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February 1996 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preorded by North American Comics Shops
from Diamond Comic Distributors


The top-seller for the month was almost certainly Marvel Vs. DC #3, which, published by Marvel, could not be ordered through Diamond.

The statistics Diamond reported for February were distorted because they did not incude DC's sales for the final week of February; retailers had been given a chance to order those comics separately, to preserve the surprise of the Amalgam project the publisher had engineered with Marvel. The sales were reported in the March report. 

Publishers Antarctic, Dynamic Forces, Event, and Graphitti signed agreements in February guaranteeing that Diamond would continue distributing their products — just not exclusively. That took those publishers off the table as possible emigres to Capital City.

As of February, Diamond drew down its distribution network to just eight regional distribution centers: Plattsburgh, N.Y., Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and London. Diamond also shifted all reorders to ship UPS.

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

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart.

Marvel, Viz, Kitchen Sink, and Coppervale were not distributed by Diamond this month.
Diamond was the only distributor carrying DC, Dark Horse, Image, Acclaim, Crusade, Gemstone, London Night, and Broadway comics, as well as Wizard's magazines.
True industry-wide rankings would greatly differ.

Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherOrder Index
13Spawn44$1.95Image226.0
24Spawn45$1.95Image222.8
31Gen13 Ordinary Heroes1$2.50Image188.4
42Spawn WildC.A.T.s2$2.50Image177.9
55Death: The Time of Your Life1$2.95DC123.7
66Shi: Way of the Warrior8$2.95Crusade103.4
718Batman529$1.95DC100.0
89WildC.A.T.s27$2.50Image94.0
922Superman111$1.95DC92.5
1023Detective Comics696$1.95DC91.2
1124Action Comics720$1.95DC91.3
1225Superman: The Man of Steel55$1.95DC89.9
1312Witchblade 4$2.50Image87.0
147X-File15$2.95Topps86.7
158Tomoe2$2.95Crusade83.6
1629Batman: Shadow of the Bat49$1.95DC79.6
1716Wetworks15$2.50Image79.5
1817Weapon Zero1$2.50Image78.9
1910Sin City: That Yellow Bastard1$2.95Dark Horse78.8
2011Dawn4$2.95Sirius77.6
2130Robin28$1.95DC76.1
2219Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye2$2.50Dark Horse74.1
2334Catwoman32$1.95DC72.5
2421Cyberforce20$2.50Image72.4
2535Azrael16$1.95DC71.8
2613Horseman1$2.95Crusade68.9
2714Batman Chronicles4$2.95DC68.5
2815Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron5$2.95Dark Horse67.5
2943Wonder Woman108$1.95DC66.9
3056Green Lantern73$1.75DC64.2
3145Maxx23$1.95Image64.1
3228Defcon1$2.50Image62.3
3362Flash112$1.75DC59.4
3426Avengelyne Deadly Sins 2$2.95Maximum59.2
3542Hitman1$2.25DC58.2
3631Grifter10$2.50Image57.9
3733Team 7 III: Dead Reckoning2$2.50Image57.4
3857Superboy26$1.95DC56.9
3936Glory0$2.50Image55.2
4037Cyberpunx1$2.50Image55.0
4138Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt: Betrayal1$2.50Dark Horse54.8
4239Backlash17$2.50Image54.2
4341Prophet5$2.50Image53.9
4427Glory Lingerie Issue1$2.95Image53.8
4544Ripclaw4$2.50Image52.0
4620X-Files Comic Digest2$2.50Topps51.9
4746212$2.50Image49.4
4847Stormwatch33$2.50Image49.3
4948Lady Pendragon1$2.50Maximum49.2
