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April 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Weakness versus the year before continued. Pokémon, the trading card game, had become a major phenomenon in many comics shops, and Viz's second comics series by that name boosted it into the top five publishers.

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-Men369$1.99Marvel129,900
2-X-Men89$1.99Marvel128,685
3-Battle Chasers (resolicited)6$2.50DC123,429
4-Spawn85$1.95Image97,238
5-Avengers17$1.99Marvel89,105
6-Wolverine139$1.99Marvel88,477
7-JLA30$1.99DC87,952
8-Earth X3$2.99Marvel86,233
9-Daredevil8$2.50Marvel86,046
10-Spawn The Dark Ages2$2.50Image81,980
11-Wolverine Punisher Revelation1$2.99Marvel75,129
12-Amazing Spider-Man6$1.99Marvel74,475
13-Darkness Batman$5.95Image73,784
14-Magneto Rex2$2.50Marvel72,247
15-Fantastic Four18$1.99Marvel71,546
16-Peter Parker Spider-Man6$1.99Marvel69,001
17-Thor12$2.99Marvel68,799
18-Captain America18$2.99Marvel67,947
19-Black Widow1$2.99Marvel67,791
20-Avengers Forever7$2.99Marvel64,805
21-Iron Man17$1.99Marvel63,989
22-Gambit5$1.99Marvel59,689
23-Mutant X9$1.99Marvel59,663
24-Witchblade31$2.50Image57,684
25-Tom Strong1$3.50DC57,549
26-Hulk3$1.99Marvel56,490
27-Spider-Man Chapter 18$2.50Marvel54,142
28-Fathom Swimsuit Special1$2.95Image53,706
29-Batman566$1.99DC51,935
30-X-Men Unlimited23$2.99Marvel51,899
31-Generation X52$1.99Marvel51,026
32-X-Force91$1.99Marvel49,946
33-Aria4$2.50Image49,515
34-Amazing Spider-Man 1999$3.50Marvel49,297
35-Green Lantern113$1.99DC49,162
36-Detective Comics733$1.99DC49,120
37-Titans4$2.50DC49,032
38-Inhumans8$2.99Marvel48,850
39-Galactus The Devourer1$3.50Marvel47,988
40-Cable68$1.99Marvel46,685
41-Divine Right10$2.50DC46,124
42-Thunderbolts27$1.99Marvel45,874
43-X-Man52$1.99Marvel45,661
44-Tales of the The Witchblade7$2.95Image45,464
45-Buffy The Vampire Slayer8$2.95Dark Horse44,976
46-Spider-Girl9$1.99Marvel44,716
47-Preacher50$3.75DC44,436
48-Nightwing32$1.99DC44,405
49-Batman Shadow of the Bat86$1.99DC42,841
50-Dawn Return of the Goddess1$2.95Sirius42,821
51-Kiss Psycho Circus19$2.25Image42,800
52-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight118$1.99DC42,036
53-Lady Pendragon Dragon Blade1$2.50Image41,766
54-Superman145$1.99DC41,434
55-Darkchylde The Legacy (resolicited)3$2.50DC40,982
56-Adventures of Superman568$1.99DC40,535
57-Superman The Man of Steel89$1.99DC40,390
58-Black Panther8$2.50Marvel40,104
59-Flash149$1.99DC39,824
60-Batman & Superman Worlds Finest3$1.99DC39,258
61-Nova2$1.99Marvel37,752
62-Gen 1340$2.50DC37,653
63-Young Justice9$2.50DC37,591
64-Star Wars Boba Fett Enemy of the Empire4$2.95Dark Horse37,357
65-Deadpool29$1.99Marvel36,978
66-Star Wars Vaders Quest3$2.95Dark Horse36,495
