In May three titles topped 175K in sales while in June no title even made it within sniffing distance of 175K. Seven of the top ten titles in June actually showed declines in sales compared with previous months, but June's dollar total up substantially from May (and from June of 2003). The $3.95 price tag on Identity Crisis #1 helped and the Ultimate Spider-Man titles and Amazing Spider-Man #509 registered solid gains (a certain movie can take some of the credit), but solid performances from the middle tier of comic titles kept June numbers rising.
DC took the top two spots with Identity Crisis #1 and Superman #206, but Marvel took the next 14 slots and 24 out of the top 30. Seventeen of the top 25 titles declined and only six scored gains.
Graphic novel sales declined slightly from May's totals, but still represented a gain versus June of 2003. With the debut of Spider-Man 2 in the offing, Marvel took the top two spots with Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. #9 and Essential Spider-Man Vol. 6 with the Spider-Man 2 movie trade grabbing the seventh spot. Dark Horse, Gemstone, and DC had two titles each in the top 10, while Viz grabbed the last spot. Dark Horse's Hellsing 3, which recently topped the BookScan list of graphic novel sales in bookstores, was the highest rated manga title at #5. There were two manga titles in the top 10.
The top 25 comics with our estimates of the number sold by Diamond to North American comic stores are as follow:
163,111 Identity Crisis #1 (of 7)
162,095 Superman #206
133,784 Astonishing X-Men #2
104,789 Ultimate Spider-Man #60
101,159 Ultimate Spider-Man #61
100,972 Ultimate Fantastic Four #6
99,485 Ultimate Fantastic Four #7
98,660 Uncanny X-Men #445
96,759 X-Men #158
96,694 Ultimate Fantastic Four #8
95,254 Ultimate X-Men #47
94,238 Ultimate X-Men #48
88,289 Amazing Spider-Man #509
83,947 Wolverine End #4 (of 6)
82,715 Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #3
82,268 Amazing Spider-Man #508
75,434 JLA #100
72,020 Batman #629
67,519 Wolverine #16
66,424 Teen Titans #12
60,468 Amazing Fantasy #1
59,791 Excalibur #2
58,855 New X-Men #2
57,083 Avengers #8453,770 Daredevil #61
For an analysis of the dollar trends in June, see 'Comics Up 15% in June.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during June, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--June 2004.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during June, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--June 2004.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during May, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--May 2004.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during May, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--May 2004.'
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through June 2004, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 50 GNs Index.'