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Top Comic Books of Decade: The 2010s

Estimated Sales of Comic Books to North American Comics Shops
based on reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


The first issue of Marvel's relaunched Star Wars series is the comic book ordered most by comics shops in North America so far in the decade of the 2010s, up through the end of 2015. The issue's sales include several hundred thousand copies purchased by the repackager Loot Crate, but its sales even without those are enough to make it the top title of the decade. Close to 100 different variant covers exist of the issue.

Comichron looked back at every month of comic-book orders reported by Diamond Comic Distributors, the exclusive retail agent for the largest publishers in the industry. The tables report Diamond's Top 300 comics from each month, as well as the number of copies ordered by its approximately 3,000 retail accounts.

For the years 2010-2015 and 2017-18, the sales include all issues shipped by Diamond in the calendar year. 2016 is like the years of the decade of the 2000s, where the chart only includes data from the monthly Top 300 lists. Actual 2016 figures will be slightly higher in most cases than the figure that appears here.

These figures are for the comic book direct market only — the network of comic book stores that sell the lion's share of comic books in periodical form in North America. Sales of these comics on newsstands or by subscription are not included. Copies of titles repackaged by the bundling service Loot Crate are included only if Diamond distributed them to Loot Crate.

More after the charts:

 

† Items marked with a dagger include between 200-400,000 copies sold by the repackager Loot Crate.
* Items with asterisks were returnable issues whose final orders may be higher or lower.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssueReleasePricePublisherEst. units
1Star Wars1†Jan-15$4.99Marvel1,073,000
2Amazing Spider-Man1Apr-14$5.99Marvel559,200
3Secret Wars1May-15$4.99Marvel550,500
4Action Comics1000Apr-18$7.99DC504,200
5Bravest Warriors Tales Holo John1†May-15$4.99Boom503,000
6Orphan Black1†Feb-15$3.99IDW502,000
7Dark Knight III Master Race1Nov-15$5.99DC449,100
8Amazing Spider-Man800May-18$9.99Marvel439,500
9Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York1†Oct-16$3.99Boom421,600
10Batman50Jul-18$4.99DC412,500
11Star Wars Vader Down1Nov-15$4.99Marvel410,600
12Civil War II1Jun-16$5.99Marvel391,500
13Walking Dead (including Chromium ed.)100Jul-12$3.99Image384,800
14Fantastic Four1Aug-18$5.99Marvel381,700
15Harley Quinn1*Aug-16$2.99DC366,100
16Champions1Oct-16$4.99Marvel334,900
17Walking Dead115Oct-13$2.99Image329,300
18Walking Dead132†Oct-14$2.99Image326,300
19Justice League of America1Feb-13$3.99DC326,000
20Darth Vader1Feb-15$4.99Marvel315,600
21Marvel Legacy1Sep-17$5.99Marvel315,300
22Rocket Raccoon1†Jul-14$3.99Marvel311,000
23Uncanny Avengers1Oct-12$3.99Marvel305,900
24DC Universe Rebirth1May-16$2.99DC305,700
