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1995 Comic Book Sales Figures
Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops as Reported by Capital City Distribution and Diamond Comic Distributors

At the beginning of 1995, comics sales to comics shops were handled by several different major distributors who carried all publishers' comics. At the end of 1994, Marvel bought Heroes World Distribution, and in 1995, it made Heroes World its exclusive distributor to comics shops. At the same time, Heroes World stopped distributing others' products.

This meant that, beginning in July 1995, Diamond Comic Distributors was no longer distributing Marvels. The sales rankings reflect this; Marvel is absent from the market shares. Capital City Distribution, through a legal settlement, delayed Marvel's departure until October 1995.

But Diamond signed first DC Comics, and then Image, Dark Horse, Acclaim, and other publishers to exclusive distribution arrangements — and so we see Capital's slate shrinking by the end of the year.

One result of this period of tumultuous change in the market is that no two distributors' monthly rankings look remotely alike as the year goes on, and it becomes difficult to reconcile the various charts to figure out what the real market leader was. Each distributor has its own #1, in some cases.  The Comics Chronicles lists each of the distributor sales charts separately.

Heroes World did publish Top 100 lists during the first
half of the year when it was independent; once Marvel bought it, no further sales charts were published. (Capital City ran projections of Marvel and DC comics rankings for a time after they were gone, explaining why Marvel titles still top its charts after June. After October, Capital only published dollar rankings for those titles it still had left.)

Follow these links to the rankings and, where available, estimates for preorders for the following distributors:

Diamond Comic Distributors rankings

January 1995
February 1995
March 1995
April 1995
May 1995
June 1995
July 1995
August 1995
September 1995
October 1995
November 1995
December 1995

Capital City Distribution rankings
(rankings for Marvel after June are their projections)
Pages for February through December are coming soon.

January 1995
February 1995
March 1995
April 1995
May 1995
June 1995
July 1995
August 1995
September 1995
October 1995
November 1995
no unit
sales data
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December 1995
no unit
sales data
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Diamond's final rankings for all comics and trade paperbacks during the year appear below. Diamond reported these issues without indexes allowing actual sales estimates to be calculated. You can find the first-month sales for these issues in the monthly charts; click one of the months above or use the search tool at the top of the page to find the specific issue. But note that those monthly numbers do not include reorders for the entire year; the rankings below do take the entire year's sales into account.

Further, note that since Diamond wasn't carrying Marvel in the second half of 1995 — and was carrying the enture industry's share of DC, Image, and Dark Horse books toward the end of the year — the figures seen below are distorted by a great degree. Many Marvel books simply aren't on the list, while many of the Diamond exclusives rank better against non-exclusives than was really the case.



