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April 1997 Comic Book Sales Figures
Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors


Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Uncanny X-Men 345 $1.95 Marvel 179,378
2 X-Men 65 $1.95 Marvel 177,828
3 Fantastic Four 8 $1.95 Marvel 154,912
4 Spawn 61 $1.95 Image 141,123
5 Wolverine 114 $1.95 Marvel 139,554
6 Exciting X-Patrol 1 $1.95 Marvel 135,341
7 Iron Lantern 1 $1.95 Marvel 135,298
8 JLX Unleashed 1 $1.95 DC 134,484
9 Magnetic Men Featuring Magneto 1 $1.95 Marvel 134,350
10 Challengers of the Fantastic 1 $1.95 Marvel 133,833
11 Spider-Boy Team-Up 1 $1.95 Marvel 131,097
12 Iron Man 8 $1.95 Marvel 130,696
13 Dark Claw Adventures 1 $1.95 DC 130,404
14 Super Soldier: Man of War 1 $1.95 DC 127,808
15 Bat Thing 1 $1.95 DC 123,339
16 Thorion of the New Asgods 1 $1.95 Marvel 121,661
17 Generation Hex 1 $1.95 DC 121,430
18 Avengers 8 $1.95 Marvel 120,937
19 Captain America 8 $1.95 Marvel 114,669
20 Generation X 28 $1.95 Marvel 112,936
21 Lobo the Duck 1 $1.95 DC 108,625
22 X-Man 28 $1.95 Marvel 103,925
23 X-Men Unlimited 15 $2.99 Marvel 99,171
24 JLA 6 $1.95 DC 98,818
25 X-Factor 135 $1.95 Marvel 98,490
26 Gen13 18 $2.50 Image 98,295
27 X-Force 67 $1.95 Marvel 96,441
28 Curse of the Spawn 8 $1.95 Image 94,039
29 Witchblade 14 $2.50 Image 93,304
30 Darkness 5 $2.50 Image 90,878
31 Cable 44 $1.95 Marvel 90,033
32 Incredible Hulk 454 $1.95 Marvel 83,795
33 Excalibur 110 $1.95 Marvel 80,074
34 Amazing Spider-Man 424 $1.95 Marvel 79,143
35 Superman 124 $1.95 DC 77,046
36 Action Comics 734 $1.95 DC 74,298
37 Spider-Man 81 $1.95 Marvel 74,067
38 Adventures of Superman 547 $1.95 DC 73,951
39 Superman: The Man of Steel 68 $1.95 DC 72,273
40 Cable and X-Force '97 1 $2.99 Marvel 72,024
41 Spectacular Spider-Man 247 $1.95 Marvel 69,482
42 Sensational Spider-Man 17 $1.95 Marvel 66,807
43 Batman vs. Aliens 2 $4.95 Dark Horse 64,934
44 Deadpool 6 $1.95 Marvel 64,594
45 Beast 2 $2.50 Marvel 60,800
46 Batman 543 $1.95 DC 59,706
47 Gen13: Bootleg 6 $2.50 Image 55,529
48 Detective Comics 710 $1.95 DC 55,389
49 X-Files 29 $2.95 Topps 54,155
50 Batman: The Long Halloween 7 $2.95 DC 53,686
51 Supergirl 10 $1.95 DC 52,081
52 Lady Death: The Crucible 4 $2.95 Chaos 51,352
53 WildC.A.T.S 37 $2.50 Image 50,355
54 Preacher 26 $2.50 DC 47,722
55 Green Lantern 87 $1.75 DC 47,138
56 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 95 $1.95 DC 46,804
57 Elektra 8 $1.95 Marvel 46,597
58 Arcanum (resolicitation) 2 $2.50 Image 46,348
59 Thunderbolts 3 $1.95 Marvel 46,068
60 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 63 $1.95 DC 45,819
61 Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 2 9 $2.50 Image 45,101
62 Nightwing 9 $1.95 DC 44,609
63 Darkchylde Remastered 1 $2.50 Image 44,512
64 Batman/Wildcat 3 $2.25 DC 44,378
65 Crypt of Dawn 2 $2.95 Sirius 44,335
66 DV8 7 $2.50 Image 42,007
