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1992 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Comics Ordered by North American Comics Shops as Reported
by Diamond Comic Distributors and Capital City Distribution


The comics market continued to expand at a record clip in 1992, with a major new publisher launch in Image, created when several of Marvel's star artists left en masse. Early issues of Image comics were published through Malibu. Todd McFarlane's Spawn, the highest-profile launch, saw its best sales when Spawn #8, written by star Neil Gaiman, shipped; it would later be the focus of a multi-year lawsuit between the creators.

November 1992 saw the single biggest sales day in comics history, with DC's "The Death of Superman" in Superman Vol. 2 #75 helping comics shops bring in $30 million in a single day. The collector's version of the issue was shipped in a black polybag.

Diamond Comic Distributors did not release aggregate market shares for the entire year; it would begin doing so in 1993. Capital City Distribution did release shares; they appear in the column at left. Diamond's Top Sellers for the year appear below; Diamond and Capital's monthly top sellers appear further down.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the year.

— John Jackson Miller


Listed are all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
The links lead to listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisher
11Superman75$2.50DC
26WildC.A.T.S.1$1.95Malibu
32Venom1$2.95Marvel
48Spider-Man 20991$1.75Marvel
57Spawn8$1.95Malibu
63Spider-Man 209926$3.50Marvel
714Punisher 20991$1.75Marvel
811Spawn1$1.95Malibu
912Pitt0$1.95Malibu
1032Uncanny X-Men294$1.50Marvel
1133X-Men16$1.50Marvel
1216Wetworks1$1.95Malibu
135Bloodshot1$3.50Valiant
144Amazing Spider-Man365$3.95Marvel
1542Uncanny X-Men296$1.50Marvel
1643X-Men14$1.50Marvel
179Cable1$2.50Marvel
1850X-Force0$1.50Marvel
1913Punisher War Zone18$2.25Marvel
2029Doom 20991$1.75Marvel
2130Green Lantern1$1.75Marvel
2260X-Men25$1.50DC
2321WildC.A.T.S.15$1.95 Malibu
2423Pitt2$.95Malibu
2540Ravage 20992$1.75Malibu
2686X-Men1$1.25Marvel
2787X-Men6$1.25Marvel
2864X-Force9$1.50Marvel
2966Uncanny X-Men16$1.50Marvel
3067X-Factor86$1.50Marvel
3126Brigade1$1.95Malibu
3210Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance1$2.75Marvel
3392X-Men11$1.25Marvel
3415Infinity War1$2.50Marvel
3534Wetworks3$1.95Malibu
3694X-Men8$1.25Marvel
3796X-Men12$1.25Marvel
3836Spawn7$1.95Malibu
3998X-Men10$1.25Marvel
4039Youngblood1$1.95Malibu
4118Cable2$2.50Marvel
42100X-Men7$1.25Marvel
4378X-Force17$1.50Marvel
44105X-Men13$1.25Marvel
4519Incredible Hulk393$2.50Marvel
4645Spawn2$1.95Malibu
4747Cyberforce1$1.95Marvel
48110Spider-Man 20992$1.25Marvel
49113X-Men17$1.25Marvel
5049Spawn3$1.95Malibu
5152Supreme1$1.95Malibu
5254WildC.A.T.S.3$1.95Malibu
5317Morbius1$2.75Marvel
54117Uncanny X_Men266$1.25Marvel
55118Uncanny X-Men287$1.25Marvel
5657Spawn4$1.95Malibu
5785X-Factor84$1.50Marvel
5858Spawn6$1.95Malibu
59125X-Force8$1.25Marvel
60129Uncanny X-Men289$1.25Marvel
6122Youngblood4$2.50Malibu
62130Uncanny X-Men298$1.25Marvel
63135Uncanny X-Men288$1.25Marvel
6441X-Men Annual1$2.25Marvel
6525Batman: Shadow of the Bat1 Collector Set$2.50DC
66139Uncanny X-Men292$1.25Marvel
67140X-Force10$1.25Marvel
68141Uncanny X-Men291$1.25Marvel
69142Spider-Man 20993$1.25Marvel
70145X-Force11$1.25Marvel
71146Uncanny X-Men290$1.25Marvel
7261Wetworks2$1.95Malibu
7362Spawn5$1.95Malibu
7427Ghost Rider31$2.50Marvel
7528Youngblood3$2.50Malibu
76149X-Force9$1.25Marvel
77150X-Force13$1.25Marvel
7820Nightstalkers1$2.75Marvel
7931Infinity War2$2.50Marvel
80156X-Force14$1.25Marvel
81108X-Factor85$1.50Marvel
8271Shadowhawk1$1.95Malibu
83158X-Force15$1.25Marvel
8435Ghost Rider28$2.50Marvel
