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THE TRANSFORMERS: COMICS, BOOKS AND MANGA

IDW Publishing
(2005-now)
Devil's Due
(2003-2007)
Dreamwave
(2002-2004)
Club/Con
(2001-now)
Titan Books
(2001-now)
Marvel Comics
(1984-1994)
Japanese
Manga
Other Books
and Titles

CURRENT TRANSFORMERS COMICS FROM IDW PUBLISHING

Estimated sales for Transformers titles through Diamond Comics

Thanks to Primal of the TFW2005 forums for getting us started, and to Commander Shockwav for following the ICv2 estimates. Click here for discussion about sales. Scroll down for notes on figures and book sales.

IDWVERSE: INFILTRATION
N/A - OCT05 #0 - over 100,000
030 - JAN06/#1 - 45,468
053 - FEB06/#2 - 35,828
074 - MAR06/#3 - 30,344
068 - APR06/#4 - 28,835
083 - MAY06/#5 - 27,264
088 - JUL06/#6 - 25,303

IDWVERSE: STORMBRINGER
093 - JUL06/#1 - 24,542
104 - AUG06/#2 - 20,415
109 - SEP06/#3 - 18,792
115 - OCT06/#4 - 17,449

IDWVERSE: SPOTLIGHTS
Volume 1
113 - SEP06/#01 - 16,865
130 - OCT06/#02 - 13,404
159 - NOV06/#03 - 14,133
152 - DEC06/#04 - 13,592
149 - JAN07/#05 - 13,434
Volume 2
138 - MAR07/#06 - 13,556
150 - APR07/#07 - 12,129
147 - JUL07/#08 - 13,413
147 - AUG07/#09 - 15,423
173 - NOV07/#10 - 12,044
Volume 3
164 - DEC07/#11 - 10,704
157 - FEB08/#12 - 11,295
155 - MAR08/#13 - 11,046
152 - APR08/#14 - 11,411
168 - JUN08/#15 - 10,410
Revelation
163 - JUN08/#16 - 10,806
181 - JUL08/#17 - 10,516 
170 - AUG08/#18 - 10,297
187 - OCT08/#19 - 10,675 
Volume 4
156 - NOV08/#20 - 10,011 
176 - APR09/#21 - 10,065
179 - APR09/#22 -  9,855

IDWVERSE: ESCALATION
138 - NOV06/#1 - 20,625
139 - DEC06/#2 - 16,363
129 - JAN07/#3 - 15,616
127 - FEB07/#4 - 14,737
131 - MAR07/#5 - 14,932
148 - MAY07/#6 - 14,446

IDWVERSE: MEGATRON ORIGIN
115 - JUN07/#1 - 16,951
141 - JUL07/#2 - 14,754
135 - SEP07/#3 - 14,547
158 - OCT07/#4 - 14,396

IDWVERSE: DEVASTATION
148 - OCT07/#1 - 15,704
161 - OCT07/#2 - 13,854
164 - NOV07/#3 - 13,334
146 - JAN08/#4 - 13,604 
146 - FEB08/#5 - 13,185
149 - FEB08/#6 - 12,666

FOCUS ON DECEPTICONS
184 - APR08/#1 -  8,928

ALL HAIL MEGATRON
139 - JUL08/#01 - 15,703
141 - AUG08/#02 - 13,363 
151 - SEP08/#03 - 13,238
167 - OCT08/#04 - 12,837 
140 - NOV08/#05 - 12,387 
196 - DEC08/#06 - 11,843
139 - FEB09/#07 - 11,832 
130 - MAR09/#08 - 11,731
135 - MAR09/#09 - 11,479 
162 - APR09/#10 - 12,183

OPTIMUS PRIME 3D
210 - NOV08/#1 -  5,786

IDWVERSE: MAXIMUM DINOBOTS
226 - DEC08/#1 - 9,478
211 - JAN09/#2 - 5,318 
183 - FEB09/#3 - 8,008 
198 - APR09/#4 - 8,688 
202 - APR09/#5 - 8,499 
BEAST WARS: THE GATHERING
058 - FEB06/#1 - 34,047
094 - MAR06/#2 - 25,737
087 - APR06/#3 - 23,966
100 - MAY06/#4 - 22,590

EVOLUTIONS: HEARTS OF STEEL
104 - JUL06/#1 - 20,533
114 - AUG06/#2 - 18,573
120 - AUG06/#3 - 17,085
117 - SEP06/#4 - 15,659

