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January 1996 Comic Book Sales Rankings
Rankings of Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors

• Marvel, Viz, and Kitchen Sink were not distributed by Diamond in this month.
• Diamond was the only comics-shop distributor for DC, Image, Dark Horse, Acclaim, Crusade, London Night, Gemstone, Wizard, and Broadway.
True industry-wide rankings would thus be much different.


Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Order Index
1 Spawn 43 $1.95 Image 227.30
2 Spawn 42 $1.95 Image 227.10
3 Gen 13 8 $2.50 Image 213.90
4 Spawn WildC.A.T.s 1 $2.90 Image 211.60
5 Sandman 75 $3.95 DC 121.20
6 Tomoe 0 $2.95 Crusade 106.00
7 Batman 528 $1.95 DC 100.00
8 WildC.A.T.s 26 $2.50 Image 99.10
9 Superman 110 $1.95 DC 94.90
10 Action Comics 719 $1.95 DC 94.80
11 Witchblade 3 $2.50 Image 94.10
12 Detective Comics 695 $1.95 DC 93.70
13 Adventures of Superman 533 $1.95 DC 92.90
14 Superman: The Man of Steel 54 $1.95 DC 91.70
15 X-Files 14 $2.95 Topps 86.60
16 Star Wars: Heir to the Empire 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 85.80
17 Batman Shadow of the Bat 48 $1.95 DC 85.00
18 Wetworks 14 $2.50 Image 84.20
19 Superman: The Man of Tomorrow 4 $1.95 DC 83.70
20 Robin 27 $1.95 DC 79.10
21 Batman: Legend of the Dark Knight 81 $1.95 DC 78.40
22 Pitt 10 $1.95 Full Bleed 78.00
23 Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Sith Wars 6 $2.50 Dark Horse 76.30
24 Avengelyne Deadly Sins 1 $2.95 Maximum 76.20
25 Catwoman 31 $1.95 DC 75.90
26 Cyberforce 19 $2.50 Image 75.80
27 Azrael 15 $1.95 DC 75.10
28 Robin 26 $1.95 DC 72.00
29 Wonder Woman 107 $1.95 DC 70.20
30 21 1 $2.50 Image 69.20
31 Azrael 14 $1.95 DC 68.00
32 Team 7 III Dead Reckoning 1 $2.50 Image 67.90
33 Catwoman 30 $1.95 DC 67.30
34 Maxx 22 $1.95 Image 65.20
35 Green Lantern 72 $1.75 DC 64.80
36 Batman Scar of the Bat $4.95 DC 62.20
37 Grifter 9 $2.50 Image 61.40
38 Superboy 25 $2.95 DC 61.00
39 Glory 9 $2.50 Image 58.10
40 Flash 11 $1.75 DC 57.50
41 Backlash 16 $2.50 Image 56.00
42 Maximage 2 $2.50 Image 55.10
43 Black Ops 1 $2.50 Image 54.60
44 Man-Bat 2 $2.25 DC 54.00
45 SoveReign Seven 9 $1.95 DC 53.50
46 Stormwatch 32 $2.50 Image 53.00
47 Extreme Destroyer Prologue $2.50 Image 51.60
48 Youngblood 4 $2.50 Image 49.60
49 Tarzan vs. Predator: At the Earth's Core 1 $2.50 Dark Horse 48.90
50 Extreme Destroyer Epilogue $2.50 Image 48.40
51 Deathblow 24 $2.50 Image 47.70
52 Preacher 12 $2.50 DC 46.50
53 Vamps Hollywood & Vein 2 $2.25 DC 46.20
54 Evil Ernie: Straight to Hell 4 $2.95 Chaos 46.00
55 Cybernary 3 $2.50 Image 45.90
56 Aquaman 18 $1.75 DC 45.80
57 Vampirella of Drakulon 1 $2.95 Harris 44.80
58 New Man 1 $2.50 Image 44.60
59 New Force 1 $2.50 Image 44.00
60 Ghost 10 $2.50 Dark Horse 43.10
61 Aliens vs. Predator Booty Special $2.50 Dark Horse 42.60
62 Vengeance of Vampirella 22 $2.95 Harris 42.40
63 Knightstrike 1 $2.50 Image 41.90
