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January 1997 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 62 $1.95 Marvel 196,041
2 Uncanny X-Men 342 $1.95 Marvel 185,204
3 Fantastic Four 5 $1.95 Marvel 152,651
4 Spawn 58 $1.95 Image 149,144
5 Wolverine 111 $1.95 Marvel 147,595
6 Iron Man 5 $1.95 Marvel 132,583
7 Elektra/Witchblade $2.95 Marvel 125,067
8 Generation X 25 $2.99 Marvel 118,043
9 Curse of the Spawn 5 $1.95 Image 117,944
10 Avengers 5 $1.95 Marvel 113,922
11 Captain America 5 $1.95 Marvel 112,391
12 X-Man 25 $2.99 Marvel 110,003
13 X-Force 64 $1.95 Marvel 105,362
14 X-Men Unlimited 14 $2.99 Marvel 104,824
15 X-Factor 132 $1.95 Marvel 101,583
16 Wolverine/Witchblade: Devil's Reign 5 $2.95 Image 99,655
17 Cable 41 $1.95 Marvel 97,350
18 Excalibur 107 $1.95 Marvel 85,252
19 Gen13 Bootleg 3 $2.50 Image 81,188
20 Amazing Spider-Man 421 $1.50 Marvel 81,027
21 JLA 3 $2.50 DC 78,394
22 Spider-Man 78 $1.95 Marvel 75,253
23 Incredible Hulk 451 $1.95 Marvel 74,110
24 Deadpool 3 $1.95 Marvel 72,546
25 Incredible Hulk/Pitt $5.99 Marvel 72,463
26 Spectacular Spider-Man 244 $1.95 Marvel 71,356
27 Silver Surfer/Weapon Zero $2.95 Marvel 69,269
28 Elektra/Cyblade: Devil's Reign 7 $2.95 Image 68,487
29 Sensational Spider-Man 14 $1.95 Marvel 67,839
30 Daredevil/Batman $5.99 Marvel 63,958
31 X-Files 26 $2.95 Topps 63,758
32 Batman 540 $1.95 DC 63,221
33 Mystique & Sabretooth 4 $1.95 Marvel 61,799
34 Domino 3 $1.95 Marvel 58,941
35 Detective Comics 707 $1.95 DC 57,379
36 Supergirl 7 $1.95 DC 57,101
37 WildC.A.T.S 34 $2.50 Image 56,981
38 Superman 121 $1.95 DC 56,462
39 Hellshock 1 $2.95 Image 55,963
40 Spider-Man '97 $2.99 Marvel 55,100
41 Action Comics 731 $1.95 DC 54,591
42 Elektra 5 $1.95 Marvel 54,260
43 Superman: The Man of Steel 65 $1.95 DC 54,256
44 Adventures of Superman 544 $1.95 DC 54,237
45 Star Wars: Boba Fett - Twin Engines of Destruction $2.95 Dark Horse 53,990
46 DV8 4 $2.50 Image 53,636
47 Batman: The Long Halloween 4 $2.95 DC 52,745
48 Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives 3 $2.50 Marvel 52,406
49 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 92 $1.95 DC 50,918
50 Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 50,539
51 Preacher 23 $2.50 DC 49,236
52 Superman: Man of Tomorrow 8 $1.95 DC 49,173
53 Chastity: Theatre of Pain 1 $2.95 Chaos 48,800
54 Star Wars: Golden Age of the Sith 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 48,705
55 Nightwing 6 $1.95 DC 47,978
56 Green Lantern 84 $1.75 DC 47,902
57 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 60 $1.95 DC 47,283
58 X-Files Season One 7 $3.95 Topps 45,285
59 Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 2 6 $2.50 Image 44,906
60 Robin 39 $1.95 DC 44,349
61 Cyberforce 30 $2.50 Image 44,109
62 Flash 123 $1.75 DC 43,894
63 Catwoman 43 $1.95 DC 43,363
64 Prophet/Cable 1 $3.50 Maximum 42,946
65 Venom: On Trial 1 $1.95 Marvel 42,145
66 Batman: Masque 1 $5.95 DC 40,942
67 Star Wars X-Wing: Warrior Princess 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 40,645
68 Thrillkiller 3 $2.50 DC 39,380
69 Weapon Zero 10 $2.50 Image 39,178
70 Darkchylde/Glory $2.99 Maximum 39,134
71 Silver Surfer 126 $1.95 Marvel 38,962
72 Superman/Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy 4 $4.95 DC 38,792
