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Top Comics by Year

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

The figures below are the top-sellers from each year based on Comichron's analysis of reports from Diamond Comic Distributors.

The figures for 1992-2002 are estimated preorders from the month the books were solicited, and do not reflect reorders. So they are not the complete direct market circulations for each title. From 2003-2008, the figures aggregate final orders from all months in which the issues made Diamond's Top 300 list. So they are more inclusive, but not complete. From 2009 onward, the figures are based on the entire year's final orders, and are thus all-inclusive.

300th Place TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. sales
1991X-Men Vol. 2*1$1.50Marvel8,014,500
1992Superman75$2.50DC n.a.
1993Action Comics687$1.95DCn.a.
1994Spawn/Batman**1$3.95Imagen.a.
1995DC Versus Marvel1$3.95DCn.a.
1996DC Versus Marvel4$3.95DCn.a.
1997Darkness11$2.50Image357,100
1998Fathom1$2.50Image257,100
1999Tomb Raider1$2.50Image189,500
2000Uncanny X-Men381$2.25Marvel119,300
2001Dark Knight Strikes Again1$7.95DC188,700
2002Ultimates1$2.25Marvel160,200
2003Batman619$2.25DC235,100
2004Superman204$2.50DC244,100
2005All Star Batman & Robin1$2.99DC276,000
2006Civil War2$2.99Marvel341,900
2007Captain America25$3.99Marvel317,700
2008Secret Invasion1$3.99Marvel263,000
2009Amazing Spider-Man583$3.99Marvel530,500
2010Avengers1$3.99Marvel175,100
2011Justice League (including Combo Pack)1$3.99DC255,400
2012Walking Dead (including Chromium)100$3.99Image384,800
2013Walking Dead115$2.99Image329,300
2014Amazing Spider-Man1$5.99Marvel559,217
2015Star Wars1$4.99Marvel1,073,027


Note that the figures do not include newsstand sales. Based on those sales, for example, 1999's Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu reportedly had sales of more than 1 million copies over multiple printings through 1999 and 2000.



The top-selling graphic novels in the comics shop market are as follows. Note that as we approach the present day, the top-seller in the mass market is likely different and outsells the amount sold to the comics shop market:

Trade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. sales
1991Punisher: Bloodlines$5.95Marvel0
1992Punisher: G-Force$4.95Marvel0
1993WildC.A.T.S.$9.95Image0
1994Superman: Under a Yellow Sun$5.95DC0
1995Sandman Midnight Theater$6.95DC0
1996Batman Captain America$5.95DC0
1997X-Man$5.99Marvel0
1998Battle Chasers Collector's Ed.$5.95Image0
1999Batman War on Crime$9.95DC0
2000JLA Heaven's Ladder$9.95DC0
2001Wonder Woman Spirit of Truth Oversized$9.95DC0
2002September 11 Vol. 2$9.95DC0
2003Justice League Liberty & Justice$9.95DC0
2004Batman Hush Vol. 1 $12.95DC0
2005Sin City Vol. 1 Hard Goodbye$17Dark Horse0
2006V For Vendetta $19.99DC0
2007Civil War$24.99Marvel0
2008Watchmen$19.99DC 0
2009Watchmen $19.99DC 70,000
2010Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.99Image43,900
2011Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.99Image34,700
2012Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.99Image74,700
2013Saga Vol. 1$9.99Image60,700
2014Saga Vol. 3$14.99Image62,182
2015Saga Vol. 4$14.99Image46,627

 


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