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November 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Amazing Spider-Man relaunched with a new #1 after 35 years, but the market's woes still continued.

This was a crazy month for Diamond's chart, as no less than sixteen non-comics items made the Top 300. The oversized Superman: Peace on Earth was not classed as a graphic novel, as other oversized books had and would be. The Mage collected editions, counted as graphic novels a month before, moved to the comics side. Billy Tucci's Battlebooks, which were comics-sized games, released, but were not classed with games, but rather with comics — and under the name of their Marvel licensor. Same for a group of four Marvel children's books. While their original locations have been retained below, only comics have been counted toward the aggregated comics and market share figures at left.

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-Men363$1.99Marvel136,591
2-Uncanny X-Men364$1.99Marvel136,044
3-X-Men83$1.99Marvel131,752
4-Amazing Spider-Man1$2.99Marvel124,903
5-Peter Parker Spider-Man1$2.99Marvel115,546
6-Spawn80$1.95Image107,473
7-Fathom4$2.50Image106,388
8-Wolverine133$1.99Marvel104,098
9-Avengers12$2.99Marvel100,068
10-JLA25$1.99DC92,178
11-Fantastic Four13$1.99Marvel82,225
12-Daredevil3$2.50Marvel81,687
13-Spider-Man Chapter 13$2.50Marvel79,574
14-Captain America13$1.99Marvel76,096
15-Avengers Forever2$2.99Marvel74,295
16-Mutant X4$1.99Marvel74,246
17-Webspinners Tales of Spider-Man1$2.99Marvel73,383
18-Iron Man12$1.99Marvel71,974
19-JLA Titans2$2.95DC71,582
20-Thor7$1.99Marvel71,155
21-Darkness20$2.50Image68,718
22-Witchblade28$2.50Image67,557
23-Spider-Girl4$1.99Marvel55,891
24-Generation X47$1.99Marvel55,607
25-Green Lantern108$1.99DC54,926
26-X-Force85$1.99Marvel54,922
27-Curse of the Spawn27$1.95Image54,860
28-X-Force86$1.99Marvel54,735
29-Superman Peace on Earth (misfile)$9.95DC55,158
30-X-Men Liberators3$2.99Marvel52,013
31-X-Man47$1.99Marvel50,795
32-Iron Man Captain America 98$3.50Marvel50,710
33-Thunderbolts22$1.99Marvel50,007
34-Captain America Sentinel of Liberty5$1.99Marvel49,732
35-Batman Hellboy Starman1$2.50DC49,140
36-Cable63$1.99Marvel49,127
37-Action Comics750$2.95DC48,958
38-Kiss The Psycho Circus15$2.25Image47,730
39-Captain America Citizen V 98$3.50Marvel47,352
40-Black Panther3$2.50Marvel46,988
41-Incredible Hulk472$1.99Marvel46,961
42-Inhumans3$2.99Marvel46,690
43-Superman141$1.99DC46,374
44-Buffy The Vampire Slayer3$2.95Dark Horse46,125
45-Punisher3$2.99Marvel46,080
46-Slingers2$1.99Marvel45,315
47-Superman Man of Steel85$1.99DC44,684
48-Batman561$1.99DC44,475
49-Young Justice4$2.50DC44,097
50-Superman & Batman Generations1$4.95DC43,999
51-Nightwing27$1.99DC43,777
52-Tales of the Darkness4$2.95Image43,167
53-Detective Comics728$1.99DC42,989
54-A Next4$1.99Marvel42,936
55-Gen 1335$2.50Image40,606
56-Preacher45$2.50DC40,597
