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July 1996 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


With the purchase of Capital City by Diamond on July 26, 1996, the most eventful phase of the Distribution Wars ended; only Diamond remained among the large non-Marvel distributors. Diamond's charts hereafter contained the vast majority of non-Marvel sales.

Kingdom Come #3 was the top dollar book at Diamond and likely in the industry.

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, new Viz items, 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, Goblin, Angel, Archie, 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
14Spawn52$1.95Image221.0
21Kingdom Come3$4.95DC218.6
33Gen13 12$2.50Image181.8
47Backlash Spider-Man1$2.50Image126.3
58Backlash Spider-Man2$2.50Image122.2
62Youngblood X-Force0$4.95Image110.4
712Witchblade8$2.50Image104.8
818Supergirl1$1.95DC101.8
919Batman534$1.95DC100.0
1010Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire3$2.95Dark Horse95.7
116Purgatori The Vampire's Myth1$3.50Chaos94.2
1222Detective Comics701$1.95DC92.1
1311Batman Black & White4$2.95DC90.4
1413Shi Way of the Warrior11$2.95Crusade86.7
1528Superman115$1.95DC83.3
1615X-Files20$2.95Topps82.5
1730Batman: Shadow of the Bat54$1.95DC82.0
1831Adventures of Superman538$1.95DC81.9
1932Action Comics725$1.95DC81.8
2080Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age0$.99Dark Horse81.7
2134Superman: The Man of Steel60$1.95DC80.4
2238Robin 33$1.95DC77.2
239X-Files Season One1$3.95Topps76.8
2416Manga Shi Shiseji1$2.95Crusade74.1
255Batman Grendel II Bk. 2 Devil's Dance0$4.95Dark Horse73.9
2641Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight86$1.95DC73.3
2714Sin City That Yellow Bastard6$3.50Dark Horse70.8
2823Dreaming4$2.50DC70.4
2925Savage Dragon30$2.50Image69.4
3017Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare1$2.95DC68.5
3126Preacher Special Saint of Killers2$2.50DC68.2
3258Green Lantern78$1.75DC65.6
3327Wetworks19$2.50Image65.5
3448Catwoman37$1.95DC64.9
3529Preacher Special Saint of Killers17$2.50DC64.7
3620Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Battalion Tatooine2$2.95Dark Horse64.5
3760Flash117$1.75DC63.7
3821Batman Legend of the Dark Knight Anniversary6$2.95DC63.6
3951Wonder Woman113$1.95DC62.0
4054Azrael21$1.95DC60.6
4137Grifter1$2.50Image60.3
4224Vampirella Death & Destruction1$2.95Harris59.0
4342Allegra1$2.50Image56.8
4462Superboy & The Ravers1$1.95DC55.5
4543Avengelyne4$2.50Maximum54.9
4644Weapon Zero6$2.50Image54.4
4733Flash Annual9$2.95DC53.6
4868Birds of Prey Manhunt1$1.95DC53.0
4945Backlash Spider-Man22$2.50Image52.7
5035Avengeblade1$2.99Maximum52.2
5171Superboy & The Ravers31$1.95DC52.1
5257Batman GCPD2$2.25DC52.0
5346Brass1$2.50Image52.0
5436Cyberforce Annual2$2.95Image51.3
5575Artemis Requiem4$1.75DC50.1
5639Deathblow0$2.95Image50.1
5740Monkeyman & Obrien1$2.95Dark Horse48.6
5879Impulse17$1.75DC46.3
5967Hitman5$2.25DC46.2
6082Aquaman24$1.75DC44.3
6161Stormwatch38$2.50Image43.7
6264Glory14$2.50Image42.8
6365214$2.50Image42.2
6466Books of Magic28$2.50DC42.0
6590Eradicator2$1.75DC41.7
6673Starman22$2.25DC41.7
6750Aquamna Annual2$2.95DC41.0
6869Prophet8$2.50Image40.8
6952Hellboy Wake the Devil2$2.95Dark Horse40.8
7074Cyberella1$2.25DC40.4
7153Predator Dark River1$2.95Dark Horse40.4
7255Alpha Centurion Special1$2.95DC40.0
