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1994 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 industry went into freefall in 1994, with more than 1,000 accounts closing in January. The drumbeat of retail closures sent shockwaves through the system, hitting distributors and publishers alike. Marvel bought Malibu, removing one of the Big Six publishers.

By the end of 1994, forces were set in motion that would end the time of multiple distributors, as Marvel bought Heroes World Distribution the last week of the year.

In 1994, comics were sold to comics shops by several different major distributors who carried all publishers' comics. Diamond Comic Distributors and Capital City Distribution were the largest of them; 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.

Diamond's reported top-seller is a puzzler, as Violator #1 only placed third in the month of its release — behind Spawn #22, which appears ninth below — and Capital City ranked it only 23rd for the year. Either there were many reorders exclusive to Diamond, or the ranking is in error. Capital ranked Generation X #1 in first and Spawn/Batman second, and as the latter book had the same rank at Diamond, Spawn/Batman is likely the top seller for the year in the Direct Market. Diamond's #3 book, Codename: Stryke Force #1, didn't appear in Capital's list at all.

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
17Violator1$1.95Image
21Spawn/Batman0$3.95Image
38Codename: Stryke Force1$2.95Image
417X-Men30$1.95Marvel
519Spawn17$1.95Image
625Spawn18$1.95Image
73Generation X1$3.95Marvel
829Spawn21$1.95Image
932Spawn22$1.95Image
1015Gen 131$2.50Image
1134Spawn23$1.95Image
1272X-Men35$1.50Marvel
139X-Men36 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
1437Spawn24$1.95Image
1538Uncanny X-Men310$1.95Marvel
1610X-Men37 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
1742Wetworks1$1.95Image
1812Uncanny X-Men316 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
1992X-Men34$1.50Marvel
202Batman-Spawn War Devil1$4.95DC
2195X-Men33$1.50Marvel
2298Uncanny X-Men315$1.50Marvel
2346Spawn25$1.95Image
24145X-Men31$1.25Marvel
25106X-Men32$1.50Marvel
2649Beavis & Butt-Head1$1.95Marvel
2753Spawn20$1.95Image
2816Uncanny X-Men317 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
2955Spawn19$1.95Image
30114Uncanny X-Men314$1.50Marvel
31115Zero Hour Crisis in Time4$1.50DC
3257X-Men40 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
334Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey1$4.95DC
34169Uncanny X-Men311$1.25Marvel
3559X-Men38 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
36121Uncanny X-Men313$1.50Marvel
37122Uncanny X-Men312$1.50Marvel
3865X-Men39 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
39133Zero Hour Crisis in Time3$1.50DC
4013Wolverine85$2.50Marvel
41136Zero Hour Crisis in Time0$1.50DC
4273Uncanny X-Men318 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
4374Code Name: Stryke Force1$1.95Image
445Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey3$4.95DC
4580Generation X 2 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
4681Violator2$1.95Image
4782Uncanny X-Men319 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
486Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey2$4.95DC
4984Uncanny X-Men320 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
5085Cyberforce2$1.95Image
5189WildC.A.T.S7$2.50Image
5290Wetworks2$1.95Image
5394Wolverine84$1.95Marvel
5496Gen 130$2.50Image
55167Batman-Spawn War Devil1$4.95DC
56104Generation X3 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
57170Zero Hour Crisis in Time1$1.50DC
58172Zero Hour Crisis in Time2$1.50DC
59173Steel1$1.50DC
6033Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix1$2.95Marvel
6152WildC.A.T.S11$2.50Image
62110Wolverine86$3.50Marvel
63185Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey0$1.50DC
6435X-Factor100$2.95Marvel
65112Wetworks3$1.95Image
6636Rogue1$2.95Marvel
67190Action Comics696$1.50DC
68117Wolverine83$1.95Marvel
69193Superman The Man of Steel0$1.50DC
7040Action Comics700$2.95DC
7161WildC.A.T.S10$2.50Image
7263WildC.A.T.S12$2.50Image
7364WildC.A.T.S13$2.50Image
74123Wolverine87 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
75200Action Comics0$1.50DC
76126Wolverine89 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
77203Adventures of Superman0$1.50DC
78291X-Force31$1.25Marvel
79128Wolverine88 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
80131Pitt5$1.95Image
8144Bishop1$2.95Marvel
82134Wolverine82$1.95Marvel
8369Wetworks4$1.95Image
8445Amazing Spider-Man388 Collector's Ed.$2.95Marvel
8570WildC.A.T.S14$2.50Image
8671Batman vs Predator II: Bloodmatch1$2.50DC
87165Wolverine79$1.75Marvel
8875Cyberforce8$1.95Image
89138Pitt3$1.95Image
9048X-Force38 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
91139Gen 13 (miniseries)5$1.95Image
92141Wolverine81$1.95Marvel
93215Detective Comics0$1.50DC
94137Gambit4$2.00Marvel
95219Superman87$1.50DC
96144Hellshock1$1.95Image
9722X-Men Unlimited4$3.95Marvel
98229Adventures of Superman510$1.50DC
99358X-Force32$1.25Marvel
10087Team 71$2.50Image
101361X-Men 20996$1.25Marvel
102148Cyberforce3$1.95Image
103186Wolverine80$1.75Marvel
104150Gen 13 (miniseries)4$1.95Image
10511Batman Punisher Lake of Fire0$4.95DC
10656X-Factor106 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
107244Action Comics697$1.50DC
10897WildC.A.T.S8$2.50Image
109158Stormwatch7$1.95Image
110159Pitt6$1.95Image
11158Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix2$2.95Marvel
112160WildC.A.T.S15$1.95Image
113255Action Comics701$1.50DC
11460X-Men Annual3$2.95Marvel
115257Superman The Man of Steel37$1.50DC
116101Batman509$1.50DC
117103WildC.A.T.S9$2.50Image
118164Pitt4$1.95Image
119259Adventures of Superman514$1.50DC
12027X-Men Unlimited6$3.95Marvel
121414X-Force33$1.25Marvel
122166Batman Shadow of the Bat0$1.95DC
123264Superman93$1.50DC
124265Batman505$1.50DC
125273Adventures of Superman516$1.50DC
126275X-Force37$1.50Marvel
127440X-Men 20997$1.25Marvel
128281Batman510$1.50DC
