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December 2005 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

Six titles topping the 100,000 copy mark in December helped the comics market close out 2005 with a 7.3% sales increase over 2004.

December's strong finish helped propel the market to a $24 million overall increase in 2005 among sales of comic books, trade paperbacks, and magazines. Overall, 2005's U.S. sales stood at $352.33 million, up 7.3% over 2004's total of $328.25 million.

In an reversal of recent events, Marvel placed 90 items in the Top 300, versus 75 for DC. With a variety of one-shots and items soliciting for previous months shipping, Marvel surpassed DC in a category it usually dominated: volume of releases on the chart.

The highest new publisher debut was MR Comics, whose Revolution on the Planet of the Apes #1 placed 223rd with about 4,500 copies sold.

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
11Infinite Crisis3$3.99DC188,855
22All Star Batman & Robin3$2.99DC162,994
35New Avengers14$2.50Marvel124,301
56Superman Batman23$2.99DC102,249
67Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk1$2.99Marvel100,948
78Ultimates 29$2.99Marvel94,494
810Green Lantern6$2.99DC88,437
914Uncanny X-Men467$2.50Marvel81,282
1015Amazing Spider-Man527$2.50Marvel79,262
114Secret War Book Five$3.99Marvel79,091
149X-Men Deadly Genesis2$3.50Marvel75,599
1522Ultimate Spider-Man87$2.50Marvel74,538
1725Ultimate Spider-Man88$2.50Marvel72,984
1811Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man3$2.99Marvel72,315
2028Ultimate Fantastic Four26$2.50Marvel68,324
2113Marvel Knights Spider-Man21$2.99Marvel68,046
2230Teen Titans30$2.50DC67,155
2317Green Lantern Corps Recharge3$2.99DC64,490
2419Spider-Woman Origin1$2.99Marvel63,954
2620Ultimate Iron Man5$2.99Marvel63,253
2821Ultimate X-Men Fantastic Four Special$2.99Marvel62,905
2923Son of M1$2.99Marvel62,255
3026Ghost Rider4$2.99Marvel59,678
3129Spider-Man Black Cat Evil That Men Do4$2.99Marvel57,089
3332Spider-Man Black Cat Evil That Men Do5$2.99Marvel53,849
3412Young Avengers Special1$3.99Marvel51,020
3636New Excalibur2$2.99Marvel48,816
3749Wonder Woman224$2.50DC47,225
3838Fantastic Four533$2.99Marvel46,751
4052JSA Classified6$2.50DC45,318
4240Captain America13$2.99Marvel44,945
4341Generation M2$2.99Marvel43,549
4443New X-Men21$2.99Marvel43,474
4657Action Comics834$2.50DC42,425
4758Adventures of Superman647$2.50DC42,236
4846JLA Classified15$2.99DC41,952
5167Detective Comics814$2.50DC37,146
5254Incredible Hulk90$2.99Marvel36,925
5437New Avengers Most Wanted Files$3.99Marvel35,542
5656Marvel Zombies1$2.99Marvel35,497
5862Supreme Power Hyperion3$2.99Marvel33,609
5942All Star Batman & Robin Sp Ed1$3.99DC32,611
6063Conan23$2.99Dark Horse32,593
6164Supreme Power Nighthawk4$2.99Marvel32,207
6279Green Arrow57$2.50DC31,778
6366Seven Soldiers Mister Miracle2$2.99DC31,506
6468Iron Man Inevitable1$2.99Marvel31,033
6584Birds of Prey89$2.50DC30,654
6635Superman Secret Files 2005$4.99DC30,647
6770Daredevil Father5$2.99Marvel30,250
6871Seven Soldiers Bulleteer2$2.99DC30,142
6972What If Wolverine$2.99Marvel29,953
7050She-Hulk 23$3.99Marvel29,429
7174Black Panther11$2.99Marvel29,328
7275Batman & Monster Men2$2.99DC29,138
7495Batman Gotham Knights72$2.50DC28,854
7677Books of Doom2$2.99Marvel27,768
