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January 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


A light month for new releases brought a wave of "offered again" titles onto the charts at the bottom (including a dozen back issues of Spawn); in accordances with practice at the time, those items were trimmed from the aggregate totals to retain apples-to-apples comparisons, but they have all been restored to the list below. Even with them added, it was a down month to kick off a slow year.

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-Men366$1.99Marvel139,010
2-X-Men86$1.99Marvel136,483
3-X-Men Magneto War$2.99Marvel107,684
4-Spawn82$1.95Image101,529
5-Earth X0$3.99Marvel96,719
6-Avengers14$1.99Marvel93,836
7-Wolverine136$1.99Marvel92,169
8-Fathom5$2.50Image90,060
9-JLA27$1.99DC89,882
10-Gambit2$2.99Marvel86,130
11-Amazing Spider-Man3$1.99Marvel83,891
12-Daredevil5$2.50Marvel83,670
13-Wildcats Vol. 21$2.50DC82,454
14-Peter Parker Spider-Man3$1.99Marvel78,485
15-Fantastic Four15$1.99Marvel76,986
16-Captain America15$1.99Marvel71,398
17-Avengers Forever4$2.99Marvel71,009
18-Iron Man14$1.99Marvel68,679
19-Thor9$1.99Marvel67,867
20-Mutant X6$1.99Marvel67,636
21-Spider-Man Chapter 15$2.50Marvel64,917
22-Witchblade29$2.50Image62,221
23-Titans1$2.50DC60,708
24-Darkness21$2.50Image59,045
25-Crimson8$2.50DC58,382
26-Aria2$2.50Image56,066
27-Batman No Mans Land Collectors Ed.$3.95DC54,337
28-Generation X49$1.99Marvel52,895
29-X-Force88$1.99Marvel52,285
30-X-Men Unlimited22$2.99Marvel51,473
31-Green Lantern110$1.99DC51,454
32-Inhumans5$2.99Marvel50,820
33-Buffy The Vampire Slayer Origin1$2.95Dark Horse49,974
34-Curse of the Spawn29$1.95Image49,854
35-Spider-Girl6$1.99Marvel49,796
36-X-Man49$1.99Marvel48,436
37-Buffy The Vampire Slayer5$2.95Dark Horse48,288
38-Batman563$1.99DC48,047
39-Divine Right9$2.50DC47,999
40-Thor 1999$3.50Marvel47,860
41-Webspinners Tales of Spider-Man3$2.50Marvel47,677
42-Cable65$1.99Marvel46,702
43-Astro City Vol. 216 (Res)$2.50DC46,664
44-Detective Comics730$1.99DC45,813
45-Black Panther5$2.50Marvel44,473
46-Nightwing29$1.99DC43,742
47-Thunderbolts24$1.99Marvel43,492
48-Incredible Hulk474$2.99Marvel42,695
49-Adventures of Superman565$1.99DC42,498
50-Star Wars Boba Fett Enemy of the Empire1$2.95Dark Horse42,431
51-Batman Shadow of the Bat83$1.99DC42,109
52-Action Comics752$1.99DC41,801
53-Captain America Sentinel of Liberty7$1.99Marvel41,498
54-Superman Man of Steel87$1.99DC41,138
55-Preacher47$2.50DC40,297
56-Green Lantern The New Corps1$4.95DC39,769
57-Young Justice6$2.50DC39,745
58-Star Wars2$2.50Dark Horse39,692
59-Flash146$1.99DC39,432
60-Gen 1337$2.50DC38,726
61-Superman & Batman Generations3$4.95DC38,380
62-Deadpool26$1.99Marvel38,303
63-Doctor Strange2$2.99Marvel38,068
64-Ascension13$2.50Image37,482
