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.
15. Oishinbo by Shogakukan
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”.
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
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
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.