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1991 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Comics Ordered by North American Comics Shops as Reported
by Diamond Comic Distributors and Capital City Distribution


The boom of the 1990s was fully underway as 1991 began. Easy terms from the many competing distributors led to a ballooning number of comics shops, which in turn resulted in enormous orders.

In June, X-Force #1, with several editions bagged with different trading cards, posted numbers not seen in the business in decades. But August brought the release of X-Men Vol. 2, #1 -- what would prove to be the best-selling comic book in the history of publishing, at least in terms of retailer orders. A different variant cover shipped every week of the month, combining to make a larger image. More than 8 million copies were sold to direct market retailers. It was far more than the collector market could absorb, but that didn't slow down momentum for future collectible-driven marketing efforts. 

Other publishers were coming on the scene -- Voyager would become Valiant, and Malibu was growing. But Marvel had 90 out of the Top 100 best-selling issues at Diamond Comic Distributors in 1991.

Diamond's final rankings for all comics and trade paperbacks during the year appear below. Diamond reported these issues without indexes allowing actual sales estimates to be calculated. Diamond also used titles that went on sale from  February 1991 to January 1992 in the below list, so the real list would be slightly different. Punisher War Zone wouldn't be on the list, but Spider-Man #6 would be. Diamond listed the different covers of X-Men Vol. 2 #1 separately, but there's no doubt that it, and not X-Force #1,  was the best-selling comic-book of the year when orders are combined. Diamond did not release market shares; Capital's appear in the left column. Diamond and Capital's top sellers by month appear further below.

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

— John Jackson Miller


Listed are all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
The links lead to listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisher
1X-Force1$1.50Marvel
2X-Men Vol. 21E$3.95Marvel
3X-Men Vol. 21A$1.50Marvel
4X-Men Vol. 21C$1.50Marvel
5Robin II: The Joker's Wild1$1.50DC
6X-Men Vol. 22$1.00Marvel
7X-Men Vol. 21B$1.50Marvel
8X-Men Vol. 21D$1.50Marvel
9X-Force2$1.00Marvel
10X-Force4$1.00Marvel
11X-Men Vol. 23$1.00Marvel
12Uncanny X-Men281$1.00Marvel
13Spider-Man16$1.75Marvel
14X-Men Vol. 24$1.00Marvel
15X-Force3$1.00Marvel
16Wolverine50$2.50Marvel
17Robin II: The Joker's Wild2$1.50DC
18X-Men Vol. 25$1.25Marvel
19Punisher War Zone1$2.25Marvel
20X-Force5$1.00Marvel
21X-Men Vol. 26$1.25Marvel
22Uncanny X-Men282$1.00Marvel
23Uncanny X-Men284$1.00Marvel
24X-Factor71$1.00Marvel
25Robin II: The Joker's Wild3$1.50DC
26X-Force6$1.00Marvel
27Uncanny X-Men283$1.25Marvel
28Spider-Man10$1.75Marvel
29Uncanny X-Men285$1.25Marvel
30X-Force7$1.00Marvel
31Spider-Man12$1.75Marvel
32Uncanny X-Men286$1.25Marvel
33Spider-Man11$1.75Marvel
34Spider-Man14$1.75Marvel
35Spider-Man13$1.75Marvel
36X-Force8$1.25Marvel
37Spider-Man15$1.75Marvel
38Uncanny X-Men280$1.00Marvel
39Uncanny X-Men279$1.00Marvel
40Uncanny X-Men Annual15$2.00Marvel
41Warlock & The Infinity Watch1$1.75Marvel
42Infinity Gauntlet1$2.50Marvel
43Spider-Man17$1.75Marvel
44Spider-Man18$1.75Marvel
45Amazing Spider-Man358$1.00Marvel
46Robin II: The Joker's Wild4$1.50DC
47Robin5$1.00DC
48Ghost Rider15$1.75Marvel
49Wonder Man1$1.00Marvel
50Spider-Man19$1.75Marvel
51Uncanny X-Men278$1.00Marvel
52Uncanny X-Men277$1.00Marvel
53Infinity Gauntlet3$2.50Marvel
54X-Factor75$1.75Marvel
55Infinity Gauntlet2$2.50Marvel
56Spider-Man20$1.75Marvel
57Infinity Gauntlet6$2.50Marvel
58X-Factor74$1.00Marvel
59X-Factor72$1.00Marvel
60Infinity Gauntlet4$2.50Marvel
61Amazing Spider-Man Annual25$2.00Marvel
62Uncanny X-Men276$1.00Marvel
63X-Factor73$1.00Marvel
64Infinity Gauntlet5$2.50Marvel
65Deathlok1$1.75Marvel
66Daredevil300$2.00Marvel
67X-Factor70$1.00Marvel
68Amazing Spider-Man350$1.50Marvel
69Robin II: The Joker's Wild1 (newsstand)$1.00DC
70Ghost Rider18$1.75Marvel
71Amazing Spider-Man353$1.00Marvel
72X-Factor76$1.00Marvel
73Batman Versus Predator1$1.95DC/Dark Horse
74X-Factor69$1.00Marvel
75Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Heart of Darkness0$4.95Marvel
76Ghost Rider20$1.75Marvel
77New Mutants87 (2nd Pr.)$1.00Marvel
78Amazing Spider-Man357$1.00Marvel
79Amazing Spider-Man354$1.00Marvel
80Deathlok6$1.75Marvel
81Ghost Rider19$1.75Marvel
82Ghost Rider21$1.75Marvel
83Superman: The Man of Steel1$1.75DC
84Wolverine49$1.75Marvel
85Amazing Spider-Man355$1.00Marvel
86Ghost Rider17$1.75Marvel
87Amazing Spider-Man356$1.00Marvel
88Wolverine51$1.75Marvel
89Warlock & The Infinity Watch2$1.75Marvel
90Wolverine52$1.75Marvel
91X-Force1 (2nd pr.)$1.50Marvel
92Punisher60$1.25Marvel
93Ghost Rider22$1.75Marvel
94War of the Gods1$1.75Marvel
95Punisher57$1.00Marvel
96Wolverine48$1.75Marvel
97Deathlok7$1.75Marvel
98Marvel Comics Presents90$1.25Marvel
99Deadly Foes of Spider-Man1$1.00Marvel
100Batman: Gotham Nights1$1.25DC