57-Superman The Man of Tomorrow12$1.99DC40,490
58-Star Wars Crimson Empire II1$2.95Dark Horse40,383
59-Flash144$1.99DC40,085
60-Deadpool24$1.99Marvel39,062
61-Darkminds5$2.95Image37,679
62-Superman Doomsday Wars3$4.95DC37,368
63-J24$1.99Marvel36,927
64-Alpha Flight18$1.99Marvel35,940
65-Batman Shadow of the Bat81$1.99DC35,611
66-Lady Pendragon1$2.50Image35,068
67-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight114$1.99DC34,931
68-Martian Manhunter2$1.99DC34,610
69-Robin60$1.99DC34,197
70-Catwoman64$1.99DC34,117
71-Birds of Prey1$1.99DC33,934
72-Supergirl28$1.99DC32,805
73-Legends of the DC Universe12$1.99DC32,707
74-Battle Chasers Coll Ed$5.95Image31,924
75-Wonder Woman140$1.99DC31,528
76-Marvel Remix Fantastic Four1$2.99Marvel30,866
77-Gen 13 Magical Drama Queen Roxy2$3.50Image30,825
78-Star Wars Mara Jade By The Emperors Hand4$2.95Dark Horse30,568
79-Stone4$2.50Image29,834
80-Young Justice Secret Files1$4.95DC28,668
81-Lady Death11$2.95Chaos28,508
82-Batman Chronicles15$2.95DC28,250
83-Starman49$2.50DC28,250
84-Rampaging Hulk6$1.99Marvel28,210
85-Superman Silver Banshee (resolicited)2$2.25DC27,681
86-Star Wars Jedi Academy Leviathan2$2.95Dark Horse27,419
87-Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Redemption5$2.95Dark Horse27,388
88-Heroes For Hire19$1.99Marvel27,121
89-Aquaman51$1.99DC26,525
90-Batman Judge Dredd Die Laughing2$4.95DC25,889
91-Batman Dark Knight of the Round Table2$4.95DC25,809
92-Wildcore9$2.50Image25,742
93-Vampirella Hell On Earth3$2.95Harris24,937
94-Hellcop2$2.50Image24,310
95-Batman Toyman3$2.25DC24,172
96-Purgatori3$2.95Chaos24,034
97-Starman 80 Page Giant1$4.95DC23,843
98-Azrael Agent of the Bat48$2.25DC23,776
99-Grendel Black White and Red1$3.95Dark Horse23,349
100-Hitman33$2.50DC22,406
101-Superboy58$1.99DC22,353
102-Savage Dragon55$2.50Image22,144
103-Crypt of Dawn5$2.95Sirius21,850
104-Aria Preview1$2.95Image21,837
105-Girl Who Would Be Death2$2.50DC21,303
106-Hellblazer133$2.50DC21,290
107-Chastity Rocked2$2.95Chaos21,179
108-Bone35$2.95Cartoon21,010
109-Legion of Super Heroes111$2.50DC20,890
110-Vertigo Winters Edge II$6.95DC20,712
111-Legionnaires67$2.50DC20,685
112-Warlock3$2.99Marvel20,627
113-Batman The Gotham Adventures8$1.99DC20,298
114-Danger Girl The Dangerous Collection #2 (misfile)$5.95Image19,618
115-DV824$2.50Image19,204
116-Strangers In Paradise Vol. III19$2.75Abstract19,062
117-Pitt Crew2$2.50Full Bleed19,004
118-Darkchylde Original Remastered3$2.50Image18,697
119-Books of Magic56$2.50DC18,671
120-Jim Lees C238$2.50Image18,662
121-Dreaming32$2.50DC18,448
122-Power of Shazam45$2.50DC18,421
123-Impulse44$2.25DC18,164
124-Cremator Hells Guardian1$2.95Chaos17,995
125-Union Jack2$2.99Marvel17,941
126-Sailor Moon2$2.95Mixx17,572
127-Arsenal4$2.50DC17,354
128-Youngblood (resolicited)3$2.50Awesome17,323
129-DCu Holiday Bash III$4.95DC17,234
130-Invisibles Volume 221$2.50DC16,807
131-Transmetropolitan17$2.50DC16,287
132-Evil Ernie6$2.95Chaos16,198
