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January 1998 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 Uncanny X-Men 353 $1.99 Marvel 154,418
2 X-Men 73 $1.99 Marvel 148,639
3 Avengers 2 $1.99 Marvel 138,884
4 Spawn 70 $1.95 Image 138,051
5 Iron Man 2 $1.99 Marvel 129,906
6 Fantastic Four 3 $1.99 Marvel 121,664
7 Wolverine 122 $1.99 Marvel 116,702
8 JLA 16 $1.95 DC 108,920
9 Captain America 3 $1.99 Marvel 108,292
10 Witchblade 20 $2.50 Image 97,147
11 Darkness 12 $2.50 Image 94,587
12 Curse Of Spawn 17 $1.95 Image 86,315
13 Generation X 36 $1.99 Marvel 83,688
14 JLA Year One 3 $1.95 DC 80,239
15 X-Force 75 $2.99 Marvel 78,962
16 X-Men Unlimited 18 $2.99 Marvel 76,959
17 X-Man 36 $1.99 Marvel 74,807
18 JLA Paradise Lost 3 $1.95 DC 74,276
19 X-Factor 143 $1.99 Marvel 74,250
20 Cable 52 $1.99 Marvel 72,278
21 Amazing Spider-Man 432 $1.99 Marvel 68,175
22 Incredible Hulk 462 $1.99 Marvel 67,761
23 Ascension 4 $2.50 Image 67,240
24 Spider-Man 89 $1.99 Marvel 61,997
25 Spectacular Spider-Man 255 $1.99 Marvel 60,883
26 Sensational Spider-Man 25 $2.99 Marvel 60,342
27 Excalibur 118 $1.99 Marvel 57,613
28 Superman 133 $1.95 DC 54,700
29 Action Comics 742 $1.95 DC 52,554
30 Lady Death 1 $2.95 Chaos 51,921
31 Superman Man Of Steel 77 $1.95 DC 51,875
32 Creech 3 $2.50 Image 51,650
33 Batman 552 $1.95 DC 51,098
34 Thunderbolts 12 $2.99 Marvel 50,015
35 Alpha Flight 8 $1.99 Marvel 49,315
36 Superman The Man Of Tomorrow 10 $1.95 DC 47,899
37 Green Lantern 96 $1.95 DC 47,450
38 Deadpool 14 $1.99 Marvel 47,087
39 Flash 135 $1.95 DC 46,847
40 Astro City 0.5 $2.50 Image 46,560
41 Detective Comics 719 $1.95 DC 46,121
42 Unlimited Access 4 $2.99 Marvel 44,057
43 Preacher 35 $2.50 DC 43,791
44 Batman Bane of the Demon 1 $1.95 DC 43,607
45 Bishop Xavier Security Enforcer 3 $2.50 Marvel 43,265
46 Nightwing 18 $1.95 DC 42,733
47 Tenth 5 $2.50 Image 40,577
48 Batman Legends of the Dark Knight 104 $1.95 DC 40,551
49 Green Lantern/Sentinel Heart/Darkness 1 $1.95 DC 39,253
50 Wildcore 3 $2.50 Image 38,988
51 Preacher Special One Mans War $4.95 DC 38,870
52 Supergirl 19 $1.95 DC 38,737
53 Star Wars Crimson Empire 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 38,487
54 Wonder Woman 131 $1.95 DC 38,109
55 Batman Shadow of the Bat 72 $1.95 DC 38,012
56 Legends of the DC Universe 2 $1.95 DC 37,858
57 Xena Warrior Princess 3 $2.95 Topps 37,787
58 Voodoo 3 $2.50 Image 37,470
59 X-Files 38 $2.95 Topps 36,806
60 Catwoman 55 $1.95 DC 36,540
61 Gen 13 Bootleg 15 $2.50 Image 36,361
62 Darkchylde Swimsuit Illustrated 1 $2.95 Image 36,320
63 Robin 51 $1.95 DC 35,620
64 Xena Warrior Princess: Xena/Dragons Teeth 2* $2.95 Topps 35,329
65 Ka-Zar 11 $1.99 Marvel 33,852
66 Babylon 5 In Valens Name 1 $2.50 DC 33,740
67 What If? 106 $1.99 Marvel 33,592
