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October 1996 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors
and Heroes World Distribution


Second-issue sales of the "Heroes Reborn" line slipped enough to let the usual X-titles into the top slots in this, the second month a fused chart was available combining sales from Diamond and Heroes World.

DC broke the Top 10 this time, though it was with a Marvel crossover book. The top regular DC book was in 32nd place. Diamond computed dollar rankings while Heroes World did not; the chart below estimates likely dollar rankings for the Marvel issues.


It is not absolutely clear whether the Heroes World data includes United Kingdom sales; it's presumed that it doesn't, but if it did, the Marvel figures below would be reduced by somewhat less than 10%. That would still give Marvel domination of the rankings.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels at Diamond for the month.

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart and all comics offered by Heroes World.
Items marked (resolicitation) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
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 TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
13X-Men59$1.95Marvel202,024
24Uncanny X-Men339$1.95Marvel200,127
37Wolverine108$1.95Marvel179,775
41Spawn the Impaler1$2.95Image172,838
59Spawn55$1.95Image162,896
610Fantastic Four (Vol. 2)2$1.95Marvel162,475
72DC/Marvel: All Access1$2.95DC150,664
814Iron Man (Vol. 2)2$1.95Marvel139,986
915Generation X22$1.95Marvel137,175
1016Curse of the Spawn: Dark Future Part 2 Blood Lust1$1.95Image136,955
1119Captain America (Vol. 2)2$1.95Marvel131,863
1220Avengers (Vol. 2)2$1.95Marvel130,961
1321X-Man22$1.95Marvel130,441
1423X-Force61$1.95Marvel125,752
155Spider-Man75$2.95Marvel124,664
166X-Men Unlimited13$2.95Marvel122,694
1712Gen1314$2.50Image121,937
1824X-Factor129$1.95Marvel119,680
1925Cable38$1.95Marvel119,162
2028Magneto2$1.95Marvel116,973
2142Amazing Spider-Man418$1.50Marvel112,113
2232X-Men: Rise of the Apocalypse3$1.95Marvel105,266
2334Mystique & Sabretooth1$1.95Marvel102,851
2435Excalibur104$1.95Marvel100,793
2547Spectacular Spider-Man241$1.50Marvel99,661
2639Sensational Spider-Man11$1.95Marvel97,569
2740X.S.E.2$1.95Marvel96,662
2826Witchblade10$2.50Top Cow92,391
298Lady Death: The Crucible1$3.50Chaos91,719
3018Tales of the Witchblade1$2.95Top Cow87,245
3156Incredible Hulk448$1.50Marvel86,843
3213Green Lantern (Enhanced)81$3.95DC72,269
3350Elektra2$1.95Marvel71,317
3430Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire6$2.95Dark Horse70,988
3531X-Files23$2.95Topps70,750
3652Batman537$1.95DC70,014
3733Darkchylde/Glory1$2.95Extreme68,852
3854Supergirl4$1.95DC67,312
3943WildC.A.T.S33$2.50Image66,276
4036Darkchylde/Avengelyne1$2.99Maximum65,120
4138Star Wars: Golden Age of the Sith1$2.95Dark Horse65,078
4258Detective Comics704$1.95DC64,168
4311Batman: The Long Halloween1$4.95DC63,230
4459Venom: Tooth & Claw1$1.95Marvel63,132
4560Superman118$1.95DC62,705
4664Nightwing3$1.95DC56,677
4729X-Files Season One4$3.95Topps56,236
4890Journey into Mystery504$1.50Marvel55,408
4944Crypt of Dawn1$2.95Sirius54,576
5070Batman: Shadow of the Bat57$1.95DC53,960
5145Spider-Man Unlimited14$2.95Marvel53,545
5292Spider-Man: Redemption4$1.50Marvel53,541
5393Abominations1$1.50Marvel53,506
5417Superman/WW: Whom the Gods Would Destroy1$4.95DC53,372
5571Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight89$1.95DC51,580
