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Top Comic Books of Decade: The 2010s

Estimated Sales of Comic Books to North American Comics Shops
based on reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


The first issue of Marvel's relaunched Star Wars series was the comic book ordered most by comics shops in North America in the decade of the 2010s. The issue's sales include several hundred thousand copies purchased by the repackager Loot Crate, but its sales even without those are enough to make it the top title of the decade. Close to 100 different variant covers exist of the issue. Detective Comics #1000 moved into second place in 2019, one of two late-decade anniversary issues in the Top Five.

Comichron looked back at every month of comic-book orders reported by Diamond Comic Distributors, the exclusive retail agent for the largest publishers in the industry. The tables report Diamond's Top 300 comics from each month, as well as the number of copies ordered by its approximately 3,000 retail accounts.

For the years 2010-2015 and 2017-18, the sales include all issues shipped by Diamond in the calendar year. 2016 is like the years of the decade of the 2000s, where the chart only includes data from the monthly Top 300 lists. Actual 2016 figures will be slightly higher in most cases than the figure that appears here.

The decade's bestsellers break down by year as follows:

2010: 8
2011: 23
2012: 40
2013: 27
2014: 15
2015: 55
2016: 44
2017: 24
2018: 32
2019: 33


These figures are for the comic book direct market only — the network of comic book stores that sell the lion's share of comic books in periodical form in North America. Sales of these comics on newsstands or by subscription are not included.

Copies of titles repackaged by the bundling service Loot Crate are included only if Diamond distributed them to Loot Crate. In fairness, these copies did not move through comics shops and should likely be excised from competitive measures involving them, but we don't know specific numbers that went to the service.

Diamond compiled its own more accurate, less detailed list here, which differs in a few entries because the charts below compile ten end-of-year Diamond tables, a method which shortchanges comics that came out near the end of the year. So Star Wars: Vader Down #1, a November book, is 12th below but 10th on the Diamond list due to copies that shipped early the next year.

More after the charts:

 