64 Kurt Busiek's Astro City 6 $2.25 Image 41.80
65 Black Anvil 1 $2.50 Image 41.70
66 Impulse 12 $1.75 DC 41.60
67 GI Joe 2 $1.95 Dark Horse 41.60
68 Asylum 2 $2.95 Maximum 41.40
69 Books of Magic 22 $2.50 DC 40.60
70 Lobo 25 $2.25 DC 39.40
71 Starman 17 $2.25 DC 39.00
72 Supreme 35 $2.50 Image 38.70
73 Ash 0 $3.50 Event 38.00
74 Batman & Robin Adventures 5 $1.75 DC 38.00
75 Ash 0 $3.50 Event 37.60
76 Hellboy: The Corpse & the Iron $2.95 Dark Horse 36.40
77 Power of Shazam 13 $1.75 DC 34.00
78 Justice League America 109 $1.75 DC 33.90
79 Hellblazer 99 $2.25 DC 33.80
80 Mike Grell's Maggie the Cat 1 $2.50 Image 33.50
81 Battlestar Galactica: The Enemy 3 $2.95 Maximum 33.20
82 Legion of Super-Heroes 78 $2.25 DC 33.00
83 Battlestar Galactica Starbuck 2 $2.95 Maximum 32.50
84 Legionnaires 35 $2.25 DC 32.10
85 Strikeback 1 $2.50 Image 31.50
86 Steel 25 $1.95 DC 31.30
87 Spectre 39 $2.25 DC 31.20
88 Union 11 $2.50 Image 30.60
89 Sisters of Merc 2 $2.50 Maximum 30.30
90 Combat 2 $2.50 Image 29.30
91 Crush 2 $2.25 Image 29.00
92 Green Arrow 106 $2.25 DC 28.90
93 Seekers into the Mystery 3 $2.50 DC 28.70
94 Sandman Mystery Theater 36 $2.25 DC 28.40
95 Bone 3 $2.95 Image 27.80
96 Fatale 1 $2.50 Broadway 27.40
97 Space Above & Beyond 1 $2.95 Topps 26.80
98 Blood & Shadows 1 $5.95 DC 26.70
99 Invisibles 18 $2.50 DC 26.10
100 Firebrand 2 $1.75 DC 25.50
101 Tazarn John Carter Warlords 1 $2.50 Dark Horse 26.60
102 Grendel Tales the Devil May Care 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 26.50
103 Mister Miracle 2 $1.95 DC 26.30
104 Guy Gardner Warrior 39 $1.75 DC 25.90
105 Egypt 7 $2.50 DC 25.60
106 Simpsons Comics 15 $2.25 Bongo 25.20
107 Invisibles 17 $2.50 DC 25.10
108 Warrior Nun Areala Book Two 3 $2.95 Antarctic 24.90
109 Extreme Justice 13 $1.75 DC 24.90
110 Allies 3 $2.50 Image 24.70
111 Showcase 2 $2.95 DC 24.20
112 Justice League Task Force 32 $1.75 DC 24.20
113 X-O Manowar 61 $2.50 Acclaim 23.70
114 X-O Manowar 62 $2.50 Acclaim 23.60
115 New Gods 5 $1.95 DC 23.50
116 Industrial Gothic 3 $2.50 DC 23.00
117 High Impact Lingerie Edition $3.00 High Impact 22.60
118 Godzilla 7 $2.50 Dark Horse 22.20
119 Law & Order 4 $2.50 Maximum 22.20
120 Bone 2 Image Vers. $2.95 Image 22.00
121 Shadow 1 $2.50 Broadway 21.90
122 Ray 21 $2.25 DC 21.50
123 Alliance 4 $2.50 Image 21.30
124 Hawkman 29 $2.25 DC 21.10
125 Swamp Thing 163 $2.25 DC 20.70
126 Mask 10 $2.50 Dark Horse 20.20
127 Vanguard Strange Visitors 4 $2.95 Image 20.10
128 You're Under Arrest 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 19.90
129 Tank Girl Apocalypse 4 $2.25 DC 19.40
130 Indiana Jones & the Sargasso Pirates 1 $2.50 Dark Horse 19.00
131 Shade the Changing Man 68 $2.25 DC 18.90
132 Powers That Be 2 $2.50 Broadway 18.90
133 Rebels 96 16 $2.25 DC 18.70
134 Chiaroscuro Private Lives of daVinci 8 $2.95 DC 18.40
135 Leonard Nimoy's Primortals Original 2 $2.25 Tekno 17.90