68 Green Arrow 130 $2.50 DC 33,500
69 Scarlet Crush 1 $2.50 Awesome 32,202
70 Starman 40 $2.25 DC 31,982
71 Maverick 7 $1.99 Marvel 31,711
72 Wildcats 45 $2.50 Image 31,487
73 Heroes For Hire 9 $1.99 Marvel 31,415
74 Coven 5 $2.50 Awesome 30,919
75 Neil Gaiman/Charles Vess Stardust 4 $5.95 DC 30,613
76 Mage The Hero Defined 7 $2.50 Image 30,367
77 Wonder Woman Secret Files 1 $4.95 DC 30,122
78 Elektra 16 $1.99 Marvel 30,020
79 Teen Titans 18 $1.95 DC 29,836
80 Arcanum 8 $2.50 Image 29,100
81 Star Wars X-Wing Rs Family Ties 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 28,804
82 Dv8 15 $2.50 Image 28,753
83 Silver Surfer 137 $1.99 Marvel 28,727
84 Werewolf By Night 2 $2.99 Marvel 28,564
85 X-Men Manga 1 $2.99 Marvel 28,548
86 Aquaman 42 $1.95 DC 28,145
87 Azrael 39 $1.95 DC 27,991
88 Quicksilver 5 $1.99 Marvel 27,920
89 Daredevil 373 $1.99 Marvel 27,092
90 X-Files Ground Zero 3 $2.95 Topps 26,443
91 Chase 2 $2.50 DC 26,014
92 Hitman 24 $2.25 DC 25,626
93 Shi The Series 6 $2.95 Crusade 25,544
94 Power Of Shazam 36 $1.95 DC 25,048
95 Bone 31 $2.95 Cartoon 24,854
96 Shi Heaven & Earth 4 $2.95 Crusade 24,849
97 Marvel Team Up 7 $1.99 Marvel 24,782
98 Superboy 49 $1.95 DC 24,665
99 Legion Of Super Heroes 102 $2.25 DC 24,491
100 Moon Knight 3 $2.50 Marvel 24,236
101 Savage Dragon 45 $2.50 Image 24,021
102 Dreaming 22 $2.50 DC 23,970
103 Chix 1 $2.50 Image 23,904
104 Legionnaires 58 $2.25 DC 23,766
105 Wetworks 36 $2.50 Image 23,520
106 Chronos 1 $2.50 DC 23,250
107 Impulse 35 $1.95 DC 23,132
108 DV8 Annual 1 $2.95 Image 23,030
109 Vampirella 3 $2.95 Harris 22,636
110 Batman Adventures Lost Years 3 $1.95 DC 22,468
111 Books Of Magic 46 $2.50 DC 22,406
112 Conan The Barbarian/Lord of the Spiders 1 $2.50 Marvel 22,335
113 Journey Into Mystery 518 $1.99 Marvel 21,941
114 Kents 8 $2.50 DC 21,916
115 Fighting American Rules of the Game 2 $2.50 Awesome 21,885
116 Legends of the Legion 2 $2.25 DC 21,430
117 Sergio Aragones Groo 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 21,282
118 Strangers In Paradise Vol. III 12 $2.75 Abstract 20,761
119 Martha Washington Saves The World 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 20,342
120 Star Trek The Untold Voyages 1 $2.50 Marvel 20,204
121 Resurrection Man 11 $2.50 DC 19,903
122 Judgement Day Aftermath 1 $3.50 Awesome 19,714
123 Star Trek Voyager Splash Down 1 $1.99 Marvel 19,637
124 Man-Thing 4 $2.99 Marvel 19,412
125 Jack Kirbys Fourth World 13 $1.95 DC 18,937
126 Satana 3 $2.99 Marvel 18,804
127 Star Trek Unlimited 8 $2.99 Marvel 18,625
128 Evil Ernie Destroyer 5 $2.95 Chaos 18,278
129 Ghost Rider 94 $1.99 Marvel 17,986
130 Adventures In The DC Universe 12 $1.95 DC 17,767
131 Phantom Guard 4 $2.50 Image 17,639
132 Star Trek Early Voyages 14 $1.99 Marvel 17,455
