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May 1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


The release of the first Star Wars prequel gave Dark Horse its largest market share to date.

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-Men370$1.99Marvel127,164
2-X-Men90$1.99Marvel124,648
3-Spawn86$1.95Image93,402
4-Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace1$2.95Dark Horse88,437
5-JLA31$1.99DC86,457
6-Avengers18$1.99Marvel85,864
7-Wolverine140$1.99Marvel85,781
8-Earth X4$2.99Marvel83,967
9-Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace2$2.95Dark Horse83,639
10-Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace3$2.95Dark Horse82,345
11-Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace4$2.95Dark Horse81,966
12-Daredevil9$2.50Marvel81,155
13-Spawn The Dark Ages3$2.50Image72,442
14-Spawn Annual1$4.95Image72,333
15-Amazing Spider-Man7$1.99Marvel71,580
16-Magneto Rex3$2.50Marvel70,160
17-Star Wars Phantom Menace Anakin Skywalker$2.95Dark Horse69,360
18-Star Wars Phantom Menace Obi Wan Kenobi$2.95Dark Horse69,266
19-Fantastic Four19$1.99Marvel68,721
20-Spider-Woman1$2.99Marvel66,854
21-Thor13$1.99Marvel66,272
22-Peter Parker Spider-Man7$1.99Marvel66,116
23-Captain America19$1.99Marvel65,950
24-Wolverine Punisher Revelation2$2.99Marvel62,950
25-Avengers Forever8$2.99Marvel62,800
26-Avengers 1999$3.50Marvel61,505
27-Wildcats Vol. 23$2.50DC60,247
28-Iron Man18$1.99Marvel60,159
29-Mutant X10$1.99Marvel57,466
30-Witchblade32$2.50Image54,025
31-Gambit6$1.99Marvel54,004
32-Incredible Hulk Vs Superman$5.99Marvel53,219
33-Hulk4$1.99Marvel53,173
34-Aria5$2.50Image53,074
35-Crimson11$2.50DC52,258
36-Darkness24$2.50Image52,091
37-Batman567$1.99DC51,982
38-Black Widow2$2.99Marvel51,831
39-Spider-Man Chapter 19$2.50Marvel50,875
40-Detective Comics734$1.99DC49,913
41-Generation X53$1.99Marvel49,648
42-X-Force92$1.99Marvel48,848
43-Inhumans9$2.99Marvel47,439
44-Green Lantern114$1.99DC47,345
45-Titans5$2.50DC46,644
46-Thunderbolts28$1.99Marvel45,516
47-Cable69$1.99Marvel44,970
48-Spider-Girl10$1.99Marvel44,388
49-X-Man53$1.99Marvel44,185
50-Batman Shadow of the Bat87$1.99DC44,154
51-Nightwing33$1.99DC43,904
52-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight119$1.99DC43,670
53-Tom Strong2$2.95DC43,057
54-Buffy The Vampire Slayer Angel1$2.95Dark Horse42,948
55-Buffy The Vampire Slayer9$2.95Dark Horse42,870
56-Flash150$2.95DC41,851
57-Preacher51$2.50DC41,383
58-Superman146$1.99DC41,045
59-Kiss Psycho Circus20$2.25Image41,024
60-Action Comics755$1.99DC40,816
61-Batman & Superman Worlds Finest4$1.99DC40,177
62-Adventures of Superman569$1.99DC40,161
63-Superman The Man of Steel90$1.99DC40,099
64-League of Extraordinary Gentlemen4$2.95DC38,935
65-Young Justice10$2.50DC37,084
66-Black Panther9$2.50Marvel36,980