136 Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice 8 $2.25 Tekno 17.30
137 Magic the Gathering: Legend of the Elder Dragon 1 $2.50 Acclaim 17.20
138 Satanika 3 $2.95 Verotik 17.10
139 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 42 $2.50 Acclaim 16.80
140 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 41 $2.50 Acclaim 16.80
141 X-O Manowar 21 $2.50 Dark Horse 16.80
142 Kabuki Color Special $2.95 Caliber 16.40
143 Oh! My Goddess Love Potion 9 $2.95 Dark Horse 16.30
144 Vigilante City Lights Prairie 4 $2.50 DC 16.00
145 Magic the Gathering: Shandalar 2 $2.50 Acclaim 16.00
146 Magic the Gathering: Legend of Jedit Ojanen 2 $2.50 Acclaim 15.70
147 Igrat 2 $2.95 Verotik 15.60
148 Deathstroke 56 $2.25 Tekno 15.50
149 Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger 8 $2.25 Acclaim 15.30
150 Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man 14 $2.25 Tekno 15.30
151 Solar: Man of the Atom 60 $2.50 Acclaim 15.10
152 James Bond Goldeneye 1 $2.95 Topps 15.00
153 Armed & Dangerous 1 $2.95 Acclaim 15.00
154 Gunsmith Cats 8 $2.95 Dark Horse 14.90
155 Isaac Asmiov's I-Bots 5 $2.25 Tekno 14.80
156 Creed 2 $3.00 Lightning 14.70
157 Neil Gaiman's Teknophage 9 $2.25 Tekno 14.30
158 Gene Roddenberry's Xander in Lost 5 $2.25 Tekno 14.30
159 Fate 16 $2.25 DC 14.10
160 Mars Attacks 5 $2.95 Topps 13.70
161 Posion Elves 8 $2.50 Sirius 13.70
162 Bloodshot 46 $2.50 Acclaim 13.70
163 Animaniacs 10 $1.50 DC 13.50
164 3 x 3 Eyes 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 13.10
165 Doc Savage: Curse of the Fire God 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 13.00
166 Jugular 0 $2.95 Blackout 12.60
167 Black Lightning 13 $2.25 DC 12.30
168 Dark Horse Presents 104 $2.95 Dark Horse 11.90
169 Brinke of Destruction 1 $2.95 High Impact 11.60
170 Hate 21 $2.95 Fantagraphics 11.50
171 Cerberus 201 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 11.30
172 Ranma 1/2 Part Five 1 $2.75 Viz 11.10
173 Cross 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 10.80
174 Icon 34 $2.50 DC 10.70
175 Elfquest Hidden Years 26 $2.50 Warp 10.40
176 Elfquest Shards 13 $2.50 Warp 9.90
177 Mighty 5 $1.25 Image 9.50
178 Motorhead 5 $2.50 Dark Horse 9.50
179 Elfquest New Blood 34 $2.25 Warp 9.20
180 Elfquest Kahvi 3 $2.25 Warp 9.10
181 Blood Syndicate 35 $3.50 DC 9.10
182 Jason vs. Leatherface 3 $2.95 Topps 9.10
183 Elfquest Two-Spear 3 $2.25 Warp 9.00
184 Primer 2 $2.95 Comico 8.90
185 Static 32 $2.50 DC 8.90
186 Vamperotica Annual 1 $2.95 Brainstorm 8.80
187 Hardware 36 $2.50 DC 8.80
188 Dream Wolves Swimsuit Bizarre 0 $3.00 Dramenon 8.70
189 Elementals 5 $2.50 Comico 8.70
190 Uncle Scrooge Adventures 37 $1.50 Gladstone 8.20
191 Warchild 1 $2.50 Maximum 8.20
192 Book of Ballads and Sagas 2 $2.95 Green Man 8.10
193 Jink 10 $2.50 Warp 8.10
194 Lady Death Between Heaven & Hell 4 $2.75 Chaos 7.90
195 Vamperotica Annual 10 $2.95 Brainstorm 7.80
