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August 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 65 $1.95 Image 165,234
2 Uncanny X-Men 348 $1.99 Marvel 163,028
3 X-Men 68 $1.99 Marvel 160,043
4 Fantastic Four 12 $2.99 Marvel 137,192
5 Wolverine 117 $1.99 Marvel 130,483
6 Iron Man 12 $2.99 Marvel 116,881
7 Avengers 12 $2.99 Marvel 114,787
8 Captain America 12 $2.99 Marvel 109,169
9 Uncanny X-Men '97 $2.99 Marvel 109,169
10 JLA 11 $1.95 DC 104,676
11 Generation X 31 $1.99 Marvel 100,212
12 Curse of the Spawn 12 $1.95 Image 94,881
13 WildC.A.T.S/X-Men: The Modern Age 1 $4.50 Image 94,881
14 X-Man 31 $1.99 Marvel 91,520
15 Witchblade 17 $2.50 Image 89,661
16 Cable 47 $1.99 Marvel 87,256
17 X-Force 70 $1.99 Marvel 86,418
18 Genesis 1 $1.95 DC 86,142
19 Gen13 22 $2.50 Image 86,136
20 X-Factor 138 $1.99 Marvel 85,467
21 Genesis 2 $1.95 DC 80,277
22 Genesis 3 $1.95 DC 78,599
23 Genesis 4 $1.95 DC 77,936
24 Incredible Hulk 457 $1.99 Marvel 76,130
25 Amazing Spider-Man 427 $1.99 Marvel 72,365
26 Generation X '97 $2.99 Marvel 71,831
27 Spectacular Spider-Man 250 $3.25 Marvel 70,212
28 Gambit 2 $2.50 Marvel 69,420
29 Excalibur 113 $1.99 Marvel 69,379
30 Superman 128 $1.95 DC 67,755
31 Adventures of Superman 551 $1.95 DC 65,362
32 Superman: Man of Steel 72 $1.95 DC 64,974
33 Spider-Man 84 $1.99 Marvel 64,388
34 Alpha Flight 3 $1.99 Marvel 64,013
35 Batman/Spider-Man $4.95 DC 63,884
36 Action Comics 738 $1.95 DC 63,801
37 Colossus 1 $2.99 Marvel 60,605
38 Kiss: The Psycho Circus 2 $1.95 Image 60,317
39 Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn 3 $2.50 Marvel 59,684
40 Batman 547 $1.95 DC 58,652
41 Sensational Spider-Man 20 $1.99 Marvel 57,561
42 Deadpool 9 $1.99 Marvel 55,139
43 Coven 1 $2.50 Awesome 52,095
44 Maverick 2 $1.99 Marvel 51,930
45 Detective Comics 714 $1.95 DC 51,432
46 Batman: The Long Halloween 11 $2.95 DC 50,663
47 Gen13 Bootleg 10 $2.50 Image 49,983
48 Green Lantern 91 $1.75 DC 48,798
49 Supergirl 14 $1.95 DC 47,602
50 Thunderbolts 7 $1.99 Marvel 47,303
51 Gen13/Generation X 3-D Edition $4.95 Image 47,092
52 Catwoman Collector's Edition 50 $2.95 DC 45,924
53 Preacher 30 $2.50 DC 45,866
54 Action Comics Annual 9 $3.95 DC 45,672
55 X-Files 33 $2.95 Topps 44,716
56 Marvel Team-Up 2 $1.99 Marvel 43,514
57 Star Wars: Dark Force Rising 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 43,250
58 Nightwing 13 $1.95 DC 42,493
59 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 99 $1.95 DC 42,376
60 Lady Death: The Crucible 6 $2.95 Chaos 41,936
61 Star Wars: Boba Fett — Murder Most Foul $3.95 Dark Horse 41,308
62 Ka-Zar 6 $1.99 Marvel 41,297
63 Batman: Shadow of the Bat 67 $1.95 DC 41,209
64 Robin 46 $1.95 DC 39,907
65 WildC.A.T.S (3-D) 41 $2.50 Image 39,895
66 Wonder Woman 126 $1.95 DC 39,649
67 Shi: The Series 1 $2.95 Crusade 39,631
68 Elseworlds Finest 1 $4.95 DC 38,599
