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September 1996 Comic Book Sales Figures
Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors and Heroes World Distribution


Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Fantastic Four (Vol. 2) 1 $2.95 Marvel 313,980
2 Iron Man (Vol. 2) 1 $2.95 Marvel 277,464
3 Avengers (Vol. 2) 1 $2.95 Marvel 276,734
4 Captain America (Vol. 2) 1 $2.95 Marvel 274,070
5 Uncanny X-Men 338 $1.95 Marvel 203,722
6 X-Men 58 $1.95 Marvel 203,141
7 Wolverine 107 $1.95 Marvel 184,322
8 X.S.E. 1 $1.95 Marvel 172,264
9 Incredible Hulk 447 $1.50 Marvel 170,007
10 Spectacular Spider-Man 240 $1.50 Marvel 165,377
11 Spawn 54 $1.95 Image 161,450
12 Curse of the Spawn 1 $1.95 Image 158,930
13 Elektra 1 $1.95 Marvel 155,042
14 X-Men '96 $2.95 Marvel 141,158
15 Generation X 21 $1.95 Marvel 140,980
16 Magneto 1 $1.95 Marvel 138,976
17 X-Man 21 $1.95 Marvel 131,663
18 X-Force 60 $1.95 Marvel 126,203
19 X-Factor 128 $1.95 Marvel 122,161
20 Cable 37 $1.95 Marvel 121,737
21 X-Men: Rise of Apocalypse 2 $1.95 Marvel 108,406
22 Generation X '96 1 $2.95 Marvel 108,355
23 Excalibur 102 $1.95 Marvel 102,189
24 Deathblow/Wolverine 1 $2.50 Image 95,838
25 Final Night 1 $1.95 DC 91,401
26 Amazing Spider-Man 417 $1.50 Marvel 87,870
27 X-Men/Clandestine 3 $2.95 Marvel 85,108
28 Final Night 2 $1.95 DC 84,635
29 Final Night 3 $1.95 DC 83,058
30 Spider-Man 74 $1.95 Marvel 82,751
31 Final Night 4 $1.95 DC 82,402
32 DV8 2 $2.50 Image 74,324
33 Sensational Spider-Man 10 $1.95 Marvel 74,244
34 Batman 536 $1.95 DC 73,705
35 X-Men: Pryde and Wisdom 3 $1.95 Marvel 73,414
36 X-Files 22 $2.95 Topps 71,833
37 Parallax: Emerald Night 1 $2.95 DC 71,405
38 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 70,572
39 Star Trek: Voyager 1 $1.95 Marvel 69,024
40 Detective Comics 703 $1.95 DC 68,980
41 Star Trek Unlimited 1 $1.95 Marvel 67,500
42 Supergirl 3 $1.95 DC 67,425
43 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1 $1.95 Marvel 66,732
44 Journey into Mystery 503 $1.50 Marvel 66,351
45 Superman 117 $1.95 DC 64,986
46 Action Comics 727 $1.95 DC 63,600
47 Adventures of Superman 540 $1.95 DC 63,489
48 Superman: The Man of Steel 62 $1.95 DC 62,399
49 Star Wars Boba Fett: When the Fat Lady Swings $3.95 Dark Horse 61,757
50 Sensational Spider-Man 96 1 $2.95 Marvel 60,079
51 X-Files Season One 3 $3.95 Topps 55,736
52 Green Lantern 80 $1.75 DC 55,500
53 Spider-Man: Redemption 3 $1.50 Marvel 55,404
54 Shattered Image 4 $2.50 Image 55,374
55 Robin 35 $1.95 DC 55,116
56 Nightwing 2 $1.95 DC 54,866
57 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 56 $1.95 DC 54,018
58 Flash 119 $1.75 DC 53,709
59 Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare 3 $2.95 DC 53,244
60 CyberForce 27 $2.50 Image 52,780
61 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 88 $1.95 DC 52,205
62 Preacher 19 $2.50 DC 50,569
63 Catwoman 39 $1.95 DC 48,594