133-Resurrection Man20$2.50DC15,731
134-Painkiller Jane0$3.95Event15,651
135-Heart Throbs1$2.95DC15,121
136-Fighting American Dogs of War3$2.50Awesome14,917
137-Vamps Pumpkin Time2$2.50DC14,775
138-Deity II Catseye1$2.95Awesome14,743
139-Superman Adventures27$1.99DC14,628
140-Ghost Vol. 23$2.95Dark Horse14,365
141-Conan Scarlet Sword2$2.99Marvel14,107
142-Lobo58$2.50DC13,422
143-Gazillion1$2.50Image13,165
144-Sandman Mystery Theatre69$2.50DC12,956
145-Oh My Goddess The Devil In Miss Urd1$3.50Dark Horse12,813
146-Spirit New Adventures8$3.50Kitchen Sink12,804
147-Minx4$2.50DC12,613
148-Deity Vol. 23$2.95Awesome12,408
149-More Than Mortal Sagas3$2.95Liar12,382
150-Daring Escapes3$2.50Image11,746
151-Stray Bullets17$2.95El Capitan11,096
152-Gunsmith Cats Bad Trip6$2.95Dark Horse10,954
153-Dragonball Z9$2.95Viz10,634
154-Kabuki Reflections2$4.95Image10,505
155-Masakazu Katsuras Shadow Lady I Dangerous Love2$2.50Dark Horse10,443
156-Blade of the Immortal On Silent Wings (7 of 8)27$2.95Dark Horse10,389
157-Terminator3$2.95Dark Horse10,185
158-Guns of the Dragon4$2.50DC10,154
159-Subhuman1$2.95Dark Horse9,958
160-Ranma 1/2 Part Seven10$2.95Viz9,922
161-Dragonball9$2.95Viz9,784
162-Sailor Moon (reoffered)1$2.95Mixx9,629
163-Chronos10$2.50DC9,384
164-Pokemon The Electric Tale of Pikachu1$3.25Viz9,322
165-Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Three4$2.95Viz9,273
166-Ticks Big Yule Log Special 99$3.50New England9,193
167-Cerebus236$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim9,122
168-Divine Right Coll Ed #2 (misfile)$5.95Image9,113
169-Usagi Yojimbo25$2.95Dark Horse8,757
170-Nio1$2.50Acclaim8,753
171-Poison Elves41$2.50Sirius8,668
172-Battlebooks Wolverine (misfile)$3.99Marvel8,642
173-Starship Troopers Dominant Species4$2.95Dark Horse8,615
174-Elfquest30$4.95Warp8,517
175-Stargods Reg Ed3$2.95Antarctic8,081
176-Battlebooks Spider-Man (misfile)$3.99Marvel8,036
177-Sonic The Hedgehog67$1.75Archie7,894
178-Shevas War4$2.95DC7,645
179-Lodoss War Grey Witch1$2.95CPM7,636
180-Mage The Hero Discovered Coll Ed Book 3 (misfile)$5.95Image7,636
181-Mage The Hero Discovered Coll Ed Book 4 (misfile)$4.95Image7,592
182-Nightwarriors Darkstalkers Revenge1$2.95Viz7,160
183-Carvers2$2.95Image7,063
184-Automation3$2.95Image7,049
185-Battlestar Galactica Special Ed No Memory of Earth1$2.99Realm7,049
186-Battlebooks Spider-Girl (misfile)$3.99Marvel6,924
187-Drakuun The Hidden War (2 of 6)20$2.95Dark Horse6,916
188-Battlebooks Captain America (misfile)$3.99Marvel6,849
189-Battlebooks Thor (misfile)$3.99Marvel6,728
190-Warrior Nun Resurrection Reg Ed1$2.95Antarctic6,689
191-Crow Razor Kill The Pain Finale$3.00London Night6,662
192-Battlebooks Iron Man (misfile)$3.99Marvel6,568
193-Essential Vertigo The Sandman30$2.25DC6,520
194-Bulletproof Monk1$2.95Image6,462
195-Slayers2$2.95CPM6,235
196-Tattered Banners3$2.95DC6,155
197-Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale Part Two5$3.25Viz6,031
