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1995 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

 

After a dismal 1994, the industry went through wrenching spasms as Marvel sought to eliminate the middleman with its purchase of a direct market distributor, Heroes World. Marvel made Heroes World its exclusive distributor to comics shops, and at the same time, Heroes World stopped distributing others' products. The resulting "Distribution Wars" had the effect of shuttering many distributors; by the end of the year, only Heroes World, Diamond Comic Distributors, and a much smaller Capital City Distribution remained.

Sales-wise, publishers managed to slow the descent some with clever editorial events in generally slow times of the year: "The Age of Apocalypse" and Marvel vs. DC. But nothing could arrest the collapse that was already underway, and being amplified by the distribution changes.

Beginning in July 1995, Diamond was no longer distributing Marvel's comics. The sales rankings reflect this; Marvel is absent from Diamond's market shares published in this period. Capital City, through a legal settlement, delayed Marvel's departure until October 1995. But Diamond signed first DC Comics, and then Image, Dark Horse, Acclaim, and other publishers to exclusive distribution arrangements — and so we see Capital's slate shrinking by the end of the year.

A result of this period of tumultuous change in the market is that no two distributors' monthly rankings look remotely alike as the year goes on, and it becomes difficult to reconcile the various charts to figure out what the real market leader was. Each distributor has its own #1, in some cases. Comichron lists each of the distributor sales charts separately.

Heroes World did publish Top 100 lists during the first half of the year when it was independent; once Marvel bought it, no further sales charts were published. (Capital City ran projections of Marvel and DC comics rankings for a time after they were gone, explaining why Marvel titles still top its charts after June. After October, Capital only published dollar rankings for those titles it still had left.)

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. You can find the first-month preorders for these issues in the monthly charts; click one of the months above or use the search tool at the top of the page to find the specific issue. But note that those monthly numbers do not include reorders for the entire year; the rankings below do take the entire year's sales into account.

Further, note that since Diamond wasn't carrying Marvel in the second half of 1995 — and was carrying the enture industry's share of DC, Image, and Dark Horse books toward the end of the year — the figures seen below are distorted by a great degree. Many Marvel books simply aren't on the list, while many of the Diamond exclusives rank better against non-exclusives than was really the case. 

