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


• Marvel, new Viz items, 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, Sirius, Chaos, 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 50 $3.95 Image 327.50
2 Kingdom Come 1 $4.95 DC 206.60
3 Gen 13 11 $2.50 Image 202.50
4 Medieval Spawn Witchblade 2 $2.95 Image 185.10
5 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 115.50
6 Lady Death: The Odyssey 3 $2.95 Chaos 100.10
7 Batman 532 $2.50 DC 100.00
8 Shi: The Way of the Warrior 9 $2.95 Crusade 99.60
9 Witchblade 6 $2.50 Image 97.50
10 WildC.A.T.S. 30 $2.50 Image 96.70
11 X-Files 0 $3.95 Topps 91.00
12 Detective Comics 698 $1.95 DC 90.60
13 Superman 113 $1.95 DC 90.20
14 Action Comics 723 $1.95 DC 89.60
15 Detective Comics 699 $1.95 DC 89.30
16 Adventures of Superman 536 $1.95 DC 88.10
17 Superman: The Man of Steel 58 $1.95 DC 86.70
18 X-Files 18 $2.95 Topps 85.30
19 Batman Black & White 2 $2.95 DC 83.60
20 Superman: The Man of Tomorrow 5 $1.95 DC 82.00
21 Batman Annual 20 $2.95 DC 79.30
22 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 84 $1.95 DC 77.10
23 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 52 $1.95 DC 76.70
24 Wetworks 17 $2.50 Image 76.60
25 Dreaming 2 $2.50 DC 74.30
26 Adventures of Superman Annual 8 $2.95 DC 72.70
27 Robin 31 $1.95 DC 72.20
28 Fire from Heaven 2 $2.50 Image 72.20
29 Celestine 1 $2.50 Image 71.70
30 Pitt 11 $1.95 Full Bleed 71.30
31 Sin City: That Yellow Bastard 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 70.90
32 Green Lantern 75 $1.75 DC 70.50
33 Green Lantern 76 $1.75 DC 68.80
34 Catwoman 35 $1.95 DC 68.00
35 Batman Chronicles 5 $2.95 DC 67.50
36 Atomik Angels 1 $2.95 Crusade 66.80
37 Cyberforce 23 $2.50 Image 66.30
38 Azrael 19 $1.95 DC 66.30
39 Cyberforce 24 $2.50 Image 66.00
40 Avengelyne 2 $2.50 Maximum 65.90
41 Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 65.70
42 Flash 115 $1.75 DC 64.70
43 Wonder Woman 111 $1.95 DC 64.10
44 Catwoman Annual 3 $2.95 DC 62.30
45 Backlash 20 $2.50 Image 60.90
46 Maxx 24 $1.95 Image 60.80
47 Precher 15 $2.50 DC 59.60
48 Weapon Zero 4 $2.50 Image 59.50
49 Sperboy 29 $1.95 DC 54.90
50 Deathblow 28 $2.50 Image 54.70
51 Stormwatch 36 $2.50 Image 54.60
52 Ash Fire Within 1 $2.95 Event 54.00
53 Sword of Damocles 2 $2.50 Image 54.00
54 Gamorra Swimsuit Issue $2.50 Image 52.70
55 Ghost Hellboy Special 1 $2.50 Dark Horse 52.20
56 Glory 12 $3.50 Image 51.60
57 Defcon 4 4 $2.50 Image 51.50
58 Hazard 1 $1.75 Image 51.40
59 Lady Supreme 1 $2.50 Image 51.10
60 Prophet Chapel Supersoldiers 1 $2.50 Image 50.50
61 Savage Dragon 28 $2.50 Image 50.00
62 Artemis Requiem 2 $1.75 DC 49.20
63 Sigma 3 $2.50 Image 49.10
64 Impulse 15 $1.75 DC 48.50
65 Avengelyne Glory Swimsuit Book $2.95 Maximum 46.30
66 Aquaman 22 $1.75 DC 46.20
67 Prophet Chapel Supersoldiers 7 $2.50 Image 45.90
