August 2023 Circana BookScan – Top 20 Author, Manga, Superhero Graphic Novels

We’re seeing some crossing over of categories on the charts of the top 20 Author, Manga, and Superhero graphic novels in the book channel, based on Circana (formerly NPD) BookScan data for July (7/30/23 – 8/26/23) provided to ICv2.

There’s a webtoon, Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, on the Superhero chart, while the Spider-Man manga returns to the Manga chart.

The number 3 title on the Superhero chart is Batman: Wayne Family Adventures (see “DC Webtoons Coming to Print“).  The first volume of Vixen: NYC, another DC webtoon property that was released on the same day, is not on the chart, but that may be because Batman is simply the more popular character, with seven titles in the August top 20.  While most webtoon properties are Author titles, DC has been using the Webtoon platform for different sorts of stories from the comic-shop comics.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin continues its run as the top-selling title on the Superhero chart. Right behind it is Blue Beetle: Graduation Day, which probably got a boost from the movie (see “‘Blue Beetle’ Box Office“).  Despite its hefty $150 price tag, the Immortal Hulk Omnibus makes the chart at number 14 (see “Massive ‘Immortal Hulk’ Omnibus“).  Other notable August debuts on the chart include Swamp Thing: Green Hell and Volume 1 of the latest iteration of Miles Morales: Spider-Man.

Circana BookScan Top 20 “Superhero” Graphic Novels – August 2023 (7/30/23 – 8/26/23)

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN HC

KEVIN EASTMAN

IDW PUBLISHING

2

BLUE BEETLE: GRADUATION DAY

JOSH TRUJILLO

DC COMICS

3

BATMAN: WAYNE FAMILY ADVENTURES VOL. 1 GN

CRC PAYNE

DC COMICS

4

WATCHMEN (2019 EDITION)

ALAN MOORE

DC COMICS

5

BATMAN ’89

SAM HAMM

DC COMICS

6

SPIDER-PUNK: BATTLE OF THE BANNED

CODY ZIGLAR

MARVEL COMICS

7

THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR OMINOUS OMNIBUS VOL. 2: DEADTIME STORIES FOR BOOS & GHOULS

MATT GROENING

ABRAMS COMICARTS

8

THE SANDMAN BOOK ONE

NEIL GAIMAN

DC COMICS

9

BATMAN: YEAR ONE

FRANK MILLER

DC COMICS

10

STAR WARS: THRAWN [NEW PRINTING]

JODY HOUSER

MARVEL COMICS

11

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOL. 1

KEVIN EASTMAN

IDW PUBLISHING

12

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS

SCOTT SNYDER

DC COMICS

13

BATMAN VOL. 2: THE BAT-MAN OF GOTHAM HC

CHIP ZDARSKY

DC COMICS

14

IMMORTAL HULK OMNIBUS HC

AL EWING

MARVEL COMICS

15

WONDER WOMAN HISTORIA: THE AMAZONS HC

KELLY SUE DECONNICK

DC COMICS

16

V FOR VENDETTA

ALAN MOORE

DC COMICS

17

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE DLX. ED. HC (NEW EDITION)

ALAN MOORE

DC COMICS

18

SWAMP THING: GREEN HELL HC

JEFF LEMIRE

DC COMICS

19

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN BY CODY ZIGLAR VOL. 1 – TRIAL BY SPIDER

CODY ZIGLAR

MARVEL COMICS

20

BATMAN: BEYOND THE WHITE KNIGHT HC

SEAN MURPHY

DC COMICS

Source: Circana

The Manga chart includes two superhero titles: Spider-Man: Fake Red, which is back on the chart for a second month, and Volume 1 of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, an all-ages manga based on a French animated television series, debuts at number 16.  Both are basically superhero properties, and the Spider-Man manga, while it has a different protagonist from the American comics, is remarkably true to the basic concept of Spider-Man.

Other than that, the Manga chart is mostly the usual suspects, popular shonen series with anime adaptations, including the top title, Volume 20 of Jujutsu Kaisen.  One to watch out for: The seinen series [Oshi No Ko] is the newest series that looks like it might be a keeper; Volume 1 was on the July chart (see “July 2023 Circana BookScan“), and Volume 3 makes the chart in August.