1991 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Ordered By North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

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Trade paperbacks on Diamond's list were still mostly anything that cost more than $4; Marvel's loose-leaf Marvel Universe guides and DC's Who's Who took up a lot of slots on the charts.

This list has all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see an item, Diamond did not rank it.

Follow the links to search for each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
1Punisher: Bloodlines$5.95Marvel
2Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 9$3.95Marvel
3Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 8$3.95Marvel
4Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 10$3.95Marvel
5Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 11$3.95Marvel
6Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 12$4.50Marvel
7Who's Who in the DC Universe #11$4.95DC
8Who's Who in the DC Universe #12$4.95DC
9Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 13$4.50Marvel
10Who's Who in the DC Universe #13$4.95DC
11Who's Who in the DC Universe #12$4.95DC
12Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 14$4.50Marvel
13Who's Who in the DC Universe #14$4.95DC
14Marvel Universe Master Edition Vol. 15$4.50Marvel
15Who's Who in the DC Universe #16$4.95DC
16Who's Who in the DC Universe #15$4.95DC
17Batman/Dracula: Red Rain HC$4.95DC
18Wolverine: Bloody Choices$7.95Marvel
19Impact Comics: Who's Who$4.95DC
20Ghost Rider: Resurrected$12.95Marvel
21Calving & Hobbes: Scientific Progress Goes Boink$12.99Andrews/McMeel
22Incredible Hulk: Ground Zero$12.95Marvel
23Punisher: Blood on the Moors HC$16.95Marvel
24John Byrne's 2112$9.95Dark Horse
25Aliens: Tribes HC$24.95Dark Horse

The top sellers from Diamond from each month of the year are here:

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The top sellers from Capital City from each month of the year are here:

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