68 Hitman 3 $2.25 DC 45.40
69 Ripclaw 6 $2.50 Image 44.90
70 Impulse Annual 1 $2.95 DC 43.80
71 Books of Magic 26 $2.50 DC 41.90
72 Starman 20 $2.25 DC 41.90
73 Sovereign Seven 12 $1.95 DC 41.20
74 Youngblood 8 $2.50 Maximum 39.60
75 Barb Wire 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 38.50
76 Batman & Robin Adventures 8 $1.75 DC 37.50
77 Black Ops 5 $2.50 Image 37.30
78 Ghost Hellboy Special 14 $2.50 Dark Horse 37.10
79 Razor Areala Warrior Nun Faith 1 $3.95 London Night 37.10
80 Terminal City 1 $2.50 DC 37.00
81 Lobo 29 $2.25 DC 36.30
82 Green Arrow 110 $2.25 DC 36.30
83 Maximage 6 $2.50 Image 36.00
84 Hellblazer 103 $2.25 DC 35.00
85 Vamps Hollywood & Vein 6 $2.25 DC 34.80
86 Warrior Nun Areala vs. Razor 1 $3.95 Antarctic 34.60
87 Nexus Meets Madman 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 34.30
88 Power of Shazam 16 $1.75 DC 33.50
89 Legion of Super-Heroes 82 $2.25 DC 33.00
90 Uncanny X-Men/New Teen Titans $3.95 DC 32.70
91 Legionnaires 38 $2.25 DC 32.30
92 Jsutice League America 112 $1.50 DC 31.70
93 Batman vs. The Incredble Hulk 1 $3.95 DC 31.60
94 Superman and Spider-Man 1 $3.95 DC 31.60
95 Superman vs. Amazing Spider-Man 1 $5.95 DC 30.90
96 Vertigo Verite Girl 1 $2.50 DC 30.40
97 Vampirella of Drakulon 3 $2.95 Harris 30.30
98 Spectre 43 $2.25 DC 30.20
99 Sandman Mystery Theater 40 $2.25 DC 29.90
100 Body Count 3 $2.50 Image 29.40
101 Steel 28 $1.95 DC 28.50
102 Pinky and the Brain 1 $1.75 DC 28.40
103 Battlestar Galactica: Apollo's Judgement 2 $2.95 Maximum 27.10
104 Supreme 39 $2.50 Image 26.60
105 Seekers into the Mystery 6 $2.50 DC 26.50
106 Invisibles 22 $2.50 DC 26.00
107 Black & White 4 $2.50 Image 26.00
108 Concrete Think Like a Mountain 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 25.50
109 Girl Crazy 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 25.20
110 Asylum 5 $2.95 Maximum 25.20
111 Grendel Tales the Devil May Care 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 24.80
112 Simpsons comics 20 $2.25 Bongo 24.40
113 Martian Manhunter Special 1 $3.50 DC 24.20
114 Takion 2 $1.75 DC 23.90
115 Extreme Justice 18 $1.75 DC 23.30
116 Devlin 3 $2.50 Maximum 23.20
117 Showcase 6 $2.95 DC 23.20
118 Justice League Task Force 36 $1.75 DC 23.10
119 Mister Miracle 4 $1.95 DC 22.40
120 22 Brides Married to the Mob 2 $2.95 Event 22.30
121 Mike Grell's Maggie the Cat 5 $2.50 Image 22.30
122 Razor Torture 4 $3.00 London Night 22.30
123 Guy Gardner Warrior 44 $1.75 DC 22.30
124 Guy Gardner Warrior Annual 2 $2.95 DC 22.10
125 Poison Elves 13 $2.50 Sirius 22.00
126 Horseman 0 $2.95 Kevlar 22.00
127 Christian 3 $2.50 Maximum 21.80
128 Flex Mentallo 2 $2.50 DC 21.50
129 Ray 25 $3.50 DC 21.10
130 Swamp Thing 168 $2.25 DC 21.00
131 Arsenal Special 1 $2.95 DC 20.50
132 Godzilla 12 $2.95 Dark Horse 20.20
133 Batman 532 $1.95 DC 20.10
