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October 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 X-Men 59 $1.95 Marvel 202,024
2 Uncanny X-Men 339 $1.95 Marvel 200,127
3 Wolverine 108 $1.95 Marvel 179,775
4 Spawn the Impaler 1 $2.95 Image 172,838
5 Spawn 55 $1.95 Image 162,896
6 Fantastic Four (Vol. 2) 2 $1.95 Marvel 162,475
7 DC/Marvel: All Access 1 $2.95 DC 150,664
8 Iron Man (Vol. 2) 2 $1.95 Marvel 139,986
9 Generation X 22 $1.95 Marvel 137,175
10 Curse of the Spawn: Dark Future Part 2 Blood Lust 1 $1.95 Image 136,955
11 Captain America (Vol. 2) 2 $1.95 Marvel 131,863
12 Avengers (Vol. 2) 2 $1.95 Marvel 130,961
13 X-Man 22 $1.95 Marvel 130,441
14 X-Force 61 $1.95 Marvel 125,752
15 Spider-Man 75 $2.95 Marvel 124,664
16 X-Men Unlimited 13 $2.95 Marvel 122,694
17 Gen13 14 $2.50 Image 121,937
18 X-Factor 129 $1.95 Marvel 119,680
19 Cable 38 $1.95 Marvel 119,162
20 Magneto 2 $1.95 Marvel 116,973
21 Amazing Spider-Man 418 $1.50 Marvel 112,113
22 X-Men: Rise of the Apocalypse 3 $1.95 Marvel 105,266
23 Mystique & Sabretooth 1 $1.95 Marvel 102,851
24 Excalibur 104 $1.95 Marvel 100,793
25 Spectacular Spider-Man 241 $1.50 Marvel 99,661
26 Sensational Spider-Man 11 $1.95 Marvel 97,569
27 X.S.E. 2 $1.95 Marvel 96,662
28 Witchblade 10 $2.50 Top Cow 92,391
29 Lady Death: The Crucible 1 $3.50 Chaos 91,719
30 Tales of the Witchblade 1 $2.95 Top Cow 87,245
31 Incredible Hulk 448 $1.50 Marvel 86,843
32 Green Lantern (Enhanced) 81 $3.95 DC 72,269
33 Elektra 2 $1.95 Marvel 71,317
34 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 70,988
35 X-Files 23 $2.95 Topps 70,750
36 Batman 537 $1.95 DC 70,014
37 Darkchylde/Glory 1 $2.95 Extreme 68,852
38 Supergirl 4 $1.95 DC 67,312
39 WildC.A.T.S 33 $2.50 Image 66,276
40 Darkchylde/Avengelyne 1 $2.99 Maximum 65,120
41 Star Wars: Golden Age of the Sith 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 65,078
42 Detective Comics 704 $1.95 DC 64,168
43 Batman: The Long Halloween 1 $4.95 DC 63,230
44 Venom: Tooth & Claw 1 $1.95 Marvel 63,132
45 Superman 118 $1.95 DC 62,705
46 Nightwing 3 $1.95 DC 56,677
47 X-Files Season One 4 $3.95 Topps 56,236
48 Journey into Mystery 504 $1.50 Marvel 55,408
49 Crypt of Dawn 1 $2.95 Sirius 54,576
50 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 57 $1.95 DC 53,960
51 Spider-Man Unlimited 14 $2.95 Marvel 53,545
52 Spider-Man: Redemption 4 $1.50 Marvel 53,541
53 Abominations 1 $1.50 Marvel 53,506
54 Superman/WW: Whom the Gods Would Destroy 1 $4.95 DC 53,372
55 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 89 $1.95 DC 51,580
56 Robin 36 $1.95 DC 51,230
57 Preacher 20 $2.50 DC 51,202
58 Preacher Special: The Story of You Know Who 1 $4.95 DC 49,745
59 Batman: Death of Innocents 1 $3.95 DC 49,241
60 Flash 120 $1.75 DC 49,136
61 Robin Plus 1 $2.95 DC 48,947
62 Catwoman 40 $1.95 DC 48,373