67-Star Wars5$2.50Dark Horse35,337
68-Robin65$1.99DC34,521
69-Captain America Sentinel of Liberty10$1.99Marvel34,350
70-Star Wars Crimson Empire II6$2.95Dark Horse33,992
71-Undertaker2$2.95Chaos33,586
72-Authority2$2.50DC33,493
73-Planetary3$2.50DC33,264
74-Allies1$2.50Awesome33,124
75-Buffy The Vampire Slayer Spike & Dru$2.95Dark Horse32,117
76-Flinch1$2.50DC31,675
77-Catwoman69$1.99DC31,623
78-A Next9$1.99Marvel31,592
79-Webspinners Tales of Spider-Man6$2.50Marvel30,860
80-Green Lantern 80 Page Giant2$4.95DC30,476
81-Supergirl33$1.99DC29,691
82-Spirit of the Tao9$2.50Image29,141
83-Crow3$2.50Image28,959
84-Azrael Agent of the Bat53$2.25DC28,762
85-Pokemon Vol. 2 Pikachu Shocks Back2$3.25Viz28,611
86-Batman Book of the Dead1$4.95DC28,497
87-Tenth Black Embrace3$2.50Image28,284
88-J29$1.99Marvel27,988
89-Wonder Woman145$1.99DC27,806
90-Superman 80 Page Giant2$4.95DC27,707
91-Starman54$2.50DC27,552
92-Martian Manhunter7$1.99DC26,975
93-Superboy63$1.99DC26,954
94-Hourman3$2.50DC26,715
95-Birds of Prey6$1.99DC26,425
96-Legends of the DC Universe17$1.99DC25,422
97-Batman Book of Shadows$5.95DC25,163
98-Batman Beyond4$1.99DC25,054
99-Gen 13 Going West$2.50DC24,384
100-Slingers7$1.99Marvel24,363
101-Alan Moores Awesome Adventures1$2.50Awesome24,306
102-Lady Death16$2.95Chaos23,812
103-Aquaman56$1.99DC23,148
104-Anarky2$2.50DC22,789
105-Supermans Nemesis Lex Luthor4$2.50DC22,046
106-Hitman38$2.50DC21,922
107-Vampirella Worlds End2$2.95Harris21,750
108-Stone Vol. II3$2.50Image21,730
109-Sailor Moon7$2.95Mixx21,299
110-Savage Dragon60$2.50Image21,132
111-Trenchcoat Brigade4$2.50DC21,008
112-Hellblazer138$2.50DC20,052
113-Batman The Gotham Adventures13$1.99DC19,735
114-Avengelyne3$2.50Awesome19,621
115-Legion of Super Heroes116$2.50DC19,533
116-Dv827$2.50DC19,242
117-Legionnaires72$2.50DC19,045
118-Simpsons Comics42$2.50Bongo18,884
119-Chastity Lust For Life1$2.95Chaos18,806
120-Strangers In Paradise Vol. III23$2.75Abstract18,266
121-Impulse49$2.25DC18,032
122-Transmetropolitan22$2.50DC17,694
123-Books of Magic61$2.50DC17,658
124-Invisibles Volume 310$2.95DC17,476
125-Kabuki8$2.95Image17,019
126-Dreaming37$2.50DC16,775
127-Legion of Super Heroes Secret Files2$4.95DC16,406
128-Books of Magic Annual3$3.95DC16,043
129-Resurrection Man25$2.50DC16,043
130-Pitt Crew3$2.50Full Bleed15,923
131-Leave It To Chance (resolicited)12$2.95DC15,908
132-Human Target3$2.95DC15,757
133-Madman Comics12$2.95Dark Horse15,669
134-Hellcop5$2.50Image15,378
135-Hellboy Jr Lurid Easter Special$3.95Dark Horse14,828
136-Cruel and Unusual1$2.95DC14,272
137-Conjurors3$2.95DC14,168
138-Fanboy4$2.50DC14,163
139-Superman Adventures32$1.99DC13,924
140-Body Doubles3$2.50DC13,799
141-Dragonball Z Part Two5$2.95Viz13,602
142-Ghost Vol. 28$2.95Dark Horse13,072