133 Star Trek Starfleet Academy 16 $1.99 Marvel 17,450
134 Hellblazer 123 $2.25 DC 17,399
135 Sharky 1 $2.50 Image 17,200
136 Superman Adventures 17 $1.95 DC 16,719
137 House Of Secrets 17 $2.50 DC 16,515
138 Lobo 49 $2.25 DC 16,469
139 Aliens Kidnapped 2 $2.50 Dark Horse 15,820
140 Superboy & The Ravers Final Issue 19 $1.95 DC 15,743
141 Sandman Mystery Theatre 60 $2.50 DC 15,718
142 Blade Crescent City Blues $3.50 Marvel 15,002
143 Transmetropolitan 7 $2.50 DC 14,808
144 Predator Nemesis 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 14,619
145 Sovereign Seven 32 $2.25 DC 14,430
146 Creeper 4 $2.50 DC 14,364
147 Ghost 33 $2.95 Dark Horse 14,169
148 Tick Big Blue Destiny 3 $3.50 New England 13,291
149 Oh My Goddess Ninja Master 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,265
150 Young Heroes In Love 10 $1.95 DC 13,245
151 Ticks Big Romantic Adv 1 $2.95 New England 13,142
152 Paul Chadwicks Concrete Strange Armor 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,132
153 Terminal City Aerial Graffiti 5 $2.50 DC 12,953
154 Spider-Man Manga 6 $2.99 Marvel 12,918
155 Spider-Man Manga 7 $2.99 Marvel 12,897
156 Steel 48 $2.50 DC 12,815
157 Gunsmith Cats Goldie Vs Misty 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,596
158 Major Bummer 8 $2.50 DC 12,478
159 Hawk & Dove 5 $2.50 DC 12,309
160 Oni Double Feature 1 $2.95 Oni 12,059
161 Crow Waking Nightmares 2 (Res) $2.95 Kitchen Sink 12,049
162 Kabuki Dreams $4.95 Image 11,998
163 Harbinger Acts Of God $3.95 Acclaim 11,609
164 2020 Visions 11 $2.25 DC 11,471
165 Darque Passages 2 $2.50 Acclaim 11,395
166 Ranma 1/2 Part Six 14 $2.95 Viz 11,134
167 Blade of the Immortal Dreamsong 7 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,093
168 Michael Moorcocks Multiverse 5 $2.50 DC 10,920
169 X-O Manowar 16 $2.50 Acclaim 10,884
170 Poison Elves 31 $2.50 Sirius 10,562
171 Elfquest 20 $4.95 Warp 10,480
172 Scud Tales From The Vending Machine $2.50 Fireman 10,398
173 Cerebus 226 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 10,322
174 Quantum & Woody 12 $2.50 Acclaim 10,036
175 Maxx 3D Edition 1 $4.95 Image 9,959
176 Warrior Nun Areala 4 $2.95 Antarctic 9,949
177 Red Rocket 7 5 $3.95 Dark Horse 9,836
178 Satanika 9 $2.95 Verotik 9,571
179 Warrior Nun Frenzy 1 $2.95 Antarctic 9,330
180 Essential Vertigo The Sandman 20 $1.95 DC 9,080
181 Zombieworld Dead End 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,993
182 Trinity Angels 11 $2.50 Acclaim 8,968
183 Challengers of the Unknown 14 $2.25 DC 8,942
184 Kelley Jones The Hammer 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,865
185 Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan/The Moon Men 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,845
