Japanese manga outstrips Tintin

ONE PIECE initial print run of 4,000,000 – a publishing history first

On 4 November 2011, the first-run printing of the 64th volume of ONE PIECE (Shueisha Inc.), a Japanese comic book series by Eiichiro Oda, reached 4,000,000 copies; a Japanese publishing history first. According to Shueisha, the cumulative circulation of the ONE PIECE comic books in Japan is more than 250,000,000. The 64th volume print run surpasses the initial print run of the 57th volume, released in March 2010, which reached 3,000,000 copies.

Adapted and Translated from asahi.com 

Cumulative sales of Les aventures de Tintin (first published in 1929) are estimated at around 350,000,000, a figure which has already been matched by Akira Toriyama’s DRAGON BALL (first published in 1984). As a relative newcomer, ONE PIECE (first published in 1997) has a phenomenal following in Japan and its latest volume looks set to break all sales records.

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Best selling cumulative sales of manga and comic books:

Japan
1. ONE PIECE                      250,000,000 copies

2. DRAGON BALL               156,050,000 copies

3. Kochikame                        155,270,000 copies

Worldwide
1. Classics Illustrated          1,000,000,000 copies

2. X-MEN                               400,000,000 copies

3. Les aventures de Tintin  350,000,000 copies
3. Asterix                                 350,000,000 copies
3. DRAGON BALL                350,000,000 copies