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ICv2: June 2022 NPD BookScan | Pro Club Bd

Whether the comic is based on the show or the show is based on the comic, media connections were prominent in the Book Channel’s top 20 authored, manga, and superhero graphic novels charts that month, based on NPD BookScan Data provided for June 2022 (05/29/22 – 07/02/22) for ICv2.

Since the Netflix series is scheduled to premiere on August 5 (see “Date of the Sandman”), The Sandman took three spots on the superhero charts and, in an unprecedented show of power for ownership, four volumes of stranger things also mapped. And the author table contained three volumes of The young and three of Invincible, two series that increased their audience after being adapted for streaming.

Neil Gaimans The Sandman neatly bookends the superhero charts, with the reissue of The Sandman: Book One at number one, the second volume of the new edition at number 10 and the old edition of volume 1 (which contains less material and also costs less) at number 20.

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons is in fourth place, and it’s the first of four stranger things title in the table. The newest is Stranger Things: The Tomb of Ybwen, which came out in April; the others are releases from 2020 or 2021. Volume 2 of the fourth season of the Netflix series premiered on July 1 (see “Stranger Things’ S4 Finale Trailer”), which may pique interest, but four volumes of this series on the charts to have is unprecedented. The first volume in the series sold well enough to make the top 20 on the adult charts when it first came out in May 2019 and stayed in the top 20 for three months. A volume has occasionally been in since then popped up on the superhero roster, but June 2022 marks the first time more than one tape has made the roster, let alone four. With a spinoff in the works (see Stranger Things spinoff), we’ll likely see more stranger things in the future on the superhero charts.

Four volumes of the Penguin Classics Marvel Collection announced last year (see “Penguin Classics Publishes Collected Editions of Marvel Comics”) made the charts. The hardcover edition of Spiderman second, paperback ninth, and hardback Captain America and Black Panther are at number 11 and 12. The hardcovers may sell better because these books appeal to collectors, but it’s also true that Amazon has discounted them to the point where they cost about the same as the paperbacks.

NPD BookScan Top 20 “Superheroes” Graphic Novels – June 2022 (05/29/22 – 07/02/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

THE SANDMAN BOOK ONE

NEIL GAIMAN

DC COMICS

2

THE INCREDIBLE SPIDERMAN

STAN LEE

PENGUIN CLASSICS

3

MOON KNIGHT BY LEMIRE & SMALLWOOD: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

JEFF LEMIRE

MARVEL COMICS

4

STRANGER THINGS AND DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Jody Houser

DARK HORSE COMICS

5

BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZERO POINT HC

CHRISTOS GAGE

DC COMICS

6

GUARDIAN (2019 EDITION)

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

7

STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS

Gregor PAK

DARK HORSE COMICS

8th

BATMAN: YEAR ONE

Frank Mueller

DC COMICS

9

THE INCREDIBLE SPIDERMAN

STAN LEE

PENGUIN CLASSICS

10

THE SANDMAN BOOK TWO

NEIL GAIMAN

DC COMICS

11

CAPTAIN AMERICA

JACK KIRBY

PENGUIN CLASSICS

12

BLACK PANTHER

DON MCGREGOR

PENGUIN CLASSICS

13

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

JEPH LOEB

DC COMICS

14

STRANGER THINGS: THE MOBBLER

Gregor PAK

DARK HORSE COMICS

fifteen

LIFE IS STRANGE VOL. 6: REMOVE DUST

EMMA VIECELI

TITAN COMICS

16

SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL VOL. 1: THE TRUTH

TOM TAYLOR

DC COMICS

17

STRANGER THINGS: THE TOMB OF YBWEN

Gregor PAK

DARK HORSE COMICS

18

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE DLX. Ed. HC (RE-ISSUE)

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

19

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER, VOL. 1: VADER

KIERON GILEN

MARVEL COMICS

20

THE SANDMAN VOL. 1: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES 30TH ANN. Ed.