† Items marked with a dagger include between 200-400,000 copies sold by the repackager Loot Crate.
* Items with asterisks were returnable issues whose final orders may be higher or lower.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssueReleasePricePublisherEst. units
1Star Wars1†Jan-15$4.99Marvel1,073,000
2Detective Comics1000Mar-19$9.99DC574,700
3Amazing Spider-Man1Apr-14$5.99Marvel559,200
4Secret Wars1May-15$4.99Marvel550,500
5Action Comics1000Apr-18$7.99DC504,200
6Bravest Warriors Tales Holo John1†May-15$4.99Boom503,000
7Orphan Black1†Feb-15$3.99IDW502,000
8Dark Knight III Master Race1Nov-15$5.99DC449,100
9Amazing Spider-Man800May-18$9.99Marvel439,500
10Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York1†Oct-16$3.99Boom421,600
11Batman50Jul-18$4.99DC412,500
12Star Wars Vader Down1Nov-15$4.99Marvel410,600
13Civil War II1Jun-16$5.99Marvel391,500
14Walking Dead (including Chromium ed.)100Jul-12$3.99Image384,800
15Fantastic Four1Aug-18$5.99Marvel381,700
16Harley Quinn1*Aug-16$2.99DC366,100
17Champions1Oct-16$4.99Marvel334,900
18Walking Dead115Oct-13$2.99Image329,300
19Walking Dead132†Oct-14$2.99Image326,300
20Justice League of America1Feb-13$3.99DC326,000
21Darth Vader1Feb-15$4.99Marvel315,600
22Marvel Legacy1Sep-17$5.99Marvel315,300
23Rocket Raccoon1†Jul-14$3.99Marvel311,000
24Uncanny Avengers1Oct-12$3.99Marvel305,900
25DC Universe Rebirth1May-16$2.99DC305,700
26Batman1*Jun-16$2.99DC304,200
27Amazing Spider-Man1Jul-18$5.99Marvel298,300
28All Star Batman1*Aug-16$4.99DC289,300
29Spider-Gwen1Feb-15$3.99Marvel288,600
30Dark Nights Metal1Aug-17$4.99DC287,500
31Black Panther1Apr-16$4.99Marvel286,800
32Doomsday Clock (plus Lenticular Ed.)1Nov-17$4.99DC285,500
33Invincible Iron Man1Oct-15$3.99Marvel282,400
34Spawn300Sep-19$7.99Image275,700
35Death of Wolverine1Sep-14$4.99Marvel274,000
36Princess Leia1Mar-15$3.99Marvel271,000
37Return of Wolverine1Sep-18$4.99Marvel269,800
38X-Men1Oct-19$4.99Marvel269,200
39Avengers Vs X-Men1Mar-12$3.99Marvel265,100
40Black Cat1Jun-19$4.99Marvel261,800
41Deadpool1Nov-15$4.99Marvel261,800
42Superman Unchained1Jun-13$4.99DC259,100
43Justice League (including Combo Pack)1Aug-11$3.99DC255,400
44DCeased1May-19$3.99DC250,800
45Venom1May-18$4.99Marvel248,700
46Amazing Spider-Man1Oct-15$5.99Marvel247,600
47Absolute Carnage1Aug-19$7.99Marvel242,400
48Amazing Spider-Man798Apr-18$3.99Marvel242,400
49Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man1Jun-17$4.99Marvel238,400
50Secret Wars2May-15$4.99Marvel234,000
51Secret Wars3Jun-15$3.99Marvel230,000
52Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)21Apr-17$3.99DC228,700
53Secret Wars4Jul-15$3.99Marvel227,300
54Batman Who Laughs1Dec-18$4.99DC226,100
55Guardians of Galaxy1Mar-13$3.99Marvel221,200
56Star Wars2Feb-15$3.99Marvel219,700
57Batman1Sep-11$2.99DC218,000
58Suicide Squad1*Aug-16$2.99DC217,700
59Superior Spider-Man1Jan-13$3.99Marvel216,700
60Star Wars4Apr-15$3.99Marvel216,300
61Marvel Comics1000Aug-19$9.99Marvel216,000
62Star Wars: Shattered Empire1Sep-15$3.99Marvel215,200
63House of X1Jul-19$5.99Marvel212,100
64Infinity1Aug-13$4.99Marvel210,800
65Batman Rebirth1*Jun-16$2.99DC209,300
66Justice League1*Jul-16$2.99DC209,200
67Secret Wars5Aug-15$3.99Marvel207,200
68Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows1Jun-15$3.99Marvel206,500
69Amazing Spider-Man799Apr-18$3.99Marvel206,000