7356Dark Chylde2$2.95Maximum39.9
7472Youngblood X-Force10$2.50Image39.8
7559Friends of Maxx2$2.95Image38.4
7691Essential Vertigo The Sandman2$1.95DC36.7
7792Sovereign Seven14$1.95DC36.5
7863Decade of Dark Horse1$2.95Dark Horse36.3
79102Batman & Robin Adventures10$1.75DC35.9
8049Wonder Woman Gallery1$3.50DC34.8
8170Animal Mystic Water Wars1$2.95Sirius34.6
8284Hellblazer105$2.25DC34.1
8385Lobo31$2.25DC33.8
8486Legion of Super-Heroes84$2.25DC33.6
8577Ghost16$2.50Dark Horse33.4
8687Gemini Blood1$2.25DC33.0
87113Aztek The Ultimate Man2$1.75DC33.0
8889Legionnaires40$2.25DC32.8
89121Power of Shazam18$1.75DC31.5
9083Maximage8$2.50Image30.9
9176Showcase8$2.95DC29.7
9288Terminal City3$2.50DC29.6
9399Sandman Mystery Theater42$2.25DC28.8
94118Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2$1.95Image28.8
95100Spectre45$2.25DC28.7
9678Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan1$2.95Dark Horse28.3
97131Hazard3$1.75Image28.0
9895Cyberpunx2$2.50Image27.0
99108Green Arrow112$2.25DC26.8
100125Steel30$1.95DC26.8
10181Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End1$2.99Maximum25.9
102139Union2$1.75Image25.9
10347Witchblade Collector's Ed. Vol. 11$4.95Image25.9
104101Invisibles24$2.50DC25.5
105103Supreme40$2.50Image24.8
106105Seekers into the Mystery8$2.50DC24.2
107106Vertigo Verite Girl3$2.50DC24.2
108123Simpsons Comics22$2.25Bongo24.1
10993Concrete Think Like a Mountain5$2.95Dark Horse23.9
11094Vampirella of Drakulon4$2.95Harris23.9
111109Vertigo Verite the Unseen Hnad1$2.50DC23.8
112114Flex Mentallo4$2.50DC23.0
11398Barb Wire Ace of Spades3$2.95Dark Horse22.5
114120Poison Elves15$2.50Sirius22.1
115145Mister Miracle6$1.95DC21.6
116124Kid Supreme3$2.50Image21.5
117104Nexus Executioner's Song2$2.95Dark Horse20.6
118137Swamp Thing170$2.25DC20.6
119107Thundergod1$2.95Crusade20.5
12011122 Brides Married to the Mob3$2.95Event19.6
121112Knights on Broadway1$2.95Broadway19.6
122110Razor Torture6$3.00London Night19.3
123117Bone9$2.95Image19.3
124159Pinky & the Brain3$1.75DC19.3
125135Mike Grell's Maggie the Cat7$2.50Image19.0
126119Godzilla14$2.95Dark Horse19.0
127158New Gods11$1.95DC18.8
128148Ray27$2.25DC18.3
129138G.I. Joe2$2.50Dark Horse18.3
130162Takion4$1.75DC18.2
131126Dominion Conflict 1: No More Noise5$2.95Dark Horse17.7
132128Oh! My Goddess: Terrible Master Urd4$2.95Dark Horse17.2
133142Siliders: Darkest Hour2$2.50Acclaim17.1
13497Sliders Special1$3.95Acclaim17.0
135127Poizon0$3.00London Night17.0
136130Space Above and Beyond the Gauntlet2$2.95Topps16.8
137134Girl Crazy3$2.95Dark Horse16.1
138132Razor Uncut24$3.00London Night16.1
139136Age of Reptiles: The Hunt3$2.95Dark Horse16.0
140227Dragon5$.99Image14.9
141140Satanika4$2.95Verotik14.6
142143Horseman1$2.95Kevlar14.4
143144Distant Soil15$2.95Image14.4
144115Double Impact Vol. 21$4.00High Impact14.3
145146You're Under Arrest8$2.95Dark Horse14.2
146147Gravediggers1$2.95Acclaim14.1
147149Blade of the Immortal: Conquest1$2.95Dark Horse13.9
148150Powers That Be8$2.95Broadway13.7
149151Shotgun Mary Deviltown0$2.95Antarctic13.6
15096Elfquest3$4.95Warp13.6
151183Animaniacs17$1.75DC13.3
152152Hari Kari: The Beginning1$2.95Blackout13.3
153166Fate22$2.25DC13.3
154153Verotika11$2.95Verotik13.3
155155Usagi Yojimbo4$2.95Dark Horse12.8
156157Hercules: The Legendary Journeys2$2.95Topps12.5
157173Leonard Nimoy's Primortals3$2.25Tekno12.3
