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May 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 Spawn 62 $1.95 Image 167,373
2 Uncanny X-Men -1 $1.95 Marvel 162,890
3 X-Men -1 $1.95 Marvel 160,365
4 Fantastic Four 9 $1.95 Marvel 142,321
5 Curse of the Spawn 9 $1.95 Image 133,934
6 Wolverine -1 $1.95 Marvel 127,428
7 Iron Man 9 $1.95 Marvel 122,436
8 Captain America 9 $1.95 Marvel 107,765
9 Avengers -1 $1.95 Marvel 107,567
10 Generation X -1 $1.95 Marvel 104,059
11 JLA 7 $1.95 DC 103,498
12 X-Man -1 $1.95 Marvel 96,391
13 Gen13 19 $2.50 Image 95,666
14 X-Factor -1 $1.95 Marvel 89,979
15 X-Force -1 $1.95 Marvel 89,914
16 Cable -1 $1.95 Marvel 84,397
17 Tales of the Witchblade 2 $2.95 Image 76,827
18 Gen13 Annual 1 $2.95 Image 75,354
19 Excalibur -1 $1.95 Marvel 74,998
20 Amazing Spider-Man -1 $1.95 Marvel 74,425
21 Superman 125 $1.95 DC 73,694
22 Incredible Hulk -1 $1.95 Marvel 72,543
23 Action Comics 735 $1.95 DC 69,959
24 Adventures of Superman 548 $1.95 DC 69,802
25 Superman: Man of Steel 69 $1.95 DC 69,504
26 Spider-Man -1 $1.95 Marvel 69,071
27 Spectacular Spider-Man -1 $1.95 Marvel 64,874
28 Sensational Spider-Man -1 $1.95 Marvel 63,641
29 Deadpool -1 $1.95 Marvel 62,717
30 Star Wars: Dark Force Rising 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 60,146
31 Batman 544 $1.95 DC 58,451
32 Gen13 Bootleg 7 $2.50 Image 54,897
33 Superman Annual 9 $3.95 DC 54,283
34 Beast 3 $2.50 Marvel 53,798
35 Detective 711 $1.95 DC 52,746
36 Batman: The Long Halloween 8 $2.95 DC 51,922
37 Supergirl 11 $1.95 DC 50,893
38 X-Files 30 $2.95 Topps 50,513
39 Heroes for Hire 1 $2.99 Marvel 50,466
40 Batman Annual 21 $3.95 DC 47,596
41 Darkchylde: The Diary 1 $2.50 Image 47,205
42 Green Lantern 88 $1.75 DC 47,152
43 WildC.A.T.S 38 $2.50 Image 47,076
44 Thunderbolts 4 $1.95 Marvel 46,416
45 Alpha Flight: In the Beginning $1.95 Marvel 46,071
46 Preacher 27 $2.50 DC 45,720
47 Arcanum 3 $2.50 Image 44,417
48 Elektra -1 $1.95 Marvel 44,323
49 Thunderbolts: A Distant Rumbling $1.95 Marvel 44,218
50 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 96 $1.95 DC 43,949
51 Batman/Batgirl $4.95 DC 43,914
52 Nightwing 10 $1.95 DC 43,259
53 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 64 $1.95 DC 42,961
54 DV8 8 $2.50 Image 42,833
55 Batman/Bane $4.95 DC 41,856
56 Batman/Poison Ivy $4.95 DC 41,611
57 Ka-Zar 3 $1.95 Marvel 41,588
58 Batman/Mr. Freeze $4.95 DC 41,278
59 Unknown Soldier 4 $2.50 DC 41,038
60 Untold Tales of Spider-Man -1 $0.99 Marvel 40,945
61 Catwoman 47 $1.95 DC 40,448
62 Robin 43 $1.95 DC 40,237
63 Flash 127 $1.75 DC 40,027
64 Silver Surfer -1 $1.95 Marvel 39,922
65 Tenth 4 $2.50 Image 39,016
66 Nightwing Annual 1 $3.95 DC 38,835
67 Daredevil -1 $1.95 Marvel 38,642
68 What If -1 $1.95 Marvel 38,361
69 Wonder Woman 123 $1.95 DC 37,081
70 Batman Chronicles 9 $2.95 DC 36,327
