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September 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


September 1998 was unique in that DC ran its "DC One Million" promotion, in which the supposed millionth issues of each series appeared.

While solicited for this month, top five books Danger Girl #5 and and Battle Chasers #5 did not come out from Image, due to Wildstorm's sale to DC. The books would chart again in February. The orders shown below were cancelled. February's orders would be lower, a consequence of the time of year and fewer retailers being around.

Diamond did release dollar rankings for the Top 250 comics; these will be added at a later date.

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
1-Uncanny X-Men361$1.99Marvel138,138
2-X-Men81$1.99Marvel132,371
3-Danger Girl5$2.50Image117,668
4-Spawn78$1.95Image110,227
5-Battle Chasers5$2.50Image107,360
6-Avengers10$1.99Marvel104,389
7-Wolverine131$1.99Marvel102,274
8-Wolverine130$1.99Marvel100,453
9-JLA1000000$1.99DC100,278
10-Daredevil1$2.50Marvel91,654
11-Fantastic Four11$1.99Marvel87,991
12-DC One Million1$2.95DC85,740
13-Captain America11$1.99Marvel82,698
14-DC One Million2$1.99DC81,744
15-DC One Million3$1.99DC80,588
16-Mutant X2$1.99Marvel80,059
17-DC One Million4$1.99DC79,956
18-Iron Man10$1.99Marvel78,571
19-Thor5$1.99Marvel74,237
20-Witchblade26$2.50Image70,808
21-Amazing Spider-Man441$1.99Marvel69,053
22-Darkness18$2.50Image68,535
23-Peter Parker Spider-Man98$1.99Marvel68,241
24-Peter Parker Spider-Man97$1.99Marvel65,411
25-Crimson5$2.50Image64,752
26-Spectacular Spider-Man263$1.99Marvel63,650
27-Captain America Sentinel of Liberty3$1.99Marvel61,835
28-Buffy The Vampire Slayer1$2.95Dark Horse61,383
29-X-Men Liberators1$2.99Marvel60,990
30-JLA Year One11$1.99DC60,679
31-Green Lantern1000000$1.99DC59,922
32-Curse of Spawn25$1.95Image58,559
33-Generation X44$1.99Marvel58,352
34-Spider-Girl2$1.99Marvel58,194
35-Superman1000000$1.99DC57,894
36-Punisher1$2.99Marvel57,589
37-Action Comics1000000$1.99DC57,212
38-Sensational Spider-Man33$1.99Marvel57,147
39-X-Force83$1.99Marvel57,131
40-Black Panther1$2.50Marvel56,482
41-Inhumans1$2.99Marvel56,264
42-Superman Man of Steel1000000$1.99DC56,177
43-Adventures of Superman1000000$1.99DC55,724
44-Divine Right (resolicited)7$2.50Image55,664
45-Batman1000000$1.99DC54,514
46-Incredible Hulk470$1.99Marvel53,762
47-Superman The Man of Tomorrow1000000$1.99DC53,157
48-X-Man44$1.99Marvel52,143
49-Detective Comics1000000$1.99DC52,121
50-Nightwing1000000$1.99DC51,832
51-Young Justice1000000$2.50DC51,232
52-Cable60$1.99Marvel50,649
53-Cable61$1.99Marvel50,087
54-Ascension10$2.50Image48,550
55-JLA In Crisis Secret Files1$4.95DC47,503
56-Flash1000000$1.99DC46,958
57-A Next2$1.99Marvel46,947
58-Kiss The Psycho Circus13$2.25Image46,239
59-3005$3.95Dark Horse45,426
60-Batman Shadow of the Bat1000000$1.99DC45,279
61-Gen 1333$2.50Image45,143