143-Aliens Apocalypse4$2.95Dark Horse12,807
144-Scene of the Crime2$2.50DC12,620
145-Lobo63$2.50DC12,548
146-Oh My Goddess Superurd One Shot6$2.95Dark Horse12,506
147-Dragonball Part Two2$2.95Viz12,059
148-Smiley Whacky Wrestling Special$2.95Chaos11,779
149-Monster Fighters Inc1$2.95Image11,675
150-Predator Homeworld2$2.95Dark Horse11,447
151-Gunsmith Cats Bean Bandit4$2.95Dark Horse10,891
152-Stray Bullets19$2.95El Capitan10,740
153-Atomic Toybox1$2.50Image10,704
154-Vext4$2.50DC10,538
155-Blade of the Immortal Dark Shadows32$2.95Dark Horse10,268
156-World Below2$2.50Dark Horse10,252
157-Heart ofEmpire Legacy ofLuther Arkwright1$2.95Dark Horse10,070
158-Ranma 1/2 Part 81$2.95Viz10,049
159-Trouble Magnet1$2.50DC10,018
160-More Than Mortal Truths & Legends6$2.95Liar9,992
161-Solar Lord2$2.50Image9,483
162-Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Four3$2.95Viz8,974
163-Dark Horse Presents142$2.95Dark Horse8,922
164-Cerebus241$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim8,891
165-Black Widow Web of Intrigue Reprint1$3.50Marvel8,881
166-Erb Tarzan Savage Heart1$2.95Dark Horse8,741
167-Masakazu Katsuras Shadow Lady I Dangerous Love7$2.50Dark Horse8,626
168-Usagi Yojimbo28$2.95Dark Horse8,611
169-Tick & Arthur2$3.50New England8,559
170-Elfquest35$2.95Warp8,112
171-Dork7$2.95Slave Labor6,762
172-Sonic The Hedgehog72$1.79Archie6,689
173-Lodoss War Lady of Pharis1$2.95CPM6,539
174-Mega Dragon & Tiger Heroes2$2.95Image6,502
175-Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale Part 31$3.25Viz6,175
176-Faust 777 The Wrath3$3.50Avatar5,915
177-Battlebooks Daredevil$3.99Crusade5,766
178-Dylan Dog2$4.95Dark Horse5,739
179-Lodoss War Grey Witch6$2.95CPM5,619
180-No Need For Tenchi Part 71$2.95Viz5,578
181-Scooby-Doo23$1.99DC5,469
182-Crybaby1$2.95Exiled5,412
183-Knuckles26$1.79Archie5,406
184-Nathan Never2$4.95Dark Horse5,401
185-Kelley Jones Hammer The Outsider3$2.95Dark Horse5,386
186-Artesia4$2.95Sirius5,323
187-Mobile Suit Gundam 00792$2.95Viz5,297
188-Martin Mystery2$4.95Dark Horse5,292
189-Sabrina The Teenage Witch27$1.79Archie5,225
190-Rob1$2.50Awesome5,178
191-Zorros Lady Rawhide Other Peoples Blood3$2.95Image4,981
192-Grrl Scouts2$2.95Oni4,903
193-Maison Ikkoku Part 91$3.25Viz4,882
194-Tales From The Crypt28$2.50Gemstone4,820
195-Nightwarriors Darkstalkers Revenge6$2.95Viz4,778
196-Animaniacs Featuring Pinky and The Brain49$1.99DC4,773
197-Kabuki Classics4$2.95Image4,768
198-Gold Digger49$2.99Antarctic4,404
199-Territory4$2.95Dark Horse4,394
200-Knights of the Dinner Table30$2.95Kenzer4,352
201-Sex Philes4$3.95Fantagraphics4,129
202-Archie485$1.79Archie3,963
203-Original Bondage Fairies6$3.50Fantagraphics3,874
204-Saturday Morning Jetcat$2.95Oni3,796
205-Geobreeders2$2.95CPM3,781
206-Betty & Veronica137$1.79Archie3,765
