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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).

 

INDUSTRY-WIDE RECORDS


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




Most Comic Books Ordered in a Single Month (ALL Comics), 1997-present

10,260,000 copies

August 2016



 

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

$34.73 million

November 2015




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

$43.58 million

June 2016




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

$58.59 million

June 2016




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

$154.32 million

April 2015 to June 2015









ISSUE, PUBLISHER, AND PRICE RECORDS


Highest Orders for a Comic Book in a Single Month, 1997-present

985,976 copies*

Star Wars #1 (all variants), Marvel Comics

*Includes sales to the reseller Loot Crate, possibly on the order of 200,000+ copies

January 2015




Highest Orders for a Comic Book in a Single Year, 1997-present

1,073,027 copies*

Star Wars #1 (all variants), Marvel Comics

*Includes sales to the reseller Loot Crate, possibly on the order of 200,000+ copies

January 2015




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 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, DC, Image, Dreamwave

(*Two additional publishers, IDW and Boom, had titles that took the top slot — but most of their copies were not sold in comics shops but rather through the repackager, Loot Crate)




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 copies

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 copies

Hoax Hunters #10, Image Comics

September 2013




Fewest Comic Books Sold by a 300th-place title, 1996-present

654 copies

Tomb Raider Gallery #1 (reoffered), Image Comics

May 2001




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

$4.03

June 2017




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

$4.18

November 2015




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 Jan. 7, 2017