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December 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 Witchblade Tomb Raider 1 $2.95 Image 190,720
2 X-Men 85 $1.99 Marvel 135,558
3 Uncanny X-Men 365 $1.99 Marvel 134,677
4 X-Men 84 $1.99 Marvel 131,203
5 Gambit 1 $2.99 Marvel 117,437
6 Spawn 81 $1.95 Image 103,368
7 Amazing Spider-Man 2 $1.99 Marvel 102,477
8 Kingdom 1 $2.95 DC 101,097
9 Peter Parker Spider-Man 2 $1.99 Marvel 96,489
10 Wolverine 134 $1.99 Marvel 95,890
11 Kingdom 2 $2.95 DC 95,556
12 Wolverine 135 $1.99 Marvel 94,887
13 Avengers 13 $1.99 Marvel 94,752
14 JLA 26 $1.99 DC 89,255
15 Daredevil 4 $2.50 Marvel 83,414
16 Aria 1 $2.50 Image 81,425
17 Fantastic Four 14 $1.99 Marvel 78,655
18 Captain America 14 $1.99 Marvel 72,727
19 Spider-Man Chapter 1 4 $2.50 Marvel 71,920
20 Mutant X 5 $1.99 Marvel 70,934
21 Thor 8 $1.99 Marvel 70,730
22 Avengers Forever 3 $2.99 Marvel 70,113
23 JLA Titans 3 $2.95 DC 69,696
24 Iron Man 13 $2.99 Marvel 69,566
25 Kingdom Son of the Bat 1 $1.99 DC 68,224
26 Kingdom Planet Krypton 1 $1.99 DC 65,832
27 Kingdom Nightstar 1 $1.99 DC 65,680
28 Kingdom Kid Flash 1 $1.99 DC 65,541
29 Webspinners Tales Of Spider-Man 2 $2.50 Marvel 64,181
30 Kingdom Offspring 1 $1.99 DC 61,641
31 Tomb Raider Witchblade Revisited 1 $2.95 Image 59,622
32 Generation X 48 $1.99 Marvel 54,519
33 Spider-Girl 5 $1.99 Marvel 54,450
34 X-Force 87 $1.99 Marvel 53,182
35 Curse of the Spawn 28 $1.95 Image 52,774
36 Inhumans 4 $2.99 Marvel 52,101
37 Green Lantern 109 $1.99 DC 52,079
38 Buffy The Vampire Slayer 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 51,805
39 Wolverine Winter Special $2.99 Marvel 50,854
40 Star Wars 1 $2.50 Dark Horse 49,322
41 X-Men Liberators 4 $2.99 Marvel 49,274
42 Black Panther 4 $2.50 Marvel 48,774
43 X-Man 48 $1.99 Marvel 48,171
44 Doctor Strange 1 $2.99 Marvel 47,702
45 Superman 142 $1.99 DC 47,407
46 Punisher 4 $2.99 Marvel 47,285
47 Cable 64 $1.99 Marvel 47,202
48 Kiss Psycho Circus 16 $2.25 Image 47,146
49 Fantastic Four & Fantastic Four 98 $3.50 Marvel 47,098
50 Captain America Sentinel Of Liberty 6 $2.99 Marvel 45,457
51 Coven Vol. 2 1 $2.50 Awesome 45,296
52 Legends of the DC Universe Crisis On Infinite Earths $4.95 DC 45,157
53 Batman Hellboy Starman 2 $2.50 DC 44,779
54 Incredible Hulk 473 $1.99 Marvel 44,501
55 Action Comics 751 $1.99 DC 43,424
56 Batman 562 $1.99 DC 43,424
57 Nightwing 28 $1.99 DC 43,377
58 Adventures Of Superman 564 $1.99 DC 43,077
59 Thunderbolts 23 $1.99 Marvel 43,064
60 Team X 2000 $3.50 Marvel 42,734
61 Superman Man Of Steel 86 $1.99 DC 42,621
62 Detective Comics 729 $1.99 DC 42,408
63 Gen 13 36 $2.50 Image 42,187
64 Flash 145 $1.99 DC 41,605
65 Clerks Holiday Special $2.95 Oni 41,036
66 Young Justice 5 $2.50 DC 40,433
67 Preacher 46 $2.50 DC 40,120
68 A Next 5 $1.99 Marvel 39,794
69 Deadpool 25 $2.99 Marvel 39,703
70 Ascension 12 $2.50 Image 39,690
71 Superman & Batman Generations 2 $4.95 DC 38,548