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
1DC vs. Marvel1$3.95DC
2X-Men Omega  $3.95Marvel
3Spawn37$1.95Image
4Amazing X-Men4$1.95Marvel
5Spawn32$1.95Image
6Astonishing X-Men4$1.95Marvel
7Amazing X-Men3$1.95Marvel
8Spawn38$1.95Image
9Weapon X4$1.95Marvel
10Astonishing X-Men3$1.95Marvel
11Amazing X-Men2$1.95Marvel
12Generation Next4$1.95Marvel
13Gen 136$2.50Image
14Astonishing X-Men2$1.95Marvel
15Spawn36$1.95Image
16Amazing X-Men1$1.95Marvel
17Weapon X3$1.95Marvel
18Spawn34$1.95Image
19Gambit & The X-Ternals4$1.95Marvel
20Weapon X2$1.95Marvel
21Gen 131$2.95Image
22Spawn35$1.95Image
23Generation Next3$1.95Marvel
24Astonishing X-Men1$1.95Marvel
25Spawn Blood Feud1$2.25Image
26Gambit & The X-Ternals3$1.95Marvel
27X-Men42$1.95Marvel
28Factor-X4$1.95Marvel
29X-Man4$1.95Marvel
30Spawn27$1.95Image
31X-Men43$1.95Marvel
32Weapon X1$1.95Marvel
33Gen 135$2.50Image
34Batman Man-Bat1$4.95DC
35Spawn33$1.95Image
36Uncanny X-Men322$1.95Marvel
37Gen 134$2.50Image
38Gambit & The X-Ternals2$1.95Marvel
39Factor-X3$1.95Marvel
40Generation Next2$1.95Marvel
41Superman100 Collector's Ed.$3.95DC
42X-Men Chronicles2$3.95Marvel
43X-Men Prime1$4.95Marvel
44Lady Death in Lingerie1$2.95Chaos
45Spawn31$1.95Image
46X-Man3$1.95Marvel
47Spawn28$1.95Image
48Gen 133$2.50Image
49Spawn Blood Feud2$2.25Image
50X-Calibre4$1.95Marvel
51X-Calibre3$1.95Marvel
52Cyblade/Shi Special: The Battle for Independents0$2.95Image
53Spawn30$1.95Image
54Generation Next1$1.95Marvel
55Uncanny X-Men323$1.95Marvel
56Spawn29$1.95Image
57Wolverine91$1.95Marvel
58Gen 132 Direct Market$2.50Image
59Spawn Blood Feud3$2.25Image
60Spawn Blood Feud4$2.25Image
61Factor-X2$1.95Marvel
62X-Man2$1.95Marvel
63X-Calibre2$1.95Marvel
64Violater vs. Badrock2$2.50Image
65X-Universe1$3.50Marvel
66Gambit & The X-Ternals1$1.95Marvel
67Shi/Cyblade Special1$2.95Crusade
68X-Universe2$3.50Marvel
69Factor-X1$1.95Marvel
70Generation X6$1.95Marvel
71Superman The Man of Steel50$2.95DC
72Generation X5$1.95Marvel
73Sovereign Seven1$1.95DC
74X-Man5$1.95Marvel
75X-Man1$1.95Marvel
76X-Man6$1.95Marvel
77Amazing Spider-Man400 Enhanced$3.95Marvel
78X-Men Chronicles1$3.95Marvel
79Witchblade1$2.50Image
80Superman106$1.95DC
81Adventures of Superman529$1.95DC
82X-Calibre1$1.95Marvel
83Batman525$1.95DC
84Angela2$2.25Image
85Batman524$1.95DC
86Superman107$1.95DC
87Sovereign Seven3$1.95DC
88Action Comics715$1.95DC
89Lady Death II Between Heaven & Hell1$2.75Chaos
90Adventures of Superman530$1.95DC
91Action Comics716$1.95DC
92Green Lantern/Silver Surfer0$4.95DC
93X-Force44$1.95Marvel
94Superman The Man of Steel51$1.95DC
95Spider-Man61$1.95Marvel
96Glory/Avengelyne1$3.95Image
97Batman526$1.95DC
98Dawn1$2.95Sirius
99X-Factor112$1.95Marvel
100Detective Comics691$1.95DC
101Angela3$2.25Image
102Avengelyne Glory1$3.95Maximum
103Wetworks5$2.50Image
104X-Factor113$1.95Marvel
105Superman108$1.95DC
106Magic the Gathering: The Shadow Mage1$2.50Acclaim
107Rogue3$2.95Marvel
108Detective Comics692$1.95DC
109Ice Age: Magic the Gathering Limited Series1$2.50Acclaim
110Sandman73$2.50DC
111Action Comics717$1.95DC
112Adventures of Superman531$1.95DC
113Superman The Man of Steel52$1.95DC
114Superman The Man of Tomorrow3$1.95DC
115Shi-Senryaku1$2.95Crusade
116Spider-Man 57 Enhanced$2.95Marvel
117Rogue4$2.95Marvel
118Star Wars Heir to the Empire2$2.95Dark Horse
119Adventures of Superman523$1.50DC
120Superman vs. Aliens1$4.95Dark Horse
121Sandman72$2.50DC
122Lady Death Between Heaven & Hell4$2.75Chaos
123Batman Man-Bat2$4.95DC
124Underworld Unleashed1$2.95DC
125Star Wars Heir to the Empire1$2.95Dark Horse
126Detective Comics693$1.95DC
127Darkseid vs. Galactus the Hunger0$4.95DC
128Batman: Vengeance of Bane II: Redemption0$3.95DC
129WildC.A.T.S.24$2.50Image
130Lady Death Between Heaven & Hell3$2.75Chaos
131Sovereign Seven2$1.95DC
132Cable22$1.95Marvel
133Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight77$1.95DC
134Action Comics718$1.95DC
135Batman: Shadow of the Bat44$1.95DC
136Superman the Man of Steel44$1.50DC
137Detective Comics690$1.95DC
138Excalibur87$1.95Marvel
139Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight78$1.95DC
140WildC.A.T.S.17$2.50Image
141Batman522$1.95DC
142Batman Man-Bat3$4.95DC
143Cable21$1.95Marvel
144X-Files10$2.95Topps
145Wonder Woman103$1.95DC
146Star Wars Empire's End2$2.95Dark Horse
147Green Lantern 68$1.75DC
148Adventures of Superman527$1.95DC
149Batman: Shadow of the Bat45$1.95DC
150Superman104$1.95DC
151Shi-Senryaku2$2.95Crusade
152Superman The Man of Tomorrow1$1.95DC
153Bishop 4$2.95Marvel
154Batman/Judge Dredd: The Ultimate Riddle0$4.95DC
155Wetworks6$2.50Image
156Star Wars Heir to the Empire3$2.95Dark Horse
157Age of Apocalypse Strike Files0$3.99Marvel