62-Thunderbolts20$1.99Marvel44,532
63-J22$1.99Marvel43,230
64-Robin1000000$1.99DC42,843
65-Superman For All Seasons3$4.95DC42,614
66-Superman Doomsday Wars1$4.95DC42,532
67-Catwoman1000000$1.99DC42,025
68-Preacher43$2.50DC41,120
69-Supergirl1000000$1.99DC40,913
70-Wonder Woman1000000$1.99DC40,471
71-Martian Manhunter1000000$1.99DC39,653
72-Deadpool22$1.99Marvel39,081
73-Rampaging Hulk4$1.99Marvel38,716
74-Starman1000000$2.50DC37,173
75-Stone2$2.50Image36,830
76-Alpha Flight16$1.99Marvel36,470
77-Elseworlds Finest Supergirl & Batgirl$5.95DC35,603
78-Tenth13$2.50Image34,524
79-Jay & Silent Bob4$2.95Oni34,349
80-Green Arrow1000000$2.50DC34,344
81-Legends of the DCUniverse10$1.99DC33,701
82-Aquaman1000000$1.99DC33,690
83-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight112$1.99DC33,575
84-Darkminds3$2.50Image33,199
85-X-Files41$2.95Topps32,403
86-Spider-Man Unlimited22$2.99Marvel32,283
87-Purgatori1$2.95Chaos31,978
88-Azrael1000000$2.25DC31,662
89-Superman The Dark Side2$4.95DC31,384
90-Superboy1000000$1.99DC30,855
91-Hitman1000000$2.50DC30,184
92-Pitt19$2.50Full Bleed29,743
93-Lady Death9$2.95Chaos29,661
94-Legion of Super Heroes1000000$2.50DC29,339
95-What If?114$2.50Marvel29,329
96-Legionnaires1000000$2.50DC29,269
97-Star Wars Mara Jade By The Emperors Hand2$2.95Dark Horse29,170
98-Alpha Flight Inhumans 98$3.50Marvel29,165
99-Batman Toyman1$2.25DC28,914
100-Painkiller Jane Darkchylde1$2.95Event28,718
101-Catwoman Wildcat4$2.50DC27,421
102-Resurrection Man1000000$2.50DC27,404
103-Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Redemption3$2.95Dark Horse27,311
104-Power of Shazam1000000$2.50DC27,224
105-Mage The Hero Defined12$2.50Image27,055
106-Heroes For Hire17$1.99Marvel27,055
107-Impulse1000000$2.25DC26,674
108-Xena Warrior Princess Wrath of Hera1$2.95Topps26,630
109-Warlock1$2.99Marvel26,221
110-Batman Two Faces$4.95DC26,118
111-Silver Surfer146$1.99Marvel25,551
112-Daring Escapes1$2.50Image24,668
113-Star Wars X-Wing Rogue/Mandatory Retrmt3$2.95Dark Horse23,883
114-Jim Lees C236$2.50Image23,550
115-Dv822$2.50Image22,689
116-Sunfire & Big Hero Six3$2.50Marvel22,683
117-Blade1$3.50Marvel22,318
118-Savage Dragon53$2.50Image21,947
119-Batman The Gotham Adventures6$1.99DC21,762
120-Vampirella Hell On Earth1$2.95Harris21,560
121-Bone34$2.95Cartoon21,429
122-Lobo1000000$2.50DC21,315
123-Hellblazer131$2.50DC21,102
124-Re Gex0$2.50Awesome21,086
125-Blade2$2.99Marvel21,064
126-Chase1000000$2.50DC20,961
127-Stormwatch11$2.50Image20,922
128-Fighting American Dogs of War1$2.50Awesome20,639
129-Quicksilver13$1.99Marvel20,459
130-Marvel Universe6$1.99Marvel20,410
131-Bart Simpsons Treehouse of Horror4$2.50Bongo20,257
132-Books of Magic54$2.50DC19,412
133-Darkchylde Original Remastered2$2.50Image19,391
134-Dreaming30$2.50DC19,303
135-Ka Zar19$1.99Marvel18,867
136-Arsenal2$2.50DC18,655
137-Chronos1000000$2.50DC18,437