65-League of Extraordinary Gentlemen1$2.95DC36,665
66-A Next6$1.99Marvel36,429
67-Darkminds7$2.50Image35,771
68-Star Wars Crimson Empire II3$2.95Dark Horse35,622
69-Spirit of the Tao7$2.50Image34,066
70-Robin62$1.99DC33,830
71-Supermen of America Collectors Ed1$4.95DC32,533
72-Alpha Flight20$1.99Marvel32,432
73-J26$1.99Marvel32,413
74-Catwoman66$1.99DC32,302
75-Slingers4$1.99Marvel32,096
76-Supergirl30$1.99DC30,938
77-Star Wars Mara Jade By The Emperors Hand6$2.95Dark Horse30,279
78-Lady Pendragon3$2.50Image30,049
79-Martian Manhunter4$1.99DC29,703
80-Legends of the DC Universe14$3.95DC29,698
81-Supermans Nemesis Lex Luthor1$2.50DC29,117
82-Wonder Woman142$1.99DC28,487
83-Sandman Presents Lucifer1$2.95DC28,295
84-Starman51$2.50DC28,122
85-Batman Beyond1 (Res)$1.99DC27,920
86-Gen 13 Annual 99$3.50DC27,464
87-Birds of Prey3$1.99DC27,305
88-Star Wars Jedi Academy Leviathan4$2.95Dark Horse26,902
89-Tsunami Girl1$2.95Image26,863
90-Coven Vol. 22$2.50Awesome26,796
91-Undertaker Preview$2.50Chaos26,642
92-Titans Secret Files1$4.95DC26,513
93-Lady Death13$2.95Chaos26,431
94-Superboy60$1.99DC26,282
95-Aquaman53$1.99DC26,229
96-Azrael Agent of the Bat50$2.25DC26,191
97-Doctor Midnite1$5.95DC25,331
98-Trenchcoat Brigade1$2.50DC23,149
99-Hitman35$2.50DC22,054
100-Purgatori5$2.95Chaos21,751
101-Marvel Remix Fantastic Four Fireworks3$2.99Marvel21,612
102-Savage Dragon57$2.50Image21,098
103-Avengelyne Prelude$2.50Awesome20,704
104-Grendel Black White & Red3$3.95Dark Horse20,660
105-Bone36$2.95Cartoon20,459
106-Legion of Super Heroes113$2.50DC20,247
107-Hellcop4$2.50Image19,954
108-Legionnaires69$2.50DC19,795
109-Hellblazer135$2.50DC19,723
110-Chastity Rocked4$2.95Chaos19,651
111-Batman The Gotham Adventures10$1.99DC19,579
112-Fanboy1$2.50DC19,550
113-Girl Who Would Be Death4$2.50DC19,123
114-Teen Titans Annual 19671$4.95DC18,969
115-Strangers In Paradise Vol. III21$2.75Abstract18,935
116-Books of Magic58$2.50DC18,032
117-Impulse46$2.25DC17,960
118-Dreaming34$2.50DC17,830
119-Power of Shazam47$2.50DC17,297
120-Sailor Moon4$2.95Mixx17,086
121-Jonah Hex Shadows West2$2.95DC17,033
122-DV8 Annual 99$3.50DC17,033
123-Vext1$2.50DC16,855
124-Transmetropolitan19$2.50DC16,855
125-Gifts of the Night2$2.95DC16,538
126-Evil Ernie8$2.95Chaos15,615
127-Resurrection Man22$2.50DC15,548
128-Sergio Aragones Groo & Rufferto2$2.95Dark Horse14,914
129-James O'Barr's The Crow1$3.50Kitchen Sink14,477
130-Vampirella0 Vampirella Cvr$2.95Harris14,405
131-Pokemon The Electric Tale of Pikachu3$3.25Viz14,097
132-Cremator Hells Guardian3$2.95Chaos13,982
133-Superman Adventures29$1.99DC13,943
134-Aliens Apocalypse Destroying Angels1$2.95Dark Horse13,828
135-Deity II Catseye3$2.95Awesome13,564
136-Ghost Vol. 2 Stare At The Sun5$2.95Dark Horse13,472
137-Batman No Mans Land Standard Ed$2.95DC13,328
138-Lobo60$2.50DC12,862
