99Marvel28,409
8581Astro City The Dark Age3$2.99DC28,150
8682Soulfire Dying of the Light1$2.99Aspen28,004
8986Marvel Knights 421$2.99Marvel27,021
9088Y The Last Man36$2.99DC26,556
9189New X-Men Hellions4$2.99Marvel25,972
9270Wha Huh (Res)$3.99Marvel25,753
9371Off Handbk Ultimate Marvel Universe 2005$3.99Marvel25,434
9490Cable Deadpool18$2.99Marvel25,301
95109Batman Legends of the Dark Knight194$2.50DC25,288
9792Hulk Destruction2$2.99Marvel24,073
9995X-Men Unlimited10$2.99Marvel23,715
101999Neil Gaimans Neverwhere3$2.99DC22,726
102999G.I. Joe Snake-Eyes Declassified1$2.95Devil's Due22,201
103999Marvel Team-Up11$2.99Marvel22,148
104999Batman Jekyll and Hyde5$2.99DC22,141
105999X-Men Kitty Pryde Shadow & Flame3$2.99Marvel22,141
106999G.I. Joe Americas Elite2$2.95Devil's Due22,128
109999Sw General Grievous4$2.99Dark Horse21,411
111999Serenity1$2.99Dark Horse21,145
112999Ex Machina14$2.99DC21,132
113999G.I. Joe Americas Elite3$2.95Devil's Due21,033
114999Jack Cross1$2.50DC20,893
117999Star Wars Empire33$2.99Dark Horse19,718
118999Gotham Central34$2.50DC19,213
119999Authority Revolution11$2.99DC18,822
120999Daredevil Redemption6$2.99Marvel18,789
123999Walking Dead21$2.99Image17,667
125999Blood of the Demon6$2.50DC17,414
126999Marvel Nemesis Imperfects4$2.99Marvel17,328
127999Rising Stars Voices of the Dead3$2.99Image17,228
128999Top Ten Beyond The Farthest Precinct1$2.99DC17,215
129999BPRD The Black Flame1$2.99Dark Horse16,724
131999Ororo Before The Storm3$2.99Marvel15,994
132999Hunter Killer Dossier One Shot$2.99Image15,954
133999Revelations1$2.99Dark Horse15,854
134999JSA Classified1$2.50DC15,589
135999Adventures of Superman642$2.50DC15,403
136999Arana Heart of the Spider6$2.99Marvel15,257
137999Monster War Witchblade Vs Frankenstein3$2.99Image15,223
138999House of M1 Madureira Con Ed$1.50Marvel15,037
139999Mega Morphs1$2.99Marvel14,951
140999100 Bullets63$2.75DC14,792
142999Arana Heart of the Spider7$2.99Marvel14,626
143999Daredevil Father Directors Cut1$2.99Marvel14,606
144999Doom Patrol15$2.50DC14,546
146999Monster War Darkness Vs Mr Hyde4$2.99Image13,643
147999New Warriors3$2.99Marvel13,484
148999Angel The Curse3$3.99IDW13,238
149999Teen Titans Go22$2.25DC13,165
150999Mega Morphs2$2.99Marvel12,973
152999Amazing Fantasy11$2.99Marvel12,787
153999Dawn Three Tiers6$2.99Image12,707
155999Action Comics829$2.50DC12,568
158999Silent Dragon2$2.99DC11,977
161999Books of Magick Life During Wartime13$2.75DC11,446
163999Winter Men1$2.99DC11,340
166999Simpsons Comics109$2.99Bongo11,267
167999Tom Strong34$2.99DC11,253
168999Justice League Unlimited12$2.25DC11,180
170999Swamp Thing18$2.99DC10,111
171999Dragonlance Chronicles1$2.95Devil's Due9,859
172999Son of Vulcan3$2.99DC9,859
173999Samurai Heaven & Earth4$2.99Dark Horse9,706
174999Batman Strikes12$2.25DC9,527
176999Strangers in Paradise75$2.95Abstract9,208
178999City of theomorrow5$2.99DC8,930
179999City of Heroes4$2.99Image8,876
180999Man with the Screaming Brain4$2.99Dark Horse8,803
181999Shaun of the Dead2$3.99IDW8,770
183999Lady Death Wicked38354$2.99Avatar8,704
185999Bart Simpson Comics25$2.99Bongo8,578
187999Sonic The Hedgehog152$2.25Archie8,425
