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June 1997 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


By June of 1997, Marvel had already announced its plans to end the "Heroes Reborn" project later in the year, even though all four titles remained in the Top 10.

The 20th of the month saw the release of the lamentable Batman & Robin film, whose performance sidelined the movie franchise for nearly a decade. By the second weekend of release, ticket sales were down 63%.

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
12Uncanny X-Men346$1.99Marvel173,453
23X-Men66$1.99Marvel169,677
34Fantastic Four10$1.99Marvel143,952
45Wolverine115$1.99Marvel137,278
56Spawn63$1.95Image134,822
67Iron Man10$1.99Marvel121,622
713Avengers9$1.99Marvel114,896
814Captain America10$1.99Marvel108,861
91WildC.A.T.S/X-Men: The Silver Age1$4.50Image107,506
1016Generation X29$1.99Marvel104,578
1117JLA8$1.95DC104,030
1218Curse of Spawn10$1.95Image99,131
1319X-Man29$1.99Marvel96,018
149Gen1320$2.50Image93,885
1520X-Force68$1.99Marvel93,811
1611Darkness6$2.50Image92,859
1722Cable45$1.99Marvel92,439
1812Witchblade15$2.50Image92,433
1924X-Factor136$1.99Marvel90,294
2027Incredible Hulk455$1.99Marvel80,732
218Amazing Spider-Man425$2.99Marvel79,804
2210Alpha Flight1$2.99Marvel78,103
2330Excalibur111$1.99Marvel73,365
2423Psylocke & Angel: Crimson Dawn1$2.50Marvel72,236
2533Superman126$1.95DC71,532
2638Adventures of Superman549$1.95DC68,454
2739Action Comics736$1.95DC68,195
2840Superman: The Man of Steel70$1.95DC67,728
2936Spider-Man82$1.99Marvel67,267
3043Spectacular Spider-Man248$1.99Marvel63,330
3145Sensational Spider-Man18$1.99Marvel60,846
3247Deadpool7$1.99Marvel59,624
3350Batman545$1.95DC57,641
3426Dawn6$2.95Sirius55,364
3556Detective Comics712$1.95DC53,416
3628Batman: The Long Halloween9$2.95DC51,444
3742Gen13: Bootleg8$2.50Image51,225
3829Star Wars: Dark Force Rising2$2.95Dark Horse50,286
3961Supergirl12$1.95DC49,173
4044Gen13 College Yearbook 19970$2.50Image49,070
4131Lady Death: The Crucible5$2.95Chaos48,666
4232X-Files31$2.95Topps48,222
4367Green Lantern89$1.75DC47,456
4421Superman: The Man of Steel Annual6$3.95DC47,196
4562Thunderbolts5$1.99Marvel47,185
4634Superman/Madman: Hullabaloo!1$2.95Dark Horse46,487
4748Kents1$2.50DC46,470
4835Star Wars: Fall of the Sith Empire1$2.95Dark Horse46,026
4949Preacher28$2.50DC45,692
5051Pitt14$2.50Full Bleed44,960
5152Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. II10$2.50Image44,758
5253Nine Volt1$2.50Image44,597
5354WildC.A.T.S39$2.50Image44,078
5466Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight97$1.95DC43,698
5541Spider-Man Unlimited17$2.99Marvel43,479
5664Ka-Zar4$1.99Marvel43,329
5769Batman: Shadow of the Bat65$1.95DC42,355
5815Preacher Special: The Good Old Boys0$4.95DC42,124
5970Nightwing11$1.95DC42,101
6055DV89$2.50Image42,061
6125Detective Comics Annual10$3.95DC41,542
6282Flash128$1.75DC41,017
6359Arcanum4$2.50Image40,147
6446Thunderbolts '970$2.99Marvel39,911
6572Elektra9$1.99Marvel39,813
6674Catwoman48$1.95DC39,801
6775Robin44$1.95DC39,790
6878Silver Surfer130$1.99Marvel36,977
69160Untold Tales of Spider-Man23$.99Marvel36,890
7084Wonder Woman124$1.95DC36,706
7163Daydreamers1$2.50Marvel36,308
7258Vampirella/Wetworks1$2.95Harris34,907
7337Robin Annual6$3.95DC33,795
7460Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron - Requiem for a Rogue3$2.95Dark Horse33,069
7594Daredevil366$1.99Marvel32,533
7695Venom: License to Kill3$1.99Marvel32,521
7780Starman33$2.25DC32,458
78103Azrael32$1.95DC31,691
