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May 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


The relaunched Thor came close to topping the charts in a month that lagged 10% behind 1997 in Top 300 comics dollar preorders.

Dark Horse's top new series launch would wind up being the most important new release in the charts, in terms of future impact: Frank Miller's 300 #1. Placing 42nd with nearly 49,000 copies preordered, the May 27 release would later go on to inspire feature films. Image's "Cliffhanger" titles continued their launches, and retailers reported strong sales on them.

DC topped the relatively new Final Orders dollar market shares, a calculation that the publisher had lobbied to see included as it included reorders and eliminated preordered comics that did not ship. Green Lantern #100 and the JLA 80-Page Giant were strong sellers at retail, according to shop-owners' reports to Comics Retailer magazine. Less successful for the publisher were its "Girl Frenzy" event titles, which wound up in few retailers' top-seller lists.

Diamond released dollar rankings for the Top 250 comics only in Diamond Dialogue magazine, but there was a glitch in presentation that caused the dollar rankings to simply be the numbers 2 through 301 in exact order; the real data was never released online or to the media, so we'll never know the exact dollar rankings. What you see below are the rankings based on total dollar value — units times cover price — which is a good estimation, but not exact, because Diamond's regular dollar rankings are based on wholesale and not cover prices.

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.
Dollar sales rankings are based on wholesale and not invoiced dollars.
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
12Uncanny X-Men357$1.99Marvel142,959
24X-Men77$1.99Marvel135,240
31Thor1$2.99Marvel134,677
45Spawn74$1.95Image130,507
57Avengers6$1.99Marvel112,322
68Wolverine126$1.99Marvel107,630
710Fantastic Four7$1.99Marvel102,259
812JLA20$1.95DC99,895
915Captain America7$1.99Marvel91,880
1016Iron Man6$1.99Marvel89,752
116Green Lantern100$2.95DC82,449
129Witchblade23$2.50Image82,303
1311Darkness15$2.50Image79,804
1414Spirit of Tao1$2.50Image74,845
1517Crimson1$2.50Image71,010
1623Curse of Spawn21$1.95Image70,855
1725Generation X40$1.99Marvel67,939
1830JLA Year One7$1.95DC66,879
1927Incredible Hulk466$1.99Marvel66,327
2029Amazing Spider-Man436$1.99Marvel66,041
2131X-Force79$1.99Marvel65,494
2213Tales of the Darkness2$2.95Image64,199
2332X-Factor147$1.99Marvel63,607
2420Battle Chasers2$2.50Image63,050
2533X-Man40$1.99Marvel61,614
2634Peter Parker Spider-Man93$1.99Marvel61,047
2738Cable56$1.99Marvel59,145
2839Spectacular Spider-Man259$1.99Marvel58,588
2940Sensational Spider-Man29$1.99Marvel56,595
3022Ascension7$2.50Image56,500
3124Gen 1329$2.50Image55,080
323JLA 80 Page Giant1$4.95DC54,804
3343Superman136$1.95DC54,598
3444Action Comics746$1.95DC53,157
3545Adventures of Superman559$1.95DC52,851
3637Kiss The Psycho Circus10$2.25Image52,851
3746Superman Man of Steel81$1.95DC52,791
3850Thunderbolts16$1.99Marvel50,321
