October 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 true top seller for October 1989 was really Legends of the Dark Knight #1, which went on sale on Oct. 10, but this was still in the era when DC's solicitations overlapped into the next month. Hence the top seller in Diamond's October chart, Legends of the Dark Knight #2, really went on sale on Nov. 7. Diamond wasn't yet publishing indexed sales figures, but known sales at Capital City Distribution suggest Diamond moved more than a quarter million copies.

It was invariably a smaller month than September, since that month had not just Legends #1 in the charts, but also the colossal dollar-earner Arkham Asylum. But one of the major events from the summer hit its climax, with Batman #442 debuting Tim Drake as the third Robin.

October saw the end of Gladstone's first run as publisher of Disney's comics; Disney would publish on its own for several years, before getting out of the comics business and returning its titles to Gladstone.

The top graphic novel was Superman Archives Vol. 1, first of a new line of hardcover collections; DC promised in its initial solicitation that it would not later be released as a softcover. It went on sale Oct. 24. The book's $39.95 price tag signified increasing publisher confidence that consumers were willing to spend for big-ticket items.

The raw version of the chart below was first published in the Sept. 27, 1989 Diamond Dialogue. Dialogue 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, but we counted up the number of issues from each publisher in the table at left.

The dates shown below are the dates the comics shipped from the printer, according to Diamond Previews #122 (August-for-October 1989) and subsequently reported in Amazing Heroes. 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 August charts include two week's worth of DC comics from September — 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
11Legends of the Dark Knight2$1.5011/07/89DC
37Uncanny X-Men256$1.0010/05/89Marvel
410Detective Comics609$1.0010/26/89DC
611Amazing Spider-Man327$1.0010/12/89Marvel
94New Titans61$1.7510/24/89DC
119Punisher War Journal13$1.5010/31/89Marvel
1217Avengers West Coast53$1.0010/05/89Marvel
1324Web of Spider-Man59$1.0010/05/89Marvel
1425Spectacular Spider-Man159$1.0010/26/89Marvel
1632New Mutants84$1.0010/10/89Marvel
1733Iron Man251$1.0010/26/89Marvel
1835Justice League Europe9$1.0011/09/89DC
1936Captain America365$1.0010/05/89Marvel
2140Justice League America33$1.0010/19/89DC
2241Fantastic Four335$1.0010/26/89Marvel
2322What If?8$1.2510/19/89Marvel
2516Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update8$1.5010/12/89Marvel
2612Dark Horse Presents36$1.9510/31/89Dark Horse
2748Incredible Hulk364$1.0010/19/89Marvel
2849Silver Surfer32$1.0010/19/89Marvel
2918Marc Spector Moon Knight9$1.5010/24/89Marvel
3054Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn1$1.0011/02/89DC
3138Marvel Comics Presents38$1.2510/05/89Marvel
3239Classic X-Men42$1.2510/26/89Marvel
3323Sensational She-Hulk10$1.5010/03/89Marvel
3442Marvel Comics Presents39$1.2510/19/89Marvel
3543Marvel Comics Presents40$1.2511/02/89Marvel
3628Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.6$1.5010/17/89Marvel
3757Damage Control II2$1.0010/26/89Marvel
39n.a.Action Comics648$0.7511/09/89DC