73 Untold Tales of Spider-Man 19 $0.99 Marvel 38,631
74 Wonder Woman 119 $1.95 DC 38,514
75 Imperial Guard 2 $1.95 Marvel 38,471
76 Spider-Man Team-Up 6 $2.99 Marvel 38,447
77 Shi/Rekishi 1 $2.95 Crusade 38,002
78 Jack Kirby's Fourth World 1 $1.95 DC 37,951
79 Code of Honor 2 $5.95 Marvel 37,890
80 Journey into Mystery 507 $1.95 Marvel 37,705
81 Mars Attacks The Image Universe 2 $2.50 Image 37,047
82 The Dreaming 10 $2.50 DC 36,769
83 Daredevil 362 $1.95 Marvel 35,886
84 Wetworks 25 $3.95 Image 35,637
85 Teen Titans 6 $1.95 DC 34,101
86 The Maxx 28 $1.95 Image 33,659
87 Savage Dragon 35 $2.50 Image 33,077
88 Books of Faerie 1 $2.50 DC 33,014
89 Superboy 37 $1.95 DC 32,685
90 Professor X and the X-Men 17 $0.99 Marvel 31,871
91 Hitman 12 $2.25 DC 31,749
92 Impulse 23 $1.75 DC 31,610
93 Aquaman 30 $1.75 DC 31,515
94 Star Trek: Voyager 5 $1.95 Marvel 30,953
95 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 5 $1.95 Marvel 30,131
96 Crow: Waking Nightmares 1 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 30,011
97 Star Trek Unlimited 2 $2.99 Marvel 29,812
98 Star Trek: Early Voyages 2 $1.95 Marvel 29,623
99 Evil Ernie vs. The Movie Monsters 1 $2.95 Chaos 29,524
100 What If? 95 $1.95 Marvel 29,328
101 Heartland 1 $4.95 DC 29,151
102 Star Fleet Academy 4 $1.95 Marvel 29,026
103 Books of Magic 34 $2.50 DC 28,708
104 Starman 28 $2.25 DC 28,266
105 Backlash 28 $2.50 Image 28,203
106 Stormwatch 44 $2.50 Image 28,139
107 Punisher 17 $1.95 Marvel 27,720
108 Avengelyne 9 $2.99 Maximum 27,621
109 Batman: Gordon's Law 4 $1.95 DC 27,526
110 House of Secrets 6 $2.50 DC 27,501
111 Grifter 7 $2.50 Image 27,387
112 Legion of Super-Heroes 90 $2.25 DC 27,286
113 Avengelyne: Armageddon 2 $2.99 Maximum 27,280
114 Siege 1 $2.50 Image 26,970
115 Superman Adventures 5 $1.75 DC 26,287
116 Spectre 51 $2.50 DC 26,047
117 Ghost Rider 83 $1.95 Marvel 25,977
118 Legionnaires 46 $2.25 DC 25,693
119 Wynonna Earp 2 $2.50 Image 25,472
120 Batman & Robin Adventures 16 $1.75 DC 24,700
121 Superboy and the Ravers 7 $1.95 DC 24,681
122 Uncanny Origins 7 $0.99 Marvel 24,335
123 Shadowman 3 $2.50 Acclaim 24,258
124 Bettie Page Comics: Spicy Adventure $2.95 Dark Horse 23,676
125 2099 World of Tomorrow 7 $2.50 Marvel 23,331
126 A Touch of Silver 1 $2.95 Image 23,240
127 Hellblazer 111 $2.25 DC 23,069
128 Gladiator/Supreme $4.99 Marvel 22,699
129 Bug $2.99 Marvel 22,579
130 Simpsons Comics 28 $2.25 Bongo 22,361
131 Power of Shazam! 24 $1.75 DC 22,209
132 X-O Manowar 4 $2.50 Acclaim 21,969
133 Lobo 37 $2.25 DC 21,836
134 Magnus Robot Fighter 1 $2.50 Acclaim 21,609
135 Invisibles Vol. 2 2 $2.50 DC 21,584
136 Mars Attacks The Savage Dragon 2 $2.95 Topps 20,964
137 Glory 19 $2.50 Maximum 20,654
138 Vampirella/Pantha Showcase 1 $1.50 Harris 20,591
139 Predator: Kindred 2 $2.50 Dark Horse 20,483
140 Sovereign Seven 20 $1.95 DC 20,193
141 Wildstorm Universe '97 3 $2.50 Image 20,073
142 Sandman Mystery Theatre 48 $2.50 DC 19,655
143 Lobo/Mask 2 $5.95 DC 19,453
144 Green Arrow 118 $2.25 DC 19,421
145 Man of the Atom 1 $3.95 Acclaim 19,112
146 Challengers of the Unknown 2 $2.25 DC 18,429
147 Ghost 21 $2.50 Dark Horse 18,056
148 Supreme 45 $2.50 Maximum 18,056
149 Ultragirl 3 $1.50 Marvel 18,052