5672Robin36$1.95DC51,230
5757Preacher20$2.50DC51,202
5822Preacher Special: The Story of You Know Who1$4.95DC49,745
5937Batman: Death of Innocents1$3.95DC49,241
6084Flash120$1.75DC49,136
6148Robin Plus1$2.95DC48,947
6276Catwoman40$1.95DC48,373
6349Spider-Man Team-Ups5$2.95Marvel47,589
6469Lady Death & The Women of Chaos Gallery1$2.25Chaos47,316
6527World's Finest: Superboy/Robin1$4.95DC46,637
66115What If?92$1.50Marvel46,097
6753Shi: Kaidan1$2.95Crusade45,768
6882Wonder Woman116$1.95DC44,851
6983Untold Tales of Spider-Man '96$1.95Marvel44,468
7055Green Lantern Plus1$2.95DC44,165
7166Dreaming7$2.50DC43,892
72172Untold Tales of Spider-Man16$.99Marvel43,359
7367Wetworks22$2.50Image42,982
7489Star Fleet Academy1$1.95Marvel42,713
7568CyberForce28$2.50Top Cow42,695
7694Batman: Gordon's Law1$1.95DC41,000
7761Avengelyne0$2.99Maximum40,867
7897Azrael24$1.95DC40,678
79184Marvel Fanfare4$.99Marvel40,451
8098Daily Bugle1$1.95Marvel40,246
81129Silver Surfer123$1.50Marvel39,977
82185Professor X and the X-Men14$.99Marvel39,820
8373Astro City Vol. 23$2.50Homage39,194
84102Teen Titans3$1.95DC38,970
8562Azrael Plus1$2.95DC38,557
86134Daredevil359$1.50Marvel38,479
87105Star Trek: Voyager2$1.95Marvel38,231
8875Angels of Destruction$2.50Marvel38,208
89106Star Trek: Deep Space Nine2$1.95Marvel37,661
90107Superboy34$1.95DC37,472
9165Wonder Woman Annual5$2.95DC37,304
9278Weapon Zero8$2.50Top Cow35,945
93792099: World of Tomorrow4$2.50Marvel35,626
9481Black Knight: Exodus$2.50Marvel35,396
9551Backlash25$3.95Image35,175
96127Impulse20$1.75DC34,489
9799Hitman9$2.25DC34,447
98128Superman Adventures2$1.75DC34,391
99130Aquaman27$1.75DC34,153
10085Glory/Celestine: Dark Angel2$2.50Extreme34,013
101119Birds of Prey: Manhunt4$1.95DC33,621
10288X-O Manowar Vol. 21$2.50Acclaim33,376
10391Grifter4$2.50Image32,942
10496House of Secrets3$2.50DC31,871
105123Superboy & The Ravers4$1.95DC31,717
106110Starman25$2.25DC31,303
107162Punisher14$1.50Marvel31,237
10846Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller1$4.95Dark Horse31,037
109100Books of Magic31$2.50DC30,806
11041Vampirella 25th Anniversary Special$5.95Harris30,400
111103StormWatch41$2.50Image30,232
112213Uncanny Origins4$.99Marvel30,212
11380Hellboy: Wake the Devil5$2.95Dark Horse30,057
114108Star Lord1$2.50Marvel28,660
115109Brass3$2.50Image28,594
11687Crow: Wild Justice1$2.95Kitchen Sink28,377
117175Ghost Rider80$1.50Marvel28,061
118122Legion of Super-Heroes87$2.25DC27,789
119114Glory16$2.50Extreme27,698
120124Legionnaires43$2.25DC27,299
121161Batman & Robin Adventures13$1.75DC27,159
12295Vampirella Strikes7$2.95Harris27,019
123132Lobo/Demon: Helloween1$2.25DC26,171
124101Lady Rawhide1$2.95Topps26,073
125120Allegra3$2.50Image25,996
126112Strangers in Paradise Vol. 32$2.75Homage25,352
127136Night Force1$2.25DC25,184
128121Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror2$2.50Bongo25,016
129137Simpsons Comics25$2.25Bongo24,918
130138Hellblazer108$2.25DC24,820
131139Bloody Mary3$2.25DC24,652
13286Legionnaires Annual3$3.50DC24,267
13374Razor1$3.95London Night24,197
134174Power of Shazam!21$1.75DC24,197
135145Lobo34$2.25DC23,917
136178Tempest2$1.75DC23,882
137131Evil Ernie1$2.50Chaos23,707
138113Friends of Maxx2$2.95Image23,518
139150Lobo: Death & Taxes3$2.25DC23,315
14077Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck1$3.95Image23,294
141166Sovereign Seven17$1.95DC23,175
142168New Gods13$1.95DC23,126
143116Ash: The Fire Within3$2.95Event22,475
144237Adventures of the X-Men9$.99Marvel22,329
