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November 1996 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors
and Heroes World Distribution


DC led the combined charts for the month with Superman's wedding to Lois Lane, an event which had been coordinated to coincide with events on the Lois and Clark TV series on ABC.

It is not absolutely clear whether the Heroes World data includes United Kingdom sales; it's presumed that it doesn't, but if it did, the Marvel figures below would be reduced by somewhat less than 10%. That would still give Marvel domination of the rankings.

Diamond computed dollar rankings while Heroes World did not; the chart below estimates likely dollar rankings for the Marvel issues.

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 and all comics offered by Heroes World.
Items marked (resolicitation) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
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 TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
11Superman: The Wedding Album Collector's Edition$4.95DC227,686
26Uncanny X-Men340$1.95Marvel198,491
37X-Men60$1.95Marvel197,278
48Wolverine109$1.95Marvel172,241
510Spawn56$1.95Image158,227
611Fantastic Four (Vol. 2)3$1.95Marvel154,609
717Iron Man (Vol. 2)3$1.95Marvel138,675
84Spawn the Impaler2$2.95Image135,549
918Generation X23$1.95Marvel131,758
1019Curse of Spawn: Dark Future Blood Lust Part III2$1.95Image131,658
1121Avengers (Vol. 2)3$1.95Marvel125,234
1222Captain America (Vol. 2)3$1.95Marvel124,614
1323X-Man23$1.95Marvel123,263
1424DC/Marvel: All Access2$1.95DC122,718
1525X-Force62$1.95Marvel121,913
1627DC/Marvel: All Access3$1.95DC118,963
1712Gen1315$2.50Image116,896
1828X-Factor130$1.95Marvel116,335
1930Cable39$1.95Marvel113,660
209Deadpool1$2.95Marvel112,405
2116Gen13 Bootleg1$2.50Image108,471
2232Magneto3$1.95Marvel107,468
232Spider-Man/Gen13$4.95Marvel106,516
2435JLA1$1.95DC104,486
2536X-Men: The Rise of Apocalypse4$1.95Marvel103,498
2613X-Man '96$2.95Marvel98,969
2741Imperial Guard1$1.95Marvel98,226
2842Excalibur105$1.95Marvel95,900
2943Adventures of Superman541$1.95DC94,258
3044Action Comics728$1.95DC91,839
3145Superman: The Man of Steel63$1.95DC89,467
3246X.S.E.3$1.95Marvel89,428
3362Amazing Spider-Man419$1.50Marvel87,755
3448Mystique & Sabretooth2$1.95Marvel86,984
3564Incredible Hulk449$1.50Marvel86,624
3631Darkness1$2.50Top Cow84,648
3752Domino1$1.95Marvel83,278
3853Spider-Man76$1.95Marvel82,901
3934Witchblade11$2.50Top Cow81,509
405Team X/Team 7$4.95Marvel79,461
4179Spectacular Spider-Man242$1.50Marvel76,790
4229Maverick$2.95Marvel75,826
433Silver Surfer/Superman$5.95Marvel73,009
4457Sensational Spider-Man12$1.95Marvel72,768
4561Batman538$1.95DC67,778
4637X-Files24$2.95Topps67,432
4750DV83$2.50Image66,605
4865Elektra3$1.95Marvel66,279
4968Superman119$1.95DC64,362
5054Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives1$2.50Marvel63,700
5171Supergirl5$1.95DC62,444
5272Detective Comics 705$1.95DC62,098
5373Adventures of Superman542$1.95DC61,142
5474Action Comics729$1.95DC60,553
5578Superman: The Man of Steel64$1.95DC59,712
56102What If?93$1.50Marvel56,786
5749Batman: The Long Halloween2$2.95DC56,771
5851Star Wars: Golden Age of Sith2$2.95Dark Horse56,249
5915Superman: The Wedding Album Std. Ed.$4.95DC55,083
6083Nightwing4$1.95DC54,324
6155Star Trek Unlimited2$2.95Marvel53,473
6284Venom: Tooth and Claw2$1.95Marvel53,385
6333X-Files Season One5$3.95Topps52,345