ANIMATED MOVIE ADAPT.
122 - OCT06/#1 - 15,483
169 - NOV06/#2 - 12,596
157 - DEC06/#3 - 12,168
159 - JAN07/#4 - 11,295

MOVIE: PREQUEL
250 - FEB07/#1 -  2,819
088 - MAR07/#1 - 23,658
               = 26,477
144 - MAR07/#2 - 18,039
114 - APR07/#3 - 18,000
127 - MAY07/#4 - 17,306

MOVIE: ADAPTATION
109 - JUN07/#1 - 18,071
123 - JUN07/#2 - 16,204
121 - JUN07/#3 - 16,247
122 - JUN07/#4 - 16,210

BEAST WARS: THE ASCENDING
160 - OCT07/#1 - 14,223
173 - OCT07/#2 - 12,327
161 - DEC07/#3 - 11,711
156 - JAN08/#4 - 11,493

BEAST WARS: SOURCEBOOK
226 - OCT07/#1 -  6,822
237 - OCT07/#2 -  6,017
213 - JAN08/#3 -  6,183
215 - FEB08/#4 -  5,743

MOVIE: REIGN OF STARSCREAM
125 - MAY08/#1 - 16,043 
137 - JUN08/#2 - 14,329 
157 - JUL08/#3 - 13,019 
152 - AUG08/#4 - 12,700 
158 - AUG08/#5 - 11,809 

MOVIE: PREQUEL SPECIAL
161 - JUN08/#1 - 10,934

MOVIE: ALLSPARK SAGA
170 - JUL08/#1 - 11,417 
173 - AUG08/#2 - 10,079
186 - SEP08/#3 -  9,283
210 - OCT08/#4 -  8,939

ANIMATED: ARRIVAL
182 - AUG08/#1 -  8,670
213 - SEP08/#2 -  7,193 
252 - OCT08/#3 -  6,278 
215 - NOV08/#4 -  5,546 
290 - DEC08/#5 -  5,066 

MOVIE: ALLIANCE
199 - DEC08/#1 - 11,553 
150 - JAN09/#2 - 10,273
170 - FEB09/#3 -  9,001
159 - MAR09/#4 -  9,310 

MOVIE: DEFIANCE
147 - JAN09/#1 - 10,469 
150 - MAR09/#2 - 10,077
151 - MAR09/#3 -  9,991
175 - APR09/#4 - 10,196 
GENERATIONS (MARVEL US)
104 - MAR06/#01 - 24,104
112 - APR06/#02 - 18,718
150 - MAY06/#03 - 13,844 +
272 - JUN06/#03 -  1,592 = 15,436
132 - JUN06/#04 - 12,986
155 - JUL06/#05 - 11,141
160 - AUG06/#06 - 10,203
152 - SEP06/#07 -  9,455
155 - OCT06/#08 -  8,678
212 - NOV06/#09 -  7,803
201 - DEC06/#10 -  7,150
193 - FEB07/#11 -  6,337
195 - MAR07/#12 -  6,263

BEST OF UK: TARGET 2006
151 - APR07/#1 - 11,437
169 - MAY07/#2 - 10,792
167 - JUN07/#3 -  9,198
184 - JUL07/#4 -  8,713
197 - AUG07/#5 -  8,196

BEST OF UK: DINOBOTS
185 - SEP07/#1 -  7,883
225 - OCT07/#2 -  6,882
225 - NOV07/#3 -  6,064
237 - DEC07/#4 -  5,439
234 - JAN08/#5 -  5,068 
257 - APR08/#6 -  4,503

BEST OF UK: SPACE PIRATES
243 - MAR08/#1 -  4,666
262 - APR08/#2 -  4,403
271 - MAY08/#3 -  4,186
263 - JUN08/#4 -  3,777

BEST OF UK: TIME WARS
152 - AUG08/#1 -  3,916 
274 - SEP08/#2 -  3,702
#3 failed to chart?
270 - NOV08/#4 -  3,225

BEST OF UK: CITY OF FEAR

286 - FEB09/#1 -  3,045
274 - MAR09/#2 -  3,049

Source Notes

Numbers sourced from the ICv2 indexes. The preceding three-digit numbers are rankings compared to other titles sold through Diamond for the month given, including Marvel, DC and books by other independent publishers. These figures represent sales to comic stores, not individuals, and do not include Diamond UK sales or sales to Europe through Diamond UK. Reorders that don't place in the top 300 (or top 100 for trades) aren't represented either — anything below 3,170 copies for November 2006, for example, as the direct market's on an upswing right now — making the figures primarily useful as comic store trends in the United States.

