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1994 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 industry went into freefall in 1994, with more than 1,000 accounts closing in January. The drumbeat of retail closures sent shockwaves through the system, hitting distributors and publishers alike. Marvel bought Malibu, removing one of the Big Six publishers.

By the end of 1994, forces were set in motion that would end the time of multiple distributors, as Marvel bought Heroes World Distribution the last week of the year.

In 1994, comics were sold to comics shops by several different major distributors who carried all publishers' comics. Diamond Comic Distributors and Capital City Distribution were the largest of them; Diamond's Top Sellers for the year can be found immediately below. Diamond and Capital's monthly top-sellers can be found at the bottom of the page. Diamond did not publish aggregated unit shares for the year, only dollar shares; these appear in the column at left, along with Capital City's unit and dollar shares.

Diamond's top-seller is a puzzler, as Violator #1 only placed third in the month of its release, and Capital City ranked it only 23rd for the year. Capital ranked Generation X #1 in first and Spawn/Batman second, and as the latter book had the same rank at Diamond, Spawn/Batman is likely the top seller for the year in the Direct Market. Diamond's #3 book, Codename: Stryke Force #1, didn't appear in Capital's list at all.

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
1Violator1$1.95Image
2Spawn/Batman0$3.95Image
3Codename: Stryke Force1$2.95Image
4X-Men30$1.95Marvel
5Spawn17$1.95Image
6Spawn18$1.95Image
7Generation X1$3.95Marvel
8Spawn21$1.95Image
9Spawn22$1.95Image
10Gen 131$2.50Image
11Spawn23$1.95Image
12X-Men35$1.50Marvel
13X-Men36 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
14Spawn24$1.95Image
15Uncanny X-Men310$1.95Marvel
16X-Men37 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
17Wetworks1$1.95Image
18Uncanny X-Men316 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
19X-Men34$1.50Marvel
20Batman-Spawn War Devil1$4.95DC
21X-Men33$1.50Marvel
22Uncanny X-Men315$1.50Marvel
23Spawn25$1.95Image
24X-Men31$1.25Marvel
25X-Men32$1.50Marvel
26Beavis & Butt-Head1$1.95Marvel
27Spawn20$1.95Image
28Uncanny X-Men317 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
29Spawn19$1.95Image
30Uncanny X-Men314$1.50Marvel
31Zero Hour Crisis in Time4$1.50DC
32X-Men40 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
33Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey1$4.95DC
34Uncanny X-Men311$1.25Marvel
35X-Men38 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
36Uncanny X-Men313$1.50Marvel
37Uncanny X-Men312$1.50Marvel
38X-Men39 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
39Zero Hour Crisis in Time3$1.50DC
40Wolverine85$2.50Marvel
41Zero Hour Crisis in Time0$1.50DC
42Uncanny X-Men318 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
43Code Name: Stryke Force1$1.95Image
44Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey3$4.95DC
45Generation X 2 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
46Violator2$1.95Image
47Uncanny X-Men319 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
48Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey2$4.95DC
49Uncanny X-Men320 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
50Cyberforce2$1.95Image
51WildC.A.T.S7$2.50Image
52Wetworks2$1.95Image
53Wolverine84$1.95Marvel
54Gen 130$2.50Image
55Batman-Spawn War Devil1$4.95DC
56Generation X3 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
57Zero Hour Crisis in Time1$1.50DC
58Zero Hour Crisis in Time2$1.50DC
59Steel1$1.50DC
60Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix1$2.95Marvel
61WildC.A.T.S11$2.50Image
62Wolverine86$3.50Marvel
63Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey0$1.50DC
64X-Factor100$2.95Marvel
65Wetworks3$1.95Image
66Rogue1$2.95Marvel
67Action Comics696$1.50DC
68Wolverine83$1.95Marvel
69Superman The Man of Steel0$1.50DC
70Action Comics700$2.95DC
71WildC.A.T.S10$2.50Image
72WildC.A.T.S12$2.50Image
73WildC.A.T.S13$2.50Image
74Wolverine87 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
75Action Comics0$1.50DC
76Wolverine89 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
77Adventures of Superman0$1.50DC
78X-Force31$1.25Marvel
79Wolverine88 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
80Pitt5$1.95Image
81Bishop1$2.95Marvel
82Wolverine82$1.95Marvel
83Wetworks4$1.95Image
84Amazing Spider-Man388 Collector's Ed.$2.95Marvel
85WildC.A.T.S14$2.50Image
86Batman vs Predator II: Bloodmatch1$2.50DC
87Wolverine79$1.75Marvel
88Cyberforce8$1.95Image
89Pitt3$1.95Image
90X-Force38 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
91Gen 13 (miniseries)5$1.95Image
92Wolverine81$1.95Marvel
93Detective Comics0$1.50DC
94Gambit4$2.00Marvel
95Superman87$1.50DC
96Hellshock1$1.95Image
97X-Men Unlimited4$3.95Marvel
98Adventures of Superman510$1.50DC
99X-Force32$1.25Marvel
100Team 71$2.50Image
101X-Men 20996$1.25Marvel
102Cyberforce3$1.95Image
103Wolverine80$1.75Marvel
104Gen 13 (miniseries)4$1.95Image
105Batman Punisher Lake of Fire0$4.95DC
106X-Factor106 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
107Action Comics697$1.50DC
108WildC.A.T.S8$2.50Image
109Stormwatch7$1.95Image
110Pitt6$1.95Image
111Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix2$2.95Marvel
112WildC.A.T.S15$1.95Image
113Action Comics701$1.50DC
114X-Men Annual3$2.95Marvel
115Superman The Man of Steel37$1.50DC
116Batman509$1.50DC
117WildC.A.T.S9$2.50Image
118Pitt4$1.95Image
119Adventures of Superman514$1.50DC
120X-Men Unlimited6$3.95Marvel
