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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. This list includes comic books that have sold at 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.
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. 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). 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
|One Piece||Eiichiro Oda||Shueisha||102||Weekly Shōnen Jump
1997 – present
|490 million [b]|
Les Éditions Albert René
|39||1959 – present[c]||370 million[e]|
|Dragon Ball||Akira Toriyama||Shueisha||42||Weekly Shōnen Jump
1984 – 1995
|Peanuts||Charles M. Schulz||N/A||N/A||1950 – 2000||300 million|
|Golgo 13||Takao Saito||Shogakukan||203||Big Comic
1968 – present
|300 million |
|81||1946 – present||300 million|
|Naruto||Masashi Kishimoto||Shueisha||72||Weekly Shōnen Jump
1999 – 2014
|Detective Conan||Gosho Aoyama||Shogakukan||100||Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1994 – present
|Spike and Suzy||Willy Vandersteen||Standaard Uitgeverij||365||1945 – present||230 million|
|The Adventures of Tintin||Hergé||Casterman
|24||1929 – 1976||200 million|
|Slam Dunk||Takehiko Inoue||Shueisha||31||Weekly Shōnen Jump
1990 – 1996
|Doraemon||Fujiko Fujio||Shogakukan||45||1969 – 1996||170 million |
|KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops||Osamu Akimoto||Shueisha||200||Weekly Shōnen Jump
1976 – 2016
|Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba||Koyoharu Gotōge||Shueisha||23||Weekly Shōnen Jump
|Astorina||862||1962 – present||150 million|
|Crayon Shin-chan||Yoshito Usui||Futabasha||67||1990–present||148 million[k]|
|Garfield||Jim Davis||N/A||N/A||1978 – present||135 million|
|Shogakukan||111||Big Comic Spirits
1983 – present
|Bleach||Tite Kubo||Shueisha||74||Weekly Shōnen Jump
|JoJo's Bizarre Adventure||Hirohiko Araki||Shueisha||131||1987–present||120 million [m]|
|Amar Chitra Katha||Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd.||449||1967 – present||100 million|
|Astro Boy||Osamu Tezuka||Kobunsha||23||Shōnen
1952 – 1968
|Attack on Titan||Hajime Isayama||Kodansha||34||Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
2009 – 2021
|Casper the Friendly Ghost||Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo||Harvey Comics||N/A||1949 – present||100 million|
|Fist of the North Star||Buronson and Tetsuo Hara||Shueisha||27||Weekly Shōnen Jump
1983 – 1988
|The Kindaichi Case Files||Yōzaburō Kanari, Seimaru Amagi, Fumiya Satō||Kodansha||86||1992–present||100 million |
|Touch||Mitsuru Adachi||Shogakukan||26||Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1981 – 1986
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).
Single-issue floppy comics are the most common publication format for American comics, and account for the vast majority of American superhero comic sales. 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.
According to the most recently available data, the best-selling American single-issue comic of all time was X-Men #1, which was published in 1991 and has since sold almost 8.2 million copies. Marvel X-Force #1, which also came out in 1991, ranks in second place with around five million copies sold.
|Comic series||Creator(s)||Publisher||No. of issues||Serialized||Approximate sales|
|Superman||Jerry SiegalJoe Shuster||DC||18000||1938 – present||600 million|
|Batman||Bob KaneBill Finger||DC||15000||1939 – present||484 million|
|Marvel||13,500||1963 – present||387 million[o][p]|
|Marvel||12,000||1963 – present||270 million[q]|
|Captain America||Joe Simon
|Marvel||9,000||1941 – present||210 million|
|Astorina||862||1962 – present||150 million|
|Spawn||Todd McFarlane||Image Comics||||1992 – present||150 million|
|The Phantom||Lee Falk||Frew Publications||3,000||1936 – present||150 million|
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.
|Comic magazine||Publisher||Country||No. of issues||Serialized||Approximate sales|
|Weekly Shōnen Jump||Shueisha||Japan||2,406||1968 – present||7.6 billion[r]|
|Weekly Shōnen Magazine||Kodansha||Japan||2,942||1959 – present||5.2 billion[s]|
|Weekly Young Jump||Shueisha||Japan||1,765||1979 – present||2.2 billion[t]|
|Weekly Shōnen Sunday||Shogakukan||Japan||2,805||1959 – present||1.9 billion[u]|
|Weekly Young Magazine||Kodansha||Japan||1,976||1980 – present||1.8 billion[v]|
|Micky Maus||Egmont Ehapa||Germany||3,169||1951 – present||1 billion[w]|
|The Beano||DC Thomson||United Kingdom||4,000+||1938 – present||1 billion|
|Classics Illustrated||Elliot Publishing Co.
Gilberton Company, Inc.
|United States||169||1941 – 1971||1 billion|
|Ribon||Shueisha||Japan||694||1955 – present||594 million[x]|
|MAD Magazine||EC Comics, DC Comics||United States||557||1952 – present||430 million|
|CoroCoro Comic||Shogakukan||Japan||480||1977 – present||407 million[y]|
|Nakayoshi||Kodansha||Japan||756||1954 – present||400 million[z]|
|Monthly Shōnen Jump||Shueisha||Japan||317||1970 – 2007||215 million[aa]|
|Action Comics||DC Comics||United States||1,000||1938 – present||188 million[ab]|
|Pilote||Dargaud||France||420||1959 – 1989||117 million[d]|
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has surpassed 490 million copies in circulation worldwide [...] That includes over 400 million in Japan and 90 million in at least 57 countries and regions overseas.