69 Untold Tales of Spider-Man 25 $0.99 Marvel 38,100
70 Heroes for Hire 4 $1.99 Marvel 37,995
71 Star Wars: Fall of the Sith Empire 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 37,854
72 Superman/Madman Hullabaloo! 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 36,816
73 Supergirl Annual 2 $3.95 DC 36,745
74 Elektra 11 $1.99 Marvel 36,270
75 Batman Chronicles 10 $2.95 DC 35,883
76 Green Lantern Annual 6 $3.95 DC 35,484
77 Arcanum 5 $2.50 Image 34,974
78 Silver Surfer 132 $1.99 Marvel 34,587
79 What If? 101 $1.99 Marvel 34,499
80 Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual 5 $3.95 DC 34,487
81 Starman 35 $2.25 DC 33,995
82 Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 33,772
83 Batman Secret Files 1 $4.95 DC 33,660
84 X-Files Season One: Deep Throat (resolication) $3.95 Topps 33,578
85 Kents 3 $2.50 DC 33,519
86 Aquaman 37 $1.75 DC 32,745
87 Azrael 34 $1.95 DC 32,563
88 Xena Warrior Princess (photo cover) 1 $2.95 Topps 32,417
89 Agent America 2 $2.50 Awesome 31,989
90 Teen Titans 13 $1.95 DC 31,830
91 Mage: The Hero Defined 2 $2.50 Image 31,660
92 Daredevil 368 $1.99 Marvel 31,109
93 CyberForce 35 $2.50 Image 30,669
94 Weapon Zero 14 $2.50 Image 30,276
95 Impulse 30 $1.75 DC 30,241
96 Venom: Sign of the Boss 2 $1.99 Marvel 30,088
97 Journey into Mystery 513 $1.99 Marvel 30,088
98 Inferno 1 $2.50 DC 29,555
99 Maxx 32 $1.95 Image 28,411
100 Daydreamers 3 $2.50 Marvel 28,370
101 Hitman 19 $2.25 DC 28,182
102 Birds of Prey: Wolves $2.95 DC 28,165
103 Legion of Super-Heroes 97 $2.25 DC 27,748
104 Superboy 44 $1.95 DC 27,736
105 Green Arrow 125 $3.50 DC 27,514
106 Dreaming 17 $2.50 DC 27,244
107 Vampirella: Blood Lust 2 $4.95 Harris 26,006
108 Nine Volt 3 $2.50 Image 25,989
109 Strangers in Paradise Vol. 3 8 $2.75 Image 25,930
110 Hitman Annual 1 $3.95 DC 25,543
111 Legionnaires 53 $2.25 DC 25,402
112 Pride & Joy 4 $2.50 DC 25,320
113 Books of Magic 41 $2.50 DC 24,845
114 Jack Kirby's Fourth World 8 $1.95 DC 24,792
115 X-Files Season One Pilot Episode (resolicitation) $4.95 Topps 23,906
116 Resurrection Man 6 $2.50 DC 23,449
117 Xena Warrior Princess (regular cover) 1 $2.95 Topps 23,109
118 Wetworks 32 $2.50 Image 23,079
119 Marvel Heroes & Legends '97 $2.99 Marvel 22,880
120 Power of Shazam! 31 $1.95 DC 22,640
121 Batman and Robin Adventures 23 $1.75 DC 21,942
122 Savage Dragon: Sex & Violence 2 $2.50 Image 21,660
123 Chapel 1 $2.95 Awesome 21,361
124 Superboy & the Ravers 14 $1.95 DC 21,191
125 Spectre 58 $2.50 DC 21,074
126 Superboy Plus 2 $2.95 DC 21,056
127 Cryptic Writings of Megadeath 1 $2.95 Chaos 21,038
128 Grifter 14 $2.50 Image 20,874
129 Simpsons Comics 32 $2.95 Bongo 20,710
130 Star Trek: Voyager (resolicitation) 10 $1.99 Marvel 20,663
131 Evil Ernie: Destroyer Preview 1 $2.95 Chaos 20,599
132 Lobo 44 $2.25 DC 20,446
