DIAMOND’s 2005 YEAR-END SALES CHARTS & MARKET SHARE
Friday Diamond Comics Distributors released their Year-End 2005 Sales Charts and Market Share Report, highlighting the best-selling comic books of the entire year, along with how yearly sales broke down among the publishers.

There weren’t many surprises on the Top 100 Comic Book chart (below). As expected, all 100 of the 100 best-selling titles of the year were from either Marvel or DC, led by DC’s All Star Batman & Robin and Boy Wonder #1.

Marvel’s House of M #1 was the year’s #2 book, with DC’s Infinite Crisis also scoring in the Top 10.

DC held the advantage in the Top 10, with 8 of the year’s bestselling books, though Marvel reversed that advantage in the next 10, making it an 11-9 DC/Marvel split among the Top 20. Marvel also dominated much of the remainder of the Top 50, charting 27 book in positions 11 through 50, to DC’s 13.

Overall, Marvel held a slight advantage, 54/46 in the Top 100.

The Top 100 Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks chart is much more diverse by comparison, with in fact, Dark Horse Comics having the best showing among publishers in the Top 10, in large because of the strength of Sin City last year, of course due to the release of the theatrical film and DVD.

Image also cracked the Top 10 with the first Walking Dead volume.

Eight different publishers are represented in the Top 100 overall, though ultimately DC dominates the chart with 47 of the Top 100, followed by 19 by Marvel and 13 by Dark Horse.

As to how that all translates in the big picture, as expected Marvel Comics held the overall 2005 advantage in both Dollar and Unit Market Share, 36.97% and 42.62% respectively, to DC’s 32.96% and 35.46%.

DC gained some ground on Marvel as compared to 2004, when Marvel led them 36.54% to 30.63% in Dollar Share and 43.19% to 32.23% in Unit Share. However, the real story as it was throughout the year was the “Big Two” publisher’s growing combined market shares. Their combined 2005 Dollar Share of 69.93% and Unit Share of 78.08% represent 2.76% and 2.13% respective increases over 2004.

Those combined figures were just 63.13% and 70.28% in 2003.

All three charts follow below, and for more analysis of the year that was 2005, see last week’s wrap-up of December 2005, which includes more 2005 year-end analysis by our partners at Comic Buyer’s Guide.