Trade paperback sales also appear to be strengthening across the direct market. Escalation barely made the comic store chart with 094 in May and 1,410 units recorded, more than a ranking in September the previous year that notched up 060.


Fun Publications

TRANSFORMERS TIMELINES
248 - NOV06 #1 5,472
243 - JUL07 #2 5,856

Devil's Due Productions

G.I.JOE VS TFs VOLUME 3: THE ART OF WAR
089 - MAR06 #1 26,561
098 - APR06 #2 21,386
109 - MAY06 #3 20,612
107 - JUN06 #4 18,772
116 - AUG06 #5 18,208

G.I.JOE VS TFs VOLUME 4: BLACK HORIZON
127 - JAN07 #1 17,269
128 - FEB07 #2 14,654

Marvel Comics

NEW AVENGERS / TRANSFORMERS
035 - JUL07 #1 60,565
060 - AUG07 #2 44,977
053 - SEP07 #3 38,749
068 - OCT07 #4 34,944
   

IDW Trade Paperbacks & Collections

These figures, even more than the rest, are of questionable use since they only include sales through some outlets.

A specific note on that can be found at Newsarama:

"2007 has seen IDW make major moves outside of the direct market. In January, Alan Payne joined IDW as our VP of Sales and he's done an incredible job of getting our books into bookstores. We, literally, shipped millions of copies of Transformers comic books and graphic novels in 2007. Because 95% of those books were sold outside of the direct market, that success goes unnoticed in the comics press because those sales don't end up on Diamond's monthly market share report or top 300."

### = title listed as a single rather than a trade, see number in brackets for singles ranking.

### - AUG06 - COVER GALLERY 1 (257)          - 2,697
056 - SEP06 - GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 3   - 1,517
060 - SEP06 - TRANSFORMERS INFILTRATION      - 1,398
083 - DEC06 - TF EVOLUTIONS HEARTS OF STEEL  - 1,147
065 - FEB07 - TRANSFORMERS STORMBRINGER      - 1,414
077 - MAR07 - DREAMWAVE WAR WITHIN V1        - 1,207
### - APR07 - CYBERTRON BALANCING ACT (241)  - 3,253
### - MAY07 - COVER GALLERY 2 (282)          - 3,197
086 - MAY07 - ANIMATED MOVIE ADAPTATION      - 1,570
094 - MAY07 - TRANSFORMERS ESCALATION        - 1,410
026 - JUN07 - TRANSFORMERS MOVIE ADAPTATION  - 3,100
031 - JUN07 - TRANSFORMERS MOVIE PREQUEL     - 2,884
088 - JUN07 - TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT         - 1,320
096 - JUN07 - GREATEST BATTLES               - 1,239
062 - JUL07 - TRANSFORMERS MOVIE PREQUEL     - 1,852
064 - JUL07 - TRANSFORMERS MOVIE ADAPTATION  - 1,843
048 - DEC07 - TRANSFORMERS MEGATRON ORIGIN   - 1,872
025 - JAN08 - NEW AVENGERS TRANSFORMERS TP   - 2,742 
065 - JAN08 - TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOL 1    - 1,662 
044 - FEB08 - TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOL 2    - 1,896
083 - FEB08 - TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT V2      - 1,269
087 - FEB08 - BEAST WARS ASCENDING           - 1,207
071 - MAY08 - TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATION       - 1,548 
096 - JUN08 - TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOL 3    - 1,394
080 - NOV08 - REIGN OF STARSCREAM TP         - 1,516 
096 - DEC08 - DREAMWAVE MTMTE VOL 2          - 1,159 
113 - DEC08 - TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOL 6    - 1,047 
117 - JAN09 - MOVIE: SAGA OF THE ALLSPARK    -   850
171 - JAN09 - DREAMWAVE ARMADA VOL 2         -   588 
052 - FEB09 - ALL HAIL MEGATRON VOL 1        - 1,488 
077 - FEB09 - REVELATIONS                    - 1,119 
078 - FEB09 - TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOL 7    - 1,118
082 - FEB09 - WAR WITHIN OMNIBUS             - 1,087
109 - FEB09 - CLASSIC TRANSFORMERS VOL 3     -   775
149 - MAR09 - BEAST WARS OMNIBUS             -   786 
261 - MAR09 - BEST OF UK: TIME WARS          -   485
129 - APR09 - ANIMATED ARRIVAL TP            - 1,209
162 - APR09 - ANIMATED TP VOL 08             - 1,003
209 - APR09 - ARMADA TP VOL 03               -   791 
 
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