67 Catwoman 46 $1.95 DC 41,326
68 Flash 126 $1.75 DC 41,204
69 Robin 42 $1.95 DC 40,396
70 Unknown Soldier 3 $2.50 DC 39,234
71 Spider-Man Team-Up 7 $2.99 Marvel 39,228
72 Untold Tales of Spider-Man 22 $0.99 Marvel 39,040
73 Silver Surfer 129 $1.95 Marvel 38,900
74 Venom: License to Kill 1 $1.95 Marvel 38,778
75 What If? 98 $1.95 Marvel 38,529
76 Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 38,480
77 Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Requiem for a Rogue 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 38,116
78 Tenth 3 $2.50 Image 37,763
79 Weird War Tales 1 $2.50 DC 37,599
80 Wonder Woman 122 $1.95 DC 37,252
81 Cyberforce 33 $2.50 Image 35,969
82 Daredevil 365 $1.95 Marvel 34,680
83 Azrael 30 $1.95 DC 34,474
84 Weapon Zero 12 $2.50 Image 34,145
85 Dreaming 13 $2.50 DC 33,513
86 Journey into Mystery 510 $1.95 Marvel 33,312
87 Hellshock 4 $2.50 Image 32,364
88 Teen Titans 9 $1.95 DC 32,005
89 Wetworks 28 $2.50 Image 31,543
90 Impulse 26 $1.75 DC 31,397
91 Stormwatch 47 $2.50 Image 31,203
92 Adventures in the DC Universe 3 $1.75 DC 31,124
93 Aquaman 33 $1.75 DC 30,996
94 Starman 31 $2.25 DC 30,643
95 Superboy 40 $1.95 DC 30,540
96 Hitman 15 $2.25 DC 30,011
97 Ka-Zar 2 $1.95 Marvel 30,011
98 Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars End 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 28,503
99 Savage Dragon 38 $2.50 Image 28,260
100 Books of Magic 37 $2.50 DC 27,354
101 Savant Garde 2 $2.50 Image 27,354
102 Legion of Super-Heroes 93 $2.25 DC 27,232
103 Punisher 20 $1.95 Marvel 27,232
104 Jack Kirby's Fourth World 4 $1.95 DC 27,172
105 Star Trek: Voyager 8 $1.95 Marvel 26,709
106 Young Heroes in Love 1 $1.75 DC 26,533
107 Legionnaires 49 $2.25 DC 26,308
108 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 8 $1.95 Marvel 26,095
109 Anarky 2 $2.50 DC 26,028
110 Manga Shi 2000 2 $2.95 Crusade 26,016
111 Star Trek: Early Voyages 5 $1.95 Marvel 25,591
112 Backlash 31 $2.50 Image 25,585
113 Avengelyne 14 $2.99 Extreme 25,323
114 Shade 3 $2.25 DC 25,262
115 Suspira: The Great Working 2 $2.95 Chaos 24,885
116 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy 7 $1.95 Marvel 24,831
117 House of Secrets 9 $2.50 DC 24,788
118 Grifter 10 $2.50 Image 24,715
119 Batman and Robin Adventures 19 $1.75 DC 24,679
120 Leave it to Chance 6 $2.50 Image 24,034
121 Ghost Rider 86 $1.95 Marvel 24,004
122 Superman Adventures 8 $1.75 DC 23,846
123 Ka-Zar (variant cover) 2 $1.95 Marvel 23,669
124 Vampirella vs. Hemmorhage 1 $3.50 Harris 23,414
125 Hellblazer 114 $2.25 DC 22,903
126 Invisibles Vol. 2 5 $2.50 DC 22,642
127 Predator: Hell & Hot Water 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 22,344
128 Simpsons Comics 30 $2.25 Bongo 22,289
129 Resurrection Man 2 $2.50 DC 22,016
130 Superboy & the Ravers 10 $1.95 DC 21,833
131 Power of Shazam! 27 $1.75 DC 21,687
132 Uncanny Origins 10 $0.99 Marvel 21,614