6456Shi12$2.95Crusade52,270
6598Green Lantern82$1.75DC51,559
6689Batman: Shadow of the Bat58$1.95DC51,287
6790Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight90$1.95DC51,240
6866Thrillkiller1$2.50DC51,125
6970Preacher21$2.50DC49,918
7039Batman: Blackgate1$3.95DC49,688
7195Robin37$1.95DC48,542
72119Journey into Mystery505$1.50Marvel48,411
73103Flash121$1.75DC47,587
7426 Superman/Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy2$4.95DC47,539
7514Wolverine Encycolopedia1$5.95Marvel46,928
7658Flash Plus1$2.95DC46,407
7759Star Wars: X-Wing RS: Warrior Princess1$2.95Dark Horse46,333
7899Catwoman41$1.95DC46,184
7963Purgatori: The Vampire's Myth3$2.95Chaos44,415
80135Abominations2$1.50Marvel44,102
8120Superman's Metropolis$5.95DC42,890
8269Batman Chronicles7$2.95DC42,517
83187Untold Tales of Spider-Man17$.99Marvel42,362
84106Wonder Woman117$1.95DC42,361
8567Dark Chylde5$2.99Maximum42,015
8685The Dreaming8$2.50DC40,931
8786Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 24$2.50Image40,904
8887CyberForce29$2.50Top Cow40,490
8938World's Finest Three: Superboy/Robin2$4.95DC39,826
9040Superman: Wedding Album Collector's Ed. Next Day$4.95DC39,603
9192Wetworks23$2.50Image39,474
92113Azrael25$1.95DC38,986
93114Teen Titans4$1.95DC38,925
94144Daredevil360$1.50Marvel38,036
95147Silver Surfer124$1.50Marvel37,925
9696Shadowman1$2.50Acclaim37,257
97120Maxx28$1.95Image36,973
98203Professor X and the X-Men15$.99Marvel36,943
99206Marvel Fanfare5$.99Marvel36,511
100123Star Trek: Voyager3$1.95Marvel36,398
101124Superboy35$1.95DC36,390
10281Wonder Woman Plus1$2.95DC36,132
10380Avengelyne/Warrior Nun Areala1$2.99Maximum36,051
10482Superboy Plus1$2.95DC35,949
105127Star Trek: Deep Space Nine3$1.95Marvel35,350
106129Star Fleet Academy2$1.95Marvel35,142
107101Weapon Zero9$2.50Top Cow34,723
10888Crow: Wild Justice2$2.95Kitchen Sink34,167
109140Aquaman28$1.75DC33,930
110136Batman: Gordon's Law2$1.95DC33,875
111142Impulse21$1.75DC33,543
112117Hitman10$2.25DC33,482
11391Ash/22 Brides1$2.95Event33,475
114104Savage Dragon33$2.50Image33,299
115105Daily Bugle2$2.50Marvel33,203
116165Ghost Rider81$1.50Marvel32,753
11793Bone27$2.95Image32,649
118148Superman Adventures3$1.75DC32,350
119171Ultragirl1$1.50Marvel32,057
12094Avengelyne7$2.99Maximum31,991
121109101 Ways to End the Clone Saga$2.50Marvel31,684
1221102099 World of Tomorrow5$2.50Marvel31,393
123111House of Secrets4$2.50DC30,934
124112Backlash26$2.50Image30,778
125176Punisher15$1.50Marvel30,752
12697Valkyrie$2.95Marvel30,728
127115Ninjak1$2.50Acclaim30,337
128116Grifter5$2.50Image30,188
129132Starman26$2.25DC30,148
13076DC Universe Holiday Bash1$3.95DC29,775
131118Books of Magic32$2.50DC29,673
132100Dark Side1$2.99Maximum29,666
133226Uncanny Origins5$.99Marvel29,650
134146Superboy and the Ravers5$1.95DC29,185
13547Star Trek: First Contact Movie Adaptation$5.95Marvel28,863
136138Legion of Super-Heroes88$2.25DC28,684
137125Stormwatch42$2.50Image28,345
138128X-O Manowar2$2.50Acclaim27,504
139130Arcanum2$2.50Top Cow27,328
140131Glory/Celestine: Dark Angel3$2.50Maximum27,301
141108Marvel Holiday Special 1996$2.95Marvel27,199
142177Batman & Robin Adventures14$1.75DC26,284
143178Power of Shazam!22$1.75DC26,210
144141Legionnaires44$2.25DC26,169
145122Strangers in Paradise Vol. 33$2.75Image25,905
146121Predator: Strange Roux1$2.95Dark Horse24,217
147150Hellblazer109$2.25DC23,831
148139Glory17$2.50Maximum23,783