Diamond's Top 100 Comic Books for the Year 2005

Qty Rank
Retail Rank
Description
Price
Ven
1
3
ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN #1
$2.99
DC
2
4
HOUSE OF M #1 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
3
1
INFINITE CRISIS #1 (Of 7)
$3.99
DC
4
142
DC COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS #1
$1.00
DC
5
2
INFINITE CRISIS #2 (Of 7)
$3.99
DC
6
7
JUSTICE #1 (Of 12)
$2.99
DC
7
5
INFINITE CRISIS #3 (Of 7)
$3.99
DC
8
8
ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN #2
$2.99
DC
9
6
GREEN LANTERN #1
$3.50
DC
10
9
HOUSE OF M #2 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
11
29
NEW AVENGERS #5*
$2.25
MAR
12
31
NEW AVENGERS #6*
$2.25
MAR
13
10
SUPERGIRL #1*
$2.99
DC
14
11
ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN #3*
$2.99
DC
15
34
NEW AVENGERS #7*
$2.25
MAR
16
12
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1
$2.99
DC
17
13
HOUSE OF M #4 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
18
38
NEW AVENGERS #4*
$2.25
MAR
19
14
ASTONISHING X-MEN #10*
$2.99
MAR
20
26
NEW AVENGERS #8*
$2.50
MAR
21
15
HOUSE OF M #3 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
22
41
NEW AVENGERS #2*
$2.25
MAR
23
17
ASTONISHING X-MEN #8*
$2.99
MAR
24
18
ULTIMATE IRON MAN #1 (Of 5)*
$2.99
MAR
25
49
NEW AVENGERS #3*
$2.25
MAR
26
32
NEW AVENGERS #9*
$2.50
MAR
27
36
NEW AVENGERS #10*
$2.50
MAR
28
19
HOUSE OF M #5 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
29
20
HOUSE OF M #6 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
30
21
ASTONISHING X-MEN #12*
$2.99
MAR
31
22
HOUSE OF M #7 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
32
23
ASTONISHING X-MEN #9
$2.99
MAR
33
24
HOUSE OF M #8 (Of 8)*
$2.99
MAR
34
50
NEW AVENGERS #11
$2.50
MAR
35
16
JUSTICE #2 (Of 12)
$3.50
DC
36
55
NEW AVENGERS #12
$2.50
MAR
37
27
ASTONISHING X-MEN #11
$2.99
MAR
38
58
NEW AVENGERS #13
$2.50
MAR
39
59
OMAC PROJECT #1 (Of 6)*
$2.50
DC
40
65
NEW AVENGERS #14
$2.50
MAR
41
35
GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH #4 (Of 6)
$2.95
DC
42
33
GREEN LANTERN #2
$2.99
DC
43
39
SUPERMAN BATMAN #17
$2.95
DC
44
37
X-MEN PHOENIX ENDSONG #1 (Of 5)*
$2.99
MAR
45
76
VILLAINS UNITED #1 (Of 6)*
$2.50
DC
46
44
GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH #5 (Of 6)
$2.95
DC
47
40
SUPERMAN BATMAN #19
$2.99
DC
48
42
GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH #6 (Of 6)
$2.99
DC
49
43
ULTIMATES 2 #2
$2.99
MAR
50
48
SUPERMAN BATMAN #18
$2.95
DC
51
45
SUPERGIRL #2
$2.99
DC
52
46
SUPERMAN #215
$2.99
DC
53
47
SUPERMAN BATMAN #20
$2.99
DC
54
25
JUSTICE #3 (Of 12)
$3.50
DC
55
52
SUPERMAN BATMAN #21
$2.99
DC
56
53
GREEN LANTERN #3
$2.99
DC
57
85
OMAC PROJECT #2 (Of 6)*
$2.50
DC
58
56
ULTIMATES 2 #3
$2.99
MAR
59
107
WOLVERINE #26*
$2.25
MAR
60
57
ULTIMATES 2 #4
$2.99
MAR
61
92
JLA #119
$2.50
DC
62
61
ULTIMATES 2 #5
$2.99
MAR
63
62
X-MEN PHOENIX ENDSONG #2 (Of 5)*
$2.99
MAR
64
63
ULTIMATES 2 #6
$2.99
MAR
65
95
VILLAINS UNITED #2 (Of 6)*
$2.50
DC
66
64
SUPERMAN BATMAN #22
$2.99
DC
67
97
OMAC PROJECT #3 (Of 6)
$2.50
DC
68
99
OMAC PROJECT #4 (Of 6)
$2.50
DC
69
124
WOLVERINE #27*
$2.25
MAR
70
67
SUPERMAN BATMAN #23
$2.99
DC
71
68
GHOST RIDER #1 (Of 6)*
$2.99
MAR
72
100
SUPERMAN #214
$2.50
DC
73
69
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1*
$2.99
MAR
74
70
SUPERGIRL #3
$2.99
DC
75
101
SUPERMAN #213
$2.50
DC
76
71
SPIDER-MAN HOUSE OF M #1 (Of 5)*
$2.99
MAR
77
72
ULTIMATES 2 #7
$2.99
MAR
78
73
ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #1 (Of 6)
$2.99
MAR
79
74
GREEN LANTERN #4
$2.99
DC
80
108
OMAC PROJECT #5 (Of 6)
$2.50
DC
81
77
ULTIMATES 2 #8
$2.99
MAR
82
28
DECIMATION HOUSE O/M DAY AFTER
$3.99
MAR
83
113
OMAC PROJECT #6 (Of 6)
$2.50
DC
84
78
X-MEN AGE O/APOCALYPSE #1 (Of 6)
$2.99
MAR
85
115
JLA #115
$2.50
DC
86
118
WONDER WOMAN #219*
$2.50
DC
87
30
SECRET WAR BOOK FOUR (Of 5)
$3.99
MAR
88
80
YOUNG AVENGERS #1
$2.99
MAR
89
82
ULTIMATES 2 #9
$2.99
MAR
90
120
WOLVERINE #36*
$2.50
MAR
91
83
ULTIMATE IRON MAN #2 (Of 5)
$2.99
MAR
92
125
UNCANNY X-MEN #462
$2.50
MAR
93
126
JLA #116
$2.50
DC
94
127
VILLAINS UNITED #3 (Of 6)
$2.50
DC
95
86
GREEN LANTERN #5
$2.99
DC
96
128
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #525*
$2.50
MAR
97
129
UNCANNY X-MEN #461*
$2.50
MAR
98
160
ULTIMATE X-MEN #54
$2.25
MAR
99
130
JLA #118
$2.50
DC
100
87
ULTIMATE SECRET #1 (Of 4)
$2.99
MAR

