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 floppy comic issues, and comic magazines).

Collected comic book volumes

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. This list includes Japanese manga tankōbon volumes, American trade paperbacks, graphic novels, and European comic albums.

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). For comic series originally serialized as chapters in comic magazines or manga magazines, their estimated circulation figures in those magazines are given in footnotes.

Comic series Creator(s) Publisher No. of collected
volumes
Serialized Approximate sales
One Piece Eiichiro Oda Shueisha 90 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1997 – present
440 million[3][b]
Asterix René Goscinny
Albert Uderzo
Jean-Yves Ferri
Dargaud 41 Franco-Belgian comics
1959 – present
370 million[4][d]
Dragon Ball Akira Toriyama Shueisha 49 Jump magazines
1984 – present
361 million[f][g]
Peanuts Charles M. Schulz 1950 – 2000 300 million[10]
Lucky Luke Morris, René Goscinny 1946 – present 300 million[11]
Naruto Masashi Kishimoto Shueisha 72 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1999 – 2014
235 million[12][h]
Golgo 13 Takao Saito Shogakukan 182 Big Comic
1968 – present
200 million[13]
The Adventures of Tintin Hergé Casterman
Le Lombard
Egmont Group
24 1929 – 1976 200 million[14]
Spike and Suzy Standaard Uitgeverij 340 1945 – present 200 million[15]
Case Closed Gosho Aoyama Shogakukan 94 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1994 – present
200 million[16][j]
Black Jack Osamu Tezuka Akita Shoten 25 Weekly Shōnen Champion
1973–1983
176 million[17]
KochiKame Osamu Akimoto Shueisha 200 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1976 – 2016
157 million[18][k]
Diabolik Angela Giussani
Luciana Giussani
Astorina 862 Italian comics
1962 – present
150 million[19]
Garfield Jim Davis 1978 – present 135 million[20]
Oishinbo Tetsu Kariya
Akira Hanasaki
Shogakukan 111 Big Comic Spirits
1983 – present
130 million[21]
Bleach Tite Kubo Shueisha 74 Weekly Shōnen Jump
2001–2016
120 million[22][l]
Slam Dunk Takehiko Inoue Shueisha 31 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1990 – 1996
120 million[9][m]
Amar Chitra Katha Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd. 449 1967 – present 100 million[23]
Astro Boy Osamu Tezuka Kobunsha 23 Shōnen
1952 – 1968
100 million[24]
Casper the Friendly Ghost Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo Harvey Comics 1949 – present 100 million[25]
Doraemon Fujiko Fujio Shogakukan 45 1969 – 1996 100 million[26]
Fist of the North Star Buronson and Tetsuo Hara Shueisha 27 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1983 – 1988
100 million[27][n]
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Hirohiko Araki Shueisha 122 Weekly Shōnen Jump
1987 – present
100 million[28][o]
Touch Mitsuru Adachi Shogakukan 26 Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1981 – 1986
100 million[29]

Periodical single-issue floppy comics

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). Floppy comics are the most common publication format for American comics. This list also contains periodical publications from other countries that are similarly dedicated to a single character or group of characters.

Comic series Creator(s) Publisher No. of issues Serialized Approximate sales
Superman Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
DC Comics 14,568[30] 1938 – present 600 million[31]
Batman Bob Kane
Bill Finger
DC comics 16,461[32] 1939 – present 460 million[31]
Spider-Man Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Marvel 12,779[33] 1963 – present 378 million[p]
X-Men Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Marvel 11,557[41] 1963 – present 270 million[14]
Captain America Joe Simon
Jack Kirby
Marvel 9,521[42] 1941 – present 210 million[14]
Avengers Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Marvel 6,335[43] 1963 – present 172 million[q]
Diabolik Angela Giussani
Luciana Giussani
Astorina 862 1962 – present 150 million[47]
Spawn Todd McFarlane Image Comics 629[48] 1992 – present 150 million[49]
The Phantom Lee Falk Frew Publications 3,538[50] 1936 – present 150 million[14]

Comic magazines

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.