139-Dragonball Z Part Two2$2.95Viz12,463
140-Oh My Goddess The Devil In Miss Urd3$2.95Dark Horse11,988
141-Gunsmith Cats Bean Bandit1$2.95Dark Horse11,541
142-Spirit New Adventures10$3.50Kitchen Sink11,358
143-Dragonball11$2.95Viz11,166
144-Minx6$2.50DC11,137
145-Re Gex Black & White1$2.95Awesome10,964
146-Blade of the Immortal Dark Shadows29$2.95Dark Horse10,743
147-Heart Throbs3$2.95DC10,604
148-Battlebooks Witchblade$3.99Crusade10,360
149-Vampirella0 Pantha Cvr$2.95Harris10,205
150-Supermen of America Standard Ed1$3.95DC9,734
151-Ranma 1/2 Part Seven12$2.95Viz9,576
152-Masakazu Katsuras Shadow Lady I Dangerous Love4$2.50Dark Horse9,278
153-Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Three6$3.25Viz8,937
154-Cerebus238$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim8,870
155-Artesia1$2.95Sirius8,586
156-Usagi Yojimbo Hairpin Murders26$2.95Dark Horse8,538
157-Poison Elves43$2.50Sirius8,394
158-Elfquest32$2.95Warp8,274
159-Faust 777 The Wrath1$3.50Avatar7,611
160-Subhuman3$2.95Dark Horse7,462
161-Sonic The Hedgehog69$1.79Archie7,130
162-Territory1$2.95Dark Horse6,928
163-Kabuki Classic1$3.95Image6,760
164-Battlebooks Shi Spirit of Benkei$3.99Crusade6,760
165-Drakuun The Hidden War22$2.95Dark Horse6,674
166-Mage The Hero Discovered Coll Ed Book V$4.95Image6,510
167-Mage The Hero Discovered Coll Ed Book VI$4.95Image6,477
168-Slayers4$2.95CPM6,318
169-Essential Vertigo The Sandman32$4.50DC5,963
170-Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale Part Two7$3.25Viz5,780
171-Optic Nerve6$2.95Drawn & Quarterly5,727
172-Knuckles23$1.79Archie5,660
173-Scooby-Doo20$1.99DC5,593
174-Battlestar Galactica Special Ed2 Centurion Prime$2.99Realm5,593
175-Warrior Nun Areala Razor Revenge Reg Ed$2.99Antarctic5,458
176-Sabrina The Teenage Witch24$1.79Archie5,434
177-Sex Philes1$3.95Fantagraphics5,401
178-Nightwarriors Darkstalkers Revenge3$2.95Viz5,401
179-No Need For Tenchi Part Six3$3.25Viz5,381
180-Lodoss War Grey Witch3$2.95CPM5,309
181-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles21$2.95Image5,179
182-Tales Calculated To Drive You Mad6$3.99DC5,127
183-Animaniacs Featuring Pinky and The Brain46$1.99DC5,107
184-Warrior Nun Resurrection Reg Ed2$2.99Antarctic5,040
185-Nio3$2.50Acclaim4,978
186-Silky Whip10$3.95Fantagraphics4,752
187-Tales From The Crypt27$2.50Gemstone4,723
188-Looney Tunes50$1.99DC4,555
189-Maison Ikkoku Part Eight6$3.25Viz4,459
190-Wonderlanders1$2.50Oktomica4,353
191-Castle Waiting8$2.95Olio4,324
192-Dark Horse Presents139$2.95Dark Horse4,252
193-Volcanic Revolver1$2.95Oni4,219
194-Gold Digger47$2.99Antarctic4,185
195-Iron Wings1$2.50Ace4,094
196-Archie482$1.79Archie4,017
197-Roswell(resolicitation) 6$2.95Bongo3,954
198-Original Bondage Fairies3$3.50Fantagraphics3,892
199-Betty & Veronica134$1.79Archie3,786
200-Age of Bronze2$2.95Image3,777