Diamond's Top 100 Graphic Novel for the Year 2005

Qty Rank
Retail Rank
Description
Price
Ven
1
1
FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 1 HARD GOODBYE 2ND TP (MR)
$17.00
DAR
2
5
IDENTITY CRISIS HC DIRECT MARKET VERSION
$24.99
DC
3
7
FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 2 DAME TO KILL FOR 2ND TP (MR)
$17.00
DAR
4
9
FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 3 BIG FAT KILL 2ND TP (MR)
$17.00
DAR
5
4
FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 4 THAT YELLOW BASTARD 2ND TP (MR)
$19.00
DAR
6
21
STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH TP
$12.95
DAR
7
22
BATMAN HUSH VOL 1 TP
$12.95
DC
8
23
BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 TP
$12.99
DC
9
31
FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 5 FAMILY VALUES 2ND TP (MR)
$12.00
DAR
10
48
WALKING DEAD VOL 1 DAYS GONE BYE TP (MR)
$9.95
IMA
11
27
WALKING DEAD VOL 3 SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR)
$12.95
IMA
12
18
ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 1 GIFTED TP
$14.99
MAR
13
19
FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 6 BOOZE BROADS BULLETS 2ND TP (MR)
$15.00
DAR
14
32
SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 1 PUBLIC ENEMIES TP
$12.99
DC
15
12
WATCHMEN TP
$19.99
DC
16
24
Y THE LAST MAN VOL 5 RING O/TRUTH TP (MR)
$14.99
DC
17
34
WALKING DEAD VOL 2 MILES BEHIND US TP (MR)
$12.95
IMA
18
6
FRANK MILLER SIN CITY VOL 7 HELL & BACK 2ND TP (MR)
$28.00
DAR
19
28
AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED TP
$15.99
MAR
20
15
BATMAN YEAR ONE DLX ED HC
$19.99
DC
21
16
SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 2 SUPERGIRL HC
$19.95
DC
22
43
WE 3 TP (MR)
$12.99
DC
23
74
EX MACHINA VOL 1 FIRST HUNDRED DAYS TP (MR)
$9.95
DC
24
8
X-MEN COMPLETE AGE O/APOCALYPSE EPIC BK 1 TP
$29.99
MAR
25
36
FABLES VOL 5 MEAN SEASONS TP (MR)
$14.99
DC
26
52
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 12 SUPERSTARS TP
$12.99
MAR
27
40
BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP
$14.95
DC
28
128
ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 10 CRY WOLF TP
$8.99
MAR
29
415
VERTIGO FIRST TASTE TP (MR)
$4.99
DC
30
42
OMAC PROJECT TP
$14.99
DC
31
45
KINGDOM COME TP
$14.95
DC
32
39
ULTIMATES 2 VOL 1 GODS & MONSTERS TP
$15.99
MAR
33
62
ULTIMATE GALACTUS VOL 1 NIGHTMARE TP
$12.99
MAR
34
14
TOP TEN FORTY NINERS HC
$24.99
DC
35
64
Y THE LAST MAN VOL 1 UNMANNED TP
$12.95
DC
36
50
ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL 2 DANGEROUS TP
$14.99
MAR
37
71
Y THE LAST MAN VOL 6 GIRL O/GIRL TP (MR)
$12.99
DC
38
30
MARVEL 1602 TP
$19.99
MAR
39
13
WIZARD BEST O/BASIC TRAINING DLX TP
$29.99
WIZ
40
140
SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN VOL 1 TP
$9.99
DC
41
145
SHOWCASE PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN VOL 1 TP
$9.99
DC
42
243
BATTLE O/T PLANETS VOL 1 TRIAL BY FIRE TP
$7.99
IMA
43
78
WALKING DEAD VOL 4 HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR)
$12.99
IMA
44
55
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL 13 HOBGOBLIN TP
$15.99
MAR
45
90
TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE VOL 5 TP
$12.99
WIZ
46
35
V FOR VENDETTA TP
$19.99
DC
47
37
SANDMAN VOL 1 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES TP
$19.95
DC
48
167
ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 11 MOST DANGEROUS GAME TP
$9.99
MAR
49
68
BATMAN WAR GAMES ACT ONE TP
$14.95
DC
50
94
SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 2 SUPERGIRL TP
$12.99
DC
51
69
WOLVERINE END TP
$14.99
MAR
52
178
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 1 TP
$9.99
VIZ
53
179
FRUITS BASKET VOL 7 GN (Of 14)
$9.99
TKP
54
98
ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP
$12.99
MAR
55
41
BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN TP
$19.95
DC
56
191
SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOL 3 TP (MR)
$9.95
DAR
57
103
Y THE LAST MAN VOL 2 CYCLES TP (MR)
$12.95
DC
58
384
STAR WARS CLONE WARS ADVS VOL 3 TP
$6.95
DAR
59
58
LIFE & TIMES O/SCROOGE MCDUCK TP
$16.99
GEM
60
108
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 3 N-ZONE TP
$12.99
MAR
61
310
RUNAWAYS VOL 3 GOOD DIE YOUNG DIGEST TP
$7.99
MAR
62
75
100 BULLETS VOL 8 HARD WAY TP (MR)
$14.99
DC
63
53
STAR WARS VISIONARIES TP
$17.95
DAR
64
113
DAY O/VENGEANCE TP
$12.99
DC
65
122
VILLAINS UNITED TP
$12.99
DC
66
20
CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS TP
$29.99
DC
67
223
TOKYO KNIGHTS GN
$9.99
IMA
68
126
Y THE LAST MAN VOL 3 ONE SMALL STEP TP (MR)
$12.95
DC
69
224
TEEN TITANS BEAST BOYS & GIRLS TP
$9.99
DC
70
91
PLANETARY VOL 3 LEAVING 20TH CENTURY TP
$14.99
DC
71
49
SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 3 ABSOLUTE POWER HC
$19.99
DC
72
238
FRUITS BASKET VOL 10 GN (Of 14)
$9.99
TKP
73
67
ULTIMATES VOL 2 HOMELAND SECURITY TP
$17.99
MAR
74
253
FRUITS BASKET VOL 9 GN (Of 14)
$9.99
TKP
75
54
NEW AVENGERS VOL 1 BREAKOUT HC
$19.99
MAR
76
104
BATMAN WAR GAMES ACT TWO TP
$14.99
DC
77
106
PREACHER VOL 1 GONE TO TEXAS TP NEW ED (MR)
$14.99
DC
78
148
EX MACHINA VOL 2 TAG TP (MR)
$12.99
DC
79
109
BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL 1 TP
$14.99
DC
80
57
JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC
$19.95
SLG
81
274
FRUITS BASKET VOL 8 GN (Of 14)
$9.99
TKP
82
60
DC NEW FRONTIER VOL 2 TP
$19.99
DC
83
38
GHOST I/T SHELL 2 VOL 1 MAN MACHINE INTERFACE TP (MR)
$24.95
DAR
84
282
TEEN TITANS VOL 4 FUTURE I/NOW TP
$9.99
DC
85
417
NARUTO VOL 6 TP
$7.95
VIZ
86
121
FABLES VOL 6 HOMELANDS TP (MR)
$14.99
DC
87
29
X-MEN COMPLETE AGE O/APOCALYPSE EPIC BK 2 TP
$29.99
MAR
88
165
NO HONOR TP
$12.99
IMA
89
295
BATTLE O/T PLANETS VOL 1 TRIAL BY FIRE DIGEST TP
$9.99
IMA
90
66
SANDMAN VOL 2 DOLLS HOUSE TP
$19.99
DC
91
749
VERTIGO FIRST OFFENSES TP (MR)
$4.99
DC
92
517
STAR WARS CLONE WARS ADVS VOL 4 TP
$6.95
DAR
93
177
ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 12 HARD LESSONS TP
$12.99
MAR
94
309
FRUITS BASKET VOL 11 GN (Of 14)
$9.99
TKP
95
314
DEAD BOY DETECTIVES DIGEST (MR)
$9.99
DC
96
182
TWISTED TOYFARE THEATRE VOL 6 TP
$12.99
WIZ
97
183
RANN THANAGAR WAR TP
$12.99
DC
98
137
INVINCIBLE VOL 4 HEAD O/T CLASS TP
$14.95
IMA
99
44
SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW VOL 1 HC
$24.99
DC
100
10
ABSOLUTE BATMAN HUSH OVERSIZED HC
$49.99
DC

