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1992 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


The comics market continued to expand at a record clip in 1992, with a major new publisher launch in Image, created when several of Marvel's star artists left en masse. Early issues of Image comics were published through Malibu. Todd McFarlane's Spawn, the highest-profile launch, saw its best sales when Spawn #8, written by star Neil Gaiman, shipped; it would later be the focus of a multi-year lawsuit between the creators.

November 1992 saw the single biggest sales day in comics history, with DC's "The Death of Superman" in Superman Vol. 2 #75 helping comics shops bring in $30 million in a single day. The collector's version of the issue was shipped in a black polybag.

Diamond Comic Distributors did not release aggregate market shares for the entire year; it would begin doing so in 1993. Capital City Distribution did release shares; they appear in the column at left. Diamond's Top Sellers for the year appear below; Diamond and Capital's monthly top sellers appear further down.

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
1Superman75$2.50DC
2WildC.A.T.S.1$1.95Malibu
3Venom1$2.95Marvel
4Spider-Man 20991$1.75Marvel
5Spawn8$1.95Malibu
6Spider-Man 209926$3.50Marvel
7Punisher 20991$1.75Marvel
8Spawn1$1.95Malibu
9Pitt0$1.95Malibu
10Uncanny X-Men1$1.50Marvel
11X-Men294$1.50Marvel
12Wetworks1$1.95Malibu
13Bloodshot1$3.50Valiant
14Amazing Spider-Man365$3.95Marvel
15Uncanny X-Men296$1.50Marvel
16X-Men14$1.50Marvel
17Cable1$2.50Marvel
18X-Force0$1.50Marvel
19Punisher War Zone18$2.25Marvel
20Doom 20991$1.75Marvel
21Green Lantern1$1.75Marvel
22X-Men25$1.50DC
23WildC.A.T.S.15$1.95Marvel
24Pitt2$.95Malibu
25Ravage 20992$1.75Malibu
26X-Men1$1.25Marvel
27X-Men6$1.25Marvel
28X-Force9$1.50Marvel
29Uncanny X-Men16$1.50Marvel
30X-Factor86$1.50Marvel
31Brigade1$1.95Malibu
32Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance1$2.75Marvel
33X-Men11$1.25Marvel
34Infinity War1$2.50Marvel
35Wetworks3$1.95Malibu
36X-Men8$1.25Marvel
37X-Men12$1.25Marvel
38Spawn7$1.95Malibu
39X-Men10$1.25Marvel
40Youngblood1$1.95Malibu
41Cable2$2.50Marvel
42X-Men7$1.25Marvel
43X-Force17$1.50Marvel
44X-Men13$1.25Marvel
45Incredible Hulk393$2.50Marvel
46Spawn2$1.95Malibu
47Cyberforce1$1.95Marvel
48Spider-Man 20992$1.25Marvel
49X-Men17$1.25Marvel
50Spawn3$1.95Malibu
51Supreme1$1.95Malibu
52WildC.A.T.S.3$1.95Malibu
53Morbius1$2.75Marvel
54Uncanny X_Men266$1.25Marvel
55Uncanny X-Men287$1.25Marvel
56Spawn4$1.95Malibu
57X-Factor84$1.50Marvel
58Spawn6$1.95Malibu
59X-Force8$1.25Marvel
60Uncanny X-Men289$1.25Marvel
61Youngblood4$2.50Malibu
62Uncanny X-Men298$1.25Marvel
63Uncanny X-Men288$1.25Marvel
64X-Men Annual1$2.25Marvel
65Batman: Shadow of the Bat1 Collector Set$2.50DC
66Uncanny X-Men292$1.25Marvel
67X-Force10$1.25Marvel
68Uncanny X-Men291$1.25Marvel
69Spider-Man 20993$1.25Marvel
70X-Force11$1.25Marvel
71Uncanny X-Men290$1.25Marvel
72Wetworks2$1.95Malibu
73Spawn5$1.95Malibu
74Ghost Rider31$2.50Marvel
75Youngblood3$2.50Malibu
76X-Force9$1.25Marvel
77X-Force13$1.25Marvel
78Nightstalkers1$2.75Marvel
79Infinity War2$2.50Marvel
80X-Force14$1.25Marvel
81X-Factor85$1.50Marvel
82Shadowhawk1$1.95Malibu
83X-Force15$1.25Marvel
84Ghost Rider28$2.50Marvel
85Uncanny X-Men293$1.25Marvel
86Ghost Rider25$2.75Marvel
87X-Force12$1.25Marvel