71 Venom: Seed of Darkness $1.95 Marvel 36,321
72 Ka-Zar: Sibling Rivalry $1.95 Marvel 36,298
73 Star Wars Rogue Squadron 18 $2.95 Dark Horse 35,889
74 Pride & Joy 1 $2.50 DC 35,509
75 Journey into Mystery -1 $1.95 Marvel 34,790
76 Untold Tales of Spider-Man '97 $1.95 Marvel 34,690
77 Weapon Zero 13 $2.50 Image 32,826
78 Venom: License to Kill 2 $1.95 Marvel 32,615
79 Wonder Woman Annual 6 $3.95 DC 32,610
80 Azrael 31 $1.95 DC 32,580
81 Judgment Day Alpha $2.50 Maximum 32,498
82 Chastity 3 $2.95 Chaos 32,002
83 Conan 1 $2.50 Marvel 31,546
84 Hellshock 5 $2.50 Image 31,259
85 Evil Ernie Destroyer 1 $2.95 Chaos 31,230
86 Silver Surfer '97 $2.99 Marvel 31,137
87 Maxx 30 $1.95 Image 30,961
88 Aquaman 34 $1.75 DC 30,733
89 Dreaming 14 $2.50 DC 30,517
90 Impulse 27 $1.75 DC 30,447
91 Teen Titans 10 $1.95 DC 30,429
92 Starman 32 $2.25 DC 30,184
93 Wetworks 29 $2.50 Image 29,933
94 Superboy 41 $1.95 DC 29,430
95 Weird War Tales 2 $1.95 DC 28,699
96 Hitman 16 $2.25 DC 28,612
97 Legionnaires 50 $3.95 DC 28,319
98 Aquaman Annual 3 $3.95 DC 27,799
99 Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Star's End 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 27,711
100 Savage Dragon 39 $2.50 Image 27,694
101 Ghost Rider -1 $1.95 Marvel 27,600
102 Strangers in Paradise Vol. 3 6 $2.75 Image 27,144
103 Adventures in the DC Universe 4 $1.75 DC 26,916
104 Legion of Super-Heroes 94 $2.25 DC 26,472
105 Books of Magic 38 $2.50 DC 26,227
106 Manga Shi 2000 3 $2.95 Crusade 26,203
107 Ash: Cinder & Smoke 1 $2.95 Event 26,174
108 Bone 29 $2.95 Cartoon 25,584
109 Stormwatch 48 $2.50 Image 25,251
110 Backlash 32 $2.50 Image 25,110
111 Jack Kirby's Fourth World 5 $1.95 DC 25,105
112 Avengelyne 15 $2.99 Maximum 25,005
113 Shade 4 $2.25 DC 24,894
114 Darkness Collected Edition 1 $4.95 Image 24,660
115 Grifter 11 $2.50 Image 23,754
116 Savant Garde 3 $2.50 Image 23,667
117 Crimson Plague 1 $2.95 Event 23,637
118 Vampirella vs. Hemmorhage 2 $3.50 Harris 23,328
119 Leave it to Chance 7 $2.00 Image 23,187
120 Batman and Robin Adventures 20 $1.75 DC 23,141
121 Star Trek: Unlimited 5 $2.99 Marvel 23,123
122 Star Trek: Voyager 9 $2.00 Marvel 22,994
123 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 9 $1.95 Marvel 22,492
124 Anarky 3 $2.50 DC 22,457
125 Resurrection Man 3 $2.50 DC 22,433
126 Superman Adventures 9 $1.75 DC 22,410
127 House of Secrets 10 $2.50 DC 22,328
128 Star Trek: Early Voyages 6 $1.95 Marvel 22,194
129 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy 8 $1.95 Marvel 21,808
130 Power of Shazam 28 $1.75 DC 20,931
131 Superboy and The Ravers 11 $1.95 DC 20,434
132 Invisibles Vol. 2 6 $2.50 DC 20,113
133 Suspira: The Great Working 3 $2.95 Chaos 20,107
134 Spectre 55 $2.50 DC 20,037
135 Hellblazer 115 $2.25 DC 19,563
136 Lobo 41 $2.25 DC 19,365
137 Young Heroes in Love 2 $1.75 DC 19,201
138 Green Arrow 122 $2.25 DC 18,880