5049Preacher13$2.50DC49.1
5150Savage Dragon26$2.50Image49.1
5258Man-Bat3$2.25DC48.9
5332Bone23$2.95Image48.8
5474Sovereign Seven10$1.95DC48.0
5552Deathblow25$2.50Image47.6
5654Maximage3$2.50Image45.9
5783Aquaman19$1.75DC45.8
5870Vamps Hollywood & Vein3$2.25DC43.4
5959Youngblood5$2.50Image43.1
6060Dart1$2.50Image42.9
6163Bloodpool1$2.50Image41.5
6264Books of Magic23$2.50DC40.7
6365Tarzan vs. Predator: At the Earth's Core2$2.50Dark Horse40.7
6466Lethal1$2.50Image40.6
6551Evil Ernie Straight to Hell5$2.95Chaos40.5
6667Ghost11$2.50Dark Horse40.4
6768Cybernary4$2.50Image40.0
6869Warchild1$2.50Maximum39.5
6978Starman18$2.25DC39.4
7053Vengeance of Vampirella23$2.95Harris39.3
7172Black & White1$2.50Image38.8
7240Hellblazer100$3.50DC38.5
7380Lobo26$2.25DC37.8
7473Black OPS2$2.50Image37.7
7576Aliens Mondo Heat2$2.50Dark Horse36.6
7661Vampirella Strikes3$2.95Harris35.4
7796Mister Miracle1$1.95DC33.7
78105Power of Shazam14$1.75DC33.0
79106Justice League America110$1.75DC33.0
8081Chapel6$2.50Image32.8
8187Legion of Super-Heroes79$2.25DC32.6
8282Monkeyman & O'Brien Special0$2.50DC32.3
8375Thunder Agents1$2.95Maximum31.3
8485Black Anvil2$2.50Image31.0
8594Spectre40$2.25DC30.9
8677Battlestar Galactica Starbuck3$2.95Maximum30.7
8795Sandman Mystery Theater37$2.25DC29.8
8888New Man2$2.50Image29.2
8997Green Arorw107$2.25DC28.6
9090Supreme36$2.50Image28.6
9191Union12$2.50Image28.5
9279Razor Torture1$3.00London Night28.5
9392New Force2$2.50Image28.4
9493Seekers into the Mystery4$2.50DC28.3
9571Avengelyne Swimsuit Book4$3.50Maximum27.8
9698Invisibles19$2.50DC25.6
9799New Shadowhawk6$2.50Image25.4
98100Mike Grell's Maggie the Cat2$2.50Image25.4
9986Grendel Tales: The Devil May Care3$2.95Dark Horse25.0
10089Showcase 964$2.95DC24.6
101111Simpsons Comics17$2.25Bongo24.4
102129Extreme Justice15$1.75DC24.3
103104Industrial Gothic5$2.50DC23.5
104133Guy Gardner Warrior41$1.75DC23.5
105107Strikeback2$2.50Image22.9
106119Man Against Time1$2.25Image22.6
107110Killer Instinct1$2.50Acclaim22.1
108112Tarzan/John Carter Warlords of Mars3$2.50Dark Horse21.8
109101Warrior Nun Areala Book Two4$2.95Antarctic21.4
110177Cyberforce Origins Special0$.99Image21.3
111115X-O Manowar65$2.50Acclaim21.1
112134New Gods7$1.95DC20.8
113123Swamp Thing165$2.25DC20.8
114124Crush3$2.25Image20.8
115143Firebrand3$1.75DC20.7
116118Godzilla9$2.50Dark Horse20.5
117126Shade the Changing Man70$2.25DC19.9
118127Hawkman31$2.25DC19.9
119120Fatale2$2.50Broadway19.5
120108Space Above & Beyond2$2.95Topps19.2
12155Blood & Shadows2$5.95DC19.1
122122Sliders1$2.50Acclaim18.8
123109Bone4$2.95Image18.8
124114Razor Uncut19$3.00London Night17.7
125116Oh! My Goddess Special Mystical0$2.95Dark Horse17.6
126117Chiaroscuro Private Lives of daVinci10$2.95DC17.5
127131Indiana Jones & the Sargasso Pirates3$2.50Dark Horse16.7
128132Mask12$2.50Dark Horse16.6
129121Cyberfrog1$2.95Harris16.2
130144Leonard Nimoy's Primortals14$2.25Tekno16.0
131135Turok Dinosaur Hunter45$2.50Acclaim15.9
132145Casual Heroes2$2.25Image15.8
133125Satanika4$2.95Verotik15.6
134190Cyberforce Origins Special0$.99Image15.5
135136X-O Manowar23$2.50Dark Horse15.5
136137Powers That Be4$2.50Broadway15.3
137150Deathstroke58$2.25DC15.3
138151Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice10$2.25Tekno15.2
139128Gunsmith Cats10$2.95Dark Horse15.1
140139Poison Elves10$2.50Sirius15.0
141140Walter Campaign of Terror1$2.50Dark Horse15.0