88Silver Surfer75$2.50Marvel
89Spider-Man 20994$1.25Marvel
90Youngblood: Battlezone1$1.95Malibu
91X-Force19$1.25Marvel
92Incredible Hulk400$2.50Marvel
93Silver Sable1$2.00Marvel
94X-Men: The Animated Series1$1.25Marvel
95Infinity War4$2.50Marvel
96Amazing Spider-Man374$1.25Marvel
97Uncanny X-Men Annual16$2.25Marvel
98Savage Dragon1$1.95Malibu
99X-Force Annual1$2.25Marvel
100Infinity War3$2.50Marvel
101Cage1$1.50Marvel
102Supreme4$1.95Malibu
103Spider-Man 209923$1.75Marvel
104Spider-Man 209924$1.75Marvel
105Stryfe's Strike File1$1.75Marvel
106Death's Head II1$1.75Marvel
107Operation: Urban Storm1$1.95Malibu
108Web of Spider-Man90$2.95Marvel
109Superman: The Man of Steel19$1.25DC
110Lobo's Back1$1.50DC
111Doom 2099 2$1.25Marvel
112Predator vs. Magnus Robot Fighter1$2.95Dark Horse
113Amazing Spider-Man363$1.25Marvel
114Spider-Man 25$1.75Marvel
115Brigade2$1.95Malibu
116Ghost Rider26$1.75Marvel
117Ghost Rider: Spirits of Vengeance1$1.75Marvel
118Darkhold1$2.75Marvel
119Cyberforce4$1.95Malibu
120Spider-Man22$1.75Marvel
121Shadowhawk4$1.95Malibu
122Infinity War5$2.50Marvel
123Cyberforce3$1.95Malibu
124Supreme2$1.95Malibu
125Spider-Man21$1.75Marvel
126Ghost Ridger29$1.75Marvel
127Youngblood1$2.50Malibu
128Spider-Man20$1.75Marvel
129Infinity War6$2.50Marvel
130Spectacular Spider-Man189$2.95Marvel
131Cyberforce2$1.95Malibu
132Shadowhawk3$1.95Malibu
133Robin III1$2.50DC
134Spider-Man27$1.75Marvel
135Eclipso: The Darkness Within1$2.50DC
136Shadowhawk2$1.95Malibu
137Supreme3$1.95Malibu
138Brigade3$1.95Malibu
139Amazing Spider-Man366$1.25Marvel
140X-Factor87$1.25Marvel
141Brigade4$1.95Malibu
142Spider-Man28$1.75Marvel
143Ghost Ridger27$1.75Marvel
144Wolverine60$1.75Marvel
145Youngblood3$2.50Malibu
146Wolverine61$1.75Marvel
147X-Factor76$1.25Marvel
148Amazing Spider-Man367$1.25Marvel
149Wolverine55$1.75Marvel
150Wolverine62$1.75Marvel
151X-Factor Annual7$2.25Marvel
152Ghost Rider30$1.75Marvel
153Spider-Man29$1.75Marvel
154Amazing Spider-Man368$1.25Marvel
155Punisher War Zone2$1.75Marvel
156Wolverine58$1.75Marvel
157Savage Dragon3$1.95Malibu
158Ravage 20992$1.75Marvel
159Amazing Spider-Man373$1.25Marvel
160Superman76$1.25DC
161Web of Spider-Man95$1.25Marvel
162Wolverine63$1.75Marvel
163Ghost Rider: Spirits of Vengeance3$1.75Marvel
164Savage Dragon vs. the Savage Megaton Man0$1.95Malibu
165Wolverine56$1.75Marvel
166Wolverine57$1.75Marvel
167Wolverine59$1.75Marvel
168Superman: Man of Steel20$1.25DC
169Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits4$1.75Marvel
170Batman: Shadow of the Bat1$1.50DC
171Wolverine65$1.75Marvel
172Superman75$1.25DC
173Adventures of Superman499$1.25DC
174Punisher75$2.75Marvel
175Wolverine66$1.75Marvel
176Wolverine54$1.75Marvel
177Spider-Man30$1.75Marvel
178Marvel Comics Presents100$1.50Marvel
179Savage Dragon2$1.95Malibu
180Amazing Spider-Man369$1.25Marvel
181Action Comics686$1.25DC
182Ghost Rider & Blaze: Spirits5$1.75Marvel
183Amazing Spider-Man362$1.25Marvel
184Lobo: Infanticide1$1.50DC
185Wolverine64$1.75Marvel
186Warlock & The Infinity Watch2$1.75Marvel
187Amazing Spider-Man364$1.25Marvel
188Wolverine 52$1.75Marvel
189Predator vs. Magnus Robot Fighter2$2.95Dark Horse
190Wolverine53$1.75Marvel
191Adventures of Superman498$1.25DC
192X-Factor78$1.25Marvel
193Bloodshot2$2.50Valiant
194Amazing Spider-Man Anniversary26$2.25Marvel
195Amazing Spider-Man372$1.25Marvel
196Spider-Man31$1.75Marvel
197X-Facotr79$1.25Marvel