63 Spider-Man Team-Ups 5 $2.95 Marvel 47,589
64 Lady Death & The Women of Chaos Gallery 1 $2.25 Chaos 47,316
65 World's Finest: Superboy/Robin 1 $4.95 DC 46,637
66 What If? 92 $1.50 Marvel 46,097
67 Shi: Kaidan 1 $2.95 Crusade 45,768
68 Wonder Woman 116 $1.95 DC 44,851
69 Untold Tales of Spider-Man '96 $1.95 Marvel 44,468
70 Green Lantern Plus 1 $2.95 DC 44,165
71 Dreaming 7 $2.50 DC 43,892
72 Untold Tales of Spider-Man 16 $0.99 Marvel 43,359
73 Wetworks 22 $2.50 Image 42,982
74 Star Fleet Academy 1 $1.95 Marvel 42,713
75 CyberForce 28 $2.50 Top Cow 42,695
76 Batman: Gordon's Law 1 $1.95 DC 41,000
77 Avengelyne 0 $2.99 Maximum 40,867
78 Azrael 24 $1.95 DC 40,678
79 Marvel Fanfare 4 $0.99 Marvel 40,451
80 Daily Bugle 1 $1.95 Marvel 40,246
81 Silver Surfer 123 $1.50 Marvel 39,977
82 Professor X and the X-Men 14 $0.99 Marvel 39,820
83 Astro City Vol. 2 3 $2.50 Homage 39,194
84 Teen Titans 3 $1.95 DC 38,970
85 Azrael Plus 1 $2.95 DC 38,557
86 Daredevil 359 $1.50 Marvel 38,479
87 Star Trek: Voyager 2 $1.95 Marvel 38,231
88 Angels of Destruction $2.50 Marvel 38,208
89 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 2 $1.95 Marvel 37,661
90 Superboy 34 $1.95 DC 37,472
91 Wonder Woman Annual 5 $2.95 DC 37,304
92 Weapon Zero 8 $2.50 Top Cow 35,945
93 2099: World of Tomorrow 4 $2.50 Marvel 35,626
94 Black Knight: Exodus $2.50 Marvel 35,396
95 Backlash 25 $3.95 Image 35,175
96 Impulse 20 $1.75 DC 34,489
97 Hitman 9 $2.25 DC 34,447
98 Superman Adventures 2 $1.75 DC 34,391
99 Aquaman 27 $1.75 DC 34,153
100 Glory/Celestine: Dark Angel 2 $2.50 Extreme 34,013
101 Birds of Prey: Manhunt 4 $1.95 DC 33,621
102 X-O Manowar Vol. 2 1 $2.50 Acclaim 33,376
103 Grifter 4 $2.50 Image 32,942
104 House of Secrets 3 $2.50 DC 31,871
105 Superboy & The Ravers 4 $1.95 DC 31,717
106 Starman 25 $2.25 DC 31,303
107 Punisher 14 $1.50 Marvel 31,237
108 Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller 1 $4.95 Dark Horse 31,037
109 Books of Magic 31 $2.50 DC 30,806
110 Vampirella 25th Anniversary Special $5.95 Harris 30,400
111 StormWatch 41 $2.50 Image 30,232
112 Uncanny Origins 4 $0.99 Marvel 30,212
113 Hellboy: Wake the Devil 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 30,057
114 Star Lord 1 $2.50 Marvel 28,660
115 Brass 3 $2.50 Image 28,594
116 Crow: Wild Justice 1 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 28,377
117 Ghost Rider 80 $1.50 Marvel 28,061
118 Legion of Super-Heroes 87 $2.25 DC 27,789
119 Glory 16 $2.50 Extreme 27,698
120 Legionnaires 43 $2.25 DC 27,299
121 Batman & Robin Adventures 13 $1.75 DC 27,159
122 Vampirella Strikes 7 $2.95 Harris 27,019
123 Lobo/Demon: Helloween 1 $2.25 DC 26,171
124 Lady Rawhide 1 $2.95 Topps 26,073
125 Allegra 3 $2.50 Image 25,996
126 Strangers in Paradise Vol. 3 2 $2.75 Homage 25,352
127 Night Force 1 $2.25 DC 25,184
128 Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror 2 $2.50 Bongo 25,016