150 Barry Windsor Smith: Storyteller 4 $4.95 Dark Horse 18,031
151 Supreme 44 $2.50 Maximum 17,961
152 Steel 36 $1.95 DC 17,948
153 Terminal City 9 $2.50 DC 17,632
154 Warrior Nun Dei Aftertime 1 $2.95 Antarctic 17,139
155 Essential Vertigo: The Sandman 8 $1.95 DC 17,120
156 Black Lamb 5 $2.50 DC 16,930
157 Ninjak 3 $2.50 Acclaim 16,893
158 Animal Mystic: Water Wars 3 $2.95 Sirius 16,836
159 Youngblood Super Special 1 $2.99 Maximum 16,791
160 Adventures of the X-Men 12 $0.99 Marvel 16,680
161 Brainbanx 1 $2.50 DC 16,096
162 Lady Rawhide 4 $2.95 Topps 16,052
163 Vampirella Lives - Vengeance Edition 2 $2.95 Harris 15,913
164 Evil Ernie 4 $1.95 Chaos 15,540
165 Book of Fate 2 $2.25 DC 15,116
166 Passover 2 $2.99 Maximum 14,813
167 Aztek: The Ultimate Man 8 $1.75 DC 14,787
168 Vampirella Lives - Model Edition 2 $2.95 Harris 14,648
169 Cabbot Bloodhunter 1 $2.50 Maximum 14,345
170 Adventures of Spider-Man 12 $0.99 Marvel 14,330
171 Jaguar God 7 $2.95 Verotik 14,282
172 Seekers into the Mystery 14 $2.50 DC 14,206
173 Warrior Nun Areala/Scorpio Rose 3 $2.95 Antarctic 13,921
174 Troublemakers 2 $2.50 Acclaim 13,921
175 Bone (reprint) 15 $2.95 Image 13,801
176 Poison Elves 20 $2.50 Sirius 13,738
177 Oh My Goddess! Trials of Morisato 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,396
178 Quantum Leap 1 $2.50 Acclaim 13,276
179 The Black Pearl 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,125
180 Vampirella Silver Ann. - Bad Girl 1 $2.50 Harris 12,859
181 Adventures of Snake Plissken $2.50 Marvel 12,773
182 Fatale 9 $2.95 Broadway 12,682
183 Christian 1 $2.99 Maximum 12,613
184 Ranma 1/2 Part Six 2 $2.95 Viz 12,568
185 Daemonstorm 1 $3.95 Caliber 12,461
186 Elfquest 8 $4.95 Warp 12,341
187 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7 $2.50 Image 12,322
188 Vampirella Silver Ann. - Good Girl 1 $2.50 Harris 12,094
189 Night Force 4 $2.25 DC 11,987
190 Time Breakers 3 $2.50 DC 11,974
191 Gunsmith Cats: The Return of Gray 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,961
192 Hate 26 $2.95 Fantagraphics 11,854
193 Battlestar Galacitca Painted Book $2.99 Maximum 11,797
194 Species: Human Race 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,784
195 Verotika 14 $2.95 Verotik 11,702
196 Cybrid 0 $3.50 Maximum 11,399
197 Cyberella 7 $2.50 DC 10,988
198 Cerebus 214 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 10,912
199 Tarzan 7 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,804
200 Blade of the Immortal Fanatic 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,431
201 Pinky and the Brain 9 $1.75 DC 9,913
202 Johnny the Homicidal Maniac 7 $2.95 Slave Labor 9,869
203 Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing 5 $1.95 DC 9,508
204 Vermillion 6 $2.50 DC 9,142
205 Asylum 11 $2.99 Maximum 8,952
206 Kabuki: Masks of the Noh 4 $2.95 Caliber 8,939
207 Scare Tactics 4 $2.25 DC 8,901
208 Razor Uncut 32 $3.50 London Night 8,889
209 Flaming Carrot Annual 1 $5.00 Dark Horse 8,857
210 Lords of Misrule 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,680
211 Usagi Yojimbo 9 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,674
212 Razor 4 $3.00 London Night 8,598
213 Battle Angel Alita Part Seven 4 $2.95 Viz 8,592