138-Young Heroes In Love1000000$2.50DC17,902
139-Evil Ernie4$2.95Chaos17,352
140-Invisibles Volume 220$2.50DC17,199
141-Ghost Vol. 21$2.95Dark Horse17,030
142-Nighthawk3$2.50Marvel16,632
143-Superman Adventures25$1.99DC16,054
144-Transmetropolitan15$2.50DC15,907
145-Creeper1000000$2.50DC15,804
146-Terminator1$2.95Dark Horse15,705
147-Aliens Vs Predator Eternal4$2.50Dark Horse15,678
148-Leave It To Chance12$2.95Image15,536
149-Deity Vol. 21$2.95Hyperwerks15,019
150-Conan Return of Styrm3$2.99Marvel15,013
151-More Than Mortal Sagas2$2.95Liar14,697
152-Minx2$2.50DC14,179
153-Spirit New Adventures6$3.50Kitchen Sink13,727
154-Omen Vexed$2.95Chaos13,361
155-Legion Science Police4$2.25DC13,350
156-Dragonball Z7$2.95Viz13,252
157-Sandman Mystery Theatre67$2.50DC13,067
158-Guns of the Dragon2$2.50DC12,522
159-Marvel Dec 98 Consumer Edition6$1.25Marvel12,516
160-Hardcore Station5$2.50DC12,435
161-Oh My Goddess Sorrow Fear Not$3.95Dark Horse12,326
162-Dragonball7$2.95Viz12,244
163-Sergio Aragones Boogeyman4$2.95Dark Horse11,437
164-Strange Tales3$4.99Marvel11,301
165-Gunsmith Cats Bad Trip4$2.95Dark Horse11,301
166-Curse of Dracula3$2.95Dark Horse10,908
167-Automation1$2.95Image10,799
168-Marvel Halloween Supernaturals Tour Book$2.99Marvel10,756
169-Timeslip Collection$2.99Marvel10,636
170-Blade of the Immortal On Silent Wings5$2.95Dark Horse10,581
171-Capt America Sentinel ofLiberty Roughcut Ed1$2.99Marvel10,554
172-Ticks Big Back To School Special1$3.50New England10,450
173-Ranma 1/2 Part Seven8$2.95Viz9,862
174-Starship Troopers Dominant Species2$2.95Dark Horse9,802
175-Jonny Double3$2.95DC9,589
176-Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Three2$2.95Viz9,404
177-Stargods2$2.95Antarctic9,338
178-Hate Jamboree$3.95Fantagraphics9,273
179-Sonic Super Special7$2.25Archie9,142
180-Cerebus234$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim9,120
181-Poison Elves39$2.50Sirius8,722
182-Elfquest28$4.95Warp8,700
183-Shevas War2$2.95DC8,679
184-Mask of Zorro3$2.95Image8,553
185-Six String Samurai1$2.95Awesome8,477
186-Battlestar Galactica Search For Sanctuary1$2.99Realm8,461
187-Usagi Yojimbo23$2.95Dark Horse8,401
188-Tattered Banners1$2.95DC8,199
189-From Hell Dance of the Gull Catchers$4.95Kitchen Sink7,785
190-Sonic The Hedgehog65$1.75Archie7,752
191-Satanika11$3.95Verotik7,714
192-Crow Razor Kill The Pain4$3.00London Night7,136
193-Essential Vertigo The Sandman28$2.25DC6,765
194-Pinky and The Brain27$1.99DC6,580
195-Dead Corps(E)3$2.50DC6,482
196-Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale Part Two3$3.25Viz6,264
197-Lenore3$2.95Slave Labor6,264
198-Areala Angel of War1$2.95Antarctic6,111
199-New Bondage Fairies Fairie Fetish7$2.95Fantagraphics6,089
200-Knuckles19$1.75Archie6,046
201-Sabrina The Teenage Witch20$1.75Archie5,920
202-Decapitator4$2.95Dark Horse5,904
203-Spartan X1$2.95Image5,893
204-Mixxzine Vol. 22$4.99Mixx5,702
