May 1992 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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Todd McFarlane's Spawn #1 released in May, giving Image Comics its first comic book to top the Direct Market — although the comic was solicited through Malibu, which would handle Image's business for much of 1992. Direct market orders through all distributors were more than 1.25 million copies, according to Diamond Comic Distributors' June 1992 edition of Diamond Dialogue; additionally, 250,000 copies were purchased by Anco for sale in collector's set prepacks in department stores, and another 200,000 copies were sent to newsstand distributors three weeks after the Direct Market release. The 1.7 million copy sale set an immediate record for a creator-owned comic book.

Malibu's dollar market share went to 4.46% at Diamond, placing it in fourth — although at the time Diamond reported that calculation, it only figured on a 700,000-copy sale of Spawn #1 to the Direct Market. Capital City Distribution's preorders for the issue were at 204,760 copies, so that 700,000-copy figure looks like a preorder number; a market share computed to include later orders might have found Malibu larger. The below chart suggests an initial Diamond sale of around 400,000 copies; later sales must have expanded well beyond that to make the 1.25 million Direct Market figure Diamond reported in June work.

Diamond had given Spawn significant coverage, including one of the two covers of Previews that month; the other featured Unity at Valiant. (The catalog wasn't a flip-book yet; there were twe editions with different covers.)

Batman Returns was set to release in June, and DC's section in the catalog included ten pages of Batman material, including a preview of the new Batman: Shadow of the Bat series. That title launched with two issues in the month; a polybagged version with both #1 and #2 in it for $2.50 placed third in the charts, while the loose copies placed 13th and 15th. That means the real order index number for #1 would have been 281.2, enough to move the book into second place behind Spawn; the second issue would have been in third place.

The raw version of the chart below was published in Diamond Dialogue (May 1992). We've added ship dates. The dates shown below are the dates the comics were scheduled to have shipped from the printer, according to Diamond Previews (March 1992, for May 1992-shipping product).

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.

In some cases, comics were delayed; where available, the correct later dates have been included from Diamond's Dateline and Capital City Distribution's New Weekly Releases newsletters. Punisher/Captain America: Blood and Glory #2 was listed in the Diamond chart, but it was rather the first issue that was solicited; it's unclear whether the ranking below relates to new orders for #1 or previous cancelled orders for #2.

Further, in this era, distributor catalog dates for all publishers did not synch up exactly with the calendar month, so Diamond's January charts included a week's worth of DC comics from February — and are missing the first week's DC comics, which appeared in Diamond's December 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.

The charts included order index numbers, keyed to sales of Amazing Spider-Man #364; Capital sold 72,000 copies of that comic book, so one order index point may represent somewhere in the 1,200-1,500 copy range at Diamond. Remember that other distributors would have added more to the totals, and that how certain comics fared did vary from one distributor to the next based on the discounts they offered. Comichron will report more definitive data when it becomes available.

