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September 1997 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


"Heroes Reborn" wound down with its final issues, the year-long Marvel experiment ended. It was a lukewarm finish in a month that was down nearly 30% in unit sales from the previous September.

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
11Uncanny X-Men349$1.99Marvel163,170
22X-Men69$1.99Marvel162,600
34Spawn66$1.95Image147,351
47Fantastic Four13$1.99Marvel130,090
58Wolverine118$1.99Marvel128,318
610Iron Man13$1.99Marvel110,453
712Avengers13$1.99Marvel109,464
85Ascension1$2.50Image107,826
914JLA12$1.95DC107,015
106Darkness8$2.50Image106,082
1115Captain America13$1.99Marvel102,516
1217Generation X32$1.99Marvel98,659
1318Curse of the Spawn13$1.95Image97,451
1421X-Man32$1.99Marvel90,246
1522X-Force71$1.99Marvel86,149
1625X-Factor139$1.99Marvel85,187
1713Gen1323$2.50Image84,662
1828Cable48$1.99Marvel83,192
1916Divine Right1$2.50Image80,548
203JLA Annual1$3.95DC78,580
2133Incredible Hulk458$1.99Marvel76,412
2219New Mutants1$2.50Marvel75,143
2311Tales of the Witchblade3$2.95Image74,293
2436Amazing Spider-Man428$1.99Marvel69,905
2523Gambit3$2.50Marvel68,357
2637Excalibur114$1.99Marvel67,921
2740Alpha Flight4$1.99Marvel64,260
2842Spider-Man85$1.99Marvel62,314
2943Superman129$1.95DC62,214
3032Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn4$2.50Marvel61,090
3146Spectacular Spider-Man251$1.99Marvel59,888
3247Action Comics739$1.95DC59,844
3348Adventures of Superman552$1.95DC59,737
3449Superman: Man of Steel73$1.95DC59,682
3524Quicksilver1$2.99Marvel57,088
369Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight100$3.95DC56,971
3753Batman548$1.95DC55,897
3854Batman/Predator III: Blood Ties1$1.95DC55,892
3952Sensational Spider-Man21$1.99Marvel55,506
4055Deadpool10$1.99Marvel54,444
4138Tenth1$2.50Image53,991
4260Kiss: The Psycho Circus3$1.95Image53,276
4334Batman: The Long Halloween12$2.95DC51,157
4463Detective Comics715$1.95DC50,352
4567Thunderbolts8$1.99Marvel47,367
4678Green Lantern92$1.75DC46,730
4750Gen13 Bootleg11$2.50Image46,490
4880Flash130$1.75DC46,233
4951Preacher31$2.50DC45,819
5083Flash131$1.75DC43,919
5174Supergirl15$1.95DC43,387
5241The X-Files34$2.95Topps42,801
5376Nightwing14$1.95DC42,270
5477Maverick3$1.99Marvel41,101
5562Pitt15$2.50Full Bleed41,090
5682Batman: Shadow of the Bat68$1.95DC40,755
5779Ka-Zar7$1.99Marvel40,660
5844Star Wars: Dark Force Rising5$2.95Dark Horse40,537
5931Speed Force1$3.95DC40,095
6045Spider-Man Unlimited18$2.99Marvel39,883
6187Catwoman51$1.95DC38,608
6285Heroes for Hire5$1.99Marvel38,413
6364WildC.A.T.S42$2.50Image38,223
6435Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual7$3.95DC38,100
6590Robin47$1.95DC37,200
6692Wonder Woman127$1.95DC37,133
6758Star Wars: Fall of the Sith Empire4$2.95Dark Horse35,713
6859Xena: Warrior Princess2$2.95Topps35,517
6961Vampirella/Shi1$2.95Harris35,154
7073DV811$2.50Image35,143
7196Elektra12$1.99Marvel34,958
7298Marvel Team-Up3$1.99Marvel34,176
7326Elseworlds Finest2$4.95DC34,036
74102Venom: Finale1$1.99Marvel32,940
75103Silver Surfer133$1.99Marvel32,935
7629Gen13 3-D Edition1$4.95Image32,784
7781Mage: The Hero Defined3$2.50Image32,163
7865Shi2$2.95Crusade32,063
7930Flash Secret Files1$4.95DC32,024
8066Shi: Heaven and Earth2$2.95Crusade31,973
8168Catwoman Plus1$2.95DC31,945
8293Starman36$2.25DC31,794
8371Star War X-Wing: In the Empire's Service2$2.95Dark Horse31,023
