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May 1997 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


May 1997 was "Flashback" month at Marvel, a promotion in which negative-numbered issues for its series were published.

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.
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
11Spawn62$1.95Image167,373
22Uncanny X-Men-1$1.95Marvel162,890
33X-Men-1$1.95Marvel160,365
44Fantastic Four9$1.95Marvel142,321
55Curse of the Spawn9$1.95Image133,934
66Wolverine-1$1.95Marvel127,428
78Iron Man9$1.95Marvel122,436
813Captain America9$1.95Marvel107,765
914Avengers-1$1.95Marvel107,567
1018Generation X-1$1.95Marvel104,059
1119JLA7$1.95DC103,498
1221X-Man-1$1.95Marvel96,391
137Gen1319$2.50Image95,666
1423X-Factor-1$1.95Marvel89,979
1524X-Force-1$1.95Marvel89,914
1625Cable-1$1.95Marvel84,397
179Tales of the Witchblade2$2.95Image76,827
1810Gen13 Annual1$2.95Image75,354
1930Excalibur-1$1.95Marvel74,998
2031Amazing Spider-Man-1$1.95Marvel74,425
2132Superman125$1.95DC73,694
2233Incredible Hulk-1$1.95Marvel72,543
2335Action Comics735$1.95DC69,959
2436Adventures of Superman548$1.95DC69,802
2537Superman: Man of Steel69$1.95DC69,504
2638Spider-Man-1$1.95Marvel69,071
2741Spectacular Spider-Man-1$1.95Marvel64,874
2842Sensational Spider-Man-1$1.95Marvel63,641
2943Deadpool-1$1.95Marvel62,717
3022Star Wars: Dark Force Rising1$2.95Dark Horse60,146
3148Batman544$1.95DC58,451
3234Gen13 Bootleg7$2.50Image54,897
3312Superman Annual9$3.95DC54,283
3439Beast3$2.50Marvel53,798
3555Detective711$1.95DC52,746
3627Batman: The Long Halloween8$2.95DC51,922
3757Supergirl11$1.95DC50,893
3829X-Files30$2.95Topps50,513
3928Heroes for Hire1$2.99Marvel50,466
4020Batman Annual21$3.95DC47,596
4145Darkchylde: The Diary1$2.50Image47,205
4270Green Lantern88$1.75DC47,152
4346WildC.A.T.S38$2.50Image47,076
4462Thunderbolts4$1.95Marvel46,416
4563Alpha Flight: In the Beginning0$1.95Marvel46,071
4647Preacher27$2.50DC45,720
4750Arcanum3$2.50Image44,417
4865Elektra-1$1.95Marvel44,323
4966Thunderbolts: A Distant Rumbling0$1.95Marvel44,218
5067Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight96$1.95DC43,949
5111Batman/Batgirl0$4.95DC43,914
5268Nightwing10$1.95DC43,259
5369Batman: Shadow of the Bat64$1.95DC42,961
5453DV88$2.50Image42,833
5515Batman/Bane0$4.95DC41,856
5616Batman/Poison Ivy0$4.95DC41,611
5775Ka-Zar3$1.95Marvel41,588
5817Batman/Mr. Freeze0$4.95DC41,278
5956Unknown Soldier4$2.50DC41,038
60158Untold Tales of Spider-Man-1$.99Marvel40,945
6177Catwoman47$1.95DC40,448
6278Robin43$1.95DC40,237
6395Flash127$1.75DC40,027
6480Silver Surfer-1$1.95Marvel39,922
6558Tenth4$2.50Image39,016
6626Nightwing Annual1$3.95DC38,835
6785Daredevil-1$1.95Marvel38,642
6887What If-1$1.95Marvel38,361
6991Wonder Woman123$1.95DC37,081
7052Batman Chronicles9$2.95DC36,327
7193Venom: Seed of Darkness0$1.95Marvel36,321
7294Ka-Zar: Sibling Rivalry0$1.95Marvel36,298
7354Star Wars Rogue Squadron18$2.95Dark Horse35,889
7464Pride & Joy1$2.50DC35,509
75100Journey into Mystery-1$1.95Marvel34,790
76101Untold Tales of Spider-Man '970$1.95Marvel34,690
7771Weapon Zero13$2.50Image32,826
78105Venom: License to Kill2$1.95Marvel32,615
7940Wonder Woman Annual6$3.95DC32,610
80106Azrael31$1.95DC32,580
8174Judgment Day Alpha0$2.50Maximum32,498
8259Chastity3$2.95Chaos32,002
8376Conan1$2.50Marvel31,546
8479Hellshock5$2.50Image31,259