186 Usagi Yojimbo 17 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,656
187 Sonic The Hedgehog 57 $1.75 Archie 8,201
188 Drakuun The Revenge Of Gustav 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 7,971
189 Battle Angel Alita Part Eight 8 $2.95 Viz 7,803
190 Magnus Robot Fighter 13 $2.50 Acclaim 7,736
191 Wingbird Akuma She $3.95 Verotik 7,675
192 Doctor Tomorrow 9 $2.50 Acclaim 7,583
193 Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale 10 $3.25 Viz 7,537
194 Shadowman 15 $2.50 Acclaim 7,409
195 Bloodshot 11 $2.50 Acclaim 7,373
196 Pinky And The Brain 21 $1.95 DC 7,353
197 Robotech 6 $2.95 Antarctic 7,353
198 Lost 3 $2.95 Chaos 7,210
199 New Bondage Fairies 15 $2.95 Fantagraphics 7,164
200 Troublemakers 14 $2.50 Acclaim 7,052
201 Marvel Adv 12 $1.50 Marvel 6,970
202 Halle The Hooters Girl 1 $2.95 Cabbage 6,873
203 Sabrina The Teenage Witch 12 $1.75 Archie 6,857
204 Neon Genesis Evangelion 5 $2.95 Viz 6,745
205 Knuckles 11 $1.75 Archie 6,571
206 Wetworks 1 3D $4.95 Image 6,510
207 No Need For Tenchi Part Four 2 $2.95 Viz 6,392
208 Legend Of Lemnear 1 $2.95 CPM 6,372
209 Scooby-Doo 8 $1.95 DC 6,162
210 Legd ofMother Sarah City ofAngels 3 (Res) $3.95 Dark Horse 6,055
211 Egon 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 6,030
212 Essential Vertigo Swamp Thing 17 $2.25 DC 5,927
213 Animaniacs 35 $1.95 DC 5,861
214 Shut Up And Die 1 $2.95 Image 5,769
215 Tales From The Crypt 23 $2.50 Gemstone 5,754
216 Xero 11 $1.95 DC 5,631
217 Roswell Little Green Man 5 $2.95 Bongo 5,503
218 Exiled 1 $2.75 Exiled 5,473
219 Piracy 1 $2.50 Gemstone 5,263
220 Archie 470 $1.75 Archie 5,227
221 Man Called A X 6 $2.50 DC 5,217
222 Maison Ikkoku Part Seven 7 $3.25 Viz 5,212
223 Ms Fortune 1 $2.95 Image 5,207
224 Cutie Honey 2 $2.95 Ironcat 5,151
225 Dark Horse Presents 128 $2.95 Dark Horse 5,105
226 Silver Cross 2 $2.95 Antarctic 5,094
227 Badger 9 $2.95 Image 4,997
228 Two Faces Of Tomorrow 6 $3.95 Dark Horse 4,972
229 Neon Genesis Evangelion Collectors Ed 5 $2.95 Viz 4,972
230 Looney Tunes 38 $1.95 DC 4,962
231 Mobile Police Patlabor Part Two 1 $2.95 Viz 4,895
232 Deity 5 $2.95 Hyperwerks 4,880
233 Scare Tactics Final Issue 12 $2.25 DC 4,859
234 Tzu The Reaper 4 $2.95 Murim 4,808
235 Betty & Veronica 122 $1.75 Archie 4,783
236 Eat-Man 6 $2.95 Viz 4,757
237 Luftwaffe 1946 8 $2.95 Antarctic 4,721
238 Secret Plot 4 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,711
239 La Cosa Nostroid 7 $2.95 Fireman 4,629
240 Big Bang Comics 17 $2.95 Image 4,522
241 Betty 60 $1.75 Archie 4,497
242 Hong On The Range 2 (Res) $2.50 Image 4,486
243 Cheryl Blossom 11 $1.75 Archie 4,456
244 Razor Switchblade Symphony $3.95 London Night 4,440
245 Starchild Mythopolis 3 $2.95 Image 4,425
246 Star Kid $2.95 Dark Horse 4,415
