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August 1993 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preorded by North American Comics Shops
from Diamond Comic Distributors


Publishers were still posting some stratospheric numbers in August 1993, and while the Direct Market had actually peaked back in April, that fact was not yet clear to most market participants, who saw sales levels well above those for August 1992. Indicative of trends was the fact that every one of the top five comics was an enhanced foil, die-cut, or hologram cover edition.

Batman
#500
released on Aug. 17, becoming the final comic book to have sold over a million copies mostly in the Direct Market until Star Wars #1 from Marvel in January 2015, more than 21 years later. (Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu #1 sold more than a million copies in 1999, but almost all of them were outside the Direct Market.) Batman #500's sales were split between Collector's and Newsstand editions.

Warriors of Plasm #1, below in sixth place, was solicited as Plasm #1 by Defiant, but changed due to Marvel's Plasmer series. In a similar case, ninth-place Gen-X #1 did not come out from Image; it was the original title of Gen13, and changed because Marvel already had Generation X in development. (The solicitation ad for GenX #1 appears below.) The orders were canceled and the issue was resolicited.

Image's Deathmate Epilogue did not come out in the calendar month from Image either; the series, a crossover with Valiant, would come to symbolize Image's lateness problems in its early days.

Currently, only the order index numbers Diamond released for each issue are available on this page; they are keyed to Amazing Spider-Man's sales. The order index figure published below is the number of copies retailers altogether preordered from Diamond for every 100 copies they ordered of Amazing Spider-Man #382. Our back-of-the-envelope estimate suggests every point on the chart may equal 1,000 copies, but remember that Diamond was only one of several distributors. More detailed estimates are forthcoming.

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.
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 issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherOrder Index
11Batman500 (Coll. Ed.)$3.95DC633.9
22Superman82$3.50DC331.8
38X-Men 20991$1.75Marvel276.5
44 Adventures of Superman 505$2.50DC263.1
53X-Men25$3.50DC241.2
65 Warriors of Plasm 1$2.95Defiant209.1
76Deathmate Epilogue0$2.95Image203.2
87Stryke Force1$2.50Image196.3
911 Gen-X 1$2.50 Image 153.2
1012Second Life of Doctor Mirage1$2.50Valiant152.4
119Shadowhawk II3$2.95Image146.0
1235Detective Comics667$1.25DC143.9
1336Uncanny X-Men305$1.25Marvel143.5
1420WildC.A.T.S Trilogy3$1.95Image134.5
1514Darker Image4$2.50Image127.6
1613Extreme1$2.95Image125.5
1721Deatblow4$1.95Image125.1
1822Superpatriot1$1.95Image123.3
1933Superman: Man Of Steel26$1.50DC120.3
2010WildC.A.T.S. Yearbook1$3.50Image 119.8
2125Savage Dragon3$1.95Image115.0
