July 1989 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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The Batman movie took the world by storm in the last week and a half of June 1989, and retailers in the comic-book Direct Market were ready for it. With July's comics offerings, they built on those gains, thanks to many more Batman-related offerings.

Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews #119 (May 1989, for July-shipping material) had an order deadline of May 20, a month before the film's release — but publishers and retailers were continuing to plan for the days after it. DC followed up its Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told trade paperback with The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, while Mayfair offered the Batman Role-Playing Game.

For the second month in a row, the main Batman title topped Uncanny X-Men, though one thing was different:
DC raised the price of Batman comics to $1, leaving only the Superman titles below the dollar barrier. Diamond did not index its sales in this era, but known totals from its rival Capital City Distribution show that Batman #438 and #439 sold slightly fewer copies than the two issues from June — a consequence, perhaps, of the issues being the later parts of a storyline. Detective Comics #604, meanwhile, started a new arc, and its sales nearly doubled, launching the book into fourth place.

The raw version of the chart below was published in the June 26, 1989 Diamond Dialogue. It was still a newsletter, at that point; only issue names and prices appeared. We've added publishers and ship dates, and have integrated dollar rankings that appeared in a different table. Diamond did not yet report market shares.

Diamond also did not have a separate graphic novel category yet, with the top-selling graphic novel, Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection, making the comics charts. We've retained it in the comics chart but also built a graphic novel chart.

As the chart below reports preorders, some of the comics ranked did not come out in July 1989, or at all. The Punisher movie wouldn't release for another year, so its adaptation would be delayed; it would appear as a single special rather than the miniseries solicited here.

The dates shown below are the dates the comics shipped from the printer, according to Diamond Previews #119 (July 1989) and subsequently reported in Amazing Heroes #168-169 (July 1 and July 15, 1989). Diamond 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, and Diamond's catalog seems to have grouped everything together under the earlier day, regardless of which printer a comic came from. (Capital's Advance Comics uniformly announced dates that were two days later. Its dates appeared in Comics Buyer's Guide and Comic Shop News.) We've adjusted the dates on the comics known to have come from World Color Press to Thursday. Specific on-sale dates were rarely announced in advance for smaller publishers' titles as they could seldom guarantee printer times.

Further, in this era, distributor catalog dates for all publishers did not synch up exactly with the calendar month, so Diamond's July charts include two week's worth of DC comics from August — and are missing the first two weeks' comics, which appeared in Diamond's June 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.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the month.

