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#1 Comic Books from Each Year
Estimated Sales to North American Comics Shops
of the top-selling comic book from each month
as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors



Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. Orders
1991 X-Men Vol. 2* 1 $1.50 Marvel 8,014,500
1992 Superman 75 $2.50 DC
1993 Action Comics 687 $1.95 DC
1994 Spawn/Batman** 1 $3.95 Image
1995 DC Versus Marvel 1 $3.95 DC
1996 DC Versus Marvel 4 $3.95 DC
1997 Darkness 11 $2.50 Image 357,100
1998 Fathom 1 $2.50 Image 257,100
1999 Tomb Raider 1 $2.50 Image 189,500
2000 Uncanny X-Men 381 $2.25 Marvel 119,300
2001 Dark Knight Strikes Again 1 $7.95 DC 188,700
2002 Ultimates 1 $2.25 Marvel 160,200
2003 Batman 619 $2.25 DC 235,100
2004 Superman 204 $2.50 DC 244,100
2005 All Star Batman & Robin 1 $2.99 DC 276,000
2006 Civil War 2 $2.99 Marvel 341,900
2007 Captain America 25 $3.99 Marvel 317,700
2008 Secret Invasion 1 $3.99 Marvel 263,000
2009 Amazing Spider-Man 583 $3.99 Marvel 530,500
2010 Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 175,100
2011 Justice League (including Combo Pack) 1 $3.99 DC 255,000
2012 Walking Dead (including Chromium edition) 100 $3.99 Image 384,800
2013 Walking Dead 115 $2.99 Image 329,300



   



   



   



   

Trade Paperback Title
Price Publisher Est. Orders
1991 Punisher: Bloodlines Amazon data for this TPB $5.95 Marvel
1992 Punisher: G-Force Amazon data for this TPB $4.95 Marvel
1993 WildC.A.T.S. Amazon data for this TPB $9.95 Image
1994 Superman: Under a Yellow Sun Amazon data for this TPB $5.95 DC
1995 Sandman Midnight Theater Amazon data for this TPB $6.95 DC
1996 Batman Captain America Amazon data for this TPB $5.95 DC
1997 X-Man Amazon data for this TPB $5.99 Marvel
1998 Battle Chasers Collector's Ed. Amazon data for this TPB $5.95 Image
1999 Batman War on Crime Amazon data for this TPB $9.95 DC
2000 JLA Heaven's Ladder Amazon data for this TPB $9.95 DC
2001 Wonder Woman Spirit of Truth Oversized Amazon data for this TPB $9.95 DC
2002 September 11 Vol. 2 Amazon data for this TPB $9.95 DC
2003 Justice League Liberty & Justice Amazon data for this TPB $9.95 DC
2004 Batman Hush Vol. 1 Amazon data for this TPB $12.95 DC
2005 Sin City Vol. 1 Hard Goodbye Amazon data for this TPB $17.00 Dark Horse
2006 V For Vendetta Amazon data for this TPB $19.99 DC
2007 Civil War Amazon data for this TPB $24.99 Marvel
2008 Watchmen Amazon data for this TPB $19.99 DC
2009 Watchmen Amazon data for this TPB $19.99 DC 70,000
2010 Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye Amazon data for this TPB $9.99 Image 43,900
2011 Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye Amazon data for this TPB   $9.99 Image  34,700
2012 Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye Amazon data for this TPB   $9.99 Image  74,700
2013 Saga Vol. 1 Amazon data for this TPB   $9.99 Image  60,700


(*) The circulation for X-Men Vol. 2 #1 is the total direct market sales by Marvel across all covers, not just Diamond's sales.

(**) Diamond appears to have erroneously listed Violator #1 as the top title of 1994; Spawn/Batman was the top seller of the year, with Violator likely in the 20s.

You can also find here a list of the top issues by month.






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