214 Dark Horse Presents 117 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,585
215 Razor Uncut 31 $3.00 London Night 8,472
216 Animaniacs 23 $1.75 DC 8,206
217 Heretic 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,136
218 Albino Spider of Dajette 1 $2.95 Verotik 8,073
219 Armature 3 $2.95 Olyoptics 8,067
220 Uncle Scrooge 303 $1.50 Gladstone 8,054
221 Chronowar 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,010
222 Gemini Blood 7 $2.50 DC 7,820
223 Legend of Mother Sarah: City of the Angels 4 $3.95 Dark Horse 7,719
224 Uncle Scrooge Adventures 45 $1.50 Gladstone 7,555
225 Hari Kari: Diary of Kari Sun $2.95 Blackout 7,454
226 Donald Duck Adventures 43 $1.50 Gladstone 7,359
227 Vanguard: Strange Visitors 4 $2.95 Image 7,308
228 Maggie and Hopey Color Special 1 $3.50 Fantagraphics 7,182
229 New Bondage Fairies 3 $2.95 Eros 7,081
230 Ultimate Strike 2 $3.00 London Night 7,055
231 Code Name Double Impact 1 $3.00 High Impact 7,043
232 A Distant Soil 18 $2.95 Image 7,005
233 Tad Williams' Mirrorworld Rain 1 $3.25 Big 6,948
234 Labman 3 $2.95 Image 6,897
235 Star Seed 11 $2.95 Broadway 6,840
236 Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 6,796
237 Tales from the Crypt 19 $2.50 Gemstone 6,613
238 No Need for Tenchi Part Two 3 $2.95 Viz 6,588
239 Sonic the Hedgehog 45 $1.50 Archie 6,499
240 Penny Pincher 1 $0.99 Dark Horse 6,398
241 Thrax 2 $2.95 Event 6,379
242 Big Bang Comics 8 $2.95 Image 6,202
243 Elflord 1 $2.95 Warp 6,196
244 Maison Ikkoku Part Six 6 $3.50 Viz 5,974
245 Icon 43 $2.50 DC 5,974
246 Tommi Gunn: Killer's Lust 1 $3.00 London Night 5,898
247 Looney Tunes 28 $1.75 DC 5,721
248 Cheryl Blossom 1 $1.50 Archie 5,658
249 Weird Science 19 $2.50 Gemstone 5,431
250 Knuckles: The Dark Legion 1 $1.50 Archie 5,304
251 Panic 1 $2.50 Gemstone 5,203
252 Elementals Babes 1 $3.95 Comico 5,203
253 Spider-Man/Batman $5.95 Marvel 5,183
254 Berlin 4 $2.50 Blackout 5,178
255 Cyberfrog 1 $2.50 Harris 5,134
256 Armed & Dangerous: Irish Eyes 2 $2.95 Acclaim 5,127
257 Return of Lum Part Three 9 $2.95 Viz 5,051
258 Hepcats 2 $2.95 Antarctic 5,032
259 La Blue Girl 7 $2.95 CPM 5,026
260 La Blue Girl 6 $2.95 CPM 4,956
261 Archie 458 $1.50 Archie 4,906
262 Moebius Comics 5 $2.95 Caliber 4,900
263 Coventry 2 $3.95 Fantagraphics 4,874
264 Static 45 $2.50 DC 4,767
265 Shi Fan Appreciation Edition $2.95 Crusade 4,716
266 Luftwaffe 1946 4 $2.95 Antarctic 4,710
267 Misty Girl Extreme 1 $2.95 Eros 4,704
268 Ninja High School 55 $2.95 Antarctic 4,678
269 Marquis Les Prelude 1 $2.95 Caliber 4,628
270 Punx Special 1 $2.50 Acclaim 4,571
271 Betty and Veronica 110 $1.50 Archie 4,508
272 Demon Baby 1 $2.95 SQP 4,470
273 Bio Booster Armor Guyver Part Six 2 $2.95 Viz 4,444
274 Sexcapades 2 $2.95 Eros 4,362
275 Hardware 49 $2.50 DC 4,356
276 Donna Mia 2 $3.00 Avatar 4,350
277 Bad Apples 1 $2.95 High Impact 4,248
278 Betty 48 $1.50 Archie 4,236
279 Veronica 62 $1.50 Archie 4,097
280 Reality Check 5 $2.95 Sirius 4,078
281 Fist of the North Star Part Four 2 $2.95 Viz 3,958
282 Akiko 11 $2.50 Sirius 3,894
283 Brinke of Destruction 3 $2.95 High Impact 3,869
284 Eddie Campbell's Bacchus 21 $2.95 Eddie Campbell 3,856
285 Betty and Veronica Double Digest 64 $2.75 Archie 3,825
286 Manga Vizion Vol. 3 1 $4.95 Viz 3,787
