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Comics Sales Records in the Diamond Exclusive Era
High and low points in sales to comics shops in North America from 1997-present

These records detail the high and low points observed on the charts published by Diamond Comic Distributors during the period in which it was the sole distributor for the North American comic-book store market, from April 1997 onward.

These totals do not reflect comics that might have been sold in the newsstand, bookstore, or overseas markets — and for individual books, those sales may be substantial. For example, Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu #1 is reported to have had sales topping 1 million copies across multiple printings in 1999 — almost entirely outside the comics shop market.

And, of course, if you go further back, you reach many higher sales records — the top-selling comic book ever, X-Men Vol. 2, #1 in 1991, had sales over 8 million copies. But the records here for average prices represent all-time averages (for obvious reasons).


Highest Orders for a Comic Book in a Single Month, 1997-present
532,586 copies
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1 (all variants), Marvel Comics
April 2014


Highest Orders for a Comic Book in a Single Year, 1997-present
545,826 copies
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1 (all variants), Marvel Comics
April 2014 May 2014


Lowest Number of Copies Ordered for the #1 Comic Book in a Single Month, 1997-present
71,517 copies
Green Lantern #62, DC
February 2011


First Month with No Title Selling More than 100,000 Copies in a Single Month
March 2009
 


Most Comic Books in the Top 300 Comics List by Publisher, 1997-present
129
DC Comics

October 2011



Most Comic Books Ordered in a Single Month (Top 300 Comics), 1997-present
9,340,000 copies
April 1997


Fewest Comic Books Ordered in a Single Month (Top 300 Comics), 1997-present
4,402,000 copies

January 2011


Highest Dollar Volume for Comic Books Ordered in a Single Month (Top 300 Comics) 1997-present
$31.18 million

September 2014


Lowest Dollar Volume for Comic Books Ordered in a Single Month (Top 300 Comics)
$13,000,000

May 2001

Highest Dollar Volume for Top 300 Trade Paperbacks Ordered in a Single Month
$10.51 million

December 2013

Highest Dollar Volume for Top 300 Comic Books and Top 300 Trade Paperbacks Ordered in a Single Month
$39.27 million

July 2014


Highest Dollar Volume for All Comic Books, Trade Paperbacks, and Magazines Ordered from Diamond in a Single Month, 2003-present
$56.09 million

  October 2014


Lowest Dollar Volume for All Comic Books, Trade Paperbacks, and Magazines Ordered from Diamond in a Single Month, 2003-present
$21.9 million

January 2004


Highest Dollar Volume for Comic Books, Trade Paperbacks, and Magazines Ordered in a Single Quarter, 2003-present
$145.57 million

July 2014 to September 2014


Most Consecutive Months for a Publisher to Have the #1 Comic Book, 1996-present
27 months

Marvel Comics
January 2007 - March 2009


Number of Different Publishers with the #1 Comic Book, 1996-present
4

Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dreamwave


Smallest Number of Different Publishers in the Top 300, 1996-present

13

October 2011


Most Consecutive Months for a Title at #1, 1996-present
10

Uncanny X-Men #366-375, Marvel Comics
January 1999 - October 1999


Most Comic Books Sold by a 300th-place title in a five-week month, 1996-present
6,620
Grimm Fairy Tales Realm War #1, Zenescope
July 2014

Most Comic Books Sold by a 300th-place title in a four-week month, 1996-present
6,448
Hoax Hunters #10, Image Comics
September 2013

Fewest Comic Books Sold by a 300th-place title, 1996-present
654
Tomb Raider Gallery #1 (reoffered), Image Comics
May 2001

Highest Average Price for Comics in Diamond’s Top 300 Comics List

$3.79

July 2014


Highest Weighted Average Price for All Comics Ordered within Diamond’s Top 300 Comics List
$4.00

April 2014


Highest Final Order Dollar Market Shares registered for the Following Companies, 1997-present:
Marvel: 45.31%, September 2008
DC: 42.47%, October 2011
Image: 17.09%, May 1998
Dark Horse: 13.62%, May 1999
IDW: 8.18%, December 2013
CrossGen: 4.58%, June 2002

Updated: November 7, 2014

 



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