2219Batman 500 (Newsstd) $2.50DC112.8
2340Action Comics692$1.50DC 111.7
2428Brigade4$1.95Image105.7
2529Maxx6$1.95Image105.7
2656X-Force27$1.25Marvel102.9
2715Sabretooth3$2.95Marvel102.1
2830Bloodstrike5$1.95Image101.5
2962Amazing Spider-Man382$1.25Marvel100.0
3016Venom: Funeral Pyre3$2.95Marvel98.3
3117X-Men Annual2$2.95Marvel98.1
3232Doom's IV3$1.95Image96.4
3318Thunderstrike1$2.95Marvel96.1
3423Valeria the She-Bat4$2.50Continuity94.3
3541Batman: Shadow of the Bat19$1.75DC93.9
3634Shamans Tears4$1.95Image92.3
3738Supreme5$1.95Image89.8
3842Wolverine74$1.75Marvel89.1
3937Superman82$2.00DC88.5
40668Ultra Magazine3$.00Malibu87.8
4166X-Factor95$1.25Marvel83.7
4267Green Lantern46$1.25DC81.0
4363Adventures of Superman505$1.50DC79.3
4469Justice League Task Force5$1.25DC78.5
4551Batman: Shadow of the Bat18$1.75DC78.0
4645Cable6$2.00Marvel77.0
4772Spider-Man12$1.25Marvel76.9
4831Turok: Dinosaur Hunter5$2.50Valiant76.7
4939Secret Weapons3$2.25Valiant74.6
5058Spider-Man39$1.75Marvel72.9
5126X-Force Annual2$2.95Marvel72.8
5292Comics Greatest World: Barb Wire1$1.00Dark Horse71.0
5393Comics Greatest World: The Machine1$1.00Dark Horse70.6
5427Daredevil: Man Without Fear1$2.95Marvel70.0
5597Comics Greatest World: Wolfgang1$1.00Dark Horse69.4
5698Comics Greatest World: Motorhead1$1.00Dark Horse69.2
5743Bloodshot10$2.25Valiant68.8
5844Eternal Warrior16$2.25Valiant68.5
5952Deadpool3$2.00Marvel68.0
6047X-O Manowar22$2.25Valiant66.7
6155Wolverine/Punisher: Damaging Evidence0$2.00Marvel65.4
6265Ren & Stimpy11$1.75Marvel61.1
6346Infinity Crusade5$2.50Marvel60.6
6453Magnus: Robot Fighter30$2.25Valiant59.8
6548Shadowman19$2.50Valiant59.5
66242099 Unlimited2$3.95Marvel58.0
6749Adventures of Superman Annual5$2.50DC57.9
6850Harbringer23$2.50Valiant57.7
6957Solar, Man of the Atom27$2.25Valiant57.0
7060H.A.R.D. Corps12$2.25Valiant56.2
7161Rai & The Future Force15$2.25Valiant55.9
7295Web of Spider-Man105$1.25Marvel55.8
7354Archer & Armstrong16$2.50Valiant52.4
7489Catwoman3$1.50DC52.2
75100Spectacular Spider-Man205$1.25Marvel51.8
7659Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1$2.50Malibu50.7
77106Doom 209910$1.25Marvel47.9
78108Punisher 20999$1.25Marvel47.7
7977Prototype1$1.95Malibu46.0
80112Incredible Hulk410$1.25Marvel45.7
8187Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight53$1.75DC45.6
8288Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight52$1.75DC44.9
8379Trencher4$1.95Image44.5
8480Sandman54$1.95DC44.5
858119635$1.95Image43.9
8690Ghost Rider42$1.75Marvel43.4
8784Exiles1$1.95Malibu43.0
8882Daredevil321$2.00Marvel42.6
8991Lethal Foes of Spider-Man2$1.75Marvel41.7
9076New Warriors40$2.25Marvel40.2
91119X-Men Adventures12$1.25Marvel39.9
92120Fantastic Four381$1.25Marvel39.4
93121Silver Surfer85$1.50Marvel38.4
9473Metal Men1$2.50DC37.7
9564Silver Surfer Annual6$2.95Marvel37.1
96102Excalibur70$1.75Marvel36.0
9796Showcase 9310$1.95DC35.7
98103Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance15$1.75Marvel35.2
9971Jurassic Park4 (Direct)$2.95Topps32.7
