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1993 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


An industry which began in 1935 reached its sales pinnacle in 1993, with a record number of comic books selling for a record number of dollars. Thousands of comics shops ordered tens of millions of comic books a month, peaking in April with 48 million comic books moved to the Direct Market. But many of those books were for the speculator market, and many were never sold to consumers. The number of shops had swollen due to the easy credit terms offered by a dozen different distributors carrying all publishers' products; approximately 11,000 accounts were ordering comics, although the number of stores was smaller.

Many of the comics ordered in the year were never paid for, as failing retailers began leaving the scene just as fast as they entered it. The bubble had popped, but it would be 1994 before the downturn would become painfully obvious. The crash of the 1990s was underway.

The two largest distributors, Diamond Comic Distributors and Capital City Distribution, split on what they said the top-selling comic book for the year was: Diamond had Action #687, while Capital had Adventures of Superman #500 in the top spot. But Diamond had split up the variants into separate listings, so really Adventures was the top book for it, too. That issue began the storyline bringing Superman back from the dead, and the top four slots of the year were all issues from that storyline.

Diamond's Top Sellers for the year can be found immediately below. Diamond and Capital's monthly top-sellers can be found at the bottom of the page. Diamond did not publish aggregated unit shares for the year, only dollar shares; these appear in the column at left, along with Capital City's unit and dollar shares.