Circana BookScan Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels – August 2023 (7/30/23 – 8/26/23)

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 20

GEGE AKUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

2

ONE PIECE VOL. 103

EIICHIRO ODA

VIZ MEDIA

3

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 1

GEGE AKUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

4

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 1

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

5

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 1

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

6

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 0

GEGE AKUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

7

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 1

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

8

KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE VOL. 26

TOMOHITO ODA

VIZ MEDIA

9

KAIJU NO. 8 VOL. 7

NAOYA MATSUMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

10

SPIDER-MAN: FAKE RED

YUSUKE OSAWA

VIZ MEDIA

11

TOILET-BOUND HANAKO-KUN VOL. 18

AIDAIRO

YEN PRESS

12

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 2

GEGE AKUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

13

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 2

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

14

BERSERK DELUXE VOL. 1 HC

KENTARO MIURA

DARK HORSE

15

GOODBYE, ERI

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

16

MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR VOL. 1

KOMA WARITA

KODANSHA COMICS

17

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA–STORIES OF WATER AND FLAME

RYOJI HIRANO

VIZ MEDIA

18

SOICHI: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION

JUNJI ITO

VIZ MEDIA

19

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 1

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

20

[OSHI NO KO] VOL. 3

AKA AKASAKA

YEN PRESS

Source: Circana

The Author chart, while dominated by webtoon properties, is remarkably varied, and even the webtoon titles are a mix of different types of content.  Topping the list is Volume 7 of Solo Leveling, which debuted in the third week of August.  Next up is George Takei’s memoir, They Called Us Enemy, followed by the hardcover of the latest volume of Lore Olympus (the paperback edition appears further down the chart).  Two webtoons, Volume 1 of Doom Breaker and Twistwood Tales, debut on the chart, as does Jamie Lee Curtis’s environmental horror story Mother Nature.  In addition to They Called Us Enemy, three other classic memoirs are on the chart: March: Book One, Gender Queer, and I Was Their American Dream.

Circana BookScan Top 20 Author Graphic Novels – August 2023 (7/30/23 – 8/26/23)

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

SOLO LEVELING VOL. 7

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

2

THEY CALLED US ENEMY

GEORGE TAKEI

IDW PUBLISHING

3

LORE OLYMPUS: VOL. FOUR HC

RACHEL SMYTHE

RANDOM HOUSE

4

SOLO LEVELING VOL. 1

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

5

DOOM BREAKER VOL. 1

BLUE-DEEP

WEBTOON UNSCROLLED

6

VILLAINS ARE DESTINED TO DIE VOL. 4

GWON GYEOEUL

IZE PRESS

7

MOTHER NATURE HC

JAMIE LEE CURTIS

TITAN COMICS

8

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 1

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

9

MARCH: BOOK ONE

JOHN LEWIS

TOP SHELF PROD.

10

SOLO LEVELING VOL. 6

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

11

LORE OLYMPUS: VOL. ONE

RACHEL SMYTHE

DEL REY

12

VILLAINS ARE DESTINED TO DIE VOL. 3

GWON GYEOEUL

IZE PRESS

13

GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR

MAIA KOBABE

ONI PRESS

14

VILLAINS ARE DESTINED TO DIE VOL. 1

GWON GYEOEUL

IZE PRESS

15

TWISTWOOD TALES HC

AC MACDONALD

ANDREWS MCMEEL

16

SOLO LEVELING VOL. 2

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

17

LORE OLYMPUS: VOL. FOUR

RACHEL SMYTHE

RANDOM HOUSE

18

VILLAINS ARE DESTINED TO DIE VOL. 2

GWON GYEOEUL

IZE PRESS

19

ADVICE FROM A BLOB: HOW TO FIND PEACE IN THIS MESSY, BEAUTIFUL, CHAOTIC EXISTENCE HC

LENNNIE

HARPERCOLLINS PUB.

20

I WAS THEIR AMERICAN DREAM: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR

MALAKA GHARIB

CLARKSON POTTER

Source: Circana

For charts of August 2023 graphic novel sales from Circana:
August 2023 Circana – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels
August 2023 Circana – Top 20 Kids Graphic Novels

For the charts with the actual sales numbers from Circana, see these articles on the ICv2 Pro site:
August 2023 Circana – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
August 2023 Circana – Top 20 Author, Manga, and Superhero Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
August 2023 Circana – Top 20 Kids Graphic Novels with Actual Sales

Circana collects weekly point-of-sale data on print books from over 16,000 locations including e-tailers, chains, mass merchandisers, independent bookstores, and more.  Circana covers approximately 85% of the U.S. trade print book market.  The ranks on this chart are based on piece sales.  Some publishers classify titles that are primarily text, or art books, as graphic novels; we’ve removed those titles from the ranking above.

For past Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the “Top 20 GN Index.”

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