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May 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 357 $1.99 Marvel 142,959
2 X-Men 77 $1.99 Marvel 135,240
3 Thor 1 $2.99 Marvel 134,677
4 Spawn 74 $1.95 Image 130,507
5 Avengers 6 $1.99 Marvel 112,322
6 Wolverine 126 $1.99 Marvel 107,630
7 Fantastic Four 7 $1.99 Marvel 102,259
8 JLA 20 $1.95 DC 99,895
9 Captain America 7 $1.99 Marvel 91,880
10 Iron Man 6 $1.99 Marvel 89,752
11 Green Lantern 100 $2.95 DC 82,449
12 Witchblade 23 $2.50 Image 82,303
13 Darkness 15 $2.50 Image 79,804
14 Spirit Of Tao 1 $2.50 Image 74,845
15 Crimson 1 $2.50 Image 71,010
16 Curse Of Spawn 21 $1.95 Image 70,855
17 Generation X 40 $1.99 Marvel 67,939
18 JLA Year One 7 $1.95 DC 66,879
19 Incredible Hulk 466 $1.99 Marvel 66,327
20 Amazing Spider-Man 436 $1.99 Marvel 66,041
21 X-Force 79 $1.99 Marvel 65,494
22 Tales Of The Darkness 2 $2.95 Image 64,199
23 X-Factor 147 $1.99 Marvel 63,607
24 Battle Chasers 2 $2.50 Image 63,050
25 X-Man 40 $1.99 Marvel 61,614
26 Peter Parker Spider-Man 93 $1.99 Marvel 61,047
27 Cable 56 $1.99 Marvel 59,145
28 Spectacular Spider-Man 259 $1.99 Marvel 58,588
29 Sensational Spider-Man 29 $1.99 Marvel 56,595
30 Ascension 7 $2.50 Image 56,500
31 Gen 13 29 $2.50 Image 55,080
32 JLA 80 Page Giant 1 $4.95 DC 54,804
33 Superman 136 $1.95 DC 54,598
34 Action Comics 746 $1.95 DC 53,157
35 Adventures Of Superman 559 $1.95 DC 52,851
36 Kiss The Psycho Circus 10 $2.25 Image 52,851
37 Superman Man Of Steel 81 $1.95 DC 52,791
38 Thunderbolts 16 $1.99 Marvel 50,321
39 Batman 556 $1.95 DC 50,191
40 JLA Tomorrow Woman 1 $1.95 DC 49,674
41 Excalibur 122 $1.99 Marvel 49,298
42 300 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 48,986
43 Detective Comics 723 $1.95 DC 48,530
44 Astro City Vol. 2 15 $2.50 Image 47,616
45 Batman Batgirl 1 $1.95 DC 46,763
46 Nightwing 22 $1.95 DC 45,317
47 Alpha Flight 12 $2.99 Marvel 44,138
48 Preacher 39 $2.50 DC 42,708
49 Deadpool 18 $1.99 Marvel 41,834
50 Superman Lois Lane 1 $1.95 DC 41,317
51 Robin 55 $1.95 DC 41,056
52 Star Wars Crimson Empire 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 40,599
53 Flash 139 $1.95 DC 40,379
54 Batman Shadow Of The Bat 76 $1.95 DC 39,415
55 Marvel Universe 2 $1.99 Marvel 39,064
56 Young Justice The Secret 1 $1.95 DC 38,953
57 Jim Lees C23 2 $2.50 Image 38,873
58 Wonder Woman Donna Troy 1 $1.95 DC 37,588
59 Crimson Chromium Ed 1 $4.50 Image 37,493
60 Nightwing And Huntress 3 $1.95 DC 37,402
61 Wonder Woman 135 $1.95 DC 37,207
62 X-Files 40 $2.95 Topps 37,056
63 Catwoman 59 $1.95 DC 36,825
64 Batman Legends Of The Dark Knight 108 $1.95 DC 36,644
65 Supergirl 23 $1.95 DC 36,624
66 Tenth 9 $2.50 Image 35,877
67 Lady Death 5 $2.95 Chaos 34,526
68 Birds Of Prey The Ravens 1 $1.95 DC 34,351
69 Marvel Annual 98/Spider-Man & Devil Dinosaur $2.99 Marvel 33,884
70 Starman The Mist 1 $1.95 DC 33,824
71 Green Lantern Secret Files 1 $4.95 DC 33,728
72 Iron Fist 1 $2.50 Marvel 33,241
73 Coven 8 $2.50 Awesome 33,161