133 Young Heroes in Love 5 $1.75 DC 20,364
134 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (resolicitation) 11 $1.99 Marvel 20,252
135 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 10 $1.99 Marvel 20,252
136 Adventures in the DC Universe 7 $1.75 DC 20,153
137 Star Trek: Early Voyages 9 $1.99 Marvel 20,112
138 Ghost Rider 89 $1.99 Marvel 20,082
139 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy 11 $1.99 Marvel 19,924
140 Superman Adventures 12 $1.75 DC 19,877
141 Invisibles Vol. 2 9 $2.50 DC 19,777
142 House of Secrets 13 $2.50 DC 19,584
143 WildC.A.T.S (3-D edition) 1 $4.95 Image 19,238
144 Sovereign Seven 27 $2.25 DC 19,238
145 Aliens: Purge $2.95 Dark Horse 18,927
146 Hellblazer 118 $2.25 DC 18,786
147 Savage Dragon/Marshal Law 2 $2.95 Image 18,757
148 JLA Secret Files Standard Edition 1 $4.95 DC 18,487
149 Steel 43 $1.95 DC 18,299
150 Omen Preview Book $1.50 Chaos 17,947
151 Hercules and the Heart of Chaos 3 $2.50 Marvel 17,672
152 Sandman Mystery Theatre 55 $2.50 DC 17,590
153 Spirit: The New Adventures 3 $3.50 Kitchen Sink 16,956
154 Vampirella/Dracula & Pantha Showcase $1.50 Harris 16,845
155 Uncanny Origins 14 $0.99 Marvel 16,821
156 Red Rocket 7 1 $3.95 Dark Horse 16,516
157 Savant Garde 6 $2.50 Image 16,059
158 Predator: Primal 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 16,006
159 Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty 2 $2.50 DC 15,648
160 Ghost 28 $2.95 Dark Horse 15,373
161 2020 Visions 6 $2.25 DC 14,980
162 A Man Called AX 1 $2.50 DC 14,980
163 Supreme 52A $3.50 Awesome 14,892
164 Major Bummer 3 $2.50 DC 14,868
165 Transmetropolitan 2 $2.50 DC 14,446
166 X-O Manowar 11 $2.50 Acclaim 14,370
167 Animal Mystic: Water Wars 4 $2.95 Sirius 14,241
168 Supreme 52B $3.50 Awesome 14,164
169 Sergio AragonŽs Louder Than Words 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 14,053
170 Angel Fire (resolicitation) 2 $2.95 Crusade 13,613
171 Ash: Cinder and Smoke (Quesada cover) 4 $2.95 Event 13,226
172 Gunsmith Cats: Shades of Gray 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,027
173 Damned 3 $2.50 Image 12,997
174 Nexus: Nightmare in Blue 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,880
175 J. O'Barr's The Crow: Demon in Disguise 3 $2.95 Kitchen Sink 12,862
176 Men in Black: Retribution 1 $3.99 Marvel 12,534
177 Painkiller Jane (Quesada cover) 3 $2.95 Event 12,422
178 Elric: Stormbringer 6 $2.95 Topps 12,205
179 Poison Elves 26 $2.50 Sirius 12,159
180 Trinity Angels 6 $2.50 Acclaim 11,842
181 Wetworks Voyager Pack 32 $3.50 Image 11,654
182 Eternal Warriors Archer & Armstrong $3.95 Acclaim 11,484
183 Challengers of the Unknown 9 $2.25 DC 11,484
184 Ranma 1/2 Part 6 9 $2.95 Viz 11,402
185 Shadowman 10 $2.50 Acclaim 11,308
186 Elfquest 15 $4.95 Warp 11,255
187 Blade of the Immortal: Dreamsong 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,120
