List of best-selling comic series

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This page provides lists of best-selling comic book series to date. It includes Japanese manga, American comic books, and European comics. The series are listed according to the highest sales estimates as reported in reliable sources.

This list includes comic books that have sold least 100 million copies. There are three separate lists, for three different comic book publication formats: collected comic book volumes, periodical single-issue floppy comics, and comic magazines. They are separated because the sales figures of these publication formats are not directly comparable.

Collected comic book volumes[edit]

Cover of One Piece Vol. 1 (1997). One Piece is the best-selling comic by a single author and the best-selling manga of all time,[1][2] having sold the most collected comic book volumes.

This list is for comics printed in a traditional book format (paperback or hardcover), typically with a similar number of pages as novels. The list includes graphic novels printed exclusively in this format, and trade paperback/hardcover books which compile periodical comic chapters/issues into larger collected volumes. Japanese manga tankōbon volumes and European comic albums account for the vast majority of collected comic book volume sales.[3] American trade paperbacks and graphic novels are also included in the list.

These comic series were originally serialized either as chapters (typically 15-30 pages each) in comic publications (such as comic magazines) or as single-page comic strips in non-comic publications (such as newspapers), before being collected into a larger comic book volume (which compiles either multiple comic chapters or numerous comic strips).[3] For comic series originally serialized as chapters in comic magazines or manga magazines, their estimated circulation figures in those magazines are given in footnotes.

Denotes comic series currently running
Comic series Creator(s) Publisher No. of collected
volumes
Serialized Approximate sales
One Piece Eiichiro Oda Shueisha 94 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1997 – present
456 million[c][e]
Asterix René Goscinny
Albert Uderzo
Jean-Yves Ferri
Dargaud 41 Franco-Belgian comics
1959 – present
370 million[22][g]
Peanuts Charles M. Schulz 1950 – 2000 300 million[23]
Lucky Luke Morris, René Goscinny Dupuis
Lucky Comics
1946 – present 300 million[24]
Dragon Ball Akira Toriyama Shueisha 42 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1984 – 1995
250–300 million+[h][i]
Golgo 13 Takao Saito Shogakukan 182 Big Comic
1968 – present
280 million[40]
Naruto Masashi Kishimoto Shueisha 72 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1999 – 2014
250 million[41][j]
Case Closed Gosho Aoyama Shogakukan 95 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1994 – present
230 million[42][l]
The Adventures of Tintin Hergé Casterman
Le Lombard
Egmont Group
24 1929 – 1976 200 million[43]
Spike and Suzy Willy Vandersteen Standaard Uitgeverij 340 1945 – present 200 million[44]
Black Jack Osamu Tezuka Akita Shoten 25 Weekly Shōnen Champion
1973–1983
176 million[45]
KochiKame Osamu Akimoto Shueisha 200 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1976 – 2016
157 million[46][m]
Diabolik Angela Giussani
Luciana Giussani
Astorina 862 Italian comics
1962 – present
150 million[47]
Garfield Jim Davis 1978 – present 135 million[48]
Oishinbo Tetsu Kariya
Akira Hanasaki
Shogakukan 111 Big Comic Spirits
1983 – present
130 million[49]
Bleach Tite Kubo Shueisha 74 Weekly Shōnen Jump
2001–2016
120 million[50][n]
Slam Dunk Takehiko Inoue Shueisha 31 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1990 – 1996
120 million[51][o]
Amar Chitra Katha Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd. 449 1967 – present 100 million[52]
Astro Boy Osamu Tezuka Kobunsha 23 Shōnen
1952 – 1968
100 million[53]
Casper the Friendly Ghost Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo Harvey Comics 1949 – present 100 million[54]
Doraemon Fujiko Fujio Shogakukan 45 1969 – 1996 100 million[55]
Fist of the North Star Buronson and Tetsuo Hara Shueisha 27 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1983 – 1988
100 million[56][p]
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Hirohiko Araki Shueisha 122 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1987 – present
100 million[57][q]
Touch Mitsuru Adachi Shogakukan 26 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1981 – 1986
100 million[58]

Periodical single-issue floppy comics[edit]

Cover of Superman issue #14 (1942). Superman is the best-selling American comic book series, having sold the most periodical floppy comic issues.