Comic magazine Publisher Country No. of issues Serialized Approximate sales
Weekly Shōnen Jump Shueisha Japan 2,406[51] 1968 – present 7.5 billion[51][a]
Weekly Shōnen Magazine Kodansha Japan 2,942[52] 1959 – present 5.2 billion[r]
Weekly Shōnen Sunday Shogakukan Japan 2,805[53] 1959 – present 1.9 billion[s]
Micky Maus Egmont Ehapa Germany 3,169 1951 – present 1 billion[54]
The Beano DC Thomson United Kingdom 3,949 1938 – present 1 billion[55]
Classics Illustrated Elliot Publishing Co.
Gilberton Company, Inc.
Frawley Corporation
United States 169 1941 – 1971 1 billion[56]
Ribon Shueisha Japan 694[57] 1955 – present 594 million[t]
CoroCoro Comic Shogakukan Japan 480[58] 1977 – present 407 million[u]
Nakayoshi Kodansha Japan 756 1954 – present 400 million[v]
V Jump Shueisha Japan 300[59] 1993 – present 350 million[w]
Action Comics DC Comics United States 1,000 1938 – present 187 million[x]
Pilote Dargaud France 420[64] 1959 – 1989 117 million[c]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i See Weekly Shōnen Jump § Circulation figures.
  2. ^ In addition to tankōbon volume sales, One Piece chapters have had a total estimated circulation of approximately 3 billion copies in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.[a]
  3. ^ a b See Pilote § Circulation.
  4. ^ 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.[c]
  5. ^ See Dragon Ball Super § Manga.
  6. ^ Dragon Ball manga tankōbon volume sales:
    • Dragon Ball – 359.5 million copies worldwide
      • Up until 2008 – 350 million copies worldwide,[5][6][7] including 150 million in Japan.[8]
      • Up until 2014 – 159.5 million copies in Japan.[9]
    • Dragon Ball Super – 1,924,146 copies in Japan.[e]
  7. ^ 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.[a]
  8. ^ 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.[a]
  9. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Sunday § Circulation.
  10. ^ 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.[i]
  11. ^ 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.[a]
  12. ^ 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.[a]
  13. ^ 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.[a]
  14. ^ 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.[a]
  15. ^ 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.[a]
  16. ^ Spider-Man comic sales – 378,020,970 copies
    • Up until April 2014 – 360 million[34]
    • May–December 2014 – 3,366,050[35][36]
    • 2015 – 4,719,795[37]
    • 2016 – 4,248,366[38]
    • 2017 – 3,465,005[39]
    • January–August 2018 – 2,221,754[40]
  17. ^ Avengers comic sales – 171,150,213 copies
    • Up until 2011 – 150,356,557[44]
    • 2012 – 6,797,300[45]
    • 2013 – 5,416,100[46]
    • 2014 – 3,618,371[36]
    • 2015 – 1,875,368[37]
    • 2016 – 2,161,976[38]
    • 2017 – 924,541[39]
    • January–August 2018 – 719,660[40]
  18. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Magazine § Circulation.
  19. ^ See Weekly Shōnen Sunday § Circulation.
  20. ^ See Ribon § Circulation.
  21. ^ See CoroCoro Comic § Circulation.
  22. ^ See Nakayoshi § Circulation.
  23. ^ See V Jump § Circulation.
  24. ^ Action Comics sales – est. 187,110,351 copies
    • Up until 1989 – 170,851,312[60]
    • 1993 – 2,203,000[35]
    • 1996–2001 – 3,055,766[35]
    • 2002–2006 – est. 2,400,000[35]
    • 2007–2008 – est. 1,200,000[35]
    • 2009 – 192,400[61]
    • 2010 – 439,000[62]
    • 2011 – 950,600[63]
    • 2012 – 1,035,600[45]
    • 2013 – 777,500[46]
    • 2014 – 583,704[36]
    • 2015 – 440,757[37]
    • 2016 – 1,080,297[38]
    • 2017 – 1,179,798[39]
    • January–August 2018 – 720,617[40]

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