72 Darkminds 6 $2.50 Image 37,810
73 Star Wars Crimson Empire II 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 36,459
74 J2 5 $1.99 Marvel 35,973
75 Spirit Of Tao 6 $2.50 Image 35,908
76 Batman Shadow of the Bat 82 $1.99 DC 35,443
77 Slingers 3 $1.99 Marvel 34,918
78 Earth X Sketchbook $3.99 Marvel 34,040
79 X-Men Universe Past Present & Future $2.99 Marvel 33,984
80 Alpha Flight 19 $1.99 Marvel 33,506
81 Catwoman 65 $1.99 DC 33,350
82 Lady Pendragon 2 $2.50 Image 33,350
83 Generation X Holiday Special $3.50 Marvel 33,311
84 Robin 61 $1.99 DC 33,281
85 Batman Legends of the Dark Knight 115 $1.99 DC 32,547
86 Martian Manhunter 3 $1.99 DC 32,412
87 Supergirl 29 $1.99 DC 31,709
88 Superman 80 Page Giant 1 $4.95 DC 31,704
89 Moon Knight 1 $2.99 Marvel 31,687
90 Legends of the DC Universe 13 $1.99 DC 31,274
91 Starman 50 $3.95 DC 30,623
92 Wonder Woman 141 $1.99 DC 30,432
93 Star Wars Mara Jade By The Emperors Hand 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 30,098
94 Gen 13 Magical Drama Queen Roxy 3 $3.50 Image 28,760
95 Birds Of Prey 2 $1.99 DC 28,552
96 Batman Beyond 1 $1.99 DC 28,369
97 Moon Knight 2 $2.99 Marvel 28,352
98 Pitt 20 $2.50 Full Bleed 27,661
99 Superman A Nation Divided $4.95 DC 27,657
100 Moon Knight 3 $2.99 Marvel 27,383
101 Lady Death 12 $2.95 Chaos 27,001
102 Moon Knight 4 $2.99 Marvel 26,945
103 Star Wars Jedi Academy Leviathan 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 26,919
104 Batman Beyond 2 $1.99 DC 26,489
105 Aquaman 52 $1.99 DC 25,503
106 Batman Reign Of Terror $4.95 DC 24,470
107 Star Wars The Jabba Tape $2.95 Dark Horse 24,344
108 Superboy 59 $1.99 DC 23,949
109 Hitman 34 $2.50 DC 23,910
110 Marvel Remix Fantastic Four Fireworks 2 $2.99 Marvel 23,679
111 Wildcore 10 $2.50 Image 23,584
112 DC Universe Heroes Secret Files 1 $4.95 DC 23,276
113 Azrael Agent of the Bat 49 $2.25 DC 23,137
114 Purgatori 4 $2.95 Chaos 22,924
115 Hellcop 3 $2.50 Image 22,906
116 Batman Toyman 4 $2.25 DC 21,334
117 Savage Dragon 56 $2.50 Image 21,308
118 Warlock 4 $2.99 Marvel 21,161
119 Gifts of the Night 1 $2.95 DC 20,779
120 Grendel Black White & Red 2 $3.95 Dark Horse 20,423
121 Legion Of Super Heroes 112 $2.50 DC 20,388
122 Hellblazer 134 $2.50 DC 20,310
123 Girl Who Would Be Death 3 $2.50 DC 20,231
124 Chastity Rocked 3 $2.95 Chaos 20,188
125 Legionnaires 68 $2.50 DC 20,097
126 Giant Sized Gambit $3.99 Marvel 19,832
127 Batman The Gotham Adventures 9 $1.99 DC 19,532
128 Simpsons Comics 40 $2.50 Bongo 19,485
129 DV8 25 $2.50 Image 19,472
130 Jonah Hex Shadows West 1 $2.95 DC 19,354
131 Strangers In Paradise Vol. III 20 $2.75 Abstract 18,755
132 Dreaming 33 $2.50 DC 18,438
133 Power Of Shazam 46 $2.50 DC 18,112
134 Books Of Magic 57 $2.50 DC 18,086
135 Union Jack 3 $2.99 Marvel 17,704
136 Impulse 45 $2.25 DC 17,530
137 Ash Fire & Crossfire 1 $2.95 Event 17,213
138 Sailor Moon 3 $2.95 Mixx 16,875
139 Resurrection Man 21 $2.50 DC 16,827
140 Re Gex 3 $2.50 Awesome 16,614