14975Superman: The Wedding Album Collector's Edition$4.95DC23,770
15077Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller2$4.95Dark Horse23,682
151133Vampirella of Drakulon0$2.95Harris22,916
152134Bloodhunter1$2.95Image22,807
153145Allegra4$2.50Image22,800
15460Official Marvel Timeline$5.95Marvel22,660
155157Lobo35$2.25DC22,495
156183Sovereign Seven18$1.95DC22,421
157194Tempest3$1.75DC22,346
158185New Gods14$1.95DC22,150
159162Wildstorm Universe 97$2.25Image22,129
160166Lobo: Death & Taxes4$2.25DC21,818
161167Bloody Mary4$2.25DC21,797
162168Simpsons Comics26$2.25Bongo21,750
163256Adventures of the X-Men10$.99Marvel21,442
164152Prophet10$2.50Maximum21,174
165189Steel34$1.95DC21,153
166172Green Arrow116$2.25DC21,120
167153Star Lord2$2.50Marvel21,035
168190Evil Ernie2$1.95Chaos20,869
169154Sandman Mystery Theatre46$2.50DC20,754
170175Spectre49$2.25DC20,726
171156Supreme44$2.50Image20,442
172158Youngblood14$2.50Maximum20,205
173159Ghost19$2.50Dark Horse20,123
174160Black Lamb3$2.50DC20,103
175163Leave it to Chance3$2.50Image19,805
176170Terminal City7$2.50DC19,439
177149Lady Rawhide2$2.95Topps18,951
178208Essential Vertigo: The Sandman6$1.95DC18,415
179151Showcase 9612$2.95DC17,995
180192Night Force2$2.25DC17,846
181155Species: Human Race1$2.95Dark Horse17,500
182195Time Breakers1$2.25DC17,317
183223Aztek: The Ultimate Man6$1.75DC17,046
184279Adventures of Spider-Man10$.99Marvel16,981
185164Vampirella1$2.95Harris16,775
186161Embrace: Kill Me Softly1$3.00London Night16,721
187173Black Pearl3$2.95Dark Horse16,097
188174Body Bags3$2.95Dark Horse15,907
189196Seekers into the Mystery12$2.50DC15,474
190182Warrior Nun Areala/Scorpio Rose2$2.95Antarctic14,931
191201Poison Elves18$2.50Sirius14,911
192184Fatale7$2.95Broadway14,816
193202Teenage Mutant Ninja Trutles5$2.50Image14,728
194143Mars Attacks: The Official Movie Adaptation1$3.95Topps14,586
195215Cyberella5$2.25DC14,315
196188Thrax1$2.95Event13,983
197107Mythos: The Final Tour2$5.95DC13,732
198261UltraForce14$1.50Marvel13,713
199191Razor Vol. 22$3.00London Night13,413
200193Bionix2$2.99Maximum13,278
201214Newmen24$2.50Maximum12,973
202197Heretic1$2.95Dark Horse12,959
203198Blood: A Tale3$2.95DC12,946
204227Scare Tactics2$2.25DC12,898
205180Labman1$3.50Image12,729
206199Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan5$2.95Dark Horse12,695
207200Ranma 1/2 Part Five12$2.95Viz12,674
208204Gunsmith Cats: The Return of Gray4$2.95Dark Horse12,383
209219Power Rangers Zeo/Youngblood2$2.50Image12,349
210205Mars Attacks8$2.95Topps12,302
211235Vermillion4$2.25DC12,227
212207Verotika13$2.95Verotik12,186
213238Cerebus212$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim11,875
214274Prime4$1.50Marvel11,676
215126Comic Book1$5.95Dark Horse11,604
216276Rune: Hearts of Darkness3$1.50Marvel11,594
217211Armature1$2.95Olyoptics11,590
218212Bone13$2.95Image11,468
219228Kid Supreme7$2.50Image11,414
220230Beetleborgs1$2.50Image11,339
221268Pinky and the Brain7$1.75DC11,041
222137Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor Quarterly2$5.95Dark Horse10,946
223186Sliders Special2$3.95Acclaim10,858
224224Footsoldiers1$2.75Maximum10,804
225260Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing3$1.95DC10,594
226217Asylum9$2.99Maximum10,533
227249Hazard7$2.25Image10,519
228250Gemini Blood5$2.25DC10,424
229218Traveller1$2.99Maximum10,424
230221Vanguard: Strange Visitors2$2.95Image10,221
231220Razor Uncut29$3.00London Night10,194