8561Evil Ernie Destroyer1$2.95Chaos31,230
8660Silver Surfer '970$2.99Marvel31,137
87109Maxx30$1.95Image30,961
88127Aquaman34$1.75DC30,733
8983Dreaming14$2.50DC30,517
90129Impulse27$1.75DC30,447
91112Teen Titans10$1.95DC30,429
9299Starman32$2.25DC30,184
9386Wetworks29$2.50Image29,933
94117Superboy41$1.95DC29,430
9592Weird War Tales2$1.95DC28,699
96104Hitman16$2.25DC28,612
9749Legionnaires50$3.95DC28,319
9851Aquaman Annual3$3.95DC27,799
9972Classic Star Wars: Han Solo at Star's End3$2.95Dark Horse27,711
10097Savage Dragon39$2.50Image27,694
101125Ghost Rider-1$1.95Marvel27,600
10289Strangers in Paradise Vol. 36$2.75Image27,144
103137Adventures in the DC Universe4$1.75DC26,916
104110Legion of Super-Heroes94$2.25DC26,472
105103Books of Magic38$2.50DC26,227
10681Manga Shi 20003$2.95Crusade26,203
10782Ash: Cinder & Smoke1$2.95Event26,174
10884Bone29$2.95Cartoon25,584
109107Stormwatch48$2.50Image25,251
110108Backlash32$2.50Image25,110
111134Jack Kirby's Fourth World5$1.95DC25,105
11288Avengelyne15$2.99Maximum25,005
113120Shade4$2.25DC24,894
11444Darkness Collected Edition1$4.95Image24,660
115111Grifter11$2.50Image23,754
116114Savant Garde3$2.50Image23,667
11796Crimson Plague1$2.95Event23,637
11873Vampirella vs. Hemmorhage2$3.50Harris23,328
119115Leave it to Chance7$2.00Image23,187
120159Batman and Robin Adventures20$1.75DC23,141
12198Star Trek: Unlimited5$2.99Marvel23,123
122139Star Trek: Voyager9$2.00Marvel22,994
123144Star Trek: Deep Space Nine9$1.95Marvel22,492
124118Anarky3$2.50DC22,457
125119Resurrection Man3$2.50DC22,433
126162Superman Adventures9$1.75DC22,410
127121House of Secrets10$2.50DC22,328
128147Star Trek: Early Voyages6$1.95Marvel22,194
129151Star Trek: Starfleet Academy8$1.95Marvel21,808
130168Power of Shazam28$1.75DC20,931
131161Superboy and The Ravers11$1.95DC20,434
132132Invisibles Vol. 26$2.50DC20,113
133113Suspira: The Great Working3$2.95Chaos20,107
134133Spectre55$2.50DC20,037
135143Hellblazer115$2.25DC19,563
136145Lobo41$2.25DC19,365
137181Young Heroes in Love2$1.75DC19,201
138152Green Arrow122$2.25DC18,880
139123Starship Troopers: Insect Touch1$2.95Dark Horse18,798
140138Sandman Mystery Theatre52$2.50DC18,470
141124Tick's Back0$2.95New England18,412
142126Predator: Hell and Hot Water2$2.95Dark Horse18,231
143233Uncanny Origins11$.99Marvel18,120
144142X-O Manowar8$2.50Acclaim17,705
145176Sovereign Seven24$1.95DC17,564
146148Supreme49$2.50Maximum17,132
147150Immortal 21$2.50Image17,009
148102Ghost25$3.95Dark Horse16,886
149153Glory23$2.50Maximum16,881
150157Junk Culture1$2.50DC16,489
151135Lost World: Jurassic Park1$2.95Topps16,454
1521672020 Visions3$2.25DC16,302
153185Steel40$1.95DC16,220
154164Shadowman7$2.50Acclaim15,484
155128Stray Bullets14$3.50El Capitan15,355
156140Gunsmith Cats: Shades of Gray1$2.95Dark Horse15,355
157141Elric Stormbringer3$2.95Dark Horse15,238
15890Barry Windsor Smith Storyteller7$4.95Dark Horse14,952
159149Badger1$2.95Image14,513
160170Wildstorm Spotlight4$2.50Image14,396
161216Marvel Adventures4$1.50Marvel14,326
162172A Man Called Ax1$2.50DC14,180
163156Angel Fire2$2.95Crusade14,127
164122Batman & Robin Modie Adaptation Standard Edition0$3.95DC14,104
165173Turok/Timewalker2$2.50Acclaim14,016
166174Dr. Tomorrow1$2.50Acclaim13,794
167177Magnus Robot Fighter5$2.50Acclaim13,584
168189Challengers of the Unknown6$2.25DC13,566