158Sovereign Seven5$1.95DC
159Adventures of Superman528$1.95DC
160Excalibur88$1.95Marvel
161WildC.A.T.S.23$2.50Image
162Superman105$1.95DC
163Superman vs. Aliens3$4.95Dark Horse
164Action Comics710$1.95DC
165WildC.A.T.S.22$2.50Image
166Superman The Man of Steel48$1.95DC
167Batman516$1.50DC
168Underworld Unleashed Devil's Asylum1$2.95DC
169Wonder Woman104$1.95DC
170Star Wars Empire's End1$2.95Dark Horse
171Superman101$1.95DC
172Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight79$1.95DC
173Lady Death II Between Heaven & Hell2$2.75Chaos
174Superman The Man of Tomorrow2$1.95DC
175Action Comics713$1.95DC
176Batman523$1.95DC
177Adventures of Superman524$1.95DC
178Spider-Man Maximum Clonage Alpha0$4.95Marvel
179Action Comics Annual7$3.95DC
180WildC.A.T.S.18$2.50Image
181Robin22$1.95DC
182Azrael10$1.95DC
183Wetworks 7$2.50Image
184Nightwing4$2.25DC
185Superman vs. Aliens2$4.95Dark Horse
186WildC.A.T.S.20 Direct Market$2.50Image
187Nightwing1$2.25DC
188Zealot1$2.50Image
189Grifter1 Direct Market$4.95Image
190Robin14 Collector's Ed.$1.50DC
191Batman: Shadow of the Bat46$1.95DC
192Star Wars Boba Fett Bounty on Bar-Kooda0$3.95Dark Horse
193Star Wars Tales of the Jedi: Sith War4$2.50Dark Horse
194Superman The Man of Steel45$1.95DC
195Sin City Silent Night0$2.95Dark Horse
196Action Comics714$1.95DC
197Wildstorm Rising Part 11 Direct Market$2.50Image
198Superman The Man of Steel49$1.95DC
199Action Comics707$1.50DC
200Wetworks8 Direct Market$2.50Image
201Batman vs. Predator II: Bloodmatch4$2.50DC
202Robin23$1.95DC
203Azrael2$1.95DC
204X-Men9$1.95Topps
205Batman: Ghosts Dark Knight Halloween Special0$4.95DC
206Team 74$2.50Image
207Detective Comics689$1.95DC
208Catwoman26$1.95DC
209Violator vs. Badrock1$2.50Image
210X-Files8$2.95Topps
211Nightwing 3$2.25DC
212Evil Ernie Straight to Hell1$2.95Chaos
213Wonder Woman105$1.95DC
214Top Cow Secrets Special Winter Lingerie0$2.95Image
215WildC.A.T.S.21$2.50Image
216Batman Chronicles1$2.95DC
217Superman/Toyman1$1.95DC
218Pitt8$1.95Image
219Ripclaw1$2.50Image
220Batman517$1.50DC
221Azrael11$1.95DC
222Amazing Spider-Man404$1.50Marvel
223X-Files7$2.95Topps
224Wetworks 9$2.50Image
225Dawn2$2.95Sirius
226Batman518$1.50DC
227Action Comics711$1.95DC
228X-Files Annual1$3.95Topps
229Superman98$1.50DC
230Robin24$1.95DC
231Green Lantern69$1.75DC
232WildC.A.T.S.19$2.50Image
233Wetworks11$2.50Image
234Avengelyne Power1$2.50Maximum
235Catwoman27$1.95DC
236Superman At Earth's End0$4.95DC
237Team 7 Objective Hell1$2.50Image
238Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron1$2.95Dark Horse
239Amazing Spider-Man401$1.50Marvel
240Wetworks10$2.50Image
241Adventures of Superman521$1.50DC
242Batman: The Ultimate Evil1$5.95DC
243Doomsday Annual1$3.95DC
244Star Wars Dark Empire II2$2.95Dark Horse
245Sovereign Seven6$1.95DC
246Star Wars Dark Empire II6$2.95Dark Horse
247Star Wars Dark Empire II5$2.95Dark Horse
248Superman The Man of Steel42$1.50DC
249Action Comics708$1.50DC
250Ripclaw1$2.50Image
251Underworld Unleashed2$2.95DC
252Azrael12$1.95DC
253Superboy21$1.95DC
254Amazing Spider-Man402$1.50Marvel
255Cyberforce10$1.95Image
256Sovereign Seven4$1.95DC
257Detective Comics683$1.50DC
258Vampirella Strikes1$2.95Harris
259Superman99$1.50DC
260X-Files6$2.95Topps
261Amazing Spider-Man399$1.50Marvel
262Robin25$1.95DC
263Star Wars Tales of the Jedi: Sith War1$2.50Dark Horse
264Batman519$1.95DC
265Prophet Vol. 21$3.50Image
266Catwoman28$1.95DC
267Adventures of Superman 522$1.50DC
268Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat0$5.95DC
269Star Wars Dark Empire II4$2.95Dark Horse
270Underworld Unleashed3$2.95DC
271Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight76$1.95DC
272Batman Chronicles3$2.95DC
273Amazing Spider-Man403$1.50Marvel
274Superman The Man of Steel43$1.50DC
275Green Lantern 70$1.75DC
276Action Comics709$1.50DC
277Ice Age: Magic the Gathering Limited Series2$2.50Acclaim
278Star Wars Dark Empire II3$2.95Dark Horse
279Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight75$1.95DC
280Spider-Man56$1.95Marvel
281Detective Comics684$1.50DC
282Batman512$1.50DC
283Web of Spider-Man127$1.50Marvel
284Team 1 WildC.A.T.S.1$2.50Image
285Spider-Man58$1.95Marvel
286Spectacular Spider-Man 226$1.50Marvel
287Batman520$1.95DC
288Superman102$1.95DC
289Batman: Shadow of the Bat42$1.95DC
290Spectacular Spider-Man 223$2.50Marvel
291Detective Comics685$1.50DC
292Avengelyne1$2.50Maximum
293Spider-Man59$1.95Marvel
294Batman: Shadow of the Bat43$1.95DC
295Sandman71$2.50DC
296Catwoman29$1.95DC
297Violator vs. Badrock3$2.50Image
298Superman103$1.95DC
299Spider-Man60$1.95Marvel
300Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight69$1.95DC