196 Vampire Miyu 3 $2.95 Antarctic 7.80
197 Battle Angel Alita Party Five 6 $2.75 Viz 7.70
198 Star Wars Jabba The Hutt-Hunger $2.50 Dark Horse 7.40
199 Tex Avery's Droopy Dog 3 $2.50 Dark Horse 7.30
200 Return to Jurassic Park 9 $2.95 Topps 7.20
201 Haunt of Fear 14 $2.00 Gemstone 7.10
202 Creed 2 $3.00 Lightning 7.10
203 Donald Duck 295 $1.50 Gladstone 7.10
204 Futuretech 1 $2.50 Mushroom 6.90
205 Eye of the Storm 6 $2.95 Rival 6.90
206 Ninja High School 1995 Swimsuit Special 6 $2.95 Antarctic 6.90
207 Flesh & Blood 1 $2.95 Brainstorm 6.60
208 Fist of the North Star Part Two 2 $2.75 Viz 6.40
209 Nira X Series Three 2 $2.50 Express 6.40
210 Xombi 21 $3.50 DC 6.30
211 Donald Duck & Mickey Mouse 4 $1.50 Gladstone 6.30
212 Red Dragon 3 $2.50 Comico 6.10
213 Crime Supspensestories 14 $2.00 Gemstone 6.10
214 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 6 $2.75 Viz 6.00
215 Walt Disney Giant 4 $2.25 Gladstone 6.00
216 Akiko on the Planet Smoo 1 $3.95 Sirius 5.90
217 Araknis 3 $2.50 Mushroom 5.80
218 Frontline Combat 3 $2.00 Gemstone 5.60
219 Riot 3 $2.75 Viz 5.50
220 Archie 445 $1.50 Archie 5.40
221 Star Blazers 3 $2.95 Voyager 5.40
222 Maison Ikkoku Part Five 2 $2.95 Viz 5.20
223 Oblivion 5 $2.50 Comico 5.20
224 Return of Lum Part Two 5 $2.75 Viz 5.00
225 Betty & Veronica 97 $1.50 Archie 4.90
226 Girl Presents Body Heat 1 $2.95 Blackout 4.90
227 Donna Mia 2 $4.95 Dark Horse 4.60
228 Sonic the Hedgehog 32 $1.50 Archie 4.60
229 Eddie Campbell's Bacchus 8 $2.95 Eddie Campbell 4.60
230 Betty 35 $1.50 Archie 4.60
231 Stainless Steel Armadillo 6 $2.95 Antarctic 4.60
232 Bio-Booster Armor Guyver 2 $2.75 Viz 4.50
233 Babylon Crush 4 $2.95 Bongo 4.50
234 Scud the Disposable Assassin 10 $2.95 Fireman 4.40
235 Distant Soil 13 $2.95 Aria 4.40
236 Scooby Doo 6 $1.50 Archie 4.10
237 Raptus 1 $2.95 High Impact 4.10
238 Oz 12 $2.95 Caliber 4.00
239 Manga Vizion Vol. 1 10 $4.95 Viz 4.00
240 Scimidar 2 $2.75 Cry for Dawn 4.00
241 THB 6 $2.95 Horse 3.90
242 Star Wars Dark Empire II 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 3.80
243 World of Archie 18 $1.50 Archie 3.80
244 Maxx 3 $1.95 Image 3.70
245 Sheila Trent Vampire Hunter 2 $2.50 Dramenon 3.70
246 Project A-Ko Versus 2 $2.95 CPM 3.70
247 Archie's Superteens 4 $2.00 Archie 3.70
248 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 56 $2.75 Archie 3.50
249 Jughead 78 $1.50 Archie 3.50
250 Flintstones 7 $1.50 Archie 3.50
251 Sade 2 $3.00 Bishop 3.40
252 Wizard 53 $0.00 Wizard 3.30
253 Sanctuary Part Four 5 $3.25 Viz 3.30
254 Negative Burn 30 $3.95 Caliber 3.20
255 Princess of Darkness 4 $2.95 Fantagraphics 3.10
256 Gorgon 1 $2.95 Antarctic 3.10
257 Gold Digger 27 $2.75 Antarctic 3.10
258 Necropolis 1 $3.95 Caliber 3.10
259 Countdown Sex Bombs 2 $2.95 Fantagraphics 3.00
260 Caged Heat 2 $2.50 Cosmic 2.90
261 Naughty Bits 18 $2.95 Fantagraphics 2.90
262 Archie Digest 139 $1.75 Archie 2.90