198X-Factor77$1.25Marvel
199X-Factor81$1.25Marvel
200Death's Head II vs. Killpower: Battle Tide0$1.75Marvel
201Lobo's Back2$1.50DC
202Ravage 20993$1.25Marvel
203Morbius2$1.75Marvel
204Amazing Spider-Man371$1.25Marvel
205Batman: Shadow of the Bat2$1.50DC
206Punisher War Zone3$1.75Marvel
207Amazing Spider-Man361$1.25Marvel
208X-Factor82$1.25Marvel
209X-Factor80$1.25Marvel
210Ghost Rider32$1.75Marvel
211Amazing Spider-Man370$1.25Marvel
212Batman: Gotham Nights1$1.25DC
213Doctor Strange50$2.95Marvel
214X-Factor83$1.25Marvel
215Ghost Rider33$1.75Marvel
216Lobo: Blazing Chain of Love1$1.50DC
217Punisher War Zone4$1.75Marvel
218Green Lantern & Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance6$1.75Marvel
219Robin III2$2.50DC
220Action Comics685$1.25DC
221Nomad1$2.00Marvel
222Punisher War Journal50$2.50Marvel
223Death's Head II2$1.75Marvel
224Lobo's Back3$1.50DC
225Ghsot Rider23$1.75Marvel
226Warlock & The Infinity Watch5$1.75Marvel
227Next Men1$2.50Dark Horse
228Warlock & The Infinity Watch3$1.75Marvel
229Web of Spider-Man96$1.25Marvel
230X-Men: The Animated Series2$1.25Marvel
231Ghost Rider34$1.75Marvel
232Batman: Sword of Azrael1$1.75DC
233Morbius3$1.50Marvel
234Ghost Rider24$1.75Marvel
235Lobo's Back4$1.50DC
236Robocop vs. Terminator1$2.50Dark Horse
237New Warriors25$2.50Marvel
238Warlock & The Infinity Watch4$1.50Marvel
239Robin III3$2.50DC
240Lobo's Back3$1.50DC
241Warlock & The Infinity Watch6$1.75Marvel
242Punisher War Zone5$1.75Marvel
243Lobo's Back4$1.50DC
244Amazing Spider-Man360$1.25Marvel
245Punisher61$1.25Marvel
246Shadow Riders1$1.75Marvel
247Silver Surfer69$1.25Marvel
248Silver Surfer67$1.25Marvel
249Robin III4$2.50DC
250Fantastic Four371$2.00Marvel
251Unity0$.00Valiant
252Batman vs. Predator3$4.95DC
253Night Thrasher: Four Control1$2.00Marvel
254Robin III5$2.50DC
255Lobo: Infanticide2$1.50DC
256Punisher War Zone6$1.75Marvel
257Death's Head II3$1.75Marvel
258H.A.R.D. Corps1$2.50Valiant
259Silver Sable2$1.25Marvel
260Cage3$1.25Marvel
261Youngblood2$2.50Malibu
262Incredible Hulk396$1.25Marvel
263Warlock & The Infinity Watch8$1.75Marvel
264Deathlok9$1.75Marvel
265Spectacular Spider-Man (2nd Prntg)189$2.95Marvel
266Batman: Shadow of the Bat3$1.50DC
267Punisher62$1.25Marvel
268Incredible Hulk395$1.25Marvel
269Iron Man288$2.50Marvel
270Cage2$1.25Marvel
271Batman Adventures1$1.25DC
272Warlock & The Infinity Watch7$1.75Marvel
273Captain America400$1.25Marvel
274Archer & Armstrong: Eternal Warrior8$1.50Valiant
275Dracula1$1.75Topps
276Silver Surfer68$1.25Marvel
277Punisher War Zone7$1.75Marvel
278X-Men Adventures3$1.25Marvel
279Batman: Shadow of the Bat4$1.50DC
280Morbius4$1.75Marvel
281Incredible Hulk397$1.25Marvel
282Guardians of the Galaxy 25$2.50Marvel
283Web of Spider-Man Annual8$2.25Marvel
284Spectacular Spider-Man Annual12$2.25Marvel
285Punisher 64$1.25Marvel
286New Warriors27$1.25Marvel
287Silver Sable4$1.25Marvel
288Death's Head II vs. Killpower: Battle Tide2$1.75Marvel
289Incredible Hulk391$1.25Marvel
290Splitting Image1$1.95Malibu
291Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance7$1.75Marvel
292Darkhawk13$1.25Marvel
293Lobo: Infanticide3$1.50DC
294Silver Sable3$1.25Marvel
295Punisher63$1.25Marvel
296Incredible Hulk401$1.25Marvel
297Web of Spider-Man90$2.95Marvel
298Incredible Hulk398$1.25Marvel
299Warlock & The Infinity Watch9$1.75Marvel
300X-O Manowar14$2.25Valiant