188 Magnus Robot Fighter 8 $2.50 Acclaim 10,827
189 Essential Vertigo: The Sandman 15 $1.95 DC 10,798
190 Xero 6 $1.75 DC 10,598
191 Two Faces of Tomorrow 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,546
192 Scud: The Disposable Assassin 17 $2.95 Fireman 10,534
193 Cerebus 221 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 10,323
194 Dark Horse Classics: Star Wars Dark Empire 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,129
195 Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: Modern Prometheus 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,047
196 Dr. Tomorrow 4 $2.50 Acclaim 9,971
197 Ash: Cinder and Smoke (Ramos cover) 4 $2.95 Event 9,924
198 Dicks 3 $2.95 Caliber 9,900
199 Quantum & Woody 7 $2.50 Acclaim 9,818
200 Marvel Adventures 7 $1.50 Marvel 9,789
201 Immortal 2 4 $2.50 Image 9,777
202 Drakuun: The Revenge of Gustav 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,742
203 Spawn (O/A) 9 $1.95 Image 9,724
204 Bloodshot 6 $2.50 Acclaim 9,607
205 Painkiller Jan (Leonardi cover) 3 $2.95 Event 9,502
206 Troublemakers 9 $2.50 Acclaim 9,408
207 Usagi Yojimbo 13 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,109
208 Wildstorm Ultimate Sports Official Program $2.50 Image 9,109
209 Catwoman (standard edition) 50 $2.95 DC 9,073
210 Too Much Coffee Man Color Annual 1 $3.95 Adhesive 9,021
211 Enchanted 1 $2.95 Sirius 8,980
212 Warrior Nun Black and White 4 $2.95 Antarctic 8,921
213 Faultlines 6 $2.50 DC 8,909
214 Book of Fate 9 $2.50 DC 8,897
215 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11 $2.95 Image 8,845
216 Pinky and the Brain 16 $1.75 DC 8,645
217 Sonic the Hedgehog 52 $1.50 Archie 8,581
218 Ninjak 10 $2.50 Acclaim 8,487
219 Badger 4 $2.95 Image 8,282
220 Robotech Vermilion 1 $2.95 Antarctic 8,252
221 Sonic Super Special: Brave New World 1 $2.00 Archie 8,223
222 Myst: The Book of the Black Ships 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,188
223 Gross Point 3 $2.50 DC 8,141
224 ESPers 3 $2.95 Image 8,141
225 Battle Angel Alita Part 8 3 $2.95 Viz 7,918
226 Inu Yasha 5 $2.95 Viz 7,906
227 Scooby-Doo 3 $1.75 DC 7,361
228 Munsters (regular edition) 1 $2.95 TV 7,232
229 Armature (resolicitation) 3 $2.95 Olyoptics 7,208
230 Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Edition Vol. 2 1 $2.75 Abstract 7,173
231 Animaniacs 30 $1.75 DC 7,161
232 Shotgun Mary: Blood Lore 4 $2.95 Antarctic 7,156
233 New Bondage Fairies 10 $2.95 Fantagraphics 7,150
234 Uncle Scrooge Adventures 52 $1.95 Gladstone 7,032
235 Dark Horse Presents 124 $2.95 Dark Horse 7,026
236 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 7 $1.50 Archie 7,009
237 Eat-Man 1 $2.95 Viz 6,921
238 Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing 12 $3.50 DC 6,768
239 No Need for Tenchi Part 3 3 $2.95 Viz 6,581
240 Night Force 11 $2.50 DC 6,551