139 Starship Troopers: Insect Touch 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 18,798
140 Sandman Mystery Theatre 52 $2.50 DC 18,470
141 Tick's Back 0 $2.95 New England 18,412
142 Predator: Hell and Hot Water 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 18,231
143 Uncanny Origins 11 $0.99 Marvel 18,120
144 X-O Manowar 8 $2.50 Acclaim 17,705
145 Sovereign Seven 24 $1.95 DC 17,564
146 Supreme 49 $2.50 Maximum 17,132
147 Immortal 2 1 $2.50 Image 17,009
148 Ghost 25 $3.95 Dark Horse 16,886
149 Glory 23 $2.50 Maximum 16,881
150 Junk Culture 1 $2.50 DC 16,489
151 Lost World: Jurassic Park 1 $2.95 Topps 16,454
152 2020 Visions 3 $2.25 DC 16,302
153 Steel 40 $1.95 DC 16,220
154 Shadowman 7 $2.50 Acclaim 15,484
155 Stray Bullets 14 $3.50 El Capitan 15,355
156 Gunsmith Cats: Shades of Gray 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 15,355
157 Elric Stormbringer 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 15,238
158 Barry Windsor Smith Storyteller 7 $4.95 Dark Horse 14,952
159 Badger 1 $2.95 Image 14,513
160 Wildstorm Spotlight 4 $2.50 Image 14,396
161 Marvel Adventures 4 $1.50 Marvel 14,326
162 A Man Called Ax 1 $2.50 DC 14,180
163 Angel Fire 2 $2.95 Crusade 14,127
164 Batman & Robin Modie Adaptation Standard Edition $3.95 DC 14,104
165 Turok/Timewalker 2 $2.50 Acclaim 14,016
166 Dr. Tomorrow 1 $2.50 Acclaim 13,794
167 Magnus Robot Fighter 5 $2.50 Acclaim 13,584
168 Challengers of the Unknown 6 $2.25 DC 13,566
169 Lady Rawhide 7 $2.95 Topps 13,561
170 Trinity Angels 3 $2.50 Acclaim 13,496
171 Oh My Goddess Mara Strikes Back 1 $3.95 Dark Horse 13,385
172 Nexus God Coin 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,186
173 Crimson Nun 1 $2.95 Antarctic 12,958
174 Poison Elves 24 $2.50 Sirius 12,947
175 Jackie Chan's Spartan X 1 $2.95 Topps 12,882
176 Essential Vertigo: The Sandman 12 $1.95 DC 12,614
177 Bloodshot 3 $2.50 Acclaim 12,491
178 Eternal Warriors Digital Alchemy $3.95 Acclaim 12,187
179 Dark Horse Classics: Star Wars Dark Empire 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,088
180 Fault Lines 3 $2.50 DC 11,807
181 Elfquest 12 $4.95 Warp 11,702
182 Xero 3 $1.75 DC 11,491
183 Ranma 1/2 Part Six 6 $2.95 Viz 11,456
184 Tick Special $4.50 Acclaim 11,223
185 Freak Force 3 $2.95 Image 11,106
186 Pantha Haunted Passion $2.95 Harris 11,076
187 Troublemakers 6 $2.50 Acclaim 10,924
188 Cerebus 218 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 10,790
189 Book of Fate 6 $2.25 DC 10,720
190 Verotika 16 $3.95 Verotik 10,644
191 Blade of the Immortal Call of the Worm 2 $3.95 Dark Horse 10,562
192 Ninjak 7 $2.50 Acclaim 10,474
193 Nameless 1 $2.95 Image 10,387
194 Bone 19 $2.95 Image 10,357
195 Edgar Rice Burroughs Return/Tarzan 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,252
196 A Touch of Silver 3 $2.95 Image 9,872