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.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisher
1Action Comics687 Collector's Ed.$1.95DC
2Adventures of Superman501 Collector's Ed.$1.95DC
3Superman78 Collector's Ed.$1.95DC
4Superman: The Man of Steel22 Collector's Ed.$1.95DC
5Adventures of Superman500 Collector's Ed.$2.95DC
6Turok: Dinosaur Hunter1$3.50Valiant
7Batman500 Collector's Ed.$3.95DC
8Darker Image1$2.50Malibu
9Deatblow1$2.50Image
10Deatmate Prologue0$2.95Valiant
11Stormwatch1$1.95Malibu
12Maxx1$1.95Image
13Spawn11$1.95Image
14Uncanny X-Men300$3.95Marvel
15Spawn8$1.95Malibu
16Youngblood: Strike File1$2.50Image
17Spawn12$1.95Image
18Cable1$3.50Marvel
19Superman 82 Collector's Ed.$3.50DC
20Spawn10$1.95Malibu
21Amazing Spider-Man375$3.95Marvel
22Spider-Man Unlimited1$3.95Marvel
23Cyberforce4$2.50Malibu
24Magnus: Robot Fighter25$2.95Valiant
25Spawn9$1.95Malibu
26Adventures of Superman500 Newsstand Ed.$2.50DC
27Stormwatch2$1.95Image
28X-Men 20991$1.50Marvel
29Tribe1$2.50Image
30Spectacular Spider-Man200$2.95Marvel
31Pitt1$1.95Malibu
32Adventures of Superman505 Collector's Ed.$2.50DC
33Brigade: The Series1$1.95Image
34Shadowhawk II: The Secret Revealed1$1.95Image
35X-Men25$3.50Marvel
36WildC.A.T.S. Trilogy1$2.50Image
37Shadowhawk II1$3.50Image
38X-O Manowar0$3.50Valiant
39Bloodstrike1$2.50Image
40Brigade: The Series4$2.50Malibu
41Uncanny X-Men304$3.95Marvel
42Web of Spider-Man100$2.95Marvel
43Spawn15$1.95Image
44Venom2$2.95Marvel
45Venom3$2.95Marvel
46Rai & The Future Force9$2.50Valiant
47Pitt2$1.95Malibu
48Sabretooth1$2.95Marvel
49Shadowhawk3$2.50Malibu
501963: Mystery, Inc.1$1.95Image
51Savage Dragon1$1.95Image
52Wildstar: Sky Zero1$2.50Malibu
53Union1$2.50Image
54Deathmate Yellow0$4.95Valiant
55Deathmate Black0$4.95Image
56Venom4$2.95Marvel
57Deathmate Blue0$4.95Valiant
58Stormwatch3$1.95Image
59X-Factor92$3.50Marvel
60Spawn13$1.95Image
61Spawn14$1.95Image
62Maxx2$1.95Image
63Plasm1$2.95Defiant
64Secret Weapons1$2.25Valiant
65Wolverine75$3.95Marvel
66X-Men Unlimited1$3.95Marvel
67Superman77$1.25DC
68X-Force25$3.50Marvel
69Spawn16$1.95Image
70Spawn7$1.95Malibu
71Superman: The Man of Steel21$1.25DC
72Venom: Funeral Pyre1$2.95Marvel
73Cyberforce0$1.95Image
74Brigade 2$2.95Image
75Superman79$1.50DC
76Superman: The Man of Steel23$1.50DC
77Adventures of Superman502$1.50DC
78Secret Defenders1$2.50Marvel
79Action Comics688$1.50DC
80Shaman's Tears1$2.50Image
81X-Men26$1.25Marvel
82Bloodstrike2$1.95Image
83X-Men18$1.25Marvel
84Action Comics689$1.50DC
85The Maxx3$1.95Image
86Batman497$1.25DC
87Youngblood Yearbook1$2.50Image
88Deathmate Epilogue0$2.95Image
89X-Men19$1.25Marvel
90Venom5$2.95Marvel
91X-Men24$1.25Marvel
92Infinity Crusade1$3.50Marvel
93Turok: Dinosaur Hunter2$2.50Valiant
94Tribe2$1.95Axis
95Uncanny X-Men308$1.25Marvel
96Gambit1$2.50Marvel
97X-Men28$1.25Marvel
98Adventures of Superman501 Newsstand Ed.$1.50DC
99Uncanny X-Men303$1.25Marvel
100Action Comics687 Newsstand Ed.$1.50DC
101Uncanny X-Men299$1.25Marvel
102Superman78 Newsstand Ed.$1.50DC
103Stormwatch0$2.50Image
104Superman22 Newsstand Ed.$1.50DC
105X-Men27$1.25Marvel
106X-Men20$1.25Marvel
107Brigade0$1.95Image
108Wildstar: Sky Zero2$1.95Malibu
109Prophet1$2.50Image
110Uncanny X-Men298$1.25Marvel
111Magnus: Robot Fighter24$2.25Valiant
112X-Men23$1.25Marvel
113Amazing Spider-Man378$1.25Marvel
114WildC.A.T.S. Trilogy2$1.95Image
115Uncanny X-Men307$1.25Marvel
116Youngblood: Strike File2$2.50Image
117X-Men 20992$1.25Marvel
118Hellstorm1$2.95Marvel
119Youngblood: Battlezone1$1.95Malibu
120Wolverine73$1.75Marvel
121Cyberforce1$1.95Image
122X-Men21$1.25Marvel
123Second Life of Doctor Mirage1$2.50Valiant
124Cable2$2.00Marvel
125Uncanny X_Men305$1.25Marvel
126Venom6$2.95Marvel
127Uncanny X-Men306$1.25Marvel
128Batman498$1.25DC
129Ninjak1$3.50Valiant
130Fantastic Four375$2.95Marvel
131Uncanny X-Men301$1.25Marvel
132X-Men22$1.25Marvel
133Shadowhawk3$2.95Image
134Deadpool1$2.50Marvel
135Thunderstrike1$2.95Marvel
136Deathblow2$1.75Image
137Adventures of Superman503$1.50DC
138Action Comics690$1.50DC
139Batman501$1.50DC
140Superman: The Man of Steel24$1.50DC
141Superman80$1.50DC
142Spider-Man Unlimited35$1.75Marvel
143Savage Dragon2$2.95Image
144Team Youngblood1$1.95Image
145Detective Comics665$1.25DC
146Detective Comics666$1.25DC
147Uncanny X-Men302$1.25Marvel
148Batman499$1.25DC
149Web of Spider-Man101$1.25Marvel
150X-Force20$1.25Marvel
151Image Swimsuit Special1$1.95Malibu
