One Piece sells more than half a billion copies, more than all the Batman comics combined, is about to beat Superman
In mid-2021, One Piece has gone down in history as the best-selling manga (Japanese comic) of all time, far ahead of other famous names like Naruto, Dragon Ball, or even legend. Doraemon phone. It’s hard to imagine Oda Eiichiro’s 25-year-old series can set any other records at the present time. Yet One Piece can still do that when recently, this manga has sold more than 500 million copies in print worldwide.
One Piece is one of two works classified in the category of literary works to achieve this achievement, after the Harry Potter novel series by female writer JK Rowling. And since One Piece is already the best-selling manga in history, to understand the size of the record 500 million copies in print, try to compare it with popular Western comic series: One Piece has officially surpassed all of them. all the Batman comics combined. And Batman is the second best-selling American superhero character in the world, after Superman. If compared in a stricter and fairer way, even DC’s Superman has to say goodbye to One Piece.
First of all, in the case of Batman, if we count all the prints since the superhero first appeared in 1939, we have only collected 484 million copies. Meanwhile, Superman is still leading with more than 600 million copies in print. Thus, the fact that One Piece surpasses Batman is undisputed. But whether Oda Eiichiro’s pirate army can defeat Superman or not depends on how to calculate and compare Japanese and American comic sales.
American comics are often released in the form of an issue (number, chapter), and then linked together into a large series. Therefore, sales of this type of story are usually calculated by issue, and Superman owns up to 15,000 different chapters. That’s not to mention the storylines related to Superman and Batman have continuously undergone many changes in both content and the team of writers and artists, but not uniformly throughout. This is also the reason why Superman, despite selling more than 600 million copies in print, is still not ranked in the category of literary works that have sold 500 million copies.
Meanwhile, the number of copies sold of One Piece is calculated by volume. However, prior to release, One Piece, like most manga, often publishes odd chapters in Weekly Shonen Jump. So, if we want to make a fair comparison, we have to include the sales of the chapters in such weekly magazines as well.
Twitter account Artur – Library of Ohara said that with this type of statistics, One Piece has sold billions of copies, instead of “just” more than 500 million copies. However, not everyone buys Shonen Jump for the purpose of reading One Piece, so this sales calculation is still a bit unconvincing.
Regardless of the calculation method, One Piece’s achievements are still very respectable. Overcoming a monument as big as DC’s Batman is something that not every manga can do, especially when the Dark Knight was born more than 8 decades ago, and is now also one of the best. the most famous figures in world popular culture.
Currently, the journey of Luffy D. Monkey and his teammates still shows no sign of stopping. And author Oda Eiichi himself admits that he loves his series too much to put an end to it, even though he has been planning the ending since 2006. So in the future, will It is not surprising if One Piece continues to set new sales records, possibly even surpassing the Superman monument in the most convincing way.
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