70Action Comics1Sep-11$3.99DC204,000
71Justice League1Jun-18$3.99DC203,500
72Justice League (including Combo Pack)2Oct-11$3.99DC201,900
73Amazing Spider-Man700Dec-12$7.99Marvel201,000
74Star Wars Lando1Jul-15$3.99Marvel200,400
75Avengers Vs X-Men2Apr-12$3.99Marvel200,300
76Spider-Gwen1Oct-15$3.99Marvel198,800
77Powers of X1Jul-19$5.99Marvel198,100
78Avengers Vs X-Men6Jun-12$3.99Marvel197,000
79Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)21Apr-17$3.99DC194,100
80War of Realms1Apr-19$5.99Marvel193,900
81Secret Wars6Oct-15$3.99Marvel193,200
82Avengers Vs X-Men5Jun-12$3.99Marvel192,200
83Dark Nights Metal6Mar-18$4.99DC190,900
84Spawn301Oct-19$4.99Image190,800
85Avengers Vs X-Men3May-12$3.99Marvel190,000
86Civil War II0May-16$4.99Marvel190,000
87Avengers Vs X-Men4May-12$3.99Marvel187,500
88Doomsday Clock2Dec-17$4.99DC187,400
89Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)22May-17$3.99DC187,100
90Uncanny X-Men1Nov-18$7.99Marvel187,100
91Avengers1Dec-12$3.99Marvel187,000
92X-Men1May-13$3.99Marvel186,300
93Civil War II3Jul-16$4.99Marvel185,900
94Amazing Spider-Man16Aug-16$3.99Marvel185,300
95All New X-Men1Nov-12$3.99Marvel184,700
96Star Wars3Mar-15$3.99Marvel184,500
97Age of Ultron1Mar-13$3.99Marvel184,000
98Justice League Rebirth1*Jul-16$2.99DC183,800
99Symbiote Spider-Man1Apr-19$4.99Marvel183,100
100Uncanny X-Men1Feb-13$3.99Marvel182,700
101Avengers Vs X-Men7Jul-12$3.99Marvel182,500
102Spider-Man Deadpool1Jan-16$3.99Marvel181,100
103Batman2Oct-11$2.99DC179,600
104Justice League Suicide Squad 1Dec-16$3.99DC179,600
105Avengers Vs X-Men8Jul-12$3.99Marvel178,700
106Suicide Squad Rebirth1*Aug-16$2.99DC177,800
107Secret Wars7Nov-15$3.99Marvel177,300
108Batman2*Jul-16$2.99DC177,100
109Secret Empire1May-17$4.99Marvel177,100
110Civil War1Jul-15$4.99Marvel176,300
111Doomsday Clock3Jan-18$4.99DC175,900
112Dark Nights Metal2Sep-17$3.99DC175,700
113Star Wars Poe Dameron1Apr-16$4.99Marvel175,300
114Avengers1May-10$3.99Marvel175,100
115Avengers Vs X-Men9Aug-12$3.99Marvel174,800
116Spider-Man1Sep-19$4.99Marvel174,200
117Ultimate Comics Spider-Man160Jun-11$3.99Marvel172,700
118Secret Empire0Apr-17$4.99Marvel172,500
119Green Lantern1Sep-11$2.99DC172,300
120Batman50Mar-16$5.99DC172,300
121Captain America1Jul-18$4.99Marvel172,100
122Avengers Vs X-Men10Aug-12$3.99Marvel172,100
123Avengers Vs X-Men12Oct-12$4.99Marvel171,800
124Batman Superman1Aug-19$3.99DC171,200
125Dark Nights Metal3Oct-17$3.99DC171,000
126Justice League (including Combo Pack)3Nov-11$3.99DC170,800
127Death of Wolverine4Oct-14$4.99Marvel170,800
128Batman13Oct-12$3.99DC 170,500
129Avengers Vs X-Men0Mar-12$3.99Marvel169,700
130Secret Wars8Dec-15$3.99Marvel169,700
131Avengers Vs X-Men11Sep-12$3.99Marvel169,100
132Batman3*Jul-16$2.99DC168,900
133Superman Unchained2Jul-13$3.99DC168,800
134IVX1Dec-16$5.99Marvel167,700
135Dark Nights Metal5Jan-18$3.99DC167,000
136Thor1Oct-14$3.99Marvel166,200
137Star Wars7Jul-15$3.99Marvel165,200
138Justice League12Aug-12$3.99DC 164,800
139Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)22May-17$3.99DC164,000
140Doomsday Clock4Mar-18$4.99DC162,300
141Dark Nights Metal4Dec-17$3.99DC161,800
142Star Wars6Jun-15$3.99Marvel161,200
143Batman14Nov-12$3.99DC 161,000
144Powers of X6Oct-19$5.99Marvel160,600
145Batman0Sep-12$3.99DC 160,300
146House of X6Oct-19$4.99Marvel160,100
147Star Wars Han Solo1Jun-16$3.99Marvel159,500