169160Lady Rawhide7$2.95Topps13,561
170179Trinity Angels3$2.50Acclaim13,496
171130Oh My Goddess Mara Strikes Back1$3.95Dark Horse13,385
172163Nexus God Coin2$2.95Dark Horse13,186
173165Crimson Nun1$2.95Antarctic12,958
174184Poison Elves24$2.50Sirius12,947
175166Jackie Chan's Spartan X1$2.95Topps12,882
176202Essential Vertigo: The Sandman12$1.95DC12,614
177186Bloodshot3$2.50Acclaim12,491
178136Eternal Warriors Digital Alchemy0$3.95Acclaim12,187
179171Dark Horse Classics: Star Wars Dark Empire3$2.95Dark Horse12,088
180192Fault Lines3$2.50DC11,807
181116Elfquest12$4.95Warp11,702
182223Xero3$1.75DC11,491
183178Ranma 1/2 Part Six6$2.95Viz11,456
184131Tick Special0$4.50Acclaim11,223
185182Freak Force3$2.95Image11,106
186183Pantha Haunted Passion0$2.95Harris11,076
187198Troublemakers6$2.50Acclaim10,924
188204Cerebus218$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,790
189205Book of Fate6$2.25DC10,720
190154Verotika16$3.95Verotik10,644
191155Blade of the Immortal Call of the Worm2$3.95Dark Horse10,562
192201Ninjak7$2.50Acclaim10,474
193187Nameless1$2.95Image10,387
194188Bone19$2.95Image10,357
195190Edgar Rice Burroughs Return/Tarzan2$2.95Dark Horse10,252
196193A Touch of Silver3$2.95Image9,872
197199Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Edition1$2.75Abstract9,861
198203Quantum & Woody4$2.50Acclaim9,802
199194Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan10$2.95Dark Horse9,492
200195Drakuun Rise of the Dragon Princess4$2.95Dark Horse9,463
201197Headhunters2$2.95Image9,259
202210Newmen25$2.50Maximum9,148
203247Pinky and the Brain13$1.75DC9,019
204200Replacement God1$2.95Image8,960
205146Igrat The Fall of Uriel0$4.95Verotik8,750
206175Venus Domina3$3.95Verotik8,715
207180Full Metal Fiction2$3.95London Night8,540
208226Night Force8$2.25DC8,516
209246Uncle Scrooge305$1.95Gladstone8,148
210208Robotech2$2.95Antarctic8,101
211222Star Crossed2$2.50DC8,072
212206Razor Vol. 26$3.00London Night8,019
213209Adventures of Aaron2$2.95Image7,879
214253Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing9$1.95DC7,768
215211Inu Yasha2$2.95Viz7,698
216214Battle Angel Alita Part Seven8$2.95Viz7,493
217213Razor Uncut35$3.00London Night7,382
218215New Bondage Fairies7$2.95Fantagraphics7,312
219269Animaniacs27$1.75DC7,312
220169Oink: Blood and Circus1$4.95Kitchen Sink7,300
221217Steohen R. Bissette's Tyrant5$2.95Spiderbaby7,271
222232Cyberella11$2.50DC7,230
223243Scare Tactics8$2.25DC7,166
224219Soulwind3$2.95Image7,061
225288Sonic the Hedgehog49$1.50Archie7,020
226263Uncle Scrooge Adventures49$1.95Gladstone7,008
227221Dark Horse Presents121$2.95Dark Horse6,915
228237Brainbanx5$2.50DC6,897
229267Donald Duck Adventures45$1.95Gladstone6,658
230239Waterworld2$2.50Acclaim6,611
231225Cavewoman: Rain7$2.95Caliber6,570
232227Age of Heroes4$2.95Image6,435
233299Sabrina the Teenage Witch4$1.50Archie6,383
234228A Distant Soil20$2.95Image6,324
235251Vermillion10$2.50DC6,225
236230No Need for Tenchi Part Two7$2.95Viz6,219
237252Araknis: Retribution1$2.50Morningstar6,167
238231Warrior5$2.95Ultimate6,143
239196Acme Novelty Library9$4.50Fantagraphics6,126
240218Self-Loathing Comics2$3.50Fantagraphics6,102
241348Walt Disney Comics & Stories Penny Pincher4$.99Gladstone6,067
242207Vampirella: Sad Wings of Destiny/Gold Emblem0$3.95Harris6,055
243191Comic Book4$4.95Dark Horse6,032
244234Dark Horse Classics: Aliens vs. Predator4$2.95Dark Horse5,974