141 Invisibles Volume 2 22 $2.50 DC 16,579
142 Sergio Aragones Groo & Rufferto 1 $2.95 Dark Horse 16,449
143 Transmetropolitan 18 $2.50 DC 16,445
144 Evil Ernie 7 $2.95 Chaos 15,802
145 Smiley Anti Holiday Special $2.95 Chaos 14,287
146 Deity Vol. 2 $4.00 $2.95 Awesome 14,256
147 Superman Adventures 28 $1.99 DC 14,013
148 Deity II Catseye 2 $2.95 Awesome 13,996
149 Cremator Hells Guardian 2 $2.95 Chaos 13,683
150 Ghost Vol. 2 The Devil Inside (1 Of 3) 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 13,566
151 Conan Scarlet Sword 3 $2.99 Marvel 13,535
152 Fighting American Dogs Of War 4 $2.50 Awesome 13,505
153 Vamps Pumpkin Time 3 $2.50 DC 13,158
154 Lobo 59 $2.50 DC 13,036
155 Sandman Mystery Theatre 70 $2.50 DC 12,697
156 Dragonball Z Part Two 1 $2.95 Viz 12,259
157 House Of Secrets 25 (Res) $2.50 DC 12,133
158 Oh My Goddess The Devil In Miss Urd 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 12,128
159 Spirit New Adventures 9 $3.50 Kitchen Sink 11,937
160 J. O'Barr's The Crow: A Cycle Of Shattered Lives 0 $3.50 Kitchen Sink 11,916
161 Heart Throbs 2 $2.95 DC 11,707
162 Minx 5 $2.50 DC 11,707
163 More Than Mortal Truths & Legends 4 $2.95 Liar 11,672
164 Ghost Special Scary Monsters 3 $3.95 Dark Horse 11,386
165 Stray Bullets 18 $2.95 El Capitan 11,251
166 Dragonball 10 $2.95 Viz 10,244
167 Blade of the Immortal On Silent Wings (8 Of 8) 28 $2.95 Dark Horse 10,200
168 Masakazu Katsuras Shadow Lady I Dangerous Love 3 $2.50 Dark Horse 9,605
169 Poison Elves Color Special 1 $2.95 Sirius 9,549
170 Ranma 1/2 Part Seven 11 $2.95 Viz 9,540
171 The Terminator 4 $2.95 Dark Horse 9,536
172 Chronos Final Issue 11 $2.50 DC 9,375
173 Pokemon The Electric Tale Of Pikachu 2 $3.25 Viz 9,210
174 Tick Luny Bin Trilogy 3 $3.50 New England 9,032
175 Cerebus 237 $2.25 Aardvark-Vanaheim 8,985
176 Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Three 5 $2.95 Viz 8,885
177 Poison Elves 42 $2.50 Sirius 8,476
178 Daring Escapes 4 $2.50 Image 8,285
179 Elfquest 31 $4.95 Warp 8,146
180 Shevas War 5 $2.95 DC 7,686
181 Subhuman 2 $2.95 Dark Horse 7,573
182 Sonic The Hedgehog 68 $1.75 Archie 7,547
183 Faust 777 The Wrath 0 $3.00 Avatar 7,204
184 Battlestar Galactica Search For Sanctuary 3 $2.99 Realm 6,987
185 Sonic Super Special 8 $2.25 Archie 6,831
186 Lenore 4 $2.95 Slave Labor 6,796
187 Drakuun The Hidden War 3 $2.95 Dark Horse 6,653
188 Scud Tales From The Vending Machine 5 $2.50 Fireman 6,492
189 Essential Vertigo The Sandman 31 $2.25 DC 6,223
190 Satanika 10 (Res) $3.50 Verotik 5,927
191 Nio 2 $2.50 Acclaim 5,910
192 Knuckles 22 $1.75 Archie 5,862
193 Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale Part Two 6 $3.25 Viz 5,819
194 Oni Double Feature 10 $2.95 Oni 5,741
195 Slayers 3 $2.95 CPM 5,658
196 Sabrina The Teenage Witch 23 $1.75 Archie 5,606
197 Lodoss War Grey Witch 2 $2.95 CPM 5,589
198 Nightwarriors Darkstalkers Revenge 2 $3.25 Viz 5,571
199 Secret Plot Deep 7 $3.50 Fantagraphics 5,502