158156Tommi Gunn: Digital Meltodwn3$3.00London Night12.3
159160Strangers in Paradise: Molly & Poo0$2.75Abstract12.2
160133Legend of Mother Sarah City of Children7$3.95Dark Horse12.1
161168Mask Southern Discomfort4$2.50Dark Horse11.9
162169Big Bang Comics3$2.50Image11.9
163176Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice4$2.25Tekno11.6
164116Venus Domina1$4.95Verotik11.5
165177Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger4$2.25Tekno11.5
166161Kabuki Dreams of the Dead0$2.95Caliber11.2
167197Firebrand8$1.75DC11.1
168163Spirit of Wonder4$2.95Dark Horse10.8
169164Dogs of War2$2.95Crusade10.7
170175Backlash Spider-Man1$2.50Image10.5
171184Cerebus208$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10.3
172129Morphos the Shapechanger0$4.95Dark Horse10.2
173181Solo1$2.50Dark Horse9.7
174172Dark Horse Presents111$2.95Dark Horse9.6
175192Neil Gaiman's Phage Shadow of Death4$2.25Tekno9.5
176122Prelude to War: Twilight on the World of Magic the Gathering0$5.95Acclaim9.3
177174Heartbreakers4$2.95Dark Horse9.3
178195I-Bots4$2.25Tekno8.8
179189Tales From the Crypt17$2.50Gemstone8.7
180190Heroes5$2.50DC8.7
181223Looney Tunes25$1.75DC8.6
182178Sunglasses After Dark5$2.95Verotik8.5
183193Warrior3$2.50Ultimate8.4
184180Vamperotica17$2.95Brainstorm8.4
185179Jazz3$3.00High Impact8.2
186182Too Much Coffee Man Full Color Special1$2.95Adhesive7.8
187208Man Against Time6$2.25Image7.7
188185Girly Show1$2.95Blackout7.7
189200Static39$2.50DC7.7
190187All New Armed & Dangerous2$2.95Acclaim7.6
191188Dark Chylde2$2.95Maximum7.6
192186Double Impact Vol. 21$3.00High Impact7.6
193167Eightball17$3.95Fantagraphics7.3
194167Sade2$3.00London Night7.2
195141Gon2$5.95DC7.2
196206Hardware43$2.50DC7.0
197249Archie452$1.50Archie7.0
198210Weird Zcience17$2.50Gemstone6.9
199194Escape2$2.95Comico6.8
200253Sonic the Hedgehog39$1.50Archie6.7
201211Wandering Star14$2.50Sirius6.7
202212Shock Suspenstories17$2.50Gemstone6.7
203196Luftwaffe1$2.95Antarctic6.6
204256Donald Duck Adventures40$1.50Gladstone6.6
205198Knights on Broadway 1 Signed$2.95Broadway6.6
206199Fatale5$2.95Broadway6.5
207154Lethal Strike Annual1$5.95London Night6.5
208201New Love1$2.95Fantagraphics6.4
209258Betty & Veronica104$1.50Archie6.4
210202La Blue Girl1$2.95Central Park6.4
211216Sisters of Mercy5$2.50No Mercy6.2
212204Whoa Nellie1$2.95Fantagraphics6.1
213220Akiko5$2.50Sirius6.1
214205Lethargic Lad2$2.95Crusade6.1
215224Demongate3$2.50Sirius6.1
216225Araknis3$2.50Mushroom6.1
217245Sonic & Knuckles Mecha Madness1$2.00Archie6.0
218260Betty & Veronica42$1.50Archie5.9
219262Veronica56$1.50Archie5.8
220209Hellina Nira X Angels of Death1$3.00Lightning5.8
221171Vamperotica17$5.00Brainstorm5.8
222213Tex Avery's Comics and Stories4$2.95Dark Horse5.6
223215Serina3$2.95Antarctic5.5
224217Safety Belt Man All Hell2$2.95Sirius5.4
225235Adventures of the Mask7$2.50Dark Horse5.3
226270Betty & Veronica Spectacular20$1.50Archie5.3
227218All New Bad Eggs2$2.95Acclaim5.3
228221Nira X Heaven & Hell1$2.95Express5.2
229222Moebius Comics2$2.95Caliber5.2
230165Creed1$5.95Lightning5.1
231226Halo4$2.95Sirius5.1
232219Hellina Nira X Angels of Death1$3.00Lightning5.1
233170Walt Disney Comics and Stories605$5.95Gladstone5.0
234229Baby Angel3$2.95Brainstorm5.0
235230Lady Bathory Baby Universal1$2.95Comico4.8
236232Elementals: Vampire's Revenge3$2.95Comico4.8
237278Hanna Barbera Presents8$1.50Archie4.8