67-Darkchylde The Legacy4$2.50DC36,247
68-Star Wars Vaders Quest4$2.95Dark Horse36,096
69-Deadpool30$1.99Marvel35,805
70-Star Wars6$2.50Dark Horse35,239
71-Gen 1341$2.50DC34,844
72-Hellhole1$2.50Image34,480
73-Pokemon Vol. 2 Pikachu Shocks Back3$3.25Viz34,407
74-Tellos1$2.50Image34,256
75-Robin66$1.99DC33,913
76-Planetary4$2.50DC33,201
77-Captain America Sentinel of Liberty11$1.99Marvel33,050
78-Darkminds1/2$2.50Image32,889
79-Authority3$2.50DC32,879
80-Batman Chronicles17$2.95DC32,744
81-Young Justice In No Mans Land1$3.95DC32,260
82-Ascension16$2.50Image31,917
83-Catwoman70$1.99DC30,805
84-A Next10$1.99Marvel30,618
85-Stars and Stripe0$2.95DC30,238
86-Team Superman1$2.95DC30,181
87-Nova3$1.99Marvel29,755
88-Webspinners Tales of Spider-Man7$2.50Marvel29,562
89-Lady Pendragon More Than Mortal1$2.50Image29,500
90-Supergirl34$1.99DC29,146
91-Lady Pendragon Dragon Blade2$2.50Image29,068
92-Supreme The Return1$2.99Awesome29,027
93-Tenth Black Embrace4$2.50Image27,946
94-Spirit of the Tao10$2.50Image27,722
95-Superboy64$1.99DC27,561
96-Lady Death Rapture1$2.95Chaos27,509
97-J210$1.99Marvel27,223
98-Martian Manhunter8$1.99DC26,984
99-Azrael Agent of the Bat54$2.25DC26,896
100-Superman The Odyssey$4.95DC26,854
101-Crow4$2.50Image26,854
102-Starman55$2.50DC26,672
103-Wonder Woman146$1.99DC26,568
104-Batman Book of the Dead2$4.95DC26,189
105-Birds of Prey7$1.99DC26,095
106-Sandman Presents Love Street1$2.95DC25,705
107-Mage The Hero Defined13$2.50Image25,596
108-Legends of the DCUniverse18$1.99DC24,889
109-Hourman4$2.50DC24,260
110-A Bizarro1$2.50DC24,057
111-Oni Double Feature12$2.95Oni23,548
112-Batman Beyond5$1.99DC23,501
113-Coven Re Gex1$2.50Awesome23,330
114-Slingers8$1.99Marvel22,685
115-Aquaman57$1.99DC21,952
116-Flinch2$2.50DC21,796
117-Sailor Moon8$2.95Mixx21,365
118-Hitman39$2.50DC21,339
119-Impulse50$2.25DC21,297
120-Savage Dragon61$2.50Image20,876
121-Vampirella Worlds End3$2.95Harris20,731
122-Anarky3$2.50DC20,283
123-Hellblazer139$2.50DC19,800
124-Batman The Gotham Adventures14$1.99DC19,758
125-Batman No Mans Land Gallery$3.95DC19,348
126-Wonder Woman Secret Files2$4.95DC18,885
127-Legion of Super Heroes117$2.50DC18,838
128-Undertaker 3 Photo Cvr $2.95Chaos18,766
129-DV828$2.50DC18,620
130-Legionnaires73$2.50DC18,506
131-Transmetropolitan23$2.50DC17,726
132-Invisibles Volume 39$2.95DC17,435
133-Books of Magic62$2.50DC17,367
134-Chastity Lust For Life2$2.95Chaos17,367
135-Night Tribes$4.95DC17,102
136-Dreaming38$2.50DC16,525
137-Resurrection Man26$2.50DC15,870
138-Human Target4$2.95DC15,787
139-Fanboy5$2.50DC15,777
140-Undertaker3 Reg Ed$2.95Chaos15,693
141-Tsunami Girl3$2.95Image15,678
142-Madman Comics13$2.95Dark Horse14,981
143-Insane Clown Posse1$2.95Chaos14,597
144-Dragonball Z Part Two6$2.95Viz14,046
145-Superman Adventures33$1.99DC13,770