3952Batman556$1.95DC50,191
4054JLA Tomorrow Woman1$1.95DC49,674
4151Excalibur122$1.99Marvel49,298
42213001$2.95Dark Horse48,986
4357Detective Comics723$1.95DC48,530
4436Astro City Vol. 215$2.50Image47,616
4558Batman Batgirl1$1.95DC46,763
4661Nightwing22$1.95DC45,317
4728Alpha Flight12$2.99Marvel44,138
4842Preacher39$2.50DC42,708
4965Deadpool18$1.99Marvel41,834
5070Superman Lois Lane1$1.95DC41,317
5171Robin55$1.95DC41,056
5235Star Wars Crimson Empire6$2.95Dark Horse40,599
5374Flash139$1.95DC40,379
5477Batman Shadow of the Bat76$1.95DC39,415
5576Marvel Universe2$1.99Marvel39,064
5678Young Justice The Secret1$1.95DC38,953
5753Jim Lees C232$2.50Image38,873
5879Wonder Woman Donna Troy1$1.95DC37,588
5918Crimson Chromium Ed1$4.50Image37,493
6080Nightwing and Huntress3$1.95DC37,402
6181Wonder Woman135$1.95DC37,207
6241X-Files40$2.95Topps37,056
6382Catwoman59$1.95DC36,825
6484Batman Legends of the Dark Knight108$1.95DC36,644
6585Supergirl23$1.95DC36,624
6659Tenth9$2.50Image35,877
6747Lady Death5$2.95Chaos34,526
6888Birds of Prey The Ravens1$1.95DC34,351
6948Marvel Annual 98/Spider-Man & Devil Dinosaur$2.99Marvel33,884
7090Starman The Mist1$1.95DC33,824
7119Green Lantern Secret Files1$4.95DC33,728
7266Iron Fist1$2.50Marvel33,241
7367Coven8$2.50Awesome33,161
7468Gen 124$2.50Image32,840
7591What If?110$1.99Marvel32,499
7656Star Wars Shadows of the Empire Evolution4$2.95Dark Horse32,273
7755Marvel Annual 98/Deadpool & Death$2.99Marvel32,233
7872Green Arrow134$2.50DC31,806
7992Heroes For Hire13$1.99Marvel31,580
8097Legends of the DC Universe6$1.95DC30,988
8160Batman Chronicles13$2.95DC29,989
8289Starman44$2.25DC29,462
83102Silver Surfer141$1.99Marvel29,407
8462Avengers Rough Cut1$2.99Marvel29,020
8564Xena Warrior Princess Blood Lines1$2.95Topps28,358
8686Gen 13 Bootleg18$2.50Image28,132
87107Ka Zar15$1.99Marvel27,966
8869Xena Warrior Princess Orpheus3$2.95Topps27,540
89112Teen Titans22$1.95DC27,414
90113Aquaman46$1.95DC27,409
9126Green Lantern 1963 Annual1$4.95DC27,249
9287WilDCats49$2.50Image27,168
93121Azrael43$1.95DC26,988
9473Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron Masquerade3$2.95Dark Horse26,817
95120Daredevil377$1.99Marvel26,456
96128Batman Gordon of Gotham2$1.95DC25,522
97130Superboy53$1.95DC25,176
98108Hitman28$2.25DC24,649
99132Maverick11$1.99Marvel24,448
10098DV818$2.50Image24,127
101100Books of Magic50$2.50DC23,630
102140Batman: Gotham Adventures2$1.95DC23,253
103122Legion of Superheroes106$2.25DC23,243
104105Youngblood4$2.50Awesome22,882
105124Legionnaires62$2.25DC22,837
106106Savage Dragon49$2.50Image22,340
107109Stormwatch7$2.50Image22,114
108114Dreaming26$2.50DC21,201
109116Menace2$2.50Awesome21,166
110119HarDCore Station1$2.50DC21,100
11195Shi12$2.95Crusade21,100
11296Shi11$2.95Crusade21,060
11394Fury Agent 132$2.99Marvel20,869
114123Scarlet Crush4$2.50Awesome20,859
115144Quicksilver9$1.99Marvel20,844
11683Vampirella/Painkiller Jane1$3.50Harris20,513
117147Impulse39$1.95DC20,433
118110Strangers in Paradise Vol. 315$2.75Abstract19,961
119127Wetworks40$2.50Image19,956
120101Kabuki4$2.95Image19,856
12175Superman Adventures21$3.95DC19,745
122131Kents12$2.50DC19,549
