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April 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


April 1998 was a lackluster month in all regards, with comics preorders in the Top 300 off a full 25% from the previous April.

Retailer reports to Comics Retailer magazine found high levels of sell-through for Superman Forever, Battle Chasers, and Spirit: The New Adventures, which would be the last hit for Kitchen Sink before its closure.

Most notably, Diamond, reflecting the increased importance of trade paperbacks, began listing indexed sales for its Top 25. Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the month.

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart. Items marked (Res) were offered in an earlier month and resolicited; disregard any previously reported figure, as those earlier orders were canceled.
Diamond did not provide dollar rankings for items after 250th place; "999" is entered for sorting purposes.
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
13Uncanny X-Men356$1.99Marvel149,541
24X-Men76$1.99Marvel142,597
35Spawn73$1.95Image130,809
42Wolverine125$2.99Marvel122,933
56Avengers5$1.99Marvel116,641
61Superman Forever Collectors Ed$5.95DC113,791
79Fantastic Four6$1.99Marvel108,066
811JLA19$1.95DC104,212
914Captain America6$1.99Marvel95,929
1015Iron Man5$1.99Marvel95,685
117Witchblade22$2.50Image90,351
1210Danger Girl2$2.50Image82,251
1312Battle Chasers1$2.50Image78,479
1422Curse of Spawn20$1.95Image75,797
1523Generation X39$1.99Marvel73,192
168X-Men Unlimited19$2.99Marvel72,817
1725JLA Year One6$1.95DC72,536
1826Amazing Spider-Man435$1.99Marvel70,009
1928X-Force78$1.99Marvel69,218
2029X-Factor146$1.99Marvel68,144
2130Incredible Hulk465$1.99Marvel66,535
2231X-Man39$1.99Marvel66,118
2332Peter Parker Spider-Man92$1.99Marvel64,837
2413Marvel Annual 98 Starring X-Men & Dr Doom$2.99Marvel63,852
2535Cable55$1.99Marvel63,045
2637Spectacular Spider-Man258$1.99Marvel62,592
2720Divine Right7$2.50Image61,675
2817Tales of Witchblade5$2.95Image61,196
2921Gen 1328$2.50Image60,529
3041Sensational Spider-Man28$1.99Marvel60,175
3118X-Men Alpha Flight2$2.99Marvel59,742
3242Action Comics745$1.95DC59,414
3343Adventures of Superman558$1.95DC59,169
3444Superman Man of Steel80$1.95DC58,383
3536Kiss The Psycho Circus9$2.25Image55,638
3648Excalibur121$1.99Marvel52,856
3749Thunderbolts15$1.99Marvel52,288
3851Batman555$1.95DC52,090
3933Jim Lees C231$2.50Image51,241
4054Green Lantern99$1.95DC49,371
4138Astro City Vol. 214$2.50Image49,293
4258Detective Comics722$1.95DC48,579
4362Nightwing21$1.95DC46,339
4464Alpha Flight11$1.99Marvel45,100
4545Menace1$2.50Awesome44,766
4646Preacher38$2.50DC44,443
4766Deadpool17$1.99Marvel43,558
4834Batman Shadow of the Bat75$2.95DC43,428
4969Flash138$1.95DC42,683
5040Star Wars Crimson Empire5$2.95Dark Horse41,203
5139Marvel Universe1$2.99Marvel41,037
5274Wonder Woman134$1.95DC39,057
5376Nightwing And Huntress2$1.95DC38,766
5477Batman Legends of the Dark Knight107$1.95DC38,609
5578Robin54$1.95DC38,370