134 Strikeback 5 $2.50 Image 20.10
135 Babes of Broadway 1 $2.95 Broadway 19.90
136 Bone 7 (Reprint) $2.50 Image 19.90
137 Fatale 5 $2.95 Broadway 19.90
138 Vertigo Verite The System 3 $2.95 DC 19.70
139 Space Above & Beyond the Gaunt 1 $2.95 Topps 19.60
140 New Gods 9 $1.95 DC 19.40
141 Tommi Gunn Digital Meltdown 1 $3.00 London Night 19.40
142 Hawkman 33 $2.25 DC 19.30
143 Age of Reptiles: The Hunt 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 19.10
144 Predator Jungle Tlaes 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 18.90
145 Killer Instinct Tiger Fury Special 1 $2.50 Acclaim 18.90
146 X-O Manowar 68 $2.50 Acclaim 18.30
147 Big Bang Comics 1 $1.95 Image 17.90
148 Oh! My Goddess Terrible Master Urder 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 17.80
149 Dominion Conflict 1 No More No 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 17.70
150 Razor Uncut 22 $3.00 London Night 17.20
151 Satanika 3 $2.95 Verotik 16.90
152 Slider's Ultimatum 2 $2.50 Acclaim 16.80
153 Elfquest 1 $4.95 Warp 16.10
154 Verotika 10 $2.95 Verotik 15.80
155 You're Under Arrest 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 14.90
156 Troubleman 3 $2.25 Image 14.60
157 Powers That Be 6 $2.95 Broadway 14.50
158 Mask Southern Discomfort 2 $2.50 Dark Horse 14.40
159 Poizon Lost Child 3 $3.00 London Night 14.30
160 Cyberfrog 3 $2.95 Harris 14.20
161 Usagi Yojimbo 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 14.00
162 Animaniacs 15 $1.75 DC 14.00
163 Double Impact 8 $3.00 High Impact 14.00
164 Leonard Nimoy's Primortals 1 $2.25 Tekno 13.90
165 Fate 20 $2.25 DC 13.90
166 Firebrand 6 $1.75 DC 13.70
167 Stray Bullets 9 $2.95 El Capitain 13.30
168 Legend of Mother Sarah: City of Children 5 $3.95 Dark Horse 13.10
169 Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice 2 $2.25 Tekno 13.10
170 Lone Ranger & Tonto The Velvet 2 $2.95 Topps 12.90
171 Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger 2 $2.25 Tekno 12.40
172 Dragon 3 $0.99 Image 12.10
173 Spawn 50 Promo $0.00 Image 12.10
174 Heartbreakers 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 11.90
175 Man Against Time 4 $2.25 Image 11.70
176 Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero 2 $2.25 Tekno 11.70
177 Magic the Gathering Urza Mishra Vol. 1 $5.95 Acclaim 11.50
178 Magic the Gathering Urza Mishra Vol. 2 $5.95 Acclaim 11.50
179 Spirit of Wondre 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 11.50
180 Warrior 1 $2.95 Ultimate 11.20
181 Heroes 3 $2.50 DC 11.10
182 Neil Gaiman's Phage 2 $2.25 Tekno 10.90
183 Strangers in Paradise 12 $2.75 Abstract 10.70
184 Moebius Comics 1 $2.95 Caliber 10.70
185 Gene Roddenberry's Xander in Lost Universe 2 $2.25 Tekno 10.70
186 Cerebus 206 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 10.70
187 Dragonheart 1 $2.95 Topps 10.60
