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August 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, there were only a few small distributors left handling comics, such as Cold Cut and Big Picture. Diamond's charts hereafter contained the vast majority of non-Marvel sales.

Capital City took orders for comics shipping in August 1996 but did not publish its sales charts in its final Internal Correspondence magazine. While it was technically Diamond that sold the comics that Capital took orders for, it is evident that the tables below do not reflect Capital's orders, as Viz does not appear in the market shares. Viz would return to Diamond preorder lists in September.

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 was not distributed by Diamond this month, and the rankings do not include Kitchen Sink and Viz.
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
12DV81$2.50Image296.4
21Kingdom Come4$4.95DC255.8
33Spawn53$1.95Image236.1
414Gen1313A$1.30Image195.4
516Gen1313B$1.30Image193.8
619Gen1313C$1.30Image191.4
74Deathblow Wolverine1$2.50Image176.1
810Spawn Bible1$1.95Image153.1
97Witchblade9$2.50Image124.5
1012Shattered Image1$2.50Image113.0
118Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire4$2.95Dark Horse104.2
129Dawn4$2.95Sirius103.2
1315Shattered Image2$2.50Image101.2
145Batman535$3.95DC100.0
1518WildC.A.T.S.32$2.50Image99.9
1626Nightwing1$1.95DC98.0
1720Shattered Image3$2.50Image95.6
1829Detective Comics702$1.95DC92.8
1934Superman116$1.95DC87.2
2035Action Comics726$1.95DC85.7
2117Adventures of Superman539$1.95DC85.2
2217X-Files21$2.95Topps85.1
2337Supergirl2$1.95DC84.5
2438Superman: Man of Steel61$1.95DC84.2
256Tomoe Witchblade Fire Sermon1$3.95Crusade84.1
2642Superman: The Man of Tomorrow6$1.95DC79.7
2743Teen Titans1$1.95DC79.4
2845Batman: Shadow of the Bat55$1.95DC78.9
2946Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight87$1.95DC77.2
3021Glory Avengelyne II: The Godyssey87$2.99Image76.3
3128Preacher Special Saint of Killers3$2.50DC73.4
3211X-Files Annual2$3.95Topps72.7
3330Preacher Special Saint of Killers18$2.50DC72.3
3431Dreaming5$2.50DC71.7
3550Robin34$1.95DC71.3
3662Green Lantern79$1.75DC71.2
3713X-Files Season One2$3.95Topps70.2
3863Flash118$1.75DC70.0
3951Catwoman38$1.95DC69.5
4022Action Comics Annual8$2.95DC68.9
4133Wetworks20$2.50Image68.5
4223Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron Battleground Tatooine3$2.95Dark Horse68.5
4324Batman Chronicles6$2.95DC66.8
4457Wonder Woman114$1.95DC66.3
4525Justice League: Midsummer's Nightmare2$2.95DC65.5
4639Cyberforce26$2.50Image64.2
4740House of Secrets1$2.50DC63.9
4827Glory Avengelyne II: The Godyssey1$2.99Maximum63.2
4966Azrael22$1.95DC62.2
5032Avengelyne5$2.99Maximum59.6
5169Maxx26$1.95Image59.1
5247Weapon Zero7$2.50Image56.6
5349Blacklash23$2.50Image56.3
5474Superboy32$1.95DC55.2
5552Grifter2$2.50Image53.8
5667Bloody Mary1$2.25DC53.3
5741Lady Death1$2.95Chaos53.0
5853Pitt in the Blood1$2.50Full Bleed52.7
5954Classic Star Wars: Devils Worlds1$2.50Dark Horse52.6
6044Dark Chylde3$2.99Maximum51.8
6158Savage Dragon31$2.50Image51.7
6289Artemis Requiem5$1.75DC51.4
6360Astro City Vol. 21$2.50Homage51.3
6470Hitman6$2.25DC51.1
6591Aquaman25$1.75DC50.7
6673Batman GCPD3$2.25DC49.8
6798Impulse18$1.75DC48.0
6886Superboy & the Ravers2$1.95DC48.0
6987Birds of Prey: Manhunt2$1.95DC47.2