121X-Force33$1.25Marvel
122Batman Shadow of the Bat0$1.95DC
123Superman93$1.50DC
124Batman505$1.50DC
125Adventures of Superman516$1.50DC
126X-Force37$1.50Marvel
127X-Men 20997$1.25Marvel
128Batman510$1.50DC
129Superman The Man of Steel31$1.50DC
130Action Comics703$1.50DC
131Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1$1.95Hamilton
132X-Men Unlimited5$3.95Marvel
133Batman Legends of the Dark Knight0$1.75DC
134Superman88$1.50DC
135Superman The Man of Steel35$1.50DC
136Superman 92$1.50DC
137Batman Legends of the Dark Knight63$1.75DC
138X-Force34$1.50Marvel
139Prophet3$1.95Image
140Daredevil325$2.50Marvel
141Adventures of Superman511$1.50DC
142Cyberforce5$1.95Image
143Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix3$2.95Marvel
144Batman511$1.50DC
145Batman512$1.50DC
146Adventures of Superman515$1.50DC
147X-Force35$1.50Marvel
148Cyberforce6$1.95Image
149Action Comics698$1.50DC
150Green Lantern0$1.50DC
151X-Force36$1.50Marvel
152Ghost Rider 20991 Collector's Ed. $2.25Marvel
153Superman The Man of Steel36$1.50DC
154Gen 13 (miniseries)1$2.50Image
155Amazing Spider-Man390 Collector's Ed.$2.95Marvel
156X-Men 20998$1.50Marvel
157Superman91$1.50DC
158Ninjak2$2.25Valiant
159Uncanny X-Men Annual18$2.95Marvel
160Detective Comics677$1.50DC
161Superman89$1.50DC
162Superman90$1.50DC
163Superman The Man of Steel32$1.50DC
164Newmen3$1.95Image
165Action Comics702$1.50DC
166Detective Comics672$1.50DC
167Bishop2$2.95Marvel
168X-Men 209911$1.50Marvel
169Adventures of Superman512$1.50DC
170Superman The Man of Steel33$1.50DC
171Detective Comics675 Collector's Ed.$2.95DC
172Adventures of Superman513$1.50DC
173Detective Comics676$1.50DC
174Doom's IV1$2.50Image
175Fantastic Four387 Collector's Ed.$2.95Marvel
176Superman The Man of Steel34$1.50DC
177X-Force39$1.50Marvel
178X-Factor105$1.50Marvel
179Maxx7$1.95Image
180Punisher Batman Deadly Knights0$4.95Marvel
181X-Men 20999$1.50Marvel
182Action Comics699$1.50DC
183Batman506$1.50DC
184Savage Dragon7$1.95Image
185Code Name: Stryke Force4$1.95Image
186Superman94$1.50DC
187X-Men 209910$1.50Marvel
188X-Factor101$1.50Marvel
189Cyberforce4$1.95Image
190Green Lantern50$2.95DC
191Superman The Man of Steel38$1.50DC
192Spider-Man46 Collector's Ed.$2.75Marvel
193Deadpool1$2.50Marvel
194Action Comics704$1.50DC
195Batman: Shadow of the Bat24$1.75DC
196Marvels0$2.95Marvel
197X-Factor102$1.50Marvel
198Detective Comics678$1.50DC
199Robin0$1.50DC
200Cyberforce7$1.95Image
201Batman vs Predator II: Bloodmatch2$2.50DC
202Batman513$1.50DC
203X-Men 209912$1.50Marvel
204X-Force40 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
205X-Factor104$1.50Marvel
206Youngblood6$2.95Image
207Beavis & Butt-Head2$1.95Marvel
208Adventures of Superman517$1.50DC
209X-Men Unlimited7$3.95Marvel
210Shadowman0 Deluxe Ed.$2.50Valiant
211Backlash1$1.95Image
212X-Force41 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
213X-Factor103$1.50Marvel
214Deadpool2$2.50Marvel
215Batman507$1.50DC
216Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix4$2.95Marvel
217Batman508$1.50DC
218Batman Shadow of the Bat30$1.95DC
219X-Force42 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
220Detective Comics673$1.50DC
221Superman95$1.50DC
222Spider-Man50 Enchanted Cvr.$3.95Marvel
223Rune1$1.95Malibu
224Adventures of Superman518$1.50DC
225X-Factor107$1.50Marvel
226Action Comics705$1.50DC
227Detective Comics679$1.50DC
228Images of Shadowhawk3$1.95Image
229Superboy2$1.50DC
230Batman514$1.50DC
231Superman The Man of Steel39$1.50DC
232Amazing Spider-Man387$1.25Marvel
233Black and White1$2.50Image
234Youngblood8$2.95Image
235Catwoman0$1.50DC
236Team 72$2.50Image
237Beavis & Butt-Head4$1.95Marvel
238Excalibur75$3.50Marvel
239Kindred4$2.50Image
240Superboy0$1.50DC
241Amazing Spider-Man392$1.50Marvel
242X-Men 209913$1.50Marvel
243Amazing Spider-Man394 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
244Beavis & Butt-Head3$1.95Marvel
245Amazing Spider-Man389$1.50Marvel
246X-Factor108 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
247Kindred1$2.50Image
248Superman96$1.50DC
249Hellshock2$1.95Image
250Adventures of Supreman519$1.50DC
251Prophet7$2.50Image
252X-Factor109 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
253X-Factor110 Deluxe$1.95Marvel
254Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man1$1.95Tekno-Comix
255Venom the Mace1$2.95Marvel
256Savage Dragon8$1.95Image
257Stormwatch8$1.95Image
258Team Youngblood4$1.95Image
259Code Name: Stryke Force2$1.95Image
260Detective Comics680$1.50DC
261Badrock & Company1$2.50Image
262Batman: Shadow of the Bat25$1.75DC
263Batman Legends of the Dark Knight62$1.75DC
264Primortals1$1.95Tekno-Comix
265WildC.A.T.S Adventures1$1.95Image
266Superman The Man fo Steel40$4.95DC
267Amazing Spider-Man395$1.50Marvel
268Spider-Man 51 Enhanced Cvr.$2.95Marvel
269Detective Comics674$1.50DC
270Prophet4$1.95Image
271Amazing Spider-Man397$1.50Marvel
272Detective Comics681$1.50DC
273Beavis & Butt-Head6$1.95Marvel
274Amazing Spider-Man391$1.50Marvel
275Youngblood9$2.50Image
276Cable 16 Enhanced Cvr.$2.00Marvel
277Beavis & Butt-Head5$1.95Marvel
278Robin8$1.50DC
279X-Men 209914$1.50Marvel
280Archie & Armstrong22$2.50Valiant
281Maxx8$1.95Image
282War Machine1$2.95Marvel
283Hellshock3$1.95Image
284Catwoman7$1.50DC
285Catwoman12$1.50DC
286Venom: The Enemy Within2$2.95Marvel
287Marvels4$5.95Marvel
288Stormwatch Yearbook1$3.50Image
289Stormwatch25$2.50Image
290Savage Dragon13$2.50Image
291Steel2$1.50DC
292Excalibur82 Enhanced Cvr.$3.50Marvel
293Bloodstrike7$1.95Image
294Batman Shadow of the Bat31$1.95DC
295Robin9$1.50DC
296Maxx9$1.95Image
297Prophet6$1.95Image
298Cable 9$2.00Marvel
299Youngblood7$2.95Image
300Supergirl2$1.50DC