188999Fantastic Four House of M1$2.99Marvel8,292
190999Brian Pulidos Medieval Lady Death6$3.99Avatar7,940
191999Incredible Hulk83$2.99Marvel7,940
192999Spike Old Times One Shot$7.49IDW7,894
194999All Star Batman & Robin Boy Wonder1$2.99DC7,808
195999Marvel Adventures Spider-Man6$2.50Marvel7,635
196999Emily The Strange1$7.95Dark Horse7,376
197999Omac Project4$2.50DC7,217
198999Devils Rejects1$3.99IDW7,203
199999Mutopia X1$2.99Marvel7,037
200999Metal Gear Solid12$3.99IDW6,878
201999Kabuki Reflections Book5$5.99Marvel6,460
202999Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four3$2.50Marvel6,447
204999Human Race6$2.99DC6,367
205999Forgotten Realms Dark Elf Homeland Cvr A3$4.95Devil's Due6,314
206999Usagi Yojimbo86$2.99Dark Horse6,227
207999Jon Sable Freelance Bloodline3$3.99IDW6,181
208999Machine Teen4$2.99Marvel6,042
209999Iron Man House of M1$2.99Marvel5,969
211999Battle Pope Color2$2.99Image5,756
213999Knights of the Dinner Table105$3.99Kenzer5,617
214999Knights of the Dinner Table106$3.99Kenzer5,550
215999Robert Jordans New Spring1$3.95Red Eagle5,510
216999Body Bags Fathers Day2$5.99Image5,258
217999Marvel Milestones Captain Britain Psylocke Golden Age Sub$3.99Marvel5,232
218999Iron Ghost3$2.99Image4,886
219999Uncle Scrooge345$6.95Gemstone4,793
220999Hip Flask Mystery City$4.99Active Images4,787
222999Scooby Doo99$2.25DC4,654
223999Queen & Country Declassified Vol. 22$2.99Oni4,621
224999Queen & Country Declassified Vol. 33$2.99Oni4,561
225999Noble Causes12$3.50Image4,521
226999Powerpuff Girls65$2.25DC4,508
227999Death Jr3$4.99Image4,435
228999Donald Duck & Friends331$2.95Gemstone4,395
230999Spider-Man House of M Dcd Sketch Variant1$1.50Marvel4,249
231999House of M4$2.99Marvel4,236
232999Blade of the Immortal104$2.99Dark Horse4,149
233999Mickey Mouse & Friends280$2.95Gemstone4,076
234999Strange Girl3$2.99Image4,030
236999Grimjack Killer Instinct6$3.99IDW3,937
237999CSI New York Bloody Murder2$3.99IDW3,857
238999Walt Disneys Comics & Stories660$6.95Gemstone3,831
239999Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles23$2.95Mirage3,658
240999Common Foe2$3.50Image3,592
241999Season of the Witch0$2.50Image3,578
242999Legend of Isis3$2.99Alias3,545
245999Gold Digger66$2.99Antarctic3,426
246999Stupid Comics3$2.99Image3,412
248999Omac Project2$2.50DC3,353
249999Horror Show1$4.95Dead Dog3,313
250999Metal Gear Solid11$3.99IDW3,313
251999Night Mary1$3.99IDW3,293
252999Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles13$3.25Mirage3,207
253999House of M Cassaday3$2.99Marvel3,193
254999Bone Rest2$2.95Image3,167
25599924 Midnight Sun One Shot$7.49IDW3,127
256999Hero Squared2$3.99Boom3,120
257999Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles14$3.25Mirage3,120
258999Simpsons Classics5$3.99Bongo3,081
260999Hero At Large1$2.99Speakeasy3,027
26199910th Muse Vol. 24$2.99Alias3,001
263999Omac Project3$2.50DC2,974
264999Promethea Covers Book SC$5.99DC2,934
266999Super Manga Blast54$5.99Dark Horse2,835
267999Ferro City1$2.99Image2,835
268999Hero Camp4$2.99Image2,808
269999JLA Classified10$2.99DC2,775
270999Looney Tunes129$2.25DC2,735
271999Betty & Veronica211$2.25Archie2,689