7068Stromwatch39$2.50Image46.6
7172Books of Magic29$2.50DC45.4
7281Starman23$2.25DC45.3
7356Monkeyman & Obrien2$2.95Dark Horse43.9
7455Avengelblade2$2.99Maximum43.7
7559Hellboy: Wake the Devil3$2.95Dark Horse43.5
7683Legion of Super-Heroes85$2.25DC43.0
7776Allegra2$2.50Image42.9
7878Brass2$2.50Image42.0
79113Eradicator3$1.75DC41.4
8065Ash: The Fire Within2$2.95Event41.1
8179215$2.50Image41.1
8280Prophet9$2.50Image41.1
8371Predator: Dark River2$2.95Dark Horse38.6
84123Batman & Robin Adventures11$1.75DC38.5
8594Lobo Death & Taxes1$2.25DC38.5
8684Blindside1$2.50Image38.5
87100Hellblazer106$2.25DC36.7
88115Sovereign Seven15$1.95DC36.7
89101Legionnaires41$2.25DC36.7
9075Vampirella Death & Destruction2$2.95Harris36.3
91103Lobo Death & Taxes32$2.25DC35.9
9277Justice League Annual10$2.95DC35.7
9390Youngblood11$2.50Image35.7
9461Legion of Super-Heroes Annual7$3.50DC35.7
9564Detention Comics1$3.50DC35.0
96104Vermillion1$2.25DC34.6
9797Ghost17$2.50Dark Horse34.1
98126Essential Vertigo The Sandman3$1.95DC34.0
9982Body Bags1$2.95Dark Horse33.8
100133Power of Shazam19$1.75DC33.7
101102Terminal City4$2.50DC32.8
10285Power of Shazam Annual1$2.95DC32.5
10392Strangers in Paradise Vol. 31$2.75Homage32.0
104143Aztek The Ultimate Man3$1.75DC31.5
105117Green Arrow113$2.25DC31.4
106118Cyberella2$2.25DC31.2
107119Spectre46$2.25DC31.0
108105Supreme41$2.50Image31.0
109106Sandman Mystery Theater43$2.50DC30.9
11088Rack & Pain Killers1$2.95Chaos30.8
111109Sandman Mystery Theater42$2.50DC30.3
11293Priest 1$2.99Maximum29.4
11395Vampirella Strikes6$2.95Harris29.1
11496Decade of Dark Horse2$2.95Dark Horse29.0
115114Maximage9$2.50Image28.8
11648X-Files Special Edition4$4.95Topps28.5
11799Atomik Angels3$2.95Crusade28.2
118145Steel31$1.95DC28.1
119121Invisibles25$2.50DC27.6
120151Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles3$1.95Image27.2
121125Vyberpunx3$2.50Image26.8
122160Union3$1.75Image26.3
123107Tongue Lash1$2.95Dark Horse26.0
124108Batman535$2.95DC25.7
125110Concrete Think Like a Mountain6$2.95Dark Horse25.2
126129Seekers into the Mystery9$2.50DC25.2
127111Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan2$2.95Dark Horse25.1
128166Hazard4$1.75Image25.1
129139Simpsons23$2.25Bongo25.1
130141Gemini Blood2$2.25DC24.9
131112Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End2$2.99Maximum24.7
132124Grendel Devil's Legacy1$2.75Dark Horse24.4
133116Showcase9$2.95DC24.0
134148Swamp Thing171$2.25DC24.0
135135Newmen21$2.50Image23.5
136122Chronowar1$2.95Dark Horse23.2
137127Fatale6$2.95Broadway22.1
138128Nexus Executioner's Song3$2.95Dark Horse21.6
139149Vertigo Verite Unseen Hand2$2.50DC21.5
140170Mister Miracle7$1.95DC20.9
141131Gunsmith Cats: The Return of Gray1$2.95Dark Horse20.6
142132Godzilla15$2.95Dark Horse20.1
143134Gamera1$2.95Dark Horse19.9
144162Ray28$2.25DC19.9
145136Bone10$2.95Image19.8
146156Kid Supreme4$2.50Image19.4
147137Asylum 7$2.99Maximum19.0
148142Barb Wire Ace of Spades4$2.95Dark Horse18.9
149138Razor Morbid Angel Soul Search1$3.00London Night18.9
150140Razor Torture7$3.00London Night18.8
151178Pink and the Brain4$1.75DC18.7
152144Oh! My Goddess: Terrible Master Urd5$2.95Dark Horse18.6
153146Dominion Conflict 1: No More Noise6$2.95Dark Horse18.6
154147Primal Rage1$2.95Sirius18.5
155152Age of Reptiles: The Hunt4$2.95Dark Horse17.8
156165Sliders: Darkest Hour3$2.50Acclaim17.6