129282Superman The Man of Steel31$1.50DC
130284Action Comics703$1.50DC
131175Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1$1.95Hamilton
13230X-Men Unlimited5$3.95Marvel
133176Batman Legends of the Dark Knight0$1.75DC
134290Superman88$1.50DC
135292Superman The Man of Steel35$1.50DC
136294Superman 92$1.50DC
137213Batman Legends of the Dark Knight63$1.75DC
138297X-Force34$1.50Marvel
139184Prophet3$1.95Image
140116Daredevil325$2.50Marvel
141300Adventures of Superman511$1.50DC
142187Cyberforce5$1.95Image
14376Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix3$2.95Marvel
144307Batman511$1.50DC
145308Batman512$1.50DC
146309Adventures of Superman515$1.50DC
147312X-Force35$1.50Marvel
148191Cyberforce6$1.95Image
149314Action Comics698$1.50DC
150315Green Lantern0$1.50DC
151316X-Force36$1.50Marvel
152147Ghost Rider 20991 Collector's Ed. $2.25Marvel
153318Superman The Man of Steel36$1.50DC
154120Gen 13 (miniseries)1$2.50Image
15579Amazing Spider-Man390 Collector's Ed.$2.95Marvel
156320X-Men 20998$1.50Marvel
157321Superman91$1.50DC
158149Ninjak2$2.25Valiant
15983Uncanny X-Men Annual18$2.95Marvel
160323Detective Comics677$1.50DC
161326Superman89$1.50DC
162329Superman90$1.50DC
163331Superman The Man of Steel32$1.50DC
164196Newmen3$1.95Image
165334Action Comics702$1.50DC
166337Detective Comics672$1.50DC
16786Bishop2$2.95Marvel
168338X-Men 209911$1.50Marvel
169339Adventures of Superman512$1.50DC
170340Superman The Man of Steel33$1.50DC
17188Detective Comics675 Collector's Ed.$2.95DC
172341Adventures of Superman513$1.50DC
173129Detective Comics676$1.50DC
174130Doom's IV1$2.50Image
17591Fantastic Four387 Collector's Ed.$2.95Marvel
176356Superman The Man of Steel34$1.50DC
177357X-Force39$1.50Marvel
178359X-Factor105$1.50Marvel
179205Maxx7$1.95Image
18018Punisher Batman Deadly Knights0$4.95Marvel
181369X-Men 20999$1.50Marvel
182370Action Comics699$1.50DC
183373Batman506$1.50DC
184207Savage Dragon7$1.95Image
185208Code Name: Stryke Force4$1.95Image
186378Superman94$1.50DC
187380X-Men 209910$1.50Marvel
188554X-Factor101$1.50Marvel
189211Cyberforce4$1.95Image
190102Green Lantern50$2.95DC
191392Superman The Man of Steel38$1.50DC
192105Spider-Man46 Collector's Ed.$2.75Marvel
193143Deadpool1$2.50Marvel
194401Action Comics704$1.50DC
195270Batman: Shadow of the Bat24$1.75DC
196107Marvels0$2.95Marvel
197402X-Factor102$1.50Marvel
198403Detective Comics678$1.50DC
199406Robin0$1.50DC
200216Cyberforce7$1.95Image
201146Batman vs Predator II: Bloodmatch2$2.50DC
202407Batman513$1.50DC
203409X-Men 209912$1.50Marvel
204220X-Force40 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
205419X-Factor104$1.50Marvel
20667Youngblood6$2.95Image
207223Beavis & Butt-Head2$1.95Marvel
208423Adventures of Superman517$1.50DC
20947X-Men Unlimited7$3.95Marvel
21068Shadowman0 Deluxe Ed.$2.50Valiant
211225Backlash1$1.95Image
212226X-Force41 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
213426X-Factor103$1.50Marvel
214153Deadpool2$2.50Marvel
215432Batman507$1.50DC
216111Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix4$2.95Marvel
217436Batman508$1.50DC
218232Batman Shadow of the Bat30$1.95DC
219233X-Force42 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
220444Detective Comics673$1.50DC
221445Superman95$1.50DC
22250Spider-Man50 Enchanted Cvr.$3.95Marvel
223238Rune1$1.95Malibu
224453Adventures of Superman518$1.50DC
225455X-Factor107$1.50Marvel
226457Action Comics705$1.50DC
227458Detective Comics679$1.50DC
228240Images of Shadowhawk3$1.95Image
229459Superboy2$1.50DC
230460Batman514$1.50DC
231461Superman The Man of Steel39$1.50DC
232630Amazing Spider-Man387$1.25Marvel
233247Black and White1$2.50Image
234161Youngblood8$2.95Image
235473Catwoman0$1.50DC
236162Team 72$2.50Image
237249Beavis & Butt-Head4$1.95Marvel
23877Excalibur75$3.50Marvel
239163Kindred4$2.50Image
240475Superboy0$1.50DC
241478Amazing Spider-Man392$1.50Marvel
242480X-Men 209913$1.50Marvel
243119Amazing Spider-Man394 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
244254Beavis & Butt-Head3$1.95Marvel
245488Amazing Spider-Man389$1.50Marvel
246258X-Factor108 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
247168Kindred1$2.50Image
248495Superman96$1.50DC
249262Hellshock2$1.95Image
250503Adventures of Supreman519$1.50DC
251174Prophet7$2.50Image
252266X-Factor109 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
253267X-Factor110 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
254269Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man1$1.95Tekno-Comix
255127Venom the Mace1$2.95Marvel
256271Savage Dragon8$1.95Image
257274Stormwatch8$1.95Image
258276Team Youngblood4$1.95Image
259278Code Name: Stryke Force2$1.95Image
260514Detective Comics680$1.50DC
261178Badrock & Company1$2.50Image
262371Batman: Shadow of the Bat25$1.75DC
263372Batman Legends of the Dark Knight62$1.75DC
264280Primortals1$1.95Tekno-Comix
265283WildC.A.T.S Adventures1$1.95Image
266519Superman The Man fo Steel40$4.95DC
267521Amazing Spider-Man395$1.50Marvel
268135Spider-Man 51 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
269525Detective Comics674$1.50DC
270287Prophet4$1.95Image
271212Amazing Spider-Man397$1.50Marvel
272532Detective Comics681$1.50DC
273296Beavis & Butt-Head6$1.95Marvel
274539Amazing Spider-Man391$1.50Marvel
275189Youngblood9$2.50Image
27699Cable 16 Enhanced Cvr.$2.00Marvel
277298Beavis & Butt-Head5$1.95Marvel
278540Robin8$1.50DC
279542X-Men 209914$1.50Marvel
280192Archie & Armstrong22$2.50Valiant
281303Maxx8$1.95Image
282286War Machine1$2.95Marvel
283305Hellshock3$1.95Image
284557Catwoman7$1.50DC
285560Catwoman12$1.50DC
286142Venom: The Enemy Within2$2.95Marvel
28720Marvels4$5.95Marvel
288108Stormwatch Yearbook1$3.50Image
289195Stormwatch25$2.50Image
290197Savage Dragon13$2.50Image
291574Steel2$1.50DC
292109Excalibur82 Enhanced Cvr.$3.50Marvel
293325Bloodstrike7$1.95Image
294327Batman Shadow of the Bat31$1.95DC
295580Robin9$1.50DC
296328Maxx9$1.95Image
297330Prophet6$1.95Image
298311Cable 9$2.00Marvel
299201Youngblood7$2.95Image
300588Supergirl2$1.50DC