7973Wildstorm Swimsuit Special 19971$2.50Image31,472
80101Journey into Mystery511$1.99Marvel31,305
81118Aquaman35$1.75DC30,671
8277Hellshock6$2.50Image30,371
83119Impulse28$1.75DC29,760
84111Teen Titans11$1.95DC29,714
8579Dreaming15$2.50DC29,299
86110What If?99$1.99Marvel29,293
8781Wetworks30$2.50Image29,011
8883Pride & Joy2$2.50DC28,665
89116Superboy42$1.95DC28,613
9096Hitman17$2.25DC28,503
9186Judgment Day Omega0$2.50Awesome28,405
9287Savage Dragon40$2.50Image28,382
9388Judgment Day Final Judgment0$2.50Awesome28,365
9468Hellboy: Almost Colossus1$2.95Dark Horse28,146
9590Weird War Tales3$2.50DC27,575
9693Books of Magic39$2.50DC26,336
9757Superboy Annual4$3.95DC26,215
98108Legion of Super-Heroes95$2.25DC26,123
99112Legionnaires51$2.25DC25,685
10097Lynch1$2.50Image25,333
101125Heroes for Hire2$1.99Marvel25,304
10298Conan2$2.50Marvel25,114
103100Damned1$2.50Image24,976
104102Stormwatch49$2.50Image24,820
105141Adventures in the DC Universe5$1.75DC24,411
106104Hercules and the Heart of Chaos1$2.50Marvel24,250
10785Evil Ernie: Destroyer2$2.95Chaos24,152
108105Resurrection Man4$2.50DC23,823
109107Major Bummer1$2.50DC23,800
110132Jack Kirby's Fourth World6$1.95DC23,771
11191Aliens: Havoc1$2.95Dark Horse23,235
112114Grifter12$2.50Image23,022
113149Batman and Robin Adventures21$1.75DC23,016
114115Leave It to Chance8$2.50Image22,855
115134Star Trek: Voyager10$1.99Marvel22,716
11692Tomoe: Unforgettable Fire1$2.95Crusade22,716
117135Star Trek: Deep Space Nine10$1.99Marvel22,209
118117House of Secrets11$2.50DC21,834
119136Star Trek: Early Voyages7$1.99Marvel21,834
12076Vampirella vs. Hemorrhage3$3.50Harris21,788
12165Spirit: The New Adventures1$3.95Kitchen Sink21,719
122156Superman Adventures10$1.75DC21,690
123139Ghost Rider87$1.99Marvel21,529
124142Star Trek: Starfleet Academy10$1.99Marvel21,431
12599More than Mortal1$2.95Liar21,189
126145Heroes for Hire (Variant Cover)2$1.99Marvel21,120
127130Simpsons Comics31$2.25Bongo21,114
128161Power of Shazam!29$1.75DC20,866
12971Supreme50$3.95Awesome20,647
130121Anarky4$2.50DC20,641
131122Savant Garde4$2.50Image20,635
132162Young Heroes in Love3$1.75DC20,474
133106Warrior Nun Areala1$2.95Antarctic20,180
134126Aliens Special0$2.50Dark Horse20,099
135127Invisibles Vol. 27$2.50DC20,013
136155Superboy & the Ravers12$1.95DC19,852
13713Suspira: The Great Working4$2.95Chaos19,586
138137Hellblazer116$2.25DC19,298
139138Lobo42$2.25DC19,275
140129Spectre56$2.50DC19,252
141144Green Arrow123$2.25DC18,722
142133Sandman Mystery Theatre53$2.50DC18,353
143165Sovereign Seven25$1.95DC17,972
144120Predator: Hell & Hot Water3$2.95Dark Horse17,580
145124Painkiller Jane (Quesada cover)1$2.95Event17,258
146233Uncanny Origins12$.99Marvel17,079
147143X-O Manowar9$2.50Acclaim16,998
148128J. O'Barr's The Crow: Demon in Disguise1$2.95Kitchen Sink16,376
149148Nine Volt (Exclusive)1$2.50Image16,163
150131Ghost26$2.95Dark Horse15,799
1511632020 Visions4$2.25DC15,747
152181Steel41$1.95DC15,736
153140Ash: Cinder & Smoke (Quesada cover)2$2.95Event14,514
15489Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller8$4.95Dark Horse14,185
155164Junk Culture2$2.50DC14,070
156166Shadowman8$2.50Acclaim14,018
157146Elric: Stormbringer4$2.95Dark Horse13,978
158147Painkiller Jane (Leonardi cover)1$2.95Event13,788
159150Starship Troopers: Insect Touch2$2.95Dark Horse13,621
160151Milk & Cheese's Latest Thing7$2.95Slave Labor13,603
161154Gunsmith Cats: Shades of Gray2$2.95Dark Horse13,344
162173Trinity Angels4$2.50Acclaim13,061
163223Marvel Adventures5$1.50Marvel13,061
164187Challengers of the Unknown7$2.25DC13,038