Comic-book Title Issue       Price Publisher
1 DC vs. Marvel 1 $3.95 DC
2 X-Men Omega
$3.95 Marvel
3 Spawn 37 $1.95 Image
4 Mutants The Amazing X-Men 4 $1.95 Marvel
5 Spawn 32 $1.95 Image
6 Mutants The Astonishing X-Men 4 $1.95 Marvel
7 Mutants The Amazing X-Men 3 $1.95 Marvel
8 Spawn 38 $1.95 Image
9 Weapon X 4 $1.95 Marvel
10 Mutants The Astonishing X-Men 3 $1.95 Marvel
11 Mutants The Amazing X-Men 2 $1.95 Marvel
12 Mutants Generation Next 4 $1.95 Marvel
13 Gen 13 6 $2.50 Image
14 Mutants The Astonishing X-Men 2 $1.95 Marvel
15 Spawn 36 $1.95 Image
16 Mutants The Amazing X-Men 1 $1.95 Marvel
17 Weapon X 3 $1.95 Marvel
18 Spawn 34 $1.95 Image
19 Gambit & The X-Ternals 4 $1.95 Marvel
20 Weapon X 2 $1.95 Marvel
21 Gen 13 1 $2.95 Image
22 Spawn 35 $1.95 Image
23 Mutants Generation Next 3 $1.95 Marvel
24 Mutants The Astonishing X-Men 1 $1.95 Marvel
25 Spawn Blood Feud 1 $2.25 Image
26 Gambit & The X-Ternals 3 $1.95 Marvel
27 X-Men 42 $1.95 Marvel
28 Factor-X 4 $1.95 Marvel
29 X-Man 4 $1.95 Marvel
30 Spawn 27 $1.95 Image
31 X-Men 43 $1.95 Marvel
32 Weapon X 1 $1.95 Marvel
33 Gen 13 5 $2.50 Image
34 Batman Man-Bat 1 $4.95 DC
35 Spawn 33 $1.95 Image
36 Uncanny X-Men 322 $1.95 Marvel
37 Gen 13 4 $2.50 Image
38 Gambit & The X-Ternals 2 $1.95 Marvel
39 Factor-X 3 $1.95 Marvel
40 Mutants Generation Next 2 $1.95 Marvel
41 Superman 100 Collector's Ed. $3.95 DC
42 X-Men Chronicles 2 $3.95 Marvel
43 X-Men Prime 1 $4.95 Marvel
44 Lady Death in Lingerie 1 $2.95 Chaos
45 Spawn 31 $1.95 Image
46 X-Man 3 $1.95 Marvel
47 Spawn 28 $1.95 Image
48 Gen 13 3 $2.50 Image
49 Spawn Blood Feud 2 $2.25 Image
50 X-Calibre 4 $1.95 Marvel
51 X-Calibre 3 $1.95 Marvel
52 Cyblade/Shi Special: The Battle for Independents
$2.95 Image
53 Spawn 30 $1.95 Image
54 Mutants Generation Next 1 $1.95 Marvel
55 Uncanny X-Men 323 $1.95 Marvel
56 Spawn 29 $1.95 Image
57 Wolverine 91 $1.95 Marvel
58 Gen 13 2 Direct Market $2.50 Image
59 Spawn Blood Feud 3 $2.25 Image
60 Spawn Blood Feud 4 $2.25 Image
61 Factor-X 2 $1.95 Marvel
62 X-Man 2 $1.95 Marvel
63 X-Calibre 2 $1.95 Marvel
64 Violater vs. Badrock 2 $2.50 Image
65 X-Universe 1 $3.50 Marvel
66 Gambit & The X-Ternals 1 $1.95 Marvel
67 Shi/Cyblade Special 1 $2.95 Crusade
68 X-Universe 2 $3.50 Marvel
69 Factor-X 1 $1.95 Marvel
70 Generation X 6 $1.95 Marvel
71 Superman The Man of Steel 50 $2.95 DC
72 Generation X 5 $1.95 Marvel
73 Sovereign Seven 1 $1.95 DC
74 X-Man 5 $1.95 Marvel
75 X-Man 1 $1.95 Marvel
76 X-Man 6 $1.95 Marvel
77 Amazing Spider-Man 400 Enhanced $3.95 Marvel
78 X-Men Chronicles 1 $3.95 Marvel
79 Witchblade 1 $2.50 Image
80 Superman 106 $1.95 DC
81 Adventures of Superman 529 $1.95 DC
82 X-Calibre 1 $1.95 Marvel
83 Batman 525 $1.95 DC
84 Angela 2 $2.25 Image
85 Batman 524 $1.95 DC
86 Superman 107 $1.95 DC
87 Sovereign Seven 3 $1.95 DC
88 Action Comics 715 $1.95 DC
89 Lady Death II Between Heaven & Hell 1 $2.75 Chaos
90 Adventures of Superman 530 $1.95 DC