5655Tenth8$2.50Image38,130
5756Gen 123$2.50Image38,125
5879Catwoman58$1.95DC37,745
5980Supergirl22$1.95DC37,693
6047Marvel Annl 98 Starring Machine Man & Bastion$2.99Marvel37,041
6161Altered Image1$2.50Image36,323
6250Lady Death4$2.95Chaos35,208
6387Batman Bane of the Demon4$1.95DC35,098
6488Legends of the DC Universe5$1.95DC34,572
6567WilDCore5$2.50Image34,557
6652Star Wars The Last Command5$2.95Dark Horse33,848
6753Star Wars Shadows of the Empire Evolution3$2.95Dark Horse33,452
6819Superman Villains Secret Files$4.95DC32,478
6924Battle Chasers Chromium Ed1$4.50Image32,244
7057Ka Zar14$2.99Marvel31,785
7116Batman The Abduction$5.95DC31,692
7259Heroes For Hire12$2.99Marvel31,489
7384Starman43$2.25DC31,452
7493Silver Surfer140$1.99Marvel30,598
7563Xena Warrior Princess Callisto3$2.95Topps30,468
7675Coven7$2.50Awesome30,290
7765Xena Warrior Princess Orpheus2$2.95Topps29,921
7897Batman Gordon of Gotham1$1.95DC29,697
7981WilDCats48$2.50Image29,171
80104Teen Titans21$1.95DC28,837
81105Azrael42$1.95DC28,775
8282Youngblood3$2.50Awesome28,639
8368Batman The Gotham Adventures1$2.95DC28,374
84103Daredevil376$1.99Marvel28,321
85108Aquaman45$1.95DC28,186
8670Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Sqdrn Masquerade2$2.95Dark Horse28,066
8727Superman Forever Standard Ed$4.95DC27,827
8871Shi The Series9$2.95Crusade27,030
89112Elektra19$1.99Marvel27,019
9072Shi The Series10$2.95Crusade26,941
91117Maverick10$1.99Marvel26,571
9273Omen1 (Res)$2.95Chaos26,446
9390Green Arrow133$2.50DC26,076
9491DV817$2.50Image26,035
95118What If?109$1.99Marvel25,936
9699Hitman27$2.25DC25,628
97122Superboy52$1.95DC25,087
98106Legion of Super Heroes105$2.25DC24,712
99109Legionnaires61$2.25DC24,170
10083Lost In Space1$2.95Dark Horse24,144
10186Gangland1$2.95DC23,727
10285Fury Agent 131 (Res)$2.99Marvel23,451
10395Stormwatch6$2.50Image23,446
10496Fighting American Cold War1$2.50Awesome23,347
10598Savage Dragon48$2.50Image23,128
106133Maxx37$1.95Image22,915
107131Quicksilver8$1.99Marvel22,659
10889Vampirella Holy War3$2.95Harris22,571
109107Dreaming25$2.50DC22,190
110110Books of Magic49$2.50DC21,722
111139Impulse38$1.95DC21,654
112123Simpsons36$2.25Bongo21,591
113111Witchcraft La Terreur3$2.50DC21,539
114114Wetworks39$2.50Image21,383
115100Strangers In Paradise Vol. III14$2.75Abstract20,748
116119Kents11$2.50DC20,388
11794Shi Black White & Red2$2.95Crusade20,076
118145Marvel Team Up10$1.99Marvel19,862
119152Power of Shazam39$1.95DC19,602
120101Dragon Ball Z2$2.95Viz19,310
121125Nevada2$2.50DC19,263
122127Resurrection Man14$2.50DC18,779
123128Invisibles Volume 216$2.50DC18,695
12460X-Files Season One Fire$4.95Topps18,622
125159Jack Kirbys Fourth World16$1.95DC18,299
126129Conan River of Blood1$2.50Marvel18,133
127113Evil Ernie Destroyer8$2.95Chaos18,127
12892Spirit New Adventures2 (Res)$3.50Kitchen Sink18,070
129116Sergio Aragones Groo4$2.95Dark Horse17,966
130134Chase5$2.50DC17,836
131161Journey Into Mystery521$1.99Marvel17,674
132136Star Trek The Untold Voyages4$2.50Marvel17,403
133120Dragon Ball2$2.95Viz17,258