205-Scooby-Doo16$1.99DC5,522
206-No Need For Tenchi Part Five4$3.25Viz5,511
207-Marvel Adv20$1.50Marvel5,495
208-Robotech10$2.95Antarctic5,359
209-Secret Plot Deep4$2.95Fantagraphics5,282
210-Scatterbrain4$2.95Dark Horse5,113
211-Dark Horse Presents135$3.95Dark Horse4,988
212-Geisha1$2.95Oni4,950
213-Animaniacs42$1.99DC4,906
214-XXXenophile11$3.50XXXenophile4,732
215-Silky Whip6$3.50Fantagraphics4,694
216-Maison Ikkoku Part Eight2$3.50Viz4,661
217-Robotech Covert Ops2$2.95Antarctic4,579
218-Robotech Wings of Gibraltar2$2.95Antarctic4,530
219-Haunt of Fear25$2.50Gemstone4,492
220-A Distant Soil26$2.95Image4,437
221-Archie478$1.75Archie4,432
222-X-Men Manga16$3.99Marvel4,427
223-Luba3$2.95Fantagraphics4,394
224-Mask Toys In The Attic2$2.95Dark Horse4,307
225-Betty & Veronica130$1.75Archie4,203
226-Dark Horse Class Godzilla King of the Monsters3$2.95Dark Horse4,176
227-Gold Digger44$2.95Antarctic4,089
228-Whiteout3$2.95Oni4,056
229-Voice of Submission4$2.95Fantagraphics4,039
230-Raw Media Quarterly1$4.95Avatar4,029
231-Looney Tunes46$1.99DC4,018
232-Sock Monkey1$2.95Dark Horse4,007
233-The Book of Ants$2.95Dark Horse4,001
234-Valor2$2.50Gemstone3,941
235-Betty68$1.75Archie3,936
236-Dark Horse Classics Terror of Godzilla2$2.95Dark Horse3,936
237-X-Men Chrom Classics Death of the Phoenix$10.00Marvel3,920
238-Legend of Lemnear9$2.95CPM3,843
239-Betty & Veronica Double Digest76$2.95Archie3,832
240-Warrior Nun Black & White13$2.95Antarctic3,827
241-Marvel Authentix Daredevil Prtd Sketch Cover1$6.00Marvel3,811
242-Razor Gothic2$3.00London Night3,794
243-Biz Ge Rouge San Diego Special1/2$2.95Verotik3,772
244-Archie Double Digest104$2.95Archie3,756
245-Frontline Combat14$2.50Gemstone3,718
246-Veronica82$1.75Archie3,707
247-Gold Digger Annual 1998$3.95Antarctic3,691
248-Midnight Panther Feudal Fantasy1$2.95CPM3,642
249-Urotsukidoji Legend of the Overfiend3$2.95CPM3,587
250-Betty & Veronica Digest100$1.95Archie3,462
251-Akiko28$2.50Sirius3,418
252-Pals N Gals Double Digest37$2.95Archie3,374
253-Archie & Friends32$1.75Archie3,342
254-Espers8$2.95Image3,238
255-New Vampire Miyu Vol. 26$2.95Ironcat3,211
256-Warhammer Monthly7$2.95Games Workshop3,107
257-Archie Digest159$1.95Archie3,102
258-Threshold8$4.95Avatar3,036
259-Jughead111$1.75Archie2,993
260-Milk7$2.95Radio2,976
261-Siren2$2.95Image2,966
262-Enchanted The Awakening2$2.95Sirius2,949
263-Cutie Honey 90 Vol. 24$2.95Ironcat2,895
264-Flintstones and The Jetsons (resolicited)15$1.99DC2,884
265-Cartoon Network Presents15$1.99DC2,867
266-Demon Beast Invasion The Fallen1$2.95CPM2,862
267-Empty Zone3$2.50Sirius2,818
268-Age of Heroes5$2.95Image2,807
269-Thieves & Kings24$2.35I Box2,698
270-Jughead With Archie Digest145$1.95Archie2,655
271-Spx 98 Comic$4.95Small Press Expo2,655
272-Dracula Vs Zorro Reprint1$2.95Image2,584
273-Dragon Wars6$2.95Ironcat2,551
274-Munsters Special1$2.95TV2,420
