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Aggregated 1997 Comic Book Sales Figures
Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops as Reported by Heroes World Distribution and Diamond Comic Distributors

In 1997, comics sales to comics shops were mostly handled by two different major distributors: Diamond Comic Distributors, which was the exclusive comics-shop reseller of DC, Image, Dark Horse, and Acclaim comics; and Heroes World Distribution, which was the distributor of Marvel comics. I tracked data from Heroes World and Diamond both, merging their reported figures until April 1997, when Marvel folded Heroes World and took its business to Diamond.

My analyses of preorders from Heroes World Distribution and Diamond Comic Distributors for these months can be found here:

January 1997
February 1997
March 1997
April 1997
May 1997
June 1997
July 1997
August 1997
September 1997
October 1997
November 1997
December 1997

The final rankings for all comics and trade paperbacks during the year appear below. Diamond reported these issues without indexes allowing actual sales estimates to be calculated. You can find the first-month sales for these issues in the monthly charts; click one of the months above or use the search tool at the top of the page to find the specific issue. But note that those monthly numbers do not include reorders for the entire year; the rankings below do take the entire year's sales into account.


Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher
1 Darkness 11 $2.50 Image
2 Superman 123 Coll Ed. $1.95 DC
3 Fantastic Four 1 $2.99 Marvel
4 Captain America 1 $2.99 Marvel
5 Avengers 1 $2.99 Marvel
6 Iron Man 1 $2.99 Marvel
7 Uncanny X-Men 345 $1.95 Marvel
8 Uncanny X-Men 350 Prism $3.99 Marvel
9 Uncanny X-Men 346 $1.99 Marvel
10 X-Men 65 $1.95 Marvel
11 X-Men 66 $1.99 Marvel
12 X-Men 70 $2.99 Marvel
13 Spawn 62 $1.95 Image
14 Uncanny X-Men 347 $1.99 Marvel
15 Spawn 65 $1.95 Image
16 Uncanny X-Men 348 $1.99 Marvel
17 Uncanny X-Men 349 $1.99 Marvel
18 X-Men 67 $1.99 Marvel
19 Uncanny X-Men Minus 1
$1.95 Marvel
20 X-Men 69 $1.99 Marvel
21 Wildcats X-Men 1 Lee Cvr. $4.50 Image
22 X-Men 68 $1.99 Marvel
23 X-Men Minus 1
$1.95 Marvel
24 Uncanny X-Men 351 $1.99 Marvel
25 Spawn 58 $1.95 Image
26 Spawn 67 $1.95 Image
27 Spawn 68 $1.95 Image
28 X-Men 71 $1.99 Marvel
29 Uncanny X-Men 352 $1.99 Marvel
30 Heroes Reborn The Reutrn 1 $2.50 Marvel
31 Spawn 59 $1.95 Image
32 X-Men 72 $1.99 Marvel
33 Fantastic Four 8 $1.95 Marvel
34 Spawn 66 $1.95 Image
35 Spawn 69 $1.95 Image
36 Heroes Reborn The Return 2 $2.50 Marvel
37 Heroes Reborn The Return 4 $2.50 Marvel
38 Heroes Reborn The Return 3 $2.50 Marvel
39 Fantastic Four 10 $1.99 Marvel
40 Fantastic Four 9 $1.95 Marvel
41 Spawn 60 $1.95 Image
42 Spawn 61 $1.95 Image
43 Fantastic Four 12 $2.99 Marvel
44 Fantastic Four 11 $1.99 Marvel
45 Wolverine 115 $1.99 Marvel
46 Wolverine 114 $1.95 Marvel
47 Spawn 64 $1.95 Image
48 Curse of Spawn 9 $1.95 Image
49 Spawn 63 $1.95 Image
50 Wolverine 116 $1.99 Marvel
51 JLX Unleashed 1 $1.95 DC
52 Iron Lantern 1 $1.95 Marvel
53 Exciting X-Patrol 1 $1.95 Marvel
54 Challengers of the Fantastic Four 1 $1.95 Marvel
55 Magnetic Men Featuring Magneto 1 $1.95 Marvel
56 Wolverine 117 $1.99 Marvel
57 Fantastic Four 13 $1.99 Marvel
58 Dark Claw Adventures 1 $1.95 DC
59 Wolverine 118 $1.99 Marvel
60 Wolverine 1 $1.99 Marvel
61 Spider-Boy Team-Up 1 $1.95 Marvel
62 Wolverine Minus 1 1 $1.95 Marvel
63 Super Soldier Man of War 1 $1.95 DC
64 Curse of Spawn 5 $1.95 Image
65 Wolverine 120 $1.99 Marvel
66 Iron Man 8 $1.95 Marvel
67 Iron Man 9 $1.95 Marvel
68 Bat Thing 1 $1.95 DC
69 Wolverine Minus 1 121 $1.99 Marvel
70 Iron Man 10 $1.95 Marvel
71 Generation Hex 1 $1.95 DC
72 Witchblade 18 $2.50 Image
73 Thorion of the New Asgods 1 $1.95 Marvel
74 Iron Man 12 $2.99 Marvel
75 Avengers 8 $1.95 Marvel
76 Avengers 12 $2.99 Marvel
77 Gen 13 Generation 1 $2.95 Image
78 Curse of the Spawn 6 $1.95 Image
79 Avengers 9 $1.95 Marvel
80 Iron Man 11 $1.99 Marvel
81 JLA 14 $1.95 DC
82 JLA 13 $1.95 DC
83 Avengers 11 $1.99 Marvel
84 Captain America 8 $1.95 Marvel
85 Iron Man 13 $1.99 Marvel
86 Avengers 13 $1.99 Marvel
87 Captain America 12 $2.99 Marvel
88 JLA 15 $2.95 DC
89 Captain America 10 $1.99 Marvel
90 Ascension 1 $2.50 Image
91 Lobo the Duck 1 $1.95 DC
92 Captain America 9 $1.95 Marvel
93 Avengers 9 $1.95 Marvel
94 Generation X 28 $1.95 Marvel
95 JLA 12 $1.95 DC
96 Wolverine Days of Future Past 1 $2.50 Marvel
97 Wildcasts X-Men The Silver Age 1 $4.50 Image
98 Wolverine Witchblade Part 5 Devil's Reign
$2.95 Image
99 Uncanny X-Men 97 $2.99 Marvel
100 Darkness 8 $2.50 Image
















Trade Paperback Title
Price Publisher
1 X-Man Amazon data for this TPB $5.99 Marvel
2 Wolverine Doombringer Amazon data for this TPB $5.99 Marvel
3 Tales from the Age of Apocalypse Sinister Bloodline Amazon data for this TPB $5.99 Marvel
4 Batman Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #7 Amazon data for this TPB $3.95 DC
5 Batman Masque Amazon data for this TPB $6.95 DC
6 Kingpin Amazon data for this TPB $5.99 Marvel
7 Sin City Family Values Amazon data for this TPB $10.00 Dark Horse
8 Batman & Robin Movie Adapt. Coll. Ed. Amazon data for this TPB $5.95 DC
9 Batman & Superman Adventures World's Finest Amazon data for this TPB $6.95 DC
10 Vertigo Winter's Edge Amazon data for this TPB $7.95 DC


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