157153Jaguar God5$2.95Verotik17.5
158183Takion5$1.75DC17.3
159154Razor Uncut25$3.00London Night17.1
160167Warrior4$2.50Ultimate16.5
161157Hercules: The Legendary Journeys3$2.95Topps16.3
162169G.I. Joe3$2.50Dark Horse16.3
163158Knights on Broadway2$2.95Broadway15.8
164159Stray Bullets10$2.95El Capitan15.8
165150Fourth World Gallery1$3.50DC15.3
166161Lilith Demon Princess1$2.95Antarctic15.3
167163Satanika4$2.95Verotik15.1
168120Elfquest4$4.95Warp14.0
169168Powers That Be9$2.95Broadway13.8
170192Animaniacs18$1.75DC13.7
171171Usagi Yojimbo5$2.95Dark Horse13.7
172172Blade of the Immortal Conquest2$2.95Dark Horse13.6
173173Shadow State7$2.95Broadway13.3
174181Killer Instinct Special: Borhters7$2.50Acclaim12.4
175187Leonard Nimoy's Primortals4$2.25Tekno12.3
176174Big Blown Baby1$2.95Dark Horse12.2
177174Spirit of Wonder5$2.95Dark Horse12.0
178176Thundergod2$2.95Crusade11.8
179188Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger5$2.25Tekno11.7
180189Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice5$2.25Tekno11.6
181177Hate24$2.95Fantagraphics11.2
182190Cerebus209$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim11.1
183211Firebrand9$1.75DC10.9
184179Venus Domina: Wingbird San Diego Special9$2.95Verotik10.7
185180Kabuki: Masks of the Noh30$2.95Caliber10.7
186130Planeswalker: War on the World of Magic the Gathering1$5.95Acclaim10.4
187182Gravediggers2$2.95Acclaim10.3
188191Icon39$2.50DC10.0
189164Brass1$4.50Image9.8
190184King Tiger Motorhead1$2.95Dark Horse9.5
191185Dark Horse Presents112$2.95Dark Horse9.5
192186King Tiger Motorhead2$2.95Dark Horse9.4
193200Neil Gaiman's Phage Shadow of Death5$2.25Tekno9.3
194195Heroes6$2.50DC9.1
195208I-Bots5$2.25Tekno8.6
196155Gon3$5.95DC8.5
197201Solo2$2.50Dark Horse8.3
198203Vault of Horror17$2.50Gemstone8.1
199193Vamperotica18$2.95Brainstorm8.0
200204Static40$2.50DC8.0
201194All New Armed & Dangerous3$2.95Acclaim8.0
202250Betty43$1.50Archie7.7
203210Weird Fantasy17$2.50Gemstone7.6
204252Uncle Scrooge Adventures41$1.50Gladstone7.6
205212Hardware44$2.50DC7.5
206196American Splendor Comic Con Comics44$2.95Dark Horse7.5
207197Demon Gun2$2.95Crusade7.3
208198Dogs of War3$2.95Crusade7.3
209256Archie453$1.50Archie7.3
210199Escape 3$2.95Comico7.3
211260Sonic the Hedgehog40$1.50Archie7.2
212267Donald Duck299$1.50Gladstone6.8
213217Two Fisted Tales17$2.50Gemstone6.7
214205Johnny the Homicidal Maniac5$2.95Slave Labor6.7
215269Betty & Veronica105$1.50Archie6.7
216207Cavewoman Rain4$2.95Caliber6.6
217218Wandering Star15$2.50Sirius6.5
218206Sade3$3.00London Night6.5
219219Araknis4$2.50Mushroom6.5
220209Whoa Nellie2$2.95Fantagraphics6.5
221220Demongate4$2.50Sirius6.4
222222Akiko6$2.50Sirius6.2
223226Vixen1$2.50Flashpoint6.1
224286Veronica57$1.50Archie6.0
225214Bandy Man1$2.95Caliber5.9
226292Donald Duck & Mickey Mouse8$1.50Gladstone5.8
227216Elementals: Vampire's Revenge4$2.95Comico5.8
228564Free Wizard61$.00Wizard5.8
229215Rose N Gunn2$3.00London Night5.7
230221All New Bad Eggs3$2.95Acclaim5.4
231223Elementals: How War Was One4$2.95Comico5.3
232239Adventures of the Mask8$2.50Dark Horse5.3
233300Archie and Friends20$1.50Archie5.2
234248Walt Disney Giant8$2.25Gladstone5.2
235283Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?3$1.75DC5.2
236275Batman & Robin Adventures Back to school Pack3$1.82DC5.2
237225Safety Belt Man All Hell3$2.95Sirius5.2