198-Knuckles21$1.75Archie5,951
199-Scary Godmother Holiday Spooktacular$2.95Sirius5,888
200-Sabrina The Teenage Witch22$1.75Archie5,759
201-No Need For Tenchi Part Six1$3.25Viz5,639
202-Secret Plot Deep6$3.50Fantagraphics5,515
203-Scooby-Doo18$1.99DC5,506
204-Dark Horse Presents137$2.95Dark Horse5,470
205-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles19$2.95Image5,444
206-Battlebooks Elektra (misfile)$3.99Marvel5,438
207-Battlebooks Citizen V (misfile)$3.99Marvel5,300
208-Age of Bronze1$2.95Image5,137
209-Robotech11$2.95Antarctic5,039
210-Mixxzine Vol. 23$4.99Mixx4,990
211-Silky Whip8$3.50Fantagraphics4,977
212-Animaniacs44$1.99DC4,834
213-Marvel Authtx Amaz Spider-Man1 Prtd Sketch Cover$6.00Marvel4,768
214-Savage Dragon Archives3$2.95Image4,701
215-Spartan X3$2.95Image4,697
216-Maison Ikkoku Part Eight4$3.50Viz4,639
217-Marvel Collectible Classics Giant Sized X-Men1$10.00Marvel4,568
218-A Distant Soil27$2.95Image4,554
219-Vault of Horror26$2.50Gemstone4,474
220-Archie480$1.75Archie4,447
221-Original Bondage Fairies1$3.50Fantagraphics4,443
222-Areala Angel of War2$2.95Antarctic4,381
223-Betty & Veronica132$1.75Archie4,327
224-Voice of Submission6$3.50Fantagraphics4,301
225-Gold Digger46$2.95Antarctic4,172
226-Cuda2$3.50Avatar4,007
227-Looney Tunes48$1.99DC4,007
228-Betty70$1.75Archie3,927
229-X-Men Manga19$2.99Marvel3,909
230-Measles1$2.95Fantagraphics3,847
231-Veronica84$1.75Archie3,834
232-Archie Double Digest105$2.95Archie3,820
233-Legend of Lemnear11$2.95CPM3,763
234-Spider-Man Manga24$2.99Marvel3,745
235-Valor4$2.50Gemstone3,669
236-Luftwaffe 1946 World War II Special Vol. 2$3.95Antarctic3,660
237-Geisha3$2.95Oni3,642
238-Cartoon Network Presents17$1.99DC3,625
239-Cheryl Blossom19$1.75Archie3,620
240-Spider-Man Manga25$2.99Marvel3,598
241-X-Men Manga20$2.99Marvel3,567
242-Akiko30$2.50Sirius3,549
243-Warrior Nun Black & White15$2.95Antarctic3,500
244-Spicecapades$4.95Fantagraphics3,496
245-Crime Suspenstories25$2.50Gemstone3,420
246-Sheena Queen of the Jungle Bound3$3.00London Night3,393
247-Urotsukidoji Legend of the Overfiend5$2.95CPM3,362
248-Midnight Panther Feudal Fantasy3$2.95CPM3,349
249-Archie & Friends33$1.75Archie3,322
250-Razor Gothic3$3.00London Night3,313
251-Marvel Collectible Classics Avengers1$10.00Marvel3,260
252-Milk8$2.95Radio3,247
253-New Vampire Miyu Vol. 32$2.95Ironcat3,233
254-Desperate Times3$2.95Image3,198
255-Jughead Double Digest57$2.95Archie3,189
256-Dark Horse Classics Godzilla King of the Monsters5$2.95Dark Horse3,180
257-Betty & Veronica Digest101$1.95Archie3,171
258-Dark Horse Classics Terror of Godzilla4$2.95Dark Horse3,167
259-Nobody1$2.95Oni3,158
260-Spider-Man Mysteries (misfile)$3.49Marvel3,137
261-Pals N Gals Double Digest38$2.95Archie3,135
262-X-Men Mutant Search$3.49Marvel3,133
263-Mask Toys In The Attic4$2.95Dark Horse3,127
264-Espers9$2.95Image3,100
265-Chibi Pop Manga3$3.95Chibi Pop3,082
266-Jughead113$1.75Archie3,029