1994 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

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

#1 #2 #3 #4

Superman: Under a Yellow Sun was the top-selling graphic novel of the year to Diamond retailers.

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
1Superman: Under a Yellow Sun$5.95DC
2Wolverine: Evilution$5.95Marvel
3Wolverine/Fury: Scorpio Rising$5.95Marvel
4Batman: Bloodstorm HC$24.95DC
5Cain/Vampirella Flip Book$6.95Harris
6Lady Death: The Reckoning$6.95Chaos
7Shadowman$9.95Valiant
8 Solar Man of the Atom $9.95Valiant
9Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast$5.95DC
10Mr. Punch HC$24.95DC
11Wolverine/Typhoid Mary: Typhoid's Kiss$6.95Marvel
12Unity$10.95Valiant
13Cyclops: Retribution $5.95Marvel
14Complete Bone Adventures 2$12.95Cartoon
15Punisher Invades the Nam: Final Invasion$6.95Marvel
16Wolverine: Weapon X$12.95Marvel
17Rogan Gosh$6.95DC
18Power of Shazam HC$19.95DC
19Lois and Clark: New Adventures of Superman$9.95DC
20Sandman: Brief Lives$19.95DC
21Classic Star Wars Vol. One$15.95Dark Horse
22Zero Hour: Crisis in Time$9.95DC
23The Mystery Play HC$19.95DC
24Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi$14.95Dark Horse
25X-Men Adventures Vol. 2$4.95Marvel

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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