200 Scooby-Doo 19 $1.99 DC 5,432
201 Dark Horse Presents 138 $2.95 Dark Horse 5,406
202 No Need For Tenchi Part Six 2 $2.95 Viz 5,350
203 Black Hole 6 $4.50 Fantagraphics 5,302
204 Tattered Banners 4 $2.95 DC 5,263
205 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 20 $2.95 Image 5,241
206 Dark Ones Third Eye Vol. 2 $4.95 Sirius 5,198
207 Stargods Visions $2.95 Antarctic 5,133
208 Penny Century 4 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,924
209 Animaniacs 45 $1.99 DC 4,898
210 Silky Whip 9 $3.50 Fantagraphics 4,864
211 Savage Dragon Archives 4 $2.95 Image 4,846
212 Mixxzine 2/4 $4.99 Mixx 4,833
213 Carvers 3 $2.95 Image 4,646
214 Luba 4 $2.95 Fantagraphics 4,486
215 Maison Ikkoku Part Eight 5 $3.25 Viz 4,429
216 Robotech Final Fire 1 $2.95 Antarctic 4,399
217 Archie 481 $1.75 Archie 4,295
218 A Distant Soil 28 $2.95 Image 4,260
219 Betty & Veronica 133 $1.75 Archie 4,243
220 Voice Of Submission 7 $3.50 Fantagraphics 4,243
221 Haunt Of Fear 26 $2.50 Gemstone 4,230
222 Robotech Class Reunion 1 $3.95 Antarctic 4,190
223 Bulletproof Monk 2 $2.95 Image 4,091
224 Original Bondage Fairies 2 $3.50 Fantagraphics 4,008
225 Looney Tunes 49 $1.99 DC 3,930
226 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 78 $2.95 Archie 3,917
227 Geisha 4 $2.95 Oni 3,913
228 Betty 71 $1.75 Archie 3,843
229 Crime Suspenstories 26 $2.50 Gemstone 3,748
230 Archie Double Digest 106 $2.95 Archie 3,687
231 Frontline Combat 15 $2.50 Gemstone 3,661
232 Valor 5 $2.50 Gemstone 3,661
233 Legend Of Lemnear 12 $2.95 CPM 3,600
234 Supermodels In The Rainforest 2 $2.95 Sirius 3,583
235 Veronica 85 $1.75 Archie 3,578
236 Cheryl Blossom 20 $1.75 Archie 3,539
237 Akiko 31 $2.50 Sirius 3,496
238 Spider-Man Manga 27 $2.99 Marvel 3,418
239 Raw Media Quarterly 2 $4.95 Avatar 3,370
240 Spider-Man Manga 26 $2.99 Marvel 3,331
241 New Vampire Miyu Vol. 3 3 $2.95 Ironcat 3,270
242 X-Men Manga 21 $2.99 Marvel 3,270
243 Pals N Gals Double Digest 39 $2.95 Archie 3,244
244 Everette Hartsoes Razor Darkest Night 1 $4.95 London Night 3,218
245 Betty & Veronica Spectacular 34 $1.75 Archie 3,192
246 Mechanical Man Blues 1 $2.95 Radio 3,192
247 Midnight Panther Feudal Fantasy 4 $2.95 CPM 3,187
248 Ninja High School 66 $2.95 Antarctic 3,174
249 Knights of the Dinner Table 26 $2.95 Kenzer 3,101
250 X-Men Manga 22 $2.99 Marvel 3,096
251 Archie Digest 161 $1.95 Archie 3,087
252 Faust 777 The Wrath Wraparound Cover 0 $3.95 Avatar 3,061
253 Big Bang Comics 24 $2.95 Image 3,048
254 Urotsukidoji Legend of the Overfiend 6 $2.95 CPM 2,979
255 Warhammer Monthly 10 $2.95 Games Workshopp 2,935
256 Young Witches Empire Of Sin 3 $3.50 Fantagraphics 2,875
257 Desperate Times 4 $2.95 Image 2,870
258 Jughead 114 $1.75 Archie 2,840
259 Flintstones And The Jetsons 18 $1.99 DC 2,810
260 Dark Horse Classics Terror Of Godzilla 5 $2.95 Dark Horse 2,801
261 Dark Horse Classics Godzilla King of the Monsters 6 $2.95 Dark Horse 2,792
262 Cartoon Network Presents 18 $1.99 DC 2,766