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

—John Jackson Miller

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart.
Items marked (resolicitation) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
Click to read the methodology for this table's estimates.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePriceShippedPublisherOrder Index
32Batman: Shadow of the Bat Collector's Set$2.5005/26/92DC176.1
411Uncanny X-Men290$1.2505/07/92Marvel172.8
53Infinity War2$2.5005/26/92Marvel165.9
84Web of Spider-Man90$2.9505/07/92Marvel138.1
95Eclipso: Darkness Within1$2.5005/19/92DC121.6
1014Ghost Rider27$1.7505/12/92Marvel116.5
1321Batman: Shadow of the Bat1$1.5005/26/92DC105.1
1428Amazing Spider-Man364$1.2505/14/92Marvel100.0
1524Batman: Shadow of the Bat2$1.5006/09/92DC94.7
1712Robocop Versus Terminator1$2.50Dark Horse84.3
1813New Warriors25$2.5005/28/92Marvel83.5
1929Lobo's Back3$1.5007/14/92DC82.7
2022Warlock and the Infinity Watch6$1.7505/19/92Marvel82.1
2123Punisher War Zone5$1.7505/12/92Marvel81.9
2239Silver Surfer67$1.2505/14/92Marvel79.7
2442Silver Sable2$1.2505/14/92Marvel76.0
2545Incredible Hulk395$1.2505/21/92Marvel73.3
2648Silver Surfer68$1.2505/28/92Marvel70.9
3037Terror, Inc.1$1.7505/05/92Marvel57.6
3263Fantastic Four366$1.2505/28/92Marvel56.3
3326Excalibur: XX Crossing Special$2.5005/12/92Marvel54.9
3441Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight33$1.7505/12/92DC54.4
3525Archer & Armstrong1$2.50Valiant54.2
3643Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight34$1.7505/26/92DC53.9
376Batman: Catwoman Defiant$4.9506/09/92DC53.5
3868Captain America402$1.2505/07/92Marvel53.2
3930Darkhawk Annual1$2.2505/28/92Marvel53.1
4069Captain America403$1.2505/21/92Marvel52.9
4227Nextmen4$2.50Dark Horse51.0
4332Eternal Warrior1$2.25Valiant51.0
448Batman: Penguin Triumphant$4.9506/09/92DC50.6
4876Spectacular Spider-Man190$1.2505/28/92Marvel49.0
4955Hell's Angel1$1.7505/19/92Marvel47.5
5064Marvel Comics Presents107$1.5005/28/92Marvel46.1
5233Aliens: Hive4$2.50Dark Horse45.8
5334Detective Comics Annual5$2.5006/09/92DC45.4
5480Guardians of the Galaxy26$1.2505/14/92Marvel45.2
5567Marvel Comics Presents106$1.5005/14/92Marvel44.9
5659Punisher War Journal44$1.7505/26/92Marvel43.8
5761Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme43$1.7505/26/92Marvel42.9
5835Superman: Man of Steel Annual1$2.5005/26/92DC42.4
5944Guardians of the Galaxy Annual2$2.2505/21/92Marvel41.5
6081Detective Comics646$1.2506/02/92DC41.5
6136Green Lantern Annual1$2.5006/02/92DC41.1
6410Punisher/Captain America: Blood and Glory2$5.95Marvel39.3
6565Alpha Flight110$1.7505/12/92Marvel38.7
6640Terminator: Hunters/Killers3$2.50Dark Horse38.6
6751Daredevil Annual8$2.2505/07/92Marvel38.6
6949Magnus: Robot Fighter15$2.25Valiant38.3
7052X-O Manowar6$2.25Valiant37.7
7189Green Lantern: Mosaic2$1.2505/12/92DC37.5
7218Aliens: Newt's Tale1$4.95Dark Horse37.4
7319Batman: Run Riddler Run2$4.9506/02/92DC37.4
7490Namor The Sub-Mariner28$1.2505/07/92Marvel36.5
7554Solar Man of the Atom12$2.25Valiant36.3
7691Iron Man282$1.2505/28/92Marvel35.9
7792Avengers West Coast84$1.2505/07/92Marvel35.9
7974Original Ghost Rider Vol. 21$1.7505/05/92Marvel35.6
8196Green Lantern: Mosaic3$1.2506/09/92DC34.6
8377Deathstroke the Terminator12$1.7506/09/92DC34.0
8460Wonder Man Annual1$2.2505/14/92Marvel33.5
8578Knights of Pendragon II1$1.7505/12/92Marvel33.3
86101Justice League America64$1.2505/19/92DC33.2
87120Armageddon: Inferno4$1.0005/26/92DC32.6
8820Guy Gardner: Reborn1$4.9505/12/92DC32.4
90103What If39$1.2505/21/92Marvel31.4
91105Justice League Europe40$1.2506/02/92DC30.9
92106Wonder Man11$1.2505/14/92Marvel30.7
93123Green Lantern26$1.0005/26/92DC30.3
9494Arion, The Immortal1$1.5005/26/92DC29.6
9782New Titans88$1.7506/02/92DC29.5
100113Adventures Of Superman492$1.2505/26/92DC28.1
101116Superman: The Man of Steel13$1.2505/12/92DC27.5
102132Action Comics679$1.0006/02/92DC26.8
10393Marc Spector Moon Knight40$1.7505/26/92Marvel25.5
105100Star Trek: The Next Generation33$1.7505/19/92DC23.8
106102Star Trek: The Next Generation34$1.7506/02/92DC23.6
107104Star Trek33$1.7505/12/92DC22.3
10970Doom Force Special1$2.9506/09/92DC22.2
11071Wolverine: Save The Tiger$2.9505/21/92Marvel22.0
112122L.E.G.I.O.N. 9242$1.5006/02/92DC20.4
113114Legion of Super-Heroes31$1.7505/19/92DC20.1
114134Black Condor2$1.2505/26/92DC20.0
115124L.E.G.I.O.N. 9241$1.5005/12/92DC19.7
116117Sensational She-Hulk41$1.7505/05/92Marvel19.5
11766Legion of Super-Heroes Annual3$3.5005/12/92DC19.3
119135X-Men Classic73$1.2505/28/92Marvel18.6
120131Green Arrow64$1.5006/02/92DC18.0
122121Elfquest: The Hidden Years10$2.00Warp15.9