74 Gen 12 4 $2.50 Image 32,840
75 What If? 110 $1.99 Marvel 32,499
76 Star Wars Shadows Of The Empire Evolution 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 32,273
77 Marvel Annual 98/Deadpool & Death $2.99 Marvel 32,233
78 Green Arrow 134 $2.50 DC 31,806
79 Heroes For Hire 13 $1.99 Marvel 31,580
80 Legends Of The DC Universe 6 $1.95 DC 30,988
81 Batman Chronicles 13 $2.95 DC 29,989
82 Starman 44 $2.25 DC 29,462
83 Silver Surfer 141 $1.99 Marvel 29,407
84 Avengers Rough Cut 1 $2.99 Marvel 29,020
85 Xena Warrior Princess Blood Lines 1 $2.95 Topps 28,358
86 Gen 13 Bootleg 18 $2.50 Image 28,132
87 Ka Zar 15 $1.99 Marvel 27,966
88 Xena Warrior Princess Orpheus 3 $2.95 Topps 27,540
89 Teen Titans 22 $1.95 DC 27,414
90 Aquaman 46 $1.95 DC 27,409
91 Green Lantern 1963 Annual 1 $4.95 DC 27,249
92 WilDCats 49 $2.50 Image 27,168
93 Azrael 43 $1.95 DC 26,988
94 Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron Masquerade 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 26,817
95 Daredevil 377 $1.99 Marvel 26,456
96 Batman Gordon Of Gotham 2 $1.95 DC 25,522
97 Superboy 53 $1.95 DC 25,176
98 Hitman 28 $2.25 DC 24,649
99 Maverick 11 $1.99 Marvel 24,448
100 DV8 18 $2.50 Image 24,127
101 Books of Magic 50 $2.50 DC 23,630
102 Batman: Gotham Adventures 2 $1.95 DC 23,253
103 Legion of Superheroes 106 $2.25 DC 23,243
104 Youngblood 4 $2.50 Awesome 22,882
105 Legionnaires 62 $2.25 DC 22,837
106 Savage Dragon 49 $2.50 Image 22,340
107 Stormwatch 7 $2.50 Image 22,114
108 Dreaming 26 $2.50 DC 21,201
109 Menace 2 $2.50 Awesome 21,166
110 HarDCore Station 1 $2.50 DC 21,100
111 Shi 12 $2.95 Crusade 21,100
112 Shi 11 $2.95 Crusade 21,060
113 Fury Agent 13 2 $2.99 Marvel 20,869
114 Scarlet Crush 4 $2.50 Awesome 20,859
115 Quicksilver 9 $1.99 Marvel 20,844
116 Vampirella/Painkiller Jane 1 $3.50 Harris 20,513
117 Impulse 39 $1.95 DC 20,433
118 Strangers in Paradise Vol. 3 15 $2.75 Abstract 19,961
119 Wetworks 40 $2.50 Image 19,956
120 Kabuki 4 $2.95 Image 19,856
121 Superman Adventures 21 $3.95 DC 19,745
122 Kents 12 $2.50 DC 19,549
123 Marvel Team-Up 11 $1.99 Marvel 19,052
124 Gangland 2 $2.95 DC 18,159
125 Power of Shazam 40 $1.95 DC 17,978
126 Dragonball Z 3 $2.95 Viz 17,898
127 Lost in Space 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 17,898
128 Star Trek TNG: Riker Special $3.50 Marvel 17,858
129 Star Trek Unlimited 10 $2.99 Marvel 17,722
130 Resurrrection Man 15 $2.50 DC 17,637
131 Jack Kirby's Fourth World 17 $1.95 DC 17,532
132 Leave it to Chance 10 $2.95 Image 17,316
133 Nevada 3 $2.50 DC 17,286
134 Spirit: New Adventures 3 $3.50 Kitchen Sink 17,120
135 Evil Ernie: Destroyer 9 $2.95 Chaos 17,120
136 Dreaming: Trial and Error $5.95 DC 16,914
137 Omen 2 $2.95 Chaos 16,779
138 Star Trek: Untold Voyages 5 $3.50 Marvel 16,648
139 Chase 6 $2.50 DC 16,468
140 Shi: The Essential Dark Crusade $2.95 Crusade 16,397
141 Cryptic Writings of Megadeth 4 $2.95 Chaos 16,257
142 Marvel 1 $1.00 Marvel 16,106
143 Shadows and Light 3 $2.99 Marvel 16,086