7881Jonah Hex2$2.99DC26,227
7982Y The Last Man40$2.99DC26,006
8083Fantastic Four Special$2.99Marvel25,861
8160Punisher Silent Night$3.99Marvel25,816
8488Punisher Vs Bullseye2$2.99Marvel25,122
8589New Thunderbolts16$2.99Marvel25,084
8690What If Captain America$2.99Marvel24,951
8992What If Fantastic Four$2.99Marvel24,478
9065Street Fighter II1$3.95Udon24,358
9193What If Thor$2.99Marvel24,250
9294Conan & Demons of Khitai3$2.99Dark Horse24,155
94115Batman Legends of the Dark Knight198$2.50DC24,010
9596Hunter Killer5$2.99Image23,878
9698X-Men Colossus Bloodline4$2.99Marvel23,694
98100Captain Atom Armageddon3$2.99DC23,480
100101What If Daredevil$2.99Marvel23,473
101999Cable Deadpool23$2.99Marvel23,297
102999Batman Journey Into Knight5$2.50DC23,227
103999Marvel Knights 425$2.99Marvel22,754
104999Danger Girl Back I/Black2$2.99DC22,457
105999What If Submariner$2.99Marvel22,179
106999X-Men Unlimited12$2.99Marvel22,135
107999Thor Blood Oath5$2.99Marvel22,046
108999Star Wars Republic80$2.99Dark Horse21,421
109999Thor Blood Oath6$2.99Marvel21,364
110999Official Hndbk Ultimate Marvel Univ Ultimates & X-Men 2005$3.99Marvel20,796
111999JLA Classified Cold Steel1$5.99DC20,543
112999G.I. Joe Americas Elite6$4.50Devil's Due20,139
113999Marvel Team-Up15$2.99Marvel20,000
117999G.I. Joe Snake-Eyes Declassified5$2.95Devil's Due18,927
118999Star Wars Empire38$2.99Dark Horse18,882
119999Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Leader3$2.99Dark Horse18,838
120999Gotham Central38$2.50DC18,630
121999Batman Gotham County Line3$5.99DC18,586
122999Glx-Mas Special$3.99Marvel18,415
123999Soulfire Dying of the Light4$2.99Aspen17,360
124999Angel Old Friends1$3.99IDW17,165
127999Black Widow 24$2.99Marvel16,647
129999Team Zero1$2.99DC15,933
131999Wildcats Nemesis4$2.99DC15,428
132999Book of Lost Souls3$2.99Marvel15,308
134999BPRD Black Flame5$2.99Dark Horse14,986
135999Nightmare on Elm St Paranoid1$3.99Avatar14,860
137999Authority Magnificent Kevin5$2.99DC14,664
139999100 Bullets67$2.75DC14,165
142999Friday The 13th Bloodbath2$3.99Avatar13,590
145999Nick Fury Howling Commandos3$2.99Marvel13,331
146999Blood of the Demon10$2.50DC12,813
147999Top 10 Beyond Farthest Precinct5$2.99DC12,712
148999Jason X Sp1$3.99Avatar12,618
150999X-Men Deadly Genesis1$3.99Marvel12,315
151999Fallen Angel1$3.99IDW12,176
152999Drax The Destroyer4$2.99Marvel12,094
154999Revelations5$2.99Dark Horse12,005
155999Lady Death Wicked1$3.99Avatar11,847
156999Amazing Fantasy16$2.99Marvel11,816
157999Teen Titans Go26$2.25DC11,790
159999Hard Time Season Two1$2.50DC11,658
161999Bad Planet1$2.99Image11,468
162999Goon15$2.99Dark Horse11,216
163999Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane1$2.99Marvel11,172
164999Simpsons Comics113$2.99Bongo11,052
166999New Warriors6$2.99Marvel10,875
167999Justice League Unlimited16$2.25DC10,774
168999Arana Heart of the Spider12$2.99Marvel10,407
169999Fantastic Four Iron Man Big in Japan3$3.50Marvel10,313
170999Silent Dragon6$2.99DC10,104
171999Rising Stars Voices of the Dead6$2.99Image9,965
172999Cannon Hawke4$2.99Aspen9,890
173999Aeon Flux3$2.99Dark Horse9,795
174999Marvel Spotlight John Cassaday Sean Mckeever$2.99Marvel9,763
175999Escape of the Living Dead2$3.99Avatar9,586
176999Forgotten Realms Dark Elf Exile2 Seeley Cvr$4.95Devil's Due9,416
177999Samurai Heaven & Earth5$2.99Dark Horse9,384