241 Darque Razor one-half $2.25 London Night 6,540
242 Donald Duck 305 $1.95 Gladstone 6,499
243 Jinx 2 $2.95 Image 6,493
244 Razor Uncut 39 $3.00 London Night 6,434
245 Razor Uncut 38 $3.00 London Night 6,434
246 Megahurtz 1 $2.95 Image 6,405
247 Sinthia (cover A) 1 $3.00 Lightning 6,182
248 Hong on the Range 2 $2.50 Image 6,117
249 Plastic Little $2.95 CPM 5,959
250 Dusty Star 2 $2.95 Image 5,941
251 Cartoon Network Presents 3 $1.75 DC 5,853
252 Flintstones and the Jetsons 3 $1.75 DC 5,824
253 Mobile Police Patlabor 2 $2.95 Viz 5,754
254 Walt Disney's Comics & Stories Penny Pincher 7 $0.99 Gladstone 5,707
255 Snowman (regular edition) 0 $3.00 Avatar 5,625
256 Maison Ikkoku Part 7 2 $3.50 Viz 5,619
257 Vault of Horror 21 $2.50 Gemstone 5,513
258 Looney Tunes 33 $1.75 DC 5,425
259 Weird Fantasy 21 $2.50 Gemstone 5,402
260 Spawn (O/A) 52 $1.95 Image 5,373
261 Sinthia (cover B) 1 $3.00 Lightning 5,373
262 Archie 465 $1.50 Archie 5,367
263 Wingding Orgy Hot Tails Extreme 2 $3.95 Fantagraphics 5,343
264 Spawn (O/A) 15 $1.95 Image 5,314
265 Ship of Fools 0 $2.95 Image 5,290
266 Spawn (O/A) 53 $1.95 Image 5,261
267 Coven 13 1 $2.50 No Mercy 5,226
268 Spawn (O/A) 57 $1.95 Image 5,179
269 Betty & Veronica 117 $1.50 Archie 5,050
270 Spawn (O/A) 56 $1.95 Image 5,050
271 Nameless 4 $2.95 Image 4,985
272 Return of Lum Urusei Yatsura Part 4 1 $2.95 Viz 4,915
273 Two Fisted Tales 21 $2.50 Gemstone 4,833
274 Sexcapades 9 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,809
275 La Blue Girl 12 $2.95 CPM 4,792
276 Ultimate Strike 8 $3.00 London Night 4,786
277 Cheryl Blossom 7 $1.50 Archie 4,780
278 Luftwaffe 1946 5 $2.95 Antarctic 4,768
279 Tenchi Muyo 6 $2.95 Pioneer 4,757
280 Sisters of Mercy Vol. 2 1 $2.50 No Mercy 4,757
281 Aaron Strips 3 $2.95 Image 4,721
282 Betty 55 $1.50 Archie 4,698
283 Ninja High School 58 $2.95 Antarctic 4,692
284 Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 11 $2.95 Dark Horse 4,680
285 Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman 8 $2.95 Deep Sea 4,581
286 Veronica 69 $1.50 Archie 4,522
287 Amanda and Gunn 3 $2.95 Image 4,463
288 Ultimate Strike (regular edition) 9 $3.00 London Night 4,463
289 Spawn (O/A) 58 $1.95 Image 4,452
290 Bone Encore Edition 22 $2.95 Cartoon 4,387
291 Hepcats 8 $2.95 Antarctic 4,329
292 Hari Kari Sexy Summer Rampage (regular edition) 1 $2.95 Blackout 4,311
293 Lust 5 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,264
294 Spawn (O/A) 59 $1.95 Image 4,264
295 Elflord: All the Lonely Places 1 $2.95 Warp 4,252
296 Fox Funhouse: Tick Raw Uncooked Justice $4.50 Acclaim 4,223
297 Betty & Veronica Spectacular 26 $1.50 Archie 4,217
298 New Love 5 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,188
Some items were dropped from the list due to mis-classification.




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