25Batman1*Jun-16$2.99DC304,200
26Amazing Spider-Man1Jul-18$5.99Marvel298,300
27All Star Batman1*Aug-16$4.99DC289,300
28Spider-Gwen1Feb-15$3.99Marvel288,600
29Dark Nights Metal1Aug-17$4.99DC287,500
30Black Panther1Apr-16$4.99Marvel286,800
31Doomsday Clock (plus Lenticular Ed.)1Nov-17$4.99DC285,500
32Invincible Iron Man1Oct-15$3.99Marvel282,400
33Death of Wolverine1Sep-14$4.99Marvel274,000
34Princess Leia1Mar-15$3.99Marvel271,000
35Return of Wolverine1Sep-18$4.99Marvel269,800
36Avengers Vs X-Men1Mar-12$3.99Marvel265,100
37Deadpool1Nov-15$4.99Marvel261,800
38Superman Unchained1Jun-13$4.99DC259,100
39Justice League (including Combo Pack)1Aug-11$3.99DC255,400
40Venom1May-18$4.99Marvel248,700
41Amazing Spider-Man1Oct-15$5.99Marvel247,600
42Amazing Spider-Man798Apr-18$3.99Marvel242,400
43Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man1Jun-17$4.99Marvel238,400
44Secret Wars2May-15$4.99Marvel234,000
45Secret Wars3Jun-15$3.99Marvel230,000
46Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)21Apr-17$3.99DC228,700
47Secret Wars4Jul-15$3.99Marvel227,300
48Batman Who Laughs1Dec-18$4.99DC226,100
49Guardians of Galaxy1Mar-13$3.99Marvel221,200
50Star Wars2Feb-15$3.99Marvel219,700
51Batman1Sep-11$2.99DC218,000
52Suicide Squad1*Aug-16$2.99DC217,700
53Superior Spider-Man1Jan-13$3.99Marvel216,700
54Star Wars4Apr-15$3.99Marvel216,300
55Star Wars: Shattered Empire1Sep-15$3.99Marvel215,200
56Infinity1Aug-13$4.99Marvel210,800
57Batman Rebirth1*Jun-16$2.99DC209,300
58Justice League1*Jul-16$2.99DC209,200
59Secret Wars5Aug-15$3.99Marvel207,200
60Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows1Jun-15$3.99Marvel206,500
61Amazing Spider-Man799Apr-18$3.99Marvel206,000
62Action Comics1Sep-11$3.99DC204,000
63Justice League1Jun-18$3.99DC203,500
64Justice League (including Combo Pack)2Oct-11$3.99DC201,900
65Amazing Spider-Man700Dec-12$7.99Marvel201,000
66Star Wars Lando1Jul-15$3.99Marvel200,400
67Avengers Vs X-Men2Apr-12$3.99Marvel200,300
68Spider-Gwen1Oct-15$3.99Marvel198,800
69Avengers Vs X-Men6Jun-12$3.99Marvel197,000
70Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)21Apr-17$3.99DC194,100
71Secret Wars6Oct-15$3.99Marvel193,200
72Avengers Vs X-Men5Jun-12$3.99Marvel192,200
73Dark Nights Metal6Mar-18$4.99DC190,900
74Avengers Vs X-Men3May-12$3.99Marvel190,000
75Civil War II0May-16$4.99Marvel190,000
76Avengers Vs X-Men4May-12$3.99Marvel187,500
77Doomsday Clock2Dec-17$4.99DC187,400
78Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)22May-17$3.99DC187,100
79Uncanny X-Men1Nov-18$7.99Marvel187,100
80Avengers1Dec-12$3.99Marvel187,000
81X-Men1May-13$3.99Marvel186,300
82Civil War II3Jul-16$4.99Marvel185,900
83Amazing Spider-Man16Aug-16$3.99Marvel185,300
84All New X-Men1Nov-12$3.99Marvel184,700
85Star Wars3Mar-15$3.99Marvel184,500
86Age of Ultron1Mar-13$3.99Marvel184,000
87Justice League Rebirth1*Jul-16$2.99DC183,800
88Uncanny X-Men1Feb-13$3.99Marvel182,700
89Avengers Vs X-Men7Jul-12$3.99Marvel182,500
90Spider-Man Deadpool1Jan-16$3.99Marvel181,100
91Batman2Oct-11$2.99DC179,600