64 Preacher Special: Saint of Killers 4 $2.50 DC 48,240
65 Superman Adventures 1 $1.75 DC 47,893
66 Purgatori: Vampire's Myth 2 $2.95 Chaos 47,540
67 Superman: The Man of Steel Annual 5 $2.95 DC 46,596
68 The Dreaming 6 $2.50 DC 46,287
69 Wetworks 21 $2.50 Image 45,373
70 Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Battleground Tatooine 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 45,306
71 Wonder Woman 115 $1.95 DC 45,247
72 Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual 4 $2.95 DC 44,415
73 Superboy 33 $1.95 DC 43,103
74 Untold Tales of Spider-Man 15 $0.99 Marvel 42,639
75 Azrael 23 $1.95 DC 41,378
76 Professor X and the X-Men 13 $0.99 Marvel 41,104
77 Teen Titans 2 $1.95 DC 40,950
78 Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 2 2 $2.50 Homage 40,685
79 Venom: The Hunger 4 $1.95 Marvel 40,244
80 What If 91 $1.50 Marvel 39,955
81 Daredevil 358 $1.50 Marvel 39,374
82 Aquaman 26 $1.75 DC 39,351
83 Maxx 27 $1.95 Image 39,137
84 Total Justice 1 $2.25 DC 39,086
85 Hitman 8 $2.25 DC 38,968
86 Glory/Celestine: Dark Angel 1 $2.50 Image 38,968
87 Uncanny Origins 3 $0.99 Marvel 38,855
88 Silver Surfer 122 $1.50 Marvel 37,593
89 Avengelyne 6 $2.99 Maximum 37,287
90 Dark Chylde 4 $2.99 Maximum 36,668
91 2099 World of Tomorrow 54 $1.95 Marvel 35,785
92 Backlash 24 $2.50 Image 35,319
93 Hitman 7 $2.25 DC 35,319
94 Total Justice 2 $2.25 DC 35,246
95 Grifter 3 $2.50 Image 34,671
96 Total Justice 3 $2.25 DC 34,420
97 Impulse 19 $1.75 DC 34,243
98 Artemis: Requiem 6 $1.75 DC 34,162
99 Bone 26 $2.95 Image 34,000
100 Savage Dragon 32 $2.50 Image 33,956
101 Arcanum 1 $2.50 Top Cow 33,867
102 House of Secrets 2 $2.50 DC 33,403
103 Legion of Super-Heroes 86 $2.25 DC 33,130
104 Marvel Fanfare 3 $0.99 Marvel 32,808
105 Birds of Prey: Manhunt 3 $1.95 DC 32,637
106 Superboy & The Ravers 3 $1.95 DC 32,379
107 Batman: GCPD 4 $2.25 DC 31,649
108 Vampirella: Death and Destruction 3 $2.95 Harris 31,627
109 Classic Star Wars: Devil Worlds 2 $2.50 Dark Horse 31,546
110 Tempest 1 $1.75 DC 31,442
111 Starman 24 $2.25 DC 31,406
112 StormWatch 40 $2.50 Image 31,266
113 Power of Shazam! 20 $1.75 DC 31,221
114 Books of Magic 30 $2.50 DC 30,757
115 Punisher 13 $1.50 Marvel 30,330
116 Hellboy: Wake the Devil 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 30,027
117 Glory 15 $2.50 Image 29,600
118 Sovereign Seven 16 $1.95 DC 29,504
119 Ghost Rider 79 $1.50 Marvel 29,243
120 Monkeyman & O'Brien 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 29,084
121 Green Arrow 114 $2.25 DC 29,018
122 New Gods 12 $0.99 DC 28,811
123 Vampirella: Sad Wings of Destiny 1 $3.95 Harris 28,708
124 Starman Annual 1 $3.50 DC 28,281
125 Grifter and The Mask 1 $2.50 Dark Horse 27,470
126 Black Lamb 1 $2.50 DC 27,470
127 Bloody Mary 2 $2.25 DC 27,359
128 Spectre 47 $2.25 DC 27,315
129 Avengelyne: Bible Revelations $3.50 Maximum 27,293
130 Batman & Robin Adventures 12 $1.75 DC 26,902