8420Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold1$5.95DC30,922
8570Ka-Zar '97$2.99Marvel30,704
8656Shi: Nightstalkers1$3.50Crusade30,509
87112Daredevil369$1.99Marvel30,352
88113Journey into Mystery514$1.99Marvel30,157
89129Aquaman38$1.75DC30,028
90114Azrael35$1.95DC29,905
9188Kents4$2.50DC29,715
92116Teen Titans14$1.95DC29,396
93119What If?102$1.99Marvel28,306
9494Wetworks33$2.50Image28,077
95105Hitman20$2.25DC27,848
96124Maxx33$1.95Image27,736
9797Green Arrow126$2.50DC27,647
98126Superboy45$1.95DC27,334
99135Impulse31$1.75DC27,250
10057Starman Annual2$3.95DC27,021
10168Divine Right Voyager Pack1$3.50Image26,372
102100Dreaming18$2.50DC26,339
10383Evil Ernie: Destroyer (resolicitation)1$2.95Chaos26,043
104114Legion of Super-Heroes98$2.25DC25,780
10527WildC.A.T.S/X-Men: The Golden Age 3-D Edition1$6.50Image25,556
106117Legionnaires54$2.25DC25,204
10788Bone (resolicitation)29$2.95Cartoon25,048
108105Nine Volt4$2.50Image25,031
109106Savage Dragon41$2.50Image24,953
110108Hawk & Dove1$2.50DC24,679
111109Kaboom1$2.50Awesome24,545
112110Books of Magic42$2.50DC24,382
11394Aliens: Alchemy1$2.95Dark Horse23,695
114103Strangers in Paradise Vol. 39$2.75Abstract23,019
11571Impulse Annual2$3.95DC23,013
116116Inferno2$2.50DC22,912
11799Star Trek: Telepathy War1$2.99Marvel22,130
118156Batman and Robin Adventures24$1.75DC21,973
119121Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror3$2.50Bongo21,884
120143Jack Kirby's Fourth World9$1.95DC21,727
121124Coven2$2.50Awesome21,504
12274Batman and Robin Adventures Annual2$3.95DC21,308
123127Michael Moorcock's Multiverse1$2.50DC21,068
124129Resurrection Man7$2.50DC20,939
125107Star Trek Unlimited6$2.99Marvel20,738
126146Star Trek: Deep Space Nine12$1.99Marvel20,481
127148Star Trek: Starfleet Academy12$1.99Marvel20,084
128150Ghost Rider90$1.99Marvel19,994
129151Star Trek: Voyager11$1.99Marvel19,922
130133Invisibles Vol. 210$2.50DC19,877
131155Power of Shazam!32$1.95DC19,737
132154Star Trek: The Early Voyages10$1.99Marvel19,531
13385Superman Adventures Annual1$3.95DC19,290
134119Zombieworld: Champion of the Worms1$2.95Dark Horse19,044
135175Superman Adventures13$1.75DC19,033
136135House of Secrets14$2.50DC19,016
137120Vampirella Crossover Gallery1$2.95Harris18,781
138176Adventures in the DC Universe8$1.75DC18,748
139136Spectre59$2.50DC18,502
140145Hellblazer119$2.25DC18,318
141167Superboy & the Ravers15$1.95DC18,267
142147Lobo45$2.25DC17,859
143130More than Mortal2$2.95Liar17,686
144184Young Heroes in Love6$1.75DC17,613
145139Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti1$2.50DC17,574
146132Grendel Tales: The Devil's Apprentice1$2.95Dark Horse17,490
147131Supreme53$2.99Awesome17,429
148141Sandman Mystery Theatre56$2.50DC17,306
14998Adventures in the DC Universe Annual1$3.95DC17,021
150158Sovereign Seven28$2.25DC16,780
151157Transmetropolitan3$2.50DC15,333
152188Steel44$1.95DC15,115
153137Warrior Nun Areala2$2.95Antarctic15,003
154138Tick: Big Blue Destiny Keen Edition1$2.95New England14,958
155159Major Bummer4$2.50DC14,908
156161Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty3$2.50DC14,858
157140Ghost29$2.95Dark Horse14,785
15890X-Files Special Edition5$4.95Topps14,634
159164Savant Garde7$2.50Image14,472
1601782020 Visions7$2.25DC14,259
161144Warrior Nun Areala/Glory$2.95Antarctic14,254
162169Solar: Hell on Earth1$2.50Acclaim14,092
163149Dead King: Burnt1$2.95Chaos13,494