1995 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

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Sandman Midnight Theatre was the top graphic novel for the year at Diamond, but only Marvel items from the first half of the year appeared on Diamond's 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
1 Sandman Midnight Theatre$6.95DC
2Wolverine Knight of Terra$6.95Marvel
3Angela$9.95Image
4Batman vs Predator II: Bloodmatch $6.95DC
5Big Book of Conspiracies$12.95DC
6 Spawn Book 1 $9.95Image
7The Crow$15.95Kitchen Sink
8Starman Sins of the Father$12.95DC
9Golden Age$19.95DC
10Vamps$9.95DC
11Superman Eradication$12.95DC
12Mr. Punch$14.95DC
13Classic Star Wars Empire Strikes Back $9.95Dark Horse
14Classic Star Wars A New Hope $9.95Dark Horse
15Classic Star Wars Return of the Jedi $9.95Dark Horse
16X-Files $19.95Topps
17Shi: The Way of the Warrior $12.95Crusade
18Star Wars: Dark Empire $17.95Dark Horse
19Superman Doomsday Hunter Prey$14.95DC
20Flash Terminal Velocity$14.95DC
21Ultimate Amazing X-Men$8.95Marvel
22Sandman Preludes & Nocturnes HC $29.95DC
23Lady Death $19.95Chaos
24Star Trek The Ashes of Eden$14.95DC
25Lady Death The Reckoning$12.95Chaos

My analyses of preorders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found here:

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