131 Batman and Robin Adventures Annual 1 $2.95 DC 26,858
132 21 6 $2.50 Image 26,423
133 Legionnaires 42 $2.25 DC 25,391
134 Hellblazer 107 $2.25 DC 24,824
135 Leave It to Chance 1 $2.50 Homage 24,669
136 Lobo: Death & Taxes 2 $2.25 DC 24,271
137 Lobo 33 $2.25 DC 24,212
138 Adventures of the X-Men 8 $0.99 Marvel 23,878
139 Predator: Dark River 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 23,836
140 Simpsons 24 $2.25 Bongo 23,504
141 Youngblood 12 $3.50 Image 23,379
142 Crow: City of Angels 3 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 22,952
143 Ghost 18 $2.50 Dark Horse 22,539
144 Lady Supreme 3 $2.50 Image 22,259
145 Vampirella of Drakulon 5 $2.95 Harris 21,817
146 Essential Vertigo: The Sandman 4 $1.95 DC 21,713
147 Badrock Super-Special 1 $2.50 Image 21,618
148 Terminal City 5 $2.50 DC 21,500
149 Sandman Mystery Theatre 44 $2.50 DC 20,969
150 Animal Mystic 2 $2.95 Sirius 20,814
151 Aztek: The Ultimate Man 4 $1.75 DC 20,748
152 Warrior Nun Areala: Scorpio Rose 1 $2.95 Antarctic 20,121
153 Supreme 42 $2.50 Image 20,003
154 Adventures of Spider-Man 15 $0.99 Marvel 19,485
155 Blindside 2 $2.50 Image 19,443
156 Power Rangers Zeo 1 $2.50 Image 19,436
157 Black Pearl 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 19,429
158 Steel 32 $1.95 DC 19,296
159 Atomik Angels 4 $2.95 Crusade 18,854
160 Dhampire Stillborn $5.95 DC 18,419
161 Crow: City of Angels Photo Cover 3 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 18,308
162 Elektra Saga 1 $3.95 Marvel 18,308
163 Decade of Dark Horse 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 18,294
164 22 Brides: Married to the Mob 4 $2.95 Event 18,220
165 Maximage 10 $2.50 Image 18,139
166 Cyberella 3 $2.25 DC 18,087
167 Extremely Youngblood 1 $3.50 Image 17,991
168 X-Men Megazine 1 $3.95 Marvel 17,838
169 Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 17,741
170 Elektra Saga 2 $3.95 Marvel 17,459
171 Showcase '96 10 $2.95 DC 17,343
172 Body Bags 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 17,063
173 Blood: A Tale 1 $2.95 DC 16,945
174 Seekers into the Mystery 10 $2.50 DC 16,923
175 Kabuki 1 $2.95 Caliber 16,716
176 Takion 6 $1.75 DC 16,591
177 Priest 2 $2.99 Maximum 16,480
178 Vermillion 2 $2.25 DC 16,458
179 Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End 3 $2.99 Maximum 16,318
180 Grendel: Devil's Legacy 2 $2.75 Dark Horse 16,289
181 Ultraforce 12 $1.50 Marvel 15,847
182 Poison Elves 16 $2.50 Sirius 15,699
183 Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 15,360
184 Witchblade Collected Edition 3 $4.95 Image 15,250
185 Elfquest 5 $4.95 Warp 15,109
186 Rune: Hearts of Darkness 1 $1.50 Marvel 14,980
187 NewMen 22 $2.50 Image 14,874
188 Gemini Blood 3 $2.25 DC 14,741
189 Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing 1 $1.95 DC 14,439
190 Hazard 5 $1.75 Image 14,431
191 Roswell: Little Green Man 1 $2.95 Bongo 14,277
