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Pictorial way of storytelling has been a thing for ages. Billions of comics books have been sold and are still bought even after movies, TV shows, and digitalization took over the world. That much love is given to comics by children and a specific generation of adults. Many movies and television shows are adapted from comic books that are watched all around the globe. In fact, the highest-grossing movie to date, Avengers: Endgame is a comic book adaptation, where all the characters in the movie are drawn from Marvel Comics. I will not agree to anyone saying the era of Comic books is dead because it is not and millions of copies are still being sold. Here are Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time.

All the volumes below are either from American comic books, Japanese manga or European comics. There are no periodical single-issue floppy comics or comic magazines due to the difference between their publication formats which are merely incomparable.

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15. Oishinbo by Shogakukan

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Oishinbo

Creators: Tetsu Kariya, Akira Hanasaki

Copies sold: 130 million

A comedy and cooking related comic series about Shirō Yamaoka, a journalist and his partner, Yūko Kurita, who will become his wife later. Oishinbo is a manga volume. Shirō Yamaoka always dives deep into something that is related to food, or else he is just a lazy person.

14. Garfield

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Garfield

Creator: Jim Davis

Copies sold: 135 million

You might have come across Garfield in newspapers or merchandise. The character is famous. Garfield is a cat and the story is set in Muncie, Indiana. Garfield’s laziness, love of coffee and obsessive eating is relatable to the readers.

13. Diabolik by Astorina

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Diabolik

Creators: Angela Giussani, Luciana Giussani

Copies sold: 150 million

Holding a twisted name, Diabolik is a hard-hearted thief in fictional town Clerville. He doesn’t step back to murder anyone to achieve what he wants. Eva Kant stands as his partner and lover. Over time, Diabolik evolves as a good human being and he is always wanted by Inspector Ginko for his crimes.

12. KochiKame by Shueisha

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time KochiKame

Creator: Osamu Akimoto

Copies sold: 157 million

A hilarious epic tale of a policeman in Tokyo who is mischievous and money minded. The hero’s name is Kankichi “Ryo-san” Ryotsu who always plans for something that makes him rich. Let that be inventing a new gadget or monetizing his craze over things.

11. Black Jack by Akita Shoten

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Black Jack

Creator: Osamu Tezuka

Copies sold: 176 million

Black Jack is a manga written medical escapade about a doctor who helps people with their health and does a lot of good deeds for which he gets almost no recognition. Definitely a value teaching story that elevates humanity.

10. Spike and Suzy by Standaard Uitgeverij

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Spike and Suzy

Creator: Willy Vandersteen

Copies sold: 200 million

A complete children-oriented Belgian comics series about Spike and Suzy, a child and a teen respectively. It deals with their quest along with their friends and family. Elements like ghosts, time travel, and talking animals make it a fictional wonder.

 9. The Adventures of Tintin by Casterman

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time The Adventures of Tintin

Creator: Hergé

Copies sold: 200 million

Set in the 20th century, it explores the story of young Belgian reporter, Tintin who goes out on adventures with his cute little dog, Snowy. The Adventures of Tintin is a French classic featuring interesting characters, Captain Haddock,  Professor Calculus, Thomson and Thompson, and Bianca Castafiore. The plot includes a lot of mysteries, fantasy, and action with necessarily sophisticated satires.

8. Case Closed by Shogakukan

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Case Closed

Creator: Gosho Aoyama

Copies sold: 230 million

Being one of the best crime thriller comics, Case Closed is an interesting story of Shinichi Kudo who is a very good detective who helps police with cases. In an investigation, he is forced to ingest a chemical by the members of a crime syndicate, which turns him into a child. He then lives with his friend Rachel Moore, whose father is also an investigator. Shinichi solves cases keeping his true identity hidden.

7. Naruto by Shueisha

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Naruto

Creator: Masashi Kishimoto

Copies sold: 250 million

This Japanese manga series is divided into two parts. The first one happens in Naruto’s pre-teen years and the send one in his teens. Speaking of Naruto Uzumaki, he is a young ninja who wants to become the Hokage which translates to the leader of his village. He also aims to gain good recognition among his peers.

6. Golgo 13 by Shogakukan

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Golgo 13

Creator: Takao Saito

Copies sold: 280 million

More like John Wick, Golgo 13 is also a professional assassin whose pseudonym name is Duke Togo. He is known to carry a scoped M16 rifle with which most of his jobs are done. Togo speaks when necessary and kills without mercy. His true identity is hidden and no one has any idea of his age and birthplace.

5. Dragon Ball by Shueisha

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Dragon Ball

Creator: Akira Toriyama

Copies sold: 250–300 million+

A comedy and action-packed story of  Son Goku. The story is about from when he is a child to becoming an adult learning martial arts to fight the bad guys. He explores the world in search of seven Dragon Balls, which are magical and when put together, they summon a wish-granting dragon.

4. Lucky Luke by Dupuis & Lucky Comics

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Lucky Luke

Creators: Morris, René Goscinny

Copies sold: 300 million

Totally a parody of the western genre. Lucky Luke is a funny comic. A gunslinger named Lucky Luke with his horse, Jolly Jumper sets on a journey meeting many villains, both fictional and inspired by American history. Luke is known as “a man who shoots faster than his shadow”.

3. Peanuts

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Peanuts

Creator: Charles M. Schulz

Copies sold: 300 million

Written by Schulz, Peanuts is the longest story ever wrote by a human being, a total of 17,897 strips were published. Charlie Brown is the main character holding many flaws like nervousness, lack of self-confidence and he is meek. After the death of Charles M. Schulz, the comic volume ended and made more than $1 billion just with its merchandise.

2. Asterix by Dargaud

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time Asterix

Creators: René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, Jean-Yves Ferri

Copies sold: 370 million

Asterix is a periodic drama taking place in 50 BCE when villages of Gaul are taken over by Romans, the Gaulish warriors try to resist Romans with the magic potion.  Protagonists, Asterix and Obelix set out an adventure in this French comic story.

1. One Piece by Shueisha

Top 10 Best Selling Comic Book Volumes Of All Time One Piece

Creator: Eiichiro Oda

Copies sold: 460 million

The story is about Monkey D. Luffy, who has gained the properties of rubber after eating a Devil Fruit unintentionally. Straw Hat Pirates is the name of his crew of pirates who are exploring the Grand Line in search of “One Piece”, which is a treasure that will make Luffy the next king of Pirates.

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