165123Turok Quarterly: Red Path0$3.95Acclaim12,900
166157Lost World: Jurassic Park2$2.95Topps12,762
167158Ash: Cinder & Smoke (Ramos cover)2$2.95Event12,687
168178Magnus Robot Fighter6$2.50Acclaim12,681
169179Immortal 22$2.50Image12,543
170159Oh My Goddess! Mara Strikes Back2$2.95Dark Horse12,543
171208Essential Vertigo: The Sandman13$1.95DC11,966
172109Elfquest13$4.95Warp11,776
173167Satanika8$2.95Verotik11,724
174168Dicks2$2.95Caliber11,667
175169Jinx1$2.95Image11,597
176170Ranma 1/2 Part 67$2.95Viz11,517
177189Bloodshot4$2.50Acclaim11,390
178191Dr. Tomorrow2$2.50Acclaim11,257
179171Dark Horse Classics: Star Wars: Dark Empire4$2.95Dark Horse11,257
180225Scooby-Doo1$1.75DC11,096
181172Badger2$2.95Image11,084
182200Cerebus219$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,998
183176Angel Fire (Cover A) (Resolicitation)1$2.95Crusade10,819
184177Dusty Star1$2.95Image10,796
185226Xero4$1.75DC10,767
186180Angel Fire (Cover B) (Resolicitation)1$2.95Crusade10,623
187196Fault Lines4$2.50DC10,358
188199Troublemakers7$2.50Acclaim10,306
189842Simpsons Comics Free Promo31$.00Bongo10,289
190182Bone20$2.95Image10,272
191183Scud: The Disposable Assassin16$2.95Fireman10,243
192184Jackie Chan's Spartan X2$2.95Topps10,191
193185Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles10$2.95Image10,145
194186Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: Le Monstre1$2.95Dark Horse10,041
195152Blade of the Immortal: Call of the Worm3$3.95Dark Horse10,006
196230Flintstones and The Jetsons1$1.75DC9,926
197188Edgar Rice Burroughs' Return of Tarzan3$2.95Dark Horse9,851
198201Quantum & Woody5$2.50Acclaim9,741
199202Ninjak8$2.50Acclaim9,712
200213Book of Fate7$2.25DC9,626
201235Cartoon Network Presents: Dexter's Laboratory1$1.75DC9,528
202190Impossible Man Summer Fun Special0$2.99Marvel9,517
203192ESPers Vol. 32$2.95Image9,482
204193Warrior Nun Black and White3$2.95Antarctic9,424
205194Drakuun: Rise of the Dragon Princess5$2.95Dark Horse9,372
206195Battle Angel Alita Part 81$2.95Viz8,917
207246Pinky and the Brain14$1.75DC8,854
208153Disney's Hercules Movie Adaptation0$4.50Acclaim8,779
209198Angel Fire (Cover C) (Resolicitation)1$2.95Crusade8,738
210264Sonic the Hedgehog50$1.50Archie8,738
211209Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Edition2$2.75Abstract8,479
212203Grub Girl1$2.95Verotik8,156
213206Shotgun Mary: Blood Lore3$2.95Antarctic8,104
214247Uncle Scrooge Adventures50$1.95Gladstone7,897
215207Razor Vol. 27$3.00London Night7,862
216210Nameless2$2.95Image7,793
217212Inu Yasha3$2.95Viz7,666
218211Razor Uncut36$3.00London Night7,632
219227Star Crossed3$2.50DC7,528
220265Animaniacs28$1.75DC7,424
221236Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing10$2.25DC7,384
222214New Bondage Fairies8$2.95Fantagraphics7,257
223240Night Force9$2.25DC7,205
224216No Need for Tenchi Part 31$2.95Viz6,911
225217Cavewoman/Explorers1$2.95Basement6,877
2262332Cyberella12$2.50DC6,848
227263Donald Duck304$1.95Gladstone6,790
228288Sabrina the Teenage Witch5$1.50Archie6,779
229219Headhunters3$2.95Image6,773
230220Aaron Strips2$2.95Image6,732
231222Soulwind4$2.95Image6,663
232224Amanda and Gunn2$2.95Image6,583
233174Mixxzine1$3.95Mixx6,554
234197Full Metal Fiction3$3.95London Night6,536
235242Brainbanx6$2.50DC6,392
2362971997 Trilogy Tour Book0$1.50Cartoon6,271
237228Big Bang Comics12$2.95Image6,156
238351WDC&S Penny Pincher5$.99Gladstone6,139
239229Dark Horse Presents122$2.95Dark Horse6,110
240204Hot Tails Special0$3.95Fantagraphics6,087
241260Scare Tactics9$2.25DC5,925
242309Knuckles5$1.50Archie5,833
