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April 1996 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Image took the top six slots at Diamond in a month where crossover and team-up books — Medieval Spawn/Witchblade, Spawn/WildC.A.T.S, Grifter/Shi, and Glory/Angela among them — dominated the Top 10. The top DC superhero book was 13th.

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.

Marvel, Viz, Kitchen Sink, and Coppervale were not distributed by Diamond this month.
Diamond was the only distributor carrying DC, Dark Horse, Image, Acclaim, Chaos, Sirius, Crusade, Gemstone, London Night, and Broadway comics, as well as Wizard's magazines.
True industry-wide rankings would greatly differ.

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
13Spawn49$1.95Image226.2
24Spawn48$1.95Image225.7
32Gen1310$2.50Image215.6
41Medieval Spawn Witchblade1$2.95Image210.5
56Spawn Wildcats4$2.50Image161.8
67Grifter Shi2$2.95Image112.2
78Death The Time of Your Life3$2.95DC111.5
85Crusade Special Shi vs. Tomoe1$3.95Crusade106.5
911Glory Angela Hell's Angels0$2.50Image106.4
109Lady Death The Odyssey2$2.95Chaos104.8
1113Dreaming1$2.50DC102.0
1214Wildcats29$2.50Image102.0
1316Batman531 Collector's Ed$2.50DC100.0
1425Superman112$1.95DC94.3
1526Action Comics722$1.95DC93.5
1627Adventures of Superman535$1.95DC92.9
1710Batman Black & White1$2.95DC92.9
1828Detective Comics697$1.95DC92.3
1930Superman: Man of Steel57$1.95DC90.5
2012Star Wars: Heir to the Empire6$2.95Dark Horse86.8
2115X-Files17$2.95Topps86.3
2222Wetworks16$2.50Image82.8
2338Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight83$1.95DC80.0
2440Batman: Shadow of the Bat51$1.95DC78.8
2517Avengelyne Prophet 1$2.95Image77.8
2618Avengelyne1$2.95Maximum76.2
2719Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind3$2.95Dark Horse76.0
2844Robin30$1.95DC74.2
2920Sin City: That Yellow Bastard3$2.95Dark Horse71.8
3021Avengelyne Prophet1$2.95Maximum70.7
3129Cyberforce22$2.50Image70.6
3262Purgatori Prelude1$1.50Chaos70.1
3348Catwoman34$1.95DC69.7
3423Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron3$2.95Dark Horse69.4
3550Azrael18$1.95DC68.5
3655Green Lantern74$1.75DC68.5
3756Artemis Requiem1$1.75DC67.5
3824Robin Annual5$2.95DC67.1
3951Wonder Woman110$1.95DC66.1
4035Weapon Zero3$2.50Image65.3
4158Flash114$1.75DC64.3
4237Backlash19$2.50Image64.0
4332Green Lantern Annual5$2.95DC58.4
4443Stormwatch35$2.50Image58.4
4545Deathblow27$2.50Image57.6
4646Preacher14$2.50DC57.4
4759Superboy28$1.95DC57.4
4833Vengeance of Vampirella25$2.95Harris56.7
4947Team 7 III Dead Reckoning4$2.50Image56.1
5034Supergirl Annual1$2.95DC55.5
5136Maxx: Friends of Maxx Special0$2.95Image55.3
5249Sigmal2$2.50Image53.4
5341Evil Ernie Straight to Hell5$2.95Chaos51.1
5442Bone24$2.95Image50.7
5552Defcon 43$2.50Image50.6
5676Impulse 14$1.75DC49.3
5753Glory11$2.50Image49.3
5854Prophet6$2.50Image48.6
5981Aquaman21$1.75DC48.0
6063Hitman2$2.25DC46.6
6157Books of Magic25$2.50DC46.0
6231Chaos Quarterly3$3.95Chaos44.7
6375Sovereign Seven11$1.95DC44.5
6439Sergio Aragones Destroys DC1$3.50DC44.1
6561Youngblood7$2.50Image43.5
6670Starman19$2.25DC41.8
6764Tarzan vs. Predator: At Earth's Core4$2.50Dark Horse40.8
6866Black Ops4$2.50Image39.9
6967Ghost13$2.50Dark Horse39.3
7068Maximage5$2.50Maximum38.8
7163Extreme Anthology1$2.50Image38.5
72103Batman & Robin Adventures7$1.75DC37.8
7379Lobo28$2.25DC37.6