This list is for single-issue floppy comics, also known as the American comic book format. Unlike the paperback book format, floppy comics are thinner periodicals and stapled together. Each floppy comic issue is typically 20-40 pages, and usually consists of a single chapter (as opposed to a larger comic book volume that typically includes multiple chapters). A floppy comic is comparable to a comic magazine, but is thinner in size and is dedicated to a single character or group of characters (whereas a comic magazine is thicker and serializes multiple different unrelated series).[3]

Single-issue floppy comics are the most common publication format for American comics, and account for the vast majority of American superhero comic sales.[59] This list also contains periodical publications from other countries that are similarly dedicated to a single character or group of characters. Some of the numbers reported here may also include sales of trade paperback volumes, which account for a small portion of American comic sales.

Comic series Creator(s) Publisher No. of issues Serialized Approximate sales
Superman Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
DC Comics 14,000[60] 1938 – present 600 million[61][r]
Batman Bob Kane
Bill Finger
DC comics 11,000[62] 1939 – present 477 million[s][r]
Spider-Man Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Marvel 13,000[65] 1963 – present 380 million[t][r]
X-Men Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Marvel 11,000[70] 1963 – present 270 million[43][r]
Captain America Joe Simon
Jack Kirby
Marvel 9,000[71] 1941 – present 210 million[43]
Avengers Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Marvel 6,000[72] 1963 – present 172 million[u]
Diabolik Angela Giussani
Luciana Giussani
Astorina 862 1962 – present 150 million[47]
Spawn Todd McFarlane Image Comics 600[76] 1992 – present 150 million[77]
The Phantom Lee Falk Frew Publications 3,000[78] 1936 – present 150 million[43]

Comic magazines[edit]

Cover of Weekly Shōnen Jump issue #1 (1968). Weekly Shōnen Jump is the best-selling comic magazine.

This list is for comic magazines, which are anthology magazines that serialize multiple different unrelated comic series. This list includes Japanese manga magazines, European comic magazines, and English-language comic magazines.

In Japan, manga magazines account for the vast majority of manga sales. Most manga series first appear in manga magazines, before later being sold separately as collected tankobon volumes.[3]