145117Madman Comics11$2.95Dark Horse22,328
146118Predator: Dark River4$2.95Dark Horse22,244
147156Green Arrow115$2.25DC21,873
148141Black Lamb2$2.50DC21,810
149142Youngblood13$2.50Extreme21,782
150143Grifter and The Mask2$2.50Dark Horse21,690
151144Sandman Mystery Theatre45$2.50DC21,578
152157Spectre48$2.25DC21,543
153189Green Lantern (Unenhanced)81$1.75DC21,522
154104Green Lantern Gallery1$3.50DC21,417
155147Lady Supreme4$2.50Extreme21,305
156125Tomoe1$2.95Crusade20,773
157182Essential Vertigo: The Sandman5$1.95DC20,626
158126Sovereign Seven Annual2$2.95DC20,514
159152Terminal City6$2.50DC20,486
160154Supreme43$2.50Extreme20,171
161133Showcase '9611$2.95DC19,926
162155Leave It to Chance2$2.50Homage19,716
163170Scare Tactics1$2.25DC19,373
164135Ash: The Fire Within3$2.95Event19,254
165192Steel33$1.95DC19,079
166201Aztek The Ultimate Man5$1.75DC19,079
16763Mythos: The Final Tour1$5.95DC19,037
168256Adventures of Spider-Man9$.99Marvel18,342
169146Stray Bullets11$2.95El Capitan18,155
170151Bone12$2.95Image17,658
171149Bionix1$2.99Maximum17,588
172153Decade of Dark Horse4$2.95Dark Horse17,259
173173Space Jam1$2.50DC17,049
174179Seekers into the Mystery11$2.50DC16,558
175206Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles4$1.95Image16,558
176167Grendel: Devil's Legacy3$2.75Dark Horse16,404
177158Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End4$2.99Maximum16,180
17816011111$2.95Crusade16,152
179196Cyberella4$2.25DC16,047
180163Body Bags3$2.95Dark Horse15,830
181186Poison Elves17$2.50Sirius15,711
182164Power Rangers Zeo/Youngblood1$2.95Extreme15,676
183165Jaguar God6$2.95Verotik15,529
184169Satanika5$2.95Verotik15,004
185234Ultraforce13$1.50Marvel14,999
186171Black Pearl2$2.95Dark Horse14,668
187195New Men23$2.50Extreme14,493
188205Vermillion3$2.25DC14,388
189176Blood: A Tale2$2.95DC14,199
190111Elfquest6$4.95Warp14,192
191177Dark Horse Presents114$2.95Dark Horse14,185
192180Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan4$2.95Dark Horse13,891
193183Priest3$2.99Maximum13,401
194187Hate25$2.95Fantagraphics13,247
195188Ranma 1/2 Part Five11$2.95Viz12,869
196190Gunsmith Cats: The Return of Gray3$2.95Dark Horse12,694
197210Power Rangers Zeo2$2.50Extreme12,631
198191Vanguard: Strange Visitors1$2.95Image12,617
199211Vertigo Verite: Unseen Hand4$2.50DC12,596
200217Hazard6$2.25Image12,582
201219Gemini Blood4$2.25DC12,554
202193Hercules: The Legendary Journeys5$2.95Topps12,491
203251Rune: Hearts of Darkness2$1.50Marvel12,425
204252Prime13$1.50Marvel12,396
205212Kid Supreme6$2.50Extreme12,386
206194Real Adventures of Jonny Quest2$2.95Dark Horse12,323
207159Incredible Hulk Megazine$3.95Marvel12,246
208223Cerebus211$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim12,141
209242Pinky and the Brain6$1.75DC12,099
210197Asylum8$2.99Maximum11,951
211233Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing2$1.95DC11,608
212140Witchblade Collected Edition4$4.95Top Cow11,104
213203Rack & Pain Killers3$2.95Chaos11,048
214202Razor Uncut27$3.00London Night10,908
215204Razor Uncut28$3.00London Night10,845
216207Blade of the Immortal Genius1$2.95Dark Horse10,831
217208Chronowar3$2.95Dark Horse10,740
218209Gamera3$2.95Dark Horse10,740
219181Legend of Mother Sarah: City of the Angels1$3.95Dark Horse10,194
220259Takion7$1.75DC9,984
221214Hari Kari: Rebirth1$2.95Blackout9,984
222215Cyberfrog: Reservoir Frog2$2.95Harris9,830
223238Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger7$2.25Big9,781
224239Leonard Nimoy's Primortals6$2.25Big9,718