100141Avengers367$1.25Marvel32.6
101142Thor467$1.25Marvel32.4
102101Warlock Chronicles4$2.00Marvel32.1
103113Thor Corps2$1.75Marvel31.9
104151Ravage 209911$1.25Marvel31.3
105115Warlock & The Infinity Watch21$1.75Marvel31.0
106155Punisher83$1.25Marvel30.8
107117Punisher War Zone20$1.75Marvel30.6
10878 Grendel Tales1$2.95Dark Horse30.1
109158Iron Man297$1.25Marvel29.9
110162Justice League America81$1.25DC29.2
11183Stupid2$2.95Image28.9
11285Punisher Annual6$2.95Marvel28.0
11370Hawkman Annual1$3.50DC27.8
114122Hawkman2$1.75DC27.3
115170Avengers: Terminatrix Objective2$1.25Marvel26.9
116125Morbius14$1.75Marvel26.8
117127Night Thrasher3$1.75Marvel26.4
118128Secret Defenders8$1.75Marvel26.1
11975Deathstroke The Terminator2$3.50DC25.9
120135Punisher War Journal59$1.75Marvel25.0
12168Midnight Sons Unlimited3$3.95Marvel24.9
122180What If54$1.25Marvel24.5
123123Prime3$1.95Malibu24.4
124124Mantra2$1.95Malibu24.3
125104John Byrne's Next Men17$2.50Dark Horse24.1
126184 Guardians of the Galaxy41$1.25Marvel24.1
127185Batman Adventures13$1.25DC24.1
128105Eclipso Annual1$2.50DC24.0
129126Freex2$1.95Malibu23.9
130187Avengers West Coast99$1.25Marvel23.8
131130Hardcase3$1.95Malibu23.2
13299Dark Guard1$2.95Marvel22.7
133193Darkhawk32$1.25Marvel22.7
134133Strangers3$1.95Malibu22.6
135148New Titans102$1.75DC22.5
136195Flash82$1.25DC22.2
137114Saint Sinner1$2.50Marvel22.1
138156Alpha Flight125$1.75Marvel21.9
139198Namor43$1.25Marvel21.8
140197Capitain America420$1.25Marvel21.8
141203Legionnaires7$1.25DC21.6
142202Flash83$1.25DC21.6
143109Gun Runner1$2.75Marvel21.4
144110Gene Dogs1$2.75Marvel21.3
145159Spectre11$1.75DC21.2
146163Star Trek The Next Generation51$1.75DC20.8
147164Star Trek The Next Generation52$1.75DC20.8
148111Genetix1$2.75Marvel20.8
14986Hellblazer Special1$3.95DC20.7
150143Hellblazer70$1.95DC20.7
151178Marvel Comics Presents140$1.50Marvel20.5
152179Marvel Comics Presents139$1.50Marvel20.5
153147Sandman Mystery Theatre7$1.95DC20.3
154181Marvel Comics Presents138$1.50Marvel20.3
155107Punisher Back to School Special2$2.95Marvel20.2
156152Death's Head II11$1.95Marvel20.0
15794Vertigo Visions Phantom Stranger1$3.50DC20.0
158145Hellstorm7$2.00Marvel20.0
159213Justice League International56$1.25DC19.9
160153Black Orchid2$1.95DC19.9
161214Justice League International57$1.25DC19.8
162215Silver Sable17$1.25Marvel19.7
163172Star Trek53$1.75DC18.8
16474Golden Age2$4.95DC18.3
165166Stupid2$1.95Image18.3
166116Secret City Saga4$2.95Topps18.3
167129Armor5$2.50Continuity18.1
168175Night Stalkers12$1.75Marvel18.1
169176Deathlok28$1.75Marvel18.1
170118Deathlok Annual2$2.95Marvel17.9
171117Team Titans13$1.75DC17.8
172131Megalith5$2.50Continuity17.7
173188 Legion of Super-Heroes48$1.75DC16.9
174189Doctor Strange58$1.75Marvel16.7
175136Earth IV Vol. 32$2.50Continuity16.6
176137Enigma8$2.50DC16.5
177138Ms. Mystic Vol. 32$2.50Continuity16.5
178174Extremist2$1.95DC16.5
179237Quasar51$1.25Marvel16.5
180146Samuree Vol. 22$2.50Continuity15.9
181199Deathstroke the Terminator29$1.75DC15.6
