September 1987 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

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Two major fall crossovers events got fully underway, with "The Fall of the Mutants" taking place at Marvel while "Millennium" launched at DC with a weekly series.

One of the longer-running series to be launched in the 1980s debuted with DC's Hellblazer #1. Edited by Karen Berger (and long before it would become part of the Vertigo label) the first issue kicked off one of the longest modern runs for a new title, ending with Hellblazer #300 in 2013. The debut placed 43rd.

For the second month in a row, Diamond's rival Capital City Distribution found that DC had edged out Marvel in dollar market shares; it's unclear whether the same result obtained at Diamond, but there certainly was a lot of attention on DC's event. Millennium #1 took second place, with the next three issues finishing fourth through sixth.The sprawling event took in 20 other cross-over issues in September: Action Comics #596, Adventures of Superman #436, Batman #415, Blue Beetle #20, Booster Gold #24, Captain Atom #11, Detective Comics #582, Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #67, Flash #8, Green Lantern Corps #220, Infinity Inc. #46, Justice League International #9, Legion of Super-Heroes #41, Outsiders #27, Secret Origins #22, Spectre #10, Suicide Squad #9, Superman #13, Teen Titans Spotlight #18, and Wonder Woman #12.

Thor: I Whom the Gods Would Destroy from Marvel was the top graphic novel by units, placing 88th in a comics chart that did not yet distinguish between comics and graphic novels. It was also the top dollar graphic novel at Capital — and likely at Diamond; the month also saw significant dollar sales for Marvel's Moebius graphic novel.

The raw version of the chart below was presumably published in the August 1987 Diamond Dialogue newsletter; it was reprinted in Comics Values Monthly #20, where we found it. We've added publishers and ship dates. Diamond did not yet report market shares; Capital City this month found DC with a dollar share of 32.2%, Marvel with a dollar share of 31.56%, and Eclipse at 6.1%.

The dates shown below are the dates the comics shipped from the printer, according to Capital City's Orderpak (Septem 1989) and subsequently reported in Amazing Heroes #125 and #126 (Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, 1987). Marvel Age's shipping date comes from Marvel Age #57 (Dec. 1987). Capital reported almost all dates as Tuesdays, which corresponded to when the printer Ronald's released its comics — but World Color Press wasn't releasing its books until 12:01 a.m. on Thursdays. It's not clear which books came from that printer, however, so we've kept everything on Tuesday unless the dates said otherwise.

Further, in this era, distributor catalog dates for all publishers did not synch up exactly with the calendar month, so Diamond's September charts include two week's worth of DC comics from October — and are missing the first week's comics, which would have appeared in Diamond's August charts. This would continue until March 1995, when DC would realign its solicitations with the Direct Market's calendar month (that chart only included three weeks of DC sales). Because Diamond did not report indexed sales, there is no way to know where those comics would have landed in this month's chart.

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—John Jackson Miller

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 100 chart.
If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
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UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePriceShippedPublisher
1Uncanny X-Men225$0.7509/15/87Marvel
9Silver Surfer7$0.7509/15/87Marvel
10New Mutants59$0.7509/01/87Marvel
11Justice League International9$0.7509/15/87DC
12G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero67$0.7509/15/87Marvel
14Amazing Spider-Man296$0.7509/08/87Marvel
15Classic X-Men17$1.0009/22/87Marvel
16Solo Avengers2$0.7509/08/87Marvel
19Web of Spider-Man34$0.7509/01/87Marvel
20Alpha Flight54$1.0009/08/87Marvel
21Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man134$0.7509/22/87Marvel
22Action Comics596$0.7510/06/87DC
23West Coast Avengers28$0.7509/01/87Marvel
24Fantastic Four310$0.7509/22/87Marvel
26Doom Patrol4$0.7509/29/87DC
27Star Brand11$0.7509/22/87Marvel
28World of Krypton2$0.7509/15/87DC
30Wonder Woman12$0.7509/15/87DC
31Iron Man226$0.7509/22/87Marvel
33Detective Comics582$0.7510/06/87DC
34Captain America337$0.7509/08/87Marvel
35Adventures of Superman436$0.7509/29/87DC
39Lone Wolf and Cub5$1.95First
40Tales of G.I. Joe1$2.2509/01/87Marvel
42Suicide Squad9$0.7510/06/87DC
44Phantom Stranger4$0.7509/29/87DC
45Captain Atom11$0.7510/06/87DC
46Doc Savage3$1.7510/06/87DC
47Legion of Super-Heroes42$0.7509/15/87DC
49New Teen Titans39$1.7509/29/87DC
50Incredible Hulk339$0.7509/15/87Marvel
51Marvel Age58$0.5009/08/87Marvel
52Strange Tales10$0.7509/08/87Marvel
53Green Lantern Corps220$0.7509/29/87DC
54Firestorm, the Nuclear Man67$0.7509/15/87DC
55Teen Titans Spotlight18$0.7510/06/87DC
56Secret Origins22$1.2509/22/87DC
58Power Pack34$1.0009/08/87Marvel
60Young All-Stars8$1.2509/15/87DC
61D.P. 715$0.7509/15/87Marvel
62Strikeforce: Morituri14$1.0009/01/87Marvel
63Slash Maraud3$1.7509/29/87DC
64Sonic Disruptors2$1.7510/06/87DC
66Booster Gold24$1.0009/29/87DC
67Blue Beetle20$0.7509/22/87DC
68Infinity Inc.46$1.7509/29/87DC
69Swamp Thing68$1.2509/29/87DC
70Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles3$1.50Mirage
74 Groo the Wanderer35$1.0009/08/87Marvel
75Psi Force15$0.7509/01/87Marvel
76Saga of Ra's Al Ghul1$2.5009/15/87DC
77Star Trek46$0.7509/22/87DC
80Conan the Barbarian202$1.0009/15/87Marvel
82Marvel Fanfare36$1.5009/15/87Marvel
84Video Jack2$1.2509/08/87Marvel
85Conan the King44$1.2509/01/87Marvel
88I Whom the Gods Would Destroy$5.9509/22/87Marvel
89Savave Sword of Conan143$2.0009/08/87Marvel
90Official Marvel Index to the X-Men5$2.9509/22/87Marvel
93Mai the Psychic Girl8$1.5009/08/87Eclipse
95Mai the Psychic Girl9$1.5009/22/87Eclipse
98Marvel Tales207$0.7509/15/87Marvel
99Area 888$1.5009/08/87Eclipse
100Area 889$1.5009/22/87Eclipse

September 1987 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top Graphic Novel charts. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

Diamond did not release a graphic novel chart, and only Thor: I Whom the Gods Would Destroy made the Top 100 comics. But the other three were the top graphic novels at Capital and likely were so at Diamond.

UnitsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
1Thor: I Whom the Gods Would Destroy$5.95Marvel
n/aA Sailor's Story$5.95Marvel
n/a Time Squared: The Satisfaction of Black Mariah $7.95First