Diamond's Market Share for he Year 2005

PUBLISHER
TOTAL SALES DOLLARS
TOTAL SALES UNITS
REORDERS DOLLARS
REODERS UNITS
MARVEL COMICS
36.97%
42.62%
21.48%
22.75%
DC COMICS
32.96%
35.46%
35.78%
37.22%
DARK HORSE COMICS
5.59%
3.76%
10.77%
7.93%
IMAGE COMICS
3.56%
4.52%
4.68%
9.19%
TOKYOPOP
3.11%
1.21%
7.74%
5.91%
VIZ LLC
2.15%
0.96%
4.95%
4.19%
WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT
1.99%
1.25%
0.85%
0.50%
IDW PUBLISHING
1.33%
1.02%
1.05%
1.05%
DEVILS DUE PUBLISHING
0.83%
0.93%
0.36%
0.58%
AVATAR PRESS INC
0.74%
0.63%
0.25%
0.39%
GEMSTONE PUBLISHING
0.65%
0.38%
0.71%
0.78%
DYNAMIC FORCES
0.61%
0.81%
0.24%
0.42%
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS/EROS COMIX
0.60%
0.22%
0.68%
0.32%
A. D. VISION
0.52%
0.18%
0.86%
0.65%
ASPEN MLT INC
0.45%
0.59%
0.14%
0.32%
DIAMOND UK
0.42%
0.20%
0.24%
0.14%
RANDOM HOUSE
0.36%
0.11%
0.68%
0.44%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
0.33%
0.50%
0.21%
0.36%
SLG PUBLISHING
0.33%
0.25%
0.93%
1.14%
BONGO COMICS
0.32%
0.34%
0.20%
0.21%
Other Non-Top 20
6.19%
4.05%
7.21%
5.54%

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