142130You're Under Arrest3$2.95Dark Horse14.4
143149Shadow State3$2.50Broadway14.0
144113Legend of Mother Sarah City of Children2$3.95Dark Horse13.7
145155Mikey Spillane's Mike Danger10$2.25Tekno13.7
146178Animaniacs12$1.50DC13.6
147156Isaac Asmiov's I-Bots7$2.25Tekno13.6
148487Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero The Newmatic Man16$2.25Tekno13.2
14984Dakkon Blackblade on the World0$5.95Acclaim13.1
150138Mutant Chronicles Golgotha2$2.95Acclaim12.9
151154Bloodshot49$2.50Acclaim12.7
152141Foot Soldiers2$2.95Dark Horse12.6
153142Mars Attacks6$2.95Topps12.5
154102Quentin Tarantino From Dusk to Dawn6$4.95Tekno12.1
155161Gene Roddenberry's Xander in Lost Universe7$2.25Tekno12.1
156146Dark Horse Presents106$2.95Dark Horse12.1
157103Satanika X0$4.95Verotik12.0
1581473 x 3 Eyes Curse of the Gesu5$2.95Dark Horse12.0
159148Space Usagi2$2.95Dark Horse11.9
160204Cyberforce Origins Special1 Reprint$.99Image11.7
161158Adventures of the Mask2$2.50Dark Horse11.6
162153Hate22$2.95Fantagraphics11.4
163169Cerberus203$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10.7
164170Elfquest Hidden Years28$2.25Warp10.5
165157Elfquest Wavedancers Special1$2.95Warp10.3
166166Icon36$2.50DC10.2
167173Elfquest Shards15$2.25Warp10.1
168152Avnegelyne1 Deluxe$3.50Maximum9.6
169164Strangers in Paradise10$2.75Abstract9.5
170159Cynder Nira X Rifts1$2.95Immortelle9.5
171160Legends of Luxura1$3.00Brainstorm9.1
172162Bad Eggs1$2.95Acclaim8.9
173182Elfquest Kahvi5$2.25Warp8.9
174183Elfquest Two-Spear5$2.25Warp8.8
175165Andrew Vachss Cross4$2.95Dark Horse8.7
176167Armed & Dangerous3$2.95Acclaim8.6
177175Static34$2.50DC8.6
178176Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt: The Gaar Suppoon Hit0$2.50Dark Horse8.6
179168Nira X Cynder Endagngered Species1 Reprint$2.95Express8.2
180185Elfquest Jink12$2.25Warp8.2
181180Hardware38$2.50DC8.1
182184Motorhead7$2.50Dark Horse7.9
183171Jugular1$2.95Blackout7.8
184171Brinke of Destruction2$2.95High Impact7.8
185188Elfquest Rebels12$2.25Warp7.5
186163Devilman6$3.50Verotik7.5
187191Vault of Horror15$2.00Gemstone7.5
188174Cavewoman1$2.95Caliber0.3
189197Weird Fantasy15$2.00Gemstone6.9
190179Vampire Miyu5$2.95Antarctic6.9
191181Vamperotica12$3.00Brainstorm6.7
192201Two-Fisted Tales15$2.00Gemstone6.1
193187Fangs of the Widow5$3.00Ground Zero5.7
194189Duckman0$2.95Topps5.5
195229Archie447$1.50Archie5.2
196192Cauldron2$2.95Realm5.0
197195Scud the Disposable Assassin11$2.95Fireman4.9
198196Star Blazers3$2.95Voyager4.8
199239Betty & Veronica99$1.50Archie4.6
200241Sonic the Hedgehog34$1.50Archie4.6
201198Eddie Campbell's Bacchus10$2.95Eddie Campbell4.4
202199Girl Presents Body Heat3$2.95Blackout4.3
203246Betty & Veronica37$1.50Archie4.2
204225Cyberforce Codename Stryke Force0$1.95Image4.2
205200THB7$2.95Horse4.2
206223Cheryl Blossom Special4$2.00Archie4.2
207478Wizard55$.00Wizard4.0
208202Fem 52$2.95Express3.9
209186Flash Terminal Velocity Collection0$4.63DC3.9
210222Spawn Blood Feud1$2.25Image3.8
211206Babylon Crush5$2.95Bongo3.7
212264Scooby Doo8$1.50Archie3.7
213265Archie & Friends18$1.50Archie3.6
214207Princess of Darkness6$2.95Fantagraphics3.6
215208Oz14$2.95Caliber3.5
216209Johnny the Homicidal Maniac3$2.95Slave Labor3.5
217210Countdown Sex Bombs4$2.95Fantagraphics3.4
218271Jughead80$1.50Archie3.4
219211Dragon Flux1$2.95Antarctic3.4