272999Wings of Anansi One Shot$6.99Image2,676
273999Giant Size Spider-Woman1$4.99Marvel2,676
274999Bear9$2.95Slave Labor2,669
275999Of Bitter Souls1$2.99Speakeasy2,669
276999Artxilla Tasty Treats 2005 One Shot$6.99Image2,662
277999House of M Dodson2$2.99Marvel2,656
278999Small Gods10$2.99Image2,609
279999Little Gloomys Super Scary Monster Show1$2.95Slave Labor2,609
280999Second Stage Turbine Blade2$4.00Evil Ink2,596
282999OMAC Project1 3rd Print$2.50DC2,523
284999Sabrina Vol. 269$2.25Archie2,456
287999Judo Girl4$2.99Alias2,403
288999Betty & Veronica Spectacular71$2.25Archie2,390
290999NYC Mech Beta Love3$2.99Image2,304
291999Lethal Instinct3$2.99Alias2,290
292999Mad Magazine457$3.99DC2,284
295999Giffens What Were They Thinking One Shot$3.99Boom2,178
296999Kolchak Tales Black & White & Red All Over$4.95Moonstone2,171
298999CSI New York Bloody Murder1$3.99IDW2,144
299999Shojo Beat Sep 05 Vol. 13$5.99Viz2,111


August 2005 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 $3.66 million at full retail in August. Adding those to the Top 300 comics for the month yields $24.5 million, an increase of 11% over August 2004.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Top Ten The Forty Niners HC$24.99DC9,859
23Ultimates 2 Vol. 1 Gods & Monsters$15.99Marvel7,197
32New Avengers Vol. 1 Breakout HC$19.99Marvel6,188
44Superman For Tomorrow Vol. 2 HC$24.99DC4,295
58Adam Strange Planet Heist$19.99DC4,189
69DCs Greatest Imaginary Stories$19.99DC4,176
738Naruto Vol. 7 $7.95Viz4,116
827Trigun Maximum Vol. 6 The Gunslinger $9.95Dark Horse3,857
912Essential X-Men Vol. 6$16.99Marvel3,851
1011JSA Vol. 9 Lost$19.99DC3,778
1113Essential Daredevil Vol. 3$16.99Marvel3,725
1235Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 3 $9.99Viz3,426
1359Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 17 $7.95Viz3,313
1450Inu Yasha Vol. 23 $8.95Viz3,247
1541Dnangel Vol. 9$9.99Tokyopop3,200
1666Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 18 $7.95Viz3,140
1716Strange Beginnings & Endings$17.99Marvel3,114
1814V For Vendetta$19.99DC3,067
1922Uncanny X-Men New Age Vol. 3 On Ice$15.99Marvel3,027
2052Ranma 1/2 Vol. 31 $9.95Viz2,815
2177Donald Duck Adventures Vol. 13$7.95Gemstone2,762
2218Justice League Elite Vol. 1$19.99DC2,715
237Runaways Vol. 1 HC$34.99Marvel2,689
2458History of Violence New New Ed$9.99DC2,669
2560Battle Vixens Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop2,616
2636Walt Disneys World of the Dragonlords$12.99Gemstone2,576
2762Ai Yori Aoshi Vol. 10$9.99Tokyopop2,543
2865Kare Kano Vol. 17$9.99Tokyopop2,510
2920Maxx Book Five$19.99DC2,503
3039Concrete Vol. 1 Depths$12.95Dark Horse2,476
3187Bleach Vol. 8 $7.95Viz2,364
3223Superman The Man of Steel Vol. 4$19.99DC2,330
3373Incredibles $9.95Dark Horse2,304
3434Authority Revolution Book 1$14.99DC2,304
3531Avengers Vision & Scarlet Witch$15.99Marvel2,284
3692Mickey Mouse Adventures Vol. 5$7.95Gemstone2,284
3742Hipira The Little Vampire HC$13.95Dark Horse2,277
3837Hulk Tempest Fugit$14.99Marvel2,224
3929Stormbreaker Saga of Beta Ray Bill$16.99Marvel2,211
4053Sandman Presents Thessaly Witch For Hire$12.99DC2,151
4128X-Men Vignettes Vol. 2$17.99Marvel2,125