134138Star Trek Voyager Splash Down4$2.50Marvel17,205
135163Star Trek Early Voyages17$1.99Marvel16,987
136154Hellblazer126$2.25DC16,752
137142Kaboom6$2.50Awesome16,575
138165Star Trek Starfleet Academy19$1.99Marvel16,570
139169Superman Adventures20$1.95DC16,455
140172Adventures In The DC Universe15$1.95DC16,179
141124Supreme59$2.99Awesome16,153
142158Lobo52$2.25DC16,070
143126Werewolf By Night5$2.99Marvel15,960
144130Dead King1 (Res)$2.95Chaos15,320
145150House of Secrets20$2.50DC15,309
146151Sandman Mystery Theatre63$2.50DC15,299
147155Transmetropolitan10$2.50DC15,012
148132Crow Razor Kill The Pain1$3.00London Night14,898
149135Seeker 30001$2.99Marvel14,564
150140Aliens Survival3$2.95Dark Horse14,262
151141Predator Captive$2.95Dark Horse14,143
152143Man-Thing7$2.99Marvel13,794
153144Ghost36$2.95Dark Horse13,465
154146Gunsmith Cats Goldie Vs Misty6$2.95Dark Horse13,392
155166Chronos4$2.50DC13,168
156149Oh My Goddess Miss KeIIchi2$2.95Dark Horse13,116
157176Sovereign Seven35$2.25DC12,950
158153Paul Chadwicks Concrete Strange Armor5$2.95Dark Horse12,903
159171Major Bummer11$2.50DC12,700
160173Steel51$2.50DC12,455
161157Animal Mystic Water Wars5$2.95Sirius12,356
162193Young Heroes In Love13$1.95DC11,726
163175Vampirella Retro2$2.50Harris11,694
164177Quantum & Woody15$2.50Acclaim11,533
165178Creeper7$2.50DC11,496
166162X-Men Manga6$2.99Marvel11,470
167102Ascension Collected Ed1$4.95Image11,423
168147Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Two2$3.50Viz11,278
169164X-Men Manga7$2.99Marvel11,246
170168Ranma 1/2 Part Seven3$2.95Viz11,054
171137Blade of the Immortal Rins Bane2$3.95Dark Horse10,929
172115Tales of Witchblade Collected Ed1$4.95Image10,741
173170Battlestar Galactica4$2.99Realm10,689
174184Poison Elves34$2.50Sirius10,246
175174Desperadoes5 (Res)$2.95Image10,158
176194Cerebus229$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,095
177121Elfquest23$4.95Warp10,043
178185Turok2$2.50Acclaim9,996
179148Goat Haedus Special Event$3.95Acclaim9,892
180179Magic The Gathering Legacy2$2.95Dark Horse9,668
181180Seeker 3000 Premiere$2.99Marvel9,538
182192X-O Manowar19$2.50Acclaim9,246
183156Eightball19$3.95Fantagraphics9,230
184206Guff$1.95Dark Horse9,210
185181Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan Primeval1$2.95Dark Horse9,079
186182Jackie Chans Spartan X2$2.95Image8,902
187183Usagi Yojimbo20$2.95Dark Horse8,824
188196Concrete Jungle Legend of the Black Lion1$2.50Acclaim8,683
189197Michael Moorcocks Multiverse8$2.50DC8,553
190198Challengers of the Unknown17$2.50DC8,501
191229Sonic The Hedgehog60$1.75Archie8,459
192186Spider-Man Manga12$2.99Marvel8,256
193221Essential Vertigo The Sandman23$1.95DC8,246
194187Spider-Man Manga13$2.99Marvel8,246
195189Oni Double Feature4$2.95Oni8,183
196188777 The Wrath2$3.00Avatar8,079
197191Zombieworld Eat Your Heart Out$2.95Dark Horse7,965
198259Marvel Adv15$1.50Marvel7,532
199195Drakuun Shadow of the Warlock3$2.95Dark Horse7,465
200231Pinky And The Brain24$1.95DC7,397