207-Looney Tunes53$1.99DC3,635
208-Aces High3$2.50Gemstone3,594
209-Little Red Hot Chane of Fools3$2.95Image3,506
210-Mosaic2$2.95Sirius3,480
211-Betty & Veronica Double Digest81$2.99Archie3,480
212-Legend of Lemnear16$2.95CPM3,469
213-Betty75$1.79Archie3,417
214-Impact3$2.50Gemstone3,412
215-Battlebooks Incredible Hulk$3.99Crusade3,412
216-Veronica89$1.79Archie3,407
217-Akiko33$2.50Sirius3,355
218-Luftwaffe 1946 Technical Manual Vol. 2$3.99Antarctic3,324
219-Wasted Lands Omnibus Vol. 1$4.95Rolling Thunder3,313
220-Panic10$2.50Gemstone3,251
221-Ninja High School68$2.99Antarctic3,215
222-Big Bang Comics (resolicited)24$3.95Image3,210
223-Betty & Veronica Spectacular36$1.79Archie3,116
224-Battlebooks Thing$3.99Crusade3,111
225-Victorian2$2.95Penny Farthing3,069
226-New Vampire Miyu Vol. 37$2.95Ironcat2,950
227-Wonderlanders4$2.95Oktomica2,940
228-Archie Digest164$1.99Archie2,924
229-Warrior Nun Black & White19$2.99Antarctic2,919
230-Megaton Man Hardcopy2$2.95Image2,882
231-Jughead Double Digest60$2.99Archie2,877
232-Girls of Ninja High School 1999$2.99Antarctic2,836
233-Betty & Veronica Digest104$1.99Archie2,815
234-Spider-Man Manga34$2.99Marvel2,758
235-Jinx Torso4$3.95Image2,664
236-Jughead118$1.79Archie2,659
237-Warhammer Monthly14$2.95Games Workshop2,649
238-Beowulf1$4.95Thecomic.com2,592
239-Superman Giant Superman Annual Replica Ed1$4.95DC2,592
240-Adventures of Barry Ween Boy Genius2$2.95Image2,592
241-Cartoon Network Presents22$1.99DC2,581
242-Spider-Man Manga35$2.99Marvel2,560
243-Deadside3$2.50Acclaim2,540
244-Desperate Times6$2.95Image2,488
245-Meat Cake9$3.95Fantagraphics2,483
246-Futabakun Change Vol. 24$2.95Ironcat2,483
247-Bitch In Heat8$2.95Fantagraphics2,457
248-Skeleton Key Vol. 21$2.95Slave Labor2,457
249-Virtex5$2.95Oktomica2,446
250-Mechanical Man Blues3$3.95Radio2,441
251-X-Men Manga29$2.99Marvel2,405
252-Laugh Digest150$1.99Archie2,405
253-X-Men Manga30$2.99Marvel2,353
254-Jack The Ripper$2.95Caliber2,347
255-Fit Force Five1$1.99Antarctic2,311
256-Urotsukidoji Legend of the Overfiend10$2.95CPM2,296
257-Grub Girl & Akuma She Illustrations Double Cvr$3.95Verotik2,285
258-Genus35$2.95Radio2,280
259-Battlebooks Elektra Revised Ed.$3.99Crusade2,180
260-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 41$2.95Ironcat2,083
261-Legend of Camelot Excalibur$2.95Caliber2,051
262-Wisp3$2.95Oktomica2,025
263-Aquaman Secret Files1$4.95DC2,015
264-Shadowgear3$2.99Antarctic1,953
265-Eddie Campbells Bacchus44$2.95Eddie Campbell1,932
266-Femme Kabuki6$2.95Ironcat1,901
267-Hellcop Alt Cvr Incentive5$2.95Image1,901
268-Threshold15$4.95Avatar1,870
269-Crusher Joe4$2.95Ironcat1,854
270-Furrlough76$2.95Radio1,844
271-Betti Cozmo1$2.99Antarctic1,818
272-Demi Hardcore1$3.95Fantagraphics1,698