85161Uncanny X-Men293$1.25Marvel
8624Ghost Rider25$2.75Marvel
87166X-Force12$1.25Marvel
8846Silver Surfer75$2.50Marvel
89171Spider-Man 20994$1.25Marvel
9079Youngblood: Battlezone1$1.95Malibu
91177X-Force19$1.25Marvel
9248Incredible Hulk400$2.50Marvel
9376Silver Sable1$2.00Marvel
94182X-Men: The Animated Series1$1.25Marvel
9551Infinity War4$2.50Marvel
96185Amazing Spider-Man374$1.25Marvel
9763Uncanny X-Men Annual16$2.25Marvel
9881Savage Dragon1$1.95Malibu
9965X-Force Annual1$2.25Marvel
10059Infinity War3$2.50Marvel
101143Cage1$1.50Marvel
10284Supreme4$1.95Malibu
103101Spider-Man 209923$1.75Marvel
104112Spider-Man 209924$1.75Marvel
105114Stryfe's Strike File1$1.75Marvel
106115Death's Head II1$1.75Marvel
10791Operation: Urban Storm1$1.95Malibu
10837Web of Spider-Man90$2.95Marvel
109200Superman: The Man of Steel19$1.25DC
110157Lobo's Back1$1.50DC
111201Doom 2099 2$1.25Marvel
11238Predator vs. Magnus Robot Fighter1$2.95Dark Horse
113203Amazing Spider-Man363$1.25Marvel
114116Spider-Man 25$1.75Marvel
11595Brigade2$1.95Malibu
116121Ghost Rider26$1.75Marvel
117122Ghost Rider: Spirits of Vengeance1$1.75Marvel
11856Darkhold1$2.75Marvel
11997Cyberforce4$1.95Malibu
120126Spider-Man22$1.75Marvel
12199Shadowhawk4$1.95Malibu
12269Infinity War5$2.50Marvel
123102Cyberforce3$1.95Malibu
124104Supreme2$1.95Malibu
125131Spider-Man21$1.75Marvel
126133Ghost Ridger29$1.75Marvel
12772Youngblood1$2.50Malibu
128134Spider-Man20$1.75Marvel
12973Infinity War6$2.50Marvel
13053Spectacular Spider-Man189$2.95Marvel
131109Cyberforce2$1.95Malibu
132111Shadowhawk3$1.95Malibu
13375Robin III1$2.50DC
134144Spider-Man27$1.75Marvel
13577Eclipso: The Darkness Within1$2.50DC
136119Shadowhawk2$1.95Malibu
137120Supreme3$1.95Malibu
138123Brigade3$1.95Malibu
139237Amazing Spider-Man366$1.25Marvel
140238X-Factor87$1.25Marvel
141128Brigade4$1.95Malibu
142159Spider-Man28$1.75Marvel
143160Ghost Ridger27$1.75Marvel
144163Wolverine60$1.75Marvel
14583Youngblood3$2.50Malibu
146164Wolverine61$1.75Marvel
147249X-Factor76$1.25Marvel
148251Amazing Spider-Man367$1.25Marvel
149169Wolverine55$1.75Marvel
150170Wolverine62$1.75Marvel
151106X-Factor Annual7$2.25Marvel
152173Ghost Rider30$1.75Marvel
153174Spider-Man29$1.75Marvel
154253Amazing Spider-Man368$1.25Marvel
155175Punisher War Zone2$1.75Marvel
156176Wolverine58$1.75Marvel
157148Savage Dragon3$1.95Malibu
158178Ravage 20992$1.75Marvel
159254Amazing Spider-Man373$1.25Marvel
160255Superman76$1.25DC
161256Web of Spider-Man95$1.25Marvel
162179Wolverine63$1.75Marvel
163180Ghost Rider: Spirits of Vengeance3$1.75Marvel
164153Savage Dragon vs. the Savage Megaton Man0$1.95Malibu
165183Wolverine56$1.75Marvel
166184Wolverine57$1.75Marvel
167186Wolverine59$1.75Marvel
168263Superman: Man of Steel20$1.25DC
169187Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits4$1.75Marvel
170218Batman: Shadow of the Bat1$1.50DC
171188Wolverine65$1.75Marvel
172267Superman75$1.25DC
17382Adventures of Superman499$1.25DC
174269Punisher75$2.75Marvel
175189Wolverine66$1.75Marvel
176191Wolverine54$1.75Marvel
177192Spider-Man30$1.75Marvel
178221Marvel Comics Presents100$1.50Marvel
179162Savage Dragon2$1.95Malibu
180272Amazing Spider-Man369$1.25Marvel
181273Action Comics686$1.25DC
182193Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits5$1.75Marvel
183281Amazing Spider-Man362$1.25Marvel
184230Lobo: Infanticide1$1.50DC
185195Wolverine64$1.75Marvel
186196Warlock & The Infinity Watch2$1.75Marvel
187282Amazing Spider-Man364$1.25Marvel
188197Wolverine 52$1.75Marvel
18980Predator vs. Magnus Robot Fighter2$2.95Dark Horse
190198Wolverine53$1.75Marvel
191283Adventures of Superman498$1.25DC
192285X-Factor78$1.25Marvel
193107Bloodshot2$2.50Valiant
194136Amazing Spider-Man Anniversary26$2.25Marvel