123149Wonder Woman64$1.2505/12/92DC15.5
126107Tarzan the Warrior$2.50Malibu15.0
127155G.I. Joe A Real American Hero126$1.2505/21/92Marvel14.8
12814Marvel Super-Heroes10$2.5005/26/92Marvel14.8
129115Young Indiana Jones Chronicles4$2.50Dark Horse13.9
130163Conan the Barbarian258$1.2505/21/92Marvel13.6
131118Doom Patrol57$2.5006/02/92DC13.2
13313What The?19$1.2505/28/92Marvel13.1
134140Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.37$1.7505/19/92Marvel12.9
136129Groo The Wanderer91$2.2505/14/92Marvel12.4
138130Dark Horse Presents62$2.25Dark Horse12.0
141171Cops: The Job2$1.2505/05/92Marvel11.7
142125Dark Shadows2$2.50Innovation11.7
143147Animal Man49$1.7505/26/92DC11.4
144190Marvel Age114$1.0005/21/92Marvel11.2
14595Akira (resolicited)35$3.9505/14/92Marvel11.0
146154Swamp Thing121$1.7505/26/92DC10.6
147180Black Hood7$1.2505/12/92DC10.3
148157Shade The Changing Man25$1.7505/12/92DC10.3
149144Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles47$2.00Mirage10.3
150183Marvel Tales263$1.2505/21/92Marvel10.0
153126Elementals Oblivion War Special1$2.95Comico9.7
15487Marshal Law: Super Babylon$4.95Dark Horse9.6
155187Legend of the Shield13$1.2505/26/92DC9.5
156136Cyberrad Vol. 22$2.50Continuity9.3
1589Queen of the Damned (resolicited)2$2.50Innovation9.3
16197Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth$4.9505/05/92Marvel8.7
164166Green Hornet11$1.95Now8.4
165148Loco Versus Pulverine1$2.50Eclipse7.9
166206TMNT Adventures3$1.25Archie7.6
168192Uncle Scrooge269$1.50Disney7.3
170196Donald Duck27$1.50Disney7.1
171159Next Men1 2nd Pr.$2.50Dark Horse7.1
173177Tales of the Green Hornet7$1.95Now6.9
174164Quantum Leap7$2.50Innovation6.8
175218NFL Superpro10$1.2505/07/92Marvel6.5
176152Walt Disney's Comics and Stories574$2.95Disney6.4
178158Twilight Zone Vol. 29$2.95Now6.0
180169Doc Savage: The Manual Of Bronze1$2.50Millennium6.0
181161Elementals Sex Special4$2.95Comico5.9
182170Light Fantastic1$2.50Innovation5.9
184199Cool World4$1.7507/07/92DC5.9
185174Robotech: Invid War1$2.50Eternity5.7
186127Elementals Oblivion War Special1$4.95Comico5.7
187191Vault of Horror7$2.00EC5.5
188193Haunt of Fear7$2.00EC5.5
189179Sting of the Green Hornet2$2.50Now5.3
190181H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu: Hounds2$2.50Millennium5.1
191176Sting of the Green Hornet2 (Coll)$2.75Now4.9
192185Aztec Ace1$2.50Eclipse4.9
193175Robotech Il: Sentinels Swimsuit$2.95Eternity4.6
194141Ranma 1/21$4.95Viz4.6
195213Married: With Children11$1.95Now4.6
196178Robotech Genesis3$2.95Eternity4.5
198165Ms. Tree Special9$3.9505/26/92DC4.3
199246Pirates of Dark Water9$1.2505/28/92Marvel4.3
200198Speed Racer1 DM Ed.$2.50Now4.2
201143Crying Freeman Part Four3$4.95Viz4.2
202209Usagi Yojimbo35$2.25Fantagraphics4.1
204212Venus Wars14$2.25Dark Horse4.0
205253Toxic Crusaders3$1.2505/07/92Marvel3.9
206203Weird Tales Illustrated2$2.50Millennium3.9
207168Speed Racer1 Prestige$3.95Now3.8
208258Archie & Friends1$1.25Archie3.7
209210Nightmare on Elm Street: Beginning$2.50Innovation3.7
211266Barbie Fashion19$1.2505/26/92Marvel3.6
212267Scooby Doo1$1.25Harris3.5
213215Ninja High School34$2.50Eternity3.5
214205Striker: The Armored Warrior2$2.75Viz3.5
215268World Championship Wrestling4$1.2505/07/92Marvel3.5
216269Defenders of Dynatron City6$1.2505/28/92Marvel3.5
217162Twilight Zone Vol. 29$4.95Now3.4
218201Dredd Rules8$2.95Fleetway Quality3.4
219271Yogi Bear Ill$1.25Harris3.4
220182Dinosaurs Attack!3$3.95Eclipse3.2
221276Bill and Ted's Excellent Comic Book8$1.2505/14/92Marvel3.2
223208Strangers11$2.95Dark Horse3.2
224240Speed Racer1 Newsstd$1.95Now3.0
225220Hard Looks2$2.50Dark Horse3.0
226216Debbie Does Dallas14$2.95Aircel3.0
228241NASCAR Adventures7$2.00Vortex2.8
229217Spirit: The Origin Years1$2.95Kitchen Sink2.8
230227Armor (resolicited)14$2.50Continuity2.8
231298Captain Planet10$1.2505/28/92Marvel2.7
232197Revengers Special2$3.95Continuity2.7
233303Hanna-Barbera Comics & Stories1$1.25Harris2.6
234228Megalith (resolicited)10$2.50Continuity2.6
236305Mighty Mutanimals3$1.25Archie2.6
237200Debbie Does Dallas In 3-D1$3.95Aircel2.6
238231Concrete: Fragile Creature4$2.50Dark Horse2.6
239308James Bond Jr.7$1.2505/28/92Marvel2.6
240233Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children29$2.5006/09/92DC2.6
241234Hard Rock Comics5$2.50Revolutionary2.6
242207Girls of Ninja High School 1992$3.75Antarctic2.5
243255Force of Buddha's Palm47$1.95Jademan2.5
244256666: The Mark of the Beast3$1.95Fleetway Quality2.4
245238Baseball Superstars7$2.50Revolutionary2.4
246259Oriental Heroes47$1.95Jademan2.4
248239Strange Sports Stories1$2.50Adventure2.4
249312Beetle Bailey1$1.25Harris2.3
250248Eyeball Kld2$2.25Dark Horse2.3

