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August 1997 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


DC's "Genesis" and the end of "Heroes Reborn" helped the market to its third-best month of the year.


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.
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
17Spawn65$1.95Image165,234
26Uncanny X-Men348$1.99Marvel163,028
38X-Men68$1.99Marvel160,043
42Fantastic Four12$2.99Marvel137,192
511Wolverine117$1.99Marvel130,483
63Iron Man12$2.99Marvel116,881
74Avengers12$2.99Marvel114,787
85Captain America12$2.99Marvel109,169
99Uncanny X-Men '97$2.99Marvel109,169
1017JLA11$1.95DC104,676
1118Generation X31$1.99Marvel100,212
1220Curse of the Spawn12$1.95Image94,881
131WildC.A.T.S/X-Men: The Modern Age1$4.50Image94,881
1421X-Man31$1.99Marvel91,520
1514Witchblade17$2.50Image89,661
1624Cable47$1.99Marvel87,256
1726X-Force70$1.99Marvel86,418
1828Genesis1$1.95DC86,142
1915Gen1322$2.50Image86,136
2027X-Factor138$1.99Marvel85,467
2131Genesis2$1.95DC80,277
2232Genesis3$1.95DC78,599
2333Genesis4$1.95DC77,936
2434Incredible Hulk457$1.99Marvel76,130
2538Amazing Spider-Man427$1.99Marvel72,365
2616Generation X '97$2.99Marvel71,831
2713Spectacular Spider-Man250$3.25Marvel70,212
2825Gambit2$2.50Marvel69,420
2940Excalibur113$1.99Marvel69,379
3044Superman128$1.95DC67,755
3150Adventures of Superman551$1.95DC65,362
3252Superman: Man of Steel72$1.95DC64,974
3348Spider-Man84$1.99Marvel64,388
3451Alpha Flight3$1.99Marvel64,013
3510Batman/Spider-Man$4.95DC63,884
3654Action Comics738$1.95DC63,801
3722Colossus1$2.99Marvel60,605
3857Kiss: The Psycho Circus2$1.95Image60,317
3936Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn3$2.50Marvel59,684
4061Batman547$1.95DC58,652
4160Sensational Spider-Man20$1.99Marvel57,561
4263Deadpool9$1.99Marvel55,139
4346Coven1$2.50Awesome52,095
4466Maverick2$1.99Marvel51,930
4568Detective Comics714$1.95DC51,432
4665Batman: The Long Halloween11$2.95DC50,663
4756Gen13 Bootleg10$2.50Image49,983
4879Green Lantern91$1.75DC48,798
4975Supergirl14$1.95DC47,602
5074Thunderbolts7$1.99Marvel47,303
5112Gen13/Generation X 3-D Edition$4.95Image47,092
5242Catwoman Collector's Edition50$2.95DC45,924
5359Preacher30$2.50DC45,866
5426Action Comics Annual9$3.95DC45,672
5545X-Files33$2.95Topps44,716
5678Marvel Team-Up2$1.99Marvel43,514
5749Star Wars: Dark Force Rising4$2.95Dark Horse43,250
5882Nightwing13$1.95DC42,493
5983Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight99$1.95DC42,376
6055Lady Death: The Crucible6$2.95Chaos41,936
6130Star Wars: Boba Fett — Murder Most Foul$3.95Dark Horse41,308
6284Ka-Zar6$1.99Marvel41,297
6385Batman: Shadow of the Bat67$1.95DC41,209
6489Robin46$1.95DC39,907
6569WildC.A.T.S (3-D)41$2.50Image39,895
6690Wonder Woman126$1.95DC39,649
6758Shi: The Series1$2.95Crusade39,631
6819Elseworlds Finest1$4.95DC38,599
69167Untold Tales of Spider-Man25$.99Marvel38,100
7094Heroes for Hire4$1.99Marvel37,995
7162Star Wars: Fall of the Sith Empire3$2.95Dark Horse37,854
7264Superman/Madman Hullabaloo!3$2.95Dark Horse36,816
7337Supergirl Annual2$3.95DC36,745
7496Elektra11$1.99Marvel36,270
7595Batman Chronicles10$2.95DC35,883
7639Green Lantern Annual6$3.95DC35,484
7777Arcanum5$2.50Image34,974
7899Silver Surfer132$1.99Marvel34,587
79100What If?101$1.99Marvel34,499
8041Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual5$3.95DC34,487
8192Starman35$2.25DC33,995
8270Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service1$2.95Dark Horse33,772
8329Batman Secret Files1$4.95DC33,660
8443X-Files Season One: Deep Throat (resolication)$3.95Topps33,578