238227La Blue Girl2$2.95Central Park5.1
239308Scooby Doo14$1.50Archie4.9
240229Kunoichi1A$3.00Lightning4.8
241237Betty & Veronica Double Digest61$2.75Archie4.8
242295Betty's Digest1$1.79Archie4.8
243233Lethargic Lad3$2.95Crusade4.7
244312Jughead86$1.50Archie4.7
245235Raptus Dead of Night1$2.95High Impact4.5
246236Mike Deodato Comics Razor Nights1$2.95Caliber4.5
247238Elementals: Sex Spec2$2.95Comico4.5
248299Betty & Veronica Digest84$1.79Archie4.4
249263Bog1$2.50Hall of Heroes4.3
250240Kunoichi1B$3.00Lightning4.2
251242Super Taboo9$2.95Fantagraphics4.2
252306Archie Andrews Where Are You108$3.50Archie4.1
253202Vamperotica18-N$2.95Brainstorm4.1
254230Stargate4$2.95Express4.1
255245Stargate4$2.95Express4.1
256232Hot Tails6$2.75Fantagraphics4.1
257246Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman Comics2$2.95Deep Sea4.1
258247Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman Comics1$2.95Deep Sea4.0
259249Tiyu the Jade Dragon1$2.95Express3.9
260262Jughead Double Digest40$2.75Archie3.9
261251Vampire's Lust1$2.95Cry for Dawn3.9
262264Hellina Heart Thorns2A$2.75Lightning3.9
263305Spawn10$1.95Image3.8
264253Primer Bathory2$2.95Comico3.8
265275Tribal Force1$2.50Mushroom3.7
266254Starblazers7$2.95Voyager3.7
267255Eddie Campbell's Bacchus16$2.95Eddie Campbell3.7
268266Nira X Cyberangel4$2.75Express3.7
269257Vampire Girls California 19691-RE$2.95Angus3.7
270258Spunky Knight4$2.95Fantagraphics3.7
271261Hony Kong0$2.95Blackout3.7
272213Donna Mia2 Deluxe$4.95Dark Horse3.7
273340Flintstones15$1.50Archie3.6
274241Widow Bound by Blood1$3.50Ground Zero3.5
275268Gold Digger31$2.95Antarctic3.4
276270Simpsons Comics & Stories1$2.95Bongo3.4
277272Oblivion II: A Rumble in Heaven1$2.95Comico3.3
278282Hellina Heart Thorns2B$2.75Lightning3.3
279279Tug & Buster5$2.95Art & Soul3.2
280565Free Shattered Image Promo5$.00Image3.2
281277Sinja Resurection 1A$3.00Lightning3.1
282281Kingdom of the Wicked1$2.95Caliber3.1
283284Age of Heroes1$2.95Hall of Heroes3.1
284285Knights of the Round Table1$2.95Knight3.1
285289No No UFO1$2.95Antarctic3.0
286401Calibrations3$.99Caliber2.8
287298Sinja Resurection 1B$3.00Lightning2.7
288280Widow Bound by Blood1$3.50Ground Zero2.7
289301Naughty Bits20$2.95Fantagraphics2.7
290302Dreamcatcher1$2.95Studionoir2.7
291303Creep1$2.95Caliber2.6
292304Hilly Rose7$2.95Astro2.5
293307Gorgon5$2.95Antarctic2.5
294273Donna Mia2-RE$3.95Dark Horse2.5
295244Luxura Convention Book2$5.00Brainstorm2.4
296309Robotech The Misfits1$2.95Academy2.4
297310Astonishing Moth1$2.95Tekno2.4
298560Free Jam Cover Strangers in Paradise Promo1$.00Homage2.4
299276Babylon Crush7$3.95Cry for Dawn2.4
300421Daemonstorm Prologue7$.99Caliber2.4

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August 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 #5 #6 #7

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

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
14Purgatori Vampire's Myth$19.95Chaosn.a.
23DC vs. Marvel$12.95DCn.a.
32Amber Guns of Avalon$6.95DCn.a.
41Witchblade Collection Ed. Vol. 2$4.95Imagen.a.
56 Star Wars Heir to the Empire$19.95Dark Horsen.a.
67 Big Guy and Rusty The Boy Robot$14.95Dark Horsen.a.
79Superman Krisis of Krismon Kryptonite$12.95DCn.a.
811Madwoman of the Sacred Heart$12.95Dark Horsen.a.
98Rocketeer Cliff's NY Adventure$9.95Dark Horsen.a.
1010Razor Uncut$10.00London Nightn.a.