74104Takion1$1.75DC37.4
7580Vamps Hollywood & Vein5$2.25DC37.4
7674Team Youngblood22$2.50Image35.5
7782Hellblazer102$2.25DC35.4
78112Power of Shazam15$1.75DC34.6
7965Ballistic Action0$2.95Image34.6
8077Lady Pendragon3$2.50Maximum34.4
8188Legion of Super-eroes81$2.25DC34.0
8278Body Count2$2.50Image33.9
83117Justice League America111$1.75DC33.2
8491Legionnaires37$2.25DC32.9
8594Spectre42$2.25DC32.1
8683Shadowhunt Special1$2.50Image31.9
8771Vampirella Strikes4$2.95Harris31.8
8884Dart3$2.50Image31.7
8986Chapel7$2.50Image31.7
9073Battlestar Galactica: Apollo's Journey1$2.95Maximum30.9
9189Black & White3$2.50Image30.3
9298Sandman Mystery Theater39$2.25DC30.0
93118Steel27$1.95DC29.7
9493Bloodpool3$2.50Image29.0
9596Seekers into the Mystery5$2.50DC28.5
96106Green Arrow109$2.25DC28.2
9797New Man4$2.50Image28.0
9899Supreme38$2.50Image27.0
9985Asylum4$2.95Maximum26.9
10087Concrete: Think Like a Mountain2$2.95Dark Horse26.7
101100Invisibles21$2.50DC26.7
102129GI Joe4$1.95Dark Horse26.6
103102Flex Mentallo1$2.50DC26.5
104192Dragon2$.99Image26.2
10572Rogue's Gallery1$3.50DC26.1
106105Devlin2$2.50Maximum26.0
10790Grendel Tales: The Devil May Care5$2.95Dark Horse25.6
108121Simpsons Comics19$2.25Bongo25.5
10992Showcase5$2.95DC24.9
110111Tarzan John Carter Warlords of Mars4$2.50Dark Horse24.4
111146Justice League Task Force35$1.75DC24.3
112147Extreme Justice17$1.75DC24.3
113113Mike Grell's Maggie the Cat4$2.50Image24.2
114114New Force4$2.50Image24.0
11595Razor Torture3$3.00London Night23.8
116115Kid Supreme2$2.50Image23.6
117116Christian2$2.50Maximum23.5
118140Mister Miracle3$1.95DC23.4
119153Guy Gardner Warrior43$1.75DC22.6
120107Bone 6$2.95Image21.4
121124Strikeback4$2.50Image21.4
122134Swamp Thing167$2.25DC21.3
123108Warrior Nun Araela Book Two5$2.95Antarctic21.2
124127Poison Elves12$2.50Sirius21.1
125128Godzilla11$2.50Dark Horse21.0
126110Vertigo Verite The System2$2.95DC20.8
127109Lethal Strike Double Impact Lethal Impact0$3.00London Night20.8
128152Batman531 Standard$1.95DC20.3
129138Ray24$2.25DC20.3
130155New Gods8$1.95DC19.8
131119Elric One Life0$2.95Topps19.6
132120Oh! My Goddess Terrible Master Urd1$2.95Dark Horse19.6
133131Fatale4$2.50Broadway19.4
134143Hawkman32$2.25DC19.4
135132X-O Manowar67$2.50Acclaim19.3
136144Troubleman2$2.25Image19.3
137136Mask Southern Discomfort1$2.50Dark Horse18.8
13860Blood & Shadows4$5.95DC18.6
139122Heartbreakers1$2.95Dark Horse18.6
140126Dominion Conflict 1: No More No2$2.95Dark Horse17.9
141125Razor Uncut21$3.00London Night17.7
142130Usagi Yojimbo1$2.95Dark Horse17.2
143145Sliders Ultimatum1$2.50Acclaim17.0
144148X25$2.50Dark Horse16.7
145160Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice1$2.25Tekno16.2
146161Leonard Nimoy's Primortals0$2.25Tekno16.2
147162Deathstroke60$2.25DC16.1
148133London Night's Lingerie Special0$3.00London Night16.0
149135Poizon2$3.00London Night15.8
150137Spirit of Wonder1$2.95Dark Horse15.7
151139You're Under Arrest5$2.95Dark Horse15.5
152157Powers That Be5$2.50Broadway15.3
153141Cyberfrog2$2.95Harris15.3
154185Firebrand5$1.75DC15.3
155158Turok: Dinosaur Hunter47$2.50Acclaim15.2
156159Shadow State5$2.50Broadway15.1
157167Neil Gaiman's Phage1$2.25Tekno14.9
158142Lone Ranger & Tonto the Velvet1$2.95Topps14.8
159168Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger1$2.25Tekno14.7
160169Crush5$2.25Image14.5
161163Killer Instinct3$2.50Acclaim14.5