192 Nexus: Executioner's Song 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 14,181
193 Rack & Pain: Killers 2 $2.95 Chaos 14,166
194 Ultraverse Unlimited 2 $2.50 Marvel 14,102
195 Verotika 12 $2.95 Verotik 14,085
196 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 4 $2.95 Topps 13,952
197 X-Force Megazine 1 $3.95 Marvel 13,764
198 Godzilla 16 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,584
199 Vertigo Verite: Unseen Hand 3 $2.50 DC 13,377
200 Prime 12 $1.50 Marvel 13,340
201 Tongue Lash 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,318
202 Kid Supreme 5 $2.50 Image 13,119
203 Gunsmith Cats: The Return of Gray 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,839
204 Ranma 1/2 Part 5 10 $2.95 Viz 12,758
205 Oh My Goddess! Terrible Master Urd 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,662
206 Grackle 1 $2.95 Acclaim 12,618
207 Hellborne 1 $3.95 London Night 12,515
208 Pinky and the Brain 5 $1.75 DC 12,309
209 Cerebus 210 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 12,191
210 Bone (reprint) 11 $2.95 Image 12,110
211 Age of Reptiles: The Hunt 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,021
212 Chronowar 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,903
213 Gamera 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,844
214 Fang Testament 1 $2.50 Sirius 11,719
215 Sliders Special 2 $3.95 Acclaim 11,513
216 Cyberfrog: Reservoir Frog 1 $2.95 Harris 11,402
217 Razor Uncut 26 $3.00 London Night 11,085
218 Youngblood Classics 1 $2.25 Image 10,798
219 Razor: Morbid Angel Soul Search 2 $3.00 London Night 10,584
220 Leonard Nimoy's Primortals 5 $2.25 Big 10,341
221 Animaniacs 19 $1.75 DC 10,311
222 Double Impact Vol. 2 2 $3.00 High Impact 10,245
223 Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger 6 $2.25 Big 10,142
224 Distant Soil 16 $2.95 Image 10,105
225 Knights on Broadway 3 $2.95 Broadway 10,090
226 CreeD: Cranial Disorder 1 $3.00 Lightning 10,024
227 Mythography 1 $3.95 Bardic 9,928
228 Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice 6 $2.25 Big 9,773
229 Blade of Immortal Conquest 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,456
230 G.I. Joe 4 $2.50 Dark Horse 9,419
231 Starlord Megazine 1 $2.95 Marvel 9,267
232 From Hell 10 $4.95 Kitchen Sink 9,154
233 Battle Angel Alita Part Six 8 $2.95 Viz 8,992
234 Satanika Illustrations $3.95 Verotik 8,977
235 Uncle Scrooge 301 $1.50 Gladstone 8,933
236 Thundergod 3 $2.95 Crusade 8,520
237 Sunglasses After Dark 5 $2.95 Verotik 8,454
238 Neil Gaiman's Phage: Shadow Death 6 $2.25 Big 8,019
239 Tommi Gun 0.5 $3.00 London Night 7,879
240 Wingbird Black & White Bondage $4.95 Verotik 7,761
241 Goblin Lord 1 $2.50 Goblin 7,643
242 Big Bang Comics 4 $2.50 Image 7,569
243 Wise Son: The White Wolf 1 $2.50 DC 7,488
244 Donald Duck Adventures 41 $1.50 Gladstone 7,400
245 War of the Worlds 1 $2.95 Caliber 7,267
246 Kaos Moon 1 $2.95 Caliber 7,223