263 Dark Fantasies 7 $3.95 Dark Horse 2.90
264 Babewatch 1 $2.95 Express 2.90
265 Snowman 1 $2.50 Hall of Heroes 2.90
266 Pals-N-Gals Double Digest 17 $2.75 Archie 2.80
267 Devil-jack 3 $3.00 Doom Theater 2.80
268 TMNT Year of the Turtle 3 $1.50 Archie 2.80
269 Walter Koenig's Raver 0 $2.95 Millennium 2.80
270 Jetsons 7 $1.50 Archie 2.70
271 Hanna-Barbera Presents 3 $1.50 Archie 2.70
272 Robotech II: The Sentinels Book 1 $2.95 Academy 2.70
273 Metal Militia 4 $2.50 Express 2.60
274 Replacement God 3 $2.95 Slave Labor 2.60
275 Mercedes 1 $2.95 Angus 2.60
276 Black Santa 1 $2.75 Lightning 2.50
277 Archie Andrews Way Digest 105 $1.75 Archie 2.50
278 Hilly Rose 4 $2.95 Astro 2.40
279 Rare Bit Fiends 16 $2.95 King Hell 2.40
280 Sexhibition 2 $2.95 Fantagraphics 2.40
281 Battle for Independents Promo 2 $0.00 Image 2.40
282 Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 2.40
283 Safety-Belt Man 6 $2.50 Sirius 2.30
284 Cyber City Part Three 1 $2.95 CPM 2.30
285 Robotech Return to Macross 27 $2.95 Academy 2.30
286 Super Taboo 1 $2.95 Fantagraphics 2.30
287 Robotech Metal Swarm 1 $2.95 Academy 2.30
288 Amazon Woman 1 $2.95 Fantagraphics 2.20
289 Donna Mia 2 $3.95 Dark Horse 2.20
290 Young Witches II London Babylon 2 $3.50 Fantagraphics 2.20
291 Robotech Academy Blues 1 $2.95 Academy 2.20
292 Alister the Slayer 3 $2.50 Midnight 2.20
293 Tattoo 1 $2.95 Caliber 2.10
294 Innocents 3 $2.50 Radical 2.00
295 Femforce 89 $2.95 AC 2.00
296 Archie's Story & Game Digest 34 $1.75 Archie 2.00
297 Batman Shadow of the Bat 1 $2.50 DC 2.00
298 Babewatch 1 $2.50 Express 2.00
299 Silbuster 13 $2.95 Antarctic 1.90
300 Carnal Comics Crystal Breeze & Baby 1 $2.95 Revolutionary 1.90
Top Trade Paperbacks (sales not reported)
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher
1 Sandman: The Kindly One $34.95 DC
2 Shi: Way of the Warrior $14.95 Crusade
3 Aquaman Time & Tide $9.95 DC
4 Barb Wire $8.95 Dark Horse
5 Carl Bark's Library Album $9.95 Gladstone
6 Donald Duck: Adventures in Color $8.95 Gladstone
7 Savage Dragon: Force to be Reckoned With $14.95 Image
8 Domu: A Child's Dream $17.95 Dark Horse
9 Prophet $16.95 Image
10 Wildchild $12.95 Maximum
11 Age of Reptiles: Tribal Warfare $14.95 Dark Horse
12 Newmen $12.95 Image
13 Weird Fantasy Annual $8.95 Gemstone
14 Narrative Corpse $25.00 Gates of Heck
15 Verdilak $24.95 NBM
16 H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu Collection $6.95 Millennium
17 Golden Age Greats Vol. 7 Best of the West $9.95 AC
18 Underwhere $24.95 Heavy Metal
19 Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Library $9.95 Rip Off
20 Creed $9.95 Lightning
21 Suckle the Status of Basil $14.95 Fantagraphics
22 Collected Horny Biker Sluts Vol. 1 $14.95 Last Gasp
23 Sex & Deth $6.95 Millennium
24 Ninja High School Vol. 8 $7.95 Antarctic
25 Vampire Verses $7.95 Cry for Dawn


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