91 Action Comics 716 $1.95 DC
92 Green Lantern/Silver Surfer
$4.95 DC
93 X-Force 44 $1.95 Marvel
94 Superman The Man of Steel 51 $1.95 DC
95 Spider-Man 61 $1.95 Marvel
96 Glory/Avengelyne 1 $3.95 Image
97 Batman 526 $1.95 DC
98 Dawn 1 $2.95 Sirius
99 X-Factor 112 $1.95 Marvel
100 Detective Comics 691 $1.95 DC
101 Angela 3 $2.25 Image
102 Avengelyne Glory 1 $3.95 Maximum
103 Wetworks 5 $2.50 Image
104 X-Factor 113 $1.95 Marvel
105 Superman 108 $1.95 DC
106 Magic the Gathering: The Shadow Mage 1 $2.50 Acclaim
107 Rogue 3 $2.95 Marvel
108 Detective Comics 692 $1.95 DC
109 Ice Age: Magic the Gathering Limited Series 1 $2.50 Acclaim
110 Sandman 73 $2.50 DC
111 Action Comics 717 $1.95 DC
112 Adventures of Superman 531 $1.95 DC
113 Superman The Man of Steel 52 $1.95 DC
114 Superman The Man of Tomorrow 3 $1.95 DC
115 Shi-Senryaku 1 $2.95 Crusade
116 Spider-Man 57 Enhanced $2.95 Marvel
117 Rogue 4 $2.95 Marvel
118 Star Wars Heir to the Empire 2 $2.95 Dark Horse
119 Adventures of Superman 523 $1.50 DC
120 Superman vs. Aliens 1 $4.95 Dark Horse
121 Sandman 72 $2.50 DC
122 Lady Death Between Heaven & Hell 4 $2.75 Chaos
123 Batman Man-Bat 2 $4.95 DC
124 Underworld Unleashed 1 $2.95 DC
125 Star Wars Heir to the Empire 1 $2.95 Dark Horse
126 Detective Comics 693 $1.95 DC
127 Darkseid vs. Galactus the Hunger
$4.95 DC
128 Batman: Vengeance of Bane II: Redemption
$3.95 DC
129 WildC.A.T.S. 24 $2.50 Image
130 Lady Death Between Heaven & Hell 3 $2.75 Chaos
131 Sovereign Seven 2 $1.95 DC
132 Cable 22 $1.95 Marvel
133 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 77 $1.95 DC
134 Action Comics 718 $1.95 DC
135 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 44 $1.95 DC
136 Superman the Man of Steel 44 $1.50 DC
137 Detective Comics 690 $1.95 DC
138 Excalibur 87 $1.95 Marvel
139 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 78 $1.95 DC
140 WildC.A.T.S. 17 $2.50 Image
141 Batman 522 $1.95 DC
142 Batman Man-Bat 3 $4.95 DC
143 Cable 21 $1.95 Marvel
144 X-Files 10 $2.95 Topps
145 Wonder Woman 103 $1.95 DC
146 Star Wars Empire's End 2 $2.95 Dark Horse
147 Green Lantern 68 $1.75 DC
148 Adventures of Superman 527 $1.95 DC
149 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 45 $1.95 DC
150 Superman 104 $1.95 DC
151 Shi-Senryaku 2 $2.95 Crusade
152 Superman The Man of Tomorrow 1 $1.95 DC
153 Bishop 4 $2.95 Marvel
154 Batman/Judge Dredd: The Ultimate Riddle
$4.95 DC
155 Wetworks 6 $2.50 Image
156 Star Wars Heir to the Empire 3 $2.95 Dark Horse
157 Age of Apocalypse Strike Files
$3.99 Marvel
158 Sovereign Seven 5 $1.95 DC
159 Adventures of Superman 528 $1.95 DC
160 Excalibur 88 $1.95 Marvel
161 WildC.A.T.S. 23 $2.50 Image
162 Superman 105 $1.95 DC
163 Superman vs. Aliens 3 $4.95 Dark Horse
164 Action Comics 710 $1.95 DC
165 WildC.A.T.S. 22 $2.50 Image
166 Superman The Man of Steel 48 $1.95 DC
167 Batman 516 $1.50 DC
168 Underworld Unleashed Devil's Asylum 1 $2.95 DC