123149Marvel Team-Up11$1.99Marvel19,052
124111Gangland2$2.95DC18,159
125158Power of Shazam40$1.95DC17,978
126117Dragonball Z3$2.95Viz17,898
127118Lost in Space2$2.95Dark Horse17,898
12893Star Trek TNG: Riker Special$3.50Marvel17,858
129115Star Trek Unlimited10$2.99Marvel17,722
130141Resurrrection Man15$2.50DC17,637
131161Jack Kirby's Fourth World17$1.95DC17,532
132125Leave it to Chance10$2.95Image17,316
133142Nevada3$2.50DC17,286
13499Spirit: New Adventures3$3.50Kitchen Sink17,120
135126Evil Ernie: Destroyer9$2.95Chaos17,120
13649Dreaming: Trial and Error$5.95DC16,914
137129Omen2$2.95Chaos16,779
138103Star Trek: Untold Voyages5$3.50Marvel16,648
139145Chase6$2.50DC16,468
140133Shi: The Essential Dark Crusade$2.95Crusade16,397
141135Cryptic Writings of Megadeth4$2.95Chaos16,257
142221Marvel1$1.00Marvel16,106
143134Shadows and Light3$2.99Marvel16,086
144137Dragonball3$2.95Viz16,036
145146Conan: River of Blood2$2.50Marvel15,971
146155Hellblazer127$2.25DC15,830
147138Supreme60$2.99Awesome15,815
148156Lobo53$2.25DC15,805
149224Marvel2$1.00Marvel15,675
150148Aliens: Stalker1$2.50Dark Horse15,604
151170Adventures in the DC Universe16$1.95DC15,424
152151Transmetropolitan11$2.50DC14,621
153173House of Secrets21$2.50DC11,579
154152Sandman Mystery Theatre63$2.50DC14,570
15563Welcome Back to the House of Mystery$5.95DC14,229
156143Werewolf by Night6$2.99Marvel14,169
157162Steel52$2.50DC13,235
158175Sovereign Seven36$2.25DC12,653
159176Man-Thing8$2.25Marvel12,467
160169Major Bummer12$2.50DC12,237
161157Dead King2$2.95Chaos12,016
162154Crow/Razor: Kill the Pain2$3.00London Night11,996
163159Gunsmith Cats: Goldie vs. Misty7$2.95Dark Horse11,865
164139Hate30$3.95Fantagraphics11,760
165172Chronos5$2.50DC11,614
166104Vertigo Visions: Tomahawk$4.95DC11,559
167196Young Heroes in Love14$1.95DC11,137
168177Quantum & Woody16$2.50Acclaim11,052
169164Blade of the Immortal: On Slient WIngs1$2.95Dark Horse11,047
170165Creeper8$2.95DC10,816
171166Ranma 1/2 Part Seven4$2.95Viz10,676
172179Vampirella Retro3$2.50Harris10,560
173150Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Two3$3.50Viz10,485
174182Seekers 30002$2.50Marvel10,440
175171Battlestar Galactica5$2.99Realm9,868
176197Cerebus230$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim9,622
177189Poison Elves35$2.50Sirius9,612
178136Elfquest24$4.95Warp9,586
179192Turok3$2.50Acclaim9,190
180180Magic: The Gathering Crucible3$2.95Dark Horse8,889
181181Deity0$2.95Hyperwerks8,889
182167Satanika10$3.50Verotik8,874
183185Tarzan: Carson of Venus1$2.95Dark Horse8,608
184199X-O Manowar20$2.50Acclaim8,512
185200Challengers of the Unknown18$2.50DC8,462
186186X-Men Manga8$2.99Marvel8,412
187187X-Men Manga9$2.99Marvel8,362
188188Tarzan: Primeval2$2.95Dark Horse8,156
189230Sonic the Hedgehog61$1.75Archie8,131
190203Scud: Tales from the Vending Machine3$2.50Fireman8,106
191190Jackie Chan's Spartan X3$2.95Image7,930
192205Sharky3$2.50Image7,855
193191Warrior Nun Areala6$2.95Antarctic7,845
194168A Distant Soil25$3.95Image7,830
195226Essential Vertigo: Sandman24$1.95DC7,770
196207Michael Moorcock's Multiverse9$2.50DC7,760