220203Peepshow9$3.50Dramenon3.3
221212Aliens Earth Angel0$2.95Dark Horse3.3
222216Archie Double Digest85$2.75Archie3.3
223205Magical Mates1$3.50Antarctic3.2
224236Spawn Blood Feud2$2.25Image3.1
225215Project A-Ko Versus3$2.95Central Park3.1
226217Sexhibition4$2.95Fantagraphics3.0
227233Sword of the Samurai 1$2.50Avalon3.0
228193Vamperotica Annual1$5.00Brainstorm2.9
229282Flintstones9$1.50Archie2.9
230219Gold Digger28$2.95Antarctic2.9
231220Tales from the Bog2$2.95Aberrant2.9
232221Taoland4$2.95Muitek2.9
233224Scud the Disposable Assassin1-2nd$2.95Fireman2.8
234226Militants1$2.95Redline2.8
235227Super Taboo3$2.95Fantagraphics2.7
236230Kurt Cobain in Hell3$2.95Bongo2.6
237244Lady Death in Lingerie1$2.50Chaos2.6
238289Hanna-Barbera Presents4$1.50Archie2.6
239259Spawn Blood Feud4$2.25Image2.6
240238Pals-N-Gals Double Digest18$2.75Archie2.5
241232Robotech II The Sentinels Book3$2.95Academy2.5
242295Jetsons9$1.50Archie2.5
243255Shygirl1-2nd$2.50Zen2.4
244257Futuretech Spawn2$2.50Mushroom2.4
245213Dark Town1$3.95Mad Monkey2.4
246245Der Countess1$2.75Avalon2.4
247240Love Sucks1$2.95Ace2.3
248242Hilly Rose5$2.95Astro2.3
249228Young Witches II London Babylon4$3.50Fantagraphics2.3
250483Berzerkers1$2.50Image2.3
251262Scimidar3$2.50Cry for Dawn2.3
252243Murder Can Be fun1$2.95Slave Labor2.2
253263Vixen1$2.50Flashpoint2.2
254249Milk & Cheeses First Number Two0$2.75Slave Labor2.2
255250Milk & Cheeses Third Number One0$2.75Slave Labor2.2
256479Dawn4$2.95Sirius2.2
257218Negative Burn32$3.95Caliber2.2
258254Jughead Jones Digest100$2.75Archie2.2
259256Archie Andrews Way Digest105$1.75Archie2.2
260291Laugh Digest127$1.75Archie2.2
261266Elvira34$2.50Claypool2.2
262231Gorgon2$3.50Antarctic2.1
263248Robotech Return to Macross29$2.95Academy2.1
264251Trans Nubians1$2.95Adeola2.1
265270Caravan Kiudd Valentine's Day Special1$2.50Dark Horse2.1
266253Robootech Mordecai1$2.50Academy2.1
267235Superman's Greatest Foes Collection1$3.55DC2.0
268293Scenturus1$1.85Night Realm2.0
269258Robotech Academy Blues5$2.95Academy2.0
270324Street Sharks1$1.50Archie2.0
271275El Bizarro1$2.50Meridian2.0
272276Death Race 2021 2$2.50Cosmic2.0
273260Pleasure Bound1$2.95Fantagraphics1.9
274261Femforce91 Regular$2.95AC1.9
275268Mangazine43$2.95Antarctic1.8
276274Nightcry4$2.75Cry for Dawn1.8
277269Batman Chronicles1$2.95DC1.8
278237The Good, the Bad & the Deadly Girls of '961$3.95Lost Cause1.8
279272Tank Vixens4$2.95Antarctic1.7
280273Carnal Comics: True Stories Brittany Andrews1 Regular$2.95Revolutionary1.7
281327Archie's Story & Game Digest35$1.75Archie1.7
282277Worlds of HP Lovecraft0$2.95Caliber1.6
283283Oz Squad10$2.75Patchwork1.6
284278Sexy Sushi1$2.95Fantagraphics1.6
285279Gremlin Trouble3$2.95Antarctic1.6
286252Flowers on the Razor Wire9$3.95Bongo1.5
287281Furrlough38$2.95Antarctic1.5
288284Lord Farris Slavemaster1$2.95Fantagraphics1.5
289328Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice1$1.95Tekno1.5
290297Minotaur1$2.50Labyrinth1.5
291287Civil War Tales2$2.75Avalon1.5
292285Scythe1$2.95Caliber1.4
293286Vamp Tramp1$2.95Anarchy Bridgeworks1.4
294309Manga Zen1$2.50Zen1.4
295312Wolff & Byrd Counselors of the Macabre10$2.50Exhibit A1.3
296288Raptus2$2.95High Impact1.3
297315Wildstorm Rising Part 1 Deluxe Edition0$2.50Image1.3
298290Ragmop5$2.95Planet Lucy1.3
299292Lost World2$2.95Millennium1.3
300296Reality Check3$2.95Tavicat1.3