92Justice League Suicide Squad 1Dec-16$3.99DC179,600
93Avengers Vs X-Men8Jul-12$3.99Marvel178,700
94Suicide Squad Rebirth1*Aug-16$2.99DC177,800
95Secret Wars7Nov-15$3.99Marvel177,300
96Batman2*Jul-16$2.99DC177,100
97Secret Empire1May-17$4.99Marvel177,100
98Civil War1Jul-15$4.99Marvel176,300
99Doomsday Clock3Jan-18$4.99DC175,900
100Dark Nights Metal2Sep-17$3.99DC175,700
101Star Wars Poe Dameron1Apr-16$4.99Marvel175,300
102Avengers1May-10$3.99Marvel175,100
103Avengers Vs X-Men9Aug-12$3.99Marvel174,800
104Ultimate Comics Spider-Man160Jun-11$3.99Marvel172,700
105Secret Empire0Apr-17$4.99Marvel172,500
106Green Lantern1Sep-11$2.99DC172,300
107Batman50Mar-16$5.99DC172,300
108Captain America1Jul-18$4.99Marvel172,100
109Avengers Vs X-Men10Aug-12$3.99Marvel172,100
110Avengers Vs X-Men12Oct-12$4.99Marvel171,800
111Dark Nights Metal3Oct-17$3.99DC171,000
112Justice League (including Combo Pack)3Nov-11$3.99DC170,800
113Death of Wolverine4Oct-14$4.99Marvel170,800
114Batman13Oct-12$3.99DC 170,500
115Avengers Vs X-Men0Mar-12$3.99Marvel169,700
116Secret Wars8Dec-15$3.99Marvel169,700
117Avengers Vs X-Men11Sep-12$3.99Marvel169,100
118Batman3*Jul-16$2.99DC168,900
119Superman Unchained2Jul-13$3.99DC168,800
120IVX1Dec-16$5.99Marvel167,700
121Dark Nights Metal5Jan-18$3.99DC167,000
122Thor1Oct-14$3.99Marvel166,200
123Star Wars7Jul-15$3.99Marvel165,200
124Justice League12Aug-12$3.99DC 164,800
125Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)22May-17$3.99DC164,000
126Doomsday Clock4Mar-18$4.99DC162,300
127Dark Nights Metal4Dec-17$3.99DC161,800
128Star Wars6Jun-15$3.99Marvel161,200
129Batman14Nov-12$3.99DC 161,000
130Batman0Sep-12$3.99DC 160,300
131Star Wars Han Solo1Jun-16$3.99Marvel159,500
132Batman Superman1Jun-13$3.99DC158,600
133Magic Order1Jun-18$3.99Image158,400
134Dark Knight III Master Race2Dec-15$5.99DC158,200
135Action Comics2Oct-11$3.99DC156,400
136Batman17Feb-13$3.99DC156,300
137Doomsday Clock5May-18$4.99DC156,200
138Walking Dead150Jan-16$2.99Image156,200
139Guardians Team-Up1Mar-15$3.99Marvel155,500
140Civil War II2Jun-16$4.99Marvel155,400
141Star Wars5May-15$3.99Marvel155,000
142Batman40Apr-15$4.99DC154,800
143Original Sin1May-14$4.99Marvel154,800
144Detective Comics1Sep-11$2.99DC154,400
145Batman3Nov-11$2.99DC153,300
146Batman4*Aug-16$2.99DC153,000
147Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey1Dec-17$4.99Marvel152,500
148Batman15Dec-12$3.99DC 151,600
149Dark Knight III The Master Race3Feb-16$5.99DC150,700
150Heroes In Crisis1Sep-18$3.99DC150,600
151Amazing Spider-Man797Mar-18$3.99Marvel150,600
152Batman16Jan-13$3.99DC150,500
153Batman21Jun-13$3.99DC150,300
154Doctor Strange1Oct-15$4.99Marvel149,800
155Doctor Strange Sorcerers Supreme1Oct-16$3.99Marvel149,700
156Justice League (including Combo Pack)4Dec-11$3.99DC149,300
157Flash1Sep-11$2.99DC149,100
158Secret Wars9Jan-16$4.99Marvel149,000
159Death of Wolverine2Sep-14$4.99Marvel148,900
160Batman5Jan-12$2.99DC 148,800
161Justice League of America1Jun-15$5.99DC148,600
162Justice League5Jan-12$3.99DC 148,500
