Six of the top 10 titles showed drops in circulation. The heat generated by DC's Countdown to Crisis and Marvel's House of M crossover events should boost comic sales in the summer months, and the competition between DC and Marvel should heat up accordingly.
Meanwhile graphic novels soared in April, sparked by the success of the Sin City film. Quite naturally Dark Horse dominated with 8 of the top 15 titles. Six of the eight Dark Horse titles were volumes from Frank Miller's Sin City saga; but the fact that Volume 1 and Volume 2, the books that sold best in the bookstore market, came in at #7 and #11 respectively -- well below Vol. 6 (#2), Vol. 7 (#3), and Vol. 4 (#6) -- indicates that direct market retailers were not able to take full advantage of the opportunity offered by the success of the film because of a shortage of the first two books in the series. Sales on the movie volumes were actually only about half those on the top volumes sold by Diamond in April.
Dark Horse also scored with Chronicles of Conan Vol. 7 (#10) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (#12).
DC had four titles in the graphic novel top 15 including the promotionally priced ($4.99) Vertigo First Taste, which took the top spot. The Batman Year One Deluxe Edition Hardcover (#5) did very well as did the fifth volume of Wizard's Twisted Toyfare Theatre (#4).
The top 25 comic titles in March, along with our estimates of the numbers sold to North American comic stores by Diamond Comic Distributors, are as follows:
162,412 New Avengers #5
115,305 Superman/Batman #18
115,006 Green Lantern Rebirth #5 (of 6)
114,258 Superman/Batman #19
112,593 Superman #215
103,472 Ultimates 2 #5
101,228 Wolverine #27
85,299 Uncanny X-Men #458
83,940 Ultimate Spider-Man #75
82,793 X-Men #169
82,606 Ultimate X-Men #58
82,244 Ultimate Spider-Man #76
80,075 X-Men Age of Apocalypse #6 (of 6)
78,535 Amazing Spider-Man #519
78,073 X-Men: Phoenix-Endsong #5 (of 5)
76,328 Ultimate Secret #2 (of 4)
72,207 Ultimate Fantastic Four #17
72,076 Young Avengers #3
66,802 Teen Titans #23
65,337 OMAC Project #1 (of 6)
64,856 Day of Vengeance #1 (of 6)
64,002 JLA #113
63,005 X-Men The End of Heroes & Martyrs #2 (of 6)
63,344 Batman #639
60,542 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #13
We are estimating actual sales by Diamond U.S. (primarily to North American comic stores), using Diamond's published sales indexes and publisher sales data to estimate a sales number for Batman (the anchor title Diamond uses in its calculations), and using that number and the indexes to estimate Diamond's sales on the remaining titles. We can check the accuracy of our numbers by comparing the Batman number that we calculate using multiple data points; our numbers for Batman are within 1/10 of 1% of each other, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during April, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--April 2005.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during April, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--April 2005.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--March 2005.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during March, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--March 2005.'
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through April 2005, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'