201190Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale13$3.25Viz7,235
202207Doctor Tomorrow12$2.50Acclaim7,168
203199Clowns Pagliacci$2.95Dark Horse7,100
204160Mixxzine5$4.99Mixx7,074
205213Shadowman18$2.50Acclaim6,850
206214Magnus Robot Fighter16$2.50Acclaim6,834
207201New Bondage Fairies Fairie Fetish2$2.95Fantagraphics6,777
208202Ashen Victor1$2.95Viz6,714
209167Oink Blood And Circus1 (Res)$4.95Kitchen Sink6,642
210256Knuckles14$1.75Archie6,615
211203Dork6$2.95Slave Labor6,490
212258Sabrina The Teenage Witch15$1.75Archie6,470
213222Bloodshot14$2.50Acclaim6,334
214223Troublemakers17$2.50Acclaim6,319
215204No Need For Tenchi Part Four5$2.95Viz6,173
216205Warrior Nun Black & White9$2.95Antarctic6,126
217254Scooby-Doo11$1.95DC6,022
218227Dead Or Alive A Cyberpunk Western1$2.50Dark Horse6,011
219209Robotech Annual1$2.95Antarctic5,938
220238Essential Vertigo Swamp Thing20$2.25DC5,891
221210John Boltons Strange Wink2$2.95Dark Horse5,860
222211Dark Horse Presents131$2.95Dark Horse5,855
223232Tales From The Crypt24$2.50Gemstone5,725
224215Lost Heroes1$2.95Davdez5,709
225261Animaniacs38$1.95DC5,673
226216Warhammer Monthly2$2.95Games Workshop5,636
227219Silky Whip1$2.95Fantagraphics5,589
228220Dark Horse Classics Godzilla$2.95Dark Horse5,475
229200Legend of Mother Sarah City of Angels6$3.95Dark Horse5,209
230226Devastator1$2.95Image5,105
231218Maison Ikkoku Part Seven10$3.25Viz5,084
232212Secret Plot7$3.50Fantagraphics4,917
233230Luftwaffe 1946 Color Special$2.95Antarctic4,896
234233Legend of Lemnear4$2.95CPM4,844
235283Archie473$1.75Archie4,808
236234Luftwaffe 19469$2.95Antarctic4,787
237217God of Sex 25$3.50Fantagraphics4,730
238235Sharky Variant Cover1$2.95Image4,693
239257Piracy4$2.50Gemstone4,631
240237Bohos1$2.95Image4,584
241286Betty & Veronica125$1.75Archie4,537
242280Looney Tunes41$1.95DC4,506
243208Two Faces of Tomorrow9$3.95Dark Horse4,490
244239Cutie Honey5$2.95Ironcat4,438
245242Badger12$2.95Image4,370
246225Eat-Man Part Two3$3.50Viz4,365
247240Razor Uncut46$3.00London Night4,355
248243Midnight Panther School Daze1$2.95CPM4,334
249241Razor Uncut47$3.00London Night4,323
250244Betty & Veronica Double Digest73$2.95Archie4,308
251999Betty63$1.75Archie4,245
252999Mobile Police Patlabor Part Two4$2.95Viz4,219
253999Dragon Wars1$2.95Ironcat4,198
254999New Vampire Miyu Vol. 21$2.95Ironcat4,193
255999Veronica77$1.75Archie4,100
256999Chirality14$2.95CPM4,094
257999Panic6$2.50Gemstone4,042
258999Ninja High School62$2.95Antarctic4,037
2599997Th System3$2.95Sirius4,027
260999Tzu The Reaper5 (Res)$2.95Murim4,001
261999Code Blue1$2.95Image3,995
262999Snowman 21$3.00Avatar3,990
263999Betty & Veronica Spectacular30$1.75Archie3,985
264999Return of Lum Part Four9$2.95Viz3,954
265999Akiko25$2.95Sirius3,797
266999Big Bang Comics19$2.95Image3,719
267999Luftwaffe 1946 Annual1$2.95Antarctic3,657
268999Strangers In Paradise Gold Logo Reprint Vol. II9$2.75Abstract3,594
269999Jugheads Double Digest52$2.95Archie3,579
270999Munsters5$2.95TV3,464
271999Jinx Buried Treasure Special1$3.95Image3,428