201-Betty72$1.79Archie3,565
202-Cuda3$3.50Avatar3,536
203-Spider-Man Manga28$2.99Marvel3,522
204-Bulletproof Monk3$2.95Image3,512
205-Spider-Man Manga29$2.99Marvel3,483
206-Veronica86$1.79Archie3,440
207-Betty & Veronica Double Digest79$2.99Archie3,421
208-Vampirella Lady Death Ltd Preview Ashcan (Net)$4.00Harris3,416
209-Cheryl Blossom21$1.79Archie3,411
210-Legend of Lemnear13$2.95CPM3,407
211-Knights of the Dinner Table27$2.95Kenzer3,344
212-Panic9$2.50Gemstone3,301
213-Spawn (reorders)9$1.95Image3,243
214-Mona1$4.95Kitchen Sink3,181
215-New Vampire Miyu Vol. 34$2.95Ironcat3,157
216-Chirality Gallery Charity Benefit Pin Up Book (resolicited)$3.95CPM3,137
217-Warrior Nun Black & White16$2.99Antarctic3,109
218-X-Men Manga24$2.99Marvel3,022
219-Midnight Panther Feudal Fantasy5$2.95CPM3,008
220-X-Men Manga23$2.99Marvel2,993
221-Cartoon Network Presents19$1.99DC2,955
222-Milk9$2.95Radio2,940
223-Archie & Friends34$1.79Archie2,931
224-Betty & Veronica Digest102$1.99Archie2,811
225-Deception1$2.95Image2,796
226-Jughead Double Digest58$2.99Archie2,768
227-Warhammer Monthly11$2.95Games Workshop2,763
228-Top Cow Secrets - Winter Lingerie Ed. (reorders)$2.95Image2,753
229-Urotsukidoji Legend of the Overfiend7$2.95CPM2,753
230-Archie Digest162$1.99Archie2,744
231-Futabakun Change Vol. 21$2.95Ironcat2,715
232-Crusher Joe1$2.95Ironcat2,700
233-Jughead115$1.79Archie2,695
234-Thieves & Kings26$2.50I Box2,628
235-Flintstones and The Jetsons19$1.99DC2,609
236-Bitch In Heat7$2.95Fantagraphics2,542
237-Dark Horse Classics Terror of Godzilla6$2.95Dark Horse2,537
238-Chastity Cremator Preview Book$5.00Chaos2,498
239-Clerks The Comic Book1$2.95Oni2,490
240-Nobody3$2.95Oni2,455
241-Virtex2$2.50Oktomica2,407
242-Spawn (reorders)71$1.95Image2,362
243-Monicas Story1$2.95Alternative2,359
244-Laugh Digest148$1.99Archie2,321
245-Dragon Wars10$2.95Ironcat2,316
246-Stray Cats1$2.95Slave Labor2,273
247-Spawn (reorders)66$1.95Image2,195
248-Double Impact Alive1$3.00ABC2,191
249-Spawn (reorders)69$1.95Image2,159
250-Spawn (reorders)15$1.95Image2,143
251-Spawn (reorders)75$1.95Image2,114
252-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 35$2.95Ironcat2,066
253-Spawn (reorders)73$1.95Image2,064
254-Spawn (reorders)72$1.95Image2,059
255-Eddie Campbells Bacchus41$2.95Eddie Campbell2,018
256-Superman Villains Secret Files$4.95DC1,941
257-Femme Kabuki3$2.95Ironcat1,941
258-Threshold12$4.95Avatar1,917
259-Spawn (reorders)65$1.95Image1,909
260-Spawn (reorders)74$1.95Image1,869
261-Pop Life2$3.95Fantagraphics1,864
262-Witchblade (reorders)14$2.50Image1,855
263-Hyper Dolls6$2.95Ironcat1,845
264-Strangehaven11$2.95Abiogenesis1,835
265-Tromeo and Juliet1$2.50Troma1,831
266-Furrlough73$2.95Radio1,797
267-Deity (reorders)0$2.95Awesome1,754
268-Spawn (reorders)12$1.95Image1,722
269-Oh My Goth3$2.95Sirius1,667