148Batman Superman1Jun-13$3.99DC158,600
149Magic Order1Jun-18$3.99Image158,400
150Dark Knight III Master Race2Dec-15$5.99DC158,200
151Action Comics2Oct-11$3.99DC156,400
152Batman17Feb-13$3.99DC156,300
153Doomsday Clock5May-18$4.99DC156,200
154Walking Dead150Jan-16$2.99Image156,200
155Guardians Team-Up1Mar-15$3.99Marvel155,500
156DCeased2Jun-19$3.99DC155,400
157Civil War II2Jun-16$4.99Marvel155,400
158Star Wars5May-15$3.99Marvel155,000
159Batman40Apr-15$4.99DC154,800
160Original Sin1May-14$4.99Marvel154,800
161Detective Comics1Sep-11$2.99DC154,400
162Batman3Nov-11$2.99DC153,300
163Batman4*Aug-16$2.99DC153,000
164Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey1Dec-17$4.99Marvel152,500
165Batman15Dec-12$3.99DC 151,600
166Dark Knight III The Master Race3Feb-16$5.99DC150,700
167Heroes In Crisis1Sep-18$3.99DC150,600
168Amazing Spider-Man797Mar-18$3.99Marvel150,600
169Batman16Jan-13$3.99DC150,500
170Batman21Jun-13$3.99DC150,300
171Doctor Strange1Oct-15$4.99Marvel149,800
172Doctor Strange Sorcerers Supreme1Oct-16$3.99Marvel149,700
173Justice League (including Combo Pack)4Dec-11$3.99DC149,300
174Flash1Sep-11$2.99DC149,100
175Secret Wars9Jan-16$4.99Marvel149,000
176Death of Wolverine2Sep-14$4.99Marvel148,900
177Batman5Jan-12$2.99DC 148,800
178Justice League of America1Jun-15$5.99DC148,600
179Justice League5Jan-12$3.99DC 148,500
180Star Wars8Aug-15$3.99Marvel147,400
181Death of Wolverine3Oct-14$4.99Marvel147,200
182Forever Evil1Sep-13$3.99DC146,600
183Fantastic Four587Jan-11$3.99Marvel146,100
184Fear Itself1Apr-11$3.99Marvel146,000
185Batman41Jun-15$3.99DC145,300
186Justice League6Feb-12$3.99DC 145,200
187X-Men1Jul-10$3.99Marvel144,700
188Avengers1May-18$4.99Marvel144,700
189Superman1Sep-11$2.99DC144,400
190Green Lantern2Oct-11$2.99DC144,200
191Batman Damned2Dec-18$6.99DC144,200
192Batman8Apr-12$3.99DC 144,100
193Powers of X5Sep-19$4.99Marvel143,800
194Hunt For Wolverine1Apr-18$5.99Marvel143,700
195Darth Vader2Feb-15$3.99Marvel143,400
196Batman18Mar-13$3.99DC143,200
197Dark Knight III Master Race4Apr-16$5.99DC143,100
198House of X5Sep-19$4.99Marvel142,600
199Deadpools Secret Secret Wars1May-15$4.99Marvel142,400
200Batman5*Aug-16$2.99DC142,100
201Superior Spider-Man31Apr-14$5.99Marvel141,800
202Dark Days The Forge1Jun-17$4.99DC141,700
203Darth Vader4Apr-15$3.99Marvel141,500
204Batman9May-12$3.99DC 141,400
205Blackest Night8Mar-10$3.99DC141,400
206Batman Last Knight On Earth1 May-19$5.99DC141,400
207Doomsday Clock6Jul-18$4.99DC141,300
208Silver Surfer Black1Jun-19$3.99Marvel141,100
209New Mutants1Nov-19$4.99Marvel140,800
210Avengers and X-Men Axis1Oct-14$4.99Marvel140,500
211Captain America Steve Rogers1May-16$4.99Marvel140,200
212Star Wars13Dec-15$3.99Marvel139,900
213Dark Knight III Master Race5Jun-16$5.99DC139,900
214Superman Unchained3Aug-13$3.99DC139,500
215Amazing Spider-Man666Jul-11$3.99Marvel139,500
216Justice League7Mar-12$3.99DC 139,000
217Batman6Sep-16$2.99DC138,900
218Venom150May-17$5.99Marvel138,600
219Batman6Feb-12$2.99DC 138,300
220Star Wars9Sep-15$3.99Marvel138,200
221Tony Stark Iron Man1Jun-18$4.99Marvel137,900
222Siege1Jan-10$3.99Marvel137,700
223Amazing Spider-Man2May-14$3.99Marvel137,700
224All Star Batman2*Sep-16$4.99DC137,700
225Batman10Jun-12$3.99DC 136,900
226Superman1Jul-18$3.99DC136,800
227Batman7Mar-12$2.99DC 136,700
228Blackest Night7Feb-10$3.99DC136,400