146-Oh My Goddess The Fourth Goddess1$2.95Dark Horse12,840
147-Ghost Vol. 29$2.95Dark Horse12,684
148-Lobo64$2.50DC12,413
149-Dragonball Part Two3$2.95Viz12,289
150-Trekker1$2.50Image11,888
151-Cruel and Unusual2$2.95DC11,732
152-Scene of the Crime3$2.50DC11,727
153-Predator Homeworld3$2.95Dark Horse10,906
154-Gunsmith Cats Bean Bandit5$2.95Dark Horse10,235
155-Blade of the Immortal Dark Shadows (5 of 5)33$2.95Dark Horse9,986
156-Ranma 1/2 Part 82$2.95Viz9,617
157-Masakazu Katsuras Shadow Lady Eyes of A Stranger1$2.50Dark Horse9,591
158-Vext5$2.50DC9,560
159-World Below3$2.50Dark Horse9,461
160-Solar Lord3$2.50Image8,998
161-Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Four4$2.95Viz8,827
162-Cerebus242$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim8,593
163-Dark Angel1$2.95CPM8,468
164-Usagi Yojimbo29$2.95Dark Horse8,468
165-Heart ofEmpire Legacy ofLuther Arkwright2$2.95Dark Horse8,213
166-Tick Heroes of the City3$3.50New England7,964
167-Pokemon The Electric Tale of Pikachu Current Prtg2$3.25Viz7,782
168-Erb Tarzans Savage Heart2$2.95Dark Horse7,761
169-Dark Horse Presents143$2.95Dark Horse6,903
170-Sonic The Hedgehog73$1.79Archie6,513
171-Razor Poizon Warrior Nun Little Bad Angels$3.95London Night6,446
172-Mega Dragon & Tiger Heroes3$2.50Image6,415
173-Satanika (resolicitation)11$3.95Verotik6,066
174-Sabrina The Teenage Witch28$1.79Archie6,046
175-Wildcats Vol. 2 (reorders)1$2.50DC5,899
176-Lodoss War Lady of Pharis2$2.95CPM5,874
177-Astro City Vol. 2 (reorders)1/2$2.50DC5,835
178-Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale Part 32$3.25Viz5,780
179-Crash Metro and The Star Squad$2.95Oni5,650
180-Faust 777 The Wrath4$3.50Avatar5,541
181-Lodoss War Grey Witch7$2.95CPM5,541
182-Scooby-Doo24$1.99DC5,541
183-Silent Mobius Into The Labyrinth1$2.95Viz5,469
184-No Need For Tenchi Part 72$3.25Viz5,281
185-Knuckles27$1.79Archie5,209
186-Artesia5$2.95Sirius5,089
187-Call Me Princess1$2.95CPM5,011
188-Mobile Suit Gundam 00793$2.95Viz4,949
189-Kabuki Classics5$2.95Image4,923
190-Silky Whip Extreme1$3.50Fantagraphics4,902
191-Zorros Lady Rawhide Other Peoples Blood4$2.95Image4,855
192-Prophecy of the Soul Sorcerer1$2.95Archie4,819
193-Animaniacs Featuring Pinky and The Brain50$1.99DC4,803
194-Darkshrine1$2.99Antarctic4,793
195-Dylan Dog3$4.95Dark Horse4,694
196-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles23$2.95Image4,647
197-Maison Ikkoku Part 92$3.50Viz4,600
198-Knights of the Dinner Table31$2.95Kenzer4,408
199-Bradleys2$2.95Fantagraphics4,315
200-Nathan Never3$4.95Dark Horse4,294
201-Pat Lee Fusion Station1$2.50Awesome4,231
202-Vault of Horror28$2.50Gemstone4,205
203-Martin Mystery3$4.95Dark Horse4,200
204-Mixxzine Vol. 26$4.99Mixx4,091
205-Sex Philes5$3.95Fantagraphics3,987
206-Archie486$1.79Archie3,977
207-Looney Tunes54$1.99DC3,862
208-Luftwaffe 194617$2.99Antarctic3,815