270-Oni Double Feature (reorders)1$2.95Oni1,653
271-Tales of the Witchblade (reorders)2$2.95Image1,644
272-Kane25$2.95Dancing Elephant1,614
273-Albedo Vol. 42$2.99Antarctic1,605
274-Spawn (reorders)76$1.95Image1,581
275-Vamperotica48$3.00Brainstorm1,552
276-Double Impact Hot Shots1$3.00ABC1,533
277-Far West2$2.99Antarctic1,528
278-Shanda The Panda23$2.95Shanda1,513
279-Gear3$2.95Fireman1,499
280-Wolverine Witchblade Part 5 Devil's Reign (reorders)$2.95Image1,418
281-Harvey Magazine For Kids3$2.95Harris1,413
282-Tales of the Darkness (reorders)1$2.95Image1,408
283-Jay and Silent Bob (reorders)2$2.95Oni1,403
284-Katmandu15$2.95Shanda1,389
285-Elvira69$2.50Claypool1,350
286-Trouble Express2$2.95Radio1,336
287-Captain Dingleberry6$2.95Underhanded1,288
288-Solace1$3.50Avatar1,264
289-Morning Glory3$2.95Radio1,230
290-Poe14$2.50Sirius1,216
291-Carnal Legends Porn Savannah & Jeanna Fine2$3.50Re-Visionary1,177
292-Witchblade (reorders)21$2.50Image1,177
293-Bad Apples Vol. 21$3.00ABC1,172
294-Cuda Gore Cover3$3.95Avatar1,168
295-Galaxion9$2.75Helikon1,148
296-Crime Wave1$4.95Caliber1,115
297-Books of Lore Kaynin Gambit2$2.95Peregrine1,095
298-Skin Eater Comics1$2.00Kitchen Sink1,086
299-Lethargic Lad8$2.95Lethargic1,086
300-Captain Gravity2$2.75Penny Farthing1,081

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January 1999 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 Top 25 graphic novels came close to moving $1 million at full retail.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Manga #2$9.95Dark Horse12,108
28Darkminds Coll. Vol. 1$7.95Image7,664
316Kabuki Images Vol. 2$5.95Image7,342
422DF Earth X Alt Cvr #0$6.95Dynamic Forces5,141
524Daredevil $9.95Marvel4,853
627Ranma 1/2 Vol. 12 $15.95Viz3,488
728Strangers In Paradise Vol. 6 High School$8.95Abstract3,368
832Uncle Scrooge #319$6.95Gladstone3,368
942Marvel Coll. Classics Amazing Spider-Man #300$10.00Marvel3,291
1044Transmetropolitan Lust For Life $14.95DC3,286
1113Batman Adventures The Lost Years $9.95DC3,157
1245Spider-Girl $5.99Marvel2,878
1314Walt Disneys Comics #634$6.95Gladstone2,854
1430Simpsons Comics Big Bonanza$11.95Bongo2,710
1520Birds of Prey $17.95DC2,657
1656Blade of the Immortal Dreamsong $12.95Dark Horse2,508
1725Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Sqdrn Requiem For A Rogue$12.95Dark Horse2,220
1826New Teen Titans Archives Vol. 1 $49.95DC2,201
1977Dynamic Forces Wildcats Vol. 2 Alt Cvr #1$6.95Dynamic Forces1,956
2068Faust 777 The Wrath Nude Cvr Ed #1$6.00Avatar1,855
211Darkchylde Legacy Exclusive Gold Foil Cvr #1$6.95Ame1,759
2298Vampirella Vs Mistress Nyx Chromium Ed$10.95Harris1,542
239More Than Mortal Sagas #1 Linsner cover$9.95Liar1,542
24106Dynamic Forces Danger Girl Alt Cvr Foil Ed. #5$10.00Dynamic Forces1,456
2521Kiss Psycho Circus$12.95Image1,389