152Amazing Spider-Man380$1.25Marvel
153Supreme3$1.95Malibu
154Amazing Spider-Man379$1.25Marvel
155WildC.A.T.S.5$1.95Image
156X-Force21$1.25Marvel
157X-Men 20993$1.25Marvel
158Uncanny X-Men309$1.25Marvel
159Youngblood: Strike File3$2.50Image
160Spider-Man Unlimited2$3.95Marvel
161X-Force26$1.25Marvel
162Legacy of Superman1$2.50DC
163Catwoman1$1.95DC
164Rai & The Future Force10$2.25Valiant
165Superman: The Man of Steel25$1.50DC
166Punisher 20992$1.25Marvel
167Stormwatch4$1.95Image
168Spectacular Spider-Man201$1.25Marvel
169Spider-Man 20995$1.25Marvel
170Batman502$1.50DC
171Detective Comics667$1.25DC
1722099 Unlimited1$3.95Marvel
173Venom: The Madness1$2.95Marvel
174Youngblood : Strike File4$2.50Image
175Supemran81$1.50DC
176Uncanny X-Men Annual17$2.95Marvel
1771963: The Fury2$1.95Image
178Spider-Man37$1.75Marvel
179Adventures of Superman504$1.50DC
180Superman: The Man of Steel26$2.95DC
181Spider-Man36$1.95Marvel
182Silver Surfer/Warlock: Ressurection1$1.75Marvel
183Superpatriot1$1.50Image
184Union2$1.50Image
185Bloodshot5$1.75Valiant
186WildC.A.T.S.6$2.50Image
187Maxx5$1.95Image
188Cable4$1.95Marvel
189Bloodstrike4$2.25Image
190Action Comics691$1.95DC
191Rai & The Future Force11$1.95Valiant
192WildC.A.T.S. Sourcebook1$2.00Image
193Aliens vs. Predator: Deadlies of the Species1$1.95Dark Horse
194Shaman's Tears2$1.50Image
195Batman496$2.25DC
196Turok: Dinosaur Hunter3$2.50Valiant
197Avengers363$2.95Marvel
198Avengers360$2.95Marvel
199Spider-Man 20996$1.25Marvel
200Trencher1$1.95Image
201Web of Spider-Man103$1.25Marvel
202Cyberforce3$1.95Malibu
203Cable3$2.00Marvel
204Iron Man290$2.95Marvel
205Death: High Cost of Living1$1.95DC
206Showcase 938$1.95DC
207X-Men 20994$1.25Marvel
208X-Factor94$1.25Marvel
209Showcase 9393$1.95DC
210Spectacular Spider-Man203$1.25Marvel
211Bloodshot6$2.25Valiant
212Maxx4$1.95Image
213H.A.R.D. Corps7$2.25Valiant
214Spider-Man 20997$1.25Marvel
215Savage Dragon3$1.95Image
216Sabretooth2$2.95Marvel
217Detective Comics 668$1.25DC
218X-Force28$1.25Marvel
219Detective Comics664$1.25DC
220Batman500$2.50DC
221X-Force23$1.25Marvel
222Web of Spider-Man102$1.25Marvel
223X-Force22$1.25Marvel
224X-Men Unlimited2$3.95Marvel
225Arcadia Week One: X0$1.00Dark Horse
226Action Comics692$1.50DC
227Detective Comics669$1.50DC
228Brigade3$1.95Image
229Detective Comics663$1.25DC
230Cyberforce2$1.95Malibu
231X-Force24$1.25Marvel
232X-Force27$1.25Marvel
233Solar, Man of the Atom25$2.25Valiant
234Wolverine69$1.75Marvel
235Superman84$1.50DC
236Plasm2$2.95Defiant
237Robin 1 Collector's Ed.$2.95DC
238Venom: Funeral Pyre2$2.95Marvel
239Bloodstrike3$1.95Image
240Solar, Man of the Atom22$2.25Valiant
241Solar, Man of the Atom23$2.25Valiant
242Sabretooth3$2.95Marvel
243Secret Weapons2$2.25Valiant
244X-Force29$1.25Marvel
245Shadowhawk4$1.95Malibu
246Adventures of Superman507$1.50DC
247Magnus: Robot Fighter26$2.25Valiant
248X-Men Unlimited3$3.95Marvel
249Brigade4$1.95Image
250Spider-Man 20998$1.25Marvel
251Harbinger19$2.50Valiant
252Savage Dragon4$1.95Image
253Harbinger18$2.50Valiant
254Maxx6$1.95Image
255X-Men Annual2$2.95Marvel
256Vanguard1$1.95Image
257Superman: The Man of Steel28$1.50DC
258Superman85$1.50DC
259Adventures of Superman508$1.50DC
260X-Force30$1.25Marvel
261Supreme4$1.95Image
262Batman503$1.50DC
263Punisher 20993$1.25Marvel
264X-O Manowar18$2.25Valiant
265Spectacular Spider-Man202$1.25Marvel
266Shadowhawk III1$1.95Image
267Gambit2$2.00Marvel
268Action Comics694$1.50DC
269Darkhawk25$2.95Marvel
270Wild Thing1$2.50Marvel
271Eternal Warrior12$2.25Valiant
272Bloodstrike5$1.95Image
273Superman: The Man of Steel Annual2$2.50DC
274X-Factor 89$1.25Marvel
275Brigade3$1.95Malibu
276Punisher 209975$2.75Marvel
277Wolverine76$1.75Marvel
278Doom 20993$1.25Marvel
279Amazing Spider-Man382$1.25Marvel
280Stormwatch5$1.95Image
281X-Factor88$1.25Marvel
282Amazing Spider-Man Annual27$2.95Marvel
283Excalibur71$3.95Marvel
284Shadowman15$2.50Valiant
285Namor the Sub-Mariner37$2.00Marvel
286Spider-Man 20999$1.25Marvel
287Supreme2$1.95Malibu
288Sabretooth4$2.95Marvel
289X-O Manowar17$2.25Valiant
290Savage Dragon vs. Savage Megaton Man1$1.95Malibu
291Superman: The Man of Steel29$1.50DC
292Wolverine68$1.75Marvel
293Bloodshot8$2.25Valiant
294Bloodshot7$2.25Valiant
295Venom: Funeral Pyre3$2.95Marvel
296Detective Comics670$1.50DC
297H.A.R.D. Corps8$2.25Valiant
298Superman83$1.50DC
299Image Plus1$2.25Image
300Eternal Warrior11$2.25Valiant






