'Shonen Jump,' by the (puzzling) numbers
I wish Manga News Service had permalinks. Anyway, the website has an enlightening, if puzzling, country-by-country breakdown of Shonen Jump
- Japan -- 3.2 million
- U.S. -- 350,000
- Sweden -- 30,000 (launched in October 2004)
- Germany (Banzai) -- 140,000
Update: In fact, this 2003 article cites a jump in monthly sales of the U.S. version from 190,000 to 305,000, and Shonen Jump's mission statement quotes a 3.2 million weekly circulation for the original Weekly Shonen Jump.
I think the figures in the MNS item are actually sales per issue. So, ignore "annual" in the piece and everything will make sense. I think.