129 Simpsons Comics 25 $2.25 Bongo 24,918
130 Hellblazer 108 $2.25 DC 24,820
131 Bloody Mary 3 $2.25 DC 24,652
132 Legionnaires Annual 3 $3.50 DC 24,267
133 Razor 1 $3.95 London Night 24,197
134 Power of Shazam! 21 $1.75 DC 24,197
135 Lobo 34 $2.25 DC 23,917
136 Tempest 2 $1.75 DC 23,882
137 Evil Ernie 1 $2.50 Chaos 23,707
138 Friends of Maxx 2 $2.95 Image 23,518
139 Lobo: Death & Taxes 3 $2.25 DC 23,315
140 Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck 1 $3.95 Image 23,294
141 Sovereign Seven 17 $1.95 DC 23,175
142 New Gods 13 $1.95 DC 23,126
143 Ash: The Fire Within 3 $2.95 Event 22,475
144 Adventures of the X-Men 9 $0.99 Marvel 22,329
145 Madman Comics 11 $2.95 Dark Horse 22,328
146 Predator: Dark River 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 22,244
147 Green Arrow 115 $2.25 DC 21,873
148 Black Lamb 2 $2.50 DC 21,810
149 Youngblood 13 $2.50 Extreme 21,782
150 Grifter and The Mask 2 $2.50 Dark Horse 21,690
151 Sandman Mystery Theatre 45 $2.50 DC 21,578
152 Spectre 48 $2.25 DC 21,543
153 Green Lantern (Unenhanced) 81 $1.75 DC 21,522
154 Green Lantern Gallery 1 $3.50 DC 21,417
155 Lady Supreme 4 $2.50 Extreme 21,305
156 Tomoe 1 $2.95 Crusade 20,773
157 Essential Vertigo: The Sandman 5 $1.95 DC 20,626
158 Sovereign Seven Annual 2 $2.95 DC 20,514
159 Terminal City 6 $2.50 DC 20,486
160 Supreme 43 $2.50 Extreme 20,171
161 Showcase '96 11 $2.95 DC 19,926
162 Leave It to Chance 2 $2.50 Homage 19,716
163 Scare Tactics 1 $2.25 DC 19,373
164 Ash: The Fire Within 3 $2.95 Event 19,254
165 Steel 33 $1.95 DC 19,079
166 Aztek The Ultimate Man 5 $1.75 DC 19,079
167 Mythos: The Final Tour 1 $5.95 DC 19,037
168 Adventures of Spider-Man 9 $0.99 Marvel 18,342
169 Stray Bullets 11 $2.95 El Capitan 18,155
170 Bone 12 $2.95 Image 17,658
171 Bionix 1 $2.99 Maximum 17,588
172 Decade of Dark Horse 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 17,259
173 Space Jam 1 $2.50 DC 17,049
174 Seekers into the Mystery 11 $2.50 DC 16,558
175 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 $1.95 Image 16,558
176 Grendel: Devil's Legacy 3 $2.75 Dark Horse 16,404
177 Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End 4 $2.99 Maximum 16,180
178 1111 1 $2.95 Crusade 16,152
179 Cyberella 4 $2.25 DC 16,047
180 Body Bags 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 15,830
181 Poison Elves 17 $2.50 Sirius 15,711
182 Power Rangers Zeo/Youngblood 1 $2.95 Extreme 15,676
183 Jaguar God 6 $2.95 Verotik 15,529
184 Satanika 5 $2.95 Verotik 15,004
185 Ultraforce 13 $1.50 Marvel 14,999
186 Black Pearl 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 14,668
187 New Men 23 $2.50 Extreme 14,493
188 Vermillion 3 $2.25 DC 14,388
189 Blood: A Tale 2 $2.95 DC 14,199
190 Elfquest 6 $4.95 Warp 14,192
191 Dark Horse Presents 114 $2.95 Dark Horse 14,185