1993 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

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

#1 #2 #3 #4

Very early days for the graphic novel business, but the WildC.A.T.S collection proved a winner for Image.

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.

UnitsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
1WildC.A.T.S$9.95Image
2Batman/Houdini: Devil's Workshop$5.95DC
3 X-O Manowar: Retribution$9.95Valiant
4Batman: Legend of the Dark Knight Halloween Special$6.95DC
5X-Men Survival Guide to the Mansion$6.95Marvel
6RAI$11.95Valiant
7Wolverine: Blood Hungry$6.95Marvel
8Savage Dragon$9.95Image
9Batman: Sword of Azrael$9.95DC
10Warriors of Plasm: Home for the Holidays$5.95Defiant
11Spider-Man/Punisher: Designer Genes$8.95Marvel
12Star Wars: Dark Empire$16.95Dark Horse
13Venom Death Trap: The Vault$6.95Marvel
14Spider-Man: Carnage$6.95Marvel
15Shadow Hawk: Out of the Shadows$19.95Image
16Ren & Stimpy: Running Joke$12.95Marvel
17Batman: Dark Joker The Wild HC$24.95DC
18Batman: The Collected Adventures$5.95DC
19Spider-Man: Venom Returns$12.95Marvel
20Superman: Panic in the Sky$9.95DC
21Marvel Universe Master Ed.$4.50Marvel
22Valiant Era$13.95Valiant
23Monster Massacre$7.95Atomeka
24Marvel Universe Master Ed.$4.95Marvel
25Marvel Universe Master Ed.$4.95Marvel

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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