232225Blade of the Immortal Genius2$2.95Dark Horse9,984
233229Real Adventures of Jonny Quest3$2.95Dark Horse9,624
234231Chronowar4$2.95Dark Horse9,597
235232Gamera4$2.95Dark Horse9,591
236247Power Rangers Zeo3$2.50Image9,584
237233Johnny the Homicidal Maniac6$2.95Slave Labor9,523
238234Hari Kari Live & Untamed0$2.95Blackout9,421
239236Knights on Broadway5$2.95Broadway9,306
240282Animaniacs21$1.75DC9,272
241259Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger8$2.25Big9,231
242237Usagi Yojimbo7$2.95Dark Horse9,157
243179Venus Domina2$4.95Verotik9,116
244262Leonard Nimoy's Primortals7$2.25Big9,075
245239Rack & Pain: Killers4$2.95Chaos9,048
246240Battle Angel Alita Part Seven2$2.95Viz9,042
247241Grackle3$2.95Acclaim8,994
248242Scud the Disposable Assassin14$2.95Fireman8,892
249210Legend of Mother Sarah: City of the Angels2$3.95Dark Horse8,798
250265Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice8$2.25Big8,737
251243Distant Soil17$2.95Image8,479
252244Hepcats0$2.95Antarctic8,425
253245New Bondage Fairies1$2.95Fantagraphics8,310
254248Warrior of Waverly Street1$2.95Dark Horse8,106
255251Star Seed10$2.95Broadway7,767
256269Fang Testament3$2.50Sirius7,618
257222Sunglasses After Dark6$3.95Verotik7,598
258253No Need for Tenchi Part Two1$2.95Viz7,557
259254Nightvision1$3.00London Night7,354
260255Dark Horse Presents115$2.95Dark Horse7,273
261317Disney Comic Hits16$1.50Marvel7,227
262257Cavewoman5$2.95Caliber7,164
263246Widow Luxura Blood Lust$3.50Ground Zero6,913
264277Big Bang Comics6$2.50Image6,805
265323Sonic the Hedgehog43$1.50Archie6,785
266264Double Impact Lethal Strike$3.00High Impact6,622
267281Icon41$2.50DC6,520
268266CreeD Cranial Disorder2$3.00Lightning6,513
269271Maison Ikkoku Part Six4$2.95Viz6,154
270270Double Impact3A$3.00High Impact6,100
271319Looney Tunes27$1.75DC6,093
272272Moebius Comics4$2.95Caliber6,073
273258Hot Tails9$3.50Fantagraphics6,025
274300Isaac Asimov's I-Bots8$2.25Big5,985
275273Morbid Angels: To Hell and Back2$3.00London Night5,958
276275China & Jazz: Code Name Double Impact2$2.95High Impact5,917
277293Vault of Horror18$2.50Gemstone5,856
278263Super Taboo12$3.50Fantagraphics5,720
279280Cynder/Hellina Special1$2.95Immortelle5,605
280342Sonic the Death Egg Saga3$1.50Archie5,578
281297Araknis6$2.50Mystic5,531
282345Archie456$1.50Archie5,490
283299Weird Fantasy18$2.50Gemstone5,443
284284Return of Lum Part Three7$2.95Viz5,382
285216Walt Disney's Comics & Stories608$5.95Gladstone5,361
286285THB: The Cutie Pie Style1$2.95Horse5,321
287287La Blue Girl5$2.95CPM5,260
288288Double Impact3B$3.00High Impact5,158
289290Vamperotica21$2.95Brainstorm5,124
290289Double Impact3C$3.00High Impact5,124
291303Static43$2.50DC5,110
292305Wise Son: The White Wolf3$2.50DC5,070
293355Betty & Veronica108$1.50Archie5,029
294291Luftwaffe 19463$2.95Antarctic5,016
295292Luxura & Widow: Bloodlust Omega Part II Nude Cvr.$2.95Brainstorm4,988
296316Youngblood Classics3$2.25Maximum4,846
297295Ninja High School54$2.95Antarctic4,826
298311Two-Fisted Tales18$2.50Gemstone4,819
299357Betty46$1.50Archie4,799
300358Cheryl Blossom Goes Hollywood3$1.50Archie4,717
301312Hardware47$2.50DC4,711
302296CreeD Cranial Disorder2B$3.00Lightning4,643
303252P-City Parade1$4.95Horse4,534
304301Bio Booster Armor Guyver Part Five7$2.95Viz4,487
305359Veronica60$1.50Archie4,473
306302Big Blown Baby4$2.95Dark Horse4,460
307680Free Wizard64$.00Wizard4,419
308306Superfist Ayumi2$2.95Fantagraphics4,236