243250Vermillion11$2.50DC5,793
244218Black Hole4$3.50Kitchen Sink5,776
245234Death of Hari Kari (Regular cover)0$2.95Blackout5,730
246237Warrior6$2.95Ultimate5,614
247238Dark Horse Classics: Aliens vs. Predator5$2.95Dark Horse5,585
248294Looney Tunes31$1.75DC5,562
249319Archie463$1.50Archie5,441
250255Waterworld3$2.50Acclaim5,418
251239Embrace: Hunger of the Flesh1$3.00London Night5,412
252243Maison Ikkoku Part 611$2.95Viz5,407
253257Arcanum (Ltd. variant cover)4$2.50Image5,389
254241Ultimate Strike6$3.00London Night5,372
255245Tenchi Muyo4$2.95Pioneer5,361
256259Haunt of Fear20$2.50Gemstone5,343
257261Fang: Testament (Resolicitation)3$2.50Sirius5,326
258244Tommi Gunn0$3.00London Night5,314
259248Real Adventures of Jonny Quest9$2.95Dark Horse5,217
260215Coventry3$3.95Fantagraphics5,211
261326Betty & Veronica115$1.50Archie5,113
262221Avengelyne: Glory1$3.95Awesome5,021
263249Sexcapades7$2.95Fantagraphics4,940
264205Ghost/Hellboy Collection0$4.95Dark Horse4,848
265274Crime Suspenstories20$2.50Gemstone4,813
266251Poizon: Cadillacs and Green Tomatoes3$3.00London Night4,790
267253Hepcats7$2.95Antarctic4,778
268327Cheryl Blossom5$1.50Archie4,773
269252Double Impact: Suicide Run (Regular edition)1$3.00High Impact4,721
270276Frontline Combat9$2.50Gemstone4,703
271330Betty53$1.50Archie4,703
272843Wizard Free Ace Edition Lady Death Vs. Purgatori71$.00Wizard4,645
273175Walt Disney's Comics and Stories615$6.95Gemstone4,640
274334Veronica67$1.50Archie4,594
275269Betty & Veronica Double Digest67$2.79Archie4,582
276256Angel Heat: The Ninth Order1$2.95Caliber4,582
277258Dangerous Secrets1$2.95Caliber4,565
278262CreeD: Good Ship & New Journey Home (Regular cover)0$2.95Lightning4,490
279266Experimentals1$2.95Caliber4,404
280267Lust3$2.95Fantagraphics4,369
281342Betty & Veronica Spectacular25$1.50Archie4,231
282282Savage Dragon (Variant cover, five-copy promo)40$2.50Image4,208
283271Reality Check10$2.95Sirius4,196
284272Mr. Monster Presents1$2.95Caliber4,190
285273Double Impact: Assassins for Hire (Regular cover)2$2.95High Impact4,156
286316Betty & Veronica Summer Fun Special4$2.00Archie4,139
287291Sisters of Mercy: Paradise Lost3$2.50London Night3,977
288177Vamperotica28$2.95Brainstorm3,960
289332Archie Digest150$1.79Archie3,885
290333Betty & Veronica Digest90$1.79Archie3,873
291278Midnight Panther3$2.95CPM3,873
292368Jughead96$1.50Archie3,781
293285Jughead's Double Digest46$2.79Archie3,752
294301Goblin Lord5$2.50Goblin3,712
295268Girls of Double Impact (Regular cover)1$3.50High Impact3,660
296280Lords of Misrule6$2.95Dark Horse3,568
297281Dragonwing (Regular)0$2.95Caliber3,568
298283Chirality (Mature Readers edition)4$2.95CPM3,562
299287El Hazard3$2.95Pioneer3,464
300231Hepcats 1987-1997 Tenth Anniversary Special (Regular edition, mature readers)0$4.95Antarctic3,458





June 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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Mark Waid and Alex Ross's Kingdom Come series had been a big seller for DC, and its hardcover led the month's sales.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Kingdom Come HC$29.95DCn/a
23Spawn IV$9.95Imagen/a
34Verotika East #2$11.95Verotikn/a
42Sin City: That Yellow Bastard$15.00Dark Horsen/a
525Backlash/Spider-Man$4.95Imagen/a
66Ranma 1/2 Vol. 9$15.95Vizn/a
75Bone Vol 4: Dragon Slayer$16.95Cartoonn/a
810Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color #25$8.95Gladstonen/a
919Sensational Spider-Man in Savage Land$6.99Marveln/a
1012Uncle Scrooge Adventures Don Rosa 97 Special #3$9.95Gladstonen/a