144 Dragonball 3 $2.95 Viz 16,036
145 Conan: River of Blood 2 $2.50 Marvel 15,971
146 Hellblazer 127 $2.25 DC 15,830
147 Supreme 60 $2.99 Awesome 15,815
148 Lobo 53 $2.25 DC 15,805
149 Marvel 2 $1.00 Marvel 15,675
150 Aliens: Stalker 1 $2.50 Dark Horse 15,604
151 Adventures in the DC Universe 16 $1.95 DC 15,424
152 Transmetropolitan 11 $2.50 DC 14,621
153 House of Secrets 21 $2.50 DC 11,579
154 Sandman Mystery Theatre 63 $2.50 DC 14,570
155 Welcome Back to the House of Mystery $5.95 DC 14,229
156 Werewolf by Night 6 $2.99 Marvel 14,169
157 Steel 52 $2.50 DC 13,235
158 Sovereign Seven 36 $2.25 DC 12,653
159 Man-Thing 8 $2.25 Marvel 12,467
160 Major Bummer 12 $2.50 DC 12,237
161 Dead King 2 $2.95 Chaos 12,016
162 Crow/Razor: Kill the Pain 2 $3.00 London Night 11,996
163 Gunsmith Cats: Goldie vs. Misty 7 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,865
164 Hate 30 $3.95 Fantagraphics 11,760
165 Chronos 5 $2.50 DC 11,614
166 Vertigo Visions: Tomahawk $4.95 DC 11,559
167 Young Heroes in Love 14 $1.95 DC 11,137
168 Quantum & Woody 16 $2.50 Acclaim 11,052
169 Blade of the Immortal: On Slient WIngs 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 11,047
170 Creeper 8 $2.95 DC 10,816
171 Ranma 1/2 Part Seven 4 $2.95 Viz 10,676
172 Vampirella Retro 3 $2.50 Harris 10,560
173 Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Two 3 $3.50 Viz 10,485
174 Seekers 3000 2 $2.50 Marvel 10,440
175 Battlestar Galactica 5 $2.99 Realm 9,868
176 Cerebus 230 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 9,622
177 Poison Elves 35 $2.50 Sirius 9,612
178 Elfquest 24 $4.95 Warp 9,586
179 Turok 3 $2.50 Acclaim 9,190
180 Magic: The Gathering Crucible 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,889
181 Deity 0 $2.95 Hyperwerks 8,889
182 Satanika 10 $3.50 Verotik 8,874
183 Tarzan: Carson of Venus 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,608
184 X-O Manowar 20 $2.50 Acclaim 8,512
185 Challengers of the Unknown 18 $2.50 DC 8,462
186 X-Men Manga 8 $2.99 Marvel 8,412
187 X-Men Manga 9 $2.99 Marvel 8,362
188 Tarzan: Primeval 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 8,156
189 Sonic the Hedgehog 61 $1.75 Archie 8,131
190 Scud: Tales from the Vending Machine 3 $2.50 Fireman 8,106
191 Jackie Chan's Spartan X 3 $2.95 Image 7,930
192 Sharky 3 $2.50 Image 7,855
193 Warrior Nun Areala 6 $2.95 Antarctic 7,845
194 A Distant Soil 25 $3.95 Image 7,830
195 Essential Vertigo: Sandman 24 $1.95 DC 7,770
196 Michael Moorcock's Multiverse 9 $2.50 DC 7,760
197 Dark Horse Presents 132 $2.95 Dark Horse 7,433
198 Nocturnals: Witching Hour $4.95 Dark Horse 7,323
199 Drakuun: Shadow of the Warlock 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 7,313
200 777 The Wrath 3 $3.00 Avatar 7,293
201 Pinky and the Brain 24 $1.95 DC 7,032
202 Inu Yasha 14 $3.25 Viz 6,972
203 Coven Collected Edition 1 $4.95 Awesome 6,956
204 Spider-Man Manga 14 $2.99 Marvel 6,906
205 Spider-Man Manga 15 $3.99 Marvel 6,901
206 Oni Double Feature 5 $2.95 Oni 6,876