225216Battle Angel Alita Part Seven1$2.95Viz9,711
226218Knights on Broadway4$2.95Broadway9,592
227241Donald Duck300$2.25Gladstone9,466
228264Animaniacs20$1.75DC9,368
229245Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice7$2.25Big9,333
230221Horseman2$2.95Kevlar9,326
231222Grackle2$2.95Acclaim9,312
232220Razor/Morbid Angel: Soul Search3$3.00London Night9,193
233225Usagi Yojimbo6$2.95Dark Horse9,123
234235Fang: Testament2$2.50Sirius8,892
235227Lilith: Demon Princess2$2.95Antarctic8,787
236226China & Jazz: Code Name Double Impact1$3.00High Impact8,668
237200Tomb of Dracula: Halloween$3.95Marvel8,653
238294Sabrina the Teenage Witch1$1.50Archie8,605
239229Hellborne3$3.00London Night8,283
240299Uncle Scrooge Adventures42$1.50Gladstone8,206
241230Morbid Angel: To Hell and Back1$3.00London Night8,192
242232Thundergod4$2.95Crusade7,786
243231Pandora1$3.00Brainstorm7,695
244305Disney Comic Hits15$1.50Marvel7,590
245240Big Bang Comics5$2.95Image7,275
246265Kurt Busiek's Astro City1$2.25Image7,268
247243Xenozoic Tales14$2.95Kitchen Sink7,134
248271I-Bots7$2.25Big6,973
249260Tales from the Crypt18$2.50Gemstone6,959
250224Acme Novelty Library8$3.95Fantagraphics6,889
251246New Love2$2.95Fantagraphics6,854
252289Spawn45$1.95Image6,826
253253Snowman 19441$2.75Express6,742
254274Youngblood Classics2$2.25Extreme6,735
255248No Need for Tenchi7$2.95Viz6,574
256250Vampress Luxura2$2.95Brainstorm6,546
257247Demonique2$3.00London Night6,504
258228Coventry1$3.95Fantagraphics6,413
259236Maison Ikkoku Part Six3$3.50Viz6,336
260270Icon40$2.50DC6,315
261254Gravediggers4$2.95Acclaim6,273
262324Sonic the Hedgehog42$1.50Archie6,238
263298Sonic Live Special1$2.00Archie6,231
2642726 Lethal Origins1$2.50Byron Preiss6,224
265258La Blue Girl4$2.95CPM6,007
266257Crystal Breeze Unleashed1$3.00High Impact5,979
267278They Call Me The Skul1$2.50Byron Preiss5,895
268198Walt Disney's Comics & Stories607$5.95Gladstone5,839
269261Primal Rage2$2.95Sirius5,804
270262Code Name Scorpio1$2.95Antarctic5,783
271279Araknis5$2.50Mushroom5,762
272263Hot Tails8$2.95Fantagraphics5,762
273280Wise Son: The White Wolf2$2.50DC5,720
274283Berlin3$2.50Black Eye5,615
275285Weird Science18$2.50Gemstone5,566
276249Super Taboo11$3.50Fantagraphics5,531
277266Return of Lum Part Three6$2.95Viz5,510
278267Tribe0$2.95Good5,510
279268Big Blown Baby3$2.95Dark Horse5,489
280275Hellina: Hell's Angel1$2.75Lightning5,475
281287Suit1$2.50Byron Preiss5,440
282339Archie455$1.50Archie5,370
283288Shock SuspenStories18$2.50Gemstone5,363
284341Sonic: The Death Egg Saga2$1.50Archie5,349
285269Previews Presents: Queens of Halloween Ashcan2$3.00Diamond5,328
286290Static42$2.50DC5,279
287273Riot Act Two7$2.95Viz5,223
288277Demon Gun3$2.95Crusade5,020
289344Betty & Veronica107$1.50Archie5,006
290319Archie's Christmas Stocking4$2.00Archie4,915
291345Cheryl Blossom Goes Hollywood2$1.50Archie4,894
292300Hardware46$2.50DC4,852
293281Superfist Ayumi$2.95Fantagraphics4,831
294282Vamperotica20$2.95Brainstorm4,782
295346Betty45$1.50Archie4,698
296357Wizard (Free Promotion)63$.00Wizard4,666
297286Bio Booster Armor Guyver Part Five6$2.95Viz4,649
298303Glory1$2.50Image4,579
299348Veronica59$1.50Archie4,467
300291Demon Beast Invasion1$2.95CPM4,397
301292Eddie Campbell's Bacchus18$2.95Eddie Campbell4,383
302293Star Blazers8$2.95Argo4,376
303309Akiko8$2.50Sirius4,369
304310Wandering Star17$2.50Sirius4,362
305295Fist of the North Star Part Three4$2.95Viz4,355
306296Reality Check2$2.95Sirius4,299