188 Hate 23 $2.95 Fantagraphics 10.50
189 Sunglasses After Dark 4 $2.95 Verotik 10.30
190 I-Bots 2 $2.25 Tekno 10.20
191 Mutant Chronicles Sourcebook 1 $2.95 Acclaim 10.20
192 Culture Clash Teknophage vs. Zeerus 1 $3.25 Tekno 10.10
193 Jazz 2 $3.00 High Impact 9.90
194 Icon 38 $2.50 DC 9.90
195 Dark Horse Presents 109 $2.95 Dark Horse 9.90
196 Demongate 1 $2.50 Sirius 9.70
197 Punx Redux 3 $2.50 Acclaim 9.30
198 Walter Campaign of Terror 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 9.00
199 Uncle Scrooge 299 $1.50 Gladstone 8.50
200 Looney Tunes 24 $1.75 DC 8.40
201 Static 37 $2.50 DC 8.20
202 Joe Psycho and Moo Frog 1 $2.50 GOB 7.90
203 Vault of Horror 16 $2.50 Gemstone 7.90
204 Sisters of Mercy 3 $2.50 No Mercy 7.90
205 Solo 2 $2.50 Dark Horse 7.80
206 Halo 2 $2.95 Sirius 7.80
207 Hardware 41 $2.50 DC 7.70
208 Weird Fantasy 16 $2.50 Gemstone 7.30
209 Deodato Comics Protheus 2 $2.95 Caliber 7.30
210 Stargate 1 $2.95 Express 7.10
211 Elementals Swimsuit Spectacular 1 $2.95 Comico 7.00
212 Adventures of the Mask 5 $2.50 Dark Horse 7.00
213 Akiko 3 $2.50 Sirius 7.00
214 Tex Avery's Comics and Stories 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 6.80
215 Donald Duck Adventures 39 $1.50 Gladstone 6.80
216 Elementals Vampire's Revenge 1 $2.95 Comico 6.80
217 Stargate 1 $3.50 Express 6.80
218 Double Impact Lethal Strike Do 1 $3.00 High Impact 6.80
219 Legends of Luxura 2 $2.95 Brainstorm 6.70
220 Vamperotica 15 $2.95 Brainstorm 6.50
221 Wandering Star 12 $2.50 Sirius 6.40
222 Two Fisted Tales 16 $2.50 Gemstone 6.40
223 Serina 2 $2.95 Antarctic 6.30
224 Bad Eggs 4 $2.95 Acclaim 6.10
225 Archie 450 $1.50 Archie 5.70
226 Elementals: How The War Was One 1 $2.95 Comico 5.50
227 Cauldron 3 $2.95 Realm 5.40
228 Walt Disney's Comics & Stories 604 $5.95 Gladstone 5.20
229 Claire Voyante 1 $3.50 Lightning 5.20
230 Johnny the Homicidal Maniac 4 $2.95 Slave Labor 5.00
231 Sinja Deadly Sins 1 $3.00 Lightning 5.00
232 Cadence of the Dirge 1 $3.00 Gothic 5.00
233 Sonic the Hedgehog 37 $1.50 Archie 5.00
234 Betty & Veronica 102 $1.50 Archie 4.90
235 Cheryl Blossom 2 $1.50 Archie 4.90
236 Widow Bound by Blood 2 $3.00 Ground Zero 4.90
237 Nira X Cyberangel 2 $2.75 Express 4.80
238 Betty & Veronica 40 $1.50 Archie 4.50
239 Fangs of the Widow 8 $3.00 Ground Zero 4.50
240 Sonic's Friendly Nemesis Knuckles 2 $1.50 Archie 4.40
241 Veronica 54 $1.50 Archie 4.40
242 Sinja Deadly Sins 1 $3.00 Lightning 4.30
243 Girls of Ninja High School 1996 $3.95 Antarctic 4.10
244 Vampire Bayne 2 $2.95 Redline 4.00
245 Fleener 1 $2.95 Bongo 4.00
246 Archie & Friends 19 $1.50 Archie 3.90
247 Archie's Vacation Special 4 $2.00 Archie 3.90
248 Searchers 1 $2.95 Caliber 3.70
249 Scooby Doo 11 $1.50 Archie 3.60
250 Jughead 83 $1.50 Archie 3.60
251 Eddie Campbell's Bacchus 13 $2.95 Eddie Campbell 3.60