192 Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,891
193 Priest 3 $2.99 Maximum 13,401
194 Hate 25 $2.95 Fantagraphics 13,247
195 Ranma 1/2 Part Five 11 $2.95 Viz 12,869
196 Gunsmith Cats: The Return of Gray 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,694
197 Power Rangers Zeo 2 $2.50 Extreme 12,631
198 Vanguard: Strange Visitors 1 $2.95 Image 12,617
199 Vertigo Verite: Unseen Hand 4 $2.50 DC 12,596
200 Hazard 6 $2.25 Image 12,582
201 Gemini Blood 4 $2.25 DC 12,554
202 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 5 $2.95 Topps 12,491
203 Rune: Hearts of Darkness 2 $1.50 Marvel 12,425
204 Prime 13 $1.50 Marvel 12,396
205 Kid Supreme 6 $2.50 Extreme 12,386
206 Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,323
207 Incredible Hulk Megazine $3.95 Marvel 12,246
208 Cerebus 211 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 12,141
209 Pinky and the Brain 6 $1.75 DC 12,099
210 Asylum 8 $2.99 Maximum 11,951
211 Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing 2 $1.95 DC 11,608
212 Witchblade Collected Edition 4 $4.95 Top Cow 11,104
213 Rack & Pain Killers 3 $2.95 Chaos 11,048
214 Razor Uncut 27 $3.00 London Night 10,908
215 Razor Uncut 28 $3.00 London Night 10,845
216 Blade of the Immortal Genius 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,831
217 Chronowar 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,740
218 Gamera 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,740
219 Legend of Mother Sarah: City of the Angels 1 $3.95 Dark Horse 10,194
220 Takion 7 $1.75 DC 9,984
221 Hari Kari: Rebirth 1 $2.95 Blackout 9,984
222 Cyberfrog: Reservoir Frog 2 $2.95 Harris 9,830
223 Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger 7 $2.25 Big 9,781
224 Leonard Nimoy's Primortals 6 $2.25 Big 9,718
225 Battle Angel Alita Part Seven 1 $2.95 Viz 9,711
226 Knights on Broadway 4 $2.95 Broadway 9,592
227 Donald Duck 300 $2.25 Gladstone 9,466
228 Animaniacs 20 $1.75 DC 9,368
229 Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice 7 $2.25 Big 9,333
230 Horseman 2 $2.95 Kevlar 9,326
231 Grackle 2 $2.95 Acclaim 9,312
232 Razor/Morbid Angel: Soul Search 3 $3.00 London Night 9,193
233 Usagi Yojimbo 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,123
234 Fang: Testament 2 $2.50 Sirius 8,892
235 Lilith: Demon Princess 2 $2.95 Antarctic 8,787
236 China & Jazz: Code Name Double Impact 1 $3.00 High Impact 8,668
237 Tomb of Dracula: Halloween $3.95 Marvel 8,653
238 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1 $1.50 Archie 8,605
239 Hellborne 3 $3.00 London Night 8,283
240 Uncle Scrooge Adventures 42 $1.50 Gladstone 8,206
241 Morbid Angel: To Hell and Back 1 $3.00 London Night 8,192
242 Thundergod 4 $2.95 Crusade 7,786
243 Pandora 1 $3.00 Brainstorm 7,695
244 Disney Comic Hits 15 $1.50 Marvel 7,590
245 Big Bang Comics 5 $2.95 Image 7,275