275-Batman Batgirl (reorders)1$1.95DC2,399
276-Bitch In Heat6$2.95Fantagraphics2,393
277-Hyper Dolls2$2.95Ironcat2,328
278-Book Handbook1$1.95Dreamsmith2,290
279-Knights of the Dinner Table23$2.95Kenzer2,279
280-Eddie Campbells Bacchus38$2.95Eddie Campbell2,235
281-Virtual Bang2$2.95Ironcat2,208
282-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 31$2.95Ironcat2,197
283-Vault of Whores1$2.95Fantagraphics2,197
284-Battlestar Galactica 20 Yahren Comm Ed1$4.99Realm2,186
285-Black Jack Special Operation Down Under$3.50Viz2,181
286-Rat Bastard (resolicited)5$1.95Crusade2,170
287-Double Impact Bikini Special1$3.00ABC2,012
288-Double Impact One Step Beyond1$3.00ABC2,006
289-Resurrection Man Second Printing (reorders)1$2.50DC2,006
290-Tranquility1$2.50Dreamsmith1,995
291-Sherlock Holmes Reader1$3.95Caliber1,995
292-Captain Dingleberry2$2.95Underhanded1,952
293-Flamehead2$1.99JNCO1,946
294-Futabakun Change3$2.95Ironcat1,930
295-Apollo Smile2$2.95Eagle Wing1,913
296-Three Geeks8$3.50Three Finger1,875
297-Love Drive5$2.95Ironcat1,870
298-Speed Tribes1$2.95Nemicron1,853
299-Archie and Friends Halloween Tale Bundle$3.00Archie1,804
300-Evil Eye2$2.95Fantagraphics1,761

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September 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.

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The Star Wars Manga adaptations continued to perform well.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
12Star Wars A New Hope Manga #3$9.95Dark Horse11,622
26Buffy The Vampire Slayer Dust Waltz $9.95Dark Horse8,074
33Preacher Dixie Fried$14.95DC7,125
410Witchblade Darkness Family Ties Coll Ed$9.95Image6,160
518Ascension Collected Ed #2$4.95Image6,073
67Kiss Psycho Circus$12.95Image5,588
74Astro City Family Album$19.95Image5,173
89Jack Kirbys Mr Miracle $12.95DC4,944
919Slaine The Horned God Vol. 3 $6.99Verotik4,012
1021Uncle Scrooge #315$6.95Gladstone3,533
115Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess Stardust HC$29.95DC3,173
1244Divine Right #5 Pacific Comicon Var Cvr Ed$4.00Image3,107
1326Dynamic Forces Darkchylde Painkiller Jane Alt Cvr $6.95Dynamic Forces2,971
1428Walt Disneys Comics #620$6.95Gladstone2,900
1533Dynamic Forces Daredevil Alternate Cover #1$6.95Dynamic Forces2,797
168Star Wars Dark Forces Jedi Knight GSA$24.95Dark Horse2,644
1734Quantum & Woody Holy S-Word Were Cnclld $7.95Acclaim2,388
1815X-Men Crossroads $15.95Marvel2,328
1925Dynamic Forces Danger Girl #2 Gold Foil Alternate Cover$10.00Dynamic Forces2,241
2029Uncle Scrooge Adventures In Color #55$9.95Gladstone2,017
2130Uncle Scrooge Adventures In Color #54$9.95Gladstone2,012
2232Uncle Scrooge Adventures In Color #56$9.95Gladstone1,995
2314Scary Godmother Revenge of Jimmy HC$19.95Sirius1,984
2417Dynamic Forces Darkchylde Legacy #1 Darkchrome Edition$15.95Dynamic Forces1,924
2543Dynamic Forces Punisher #1 Alternate Cover$6.95Dynamic Forces1,799