164126Red Rocket 72$3.95Dark Horse13,421
165152Gunsmith Cats: Shades of Gray5$2.95Dark Horse13,399
166173X-O Manowar12$2.50Acclaim13,365
167174Monster Matinee1$2.50Chaos13,359
168153Oh My Goddess! Special: The Forgotten Promise$2.95Dark Horse13,259
169160Ash: Cinder/Smoke (Quesada/Palmiotti cover)5$2.95Event12,610
170162Sergio Aragonés Louder than Words3$2.95Dark Horse12,538
171182Desperadoes1$2.50Image12,487
172163Starship Troopers: Brute Creations$2.95Dark Horse12,370
173165Wildstorm Sketchbook$2.95Image12,236
174166Nexus: Nightmare in Blue3$2.95Dark Horse12,085
175168Elric: Stormbringer7$2.95Dark Horse12,057
176187Poison Elves27$2.50Sirius11,839
177170Painkiller Jane (Quesada/Palmiotti cover)4$2.95Event11,755
178171Satanika (resolicitation)8$2.95Verotik11,571
179172Blade of the Immortal: Dreamsong3$2.95Dark Horse11,403
180192Trinity Angels7$2.50Acclaim11,163
181194Man Called A•X2$2.50DC11,129
182195Monster Matinee2$2.50Chaos11,084
183122Elfquest16$4.95Warp11,001
184197Monster Matinee3$2.50Chaos10,939
185198Damned4$2.50Image10,894
186142Turok: Child of Blood$3.95Acclaim10,889
187209Cerebus222$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,805
188210Challengers of the Unknown10$2.25DC10,788
189241Marvel Adventures8$1.50Marvel10,766
190179Arkaga1$2.95Image10,738
191225Essential Vertigo: The Sandman16$1.95DC10,414
192204Quantum & Woody8$2.50Acclaim10,240
193205Shadowman11$2.50Acclaim10,145
194208Magnus Robot Fighter9$2.50Acclaim10,006
195193Ash Cinder/Smoke (Ramos/Palmiotti cover)5$2.95Event9,458
196196ERB's Tarzan: Modern Prometheus2$2.95Dark Horse9,340
197213Dr. Tomorrow5$2.50Acclaim9,335
198199Usagi Yojimbo14$2.95Dark Horse9,134
199200Drakuun: The Revenge of Gustav2$2.95Dark Horse9,061
200202Painkiller Jane (Leonardi/Palmiotti cover)4$2.95Event8,966
201203Robotech4$2.95Antarctic8,938
202214Bloodshot7$2.50Acclaim8,910
203270Sonic the Hedgehog53$1.50Archie8,888
204191Neon Genesis Evangelion1$3.25Viz8,647
205206Jackie Chan's Spartan X4$2.95Topps8,586
206217Book of Fate10$2.50DC8,552
207207Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles12$2.95Image8,547
208220Troublemakers10$2.50Acclaim8,508
209255Pinky and the Brain17$1.75DC8,368
210201Inu Yasha6$3.25Viz8,195
211211Battle Angel Alita Part 84$2.95Viz8,060
212212Foot Soldiers1$2.95Image8,049
213228Ninjak11$2.50Acclaim7,876
214215Sirius Gallery Pin-Up Collection$2.85Sirius7,781
215185Two Faces of Tomorrow2$3.95Dark Horse7,714
216268Xero7$1.75DC7,675
217216A Touch of Silver5$2.95Image7,339
218257Uncle Scrooge307$1.95Gladstone7,289
219219Badger5$2.95Image7,216
220221New Bondage Fairies11$2.95Fantagraphics7,194
221222Starchild: Mythopolis1$2.95Image7,194
222223Deity1$2.95Hyperwerks7,144
223282Scooby-Doo4$1.75DC7,077
224224Crimson Nun3$2.95Antarctic7,060
225237Gross Point4$2.50DC6,853
226297Sabrina the Teenage Witch8$1.50Archie6,797
227285Animaniacs31$1.75DC6,792
228226Tzu the Reaper1$2.95Murim6,786
229251Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing13$2.25DC6,764
230272Uncle Scrooge Adventures53$1.95Gladstone6,736
231229No Need for Tenchi Part 34$2.95Viz6,613
232277Donald Duck Adventures47$1.95Gladstone6,590
233177Tick Big Blue Destiy Wicked Keen Edition1$4.95New England6,506
234230Myst: Book of the Black Ships2$2.95Dark Horse6,406
235308Knuckles7$1.50Archie6,400
236231Cavewoman: Rain8$2.95Caliber6,395
237181Mixxzine2$4.99Mixxzine6,305
238247Night Force12$2.50DC6,233