263 Jinx Special $3.95 Image 2,727
264 Nobody 2 $2.95 Oni 2,666
265 Virtex 1 $2.50 Oktomica 2,636
266 Laugh Digest 147 $1.95 Archie 2,618
267 Futabakun Change 6 $2.95 Ironcat 2,401
268 High Stakes Adventure Reg Ed 1 $2.95 Antarctic 2,367
269 Genus 33 $2.95 Radio 2,328
270 Dragon Wars 9 $2.95 Ironcat 2,319
271 Ogenki Clinic Vol. 3 4 $2.95 Ironcat 2,275
272 Poe Color Special 1 $2.95 Sirius 2,241
273 Tigress 2 $2.95 Basement 2,206
274 Femme Kabuki 2 $2.95 Ironcat 2,154
275 Demon Beast Invasion The Fallen 4 $2.95 CPM 2,145
276 Threshold 11 $4.95 Avatar 2,119
277 Pete The Pod Postal Worker 7 $2.95 Sharkbait 2,089
278 Eddie Campbells Bacchus 40 $2.95 Eddie Campbell 2,076
279 Jailbait 1 $2.95 Fantagraphics 2,071
280 Channel Zero 6 $2.95 Image 2,067
281 Children of the Dead 2 $2.95 Midnight 2,015
282 Burner 2 $1.99 JNCO 1,963
283 Coven Menace San Diego Preview Book $5.00 Awesome 1,958
284 Virtual Bang 5 $2.95 Ironcat 1,954
285 Erotic Art Of Armando Huerta 1 $3.00 ABC 1,945
286 Gear 2 $2.95 Fireman 1,945
287 Harvey Magazine For Kids 2 $2.95 Harvey 1,945
288 Stargods Current Printing 1 $2.95 Antarctic 1,876
289 Hyper Dolls 5 $2.95 Ironcat 1,872
290 Captain Gravity 1 $2.75 Penny Farthing 1,854
291 Rat Bastard 6 $1.95 Crucial 1,789
292 Furrlough 72 $2.95 Radio 1,776
293 Alley Oop Adventures 3 $2.95 Antarctic 1,759
294 Munsters Golden Age Adventure $2.95 TV 1,724
295 Horrible Truth About Comics $2.95 Alternative 1,715
Some items were dropped from the list due to mis-classification.
Trade Paperback title Price Publisher Est. preorders
1 Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Manga #1 $9.95 Dark Horse 13,488
2 Justice League Of America The Nail $12.95 DC 6,110
3 Big Book Of Vice $14.95 DC 4,108
4 Uncle Scrooge #318 $6.95 Gladstone 3,548
5 Plastic Man Archives Vol. 1 HC $49.95 DC 3,248
6 Dynamic Forces Gambit Alt Cvr #1 $6.95 Dynamic Forces 3,192
7 Mage The Hero Defined Vol. 2 $9.95 Image 3,161
8 Vampirella 2999 A D Manga Ashcan $7.95 Harris 3,009
9 Walt Disney Comics #633 $6.95 Gladstone 2,988
10 Coven Vol. 2 Chrome Edition #1 $14.95 Awesome 2,779
11 Wildcats X-Men $19.95 Image 2,406
12 Leave It To Chance Vol. 2 $12.95 Image 2,267
13 Castle Waiting Curse ofBrambly Hedge Rev Ed $9.00 Olio 2,110
14 Lost Heroes #5 6 $7.95 Davdez 2,084
15 Dynamic Forces Danger Girl Gold Foil Ed #6 $10.00 Dynamic Forces 1,998
16 Faust 777 The Wrath Nude Cvr #0 $6.00 Avatar 1,954
17 Book Of Ballads HC $12.95 Green Man 1,954
18 Wolverine Not Dead Yet $14.95 Marvel 1,872
19 Astro City Confession New Ptg $19.95 Image 1,828
20 Women Of Manara $16.95 Heavy Metal 1,772
21 Dynamic Forces Coven #1 Alternate Cover $6.95 Dynamic Forces 1,754
22 Dynamic Forces Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2 Bldchrome Cvr $14.95 Dynamic Forces 1,698
23 Kingdom Come $14.95 DC 1,659
24 Caravan Kidd Vol. 3 $19.95 Dark Horse 1,654
25 Inu Yasha Vol. 3 $15.95 Viz 1,550




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