229Darth Vader3Mar-15$3.99Marvel136,200
230Powers of X4Sep-19$4.99Marvel136,100
231Star Wars10Oct-15$3.99Marvel135,900
232Amazing Spider-Man9Nov-14$4.99Marvel135,700
233Batman7Sep-16$2.99DC135,600
234Action Comics3Nov-11$3.99DC135,500
235Extraordinary X-Men1Nov-15$4.99Marvel135,500
236Dark Days The Casting1Jul-17$4.99DC134,900
237Batman44Apr-18$2.99DC134,700
238Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1Dec-15$3.99DC134,500
239Batman22Jul-13$3.99DC134,400
240Batman11Jul-12$3.99DC 134,400
241Doomsday Clock7Sep-18$4.99DC134,400
242Batman Who Laughs The Grim Knight1Mar-19$4.99DC134,300
243Justice League9May-12$3.99DC 134,200
244Justice League8Apr-12$3.99DC 134,000
245Batman4Dec-11$2.99DC133,800
246Dark Knight III Master Race6Oct-16$5.99DC133,600
247Batman32Jun-14$3.99DC132,700
248Batman24Jun-17$2.99DC132,600
249New Avengers1Jun-10$3.99Marvel132,500
250Origin II1Dec-13$4.99Marvel131,700
251House of X4Sep-19$4.99Marvel131,700
252Batman19Apr-13$3.99DC131,200
253Black Panther1May-18$4.99Marvel130,700
254Ultimate Comics Fallout4Aug-11$3.99Marvel130,700
255Batman23Aug-13$3.99DC130,300
256Brightest Day0Apr-10$3.99DC130,000
257All New All Different Avengers1Nov-15$4.99Marvel130,000
258Batman8Oct-16$2.99DC129,800
259Batman Who Laughs1Nov-17$3.99DC129,700
260Justice League10Jun-12$3.99DC 129,600
261Justice League0Sep-12$3.99DC 129,400
262Captain Marvel1Feb-19$4.99Marvel129,300
263Batman Futures End1Sep-14$3.99DC129,300
264Old Man Logan1May-15$4.99Marvel129,100
265Joker Year of the Villain1Oct-19$4.99DC128,600
266Batman39Feb-15$3.99DC128,600
267Brightest Day1May-10$2.99DC128,500
268Convergence1Apr-15$4.99DC128,500
269Infinity2Sep-13$3.99Marvel128,400
270Batman The Dark Knight1Sep-11$2.99DC128,100
271Batman20May-13$3.99DC128,000
272Batman43Aug-15$3.99DC128,000
273House of X3Aug-19$4.99Marvel127,800
274Nightwing Rebirth1*Jul-16$2.99DC127,800
275Star Wars11Nov-15$3.99Marvel127,700
276Justice League11Jul-12$3.99DC 127,600
277Avengers24.NOWDec-13$4.99Marvel127,500
278Justice League2*Aug-16$2.99DC127,400
279Batman Who Laughs2Jan-19$4.99DC127,300
280Batman47Dec-15$3.99DC127,200
281Infinity3Sep-13$3.99Marvel127,000
282Captain America1Nov-12$3.99Marvel127,000
283Civil War II4Jul-16$4.99Marvel126,900
284Batman12Aug-12$3.99DC 126,800
285Batman25Nov-13$4.99DC126,700
286Uncanny X-Men600Nov-15$5.99Marvel126,500
287Amazing Spider-Man801Jun-18$3.99Marvel126,400
288Superman Rebirth1*Jun-16$2.99DC126,200
289FF1Mar-11$3.99Marvel126,100
290Doomsday Clock9Mar-19$4.99DC126,100
291Batman9Oct-16$2.99DC126,100
292X-Men Gold1Apr-17$4.99Marvel125,600
293Batman24Oct-13$6.99DC125,600
294Walking Dead192Jun-19$3.99Image125,600
295Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)8Mar-17$5.99DC125,400
296Astonishing X-Men1Jul-17$4.99Marvel125,100
297Star Wars12Nov-15$3.99Marvel125,100
298Doomsday Clock8Dec-18$4.99DC124,700
299Mighty Thor700Oct-17$5.99Marvel124,700
300House of X2Aug-19$4.99Marvel124,000




Items on the table are listed in the months in which they first made the Diamond chart — following the links to the individual months' pages shows what those comics sold initially, since later reorders pop up in the months that follow.

And as this is a periodical ranking, it doesn't get into bound collected editions and graphic novels, or digital sales.

—John Jackson Miller


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