—John Jackson Miller

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 100 chart, plus items that appeared in Diamond's dollar sales table.
Items marked (resolicited) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
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UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePriceShippedPublisher
312Uncanny X-Men252$1.0007/20/89Marvel
413Detective Comics604$1.0007/27/89DC
515Uncanny X-Men251$1.0007/06/89Marvel
616Detective Comics605$1.0008/10/89DC
93Detective Comics Annual2$2.0008/03/89DC
1223Amazing Spider-Man323$1.0007/06/89Marvel
1324Amazing Spider-Man324$1.0007/20/89Marvel
145Avengers West Coast Annual4$2.0007/06/89Marvel
1517Punisher War Journal10$1.5007/27/89Marvel
1711Fantastic Four Annual22$2.0007/20/89Marvel
1829Avengers West Coast50$1.0007/06/89Marvel
192Wolverine Saga3$3.9507/04/89Marvel
2014Thor Annual14$2.0007/13/89Marvel
2132Justice League Europe6$1.0008/03/89DC
2322Secret Origins44$1.5007/27/89DC
2436New Mutants81$1.0007/13/89Marvel
2526Sensational She-Hulk7$1.5007/04/89Marvel
2639Justice League America30$1.0007/20/89DC
2742Iron Man248$1.0007/27/89Marvel
2846Web of Spider-Man56$1.0007/13/89Marvel
3027Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.3$1.5007/20/89Marvel
3149Spectacular Spider-Man156$1.0007/27/89Marvel
3228Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update5$1.5007/13/89Marvel
3353Captain America362$1.0007/06/89Marvel
3434What If?5$1.2507/20/89Marvel
3554Silver Surfer29$1.0007/20/89Marvel
3656Captain America361$1.0007/20/89Marvel
3737Classic X-Men39$1.2507/27/89Marvel
3860Punisher Movie Comic1$1.00Marvel
3959Fantastic Four332$1.0007/27/89Marvel
4122Aliens II2$2.25Dark Horse
4233Marc Spector, Moon Knight6$1.5007/25/89Marvel
4367Incredible Hulk361$1.0007/20/89Marvel
44n.a.Action Comics645$0.7508/10/89DC
4568Punisher Movie Comic2$1.00Marvel
4952Marvel Comics Presents32$1.2507/13/89Marvel
5055Marvel Comics Presents33$1.2507/27/89Marvel
5141Captain Marvel Special1$1.5007/13/89Marvel
5231New Titans58$1.7507/25/89DC
53n.a.Adventures of Superman458$0.7508/03/89DC
5465Green Arrow23$1.2507/25/89DC
5548Forgotten Realms1$1.5008/08/89DC
5664Green Arrow24$1.2508/08/89DC
5751Alpha Flight76$1.5007/11/89Marvel
5877Hawk and Dove4$1.0007/27/89DC
5978Nth Man4$1.0007/13/89Marvel
6043Shadow Strikes1$1.7508/08/89DC
6262Doctor Strange, Sorceror Supreme9$1.5007/25/89Marvel
6463L.E.G.I.O.N. '898$1.5008/01/89DC
65n.a.Avengers Spotlight24$1.0007/13/89Marvel
6638Star Trek V: Final Frontier Special$2.0006/20/89DC
6758Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles23$1.75Mirage
69n.a.Marvel Age80$0.7507/20/89Marvel
7045Wonder Woman Annual2$2.0007/27/89DC
71n.a.Wonder Woman34$1.0007/20/89DC
72n.a.Green Lantern Special2$1.5007/11/89DC
7319Justice, Inc.1$3.9507/13/89DC
75n.a.G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero92$1.0007/20/89Marvel
78n.a.Nick Fury & Wolverine: Scorpio $16.9507/11/89Marvel
80n.a.Groo the Wanderer57$1.0007/13/89Marvel
8125Justice, Inc.2$3.9507/25/89DC
8230Doctor Fate Annual1$2.9507/25/89DC
8479Advanced Dungeons & Dragons10$1.5008/08/89DC
8566Power Pack50$1.9507/20/89Marvel
86n.a.Captain Atom33$1.0008/10/89DC
8782Doctor Fate10$1.5008/08/89DC
8840Rocketeer Adventure Magazine2$2.75Comico
89n.a.Suicide Squad33$1.0008/10/89DC
90n.a.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles5$1.0008/08/89Archie
91n.a.Animal Man15$1.5008/01/89DC
92n.a.Firestorm the Nuclear Man89$1.0007/20/89DC
93n.a.Mister Miracle8$1.0007/27/89DC
94n.a.New Gods8$1.5008/08/89DC
9544Hellblazer Annual1$2.9508/08/89DC
9680Sleeze Brothers1$1.7507/13/89Marvel
97n.a.Doom Patrol26$1.5008/01/89DC
9950Green Hornet1$2.9507/28/89Now
100n.a.Power of the Atom16$1.0008/03/89DC
n.a.57Groo Chronicles5$3.5007/25/89Marvel
n.a.69Lone Wolf and Cub27$2.9506/30/89First
n.a.70Nightmare on Elm Street Magazine1$2.2507/04/89Marvel
n.a.72Punisher Magazine2$2.2507/04/89Marvel
n.a.75Lum Uresei Yatsura3$2.95Viz
n.a.79Savage Sword of Conan165$2.2507/11/89Marvel
n.a.81Big Black Kiss1$3.75Vortex

July 1989 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

Diamond released no Graphic Novel list in this month; this chart amalgamates relevant reported data.

The links lead to title details on Amazon (paid links). You can also find the books at your comics shop.

Diamond did not publish graphic novel charts in this era, but it did include better-selling graphic novels in its overall dollar rankings. The list below is cobbled from those charts and is ranked by dollars and not units.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11 Nick Fury and Wolverine: Scorpio $16.95Marveln.a.
n/a2 Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told$14.95Marveln.a.
n/a3Elektra Saga TPB$16.95Marveln.a.
n/a4Making of Batman: The Official Book of the Movie$7.95Bantamn.a.
n/a5Hawkman TPB$19.95DCn.a.
n/a6Lt. Blueberry: Chihuahua Pearl$12.95Marveln.a.
n/a7Further Adventures of Batman (prose)$3.95Bantamn.a.
n/a8Gladstone Album Special #1$9.95Gladstonen.a.
n/a9Mai the Psychic Girl Vol. 3$16.95Vizn.a.
n/a 10 Art of Katsuhiro Otomo HC$35.00 Kodanshan.a.