4256Batman Hush Vol. 2$12.99DC2,085
4333Frank Miller Sin City Vol. 1 Hard Goodbye 2nd$17.00Dark Horse2,051
445Worlds Finest Archives Vol. 3 HC$49.99DC2,038
4545Y The Last Man Vol. 5 Ring of theruth$14.99DC2,012
4661Japan $12.95Dark Horse2,012
4754Wolverine Soultaker$13.99Marvel1,985
4847Catwoman Wild Ride$14.99DC1,972
496Robin Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.99DC1,945
5089Girls Bravo Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,872
5117Daredevil Vol. 4 HC$29.99Marvel1,866
5291Little Lulu Vol. 5 Lulu in the Doghouse$9.95Dark Horse1,866
5355Terra Obscura Vol. 2$14.99DC1,839
5430Legend of Grimjack Vol. 3$19.99IDW1,832
5519Marvel Visionaries John Romita Sr HC$29.99Marvel1,806
5672Batman Hush Vol. 1$12.95DC1,793
5774Walking Dead Vol. 2 Miles Behind Us$12.95Image1,759
5875Walking Dead Vol. 3 Safety Behind Bars$12.95Image1,726
5949Fantastic Four Foes$16.99Marvel1,726
6098Tokyo Mew Mew Vol. 2 A La Mode$9.99Tokyopop1,713
6151Chronicles of Conan Vol. 8 Tower of Blood & Other Stories$16.95Dark Horse1,713
6264Punisher Max Vol. 1 in the Beginning$14.99Marvel1,686
63124Dragonball Z Vol. 21 $7.95Viz1,646
64100Elfquest The Grand Quest Vol. 10$9.99DC1,640
6540Wanted Sc$19.99Image1,607
66103Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.95Image1,587
6743Tricked$19.95Top Shelf1,587
6810Earth X HC$49.99Marvel1,580
6980Antique Bakery Vol. 1$12.95Digital Manga1,560
7026H Ketchams Complete Dennis Menace 1951-1952 HC $24.95Fantagraphics1,560
71104Fruits Basket Vol. 11$9.99Tokyopop1,554
72105Get Backers Vol. 11$9.99Tokyopop1,540
7376Swamp Thing Book 2 Love In Vain$14.99DC1,481
74108Angel Sanctuary Vol. 9 $9.99Viz1,481
76113Psychic Academy Vol. 9$9.99Tokyopop1,454
77152Shaman King Vol. 7 $7.95Viz1,441
783230 Days of Night Bloodsuckers Tales Vol. 1$24.99IDW1,434
79115Bizenghast Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,434
80117Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole Du Ciel Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,421
8179Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Gifted$14.99Marvel1,414
8263Tom Strongs Terrific Tales Book 1$17.99DC1,407
83120Ex Machina Vol. 1 The First Hundred Days$9.95DC1,394
8471Frank Miller Sin City Vol. 2 Dame To Kill For 2nd$17.00Dark Horse1,368
85192Marvel Adv Spider Man Vol. 1 Sinister Six Digest$6.99Marvel1,328
8625Marvel Visionaries Chris Claremont HC$29.99Marvel1,328
87128Kamichama Karin Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,295
88169Yu Gi Oh Millennium World Vol. 1 $7.95Viz1,288
89129Alichino Vol. 3$9.99Tokyopop1,275
9085Luis Royo Conceptions Vol. 3 HC$14.95Heavy Metal1,268
9178Frank Miller Sin City Vol. 3 Big Fat Kill 2nd$17.00Dark Horse1,261
92101We 3$12.99DC1,235
93181Yu Gi Oh Duelist Vol. 7 $7.95Viz1,228
94102Y The Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned$12.95DC1,228
9570Fmiller Sin City Vol. 4 Yellow Bastard 2nd$19.00Dark Horse1,222
96138Kanpai Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,215
9744Robot$24.95Digital Manga1,215
98140Ceres Celestial Legend Vol. 12$9.95Viz1,208
9993100 Bullets Vol. 8 The Hard Way$14.99DC1,202
10094Kingdom Come$14.95DC1,182