197 Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Edition 1 $2.75 Abstract 9,861
198 Quantum & Woody 4 $2.50 Acclaim 9,802
199 Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan 10 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,492
200 Drakuun Rise of the Dragon Princess 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,463
201 Headhunters 2 $2.95 Image 9,259
202 Newmen 25 $2.50 Maximum 9,148
203 Pinky and the Brain 13 $1.75 DC 9,019
204 Replacement God 1 $2.95 Image 8,960
205 Igrat The Fall of Uriel $4.95 Verotik 8,750
206 Venus Domina 3 $3.95 Verotik 8,715
207 Full Metal Fiction 2 $3.95 London Night 8,540
208 Night Force 8 $2.25 DC 8,516
209 Uncle Scrooge 305 $1.95 Gladstone 8,148
210 Robotech 2 $2.95 Antarctic 8,101
211 Star Crossed 2 $2.50 DC 8,072
212 Razor Vol. 2 6 $3.00 London Night 8,019
213 Adventures of Aaron 2 $2.95 Image 7,879
214 Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing 9 $1.95 DC 7,768
215 Inu Yasha 2 $2.95 Viz 7,698
216 Battle Angel Alita Part Seven 8 $2.95 Viz 7,493
217 Razor Uncut 35 $3.00 London Night 7,382
218 New Bondage Fairies 7 $2.95 Fantagraphics 7,312
219 Animaniacs 27 $1.75 DC 7,312
220 Oink: Blood and Circus 1 $4.95 Kitchen Sink 7,300
221 Steohen R. Bissette's Tyrant 5 $2.95 Spiderbaby 7,271
222 Cyberella 11 $2.50 DC 7,230
223 Scare Tactics 8 $2.25 DC 7,166
224 Soulwind 3 $2.95 Image 7,061
225 Sonic the Hedgehog 49 $1.50 Archie 7,020
226 Uncle Scrooge Adventures 49 $1.95 Gladstone 7,008
227 Dark Horse Presents 121 $2.95 Dark Horse 6,915
228 Brainbanx 5 $2.50 DC 6,897
229 Donald Duck Adventures 45 $1.95 Gladstone 6,658
230 Waterworld 2 $2.50 Acclaim 6,611
231 Cavewoman: Rain 7 $2.95 Caliber 6,570
232 Age of Heroes 4 $2.95 Image 6,435
233 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 4 $1.50 Archie 6,383
234 A Distant Soil 20 $2.95 Image 6,324
235 Vermillion 10 $2.50 DC 6,225
236 No Need for Tenchi Part Two 7 $2.95 Viz 6,219
237 Araknis: Retribution 1 $2.50 Morningstar 6,167
238 Warrior 5 $2.95 Ultimate 6,143
239 Acme Novelty Library 9 $4.50 Fantagraphics 6,126
240 Self-Loathing Comics 2 $3.50 Fantagraphics 6,102
241 Walt Disney Comics & Stories Penny Pincher 4 $0.99 Gladstone 6,067
242 Vampirella: Sad Wings of Destiny/Gold Emblem $3.95 Harris 6,055
243 Comic Book 4 $4.95 Dark Horse 6,032
244 Dark Horse Classics: Aliens vs. Predator 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 5,974
245 Vault of Horror 20 $2.50 Gemstone 5,582
246 Ultimate Strike 5 $3.00 London Night 5,553
247 Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 8 $2.95 Dark Horse 5,494
248 American Splendor on the Job $2.95 Dark Horse 5,483
249 Looney Tunes 30 $1.75 DC 5,477
250 Poizon Cadillacs & Green Tomatoes 2 $3.00 London Night 5,430
251 Big Bang Comics 11 $2.95 Image 5,418
252 Knuckles 4 $1.50 Archie 5,401
253 Maison Ikkoku Part Six 10 $2.95 Viz 5,337
254 Weird Fantasy 20 $2.50 Gemstone 5,325