182154Dark Horse Comics12$2.50Dark Horse15.5
183223Hardware8$1.50DC15.4
184201L.E.G.I.O.N. 9359$1.75DC15.4
185157Classic Star Wars12$2.50Dark Horse15.3
186246X-Men Classic88$1.25Marvel15.2
187206Death32$1.75Marvel15.2
188207Nomad18$1.75Marvel14.9
189132Silver Surfer85$2.95Marvel14.9
190190Bloodseed2$1.95Marvel14.9
191191Shade The Changing Man40$1.95DC14.9
192210Death's Head II/Killpower: Battletide II3$1.75Marvel14.8
193160Indiana Jones: Thunder In The Orient1$2.50Dark Horse14.8
194229Blood Syndicate7$1.50DC14.4
195196Kid Eternity6$1.95DC14.1
196139Cain4$2.95Harris14.0
197140Vampirella10$2.95Harris14.0
198200Swamp Thing136$1.95DC13.9
199256Wonder Man26$1.25Marvel13.8
200204Animal Man64$1.95DC13.8
201205Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1 (Newsstd) $1.95Malibu13.8
202236Icon6$1.50DC13.7
203144Jonah Hex: Two Gun Mojo3$2.95DC13.6
204169Hybrids: The Origin3$2.50Continuity13.4
205222Darkstars13$1.75DC13.4
206150Teenagents1$2.95Topps13.4
207171Cyberrad Vol. 23$2.50Continuity13.2
208224Hyperkind2$1.75Marvel13.1
209226Green Arrow79$1.75DC13.0
210212Doom Patrol71$1.95DC13.0
211261G.I. Joe141$1.25Marvel13.0
212247Static5$1.50DC12.6
213250Metamorpho3$1.50DC12.5
214161Last Action Hero3$2.95Topps12.4
215228CyberSpace 30004$1.75Marvel12.4
216266Guy Gardner13$1.25DC12.3
217182Lastone4$2.50DC12.1
218230Ragman: Cry of the Dead3$1.75DC12.1
219269Spider-Man Classics7$1.25Marvel12.1
220165Marvel Milestone Edition: X-Men9$2.95Marvel12.1
221232She-Hulk56$1.75Marvel12.1
222183Skin Graph4$2.50DC12.1
223231Ectokid2$1.75Marvel12.1
224234Moon Knight55$1.75Marvel12.0
225173Bioneers1$2.75Mirage11.7
226238Darkhold13$1.75Marvel11.7
227273Sleepwalker29$1.25Marvel11.5
228272Cage19$1.25Marvel11.5
229239William Shatner's TekWorld14$1.75Marvel11.5
230168Donna Matrix1$2.95Reactor11.5
231241Demon40$1.75DC11.5
232242Wild Thing7$1.75Marvel11.1
233186XenoTech1$2.75Mirage10.9
234281Eclipso12$1.25DC10.8
235248Hokum & Hex2$1.75Marvel10.8
236282Green Lantern: Mosaic17$1.25DC10.6
237284Wonder Woman79$1.25DC10.6
238221Groo The Wanderer105$2.25Marvel10.6
239283Valor12$1.25DC10.6
240253Kamandi: At Earth's End5$1.75DC10.3
241211Crazyman Vol. 22$2.50Continuity10.1
242254Killpower The Early Years2$1.75Marvel10.1
243257Incomplete Death's Head10$1.75Marvel9.9
244217Robocop III2$2.50Dark Horse9.8
245245Morbius Revisited3$1.95Marvel9.8
246192Ray Bradbury Comics4$2.95Topps9.8
247294Conan273$1.25Marvel9.7
248219Chromium Man1$2.50Triumphant9.6
249194Jason Goes to Hell2$2.95Topps9.6
250251Immortalis2$1.95Marvel9.5
251220Strange Combat Tails1$2.50Marvel9.5
252208Stupid Heroes1$2.75Mirage9.5
253249Elfquest: New Blood8$2.00 Warp9.4
254252Zatanna4$1.95DC9.3
255227Dinosaurs For Hire7$2.50Malibu9.0
256216Marvel Super-Heroes15$2.75Marvel9.0
257300Marvel Age129$1.25Marvel9.0
258134Psychonauts1$4.95Marvel8.9
259209Capitain America420$2.95Marvel8.8
260267Super Soldiers7$1.75Marvel8.7
261638Vampirella (reoffered)1$2.95Harris8.6
262260Mr. T & The T-Force3$1.95Now8.4
263271Chain Gang War4$1.75DC8.3
264218Evil Ernie The Ressurection4$2.95Chaos8.3