287 Vamperotica 23 $2.95 Brainstorm 3,743
288 One Pound Gospel Round Two 1 $2.95 Viz 3,717
289 Sanctuary Part Five 11 $3.50 Viz 3,692
290 Scooby Doo 19 $1.50 Archie 3,635
291 Peepshow 10 $3.50 Drawn & Quarterly 3,559
292 Wandering Star 20 $2.50 Sirius 3,502
293 S.R. Bissette's Spiderbaby Comix 2 $3.95 Spiderbaby 3,446
294 Scorn Heatwave 1 $3.95 SCC 3,439
295 Brinke of Destruction 1 $2.50 High Impact 3,433
296 Thieves & Kings 15 $2.35 I Box 3,427
297 Vamperotica (Nude) 23 $2.95 Brainstorm 3,382
298 Jughead 91 $1.50 Archie 3,382
299 Archie & Friends 22 $1.50 Archie 3,376
300 Vampfire Erotic Echo 1 $2.95 Brainstorm 3,300
301 Lacosa Nostroid 2 $2.95 Fireman 3,294
302 Pandora 2 $3.00 Avatar 3,287
303 Big Boob Bondage 1 $2.95 Antarctic 3,269
304 Betty & Veronica Digest 87 $1.79 Archie 3,256
305 Archie Digest 147 $1.79 Archie 3,231
306 Melty Feeling 3 $3.50 Antarctic 3,161
307 Comics & Stories 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 3,117
308 Sade Testaments of Pain 1 $3.00 London Night 3,085
309 Archie Annual Digest 68 $1.79 Archie 2,965
310 Mythography 2 $3.95 Bardic 2,952
311 Tribe 2 $2.95 Good 2,940
312 Jughead Double Digest 43 $2.75 Archie 2,940
313 Punisher/Batman $4.95 Marvel 2,903
314 Vampfire Erotic Echo (Photo cover) 1 $2.95 Brainstorm 2,902
315 Demongate 9 $2.50 Sirius 2,902
316 Tomoe 0 $2.50 Crusade 2,883
317 Awakening 1 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 2,877
318 Widow: Bound by Blood 5 $3.50 Ground Zero 2,870
319 Ultimate Strike Nude 5 $5.00 London Night 2,845
320 Underwater 8 $3.50 Drawn & Quarterly 2,826
321 Betty Page in Jungleland $4.95 Bunny Yeager 2,756
322 Odyssey by Homer Study Guide $4.99 Acclaim 2,718
323 Poizon Limited Edition 0 $5.00 London Night 2,718
324 A-Bomb 16 $2.95 Antarctic 2,700
325 Oz 19 $2.95 Caliber 2,674
326 Demon Beast Invasion 4 $2.95 CPM 2,674
327 Laugh Digest 133 $1.79 Archie 2,649
328 Hamlet by William Shakespeare Study Guide $4.99 Acclaim 2,643
329 Demon Beast Invasion 3 $2.95 CPM 2,636
330 Poison Redd 1 $2.95 High Impact 2,624
331 Bandy Man 3 $2.95 Caliber 2,605
332 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Study Guide $4.99 Acclaim 2,586
333 Free Chastity Onyx Limited Edition 1 $0.00 Chaos 2,573
334 Genus 22 $2.95 Antarctic 2,567
335 Rose & Gunn: Reckoning 1 $3.00 London Night 2,560
336 Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Study Guide $4.99 Acclaim 2,523
337 Angel Girl 0 $2.95 Angel 2,409
338 Flintstones 20 $1.50 Archie 2,339
339 Fangs of the Widow Annual Search and Destroy 1 $5.95 Ground Zero 2,308
340 Da'kota 1 $2.95 Millennium 2,301
341 Cell 3 $2.95 Antarctic 2,295
342 Vampfire Erotic Echo (Nude cover) 1 $2.95 Brainstorm 2,295
343 Simpsons Comics 5 $2.25 Bongo 2,282
344 Simpsons Comics 6 $2.25 Bongo 2,263
345 Nira X Anime Swimsuit Edition 0 $2.75 Express 2,263
346 Simpsons Comics 7 $2.25 Bongo 2,257
347 Stargate Doomsday World 3 $2.95 Express 2,232
348 Invasion 1 $2.95 Avatar 2,200
349 Legendlore 8 $2.95 Caliber 2,181
350 Wartblade 1A $2.95 Tipping Cow 2,162
351 Action Girl Comics 10 $2.75 Slave Labor 2,156
352 Eh! 1 $2.50 Avatar 2,036
353 X-Files 13 $2.95 Topps 2,036
354 Willow 2 $2.95 Angel 2,010
355 X-Files 14 $2.95 Topps 1,998




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