207 Zombieworld: Winters Dregs 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 6,751
208 Empty Zone 1 $2.50 Sirius 6,736
209 Acme Novelty Library 10 $4.95 Fantagraphics 6,615
210 New Bondgae Fairies: Fairie Fetish 3 $2.95 Fantagraphics 6,595
211 Concrete Jungle: Legend of the Black Lion 2 $2.50 Acclaim 6,560
212 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 17 $2.95 Image 6,424
213 Shadowman 19 $2.50 Acclaim 6,289
214 Magnus: Robot Fighter 17 $2.50 Acclaim 758
215 Robotech 8 $2.95 Antarctic 6,264
216 Knuckles 15 $1.75 Archie 6,224
217 Marvel Adventures 16 $1.50 Marvel 6,194
218 Sabrina: The Teenage Witch 16 $1.75 Archie 6,138
219 Robotech: Escape 1 $2.95 Antarctic 6,133
220 Troublemakers 18 $2.50 Acclaim 6,128
221 No Need for Tenchi Part Four 6 $2.95 Viz 5,857
222 Tenth Collected 1 $4.95 Image 5,837
223 Knight Watchman 1 $2.95 Image 5,832
224 Scooby Doo 12 $1.95 DC 5,792
225 Shotgun Mary 2 $2.95 Antarctic 5,727
226 Bloodshot 15 $2.50 Acclaim 5,727
227 Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing 21 $2.25 DC 5,621
228 Animaniacs 39 $1.95 DC 5,431
229 Ashen Victor 2 $2.95 Viz 5,411
230 Oink: Blood and Circus 2 $4.95 Kitchen Sink 5,235
231 Book 1 $3.50 Dreamsmith 5,145
232 Maison Ikkoku Part Seven 11 $3.25 Viz 5,014
233 Warrior Nun Black and White 10 $2.95 Antarctic 5,009
234 Lost Heroes 2 $2.95 Davdez 4,984
235 Siren 1 $2.95 Image 4,823
236 Archie 474 $1.75 Archie 4,818
237 John Bolton's Strange Wink 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 4,803
238 Vault of Horror 23 $2.50 Gemstone 4,803
239 Roswell 6 $2.95 Bongo 4,798
240 Legend of Mother Sarah City of Angels 7 $3.95 Dark Horse 4,763
241 Luftwaffe 1946 10 $2.95 Antarctic 4,723
242 Dead or Alive: A Cyberpunk Western 2 $2.50 Dark Horse 4,723
243 Silky Whip 2 $3.50 Fantagraphics 4,693
244 Secret Plot 8 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,693
245 Warhammer Monthly 3 $2.95 Games Workshop 4,603
246 Jungle Tales of Cavewoman 1 $2.95 Basement 4,532
247 Betty & Veronica 126 $1.75 Archie 4,492
248 Piracy 5 $2.50 Gemstone 4,412
249 Looney Tunes 42 $1.95 DC 4,397
250 Legend of Lemnear 5 $2.95 CPM 4,372
251 La Cosa Nostroid 9 $2.95 Fireman 4,326
252 Kill your Boyfriend 2nd Prnt $5.95 DC 4,321
253 Betty 64 $1.75 Archie 4,231
254 Two Faces of Tomorrow 10 $3.95 Dark Horse 4,216
255 Two Fisted Tales 24 $2.50 Gemstone 4,201
256 Girls of Ninja High School 1998 $2.95 Antarctic 4,156
257 Bohos 2 $2.95 Image 4,126
258 Gold Digger 40 $2.95 Antarctic 4,076
259 Eat-Man Part Two 4 $3.25 Viz 4,060
260 Titanic 1 $2.95 Angel 4,050
261 Cutie Honey 6 $2.95 Ironcat 4,045
262 Cheryl Blossom 12 $1.75 Archie 3,995
263 Cavewoman: Missing Link 4 $2.95 Basement 3,920
264 Return of Lum Part Four 10 $2.95 Viz 3,890
265 Veronica 78 $1.75 Archie 3,885
266 Mobile Police Patlabor Part Two 5 $2.95 Viz 3,865
267 Chirality 15 $2.95 CPM 3,860
268 New Vampire Muyu Vol. 2 2 $2.95 Ironcat 3,840
269 Archie Double Digest 101 $2.95 Archie 3,825