209-Original Bondage Fairies7$3.50Fantagraphics3,805
210-Berlin6$2.95Drawn & Quarterly3,769
211-Geobreeders3$2.95CPM3,769
212-Betty & Veronica138$1.79Archie3,732
213-Aces High4$2.50Gemstone3,535
214-Ironcat1$2.95Ironcat3,524
215-Betty76$1.79Archie3,488
216-Archie Double Digest109$2.99Archie3,394
217-Battlestar Galactica 1999 Tourbook$2.99Realm3,379
218-Legend of Lemnear17$2.95CPM3,353
219-Impact4$2.50Gemstone3,327
220-Cheryl Blossom24$1.79Archie3,285
221-Battlebooks Magneto$3.99Crusade3,145
222-Uncle Scrooge321$6.95Gladstone3,135
223-Dynamic Forces Lady Death Rapture Alt Cvr1$6.95Dynamic Forces3,083
224-Veronica90$1.79Archie3,083
225-Age of Bronze4$2.95Image3,077
226-New Vampire Miyu Vol. 41$2.95Ironcat3,041
227-Betty & Veronica Digest105$1.99Archie3,031
228-Archie & Friends36$1.79Archie3,025
229-Pals N Gals Double Digest42$2.99Archie3,015
230-Big Bang Comics (resolicited)25$2.95Image2,989
231-Mosaic3$2.95Sirius2,937
232-Victorian3$2.95Penny Farthing2,937
233-Adventures of Barry Ween Boy Genius3$2.95Image2,916
234-Battlebooks Dr Doom$3.99Crusade2,885
235-Battlebooks President Bill Clinton$3.99Crusade2,875
236-Wonderlanders5$2.95Oktomica2,890
237-Milk11$2.95Radio2,885
238-Battlebooks White Queen$3.99Crusade2,880
239-Jughead Double Digest61$2.99Archie2,864
240-Warrior Nun Black & White20$2.99Antarctic2,849
241-Valkyr Vol. 11$2.95Ironcat2,838
242-Battlebooks Green Goblin$3.99Crusade2,818
243-Deadside4$2.50Acclaim2,812
244-Archies Vacation Special7$2.29Archie2,786
245-Deadforce1$2.99Antarctic2,734
246-Dynamic Forces Star Wars Episode I Obi Wan Kenobi Foil Cvr1$10.00Dynamic Forces2,708
247-Jughead119$1.79Archie2,703
248-Cartoon Network Presents23$1.99DC2,677
249-Dynamic Forces Star Wars Episode I Anakin Skywalker Foil Cvr1$10.00Dynamic Forces2,661
250-Walt Disneys Comics636$6.95Gladstone2,656
251-Coven Collected Ed (resolicited)1$5.95Awesome2,646
252-Virtex6$2.95Oktomica2,646
253-Team Superman Secret Files1$4.95DC2,641
254-Tales from the Edge 15 $4.00Vanguard2,552
255-Futabakun Change Vol. 25$2.95Ironcat2,521
256-Battlebooks Bubba Busters$3.99Crusade2,511
257-Warhammer Monthly15$2.95Games Workshop2,454
258-Jughead With Archie Digest150$1.99Archie2,448
259-Spider-Man Manga37$2.99Marvel2,428
260-Awesome Spring Tour Book 99$5.00Awesome2,422
261-Spider-Man Manga36$2.99Marvel2,422
262-Laugh Digest151$1.99Archie2,402
263-Spider-Woman1 Authentix Sketch Ed$7.50Marvel2,339
264-Empty Zone Trancemissions1$2.95Sirius2,266
265-X-Men Manga31$2.99Marvel2,214
266-X-Men Manga32$2.99Marvel2,183
267-Best of Gold Digger Annual Vol. 1$2.99Antarctic2,178
268-Young Justice Secret Files1$4.95DC2,157
269-Ninja High School Spotlight4$2.99Antarctic2,121
270-Skeleton Key Vol. 22$2.95Slave Labor2,116
271-Chastity Lust For Life1 Premium Ed$10.00Chaos2,110