Comic magazine Publisher Country No. of issues Serialized Approximate sales
Weekly Shōnen Jump Shueisha Japan 2,406[79] 1968 – present 7.5 billion[79][d]
Weekly Shōnen Magazine Kodansha Japan 2,942[80] 1959 – present 5.2 billion[v]
Weekly Young Jump Shueisha Japan 1,765[81] 1979 – present 2.2 billion[w]
Weekly Shōnen Sunday Shogakukan Japan 2,805[82] 1959 – present 1.9 billion[x]
Weekly Young Magazine Kodansha Japan 1,976 1980 – present 1.8 billion[y]
Micky Maus Egmont Ehapa Germany 3,169 1951 – present 1 billion[z]
The Beano DC Thomson United Kingdom 3,960 1938 – present 1 billion[84]
Classics Illustrated Elliot Publishing Co.
Gilberton Company, Inc.
Frawley Corporation
United States 169 1941 – 1971 1 billion[85]
Ribon Shueisha Japan 694[86] 1955 – present 594 million[aa]
MAD Magazine EC Comics, DC Comics United States 557 1952 – present 430 million[87]
CoroCoro Comic Shogakukan Japan 480[88] 1977 – present 407 million[ab]
Nakayoshi Kodansha Japan 756 1954 – present 400 million[ac]
Monthly Shōnen Jump Shueisha Japan 317[89] 1970 – present 215 million[ad]
Action Comics DC Comics United States 1,000 1938 – present 188 million[ae]
Pilote Dargaud France 420[94] 1959 – 1989 117 million[f]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Copies sold per week
    • Week 1: 1,378,177[8]
    • Week 2: 337,923[9]
    • Week 3: 139,602[10]
    • Week 4: 68,217[11]
    • Week 5: 42,637[12]
    • Week 6: 33,963[13]
    • Week 7: 37,833[14]
  2. ^ Copies sold per week
  3. ^ One Piece manga volume sales: 455,781,833 copies worldwide
    • Japan: 385,781,833
      • Volumes 1–91: 380,000,000[4][5]
      • Volume 92: 1,915,195[6][7]
      • Volume 93: 2,038,352[a]
      • Volume 94: 1,828,286[b]
    • Overseas (volumes 1–86): 70,000,000[20][21][4][5]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i See Weekly Shōnen Jump § Manga series.
  5. ^ In addition to tankōbon sales, One Piece has had a total estimated circulation of approximately 3.1 billion copies in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine.[d]
  6. ^ a b See Pilote § Circulation.
  7. ^ In addition to comic album sales, Asterix had a total estimated circulation of approximately 93.5 million copies in the comic magazine Pilote, which serialized Asterix from October 1959 to 1973.[f]
  8. ^ Estimates for the total Dragon Ball manga volume tankobon sales worldwide range from more than 250 million copies[25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33] to more than 300 million copies.[34][35][36][37][38][39] See Dragon Ball (manga) § Reception for worldwide sales breakdown.
  9. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, Dragon Ball chapters had a total estimated circulation of approximately 2.96 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[d]
  10. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, Naruto chapters had a total estimated circulation of approximately 2.3 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[d]
  11. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Sunday § Circulation.
  12. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, Case Closed / Detective Conan chapters have had a total estimated circulation of approximately 1.3 billion copies in Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine, which has been serializing Detective Conan since January 1994.[k]
  13. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, KochiKame chapters had a total estimated circulation of approximately 6 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[d]
  14. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, Bleach chapters had a total estimated circulation of approximately 2 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[d]
  15. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, Slam Dunk chapters had a total estimated circulation of approximately 1.7 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[d]
  16. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, Fist of the North Star chapters had a total estimated circulation of approximately 1.1 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[d]
  17. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure chapters had a total estimated circulation of approximately 3.6 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[d]
  18. ^ a b c d While the vast bulk of the sales are from single-issue floppy comics, the number may also include trade paperback volumes, which account for a small portion of the sales.
  19. ^ Batman comic sales – 477,478,252 copies
  20. ^ Spider-Man comic sales – 380,321,695 copies
    • Up until April 2014 – 360 million[66]
    • May–December 2014 – 3,366,050[67][68]
    • 2015 – 4,719,795[69]
    • 2016 – 4,248,366[63]
    • 2017 – 3,465,005[64]
    • 2018 – 4,522,479[59]
  21. ^ Avengers comic sales – 172,156,743 copies
    • Up until 2011 – 150,356,557[73]
    • 2012 – 6,797,300[74]
    • 2013 – 5,416,100[75]
    • 2014 – 3,618,371[68]
    • 2015 – 1,875,368[69]
    • 2016 – 2,161,976[63]
    • 2017 – 924,541[64]
    • 2018 – 1,726,190[59]
  22. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Magazine § Circulation.
  23. ^ See Weekly Young Jump § Circulation
  24. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Sunday § Circulation.
  25. ^ See Weekly Young Magazine § Circulation
  26. ^ In 1998, the total number of Micky Maus copies ever sold exceeded 1 billion.[83]
  27. ^ See Ribon § Circulation.
  28. ^ See CoroCoro Comic § Circulation.
  29. ^ See Nakayoshi § Circulation.
  30. ^ See Monthly Shōnen Jump § Circulation
  31. ^ Action Comics sales – est. 187,508,831 copies
    • Up until 1989 – 170,851,312[90]
    • 1993 – 2,203,000[67]
    • 1996–2001 – 3,055,766[67]
    • 2002–2006 – est. 2,400,000[67]
    • 2007–2008 – est. 1,200,000[67]
    • 2009 – 192,400[91]
    • 2010 – 439,000[92]
    • 2011 – 950,600[93]
    • 2012 – 1,035,600[74]
    • 2013 – 777,500[75]
    • 2014 – 583,704[68]
    • 2015 – 440,757[69]
    • 2016 – 1,080,297[63]
    • 2017 – 1,179,798[64]
    • 2018 – 1,119,097[59]

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