270 Castle Waiting 6 $2.95 Olio 3,769
271 Archie and Friends 30 $1.75 Archie 3,759
272 Midnight Panther School Daze 2 $2.95 CPM 3,634
273 Origins of Reid Fleming 1 $3.00 Deep Sea 3,594
274 Tigress 1 $2.95 Basement 3,528
275 Betty & Veronica Digest 97 $1.95 Archie 3,473
276 Milk 5 $2.95 Radio 3,438
277 Starchild Mythopolis 5 $2.95 Image 3,408
278 Archie's Pals n Gals Double Digest 34 $2.95 Archie 3,398
279 Dragon Wars 2 $2.95 Ironcat 3,393
280 Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Reprint Vol. 2 10 $2.75 Abstract 3,383
281 Archie's Vacation Special 6 $2.25 Archie 3,368
282 Sinthia 4 $2.95 Lightning 3,272
283 Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt Betrayal $2.50 Dark Horse 3,262
284 Jughead 107 $1.75 Archie 3,262
285 Cartoon Network Presents 12 $1.95 DC 3,242
286 Reality Check 10 $2.95 Sirius 3,237
287 Snowman 2 2 $3.50 Avatar 3,197
288 Jughead's Double Digest 53 $2.95 Archie 3,177
289 Flintstones and Jetsons 12 $1.95 DC 3,172
290 Battlestar Galactica Variant Cover 1 $2.99 Realm 3,167
291 Land of Nod 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 3,147
292 Faith Encore Ed. 1 $2.95 Lightning 3,037
293 Nights into Dreams 4 $1.75 Archie 3,016
294 Thieves and Kings 22 $2.35 I Box 2,991
295 Gun Crisis 1 $2.95 Ironcat 2,921
296 Laugh Digest 143 $1.95 Archie 2,906
297 Shut Up and Die 3 $2.95 Image 2,851
298 Jughead with Archie Digest 142 $1.95 Archie 2,821
299 Love Drive 1 $2.95 Ironcat 2,745
300 Foot Soldiers 5 $2.95 Image 2,690
Top-selling Trade Paperbacks
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Made Men TPB $5.99 Marvel 13,893
2 Spawn TPB VI $9.95 Image 7,689
3 Tenth #0 $5.00 American 6,028
4 Mage The Hero Defined $5.00 American 5,978
5 JLA: Rock Of Ages Tp $9.95 DC 5,837
6 Studio Secrets Wildstorm Approach To Comic Book Art $16.95 Image 4,763
7 Essential Wolverine Vol. 3 $12.99 Marvel 4,342
8 Uncle Scrooge #311 $6.95 Gladstone 3,865
9 Mage The Hero Defined Tp Vol. 1 $9.95 Image 3,799
10 Strangers In Paradise Vol. 5: Immortal Enemies Tp $11.95 Abstract 3,247
11 Thor DFE Alternate Cover #1 $6.95 Dynamic Forces 3,187
12 Mixxzine Pocket Manga Sailor Moon $11.95 Mixxzine 3,097
13 Walt Disney Comics and Stories #626 $6.95 Gladstone 3,082
14 Simpsons Comics on Parade $11.95 Bongo 2,926
15 Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt $9.95 Dark Horse 2,449
16 Bone Vol. 5: Rockjaw $22.95 Cartoon 2,449
17 X-Men Visionaries: Chris Claremont $24.99 Marvel 2,249
18 Spirit of Wonder $12.95 Dark Horse 2,213
19 Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color #45 $9.95 Gladstone 2,013
20 Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color #46 $9.95 Gladstone 2,013
21 Bring Back the Bad Guys $24.99 Marvel 1,983
22 XXXenophile Collected Vol. 4 $9.95 XXXenophile 1,792
23 Elric: Stormbringer $17.95 Dark Horse 1,777
24 777: The Wrath Nude #3 $6.00 Avatar 1,727
25 Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck #2 $9.95 Gladstone 1,706




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