178999Strangers in Paradise78$2.95Abstract9,125
179999Swamp Thing22$2.99DC8,892
180999Freshmen Yearbook One Shot2.99$2.99Image8,873
181999Dragonlance Chronicles5 Kurth Cvr$2.95Devil's Due8,677
182999Daughters of the Dragon Deadly Hands$3.99Marvel8,614
183999Robotech Prelude To Shadow Chronicles4$3.50DC8,519
184999Batman Strikes16$2.25DC8,462
185999Kong Movie Adaptation1$3.99Dark Horse8,418
187999X-Men & Power Pack3$2.99Marvel8,380
188999Lady Death 2005 Bikini Sp$3.99Avatar8,285
189999Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man2 2nd Ptg Var$2.99Marvel8,222
192999Sonic The Hedgehog157$2.25Archie7,818
193999Sonic X4$2.25Archie7,787
194999Shonen Jump Jan 0637$4.99Viz7,692
195999George Romeros Land of the Dead4$3.99IDW7,351
196999Marvel Knights Spider-Man20$2.99Marvel7,193
197999Purgatori2$2.95Devil's Due7,155
198999Dragonlance Chronicles4 Kurth Cvr$2.95Devil's Due6,745
199999Metal Gear Solid Sons of Liberty2$3.99IDW6,732
200999Looking Glass Wars Hatter M1$3.99Image6,675
20199930 Days of Night Annual 2005$7.49IDW6,599
202999New X-Men20 2nd Ptg Var$2.99Marvel6,404
203999Marvel Adventures Spider-Man10$2.50Marvel6,391
204999Savage Dragon God War4$2.99Image6,359
205999Evil Ernie I/Santa Fe3$2.95Devil's Due5,892
206999Exalted2 Reg Ed$3.49Udon5,848
208999Emily The Strange2$7.95Dark Horse5,759
209999Bloodrayne Dark Soul$3.99Digital Manga5,412
210999Knights of the Dinner Table109$4.99Kenzer5,387
211999Fear Agent2$2.99Image5,317
212999Walking Dead Script Book1$3.99Image5,191
213999Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four7$2.50Marvel5,058
214999Acme Novelty Library16$15.95Fantagraphics4,951
216999Casefiles Sam & Twitch20$2.50Image4,875
217999Robert Jordans New Spring4$3.95Red Eagle4,869
218999Silent Hill Dead Alive1$3.99IDW4,787
220999Uncle Scrooge349$6.95Gemstone4,686
221999Scooby Doo103$2.25DC4,490
222999Donald Duck & Friends335$2.95Gemstone4,484
223999Revolution of the Planet of the Apes1$3.98MR4,459
224999Sea of Red7$2.99Image4,446
225999Maze Agency1$3.99IDW4,294
226999Powerpuff Girls69$2.25DC4,219
227999Noble Causes15$3.50Image4,212
228999Love & Rockets Vol. 215$4.50Fantagraphics4,073
229999Perhapanauts2$2.99Dark Horse4,073
230999Walt Disneys Comics & Stories664$6.95Gemstone3,991
231999Mickey Mouse & Friends284$2.95Gemstone3,960
232999Bart Simpson Comics27$2.99Bongo3,947
233999Black Harvest2$3.25Devil's Due3,903
234999Infinite Crisis2$3.99DC3,878
236999Blade of the Immortal108$2.99Dark Horse3,821
237999Battle Hymn5$2.99Image3,808
238999Image Comics Holiday Sp 2005$9.99Image3,783
239999Hack Slash Land of Lost Toys2$3.25Devil's Due3,776
241999Abiding Perdition1$3.50APC3,625
243999Tick Days of Drama3$3.95New England3,555
245999Optic Nerve10$3.95Drawn & Quarterly3,511
246999Jingle Belle Fight Before Christmas$2.99Dark Horse3,416
247999Gold Digger69$2.99Antarctic3,309
248999Generation M1$2.99Marvel3,151
249999Hawaiian Dick Last Resort3$2.99Image3,107
251999Legend of Isis7$2.99Alias3,038
252999Zombie Tales Death Valley1$6.99Boom2,861
25399910 One Shot$6.99Boom2,779
254999Fell1 2nd Ptg$1.99Image2,779
255999Age of Bronze22$3.50Image2,753
256999Legend of Isis6$2.99Alias2,722
257999Super Manga Blast58$5.99Dark Horse2,659
258999Looney Tunes133$2.25DC2,633
260999Night Club2$2.99Image2,621
262999Fell2 2nd Ptg$1.99Image2,583
263999Nat Turner2$3.00Kyle Baker2,570