267-Art of Tim Vigil Dark Utopia (resolicited)4$3.95Broken Halos3,020
268-Harvey Magazine For Kids1$2.95Harris2,940
269-Warhammer Monthly9$2.95Games Workshop2,935
270-Burner1$1.99JNCO2,891
271-Holiday Fun Digest3$1.95Archie2,891
272-Flintstones and The Jetsons17$1.99DC2,886
273-Fantastic Four Franklin's Adventure (misfile)$3.49Marvel2,826
274-Knights of the Dinner Table25$2.95Kenzer2,820
275-Dreamsmith Studios Book6$4.00Dreamsmith2,811
276-Siren3$2.95Image2,806
277-Thieves & Kings25$2.50I Box2,677
278-Cutie Honey 90 Vol. 26$2.95Ironcat2,651
279- Incredible Hulk Project H.I.D.E. (misfile) $3.49Marvel2,651
280-Jughead With Archie Digest146$1.95Archie2,593
281-Trouble Express1$2.95Radio2,566
282-Kid Terrific1$2.95Image2,566
283-Futabakun Change5$2.95Ironcat2,535
284-Dragon Wars8$2.95Ironcat2,482
285-Children of the Dead1$2.95Midnight2,406
286-Demon Beast Invasion The Fallen3$2.95CPM2,402
287-Empty Zone4$2.50Sirius2,384
288-Gear1$2.95Fireman2,353
289-Femme Kabuki1$2.95Ironcat2,322
290-Re Gex 98 Convention Special$5.00Awesome2,286
291-Monster Island1$3.95Compass2,206
292-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 33$2.95Ironcat2,202
293-Hyper Dolls4$2.95Ironcat2,099
294-Missive Device Donnas Day$2.25Slab-O-Concrete2,059
295-Virtual Bang4$2.95Ironcat2,059
296-Apollo Smile3$2.95Eagle Wing2,010
297-Starman Secret Files1$4.95DC1,984
298-Stargods Dlx Ed3$5.95Antarctic1,846
299-Weird Sex$2.95Fantagraphics1,841
300-Genus Spotlight Skunkwork Girls2$2.95Radio1,828




November 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 #1 #2 #3

Had Superman: Peace on Earth been included in this category, it would have been the top book of the month.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Crisis On Infinite Earths HC & Slipcase $99.95DC9,237
25Sin City Booze Broads & Bullets $15.00Dark Horse8,450
32Batman Crimson Mist HC $24.95DC7,694
412Spawn VII$9.95Image6,271
520Dynamic Forces Danger Girl Alt Cvr #5 $6.95Dynamic5,817
66Essential Avengers Vol. 1 $14.95Marvel5,364
78Darkness Dlx Coll Ed$14.95Image5,172
811JLA Strength In Numbers $12.95DC5,017
913Green Lantern Emerald Knights $12.95DC4,661
103Intron Depot 2 Blades$37.95Dark Horse4,505
1118JLA World Without Grownups $9.95DC4,474
1229Dynamic Forces Amazing Spider-Man Alt Cvr #1 $6.95Dynamic4,310
137You Are Here$19.95DC4,012
1416Sailor Moon Pocket Manga #2 $11.95Mix4,007
1533Dynamic Forces Peter Parker Spider-Man Alt Cvr #1 $6.95Dynamic3,834
1610Star Wars Crimson Empire $17.95Dark Horse3,771
1735Uncle Scrooge #317 $6.95Gladstone3,416
1828Groo Most Intelligent Man In The World $9.95Dark Horse3,087
1919Return of the Heroes $14.95Marvel2,904
2014Wildstorm Fine Arts The Gallery Coll$19.95Image2,886
2143Walt Disneys Comics #632 $6.95Gladstone2,873
2215Uncle Sam HC $17.95DC2,851
2317Avengers Under Seige $16.95Marvel2,664
244All Star Comics Archives Vol. 4 HC $49.95DC2,655
2534Dynamic Forces Danger Girl Gold Foil Ed #3 $10.00Dynamic2,384