239227Neon Genesis Evangelion Deluxe1$3.25Viz6,093
240233Cavewoman: Missing Link1$2.95Basement6,009
241234Here Come Big People (Conner/Palmiotti cover)1$2.95Event6,003
242235Razor Uncut40$3.00London Night5,852
243238Here Come Big People (Geof Darrow cover)1$2.95Event5,808
244232Maison Ikkoku Part 73$3.25Viz5,690
245239Ragmop Vol. 21$2.95Image5,646
246240Enchanted2$2.95Sirius5,517
247306Cartoon Network Presents4$1.75DC5,506
248242Plastic Little2$2.95CPM5,450
249218Wingding Orgy Hot Tails Extreme3$3.95Fantagraphics5,411
250323Archie466$1.50Archie5,383
251244Mobile Police Patlabor3$2.95Viz5,355
252245Eat Man2$2.95Viz5,321
253312Looney Tunes34$1.75DC5,305
254248Small Press Expo 97$2.95Small Press Expo5,226
255249Countdown Sex Bombs Special$2.95Fantagraphics5,159
256250New Vampire Miyu1$2.95Ironcat5,159
257253Replacement God and Other Stories2$2.95Image5,131
258254Big Bang Comics14$2.95Image5,126
259260Strangers in Paradise Vol. 2 Gold Reprint2$2.75Abstract5,087
260328Betty & Veronica118$1.50Archie5,053
261279Haunt of Fear21$2.50Gemstone5,048
262315Flintstones and the Jetsons4$1.75DC5,025
263256Morrigan2$2.95Sirius4,874
264335Betty56$1.50Archie4,818
265190Star Wars: Empire's End TPB$5.95Dark Horse4,796
266259Monsterman1$2.95Image4,746
267262Megahurtz2$2.95Image4,712
268974Free Wizard Promo74$.00Wizard4,704
269263Adventures of Aaron4$2.95Image4,679
270264Bliss Alley2$2.95Image4,623
271265Return of Lum Part 42$2.95Viz4,595
272266More than Mortal (O/A)1$2.95Liar4,589
273341Veronica70$1.50Archie4,567
274267Hari Kari: Manga Adventures1$2.95Blackout4,561
275269Bone Encore Edition23$2.95Cartoon4,528
276271Real Adventures of Jonny Quest12$2.95Dark Horse4,461
277273Milk1$2.95Radio4,416
278274Lust6$2.95Fantagraphics4,405
279293Frontline Combat10$2.50Gemstone4,382
280275Nameless5$2.95Image4,371
281295Crime Suspenstories21$2.50Gemstone4,326
282261Freak Brothers13$3.25Rip Off4,287
283186Walt Disney's Comics & Stories618$6.95Gladstone4,271
284280La Cosa Nostroid5$2.95Fireman4,254
285278Ultimate Strike10$3.00London Night4,220
286288Archie's Double Digest96$2.79Archie4,176
287283Gold Digger37$2.95Antarctic4,097
288355Archie & Friends26$1.50Archie4,036
289243Snowman: 1944 Special1$3.95Avatar4,030
290286Chirality7$2.95CPM4,002
291287Elflord Cuts Loose1$2.95Warp3,952
292302Coven 132$2.50No Mercy3,935
293307Goblin Lord6$2.50Goblin3,846
294289Midnight Panther6$2.95CPM3,829
295290Flag Fighters1$2.95Ironcat3,773
296291Kaos Moon (resolicitation)4$2.95Caliber3,728
297292Ogenki Clinic1$2.95Ironcat3,717
298368Jughead99$1.50Archie3,712
299347Betty & Veronica Digest92$1.79Archie3,695
300294Double Impact: Raising Hell1$2.95High Impact3,678

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September 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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Batman: Masque was the top seller. Diamond did not report indexed sales so units cannot be calculated.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Batman: Masque$6.95DCn/a
25 Dark Horse Presents Annual 1997$4.95Dark Horsen/a
33Life Story of the Flash HC$19.95DCn/a
42Witchblade Deluxe Collected Edition$24.95Imagen/a
54Death: The Time of Your Life SC$12.95DCn/a
622Sonic the Hedgehog Firsts$4.95Archien/a
78Oh My Goddess: Love Potion No. 9$12.95Dark Horsen/a
821Han Solo at Star's End$6.95Dark Horsen/a
914You're Under Arrest$12.97Dark Horsen/a
107Terminal City$19.95DCn/a