169 Wonder Woman 104 $1.95 DC
170 Star Wars Empire's End 1 $2.95 Dark Horse
171 Superman 101 $1.95 DC
172 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 79 $1.95 DC
173 Lady Death II Between Heaven & Hell 2 $2.75 Chaos
174 Superman The Man of Tomorrow 2 $1.95 DC
175 Action Comics 713 $1.95 DC
176 Batman 523 $1.95 DC
177 Adventures of Superman 524 $1.95 DC
178 Spider-Man Maximum Clonage Alpha
$4.95 Marvel
179 Action Comics Annual 7 $3.95 DC
180 WildC.A.T.S. 18 $2.50 Image
181 Robin 22 $1.95 DC
182 Azrael 10 $1.95 DC
183 Wetworks 7 $2.50 Image
184 Nightwing 4 $2.25 DC
185 Superman vs. Aliens 2 $4.95 Dark Horse
186 WildC.A.T.S. 20 Direct Market $2.50 Image
187 Nightwing 1 $2.25 DC
188 Zealot 1 $2.50 Image
189 Grifter 1 Direct Market $4.95 Image
190 Robin 14 Collector's Ed. $1.50 DC
191 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 46 $1.95 DC
192 Star Wars Boba Fett Bounty on Bar-Kooda
$3.95 Dark Horse
193 Star Wars Tales of the Jedi: Sith War 4 $2.50 Dark Horse
194 Superman The Man of Steel 45 $1.95 DC
195 Sin City Silent Night
$2.95 Dark Horse
196 Action Comics 714 $1.95 DC
197 Wildstorm Rising Part 1 1 Direct Market $2.50 Image
198 Superman The Man of Steel 49 $1.95 DC
199 Action Comics 707 $1.50 DC
200 Wetworks 8 Direct Market $2.50 Image
201 Batman vs. Predator II: Bloodmatch 4 $2.50 DC
202 Robin 23 $1.95 DC
203 Azrael 2 $1.95 DC
204 X-Men 9 $1.95 Topps
205 Batman: Ghosts Dark Knight Halloween Special
$4.95 DC
206 Team 7 4 $2.50 Image
207 Detective Comics 689 $1.95 DC
208 Catwoman 26 $1.95 DC
209 Violator vs. Badrock 1 $2.50 Image
210 X-Files 8 $2.95 Topps
211 Nightwing 3 $2.25 DC
212 Evil Ernie Straight to Hell 1 $2.95 Chaos
213 Wonder Woman 105 $1.95 DC
214 Top Cow Secrets Special Winter Lingerie
$2.95 Image
215 WildC.A.T.S. 21 $2.50 Image
216 Batman Chronicles 1 $2.95 DC
217 Superman/Toyman 1 $1.95 DC
218 Pitt 8 $1.95 Image
219 Ripclaw 1 $2.50 Image
220 Batman 517 $1.50 DC
221 Azrael 11 $1.95 DC
222 Amazing Spider-Man 404 $1.50 Marvel
223 X-Files 7 $2.95 Topps
224 Wetworks 9 $2.50 Image
225 Dawn 2 $2.95 Sirius
226 Batman 518 $1.50 DC
227 Action Comics 711 $1.95 DC
228 X-Files Annual 1 $3.95 Topps
229 Superman 98 $1.50 DC
230 Robin 24 $1.95 DC
231 Green Lantern 69 $1.75 DC
232 WildC.A.T.S. 19 $2.50 Image
233 Wetworks 11 $2.50 Image
234 Avengelyne Power 1 $2.50 Maximum
235 Catwoman 27 $1.95 DC
236 Superman At Earth's End
$4.95 DC
237 Team 7 Objective Hell 1 $2.50 Image
238 Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron 1 $2.95 Dark Horse
239 Amazing Spider-Man 401 $1.50 Marvel
240 Wetworks 10 $2.50 Image
241 Adventures of Superman 521 $1.50 DC
242 Batman: The Ultimate Evil 1 $5.95 DC
243 Doomsday Annual 1 $3.95 DC
244 Star Wars Dark Empire II 2 $2.95 Dark Horse
245 Sovereign Seven 6 $1.95 DC
246 Star Wars Dark Empire II 6 $2.95 Dark Horse
247 Star Wars Dark Empire II 5 $2.95 Dark Horse
248 Superman The Man of Steel 42 $1.50 DC