163Star Wars8Aug-15$3.99Marvel147,400
164Death of Wolverine3Oct-14$4.99Marvel147,200
165Forever Evil1Sep-13$3.99DC146,600
166Fantastic Four587Jan-11$3.99Marvel146,100
167Fear Itself1Apr-11$3.99Marvel146,000
168Batman41Jun-15$3.99DC145,300
169Justice League6Feb-12$3.99DC 145,200
170X-Men1Jul-10$3.99Marvel144,700
171Avengers1May-18$4.99Marvel144,700
172Superman1Sep-11$2.99DC144,400
173Green Lantern2Oct-11$2.99DC144,200
174Batman Damned2Dec-18$6.99DC144,200
175Batman8Apr-12$3.99DC 144,100
176Hunt For Wolverine1Apr-18$5.99Marvel143,700
177Darth Vader2Feb-15$3.99Marvel143,400
178Batman18Mar-13$3.99DC143,200
179Dark Knight III Master Race4Apr-16$5.99DC143,100
180Deadpools Secret Secret Wars1May-15$4.99Marvel142,400
181Batman5*Aug-16$2.99DC142,100
182Superior Spider-Man31Apr-14$5.99Marvel141,800
183Dark Days The Forge1Jun-17$4.99DC141,700
184Darth Vader4Apr-15$3.99Marvel141,500
185Batman9May-12$3.99DC 141,400
186Blackest Night8Mar-10$3.99DC141,400
187Doomsday Clock6Jul-18$4.99DC141,300
188Avengers and X-Men Axis1Oct-14$4.99Marvel140,500
189Captain America Steve Rogers1May-16$4.99Marvel140,200
190Star Wars13Dec-15$3.99Marvel139,900
191Dark Knight III Master Race5Jun-16$5.99DC139,900
192Superman Unchained3Aug-13$3.99DC139,500
193Amazing Spider-Man666Jul-11$3.99Marvel139,500
194Justice League7Mar-12$3.99DC 139,000
195Batman6Sep-16$2.99DC138,900
196Venom150May-17$5.99Marvel138,600
197Batman6Feb-12$2.99DC 138,300
198Star Wars9Sep-15$3.99Marvel138,200
199Tony Stark Iron Man1Jun-18$4.99Marvel137,900
200Siege1Jan-10$3.99Marvel137,700
201Amazing Spider-Man2May-14$3.99Marvel137,700
202All Star Batman2*Sep-16$4.99DC137,700
203Batman10Jun-12$3.99DC 136,900
204Superman1Jul-18$3.99DC136,800
205Batman7Mar-12$2.99DC 136,700
206Blackest Night7Feb-10$3.99DC136,400
207Darth Vader3Mar-15$3.99Marvel136,200
208Star Wars10Oct-15$3.99Marvel135,900
209Amazing Spider-Man9Nov-14$4.99Marvel135,700
210Batman7Sep-16$2.99DC135,600
211Action Comics3Nov-11$3.99DC135,500
212Extraordinary X-Men1Nov-15$4.99Marvel135,500
213Dark Days The Casting1Jul-17$4.99DC134,900
214Batman44Apr-18$2.99DC134,700
215Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1Dec-15$3.99DC134,500
216Batman22Jul-13$3.99DC134,400
217Batman11Jul-12$3.99DC 134,400
218Doomsday Clock7Sep-18$4.99DC134,400
219Justice League9May-12$3.99DC 134,200
220Justice League8Apr-12$3.99DC 134,000
221Batman4Dec-11$2.99DC133,800
222Dark Knight III Master Race6Oct-16$5.99DC133,600
223Batman32Jun-14$3.99DC132,700
224Batman24Jun-17$2.99DC132,600
225New Avengers1Jun-10$3.99Marvel132,500
226Origin II1Dec-13$4.99Marvel131,700
227Batman19Apr-13$3.99DC131,200
228Black Panther1May-18$4.99Marvel130,700
229Ultimate Comics Fallout4Aug-11$3.99Marvel130,700
230Batman23Aug-13$3.99DC130,300
231Brightest Day0Apr-10$3.99DC130,000
232All New All Different Avengers1Nov-15$4.99Marvel130,000
233Batman8Oct-16$2.99DC129,800
234Batman Who Laughs1Nov-17$3.99DC129,700
235Justice League10Jun-12$3.99DC 129,600
236Justice League0Sep-12$3.99DC 129,400
237Batman Futures End1Sep-14$3.99DC129,300