307313Gothic Nights Two$2.50Rebel4,292
308297Lost1$2.95Caliber4,278
309244Manga Vizion Vol. 210$4.95Viz4,243
310350Betty & Veronica Spectacular21$1.50Archie4,194
311317Joe Psycho & Moo Frog2$2.50Goblin4,068
312307Betty & Veronica Double Digest62$2.75Archie4,054
313340Vampire Bayne Vol. 21$2.00Comicolor4,019
314284Sanctuary Part Five8$3.50Viz3,998
315312Archangels the Saga4$2.75Eternal3,921
316302Elementals vs. Charnal Priests Special2$2.95Comico3,900
317314Archangels the Saga3$2.75Eternal3,879
318304Gold Digger32$2.95Antarctic3,865
319276Ninja High School Yearbook 1996$3.95Antarctic3,760
320326Demongate6$2.50Sirius3,718
321306Sade5$3.00London Night3,718
322352Scooby Doo16$1.50Archie3,704
323255Pandora1$5.00Brainstorm3,690
324311Tug & Buster6$2.95Art & Soul3,683
325349Archie Digest145$1.79Archie3,613
326330Warrior3$2.50Ultimate3,606
327353Jughead88$1.50Archie3,536
328315Rebels of Avalon1$2.95Comico3,522
329351Betty & Veronica Digest85$1.79Archie3,473
330316Elementals Sex Special4$2.95Comico3,459
331335Warrior4$2.50Ultimate3,417
332301Melty Feeling1$3.50Antarctic3,417
333323Pals 'N' Gals Double Digest23$2.75Archie3,410
334347Silver1$2.00Comicolor3,396
335327Jughead's Double Digest41$2.75Archie3,368
336331Milk & Cheese's Other #1$2.75Slave Labor3,228
337325Gideon1$2.95Caliber3,151
338308Who Is the Crooked Man2$3.50Crusade3,144
339199Witchblade Collected Ed. Vol. 4 w/Custom Slipcase$10.95Top Cow3,130
340322Moxi: Strange Daze1$3.00Lightning3,130
341343Adventures of the Mask10$2.50Dark Horse3,074
342336Nira X: Soulskurge1$2.75Express3,060
343329Rose and Gunn3$3.00London Night3,046
344332Blood Hunter1$2.95Brainstorm2,997
345333Safety Belt Man: All Hell5$2.95Sirius2,983
346337W1$2.95Good2,843
347354Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego4$1.75DC2,780
348356Calibrations5$.99Caliber2,773
349338Lady Bathory - Baby Universal3$2.95Comico2,759
350321Batman: Legacy Collectors Set1$3.55DC2,661
351342Blue Dog1$3.00Ground Zero2,605
352328Batman: Legacy Collectors Set2$3.55DC2,598
353318Taboux Book Three1$3.95Antarctic2,535
354334Box Office Poison1$3.50Antarctic2,500
355148Onslaught: Marvel Universe Gold$50.00Marvel1,059
356355Archie's Story & Game Digest37$1.79Archie2,479
357320Biologic Show2$3.95Fantagraphics2,465





October 1996 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Graphic Novels Preordered by North American Comics Shops Ranked by Dollar Volume Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
Marvel titles are not included in the list.

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

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Diamond ranked its graphic novels by dollar volume first, meaning that there's an incomplete look at the top ten by units. Heroes World graphic novel data was also not available, so Marvel is not included in this list.

Dollars Units Trade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
16Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 10th Anniv Slipcase Ed.$100.00DCn/a
27Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6$49.95DCn/a
310Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 10th Anniv HC$45.00DCn/a
414Aliens/Predator Deadliest of the Species$29.95Dark Horsen/a
52Big Book of Thugs$14.95DCn/a
61Amber: The Guns of Avalon #3$6.95DCn/a
713Sin City: That Yellow Bastard HC$25.00Dark Horsen/a
85Bone Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm$16.95Cartoonn/a
922Freak Force Vol. 1$29.95Imagen/a
1015WildC.A.T.S/Cyberforce: Killer Instinct$16.95Imagen/a