247 Moebius Comics 3 $2.95 Caliber 7,171
248 Gon 4 $5.95 DC 7,135
249 Demonique 1 $3.00 London Night 7,090
250 Isaac Asimov's I-Bots 6 $2.25 Big 7,039
251 Whoa Nellie! 3 $2.95 Fantagraphics 7,009
252 Warrior 1 $2.95 Ultimate Warrior 6,715
253 Icon 40 $2.50 DC 6,715
254 No Need for Tenchi 6 $2.95 Viz 6,663
255 La Blue Girl 3 $2.95 Central Park 6,530
256 Disney Comic Hits 13 $1.50 Marvel 6,509
257 Maison Ikkoku Part Six 2 $2.95 Viz 6,479
258 Dark Horse Presents 113 $2.95 Dark Horse 6,457
259 Warrior 2 $2.95 Ultimate Warrior 6,427
260 CreeD: Cranial Disorder 1 $3.00 Lightning 6,412
261 Hot Tails 7 $2.95 Fantagraphics 6,324
262 Looney Tunes 26 $1.75 DC 6,287
263 Gravediggers 3 $2.95 Acclaim 6,154
264 Bratpack/Maximortal Super Special 1 $2.95 King Hell 6,110
265 Big Blown Baby 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 5,992
266 Escape 4 $2.95 Comico 5,985
267 Dead Boys: Vampire Knights 1 $3.00 London Night 5,963
268 Super Taboo 10 $3.50 Fantagraphics 5,918
269 Spunky Knight Special $2.95 Fantagraphics 5,911
270 Reality Check 1 $2.95 Sirius 5,690
271 Walt Disney's Comics & Stories 606 $5.95 Gladstone 5,661
272 Return of Lum Part Three 5 $2.95 Viz 5,631
273 Sonic the Hedgehog 41 $1.50 Archie 5,579
274 Spawn 40 $1.95 Image 5,484
275 Haunt of Fear 17 $2.50 Gemstone 5,484
276 Static 41 $2.50 DC 5,476
277 Drywall: Unzipped 1 $2.95 Fireman 5,432
278 Cheryl Blossom Goes Hollywood 1 $1.50 Archie 5,329
279 Riot Act Two 6 $2.95 Viz 5,307
280 Sonic: The Death Egg Saga 1 $1.50 Archie 5,299
281 All New Armed & Dangerous 4 $2.95 Acclaim 5,248
282 Archie 454 $1.50 Archie 5,145
283 THB 6 $2.95 Horse 5,049
284 Hardware 45 $2.50 DC 4,953
285 Vampfire 1 $2.95 Brainstorm 4,791
286 Cell 1 $2.95 Antarctic 4,754
287 Betty & Veronica 106 $1.50 Archie 4,739
288 Bio Booster Armor Guyver Part Five 5 $2.95 Viz 4,710
289 Mister X 3 $2.95 Caliber 4,710
290 Ninja High School 53 $2.95 Antarctic 4,695
291 Fist of the North Star Part Three 3 $2.95 Viz 4,548
292 Betty 44 $1.50 Archie 4,511
293 Luftwaffe 1946 2 $2.95 Antarctic 4,467
294 Vampfire (Nude) 1 $3.95 Brainstorm 4,459
295 Eddie Campbell's Bacchus 17 $2.95 Eddie Campbell 4,400
296 Frontline Combat 6 $2.50 Gemstone 4,400
297 Wandering Star 16 $2.50 Sirius 4,334
298 Veronica 58 $1.50 Archie 4,319
299 Sade 4 $3.00 London Night 4,245
300 Akiko 7 $2.50 Sirius 4,223
301 Sister of Mercy: When Razors Cry Crimson Tears 1 $2.50 No Mercy 4,172
302 Sanctuary Part Five 7 $3.50 Viz 4,120
303 Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder) 1 $2.25 Image 4,083
304 Elementals Sex Special 3 $2.95 Comico 4,046
305 Lady Vampre vs. Black Lace 1 $2.95 Black Out 4,010
306 Who is the Crooked Man 1 $3.50 Crusade 3,965
307 Cud Comics 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 3,951
308 Morbid Angel: Penance Revised Color Special $3.95 London Night 3,943
309 Vamperotica 19 $2.95 Brainstorm 3,928
310 Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder) 2 $2.25 Image 3,855