249 Action Comics 708 $1.50 DC
250 Ripclaw 1 $2.50 Image
251 Underworld Unleashed 2 $2.95 DC
252 Azrael 12 $1.95 DC
253 Superboy 21 $1.95 DC
254 Amazing Spider-Man 402 $1.50 Marvel
255 Cyberforce 10 $1.95 Image
256 Sovereign Seven 4 $1.95 DC
257 Detective Comics 683 $1.50 DC
258 Vampirella Strikes 1 $2.95 Harris
259 Superman 99 $1.50 DC
260 X-Files 6 $2.95 Topps
261 Amazing Spider-Man 399 $1.50 Marvel
262 Robin 25 $1.95 DC
263 Star Wars Tales of the Jedi: Sith War 1 $2.50 Dark Horse
264 Batman 519 $1.95 DC
265 Prophet Vol. 2 1 $3.50 Image
266 Catwoman 28 $1.95 DC
267 Adventures of Superman 522 $1.50 DC
268 Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat
$5.95 DC
269 Star Wars Dark Empire II 4 $2.95 Dark Horse
270 Underworld Unleashed 3 $2.95 DC
271 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 76 $1.95 DC
272 Batman Chronicles 3 $2.95 DC
273 Amazing Spider-Man 403 $1.50 Marvel
274 Superman The Man of Steel 43 $1.50 DC
275 Green Lantern 70 $1.75 DC
276 Action Comics 709 $1.50 DC
277 Ice Age: Magic the Gathering Limited Series 2 $2.50 Acclaim
278 Star Wars Dark Empire II 3 $2.95 Dark Horse
279 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 75 $1.95 DC
280 Spider-Man 56 $1.95 Marvel
281 Detective Comics 684 $1.50 DC
282 Batman 512 $1.50 DC
283 Web of Spider-Man 127 $1.50 Marvel
284 Team 1 WildC.A.T.S. 1 $2.50 Image
285 Spider-Man 58 $1.95 Marvel
286 Spectacular Spider-Man 226 $1.50 Marvel
287 Batman 520 $1.95 DC
288 Superman 102 $1.95 DC
289 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 42 $1.95 DC
290 Spectacular Spider-Man 223 $2.50 Marvel
291 Detective Comics 685 $1.50 DC
292 Avengelyne 1 $2.50 Maximum
293 Spider-Man 59 $1.95 Marvel
294 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 43 $1.95 DC
295 Sandman 71 $2.50 DC
296 Catwoman 29 $1.95 DC
297 Violator vs. Badrock 3 $2.50 Image
298 Superman 103 $1.95 DC
299 Spider-Man 60 $1.95 Marvel
300 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 69 $1.95 DC





















Trade Paperback Title

Publisher
1 Sandman Midnight Theater

DC
2 Wolverine Knight of Terra

Marvel
3 Angela

Image
4 Batman vs Predator II: Bloodmatch

DC
5 Big Book of Conspiracies

DC
6 Spawn

Image
7 The Crow

Kitchen Sink
8 Starman Sins of the Father

DC
9 Golden Age

DC
10 Vamps

DC
11 Superman Eradication

DC
12 Mr. Punch

DC
13 Classic Star Wars Empire Strikes Back

Dark Horse
14 Classic Star Wars A New Hope

Dark Horse
15 Classic Star Wars Return of the Jedi

Dark Horse
16 X-Files

Topps
17 Shi: The Way of the Warrior

Crusade
18 Star Wars: Dark Empire

Dark Horse
19 Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey

DC
20 Flash Terminal Velocity

DC
21 Ultimate Amazing X-Men

Marvel
22 Sandman Preludes & Nocturnes HC

DC
23 Lady Death

Chaos
24 Star Trek The Ashes of Eden

DC
25 Lady Death The Reckoning

Chaos

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