162195Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?1$1.75DC14.2
163170Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero1$2.25Tekno14.1
164149Elfquest Metamorphosis1$2.95Warp14.1
165171Man Against Time3$2.25Image14.0
166198Animaniacs14$1.75DC13.9
167123Legend of Mother Sarah: City of Children4$3.95Dark Horse13.9
168150Lethal Strike Annual1$3.00London Night13.8
169174Fatale19$2.25DC13.7
170151Mutant Chronicles Golgotha4$2.95Acclaim13.5
171101Dark Ones: Third Eye4$4.95Sirius13.5
172154Armed & Dangerous Special1$2.95Acclaim13.4
173180Gene Roddenberry's Xander in Lost Universe1$2.25Tekno13.1
174156Mike Deodato's Protheus1$2.95Caliber13.0
175181I-Bot1$2.25Tekno12.8
176175Heroes2$2.50DC12.3
177164Halo: An Angel's Story1$2.95Sirius12.1
178165Mars Attacks7$2.95Topps12.1
179177Bloodshot51$2.50Acclaim12.0
180196Cerebus205$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10.9
181172Kabuki: Masks of the Noh1A$2.95Caliber10.5
182189Icon37$2.50DC10.5
183173Dark Horse Presents108$2.95Dark Horse10.4
184190Walter Campaign of Terror3$2.50Dark Horse10.4
185191Solo1$2.50Dark Horse10.4
186182Strangers in Paradfise 11$2.75Abstract10.3
187176Foot Soldiers 4$2.95Dark Horse10.3
188193Punx Rewdux2$2.50Acclaim10.2
189178Creed TMNT1A$3.00Lightning10.0
190179Creed TMNT1B$3.00Lightning10.0
191210Tales from the Crypt16$2.00Gemstone9.8
192199Sisters of Mercy3$2.50No Mercy9.4
193183X-Files4 2nd Prtg.$2.95Topps9.4
194184Tex Avery's Comics and Stories1$2.95Dark Horse9.2
195187Andrew Vachs's Cross6$2.95Dark Horse8.9
196186Blood Reign Saga1$3.00London Night8.9
197200Static36$2.50DC8.8
198194Lady Vampre: Pleasures of the Flesh1$2.95Blackout8.5
199203Adventures of the Mask4$2.50Dark Horse8.4
200205Hardware40$2.50DC8.3
201207Araknis1$2.50Mushroom8.2
202197Sade Razor London Night Encore0$3.00London Night8.1
203233Uncle Scrooge Adventures39$1.50Gladstone7.9
204220Weird Science16$2.00Gemstone7.7
205212Akiko2$2.50Sirius7.5
206222Shock Suspenstories16$2.00Gemstone7.4
207201Kabuki: Masks of the Noh1C$2.95Caliber7.3
208202Kabuki: Masks of the Noh1B$2.95Caliber7.3
209204Mister X1$2.95Caliber7.1
210242Donald Duck297$1.50Gladstone6.9
211206Dream Wolves Angel Architecture1$3.00Gothic6.8
212209Widow Bound by Blood1$3.00Ground Zero6.6
213211Bad Eggs3$2.95Acclaim6.6
214247Cheryl Blossom1$1.50Archie6.6
215213Cavewoman Rain2$2.95Caliber6.2
216250Donald Duck & Mickey Mouse6$1.50Gladstone6.2
217215Vaperotica14$2.95Brainstorm5.8
218227Walt Disney Giant6$2.25Gladstone5.8
219216Brinke of Destruction3$2.95High Impact5.8
220208Hellina Genesis1$3.50Lightning5.7
221166Project2$5.95DC5.7
222217Elementals5$2.95Comico5.6
223258Archie449$1.50Archie5.3
224223Nira X Cyberangel Ongoing Series1 Regular$2.75Express5.3
225221Scud12$2.95Fireman5.0
226224Cynder Annual1$2.95Immortelle4.9
227225Ninja High School51$2.95Antarctic4.7
228218Masked Warrior X1$3.50Antarctic4.7
229271Sonic the Hedgehog36$1.50Archie4.7
230272Sonic's Friendly Nemesis Knuckles1$1.50Archie4.6
231226Fangs of the Widow7$3.00Ground Zero4.6
232536Wizard57$.00Wizard4.4
233276Betty39$1.50Archie4.4
234277Betty & Veronica101$1.50Archie4.3
235229Starblazers5$2.95Voyager4.1
236283Veronica53$1.50Archie4.1
237290Betty & Veronica Spectacular19$1.50Archie4.0
238232Asrial vs. Cheetah2$2.95Antarctic4.0
239234Countdown Sex Bombs6$2.95Fantagraphics3.9
240236Eddie Campbell's Bacchus12$2.95Eddie Campbell3.8