247 Hypersonic 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 4,410
248 Warlock 5 1 $2.50 Sirius 4,405
249 Berlin 4 (Res) $2.50 Black Eye 4,405
250 God Of Sex2 2 $3.50 Fantagraphics 4,374
251 Strangers In Paradise Vol. II Gold Logo Ed 6 $2.75 Abstract 4,374
252 Return Of Lum Part Four 6 $2.95 Viz 4,323
253 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 71 $2.95 Archie 4,277
254 Unbound 1 $2.95 Image 4,256
255 Veronica 74 $1.75 Archie 4,190
256 Cartoon Ntwk Presents 8 $1.95 DC 4,149
257 Chirality 11 $2.95 CPM 4,139
258 New Vampire Miyu 5 $2.95 Ironcat 4,103
259 Creed Use Your Delusion 1 $3.00 Avatar 4,073
260 Foot Soldiers 3 $2.95 Image 3,975
261 Arizona Wild At Heart 1 $3.00 London Night 3,929
262 Panic 5 $2.50 Gemstone 3,889
263 Midnight Panther 10 $2.95 CPM 3,848
264 Coven 13 2 (Res) $2.50 No Mercy 3,843
265 Replacement God & Other Stories 5 $2.95 Image 3,771
266 Hellina Hellborn 2 $2.95 Lightning 3,725
267 Black Mist 1* $2.95 Caliber 3,725
268 Flintstones And The Jetsons 8 $1.95 DC 3,720
269 Nights Into Dreams 3 $1.75 Archie 3,699
270 Frank 2 (Res) $3.95 Fantagraphics 3,689
271 Hepcats 6 $2.95 Antarctic 3,679
272 Archie & Friends 28 $1.75 Archie 3,653
273 Jughead Double Digest 50 $2.95 Archie 3,653
274 Milk 3 $2.95 Radio 3,638
275 Jughead 103 $1.75 Archie 3,613
276 Pandora Razor Devil Inside 1 $3.00 Avatar 3,592
277 Archie Digest 154 $1.95 Archie 3,592
278 Betty & Veronica Digest 94 $1.95 Archie 3,577
279 Gross Point 9 $2.50 DC 3,572
280 Full Metal Fiction 7 $3.95 London Night 3,562
281 Reality Check 8 (Res) $2.95 Sirius 3,531
282 Akiko 22 $2.50 Sirius 3,464
283 Joe Psycho & Moo Frog Color Special 1 $2.95 Goblin 3,429
284 Ultimate Strike 13 $3.00 London Night 3,372
285 Archie Annual Digest 69 $1.95 Archie 3,342
286 Art Of Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 2 $3.95 Radio 3,270
287 Horseman 3 (Res) $2.95 Kevlar 3,153
288 Brian Lumleys Necroscope 2 $2.95 Caliber 3,143
289 Grease Monkey 1 $2.95 Image 3,107
290 Laugh Digest 140 $1.95 Archie 3,020
291 Ogenki Clinic 5 $3.50 Ironcat 2,892
292 JLA Wildcats $5.95 DC 2,877
Some items were dropped from the list due to mis-classification.
Top Trade Paperbacks (sales not reported)
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Divine Right Collected Edition 1 $5.95 Image n/a
2 Swamp Thing Roots $7.95 DC n/a
3 Overstreet Comic Book Price Update 1 $2.95 Gemstone n/a
4 Lady Death Dan Edition 1 $7.50 Chaos n/a
5 What's Michael Michael's Mambo $5.95 Dark Horse n/a
6 Poison Elves Vol. 4 $4.95 Sirius n/a
7 Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 1 $49.95 DC n/a
8 Walt Disney's Comics & Stories 622 $6.95 Gladstone n/a
9 Superman Transformed $12.95 DC n/a
10 Transmetropolitan Back/Street $7.95 DC n/a




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