272-Earth X Sketchbook (reorders)$3.99American Entertainment2,090
273-Tekken 2 (resolicited)1$1.95Knightstone2,069
274-Steven Comix1$2.95Fantagraphics2,048
275-Urotsukidoji Legend of the Overfiend11$2.95CPM2,022
276-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 42$2.95Ironcat2,007
277-Bustline Combat1$2.95Fantagraphics1,929
278-Tekken 21 Photo Cvr$2.95Knightstone1,856
279-Furrlough77$2.95Radio1,830
280-Wisp4$2.95Oktomica1,825
281-Star Wars Ltd Chrome Set$39.95American Entertainment1,814
282-Femme Kabuki7$2.95Ironcat1,809
283-Pete The Pod Postal Worker9$2.95Sharkbait1,804
284-Dynamic Forces More Than Mortal Lady Pendragon Alt Cvr1$6.95Dynamic Forces1,799
285-Crusher Joe5$2.95Ironcat1,710
286-Legendlore Wind Spirits$3.95Caliber1,705
287-Dynamic Forces Tellos Alt Cvr1$6.95Dynamic Forces1,658
288-Gen13 Planetary Preview (reorders)$2.50DC1,638
289-Hyper Dolls Vol. 24$2.95Ironcat1,606
290-Far West4$2.99Antarctic1,565
291-Dynamic Forces Anniv Df Premi Crimson Package$6.95Dynamic Forces1,471
292-Faust 777 The Wrath Nude Cvr Ed4$6.00Avatar1,372
293-Taoland Adventures2$3.50Antarctic1,357
294-Vamperotica Blood of Japan1$3.00Brainstorm1,331
295-Switch Blaze Manga1$3.50London Night1,315
296-Josie and the Pussycats (reorders)1$2.00Archie1,310
297-Aria Variant1$9.95American Entertainment1,300
298-Morning Glory5$2.95Radio1,300
299-Sparks1$4.95Slave Labor1,294
300-Boob Raider The Adventures of Lara Crotch1$2.95Crosby1,284

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May 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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Grpahic novel sales were up dramatically.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
18Sailor Moon Pocket Mixx Vol. 3$9.95Mixx5,245
23Crimson$12.95DC5,235
31Batman Cataclysm$17.95DC4,944
49Curse of the Spawn Vol. 1$9.95Image4,647
511Voodoo Dancing In The Dark$9.95DC4,008
610Tarzan of the Apes$12.95Dark Horse3,363
75Avengers Visionaries George Perez$16.95Marvel3,301
86Hellblazer Damnations Flame$16.95DC3,280
92Wizard Alex Ross Millennium Ed Ltd Ed Dlx HC$24.99Wizard3,207
1012Flash Born To Run$12.95DC3,046
117Star Wars The Last Command$17.95Dark Horse2,927
1213The Nam$14.95Marvel2,277
1319Escapo Sc$9.95Hor1,949
1421Madman Boogaloo$8.95Dark Horse1,913
1518Collected Stray Bullets Vol. 2 (Res)$11.95El Capitan1,814
1614Inu Yasha Vol. 4$15.95Viz1,783
1722Ghost Painful Music$9.95Dark Horse1,674
184Sorayama 1964 1999 Comp Wks of H. Soryama$39.95Books Nippan1,601
1923Sergio Aragones Boogeyman$9.95Dark Horse1,565
2016Silent Mobius Vol. 3$16.95Viz1,497
2117Hate Vol. 5 Buddys Got Three Moms$16.95Fantagraphics1,430
2226Buffy The Vampire Slayer Dust Waltz$9.95Dark Horse1,383
2324Elfquest Readers Coll V 14a Skyward Shadow$11.95Warp1,190
2435Noes Ship of Fools$10.95NBM925
2525Midnight Panther Book Two Feline Fanatics$15.95CPM889