252 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 59 $2.75 Archie 3.60
253 Fem 5 5 $2.95 Express 3.50
254 Tug & Buster 4 $2.95 Art & Soul 3.50
255 Big Big THB 9 $4.95 Horse 3.40
256 Sexhibition 7 $2.95 Fantagraphics 3.40
257 Spunky Knight 1 $2.95 Fantagraphics 3.40
258 Super Taboo 6 $2.95 Fantagraphics 3.20
259 Hot Tails 3 $3.50 Fantagraphics 3.20
260 Oz Romance in Rags 1 $2.95 Caliber 3.10
261 Archie's All Canadian Digest 1 $1.75 Archie 3.10
262 Prophet Chapel Supersoldiers 1 $0.00 Image 3.10
263 Vampire Girl California 0 $2.95 Angus 3.00
264 Archie Digest 142 $1.75 Archie 2.90
265 Jughead Double Digest 38 $2.75 Archie 2.90
266 Fluntstones 12 $1.50 Archie 2.80
267 Pals-N-Gals Double Digest 20 $2.75 Archie 2.80
268 Thieves & Kings 11 $2.35 I Box 2.80
269 Sliders 1 $2.50 Acclaim 2.70
270 Hanna Barbera Presents 6 $1.50 Archie 2.70
271 Bride of Heavy Metal 6 $3.50 Heavy Metal 2.50
272 Futuretech 3 $2.50 Mushroom 2.50
273 Archie Andrew's Where Are You Digest 107 $1.75 Archie 2.50
274 Fifteen Years of Heavy Metal $4.95 Heavy Metal 2.50
275 Magician's Village The Series 1 $3.95 Mad Monkey 2.50
276 Dragon Ring 2 $2.95 Mad Monkey 2.40
277 Hurricane Girls 6 $2.95 Antarctic 2.40
278 Genus 18 $2.95 Antarctic 2.40
279 Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey $14.95 DC 2.30
280 A Bomb 12 $2.95 Antarctic 2.30
281 Reverend Ablack 1 $2.50 Cry for Dawn 2.20
282 Okara Mutant Boy 2 $2.95 Mad Monkey 2.20
283 Negative Burn 35 $3.95 Caliber 2.20
284 Robotech II: The Sentinel's Book 6 $2.95 Academy 2.20
285 Tales from the Bog 3 $2.95 Aberrant 2.20
286 Reverend Ablakc 2 $2.50 Cry for Dawn 2.10
287 Dark Town 2 $3.95 Mad Monkey 2.10
288 Jazz 2 $9.95 High Impact 2.00
289 Palooka Ville 9 $2.95 Dramenon 2.00
290 F III Bandit 9 $2.95 Antarctic 2.00
291 Double Impact 2 $3.00 High Impact 1.90
292 Mangazine 44 $3.50 Antarctic 1.90
293 Robotech II: Return to Macrosss 32 $2.95 Academy 1.80
294 Silbuster 15 $2.95 Antarctic 1.80
295 Rare Bit Fiends 20 $2.95 King Hell 1.80
296 Killer Instinct 1 $2.50 Acclaim 1.80
297 Metal Bikini 1 $2.95 Academy 1.80
298 Elvira 37 $2.50 Claypool 1.80
299 Silent Invasion 1 $2.95 Caliber 1.80
300 Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan Mugambi 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 1.70
Top Trade Paperbacks (sales not reported)
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher
1 Death Dealer #2 $6.95 Verotik
2 Nine Princes in Amber $6.95 DC
3 Spawn II $9.95 Image
4 Life, The Universe & Everything #3 $6.95 DC
5 Big Book of Little Criminals $14.95 DC
6 Man from Ciguri $6.95 Dark Horse
7 Razor Areala War Nun Faith #1 Virgin $10.00 London Night
8 Tommi Gunn Digital Meltdown #1 $10.00 London Night
9 Sin City The Big Fat Kill $15.00 Dark Horse
10 Tarzan the Land that Time Forgot $12.95 Dark Horse




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