197194Dark Horse Presents132$2.95Dark Horse7,433
198153Nocturnals: Witching Hour$4.95Dark Horse7,323
199198Drakuun: Shadow of the Warlock4$2.95Dark Horse7,313
200195777 The Wrath3$3.00Avatar7,293
201236Pinky and the Brain24$1.95DC7,032
202193Inu Yasha14$3.25Viz6,972
203160Coven Collected Edition1$4.95Awesome6,956
204201Spider-Man Manga14$2.99Marvel6,906
205178Spider-Man Manga15$3.99Marvel6,901
206202Oni Double Feature5$2.95Oni6,876
207204Zombieworld: Winters Dregs1$2.95Dark Horse6,751
208216Empty Zone1$2.50Sirius6,736
209163Acme Novelty Library10$4.95Fantagraphics6,615
210206New Bondgae Fairies: Fairie Fetish3$2.95Fantagraphics6,595
211219Concrete Jungle: Legend of the Black Lion2$2.50Acclaim6,560
212208Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles17$2.95Image6,424
213223Shadowman19$2.50Acclaim6,289
214300Magnus: Robot Fighter17$2.50Acclaim758
215210Robotech8$2.95Antarctic6,264
216260Knuckles15$1.75Archie6,224
217276Marvel Adventures16$1.50Marvel6,194
218262Sabrina: The Teenage Witch16$1.75Archie6,138
219211Robotech: Escape1$2.95Antarctic6,133
220225Troublemakers18$2.50Acclaim6,128
221213No Need for Tenchi Part Four6$2.95Viz5,857
222174Tenth Collected1$4.95Image5,837
223214Knight Watchman1$2.95Image5,832
224255Scooby Doo12$1.95DC5,792
225215Shotgun Mary2$2.95Antarctic5,727
226229Bloodshot15$2.50Acclaim5,727
227242Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing21$2.25DC5,621
228264Animaniacs39$1.95DC5,431
229222Ashen Victor2$2.95Viz5,411
230183Oink: Blood and Circus2$4.95Kitchen Sink5,235
231212Book1$3.50Dreamsmith5,145
232220Maison Ikkoku Part Seven11$3.25Viz5,014
233227Warrior Nun Black and White10$2.95Antarctic5,009
234228Lost Heroes2$2.95Davdez4,984
235231Siren1$2.95Image4,823
236281Archie474$1.75Archie4,818
237232John Bolton's Strange Wink3$2.95Dark Horse4,803
238246Vault of Horror23$2.50Gemstone4,803
239233Roswell6$2.95Bongo4,798
240209Legend of Mother Sarah City of Angels7$3.95Dark Horse4,763
241234Luftwaffe 194610$2.95Antarctic4,723
242249Dead or Alive: A Cyberpunk Western2$2.50Dark Horse4,723
243218Silky Whip2$3.50Fantagraphics4,693
244235Secret Plot8$2.95Fantagraphics4,693
245237Warhammer Monthly3$2.95Games Workshop4,603
246238Jungle Tales of Cavewoman1$2.95Basement4,532
247286Betty & Veronica126$1.75Archie4,492
248259Piracy5$2.50Gemstone4,412
249280Looney Tunes42$1.95DC4,397
250240Legend of Lemnear5$2.95CPM4,372
251241La Cosa Nostroid9$2.95Fireman4,326
252184Kill your Boyfriend 2nd Prnt$5.95DC4,321
253288Betty64$1.75Archie4,231
254217Two Faces of Tomorrow10$3.95Dark Horse4,216
255265Two Fisted Tales24$2.50Gemstone4,201
256243Girls of Ninja High School 1998$2.95Antarctic4,156
257244Bohos2$2.95Image4,126
258245Gold Digger40$2.95Antarctic4,076
259239Eat-Man Part Two4$3.25Viz4,060
260247Titanic1$2.95Angel4,050
261248Cutie Honey6$2.95Ironcat4,045
262290Cheryl Blossom12$1.75Archie3,995
263250Cavewoman: Missing Link4$2.95Basement3,920
264251Return of Lum Part Four10$2.95Viz3,890
265291Veronica78$1.75Archie3,885
266252Mobile Police Patlabor Part Two5$2.95Viz3,865
267253Chirality15$2.95CPM3,860
268254New Vampire Muyu Vol. 22$2.95Ironcat3,840
