October 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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Crossovers dominated the fall of 1987, with "The Fall of the Mutants" taking place at Marvel while "Millennium" was underway at DC. There weren't many first issues in the month, but the number of "event" comics more than made up for that.

The weekly issues of the Millennium series from DC took the fifth through eighth slots in the Top 100, with the final issue outselling the others. The sprawling event took in seventeen other cross-over issues in October: Adventures of Superman #437, Blue Beetle #21, Booster Gold #25, Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #68, Flash #9, Green Lantern Corps #221, Infinity Inc. #47, Justice League International #10, Legion of Super-Heroes #43, Outsiders #28, Secret Origins #23, Spectre #11, Suicide Squad #10, Superman #14, Teen Titans Spotlight #19, Wonder Woman #13, and Young All-Stars #9.

Fresh from the Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters miniseries, the Emerald Archer began a long run with a regular series with Green Arrow #1.

Another series debut was Star Trek: The Next Generation #1; the six-issue miniseries saw its first issue go on sale the first week of November. The TV series had premiered in syndication on Sept. 28.

No graphic novels appeared in the Top 100, but the leader was probably Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller and Dave Mazzucchelli, which came out on Oct. 13 and was priced at $8.95.

The top dollar book at Capital — and likely at Diamond — was the History of the DC Universe limited edition, a 128-page book; it was solicited for Oct. 27 and received preorders accordingly, but it didn't ship until 1988.

The raw version of the chart below was presumably published in the September 1987 Diamond Dialogue newsletter; it was reprinted in Comics Values Monthly #21, where we found it. We've added publishers and ship dates. Diamond did not yet report market shares; Capital City this month found Marvel with a dollar share of 35.07%, DC with a dollar share of 34.54%, and Eclipse at 5.71%. DC had passed Marvel in the two months previous, but "Fall of the Mutants" helped the publisher move back atop the charts.

The dates shown below are the dates the comics shipped from the printer, according to Capital City's Orderpak (October 1989) and subsequently reported in Amazing Heroes #127 and #128 (Oct. 15 and Nov. 1, 1987). Marvel Age's shipping date comes from Marvel Age #58 (Jan. 1988). 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 October charts include one week's worth of DC comics from November — and are missing the first week's comics, which would have appeared in Diamond's September 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.

—John Jackson Miller

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UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePriceShippedPublisher
1Uncanny X-Men226$0.7510/20/87Marvel
3Green Arrow1$1.0010/20/87DC
4New Mutants60$1.2510/06/87Marvel
9Silver Surfer8$0.7510/20/87Marvel
11Justice League International10$0.7510/13/87DC
12G.I. Joe A Real American Hero68$1.0010/20/87Marvel
14G.I. Joe Yearbook4$1.5010/13/87Marvel
15Amazing Spider-Man297$0.7510/13/87Marvel
17Incredible Hulk340$0.7510/20/87Marvel
18Classic X-Men18$1.0010/27/87Marvel
21Web of Spider-Man35$0.7510/06/87Marvel
22Solo Avengers3$0.7510/13/87Marvel
23Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man135$0.7510/27/87Marvel
24Alpha Flight55$1.0010/13/87Marvel
25West Coast Avengers29$0.7510/06/87Marvel
26Fantastic Four 311$0.7510/27/87Marvel
27Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe20$1.5010/27/87Marvel
28G.I. Joe Missions9$1.0010/06/87Marvel
30Action Comics597$0.7511/03/87DC
31Iron Man227$0.7510/27/87Marvel
32World of Krypton3$0.7510/13/87DC
33Wonder Woman13$0.7510/13/87DC
34Doom Patrol5$0.7510/27/87DC
36Captain America338$0.7510/13/87Marvel
38Star Trek: The Next Generation1$1.5011/03/87DC
40Adventures of Superman437$0.7510/27/87DC
41Detective Comics583$0.7511/03/87DC
43Power Pack35$1.0010/27/87Marvel
44Suicide Squad10$0.7511/03/87DC
45Forever People1$1.2510/20/87DC
46Legion of Super-Heroes43$1.7510/20/87DC
47Doc Savage4$1.7511/03/87DC
48Marvel Age59$0.50 10/20/87Marvel
49New Teen Titans40$1.7510/27/87DC
51Green Lantern Corps221$0.7510/27/87DC
52Lone Wolf & Cub6$1.95First
53Firestorm the Nuclear Man68$0.7510/13/87DC
54Secret Origins23$1.2510/20/87DC
55Strange Tales11$0.7510/13/87Marvel
56Teen Titans Spotlight19$0.7511/03/87DC
57Captain Atom12$0.7511/03/87DC
59Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles13 $1.50Mirage
63Booster Gold25$1.0010/27/87DC
64Young All Stars9$1.2510/20/87DC
67Strikeforce: Morituri15$1.0010/06/87Marvel
69Slash Maraud4$1.7510/27/87DC
70Blue Beetle21$0.7510/20/87DC
71Infinity Inc.47$1.7510/27/87DC
72Sonic Disruptors3$1.7511/03/87DC
73Blood: A Tale1$3.2509/29/87Marvel
74Swamp Thing69$1.2510/27/87DC
76Groo the Wanderer36$1.0010/13/87Marvel
78Star Trek47$0.7510/20/87DC
79Psi Force16$0.7510/06/87Marvel
81Marshal Law2$1.9510/20/87Marvel
82Conan Annual11$1.2510/06/87Marvel
84Conan the Barbarian203$1.0010/20/87Marvel
85Elfquest31$1.00 10/27/87 Marvel
86Tales of G.I. Joe2$1.5010/06/87Marvel
88Alien Legion2$1.2510/27/87Marvel
91Blood: A Tale2$1.5010/27/87Marvel
92Saga of Ra's al Ghul2$2.5010/13/87DC
96Savage Sword of Conan144$2.0010/13/87Marvel
98Justice Machine10$1.5010/02/87Comico
99Johnny Quest17$1.75Comico

Diamond did not report graphic novel sales this month.