265633Akira37$5.95Marvel8.2
266305Daredevil321$1.25Marvel8.2
267263Dances With Demons2$1.95Marvel8.2
268265Mighty Magnor6$1.95Malibu8.1
269276Black Canary10$1.75DC8.1
270140Dirty Pair: Sim Hell4$2.50Dark Horse8.0
271149Universal Monsters: Creature From The Black Lagoon0$4.95Dark Horse8.0
272225Children of the Voyager2$2.95Marvel7.7
273243Jurassic Park 4 (Newsstd) $2.50Topps7.7
274311New Warriors40$1.25Marvel7.7
275287Dark Angel15$1.75Marvel7.5
276274Feud4$1.95Marvel7.3
277290Original Ghost Rider16$1.75Marvel7.3
278259Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles62$2.25Mirage7.3
279233Necroscope Book II1$2.95Malibu7.1
280235Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers16$2.95Marvel7.1
281264Cerebus173$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim7.0
282293Scarlett10$1.75DC7.0
283167Streets1$4.95DC7.0
284280Spyke4$1.95Marvel6.9
285296Black Axe7$1.75Marvel6.8
286317Marvel Tales278$1.25Marvel6.8
287258Ferret4$2.50Malibu6.8
288288X-Mutants10$1.95Malibu6.6
289244James Bond 007: Silent Armageddon3$2.95Dark Horse6.5
290323Mad Dog6$1.25Marvel6.3
291268Protectors12$2.50Malibu6.1
292297LawDog6$1.95Marvel5.9
293255Cherry15$2.95Kitchen Sink5.9
294286Gravestone2$2.25Malibu5.8
295275Scavengers2$2.50Triumphant5.7
296278Elementals31$2.50Comico5.5
297279Tank Girl II3$2.50Dark Horse5.5
298322Donald Duck281$1.50Gladstone5.3
299339Meteor Man3$1.25Marvel5.2
300289Lost In Space: Arrival3$2.50Innovation5.1




August 1993 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's charts. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #3 #4

Diamond did not publish order index numbers for graphic novels in this era, so units cannot be determined.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Batman: Venom$9.95DCn/a
26Marvel Universe Master Edition #35$4.95Marveln/a
31Crow$15.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
45 X-Men Masterworks: All New All-Different X-Men Vol. 1 $12.95Marveln/a
510Carl Barks Library Album #20$8.95Gladstonen/a
611Screwtape Letters$9.99Marveln/a
77Greatest Battles of the Avengers$15.95Marveln/a
812Groo: Festival$10.95Marveln/a
92Legion of Superheroes Archives Vol. 3 HC$39.95DCn/a
108Marshal Law: Blood Sweat and Tears$15.95Dark Horsen/a
1114Thing from Another Planet: Climate of Fear$15.95Dark Horsen/a
1217Madman: The Oddity Odyssey$9.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
1318Crying Freeman: Abduction in Chinatown$16.95Vizn/a
144Sin City Limited Ed. HC$79.95Dark Horsen/a
1523Snake Eyes III$9.95Fantagraphicsn/a
1613Savage Dragon Limited Ed. HC$39.95Graphittin/a
1721Click 2 In Color$12.95NBMn/a
1827Lazarus Churchyard Collection$9.95Atomekan/a
1929Blonde Collection$9.95Fantagraphicsn/a
2035Kill Me Slowly$7.95Fantagraphicsn/a
2115Tarzan Vol. 4 1934-35$35.00NBMn/a
2226Sting of the Green Hornet$12.95Nown/a
2336Bogeyman: Chinatoon$8.95Atomekan/a
2425Apocalypse: The Eyes of Doom$14.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
2519Cadillacs and Dinosaus: Time in Overdrive$29.95Kitchen Sinkn/a