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November 1997 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Third volumes began for Fantastic Four and Captain America in the wake of "Heroes Return," but the market was at a hugely reduced level versus the year before.

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
11Fantastic Four1$2.99Marvel209,793
22Captain America1$2.99Marvel197,885
34Uncanny X-Men351$1.99Marvel159,778
46Spawn68$1.95Image156,455
55X-Men71$1.99Marvel155,400
612Wolverine120$1.99Marvel125,208
714JLA14$1.95DC111,425
88Witchblade19$2.50Image106,807
99Darkness10$2.50Image104,599
1018Curse of Spawn15$1.95Image101,151
117JLA Year One1$2.95DC98,094
1219Generation X34$1.99Marvel94,499
1322JLA: Paradise Lost1$1.95DC91,521
1410Cable50$2.99Marvel87,112
1511Wolverine 97$2.99Marvel86,637
1615Wolverine: Days of Future Past2$2.50Marvel86,295
1724X-Man34$1.99Marvel83,934
1825X-Force73$1.99Marvel82,395
1926X-Factor141$1.99Marvel82,354
2027Incredible Hulk460$1.99Marvel77,021
2120Ascension3$2.50Image74,987
2221Divine Right3$2.50Image72,643
233Uncle Sam1$4.95DC70,350
2433Amazing Spider-Man430$1.99Marvel69,278
2534Excalibur116$1.99Marvel63,287
2637Kiss: The Psycho Circus5$1.95Image61,209
2736Spider-Man87$1.99Marvel60,483
2839Superman: The Man of Steel75$1.95DC60,341
2929Wildcore1$2.50Image60,043
3040Spectacular Spider-Man253$1.99Marvel59,073
3146Alpha Flight6$1.99Marvel58,396
3248Superman131$1.95DC57,876
3317Batman Collector's Edition550$3.50DC57,778
3431New Mutants3$2.50Marvel57,292
3551Action Comics741$1.95DC57,089
3632Bishop Xavier Security Enforcers1$2.50Marvel56,897
3753Adventures of Superman554$1.95DC55,734
3854Sensational Spider-Man23$1.99Marvel54,208
3956Deadpool12$1.99Marvel52,437
4060Unlimited Access2$1.99Marvel50,459
4130Xena Warrior Princess (both covers)1$2.95Topps48,727
4265Detective Comics717$1.95DC48,326
4341Tenth3$2.50Image47,013
4443Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 212$2.50Image46,953
4567Thunderbolts10$1.99Marvel46,337
4668Green Lantern94$1.95DC45,806
4747Preacher33$2.50DC45,473
4870Batman/Predator III: Blood Ties3$1.95DC45,062
4949Voodoo1$2.50Image44,715
5050Kitty Pryde, Agent of SHIELD2$2.50Marvel44,648
5152Gen13 Bootleg13$2.50Image44,179
5274Nightwing16$1.95DC42,820
5375Flash133$1.95DC42,616
5416Superman Secret Files1$4.95DC42,549
5576Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight102$1.95DC42,297
5679Supergirl17$1.95DC41,792
5735Star Wars: The Last Command1$2.95Dark Horse41,742
5857Gen13 Interactive2$2.50Image41,026
5982Batman: Shadow of the Bat70$1.95DC40,159
6038X-Files36$2.95Topps39,956
6162Moon Knight1$2.50Marvel39,530
6245Vampirella: Ascending Evil (both covers)1$2.95Harris39,441
6342Spider-Man: Venom Agenda$2.99Marvel39,270
6485Wonder Woman129$1.95DC38,552
6587Catwoman53$1.95DC38,149
6684Quicksilver3$1.99Marvel37,964
6786Ka-Zar9$1.99Marvel37,440
6888Maverick5$1.99Marvel37,360
6913Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess' Stardust2$5.95DC37,071
7091Robin49$1.95DC36,884
7190Heroes for Hire7$1.99Marvel36,314
7272WildC.A.T.S44$2.50Image34,916
7358Batman Chronicles11$2.95DC34,419
7459Man-Thing (variant cover)2$2.99Marvel33,915
7595Elektra14$1.99Marvel33,884
7661Satana1$2.99Marvel33,274
7763Star Wars: Shadow Stalker$2.95Dark Horse33,119
7878Mage5$2.50Image32,606
79102Teen Titans15$1.95DC32,110
8051DV813$2.50Image31,906