NEIL GAIMAN

DC COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

Amazon reports that the audience for The young has grown (see ‘The Boys’ News’), and with season three premiering on June 1, it’s not too surprising to see three volumes of the series in the top 20 for June. What is less clear is why three volumes Invincible made the chart; A second season is in the works, but no premiere date has been announced. The series topped our recent list of top graphic novel author franchises (see Top Graphic Novel Author Franchises Spring 2022), so it seems to be consistently popular.

The first six places in the list of authors are occupied by volumes Solo leveling and lore olympus, Both started out as webtoons, and we can expect Solo leveling to get a streaming boost when the anime launches on Crunchyroll next year (see “‘Solo Leveling’ Anime”).

NPD BookScan Top 20 Author Graphic Novels – June 2022 (05/29/22 – 07/02/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 4

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

2

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 1

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

3

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 2

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

4

LORE OLYMPUS: VOL. A TP

RACHEL SMYTHE

DEL REY

5

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 3

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

6

LORE OLYMPUS: VOL. A HC

RACHEL SMYTHE

DEL REY

7

THEY CALL US ENEMY

GEORGE TAKEI

TOP SHELF PROD.

8th

THE YOUNG OMNIBUS VOL. 1

GARTHENNIS

DYNAMITE ENT.

9

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 1

ROBERT KIRKMAN

PICTURE COMICS

10

MARCH: BOOK ONE

JOHN LEWIS

TOP SHELF PROD.

11

AFTER: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (VOL. 1)

ANNA TODD

FRAMED PAGES

12

GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR

MAIA KOBABE

ONI PRESS

13

THE YOUNG OMNIBUS VOL. 2

GARTHENNIS

DYNAMITE ENT.

14

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 2

ROBERT KIRKMAN

PICTURE COMICS

fifteen

FANGS HC

Sarah Anderson

ANDREWS MCMEEL

16

THE YOUNG OMNIBUS VOL. 3

GARTHENNIS

DYNAMITE ENT.

17

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 3

ROBERT KIRKMAN

PICTURE COMICS

18

SAPIENS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY: THE BIRTH OF MANKIND (VOL. 1)

YUVAL NOAH HARARI

HARPER PERENNIAL

19

FUN HOME: A TRAGICOMIC FAMILY

ALISON BECHDEL

MARINE BOOKS

20

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE

Gerhard way

DARK HORSE COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

Once again, the entire top 20 adult graphic novels were manga, so check out our analysis of June’s manga trends (see “June 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels”).

NPD BookScan Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels – June 2022 (05/29/22 – 07/02/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 11

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

2

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 1

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

3

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 16

AGAINST ACUTE 1

VIZ MEDIA

4

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 1

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

5

WOTAKOI: LOVE IS HARD FOR OTAKU VOL. 6

FUJITA

KODANSHA COMICS

6

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 2

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

7

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 0

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

8th

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 3

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

9

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 4

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

10

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 7

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

11

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 6

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

12

TOILET-BOUND HANAKO-KUN VOL. 1

AIDAIRO

YEN PRESS

13

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 1

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

14

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 10

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

fifteen

DEATH NOTE SHORT STORIES

TSUGUMI OHBA

VIZ MEDIA

16

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 2

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

17

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 5

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

18

DEADPOOL: SAMURAI VOL. 2

SANSHIRO KASAMA

VIZ MEDIA

19

MY HERO ACADEMY VOL. 1

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

20

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 2

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

For June 2022 graphic novel sales charts from NPD BookScan:
June 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Graphic Novels for Adults
June 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Graphic Novels for Kids

For actual NPD BookScan sales charts, see these articles on the ICv2 Pro website:
June 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels With Actual Sales
June 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Author, Manga & Superhero Graphic Novels With Actual Sales
June 2022 NPD BookScan – The 20 Best Graphic Novels for Kids with Actual Sales

NPD BookScan collects weekly point-of-sale data on printed books from over 16,000 locations including e-tailers, chains, wholesalers, independent bookstores and more. NPD BookScan covers approximately 85% of the US commercial print book market. The ranks in this chart are based on unit sales. Some publishers classify titles that are primarily text or art books as graphic novels; We have removed these titles from the rankings above.

For previous BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see “BookScan Top 20 GN Index”.

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