269256Archie Double Digest101$2.95Archie3,825
270258Castle Waiting6$2.95Olio3,769
271293Archie and Friends30$1.75Archie3,759
272263Midnight Panther School Daze2$2.95CPM3,634
273261Origins of Reid Fleming1$3.00Deep Sea3,594
274266Tigress1$2.95Basement3,528
275292Betty & Veronica Digest97$1.95Archie3,473
276267Milk5$2.95Radio3,438
277268Starchild Mythopolis5$2.95Image3,408
278269Archie's Pals n Gals Double Digest34$2.95Archie3,398
279270Dragon Wars2$2.95Ironcat3,393
280275Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Reprint Vol. 210$2.75Abstract3,383
281287Archie's Vacation Special6$2.25Archie3,368
282271Sinthia4$2.95Lightning3,272
283283Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt Betrayal$2.50Dark Horse3,262
284296Jughead107$1.75Archie3,262
285294Cartoon Network Presents12$1.95DC3,242
286272Reality Check10$2.95Sirius3,237
287257Snowman 22$3.50Avatar3,197
288274Jughead's Double Digest53$2.95Archie3,177
289295Flintstones and Jetsons12$1.95DC3,172
290273Battlestar Galactica Variant Cover1$2.99Realm3,167
291277Land of Nod4$2.95Dark Horse3,147
292278Faith Encore Ed.1$2.95Lightning3,037
293299Nights into Dreams4$1.75Archie3,016
294289Thieves and Kings22$2.35I Box2,991
295279Gun Crisis1$2.95Ironcat2,921
296297Laugh Digest143$1.95Archie2,906
297282Shut Up and Die3$2.95Image2,851
298298Jughead with Archie Digest142$1.95Archie2,821
299284Love Drive1$2.95Ironcat2,745
300285Foot Soldiers5$2.95Image2,690




May 1998 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.

#1 #2 #4 #5

Diamond was still getting the kinks out of its trade paperback definition, with some expensive comic books making the list. The Spider-Man: Made Men issue, at $5.99, was classed as a graphic novel by Diamond and led the chart.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
12 Spider-Man: Made Men$5.99 Marvel13,893
24Spawn TPB VI$9.95Image7,689
317Tenth #0$5.00American6,028
418Mage The Hero Defined $5.00American5,978
55JLA: Rock of Ages Tp $9.95DC5,837
63Studio Secrets Wildstorm Approach To Comic Book Art$16.95Image4,763
76Essential Wolverine Vol. 3 $12.99Marvel4,342
820Uncle Scrooge #311$6.95Gladstone3,865
912Mage The Hero Defined Tp Vol. 1$9.95Image3,799
1010Strangers In Paradise Vol. 5: Immortal Enemies Tp$1.95Abstract3,247
1125Thor DFE Alternate Cover #1$6.95Dynamic Forces3,187
1213Mixxzine Pocket Manga Sailor Moon$11.95Mixxzine3,097
1326Walt Disney Comics and Stories #626$6.95Gladstone3,082
1414Simpsons Comics on Parade$11.95Bongo2,926
1522Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt$9.95Dark Horse2,449
168Bone Vol. 5: Rockjaw$22.95Cartoon2,449
177X-Men Visionaries: Chris Claremont$24.99Marvel2,249
1819Spirit of Wonder$12.95Dark Horse2,213
1930Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color #45$9.95Gladstone2,013
2031Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color #46$9.95Gladstone2,013
219Bring Back the Bad Guys$24.99Marvel1,983
2235XXXenophile Collected Vol. 4$9.95XXXenophile1,792
2315Elric: Stormbringer$17.95Dark Horse1,777
2456777: The Wrath Nude #3$6.00Avatar1,727
2538Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck #2$9.95Gladstone1,706