246 Kurt Busiek's Astro City 1 $2.25 Image 7,268
247 Xenozoic Tales 14 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 7,134
248 I-Bots 7 $2.25 Big 6,973
249 Tales from the Crypt 18 $2.50 Gemstone 6,959
250 Acme Novelty Library 8 $3.95 Fantagraphics 6,889
251 New Love 2 $2.95 Fantagraphics 6,854
252 Spawn 45 $1.95 Image 6,826
253 Snowman 1944 1 $2.75 Express 6,742
254 Youngblood Classics 2 $2.25 Extreme 6,735
255 No Need for Tenchi 7 $2.95 Viz 6,574
256 Vampress Luxura 2 $2.95 Brainstorm 6,546
257 Demonique 2 $3.00 London Night 6,504
258 Coventry 1 $3.95 Fantagraphics 6,413
259 Maison Ikkoku Part Six 3 $3.50 Viz 6,336
260 Icon 40 $2.50 DC 6,315
261 Gravediggers 4 $2.95 Acclaim 6,273
262 Sonic the Hedgehog 42 $1.50 Archie 6,238
263 Sonic Live Special 1 $2.00 Archie 6,231
264 6 Lethal Origins 1 $2.50 Byron Preiss 6,224
265 La Blue Girl 4 $2.95 CPM 6,007
266 Crystal Breeze Unleashed 1 $3.00 High Impact 5,979
267 They Call Me The Skul 1 $2.50 Byron Preiss 5,895
268 Walt Disney's Comics & Stories 607 $5.95 Gladstone 5,839
269 Primal Rage 2 $2.95 Sirius 5,804
270 Code Name Scorpio 1 $2.95 Antarctic 5,783
271 Araknis 5 $2.50 Mushroom 5,762
272 Hot Tails 8 $2.95 Fantagraphics 5,762
273 Wise Son: The White Wolf 2 $2.50 DC 5,720
274 Berlin 3 $2.50 Black Eye 5,615
275 Weird Science 18 $2.50 Gemstone 5,566
276 Super Taboo 11 $3.50 Fantagraphics 5,531
277 Return of Lum Part Three 6 $2.95 Viz 5,510
278 Tribe 0 $2.95 Good 5,510
279 Big Blown Baby 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 5,489
280 Hellina: Hell's Angel 1 $2.75 Lightning 5,475
281 Suit 1 $2.50 Byron Preiss 5,440
282 Archie 455 $1.50 Archie 5,370
283 Shock SuspenStories 18 $2.50 Gemstone 5,363
284 Sonic: The Death Egg Saga 2 $1.50 Archie 5,349
285 Previews Presents: Queens of Halloween Ashcan 2 $3.00 Diamond 5,328
286 Static 42 $2.50 DC 5,279
287 Riot Act Two 7 $2.95 Viz 5,223
288 Demon Gun 3 $2.95 Crusade 5,020
289 Betty & Veronica 107 $1.50 Archie 5,006
290 Archie's Christmas Stocking 4 $2.00 Archie 4,915
291 Cheryl Blossom Goes Hollywood 2 $1.50 Archie 4,894
292 Hardware 46 $2.50 DC 4,852
293 Superfist Ayumi $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,831
294 Vamperotica 20 $2.95 Brainstorm 4,782
295 Betty 45 $1.50 Archie 4,698
296 Bio Booster Armor Guyver Part Five 6 $2.95 Viz 4,649
297 Glory 1 $2.50 Image 4,579
298 Veronica 59 $1.50 Archie 4,467
299 Demon Beast Invasion 1 $2.95 CPM 4,397
300 Eddie Campbell's Bacchus 18 $2.95 Eddie Campbell 4,383
301 Star Blazers 8 $2.95 Argo 4,376
302 Akiko 8 $2.50 Sirius 4,369
303 Wandering Star 17 $2.50 Sirius 4,362
304 Fist of the North Star Part Three 4 $2.95 Viz 4,355
305 Reality Check 2 $2.95 Sirius 4,299
306 Gothic Nights Two $2.50 Rebel 4,292
307 Lost 1 $2.95 Caliber 4,278
308 Manga Vizion Vol. 2 10 $4.95 Viz 4,243
309 Betty & Veronica Spectacular 21 $1.50 Archie 4,194