1992 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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The Punisher: G-Force graphic novel was the top seller of the year in a category that was, at the time, a catchall of all the higher-priced items..

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: G-Force$4.95Marvel
2 Harbinger: Children of the Eighth Day$9.95Valiant
3Batman vs. Predator$5.95DC/Dark Horse
4Spider-Man / Dr. Strange: The Way To Dusty Death$6.95Marvel
5Silver Surfer: First Coming of Galactus$5.95Marvel
6Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
7Batman/Dracula: Red Rain$9.95DC
8Spider-Man /X-Force: Sabotage$6.95Marvel
9Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
10Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
11Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
12Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
13Batman: Night Cries HC$24.95DC
14Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
15Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
16Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
17Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
18Punisher, Black Widow: Spinning Doomsday's web$9.95Marvel
19Batman: Birth of the Demon HC$24.95DC
20Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
21Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.95Marvel
22Fantastic Four$5.95Marvel
23Marvel Universe Master Edition$4.50Marvel
24X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda$19.95Marvel
25Who's Who Update 1993 Vol. 1$5.95DC
26Who's Who Update 1993 Vol. 2$5.95DC
27Star Trek: Debt of Honor$24.95DC
28Wolverine: Weapon X HC$19.95Marvel
29Cable$5.95Marvel
30Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Snow Goons$8.95Andrews McMeel
31Batman/Dredd: Judgement on Gotham$5.95DC
32Spider-Man: Fear Itself$12.95Marvel
33Sin City$15.00Dark Horse
34Spider-Man: Origin of Hobgoblin$14.95Marvel
35Impact Comics Who's Who$4.95DC
36Spider-Man: Torment$12.95Marvel
37Gregory II$4.95DC
38Sandman: Season of Mists$19.95DC
39Alien: The Illustrated Story$3.95Dark Horse
40Lobo's Greatest Hits$12.95DC
41Spider-Man: Assassination Plot$14.95Marvel
42Infinity Gauntlet$19.95Marvel
43Many Deaths of Batman$3.95DC
44Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Vol. 2$16.95DC
45Carl Barks Library Album$8.95Gladstone
46Secret War$19.95Marvel
47Marvel Comics Try-Out Book$19.95Marvel
48Carl Barks Library Album #6$8.95Gladstone
49Primal: From the Cradle to the Grave$9.95Dark Horse
50Sandman: Season of Mists HC$29.95DC

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

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