133 Spectre 54 $2.50 DC 21,329
134 Lobo 40 $2.25 DC 20,824
135 Crow: Waking Nightmares 4 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 20,775
136 Untold Tales of Captain Marvel 3 $2.50 Marvel 20,362
137 Savage Dragon: Red Horizon 3 $2.95 Image 20,252
138 Sandman Mystery Theatre 51 $2.50 DC 19,736
139 2020 Visions 2 $2.25 DC 19,608
140 Green Arrow 121 $2.25 DC 19,486
141 Marvel Adventures 3 $1.50 Marvel 19,128
142 X-O Manowar 7 $2.50 Acclaim 18,939
143 Supreme 48 $2.50 Extreme 18,787
144 Wynonna Earp 5 $2.50 Image 18,580
145 Sovereign Seven 23 $1.95 DC 18,045
146 Siege 4 $2.50 Image 17,900
147 Shadowman 6 $2.50 Acclaim 17,614
148 Glory 22 $2.50 Extreme 17,565
149 Operation Stormbringer $3.95 Acclaim 17,535
150 Elric: Stormbringer 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 17,085
151 Ghost 24 $2.50 Dark Horse 16,702
152 Steel 39 $1.95 DC 16,677
153 ESPers Vol. 3 1 $2.95 Image 15,784
154 Turok Timewalker 1 $2.50 Acclaim 15,632
155 Nexus God Con 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 15,613
156 Wildstorm Spotlight 3 $2.50 Image 15,577
157 Trinity Angels 2 $2.50 Acclaim 15,577
158 Dicks 1 $2.95 Caliber 15,358
159 Challengers of the Unknown 5 $2.25 DC 14,726
160 Magnus Robot Fighter 4 $2.50 Acclaim 14,683
161 Devil Dinosaur Spring Fling 1 $2.99 Marvel 14,665
162 Firstman 1 $2.50 Image 14,622
163 Lady Rawhide 6 $2.95 Topps 14,622
164 Glory 16 $2.50 Extreme 14,404
165 Fault Lines 2 $2.50 DC 14,209
166 Bloodshot 2 $2.50 Acclaim 14,118
167 Head Hunters 1 $2.95 Image 14,112
168 Essential Vertigo: The Sandman 11 $1.95 DC 14,069
169 Oh My Goddess!: The Queen of Vengeance $2.95 Dark Horse 13,492
170 Xero 2 $1.75 DC 13,400
171 Poison Elves 23 $2.50 Sirius 13,175
172 Hate 27 $2.95 Fantagraphics 12,969
173 Jaguar God 8 $2.95 Verotik 12,835
174 Freak Force 2 $2.95 Image 12,385
175 Dark Horse Classics - Star Wars: Dark Empire 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,342
176 Ranma 1/2 Part Six 5 $2.95 Viz 12,057
177 TCB 1 $2.95 Crusade 11,832
178 Troublemakers 5 $2.50 Acclaim 11,698
179 Elfquest 11 $4.95 Warp 11,479
180 Mars Attacks High School Special 2 $2.95 Topps 11,467
181 Blade of the Immortal: Call of the Worm 1 $3.95 Dark Horse 11,449
182 Ninjak 6 $2.50 Acclaim 11,443
183 Edgar Rice Burroughs Return of Tarzan 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,406
184 Star Crossed 1 $2.50 DC 11,400
185 Book of Fate 5 $2.25 DC 11,400
186 Squee 1 $2.95 Slave Labor 11,303
187 Quantum Leap Special $3.95 Acclaim 11,139
188 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 9 $2.95 Image 11,053
189 Bone 18 $2.95 Image 10,938
190 Dusty Star 0 $2.95 Image 10,889
191 Vampirella Silver Ann. Coll. (Silkie cover) 4 $2.50 Harris 10,828
192 Amanda and Gunn 1 $2.95 Image 10,354
193 Drakuun: Rise of the Dragon Princess 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,281