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May 1992 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.

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

DC's Batman/Dracula: Red Rain book led the chart in a month in which graphic novels made up for 6% of Diamond's sales.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
12Batman/Dracula: Red Rain$9.95DC
27Marvel Universe Master Edition #20$4.50Marvel
35Spider-Man: Assassination Plot$14.95Marvel
44Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Vol. 2$16.95DC
58Carl Barks Library Alnum #5$8.95Disney
61Batman: Dark Knight Archives Vol. 1$39.95DC
79Batman: Gothic$12.95DC
83All Star Archives #1 (resolicited)$49.95DC
913Akira Vol. 5$14.95Marvel
1014Wolverine (reoffered)$9.95Marvel
1211Crossover Classics: Marvel/DC (reoffered)$18.95Marvel
1312Aliens Versus Predator Collection$19.95Dark Horse
146Batman Collection$37.75DC
1519Phantm of the Opera (resolicited)$6.95Innovation
1628New Fantastic Four: Monsters Unleashed$5.95Marvel
1710Stars My Destination (resolicited)$21.95Marvel
1846Batman: A Death in the Family (reoffered)$2.95DC
1921Tecumseh Graphic Album$8.95Eclipse
2015Ed The Happy Clown Definitive Ed.$12.95Vortex
2122Batman 3-D Graphic Album$9.95DC
2323Mythology of an Abandoned City$9.95Tundra
2417Grateful Dead Comix$12.95Hyperion
2516 X-Men: Asgardian Wars (reoffered)$15.95Marvel