February 1996 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 25 chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #3 #4

The Dog Moon one-shot from Vertigo was the top higher-priced edition in this, the last Top 25 list that Diamond would run for more than two years. Diamond did not publish order index numbers for graphic novels in this era, so units cannot be determined.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Dog Moon$6.95DCn.a.
22Preacher Gone to Texas$14.95DCn.a.
33Big Book of Freaks$14.95DCn.a.
48Arzach$6.95Dark Horsen.a.
55Pitt$9.95Full Bleedn.a.
67Superman Bizarro's World$9.95DCn.a.
714Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color$8.95Gladstonen.a.
815Carl Bark's Library Album$9.95Gladstonen.a.
910Legend of Mother Sarah Tunnel$18.95Dark Horsen.a.
1012Strangers in Paradise I Dream$16.95Abstractn.a.
1113Youngblood$16.95Imagen.a.
1220Druuna X$14.95Heavy Metaln.a.
1318Ironwood Book 2$16.95Fantagraphicsn.a.
1419Kabuki Circle of Blood$16.95Calibern.a.
1571National Lampoon Cartoons Even We Wouldn't Dare Print$2.95J2n.a.
1682National Lampoon Son of Cartoons #1$2.95J2n.a.
1725Junkwaffel Vol. 2 #1$12.95Fantagraphicsn.a.
1823Druuna Creatura #1$14.95Heavy Metaln.a.
1929Collected Gold Digger Vol. 4 TP #1$9.95Antarcticn.a.
2024Araknis Pack #1$14.95Mushroomn.a.
2133Magicina's Village: The Prelude$10.95Mad Monkeyn.a.
2296National Lampoon All New Foto #1$2.95J2n.a.
2397National Lampoon Foto Funnies$2.95J2n.a.
2434Vamperotica Red Reign$12.95Brainstormn.a.
2528Druuna Carnivora$14.95Heavy Metaln.a.