241294Scooby Doo10$1.50Archie3.8
242237Fem4$2.95Express3.8
243188Elflord1$6.95Mad Monkey3.8
244238Dragon Ring1$2.95Mad Monkey3.8
245240Sexhibition6$2.95Fantagraphics3.6
246241Red Dragon3$2.95Comico3.6
247214Giant THB8$4.95Horse3.5
248230Hot Tails2$3.50Fantagraphics3.5
249243Okara1$2.95Mad Monkey3.4
250249Achie'd Double Digest86$2.75Archie3.4
251245Super Taboo5$2.95Fantagraphics3.4
252308Jughead82$1.50Archie3.4
253246Luxura Convention Book2$2.95Brainstorm3.4
254256Berlin1$2.50Blackout3.2
255248Oblivion5$2.95Comico3.2
256251Gold Digger29$2.95Antarctic3.1
257254Strike Force America3$2.95Comico3.0
258231New Worlds1$3.95Caliber3.0
259235Action Plaent Comics1$3.95Action Planet2.9
260244NHS Spotlight on Robert Dejesu1$3.50Antarctic2.9
261311Betty & Veronica Digest82$1.75Archie2.8
262320Hanna-Barbera Presents5$1.50Archie2.8
263321Flintstones11$1.50Archie2.8
264302Dragon Pearl & Jade11$1.95Cry for Dawn2.8
265239Singapore Sam1$3.95Mad Monkey2.8
266314Betty & Veronica Annual Digest15$1.75Archie2.7
267265Pals-N-Gals Double Digest19$2.75Archie2.7
268259Skynn & Bones: Deadly Angels1$2.95Brainstorm2.6
269260Babylon Crush6$2.95Bongo2.6
270261Hammer Girl1$2.95Brainstorm2.6
271262Project A-Ko Versus4$2.95Central Park2.6
272219Tick Special Edition1 Reprise$5.95New England2.6
273252Young Witches II: London Babylon6$3.50Fantagraphics2.6
274263Legendlore3$2.95Caliber2.6
275264Hillyrose6$2.95Astro2.6
276270Sinnamon6$2.75Catfish2.6
277255Underwater6$3.50Dramenon2.5
278287Scimidar4$2.50Cry for Dawn2.4
279268Espers1$2.95Hall of Heroes2.4
280269Robotech II: The Sentinel's Book5$2.95Academy2.4
281273Hellboy: The Corpse and the Iron Shoes0$2.95Dark Horse2.3
282274Magical Mates2$2.95Antarctic2.3
283253Negative Burn34$3.95Caliber2.3
284275Flesh & Blood2$2.95Blindwolf2.3
285324Laugh Digest128$1.75Archie2.3
286300Adventures into the Unknown1$2.50A-Plus2.2
287326Jughead with Archie Digest127$1.75Archie2.2
288278Nowheresville1$2.95Caliber2.2
289279Exit4$2.95Caliber2.1
290281Metal Bikini0$2.95Academy2.1
291228Hellina Genesis1 Platinum$5.95Lightning2.1
292284MD Geist Ground Zero2$2.95Central Park2.1
293295SkunkUno$2.75Express2.1
294286Robotech Return to Macross31$2.95Academy2.1
295282Raptun3$3.00High Impact2.1
296288Rare Bit Fiends19$2.95King Hell2.0
297310Scarlet Thunder3$2.50Slave Labor2.0
298292Naughty Bits19$2.95Fantagraphics2.0
299312Elvira36$2.50Claypool2.0
300296Gorgon3$2.95Antarctic1.9

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April 1996 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 Top 10 chart. 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.

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Only a few books in the Diamond chart were actual graphic novels; many were just higher-priced comic books. Diamond did not publish order index numbers for graphic novels in this era, so units cannot be determined.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
14Serra Angel on the World of Magic the Gathering$5.95Acclaimn.a.
21Lady Death The Odyssey$19.95Chaosn.a.
37Life, the Universe, & Everything$6.95DCn.a.
43Wonder Woman Challenge of Artemis$9.95DCn.a.
56Satanika vs. Shilene$9.95Verotikn.a.
65London Night's Lingerie Special$10.00London Nightn.a.
78Ghost Nocturnes$9.95Dark Horsen.a.
82Book of Magic Summonings$17.50DCn.a.
910Glory Avnegelyne/Avengelyne Glory$9.95Imagen.a.
1011Lives & Times of Scrooge$10.95Gladstonen.a.