309307Tribe1$2.95Good4,229
310343Cartoon Network Holiday Special1$2.00Archie4,182
311308Kaos Moon2$2.95Caliber4,182
312309Eddie Campbell's Bacchus19$2.95Eddie Campbell4,168
313294100 Percent True2$3.50DC4,128
314310Fist of the North Star Part Three5$2.95Viz4,101
315314Hellina Hell's Angel2$2.75Lightning4,087
316324Akiko9$2.50Sirius4,060
3173256 Lethal Origins2$2.50Byron Preiss4,053
318361Scooby Doo17$1.50Archie4,006
319329They Call Me the Skull2$2.50Byron Preiss3,992
320330Wandering Star18$2.50Sirius3,979
321363Archie and Friends21$1.50Archie3,958
322286S.R. Bissette's Spiderbaby Comix1$3.95Spiderbaby3,931
323364Archie's Pal Jughead89$1.50Archie3,924
324267Manga Vizion Vol. 211$4.95Viz3,918
325298Sanctuary Part Five9$3.50Viz3,897
326313Reality Check3$2.95Sirius3,816
327315War of the Worlds2$2.95Caliber3,789
328339Thieves & Kings14$2.35I Box3,707
329335Suit2$2.50Byron Preiss3,653
330304Widow Bound by Blood3$3.50Ground Zero3,646
331327Archie's Double Digest90$2.75Archie3,640
332328Four Kunoichi Blood Lust1$2.75Lightning3,633
333320Bandy Man2$2.95Caliber3,531
334360Betty & Veronica Digest86$1.79Archie3,477
335322Cynder Annual1$2.95Liar3,463
336321Sade Rose n Gunn1$3.00London Night3,443
337278Snowman1$5.00Express3,375
338344Demongate7$2.50Sirius3,328
339362Holiday Fun Digest1$1.79Archie3,328
340331Golgothika1$2.95Caliber3,308
341332Naughty Bits21$2.95Fantagraphics3,267
342333Vampfire2$2.95Brainstorm3,240
343334Stargate: Doomsday World1$2.95Express3,233
344318Dirty Plotte10$3.50Drawn & Quarterly3,077
345336Oz18$2.95Caliber3,070
346340Jughead Double Digest42$2.75Archie3,070
347337Six Steel Hearts1$2.95Caliber3,016
348365Archie Andrews Where are You Digest109$1.79Archie3,009
349338Demon Beast Invasion2$2.95CPM3,003
350356Adventures of the Mask11$2.50Dark Horse2,921
351326Stargate: Doomsday World1$3.50Express2,881
352367Jughead with Archie Digest131$1.79Archie2,860
353341Cell2$2.95Antarctic2,847
354368Laugh Digest132$1.79Archie2,779
355346A-Bomb15$2.95Antarctic2,765
356347Robotech The Movie1$2.95Academy2,725
357348Robotech the Movie2$2.95Academy2,704
358349Genus21$2.95Antarctic2,691
359350 Stray Bullets (reorder)1$2.95El Capitan2,657
360366Vampire Bayne2$2.00Comico2,616
361351Mars Attacks (reorder)1$2.95Topps2,616
362352Safety Belt Man All Hell6$2.95Sirius2,609
363353Luxura Baby Angel X Special$2.95Brainstorm2,603
364354Barr Girls1$2.95Antarctic2,582
365169Fantastic Four Gold (Signed)1$25.00Marvel1,948
366181Iron Man Gold (Signed)1$25.00Marvel1,767
367209Avengers Gold (Signed)1$25.00Marvel1,398
368213Captain America Gold (Signed)1$25.00Marvel1,345
369283Angels of Destruction (Signed)$15.00Marvel1,061

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November 1996 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
Marvel titles are not included in the list.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #3 #4

The Sandman: The Wake hardcover was the top collection at Diamond. Heroes World did not release graphic novel sales data.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Sandman: The Wake HC$29.95DCn/a
24Wizards Tale$19.95Imagen/a
32Spawn Vol. 3$9.95Imagen/a
41Farewell Moonshadow$7.95DCn/a
56Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye$14.95Dark Horsen/a
69Animal Mystic$14.95Siriusn/a
714Zot Book 1$24.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
85HPS Rock City$7.95Dark Horsen/a
910Cavewoman Original Series$13.99Basementn/a
1011Tomoe$13.95Crusaden/a