8166X-Files Ground Zero1$2.95Topps31,518
8292Starman38$2.25DC31,474
83104Silver Surfer135$1.99Marvel31,275
84110Teen Titans16$1.95DC30,419
85108Marvel Team-Up5$1.99Marvel30,269
8655Weapon Zero15$3.50Image29,919
87113Aquaman40$1.95DC29,892
8823Legion of Super-Heroes100$5.95DC29,805
8971Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service4$2.95Dark Horse29,598
90112Daredevil371$1.99Marvel29,420
91114Venom: Finale3$1.99Marvel29,252
92117Superboy47$1.95DC28,958
93118Azrael37$1.95DC28,911
9473Shi: The Series4$2.95Crusade28,875
9593Coven4$2.50Awesome27,975
9677Shi: Heaven and Earth3$2.95Crusade27,868
9764Shi: East Wind Rain1$3.50Crusade27,862
9894Stormwatch2$2.50Image27,724
99121What If?104$1.99Marvel27,586
10080Ash (Palmiotti/Batt cover)1$2.95Event27,253
101124Journey into Mystery516$1.99Marvel26,975
102107Hitman22$2.25DC26,937
103129Maxx34$1.95Image26,658
104133Batman Adventures: The Lost Years1$1.95DC26,293
10596DV8 vs. Black Ops2$2.50Image26,274
10697Wetworks35$2.50Image25,951
10798Conan the Usurper2$2.50Marvel25,707
108136Impulse33$1.95DC25,681
10928Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold3$5.95DC25,511
110100Hellblazer/Books of Magic2$2.50DC25,338
111101Savage Dragon43$2.50Image25,304
112119Legionnaires56$2.50DC25,055
113103Dreaming20$2.50DC25,002
114105Kents6$2.50DC24,822
11589Bone30$2.95Cartoon24,791
116109Books of Magic44$2.50DC23,754
11744Legion of Super-Heroes Secret Files1$4.95DC23,673
118122Resurrection Man9$2.50DC21,923
11999Evil Ernie: Destroyer3$2.95Chaos21,547
120127Creeper2$2.50DC20,831
121128Inferno3$2.50DC20,812
122131Predator vs. Judge Dredd2$2.50Dark Horse20,650
123153Jack Kirby's Fourth World11$1.95DC20,587
124135Green Arrow128$2.50DC20,183
125137Phantom Guard2$2.50Image20,028
126138Kaboom3$2.50Awesome19,812
127115Aliens: Alchemy3$2.95Dark Horse19,713
128140Invisibles Vol. 212$2.50DC19,678
129111Star Trek Unlimited7$2.99Marvel19,623
13083DCU Holiday Bash II$3.95DC19,486
131129Power of Shazam34$1.95DC19,192
132116Alien Resurrection2$2.95Dark Horse19,152
133158Star Trek: Voyager13$1.99Marvel19,032
134164Adventures in the DC Universe10$1.95DC18,699
135160Star Trek: Deep Space Nine14$1.99Marvel18,684
136161Ghost Rider92$1.99Marvel18,681
137142Spectre61$2.50DC18,621
138120Cryptic Writings of Megadeath2$2.95Chaos18,619
139123Crimson Plague2$2.95Event18,338
140165Star Trek: Starfleet Academy14$1.99Marvel18,292
141167Star Trek: Early Voyages12$1.99Marvel18,183
142169Superman Adventures15$1.95DC18,009
143151Hellblazer121$2.25DC17,965
144144House of Secrets16$2.50DC17,864
145174Superboy & the Ravers17$1.95DC17,538
146156Lobo47$2.25DC17,342
147130Supreme55$2.99Awesome17,320
148132Spider-Man Manga2$2.99Marvel17,194
149147Hawk & Dove3$2.50DC17,145
150134Spider-Man Manga3$2.99Marvel16,944
151139Painkiller Jane (Leo/Sienk cover)6$2.95Event16,763
152150Sandman Mystery Theatre58$2.50DC16,542
153168Sovereign Seven30$2.25DC15,981
154141Tick: Big Blue Destiny (variant cover)2$2.95New England15,907
155155Transmetropolitan5$2.50DC15,780
156181Young Heroes in Love8$1.95DC15,515
157143Grendel Tales: The Devil's Apprentice3$2.95Dark Horse15,437
158145Starship Troopers2$2.95Dark Horse14,809
159162Michael Moorcock's Multiverse3$2.50DC14,688
160184Steel46$1.95DC14,651
161146Ghost31$2.95Dark Horse14,560
162166Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti3$2.50DC14,489