238Old Man Logan1May-15$4.99Marvel129,100
239Batman39Feb-15$3.99DC128,600
240Brightest Day1May-10$2.99DC128,500
241Convergence1Apr-15$4.99DC128,500
242Infinity2Sep-13$3.99Marvel128,400
243Batman The Dark Knight1Sep-11$2.99DC128,100
244Batman20May-13$3.99DC128,000
245Batman43Aug-15$3.99DC128,000
246Nightwing Rebirth1*Jul-16$2.99DC127,800
247Star Wars11Nov-15$3.99Marvel127,700
248Justice League11Jul-12$3.99DC 127,600
249Avengers24.NOWDec-13$4.99Marvel127,500
250Justice League2*Aug-16$2.99DC127,400
251Batman47Dec-15$3.99DC127,200
252Infinity3Sep-13$3.99Marvel127,000
253Captain America1Nov-12$3.99Marvel127,000
254Civil War II4Jul-16$4.99Marvel126,900
255Batman12Aug-12$3.99DC 126,800
256Batman25Nov-13$4.99DC126,700
257Uncanny X-Men600Nov-15$5.99Marvel126,500
258Amazing Spider-Man801Jun-18$3.99Marvel126,400
259Superman Rebirth1*Jun-16$2.99DC126,200
260FF1Mar-11$3.99Marvel126,100
261Batman9Oct-16$2.99DC126,100
262X-Men Gold1Apr-17$4.99Marvel125,600
263Batman24Oct-13$6.99DC125,600
264Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)8Mar-17$5.99DC125,400
265Astonishing X-Men1Jul-17$4.99Marvel125,100
266Star Wars12Nov-15$3.99Marvel125,100
267Doomsday Clock8Dec-18$4.99DC124,700
268Mighty Thor700Oct-17$5.99Marvel124,700
269Chewbacca1Oct-15$3.99Marvel123,800
270All New Captain America1Nov-14$3.99Marvel123,600
271Green Lantern3Nov-11$2.99DC123,300
272Amazing Spider-Man4Jul-14$3.99Marvel123,100
273Batman49Jun-18$2.99DC123,000
274Star Wars: Shattered Empire2Oct-15$3.99Marvel122,600
275Thanos Rising1Apr-13$3.99Marvel122,400
276All New Wolverine1Nov-15$4.99Marvel122,400
277Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade1Jun-16$6.99DC122,300
278Amazing Spider-Man2Jul-18$3.99Marvel122,100
279Star Wars Darth Vader1Jun-17$4.99Marvel122,100
280New Avengers1Jan-13$3.99Marvel121,900
281Wolverine1Mar-13$3.99Marvel121,800
282Convergence0Apr-15$4.99DC121,700
283Superior Spider-Man2Jan-13$3.99Marvel121,600
284Superman1*Jun-16$2.99DC121,500
285Guardians of Infinity1Dec-15$4.99Marvel121,400
286Detective Comics2Oct-11$2.99DC121,000
287Batman10Nov-16$2.99DC120,900
288Guardians of the Galaxy1Dec-15$3.99Marvel120,800
289Star Wars Special C-3PO1Apr-16$4.99Marvel120,800
290Batman33Jul-14$4.99DC120,700
291A-Force1May-15$3.99Marvel120,500
292Batman38Jan-15$3.99DC120,400
293Indestructible Hulk1Nov-12$3.99Marvel120,300
294Siege2Feb-10$3.99Marvel120,200
295Civil War II5Sep-16$4.99Marvel120,200
296Batman35Oct-14$4.99DC120,100
297Justice League16Jan-13$3.99DC120,000
298Darth Vader5May-15$3.99Marvel119,700
299Batman29Mar-14$4.99DC119,700
300Wonder Woman1*Jun-16$2.99DC119,600




Items on the table are listed in the months in which they first made the Diamond chart — following the links to the individual months' pages shows what those comics sold initially, since later reorders pop up in the months that follow.

And as this is a periodical ranking, it doesn't get into bound collected editions and graphic novels, or digital sales.

—John Jackson Miller


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