4060Avengers Spotlight27$1.0010/12/89Marvel
4151Green Arrow27$1.2511/07/89DC
4244Alpha Flight79$1.5010/10/89Marvel
4330Legion of Super-Heroes2$1.7510/17/89DC
44n.a.Adventures of Superman461$0.7511/02/89DC
4646Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme12$1.5010/31/89Marvel
478Deadman: Love After Death1$3.9511/07/89DC
4853Star Trek3$1.5010/24/89DC
4955Star Trek: The Next Generation3$1.5010/31/89DC
505Clive Barker's Hellraiser1$4.9510/17/89Marvel
52n.a.Marvel Age83$0.7510/19/89Marvel
5350Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles26$1.75Mirage
54n.a.Nth Man7$1.0010/12/89Marvel
5558L.E.G.I.O.N. '8911$1.5010/31/89DC
5647Marvel Fanfare48$1.9510/17/89Marvel
57n.a.Hawk and Dove7$1.0010/26/89DC
5829Cloak & Dagger9$2.5010/24/89Marvel
59n.a.Wonder Woman37$1.0010/19/89DC
60n.a.G.I. Joe A Real American Hero95$1.0010/19/89Marvel
6120Christmas with Super-Heroes Special2$2.9510/26/89DC
64n.a.Groo the Wanderer60$1.0010/12/89Marvel
6764Shadow Strikes4$1.7511/07/89DC
68n.a.Firestorm the Nuclear Man92$1.0010/19/89DC
6921Shadow Strikes Annual1$3.5010/24/89DC
71n.a.Power Pack52$1.5010/17/89Marvel
73n.a.Captain Atom36$1.0011/09/89DC
7469Secret Origins46$1.7510/26/89DC
75n.a.Animal Man18$1.5010/31/89DC
7661Rock 'n' Roll Comics6$1.95Revolutionary
78n.a.Doctor Fate13$1.5011/07/89DC
79n.a.Suicide Squad36$1.0011/09/89DC
80n.a.Swamp Thing91$1.5010/31/89DC
81n.a.Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2$1.5011/07/89DC
82n.a.Forgotten Realms5$1.5010/24/89DC
83n.a.Conan the Barbarian227$1.00DC
8431Crying Freeman1$3.5010/24/89Viz
85n.a.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles8$1.00Archie
86n.a.New Gods11$1.5011/07/89DC
88n.a.Doom Patrol29$1.5010/31/89DC
91n.a.Green Hornet4$1.7510/27/89Now
94n.a.Mister Miracle11$1.0010/26/89DC
95n.a.Alien Legion14$1.5010/24/89Marvel
96n.a.Overstreet's Price Update10$3.95Overstreet
97n.a.Marvel Tales232$1.0010/19/89Marvel
9934Electric Undertow2$3.9510/10/89Marvel
10063Captain Harlock1$2.50Eternity
n.a.19Open Space1$4.9510/03/89Marvel
n.a.52Groo Chronicles6$3.5010/10/89Marvel
n.a.59Lone Wolf and Cub30$3.2509/29/89First
n.a.68Christmas Parade2$2.95Gladstone
n.a.70Appleseed Book Three3$2.7510/31/89Eclipse
n.a.73Savage Sword of Conan168$2.2510/10/89Marvel
n.a.74Nausicaa Valley of the Wind Part Two2$2.9510/24/89Viz

September 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 published a top ten for graphic novels in the November 1989 Previews; we were able to append additional items from the dollar rankings list.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
11Superman Archives Vol. 1$39.95DC
23Squadron Supreme TPB$9.95Marvel
32Marvel Masterworks Vol. 10: Spider-Man$29.95Marvel
44 Monster Masterworks$12.95Marvel
5n.a.Gladstone Album #23: Donald Duck$5.95Gladstone
610Gladstone Giant Album Special #2$8.95Gladstone
75Art of Moebius$14.95Marvel
815Taboo #3$9.95Spiderbaby
99Appleseed Book 1$12.95Eclipse
n.a.6Amazing Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt$19.95Marvel
n.a.7Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland$29.95Fantagaphics
n.a.8Revenge of the Living Monolith$9.95Marvel
n.a.11Elektra Assassin TPB$12.95Marvel
n.a.12Epicurus the Sage$9.95DC
n.a.13Batman Year One TPB$9.95DC
n.a.14Beauty and the Beast: Portrait of Love$5.95First
n.a.16Death of Groo$7.95Marvel
n.a.17Grey Vol. 2$16.95Viz