272999Betty & Veronica Digest96$1.95Archie3,412
273999Flintstones And The Jetsons11$1.95DC3,401
274999Soulwind8$2.95Image3,386
275999Archie Digest156$1.95Archie3,375
276999Jughead106$1.75Archie3,349
277999Cynder Wardragon Prophecy1$2.95Immortelle3,303
278999Awakening4$2.95Image3,245
279999Cartoon Network Presents11 Wacky Races$1.95DC3,214
280999Maze Agency3 (Res)$2.95Caliber3,157
281999Oni Double Feature1 2nd Printing$2.95Oni3,141
282999Cornys Fetish$4.95Dark Horse3,131
283999Peacekeeper1$2.95Goblin3,115
284999Adventure Strip Digest1$2.95Image3,047
285999Channel Zero2$2.95Image3,032
286999Chi Chian4$2.95Sirius3,026
287999Onigami1$2.95Antarctic3,000
288999Laugh Digest142$1.95Archie2,959
289999Gross Point12$1.95DC2,860
290999Elflord Cuts Loose7$2.95Warp2,714
291999Ogenki Clinic Vol. 22$2.95Ironcat2,625
292999Wild Thingz1 (Res)$3.00ABC2,615
293999Broken Heroes2$2.50Sirius2,584
294999Eddie Campbells Bacchus34$2.95Eddie Campbell2,558
295999Hari Kari Manga Deadtime Stories1$2.95Blackout2,516
296999Jazz Solitaire Dlx1$3.00ABC2,500
297999Vamperotica38$3.95Brainstorm2,495
298999Jazz Solitaire1$3.00ABC2,433
299999Rat Bastard3 (Res)$2.95Crucial2,407
300999Kilroy1$2.95Caliber2,391






April 1998 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 25 charts. 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.

#1 #2 #3 #4

The first Top 25 Trade Paperback list was led by an adult title — and one which wasn't really a trade paperback, but rather a higher-priced comic, Verotik Illustrated #3. Often, comics over a certain cover price wound up in the graphic novel charts; this was the case as well, early on, with off variants like the $4 Vampi aschan editon below.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Verotik Illustrated #3$6.95Verotik8,616
24Gon Color Spectacular $5.95DC 8,480
38Kabuki Skin Deep$9.95Image4,167
416Uncle Scrooge #310 $6.95Gladstone4,110
517Wolverine DF Alternate Cover #125 $6.95Dynamic Forces3,829
620Walt Disneys Comics #625 $6.95Gladstone3,204
710 Oh My Goddess Sympathy for the Devil $12.95Dark Horse3,068
811Wildstorm Archives Gen13$12.99Image3,021
91Justice League Of America Arch. Vol. 4 $49.95DC 2,995
106Vampirella Holy War Linsner Crimson #1$14.95Harris2,844
1140Vampi Shi Queen's Gambit Prev Ashcan$4.00Harris2,787
1223Batman Dark Knight Adventures New Ed $7.95DC 2,657
1325Quantum & Woody Directors Cut Sql $7.95Acclaim2,610
1413Bogie Man $13.95DC 2,563
157Star Wars Fall Of The Sith Empire $16.95Dark Horse2,495
1614Road To Perdition $13.95DC 2,422
1727Batman Adventures New Ed$7.95DC 2,401
1818Too Much Coffee Man Guide… $10.95Dark Horse2,271
192Cages Collection$44.95Kitchen Sink2,188
2021Uncle Scrooge Adventures In Color #44 $9.95Gladstone2,141
215Witchblade Tomb Raider Var Cvr Sgnd #1 $19.95American Entertainment2,141
2222Uncle Scrooge Adventures In Color #43 $9.95Gladstone2,136
2326Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck #1 $9.95Gladstone2,000
2437777 The Wrath Nude #2 $6.00Avatar1,922
2512More Than Mortal Collectors Pack$19.95Liar1,844