1994 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

Superman: Under a Yellow Sun was the top-selling graphic novel of the year to Diamond retailers.

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
13Superman: Under a Yellow Sun$5.95DC
26Wolverine: Evilution$5.95Marvel
312Wolverine/Fury: Scorpio Rising$5.95Marvel
41Batman: Bloodstorm HC$24.95DC
531Cain/Vampirella Flip Book$6.95Harris
638Lady Death: The Reckoning$6.95Chaos
719Shadowman$9.95Valiant
820Solar Man of the Atom$9.95Valiant
965Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast$5.95DC
108Mr. Punch HC$24.95DC
1155Wolverine/Typhoid Mary: Typhoid's Kiss$6.95Marvel
1233Unity$10.95Valiant
1381Cyclops: Retribution $5.95Marvel
1427Complete Bone Adventures 2$12.95Cartoon
1573Punisher Invades the Nam: Final Invasion$6.95Marvel
1629Wolverine: Weapon X$12.95Marvel
1774Rogan Gosh$6.95DC
188Power of Shazam HC$19.95DC
1947Lois and Clark: New Adventures of Superman$9.95DC
2010Sandman: Brief Lives$19.95DC
2118Classic Star Wars Vol. One$15.95Dark Horse
2254Zero Hour: Crisis in Time$9.95DC
2311The Mystery Play HC$19.95DC
2428Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi$14.95Dark Horse
25118X-Men Adventures Vol. 2$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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