255 Luftwaffe 1946 3 $2.95 Antarctic 5,284
256 La Femme Vamprique 1 $3.50 Brainstorm 5,278
257 Tenchi Muyo 3 $2.95 Pioneer 5,009
258 Cheryl Blossom 4 $1.50 Archie 4,927
259 Sisters of Mercy 2 $2.50 London Night 4,886
260 Archie 462 $1.50 Archie 4,863
261 Hepcats 6 $2.95 Antarctic 4,840
262 Betty & Veronica 114 $1.50 Archie 4,805
263 Tommi Gunn 3 $3.00 London Night 4,799
264 Sexcapades 6 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,775
265 Vamperotica 27 $2.95 Brainstorm 4,682
266 Ninja High School 57 $2.95 Antarctic 4,670
267 Two Fisted Tales 20 $2.50 Gemstone 4,641
268 Jurassic Jane 1 $3.00 London Night 4,553
269 Razor Archives 1 $5.00 London Night 4,530
270 Veronica 66 $1.50 Archie 4,518
271 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 66 $2.79 Archie 4,495
272 Misty Girl Extreme Special 3.5 $3.50 Fantagraphics 4,466
273 Betty 52 $1.50 Archie 4,442
274 Archie Double Digest 94 $2.79 Archie 4,331
275 Lust 2 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,314
276 Archie & Friends 24 $1.50 Archie 4,173
277 Griffin 1 $2.95 Slave Labor 4,156
278 Reality Check 9 $2.95 Sirius 4,150
279 Razor Archives 2 $5.00 London Night 4,132
280 Star Blazers 11 $2.95 Voyager 4,010
281 La Cosa Nostroid 3 $2.95 Fireman 3,940
282 El Hazard 2 $2.95 Pioneer 3,799
283 Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest 27 $2.79 Archie 3,700
284 Girls of Ninja High School '97 $3.95 Antarctic 3,694
285 Steve Ditko's Strange Avenging Tales 2 $2.95 Fantagraphics 3,694
286 Akiko 15 $2.50 Sirius 3,677
287 Metal Guardian Faust 3 $2.95 Viz 3,641
288 Tormentress: Mistress of Hell 0 $2.95 Blackout 3,630
289 Lords of Misrule 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 3,618
290 Double Impact Collector's Gallery Reg. Ed. 1 $3.00 High Impact 3,606
291 Jughead 95 $1.50 Archie 3,601
292 Bio Booster Guyver Part Six 6 $2.95 Viz 3,595
293 Moldiver 2 $2.95 Pioneer 3,554
294 Betty & Veronica Annual Digest 16 $1.79 Archie 3,554
295 Disney's Action Club $4.50 Acclaim 3,536
296 Midnight Panther 2 $2.95 CPM 3,513
297 Archie Digest 149 $1.79 Archie 3,466
298 Archi's Vacation Special 5 $2.00 Archie 3,466
299 Thieves & Kings 17 $2.35 I Box 3,443
300 Donna Mia Giant Size Regular 2 $3.95 Avatar 3,384
Top Trade Paperbacks (sales not reported)
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Batman & Robin Movie Adaptation Collected $5.95 DC n/a
2 Medieval Spawn/Witchblade $9.95 Image n/a
3 Sandman: The Wake $19.95 DC n/a
4 Kingdom Come Deluxe Slipcase $89.95 DC n/a
5 JLA: New World Order $5.95 DC n/a
6 Batman/Deadman: Death and Glory $12.95 DC n/a
7 Walt Disney Comics & Stories 614 $6.95 Gladstone n/a
8 Hellboy: Wake the Devil $17.95 Dark Horse n/a
9 Simpsons Comics Wing Ding $11.95 Bongo n/a
10 Dirty Pair: Dangerous Acquaintances $12.95 Dark Horse n/a




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