273-James O Barr Tasty Bites1$2.95Avatar1,693
274-Hyper Dolls Vol. 23$2.95Ironcat1,657
275-Three Geeks10$2.50Three Finger1,657
276-Maximum Manga X Comix0$5.95Jackhammer1,558
277-Cream & Sugar1$2.95White Lightning1,553
278-Oh My Goth4$2.95Sirius1,522
279-Shanda The Panda24$2.95Shanda1,511
280-Kane26$2.95Dancing Elephant1,470
281-Astounding Space Thrills4$2.95Day One1,418
282-Katmandu16$2.95Shanda1,392
283-Legendlore Wrath of the Dragon Giant Size Spec$3.95Caliber1,376
284-Gremlin Trouble17$2.95Antarctic1,371
285-Gear6$2.95Fireman1,361
286-Box Office Poison Kolor Karnival1$2.99Antarctic1,356
287-JLA Wildcats1$5.95DC1,319
288-Elvira72$2.50Claypool1,304
289-Grrrl Squad1$2.95Amazing Aaron1,304
290-Re Gex Red Foil Pat Lee Variant0$5.00Awesome1,298
291-Wild Women1$4.95AC1,298
292-Double Impact Alive2$3.00ABC1,283
293-Vamperotica Gallery Nude1$5.95Brainstorm1,283
294-Johnny Comet1$2.95Avatar1,278
295-Vamperotica Gallery1$4.95Brainstorm1,267
296-Giant Shanda Animal4$4.50Shanda1,267
297-Robyn of Sherwood (resolicited)3$2.95Caliber1,257
298-Gold Digger Mangazine Special1 Reprint$2.99Antarctic1,226
299-Double Impact Spring Special1$3.00ABC1,220
300-Poe17$2.50Sirius1,210

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April 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.

#1 #2 #4 #6

The largest month of the year to that point for trade paperbacks.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
14Superman King of the World Collectors Ed$4.95DC36,022
21Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace$12.95Dark Horse22,337
36Aria 4 Glow In The Dark Cvr$6.95Image11,748
42Green Lantern Fear Itself HC$24.95DC7,744
514Darkminds Coll Vol. 3$5.95Image5,713
65JLA Year One$19.95DC4,513
78Barry Windsor Smiths Adastra In Africa HC$15.00Fantagraphics4,020
83Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Vol. 1 HC$49.95DC3,807
97Dawn Return of the Goddess 1 Limited S&N Ed$19.95Sirius3,594
109Spider-Man Death of Gwen Stacy$14.95Marvel3,303
1110Green Lantern Baptism of Fire$12.95DC3,282
1228Uncle Scrooge #322$6.95Gladstone3,256
1316Groo Handbook$9.95Dark Horse3,168
1431Dynamic Forces Aria 1 Black & White Noir Alt Cvr$6.95Dynamic Forces2,966
1532Dynamic Forces Black Widow 1 Alt Cvr$6.95Dynamic Forces2,779
1634Walt Disneys Comics #637$6.95Gladstone2,675
1737Dynamic Forces Wolverine Punisher 1 Alt Cvr$6.95Dynamic Forces2,550
1821Deity Collected Ed II$9.95Image2,545
1915Star Wars X-Wing In The Empires Service$12.95Dark Horse2,457
2013Signal To Noise Current Ptg$14.95Dark Horse2,358
2126Whiteout$10.95Oni2,161
2229Deity Collected Ed I$9.95Image2,119
2317X-Men Phoenix Rising$14.95Marvel1,994
2411Aria 1 Holo Foil Cover$19.95American Entertainment1,968
2533Knights of the Dinner Table Bundle of Trouble Vol. 2$9.95Kenzer1,885