264999Gold Digger70$2.99Antarctic2,564
265999Bear10$2.95Slave Labor2,520
266999Dead At 17 Protectorate2$2.95Viper2,513
269999G.I. Joe Sigma 61$2.95Devil's Due2,476
270999Rock N Roll One Shot$3.50Image2,469
271999Poison Elves Dominion2$3.50Sirius2,469
272999All Star Superman1$2.99DC2,469
274999Berlin12$3.95Drawn & Quarterly2,419
275999Sabrina Vol. 272$2.25Archie2,387
276999Betty & Veronica214$2.25Archie2,324
27999910th Muse Vol. 27$2.99Alias2,255
280999Shojo Beat Jan 06 Vol. 21$5.99Viz2,242
281999Amazing Spider-Man 2nd Ptg Var525$2.50Marvel2,210
282999Infinite Crisis1$3.99DC2,191
284999Night Mary4$3.99IDW2,160
285999Dracula Vs King Arthur3$2.95Silent Devil2,153
28699910th Muse Vol. 28$2.99Alias2,141
287999Nyc Mech Beta Love4$2.99Image2,109
289999Abiding Perdition2$3.50APC2,103
292999Lost Squad2$2.95Devil's Due1,970
293999Night Mary5$3.99IDW1,970
294999Free Fall1$3.99Narwain1,901
296999Narwain Preview$2.49Narwain1,806
297999Bone Rest6$2.99Image1,800
298999Cartoon Network Block Party16$2.25DC1,781
299999Archie Double Digest166$3.59Archie1,674
300999Amazing Spider-Man526$2.50Marvel1,674


December 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 $3.82 million at full retail in December 2005, off 10% from the previous December. The Top 100 trades for each month in 2005 had first-month orders totaling $45.84 million, up $4.85 million over 2004. That's an 11.8% increase.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
16Villains United$12.99DC8,184
25Fables Vol. 6 Homelands$14.99DC7,136
39Rann Thanagar War$12.99DC6,808
43Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 14 Warriors$17.99Marvel6,618
54Showcase Presents Justice League of America Vol. 1$16.99DC6,555
611Ultimate Galactus Book 2 Secret$12.99Marvel5,362
727Samurai Executioner Vol. 7$9.95Dark Horse5,084
839Naruto Vol. 8$7.95Viz4,623
912Crisis of Multiple Earths Team Ups Vol. 1$14.99DC4,566
1020X-Men Phoenix Endsong$14.99Marvel4,124
1116Essential Spider-Woman Vol. 1$16.99Marvel3,859
1229Lex Luthor Man of Steel$12.99DC3,846
1324Best of the Spirit$14.99DC3,631
1459Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 21$7.95Viz3,322
1585Kingdom Hearts Vol. 2$5.99Tokyopop3,252
1642Negima Vol. 8$10.95Random House3,246
1718Spawn Coll Vol. 1$19.95Image3,227
1834Star Wars General Grievous$12.95Dark Horse3,195
1949Spawn Manga Vol. 1$9.99Image3,132
2023Wonder Woman Eyes of the Gorgon$19.99DC2,918
2173Bleach Vol. 10$7.95Viz2,823
2228Superman I/Name of Gog$17.99DC2,791
2314What If Classic Vol. 2$24.99Marvel2,697
2437Gla Misassembled$14.99Marvel2,551
2541Spider-Man Breakout$13.99Marvel2,545
2632Superman True Brit Sc$17.99DC2,482
2721Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne Vol. 5$24.99Marvel2,469
2848Superman Batman Vol. 2 Supergirl$12.99DC2,431
2931Demo Collection$19.95Astronauts in Trouble2,362
3170Dears Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop2,280
3254Conan & Jewels of Gwahlur HC$13.95Dark Horse2,185
3335Marvel Team-Up Vol. 2 Master of the Ring$17.99Marvel2,153
3474Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.95Image2,153
3546Batgirl Kicking Assassins$14.99DC2,141
3625Top Cow Marvel Crossover Collection$24.99Image2,109
37115Image First$6.99Image2,090
3833Captain America & Falcon Secret Empire$19.99Marvel2,090
3956New X-Men Academy X Vol. 3 X-Posed$14.99Marvel1,945
407Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.99DC1,939
4136Fantastic Four By J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 1 Prem HC$19.99Marvel1,920
4281Oh My Goddess Vol. 1 Authentic Ed$10.95Dark Horse1,831
4469Walking Dead Vol. 4 Hearts Desire$12.99Image1,787
4543Swamp Thing Spontaneous Generation$19.99DC1,775
4691Little Lulu Vol. 7 Lulus Umbrella Service$9.95Dark Horse1,768
4771Y The Last Man Vol. 6 Girl of Girl$12.99DC1,749
4872Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 2$12.99Marvel1,743
4964Hellsing Impure Souls Anime Manga$14.95Dark Horse1,730
5052Strangers in Paradise Vol. 5 Pocket$17.95Abstract1,724
512Walking Dead Omnibus Vol. 1 HC$100.00Image1,680
5255Tom Strong Book Four$17.99DC1,661
53100Teen Titans Future Is Now$9.99DC1,661
54102Owly Vol. 3 Flying Lessons$10.00Top Shelf1,636
5577Batman Hush Vol. 2$12.99DC1,623
56103Hot Gimmick Vol. 10$9.99Viz1,623
5778Batman Hush Vol. 1$12.95DC1,623
58136Dragonball Z Vol. 23$7.95Viz1,617
59137Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 22$7.95Viz1,617
6030Omega The Unknown Classic$29.99Marvel1,610
6180Jazz Vol. 1$12.95Digital Manga1,572
6268Plastic Man Vol. 2 Rubber Bandits$14.99DC1,560
6351Light Brigade$19.99DC1,554
6483Blacksad Vol. 3$12.95iBooks1,528
6538Sentry New Ptg$24.99Marvel1,522
6684Reiko Zombie Shop Vol. 1$12.95Dark Horse1,516
67113Elfquest Grand Quest Vol. 12$9.99DC1,497
681Frank Miller Sin City Library I HC$150.00Dark Horse1,459
6961Dawn Vol. 1 Lucifers Halo New Ed$17.99Image1,446
7095Further Adventures of One Page Filler Man$11.99Image1,421
7165Shaun of the Dead$17.99IDW1,408
72111Lagoon Engine Einsatz Manga Vol. 1$10.95ADV 1,383
7344Image Comics HC$24.99Image1,377
7492Our Kingdom Vol. 1$12.95Digital Manga1,351
75125Rg Veda Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop1,351
76126Angel Sanctuary Vol. 11$9.99Viz1,351
77127Mahoromatic Automatic Maiden Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop1,345
7894Antique Bakery Vol. 2$12.95Digital Manga1,326
79133Hana Kimi Vol. 9$9.99Viz1,320
8015Marvel Masterworks Golden Age All Winners Vol. 1 HC New Ed$49.99Marvel1,314
81155Blood River$7.99Image1,307
8217Nexus Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.95Dark Horse1,301
8362Wimbledon Green Greatest Cb Collector in the World HC$19.95Drawn & Quarterly1,301
84158Gravity Big City Super Hero Digest$7.99Marvel1,295
8598Majestic While You Were Out$12.99DC1,288
86101We 3$12.99DC1,269
8719Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 5 HC New Ed$49.99Marvel1,263
88104Walking Dead Vol. 2 Miles Behind Us$12.95Image1,250
8913Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 5 HC Var Ed$54.99Marvel1,244
9087Lady Snowblood Vol. 2 Deep Seated Grudge$14.95Dark Horse1,238
91107Beyond My Touch Vol. 1$12.95Digital Manga1,225
92140Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 4$9.99Viz1,219
93142Showcase Presents Green Lantern Vol. 1$9.99DC1,213
94108La Esperanca Vol. 1$12.95Digital Manga1,206
95145Scrapped Princess Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop1,200
96109Walking Dead Vol. 3 Safety Behind Bars$12.95Image1,194
9790Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Gifted$14.99Marvel1,181
9893Astonishing X-Men Vol. 2 Dangerous$14.99Marvel1,143
9945Crisis of Infinite Earths$29.99DC1,143
100194Yu Gi Oh Duelist Vol. 11$7.95Viz1,137