163149Gunsmith Cats: Goldie vs. Misty1$2.95Dark Horse14,062
164171Major Bummer6$2.50DC13,916
165152Batman (standard edition)550$2.95DC13,614
16659WildC.A.T.S/X-Men Modern Age Special 3-D Edition1$6.50Image13,594
167154Zombieworld: Champion of Worms3$2.95Dark Horse13,485
168126Oh My Goddess Special: Meet Me by the Seashore$3.95Dark Horse13,188
1691852020 Visions9$2.25DC12,601
170170Warrior Nun Areala3$2.95Antarctic11,841
171173Blade of the Immortal: Dreamsong5$2.95Dark Horse11,621
172183X-O Manowar14$2.50Acclaim11,568
173175Ranma 1/2 Part 612$2.95Viz11,475
174176Hate29$2.95Fantagraphics11,222
175177Kelley Jones' The Hammer2$2.95Dark Horse11,070
176186Solar: Hell on Earth3$2.50Acclaim11,021
177157Wildcore Voyager Pack$3.50Image10,963
178187Poison Elves29$2.50Sirius10,865
179178Scud the Disposable Assassin18$2.95Fireman10,842
180148Red Rocket 74$3.95Dark Horse10,820
181179Dead King Burnt3$2.95Chaos10,807
182125Elfquest18$4.95Warp10,726
183202Cerebus224$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,688
184180Sergio Aragonés Louder Than Words5$2.95Dark Horse10,603
185205Challengers of the Unknown12$2.25DC10,246
186106Pulp Vol. 11$5.95Viz10,206
187194Quantum & Woody10$2.50Acclaim10,123
188197Trinity Angels9$2.50Acclaim9,944
189221Essential Vertigo: The Sandman18$1.95DC9,899
190234Sonic the Hedgehog55$1.75Archie9,455
191204Desperadoes3$2.50Image9,243
192188Silver Cross1$2.95Antarctic9,045
193189Usagi Yojimbo16$2.95Dark Horse9,030
194190Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: Tooth & Nail2$2.95Dark Horse8,950
195207Magnus Robot Fighter11$2.50Acclaim8,837
196172Eternal Warriors: Blackworks$3.95Acclaim8,801
197209Shadowman13$2.50Acclaim8,698
198192Lost1$2.95Chaos8,669
199193Hellina Hellborn1$2.95Lightning8,616
200195Drakuun: The Revenge of Gustav4$2.95Dark Horse8,552
201196Elfquest Worldpool Special1$2.95Warp8,541
202211Dr. Tomorrow7$2.50Acclaim8,517
203199Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles14$2.95Image8,303
204198Mighty Heroes$2.99Marvel8,292
205268Marvel Adventures10$1.50Marvel8,287
206214Book of Fate12$2.50DC8,242
207200Robotech5$2.95Antarctic8,221
208201Battle Angel Alita Part 86$2.95Viz8,189
209218Troublemakers12$2.50Acclaim8,030
210191Inu Yasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale8$3.25Viz8,025
211219Bloodshot9$2.50Acclaim8,004
212238Pinky and the Brain19$1.95DC7,926
213206Dicks4$2.95Caliber7,609
214182Dark Horse Presents126$3.95Dark Horse7,382
215226Man Called A•X4$2.50DC7,357
216163Mixxzine3$4.99Mixx7,343
217261Knuckles9$1.75Archie7,326
218265Sabrina the Teenage Witch10$1.75Archie7,209
219212New Bondage Fairies13$2.95Eros7,111
220215Myst: The Book of the Black Ships4$2.95Dark Horse6,936
221253Scooby-Doo6$1.95DC6,913
222216Penny Century1$2.95Fantagraphics6,902
223273Archie468$1.75Archie6,853
224254Xero9$1.95DC6,845
225232Immortal Two6$2.50Image6,815
226217Hypersonic1$2.95Dark Horse6,812
227220Neon Genesis Evangelion3$2.95Viz6,725
228275Nights into Dreams1$1.75Archie6,719
229222No Need for Tenchi Part 36$2.95Viz6,501
230248Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing15$2.25DC6,385
231269Animaniacs33$1.95DC6,356
232223Touch of Silver6$2.95Image6,339
233224Crimson Nun4$2.95Antarctic6,275
234270Uncle Scrooge308$1.95Gladstone6,208
235227Arkaga2$2.95Image6,096
236228Badger7$2.95Image6,084
237229La Cosa Nostroid6$2.95Fireman6,020
