Brad Meltzer's Justice League of America #1 was the top comic in August, with estimated sales in comic stores over 212,000. It's been a good month for Meltzer; his new novel, The Book of Fate, is #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List. This is certainly the first time the same writer has been at the top of the fiction and comic bestseller lists at the same time.
There was room at the top of the chart because Marvel's Civil War, which has been selling like gangbusters over the last few months, is late and did not ship an issue in August.
Regardless, event comics made up the bulk of the sales in the top 25 comics, with Marvel's Civil War event accounting for six of the top 25 titles, and DC's 52 accounting for another five.
DC had six of the top ten comics in August, an unusually strong performance at the top of the chart for the company.
Sales on 13 of the top 25 titles went down, and up on 11 of the top 25.
Hardcovers were the story at the top of the graphic novel list, with the top four titles all in hardcover.
Marvel's Halo accomplished the amazing feat of being a top ten graphic novel title in comic stores two months running.
The top 25 comics in August, with our estimates of the number sold to North American comic stores by Diamond Comic Distributors, are:
212,581 Justice League of
154,262 New Avengers #23
120,448 Wolverine Origins #5
120,371 Astonishing X-Men #16
119,507 52 Week #13
119,411 52 Week #15
118,259 52 Week #14
117,472 52 Week #16
116,637 52 Week #17
111,435 Civil War Front Line #5
109,746 All Star Superman #5
108,680 Wolverine #45
106,866 Justice #7
99,073 Civil War X-Men #2
95,982 Batman #656
90,665 Superman/Batman #29
89,676 Fantastic Four #539
89,225 Uncanny X-Men #477
84,618 Wonder Woman #2
84,407 Ultimates Annual #2
82,084 X-Men #190
80,730 Ultimate Fantastic Four #32
78,600 Civil War Young Avengers & Runaways #2
77,304 Ultimate Spider-Man #98
76,075 Ultimate Spider-Man #99
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during August, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--August 2006.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during July, see 'Top 300 Comics Actual--July 2006.'
For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during July, see 'Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--July 2006.'
For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through August 2006, see 'ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 100 GNs Index.'