311 Elementals vs. Charnal Priests Special 1 $2.95 Comico 3,855
312 Thieves & Kings 13 $2.35 I Box 3,847
313 Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder) 3 $2.25 Image 3,744
314 Widow: Bound by Blood 2 $3.50 Ground Zero 3,744
315 Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder) 4 $2.25 Image 3,729
316 Demongate 5 $2.50 Sirius 3,700
317 Maxx 8 $1.95 Image 3,671
318 Nira X Cyberangel Annual 1 $2.75 Express 3,634
319 Scooby Doo 15 $1.50 Archie 3,619
320 World of Archie 21 $1.50 Archie 3,582
321 All New Bad Eggs 4 $2.95 Acclaim 3,523
322 Vamperotica Deluxe 19 $2.95 Brainstorm 3,501
323 Mike Deodato Comics Jonas 19 $2.95 Caliber 3,486
324 THB 7 $2.95 Horse 3,471
325 Safety-Belt Man: All Hell 4 $2.95 Sirius 3,435
326 Archie Double Digest 89 $2.75 Archie 3,427
327 Gold Digger Annual 1996 $3.95 Antarctic 3,398
328 Adventures of the Mask 9 $2.50 Dark Horse 3,390
329 Archie's Pal, Jughead Comics 87 $1.50 Archie 3,383
330 Underwater 7 $3.50 Drawn and Quarterly 3,324
331 Oz 17 $2.95 Caliber 3,228
332 Archie Digest 144 $1.79 Archie 3,221
333 Widow Cinegraphic Special 1 $4.00 Ground Zero 3,214
334 Milk & Cheese 666 (2nd printing) 1 $2.75 Slave Labor 3,206
335 Catfight: Escape from Limbo 1 $2.75 Lightning 3,184
336 Passion 1 $2.50 Blue Dog 3,088
337 Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest 22 $2.75 Archie 3,073
338 Brinke of Disaster 1 $2.25 High Impact 3,066
339 Replacement God 6 $2.95 Slave Labor 3,059
340 Gen13/Maxx 1 $3.50 Image 3,029
341 A-Bomb 14 $2.95 Antarctic 2,941
342 Calibrations 4 $0.99 Caliber 2,926
343 Genus 20 $3.95 Antarctic 2,926
344 Catfight: Escape from Limbo 1 $2.75 Lightning 2,904
345 Atomic City Tales 3 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 2,838
346 Laugh Digest 131 $1.79 Archie 2,771
347 Jughead with Archie Digest 130 $1.79 Archie 2,742
348 Iczer III 1 $2.95 Central Park 2,712
349 Red Dragon 2 $2.95 Comico 2,698
350 Maxx (Reorder) 2 $1.95 Image 2,690
351 Maxx (Reorder) 4 $1.95 Image 2,690
352 Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman Comics (4th printing) 3 $2.95 Deep Sea 2,646
353 Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman Comics (3rd printing) 4 $2.95 Deep Sea 2,646
354 Maxx (Reorder) 5 $1.95 Image 2,646
Top Trade Paperbacks (not including Marvel, by total dollars; sales not reported)
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Amber: The Guns of Avalon $6.95 DC n/a
2 Big Book of Hoaxes $14.95 DC n/a
3 Amalgam Age of Comics: DC Comics $12.95 DC n/a
4 Joker: Devil's Advocate $12.95 DC n/a
5 Fax from Sarajevo $24.95 Dark Horse n/a
6 Witchcraft $14.95 DC n/a
7 Ranma 1/2 Vol. 7 $15.95 Viz n/a
8 Batman: Haunted Knight $12.95 DC n/a
9 Shi: The Way of the Warrior Vol. 2 $14.95 Crusade n/a
10 Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color $17.95 Dark Horse n/a




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