238203Elemental Babes2$3.95Comico4.7
239282Jughead85$1.50Archie4.7
240234Skeema1$2.95Digivision4.6
241233Blood Reign Saga2$3.00London Night4.5
242284Scooby Doo13$1.50Archie4.5
243241Betty & Veronica Double Digest60$2.75Archie4.5
244236Stargate3$2.95Express4.5
245243Archie's Double Digest88$2.75Archie4.5
246237Nira X Heaven & Hell1A$2.95Express4.4
247267Pitt2$1.95Full Bleed4.2
248240Elementals: How the War was One3$2.95Comico4.2
249242Cauldron4$2.95Realm4.2
250244Elementals Sex Special1$2.95Comico4.1
251279Archie Digest143$1.75Archie4.1
252231Stargate3$3.50Express4.1
253250Pals N Gals Double Digest21$2.75Archie3.8
254255Nightcry Vol. VI0$2.75Cry for Dawn3.6
255247Super Taboo8$2.95Fantagraphics3.6
256239Hot Tails5$3.50Fantagraphics3.6
257248Frank1$2.95Fantagraphics3.6
258207THB Special Pig Dog Parade1$4.95Horse3.6
259289Veronica's Digest5$1.75Archie3.5
260252Eddie Campbell's Bacchus15$2.95Eddie Campbell3.5
261312Flintstones14$1.50Archie3.4
262292Jughead with Archie Digest129$1.50Archie3.3
263257Caliber One Shot the Sussex Vampire0$2.95Caliber3.3
264269Hall of Heroes Presents1$2.50Hall of Heroes3.2
265296Laugh Digest130$1.75Archie3.2
266264Fem 50$2.75Express3.1
267277Thieves & Kings12$2.35I Box3.1
268275Berlin2$2.50Blackout3.1
269271Amalgam Collector's Set2$2.60DC3.0
270261Oz16$2.95Caliber3.0
271246Contagion Collector's Set1$3.55DC3.0
272263Dream Girl0$2.95Angus2.9
273265Vampire Bayne Lord of the Night3$2.95Redline2.9
274254Contagion Collector's Set2$3.55DC2.8
275376Calibrations2$.99Caliber2.8
276274Weezul1 Var.$2.75Lightning2.8
277268Spunky Knight3$2.95Fantagraphics2.8
278214Tick Special Ed.2$5.95New England2.7
279273Mike Deodato Comics Prime Cuts0$2.95Caliber2.6
280251Negative Burn37$3.95Caliber2.6
281276Oz Romance in Rags3$2.95Caliber2.5
282285Weezul1 Var.$2.75Lightning2.4
283280Song of the Siren's Fire1$2.95Millennium2.4
284283Ship of Fools1$2.95Caliber2.3
285291Sinnamon7$2.75Catfish2.1
286286Robotech II: The Sentinels Book IV8$2.95Academy2.1
287228Elflord2$6.95Mad Monkey2.1
288287Genus19$2.95Antarctic2.1
289288A-Bomb13$2.95Antarctic2.1
290294Milk & Cheeses Fourth 1 3rd Prtg.$2.75Slave Labor2.1
291301Tick Special Ed.2$2.75New England2.0
292272Action Planet Comics2$3.95Action Planet2.0
293293Exit5$2.95Caliber1.9
294320Alpha Korps1$2.50Diversity1.9
295308Tick Special Ed.3$2.75New England1.9
296309Tick Special Ed.42..75New England1.9
297310Tick Special Ed.1$2.75New England1.9
298295Animal Rights Comics1$2.95Caliber1.9
299298Searchers2$2.95Caliber1.9
300266Gold Digger Perfect Memory Vol. I0$4.50Antarctic1.9

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July 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 100 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

Diamond did not publish order index numbers for graphic novels in this era, so units cannot be determined.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Sandman: The Kindly Ones$19.95DCn.a.
21 Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor Quarterly$15.95Dark Horsen.a.
35Astro City: Life in the Big City$19.95Homagen.a.
42Nine Princes in Amber #3$6.95DCn.a.
516Lady Death$30.00Chaosn.a.
66Maxx 2nd Prtg.$12.95Imagen.a.
79Art Adam's Creature Features$13.95Dark Horsen.a.
825Stray Bullets Vol. 1 HC$29.95El Capitann.a.
97Batman Contagion$12.95DCn.a.
1017Aliens Outbreak Remastered$17.95Dark Horsen.a.