195290Amazing Spider-Man372$1.25Marvel
196202Spider-Man31$1.75Marvel
197291X-Facotr79$1.25Marvel
198294X-Factor77$1.25Marvel
199296X-Factor81$1.25Marvel
200204Death's Head II vs. Killpower: Battle Tide0$1.75Marvel
201242Lobo's Back2$1.50DC
202299Ravage 20993$1.25Marvel
203205Morbius2$1.75Marvel
204305Amazing Spider-Man371$1.25Marvel
205247Batman: Shadow of the Bat2$1.50DC
206206Punisher War Zone3$1.75Marvel
207307Amazing Spider-Man361$1.25Marvel
208308X-Factor82$1.25Marvel
209309X-Factor80$1.25Marvel
210207Ghost Rider32$1.75Marvel
211311Amazing Spider-Man370$1.25Marvel
212315Batman: Gotham Nights1$1.25DC
21390Doctor Strange50$2.95Marvel
214318X-Factor83$1.25Marvel
215214Ghost Rider33$1.75Marvel
216257Lobo: Blazing Chain of Love1$1.50DC
217216Punisher War Zone4$1.75Marvel
218217Green Lantern & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance6$1.75Marvel
219132Robin III2$2.50DC
220323Action Comics685$1.25DC
221194Nomad1$2.00Marvel
222137Punisher War Journal50$2.50Marvel
223226Death's Head II2$1.75Marvel
224266Lobo's Back3$1.50DC
225227Ghsot Rider23$1.75Marvel
226228Warlock & The Infinity Watch5$1.75Marvel
227147Next Men1$2.50Dark Horse
228231Warlock & The Infinity Watch3$1.75Marvel
229333Web of Spider-Man96$1.25Marvel
230334X-Men: The Animated Series2$1.25Marvel
231232Ghost Rider34$1.75Marvel
232233Batman: Sword of Azrael1$1.75DC
233234Morbius3$1.50Marvel
234235Ghost Rider24$1.75Marvel
235279Lobo's Back4$1.50DC
236152Robocop vs. Terminator1$2.50Dark Horse
237154New Warriors25$2.50Marvel
238239Warlock & The Infinity Watch4$1.50Marvel
239155Robin III3$2.50DC
240284Lobo's Back3$1.50DC
241244Warlock & The Infinity Watch6$1.75Marvel
242245Punisher War Zone5$1.75Marvel
243289Lobo's Back4$1.50DC
244340Amazing Spider-Man360$1.25Marvel
245342Punisher61$1.25Marvel
246248Shadow Riders1$1.75Marvel
247349Silver Surfer69$1.25Marvel
248350Silver Surfer67$1.25Marvel
249165Robin III4$2.50DC
250215Fantastic Four371$2.00Marvel
251602Unity0$.00Valiant
25244Batman vs. Predator3$4.95DC
253220Night Thrasher: Four Control1$2.00Marvel
254168Robin III5$2.50DC
255310Lobo: Infanticide2$1.50DC
256259Punisher War Zone6$1.75Marvel
257260Death's Head II3$1.75Marvel
258172H.A.R.D. Corps1$2.50Valiant
259365Silver Sable2$1.25Marvel
260366Cage3$1.25Marvel
261181Youngblood2$2.50Malibu
262370Incredible Hulk396$1.25Marvel
263265Warlock & The Infinity Watch8$1.75Marvel
264270Deathlok9$1.75Marvel
265138Spectacular Spider-Man (2nd Prntg)189$2.95Marvel
266325Batman: Shadow of the Bat3$1.50DC
267380Punisher62$1.25Marvel
268383Incredible Hulk395$1.25Marvel
269190Iron Man288$2.50Marvel
270385Cage2$1.25Marvel
271388Batman Adventures1$1.25DC
272278Warlock & The Infinity Watch7$1.75Marvel
273210Captain America400$1.25Marvel
27470Archer & Armstrong: Eternal Warrior8$1.50Valiant
275151Dracula1$1.75Topps
276396Silver Surfer68$1.25Marvel
277286Punisher War Zone7$1.75Marvel
278398X-Men Adventures3$1.25Marvel
279336Batman: Shadow of the Bat4$1.50DC
280288Morbius4$1.75Marvel
281402Incredible Hulk397$1.25Marvel
282199Guardians of the Galaxy 25$2.50Marvel
283222Web of Spider-Man Annual8$2.25Marvel
284223Spectacular Spider-Man Annual12$2.25Marvel
285407Punisher 64$1.25Marvel
286411New Warriors27$1.25Marvel
287412Silver Sable4$1.25Marvel
288301Death's Head II vs. Killpower: Battle Tide2$1.75Marvel
289415Incredible Hulk391$1.25Marvel
290262Splitting Image1$1.95Malibu
291306Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance7$1.75Marvel
292418Darkhawk13$1.25Marvel
293345Lobo: Infanticide3$1.50DC
294422Silver Sable3$1.25Marvel
295423Punisher63$1.25Marvel
296428Incredible Hulk401$1.25Marvel
297167Web of Spider-Man90$2.95Marvel
298430Incredible Hulk398$1.25Marvel
299313Warlock & The Infinity Watch9$1.75Marvel
300236X-O Manowar14$2.25Valiant