194 Warrior Nun Black and White 2 $2.95 Antarctic 10,275
195 Santa Barbarian vs. Easter Bunny Spring Special $2.99 Extreme 10,275
196 Cerebus 217 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 10,251
197 Eightball 18 $3.95 Fantagraphics 9,886
198 Inu Yasha 1 $2.95 Viz 9,801
199 Vampirella Silver Ann. Coll. (Beachum cover) 4 $2.50 Harris 9,764
200 Quantum & Woody 3 $2.50 Acclaim 9,692
201 Scud: Disposable Assassin 15 $2.95 Fireman 9,673
202 Pinky and the Brain 12 $1.75 DC 9,600
203 Newmen 24 $2.50 Extreme 9,467
204 Dark Horse Presents 120 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,315
205 Cabbot Bloodhunter 4 $2.95 Extreme 9,242
206 Usagi Yojimbo 12 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,980
207 Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing 8 $1.95 DC 8,852
208 Aaron Strips 1 $2.95 Image 8,834
209 Legends of the Dark Claw (2nd) (O/A) 1 $1.95 DC 8,719
210 Razor Vol. 2 5 $3.00 London Night 8,694
211 Night Force 7 $2.25 DC 8,646
212 Kabuki: Skin Deep 3 $2.95 Caliber 8,591
213 Cyberella 10 $2.50 DC 8,548
214 Waterworld 1 $2.50 Acclaim 8,184
215 Battle Angel Alita Part Seven 7 $2.95 Viz 8,129
216 Brainbanx 4 $2.50 DC 7,916
217 Shotgun Mary: Blood Lore 2 $2.95 Antarctic 7,898
218 Animaniacs 26 $1.75 DC 7,861
219 Black Cross: Dirty Work $2.95 Dark Horse 7,849
220 Razor Uncut 34 $3.00 London Night 7,697
221 Soulwind 2 $2.95 Image 7,606
222 Uncle Scrooge Adventures 48 $1.95 Gladstone 7,606
223 GE Rouge 2 $2.95 Verotik 7,460
224 New Bondage Fairies 6 $2.95 Fantagraphics 7,260
225 Vermillion 9 $2.50 DC 7,193
226 Chronowar 9 $2.95 Dark Horse 7,150
227 Sonic the Hedgehog 48 $1.50 Archie 6,834
228 Tales from the Crypt 20 $2.50 Gemstone 6,688
229 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 3 $1.50 Archie 6,621
230 Igrat Illustrations $3.95 Verotik 6,615
231 Scare Tactics 7 $2.25 DC 6,566
232 Donald Duck 303 $1.95 Gladstone 6,420
233 Sonic vs. Knuckles Battle Royal Special $2.00 Archie 6,396
234 Dark Horse Classics: Aliens vs. Predator 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 6,317
235 No Need for Tenchi Part Two 6 $2.95 Viz 6,317
236 Spider-Boy (O/A) 1 $1.95 Marvel 6,202
237 WDC&S Penny Pincher 3 $0.99 Gladstone 6,080
238 Sisters of Mercy Vol. 2 1 $2.50 London Night 5,989
239 Icon (resolicitation) 45 $2.50 DC 5,885
240 Big Bang Comics 10 $2.95 Image 5,806
241 Warrior (resolicitation) 4 $2.50 Ultimate 5,733
242 Weird Science 20 $2.50 Gemstone 5,685
243 Maison Ikkoku Part Six 9 $2.95 Viz 5,667
244 Double Impact Assassins for Hire (Regular) 1 $2.95 High Impact 5,648
245 Diesel 1 $2.95 Antarctic 5,575
246 Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 7 $2.95 Dark Horse 5,411
247 JLX (O/A) 1 $1.95 DC 5,369
248 Ultimate Strike 4 $3.00 London Night 5,350
249 X-Patrol (O/A) 1 $1.95 Marvel 5,277
250 Hepcats 5 $2.95 Antarctic 5,259
251 Luftwaffe 1946 2 $2.95 Antarctic 5,168