310 Joe Psycho & Moo Frog 2 $2.50 Goblin 4,068
311 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 62 $2.75 Archie 4,054
312 Vampire Bayne Vol. 2 1 $2.00 Comicolor 4,019
313 Sanctuary Part Five 8 $3.50 Viz 3,998
314 Archangels the Saga 4 $2.75 Eternal 3,921
315 Elementals vs. Charnal Priests Special 2 $2.95 Comico 3,900
316 Archangels the Saga 3 $2.75 Eternal 3,879
317 Gold Digger 32 $2.95 Antarctic 3,865
318 Ninja High School Yearbook 1996 $3.95 Antarctic 3,760
319 Demongate 6 $2.50 Sirius 3,718
320 Sade 5 $3.00 London Night 3,718
321 Scooby Doo 16 $1.50 Archie 3,704
322 Pandora 1 $5.00 Brainstorm 3,690
323 Tug & Buster 6 $2.95 Art & Soul 3,683
324 Archie Digest 145 $1.79 Archie 3,613
325 Warrior 3 $2.50 Ultimate 3,606
326 Jughead 88 $1.50 Archie 3,536
327 Rebels of Avalon 1 $2.95 Comico 3,522
328 Betty & Veronica Digest 85 $1.79 Archie 3,473
329 Elementals Sex Special 4 $2.95 Comico 3,459
330 Warrior 4 $2.50 Ultimate 3,417
331 Melty Feeling 1 $3.50 Antarctic 3,417
332 Pals 'N' Gals Double Digest 23 $2.75 Archie 3,410
333 Silver 1 $2.00 Comicolor 3,396
334 Jughead's Double Digest 41 $2.75 Archie 3,368
335 Milk & Cheese's Other #1 $2.75 Slave Labor 3,228
336 Gideon 1 $2.95 Caliber 3,151
337 Who Is the Crooked Man 2 $3.50 Crusade 3,144
338 Witchblade Collected Ed. Vol. 4 w/Custom Slipcase $10.95 Top Cow 3,130
339 Moxi: Strange Daze 1 $3.00 Lightning 3,130
340 Adventures of the Mask 10 $2.50 Dark Horse 3,074
341 Nira X: Soulskurge 1 $2.75 Express 3,060
342 Rose and Gunn 3 $3.00 London Night 3,046
343 Blood Hunter 1 $2.95 Brainstorm 2,997
344 Safety Belt Man: All Hell 5 $2.95 Sirius 2,983
345 W 1 $2.95 Good 2,843
346 Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego 4 $1.75 DC 2,780
347 Calibrations 5 $0.99 Caliber 2,773
348 Lady Bathory - Baby Universal 3 $2.95 Comico 2,759
349 Blue Dog 1 $3.00 Ground Zero 2,605
350 Taboux Book Three 1 $3.95 Antarctic 2,535
351 Box Office Poison 1 $3.50 Antarctic 2,500
352 Archie's Story & Game Digest 37 $1.79 Archie 2,479
353 Biologic Show 2 $3.95 Fantagraphics 2,465
354 Onslaught: Marvel Universe Gold $50.00 Marvel 1,059
Top Trade Paperbacks (not including Marvel, by total dollars; sales not reported)
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 10th Anniv Slipcase Ed. $100.00 DC n/a
2 Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6 $49.95 DC n/a
3 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 10th Anniv HC $45.00 DC n/a
4 Aliens/Predator Deadliest of the Species $29.95 Dark Horse n/a
5 Big Book of Thugs $14.95 DC n/a
6 Amber: The Guns of Avalon 3 $6.95 DC n/a
7 Sin City: That Yellow Bastard HC $25.00 Dark Horse n/a
8 Bone Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm $16.95 Cartoon n/a
9 Freak Force Vol. 1 $29.95 Image n/a
10 WildC.A.T.S/Cyberforce: Killer Instinct $16.95 Image n/a




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