238230Tzu the Reaper3$2.95Murim5,887
239203Two Faces of Tomorrow4$3.95Dark Horse5,854
240284Uncle Scrooge Adventures54$1.95Gladstone5,810
241237Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Edition Vol. 24$2.75Abstract5,791
242225Maison Ikkoku Part 75$3.25Viz5,673
243233Razor Uncut42$3.00London Night5,564
244236Plastic Little4$2.95CPM5,563
245208Wingding Orgy Hot Tails Extreme5$3.95Eros5,537
246289Donald Duck Adventures48$1.95Gladstone5,474
247210Verotik Rogues Gallery of Villains$3.95Verotik5,399
248301Betty & Veronica120$1.75Archie5,333
249257Vault of Horror22$2.50Gemstone5,241
250239Ge Rouge (resolicitation)3$2.95Verotik5,203
251305Betty58$1.75Archie5,177
252240Foot Soldiers2$2.95Image5,147
253241Starchild: Mythopolis2$2.95Image5,145
254242Eat Man4$2.95Viz5,145
255243Brian Lumley's Necroscope1$2.95Caliber5,122
256244Cavewoman: Missing Link2$2.95Basement5,097
257264Weird Fantasy22$2.50Gemstone5,081
258297Looney Tunes36$1.95DC5,063
259281Scare Tactics10$2.25DC5,052
260711Free Wizard Promo76$.00Wizard5,028
261245Darque Razor2$3.00London Night5,003
262246Mobile Police Patlabor5$2.95Viz4,995
263247Dusty Star3$2.95Image4,980
264249Luftwaffe 19467$2.95Antarctic4,867
265250Girl Presents Co-Ed Diaries (resolicitation)1$2.95Blackout4,788
266311Cheryl Blossom9$1.75Archie4,787
267312Veronica72$1.75Archie4,768
268251Deity3$2.95Hyperwerks4,764
269303Cartoon Networks Presents6$1.95DC4,720
270235Secret Plot2$3.50Eros4,704
271276Gross Point6$2.50DC4,686
272277Gross Point7$2.50DC4,674
273252Hari Kari: Life or Death0$2.50Black Out4,645
274286Coven 134$2.50No Mercy4,539
275255Archie Double Digest97$2.95Archie4,452
276258Tzu: Spirits of Death1$2.95Murim4,429
277309Flintstones and the Jetsons6$1.95DC4,415
278231Full Metal Fiction5$3.95London Night4,376
279259Replacement God & Other Stories4$2.95Image4,352
280260Neon Genesis Evangelion Collected Edition3$2.95Viz4,350
281288Two Fisted Tales22$2.50Gemstone4,344
282262Return of Lum Part 44$2.95Viz4,331
283263Big Bang Comics16$2.95Image4,312
284266Chirality9$2.95CPM4,276
285267Lust8$2.95Eros4,230
286213Maximum Manga1$4.95London Night4,200
287321Archie & Friends27$1.75Archie4,163
288271American Splendor Music Comics$2.95Dark Horse4,086
289272Gold Digger38$2.95Antarctic4,075
290328Jughead101$1.75Archie4,017
291274New Vampire Miyu3$2.95Ironcat3,993
292278Midnight Panther8$2.95CPM3,932
293280Jughead's Double Digest49$2.95Archie3,876
294279Ultimate Strike12$3.00London Night3,853
295282Bone Encore Edition25$2.95Cartoon3,853
296318Betty & Veronica Digest93$1.95Archie3,845
297285Ragmop Vol. 22$2.95Image3,828
298286Land of Nod2$2.95Dark Horse3,785
299304Tenth Variant Cover Promo3$2.50Image3,666
300290Eight Wonder$2.95Dark Horse3,574

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November 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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Diamond did not release indexed rankings, so sales figures cannot be estimated.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11X-Man$5.99Marveln/a
22Wolverine: Doombringer$5.99Marveln/a
34Kingpin$5.99Marveln/a
45Vertigo: Winter's Edge$7.95DCn/a
57Wonder Woman: Amazonia$7.95DCn/a
6115Darkness Collected Edition #3$4.95Imagen/a
711Spawn Vol. 5$9.95Imagen/a
813JLA: American Dreams$7.95DCn/a
93Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty HC$24.95DCn/a
1022Gen13: ABC$6.95Imagen/a