One Piece has officially become the best-selling manga of all time, with more than 500 million sales surpassing all previous records. This page provides lists of the best-selling comic book series to date. It includes Japanese manga, American comics and European comics. This list includes comics that have sold at least 100 million copies.
One Piece has already been the best-selling manga series of all time in the last decade. When it surpassed dragon ball (sold approximately 250 million), it already became the best-selling manga in history. It currently has more than 490 million copies in circulation and this number is likely to increase in the future. Is One Piece bigger than Batman? The jury is still deliberating, and unless more figures enter the public sphere, we'll probably never know for sure.
What we do know is that One Piece is a huge and record-breaking franchise. And it's also the most popular comic book volume series of all time. However, Batman could continue to lead if all formats are taken into account. However, it should be noted that Batman began in 1939, while One Piece began in 1997, which shows how many copies One Piece had to sell to even reach a (theoretical) distance from The Caped Crusader, despite its almost 60 years of advantage.
This list is for comics printed in a traditional book format (softcover or hardcover), usually with a number of pages similar to that of novels. Leaving aside the comparison with other comics, the fact that One Piece has become one of the two literary works in history to reach 500 million copies in circulation is an incredible milestone. Not only is it the best-selling manga series in history, but also the best-selling comic book series printed in book volume. The so-called American comic book format consists of thinner stapled periodicals, not volumes.
This list is for comic book magazines, which are anthology journals that serialize several different unrelated comic book series. This list includes Japanese manga magazines, European comic book magazines and English-language comic book magazines. So far, One Piece has sold more than 490 million copies collected in volume, making it the second best-selling comic book series of all time. First of all, Batman was clearly outperformed, as the reported sales of all his comics (starting with their first appearance in 1993) only reached 484 million.