252 Magneto & the Magnetic Men (O/A) 1 $1.95 Marvel 5,125
253 Midnight Panther 1 $2.95 CPM 5,125
254 Super Soldier (O/A) 1 $1.95 DC 5,028
255 La Blue Girl 10 $2.95 CPM 5,028
256 Kurt Busiek's Astro City (second printing) 1 $2.25 Image 5,004
257 Archie 461 $1.50 Archie 4,980
258 Lust 1 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,980
259 Berlin (resolicitation) 4 $2.50 Black Eye 4,949
260 Tenchi Muyo 2 $2.95 Pioneer 4,882
261 Speed Demon (O/A) 1 $1.95 Marvel 4,864
262 Betty and Veronica 113 $1.50 Archie 4,797
263 Tommi Gunn 3 $3.00 London Night 4,773
264 Xenozoic Tales 14 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 4,724
265 Sexcapades 5 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,706
266 Lady Vampre in the Flesh 1 $2.95 Blackout 4,700
267 Marquis 1 $2.95 Caliber 4,694
268 Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (O/A) 1 $1.95 Marvel 4,627
269 Darkchylde Remastered (variant cover) 1 $2.50 Image 4,627
270 What's Michael $5.95 Dark Horse 4,530
271 Panic 2 $2.50 Gemstone 4,414
272 Misty Girl Extreme 4 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,359
273 Bullets & Bracelets (O/A) 1 $1.95 Marvel 4,353
274 Lords of Misrule 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 4,335
275 Betty 51 $1.50 Archie 4,329
276 Elflord 4 $2.95 Warp 4,286
277 Moldiver 1 $2.95 Pioneer 4,286
278 Metal Guardian Faust 2 $2.95 Viz 4,201
279 Doctor Strangefate (O/A) 1 $1.95 DC 4,171
280 El Hazard 1 $2.95 Pioneer 4,159
281 Amazon (O/A) 1 $1.95 DC 4,134
282 Mythography 3 $3.95 Bardic 4,074
283 Reality Check 8 $2.95 Sirius 4,068
284 Veronica 65 $1.50 Archie 4,043
285 Vamperotica 26 $2.95 Brainstorm 3,982
286 Bio Booster Armor Guyver Part Six 5 $2.95 Viz 3,958
287 Archie's Double Digest 93 $2.75 Archie 3,928
288 Gold Digger 35 $2.95 Antarctic 3,879
289 Otis Goes Hollywood 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 3,849
290 Book of Angels 1 $3.95 Caliber 3,800
291 Donna Mia Giant-Size 1 $3.95 Avatar 3,770
292 Art of Usagi Yojimbo 1 $3.95 Radio 3,764
293 Assassins (O/A) 1 $1.95 DC 3,764
294 Goblin Lord 4 $2.50 Goblin 3,751
295 Betty & Veronica Spectacular 24 $1.50 Archie 3,745
296 Cud Comics 7 $2.95 Dark Horse 3,715
297 Manga Vizion Vol. 3 4 $4.95 Viz 3,648
298 Akiko 14 $2.50 Sirius 3,636
299 Archie's Pal Jughead Comics 94 $1.50 Archie 3,563
One item was dropped from the list due to mis-classification.
Top Trade Paperbacks (sales not reported)
1 Hellboy: The Lost Army $14.95 Dark Horse n/a
2 Big Book of the Unexplained $14.95 DC n/a
3 Messiah $6.95 Verotik n/a
4 Walt Disney Comics & Stories 613 $6.95 Gladstone n/a
5 Leave it to Chance $9.95 Image n/a
6 Ranma 1/2 Vol. 8 $15.95 Viz n/a
7 Gen13 $16.95 Image n/a
8 Maxx Vol. 2 $12.95 Image n/a
9 Impulse: Reckless Youth $14.95 DC n/a
10 Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color #23 $8.95 Gladstone n/a




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