1992 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Ordered By North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

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The Punisher: G-Force graphic novel was the top seller of the year in a category that was, at the time, a catchall of all the higher-priced items.

This list has all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see an item, Diamond did not rank it.

Follow the links to search for each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
17Punisher: G-Force$4.95Marvel
21Harbinger$9.95Valiant
39Batman vs. Predator$5.95DC/Dark Horse
410Spider-Man / Dr. Strange: The Way To Dusty Death$6.95Marvel
522Silver Surfer: First Coming of Galactus$5.95Marvel
642Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
712Batman/Dracula: Red Rain$9.95DC
828Spider-Man /X-Force: Sabotage$6.95Marvel
945Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
1046Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
1147Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
1253Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
132Batman: Night Cries HC$24.95DC
1460Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
1562Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
1661Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
1764Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
1818Punisher, Black Widow: Spinning Doomsday's web$9.95Marvel
193Batman: Birth of the Demon HC$24.95DC
2069Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
2163Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.95Marvel
2244Fantastic Four$5.95Marvel
2376Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
246X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda$19.95Marvel
2555Who's Who Update 1993 Vol. 1$5.95DC
2657Who's Who Update 1993 Vol. 2$5.95DC
274Star Trek: Debt of Honor$24.95DC
288Wolverine: Weapon X HC$19.95Marvel
2914Cable$5.95Marvel
3039Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Snow Goons$8.95Andrews McMeel
3178Batman/Dredd: Judgement on Gotham$5.95DC
3229Spider-Man: Fear Itself$12.95Marvel
3323Sin City$15.00Dark Horse
3425Spider-Man: Origin of Hobgoblin$14.95Marvel
35118Impact Comics Who's Who$4.95DC
3636Spider-Man: Torment$12.95Marvel
37137Gregory II$4.95DC
3816Sandman: Season of Mists$19.95DC
39148Alien: The Illustrated Story$3.95Dark Horse
4038Lobo's Greatest Hits$12.95DC
4137Spider-Man: Assassination Plot$14.95Marvel
4221Infinity Gauntlet$19.95Marvel
43154Many Deaths of Batman$3.95DC
4434Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Vol. 2$16.95DC
4579Carl Barks Library Album$8.95Gladstone
4630Secret War$19.95Marvel
4731Marvel Comics Try-Out Book$19.95Marvel
4887Carl Barks Library Album #6$8.95Gladstone
4978Primal: From the Cradle to the Grave$9.95Dark Horse
5013Sandman: Season of Mists HC$29.95DC

The top sellers from Diamond from each month of the year are here:

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The top sellers from Capital City from each month of the year are here:

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