245260Vault of Horror20$2.50Gemstone5,582
246238Ultimate Strike5$3.00London Night5,553
247241Real Adventures of Jonny Quest8$2.95Dark Horse5,494
248242American Splendor on the Job0$2.95Dark Horse5,483
249298Looney Tunes30$1.75DC5,477
250240Poizon Cadillacs & Green Tomatoes2$3.00London Night5,430
251244Big Bang Comics11$2.95Image5,418
252316Knuckles4$1.50Archie5,401
253248Maison Ikkoku Part Six10$2.95Viz5,337
254266Weird Fantasy20$2.50Gemstone5,325
255250Luftwaffe 19463$2.95Antarctic5,284
256229La Femme Vamprique1$3.50Brainstorm5,278
257254Tenchi Muyo3$2.95Pioneer5,009
258323Cheryl Blossom4$1.50Archie4,927
259274Sisters of Mercy2$2.50London Night4,886
260326Archie462$1.50Archie4,863
261258Hepcats6$2.95Antarctic4,840
262328Betty & Veronica114$1.50Archie4,805
263257Tommi Gunn3$3.00London Night4,799
264259Sexcapades6$2.95Fantagraphics4,775
265261Vamperotica27$2.95Brainstorm4,682
266262Ninja High School57$2.95Antarctic4,670
267278Two Fisted Tales20$2.50Gemstone4,641
268264Jurassic Jane1$3.00London Night4,553
269212Razor Archives1$5.00London Night4,530
270333Veronica66$1.50Archie4,518
271271Betty & Veronica Double Digest66$2.79Archie4,495
272249Misty Girl Extreme Special3.5$3.50Fantagraphics4,466
273335Betty52$1.50Archie4,442
274275Archie Double Digest94$2.79Archie4,331
275270Lust2$2.95Fantagraphics4,314
276341Archie & Friends24$1.50Archie4,173
277272Griffin1$2.95Slave Labor4,156
278273Reality Check9$2.95Sirius4,150
279220Razor Archives2$5.00London Night4,132
280276Star Blazers11$2.95Voyager4,010
281277La Cosa Nostroid3$2.95Fireman3,940
282279El Hazard2$2.95Pioneer3,799
283291Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest27$2.79Archie3,700
284255Girls of Ninja High School '970$3.95Antarctic3,694
285280Steve Ditko's Strange Avenging Tales2$2.95Fantagraphics3,694
286305Akiko15$2.50Sirius3,677
287282Metal Guardian Faust3$2.95Viz3,641
288283Tormentress: Mistress of Hell0$2.95Blackout3,630
289284Lords of Misrule5$2.95Dark Horse3,618
290281Double Impact Collector's Gallery Reg. Ed.1$3.00High Impact3,606
291361Jughead95$1.50Archie3,601
292285Bio Booster Guyver Part Six6$2.95Viz3,595
293289Moldiver2$2.95Pioneer3,554
294337Betty & Veronica Annual Digest16$1.79Archie3,554
295245Disney's Action Club0$4.50Acclaim3,536
296290Midnight Panther2$2.95CPM3,513
297344Archie Digest149$1.79Archie3,466
298330Archie's Vacation Special5$2.00Archie3,466
299271Thieves & Kings17$2.35I Box3,443
300265Donna Mia Giant Size Regular2$3.95Avatar3,384





May 1997 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.

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

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The Batman & Robin movie did poorly with critics and at the box office in June, but retailers had hope, as advance orders for the film adaptation topped the graphic novel charts.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
12Batman & Robin Movie Adaptation Collected$5.95DCn/a
25Medieval Spawn/Witchblade$9.95Imagen/a
33Sandman: The Wake$19.95DCn/a
41Kingdom Come Deluxe Slipcase$89.95DCn/a
514JLA: New World Order$5.95DCn/a
66Batman/Deadman: Death and Glory$12.95DCn/a
715Walt Disney Comics & Stories #614$6.95Gladstonen/a
87Hellboy: Wake the Devil$17.95Dark Horsen/a
912Simpsons Comics Wing Ding$11.95Bongon/a
109Dirty Pair: Dangerous Acquaintances$12.95Dark Horsen/a