8580Kents3$2.50DC33,519
86123Aquaman37$1.75DC32,745
87106Azrael34$1.95DC32,563
8872Xena Warrior Princess (photo cover)1$2.95Topps32,417
8986Agent America2$2.50Awesome31,989
90113Teen Titans13$1.95DC31,830
9188Mage: The Hero Defined2$2.50Image31,660
92115Daredevil368$1.99Marvel31,109
9391CyberForce35$2.50Image30,669
9493Weapon Zero14$2.50Image30,276
95131Impulse30$1.75DC30,241
96118Venom: Sign of the Boss2$1.99Marvel30,088
97119Journey into Mystery513$1.99Marvel30,088
9895Inferno1$2.50DC29,555
99127Maxx32$1.95Image28,411
10098Daydreamers3$2.50Marvel28,370
101107Hitman19$2.25DC28,182
10281Birds of Prey: Wolves$2.95DC28,165
103110Legion of Super-Heroes97$2.25DC27,748
104130Superboy44$1.95DC27,736
10571Green Arrow125$3.50DC27,514
106103Dreaming17$2.50DC27,244
10747Vampirella: Blood Lust2$4.95Harris26,006
108105Nine Volt3$2.50Image25,989
10997Strangers in Paradise Vol. 38$2.75Image25,930
11067Hitman Annual1$3.95DC25,543
111124Legionnaires53$2.25DC25,402
112108Pride & Joy4$2.50DC25,320
113112Books of Magic41$2.50DC24,845
114139Jack Kirby's Fourth World8$1.95DC24,792
11556X-Files Season One Pilot Episode (resolicitation)$4.95Topps23,906
116121Resurrection Man6$2.50DC23,449
117102Xena Warrior Princess (regular cover)1$2.95Topps23,109
118122Wetworks32$2.50Image23,079
119101Marvel Heroes & Legends '97$2.99Marvel22,880
120145Power of Shazam!31$1.95DC22,640
121164Batman and Robin Adventures23$1.75DC21,942
122129Savage Dragon: Sex & Violence2$2.50Image21,660
123109Chapel1$2.95Awesome21,361
124151Superboy & the Ravers14$1.95DC21,191
125132Spectre58$2.50DC21,074
126111Superboy Plus2$2.95DC21,056
127114Cryptic Writings of Megadeath1$2.95Chaos21,038
128133Grifter14$2.50Image20,874
129116Simpsons Comics32$2.95Bongo20,710
130152Star Trek: Voyager (resolicitation)10$1.99Marvel20,663
131117Evil Ernie: Destroyer Preview1$2.95Chaos20,599
132141Lobo44$2.25DC20,446
133175Young Heroes in Love5$1.75DC20,364
134154Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (resolicitation)11$1.99Marvel20,252
135155Star Trek: Deep Space Nine10$1.99Marvel20,252
136177Adventures in the DC Universe7$1.75DC20,153
137158Star Trek: Early Voyages9$1.99Marvel20,112
138159Ghost Rider89$1.99Marvel20,082
139160Star Trek: Starfleet Academy11$1.99Marvel19,924
140178Superman Adventures12$1.75DC19,877
141137Invisibles Vol. 29$2.50DC19,777
142138House of Secrets13$2.50DC19,584
14373WildC.A.T.S (3-D edition)1$4.95Image19,238
144147Sovereign Seven27$2.25DC19,238
145125Aliens: Purge$2.95Dark Horse18,927
146148Hellblazer118$2.25DC18,786
147128Savage Dragon/Marshal Law2$2.95Image18,757
14876JLA Secret Files Standard Edition1$4.95DC18,487
149174Steel43$1.95DC18,299
150196Omen Preview Book$1.50Chaos17,947
151144Hercules and the Heart of Chaos3$2.50Marvel17,672
152146Sandman Mystery Theatre55$2.50DC17,590
153120Spirit: The New Adventures3$3.50Kitchen Sink16,956
154203Vampirella/Dracula & Pantha Showcase$1.50Harris16,845
155248Uncanny Origins14$.99Marvel16,821
156104Red Rocket 71$3.95Dark Horse16,516
157157Savant Garde6$2.50Image16,059
158140Predator: Primal2$2.95Dark Horse16,006
159161Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty2$2.50DC15,648
160143Ghost28$2.95Dark Horse15,373
1611792020 Visions6$2.25DC14,980
162168A Man Called A•X1$2.50DC14,980
163134Supreme52A$3.50Awesome14,892
164169Major Bummer3$2.50DC14,868
165171Transmetropolitan2$2.50DC14,446
166173X-O Manowar11$2.50Acclaim14,370
167149Animal Mystic: Water Wars4$2.95Sirius14,241
168136Supreme52B$3.50Awesome14,164
169150Sergio Aragonés Louder Than Words2$2.95Dark Horse14,053
170156Angel Fire (resolicitation)2$2.95Crusade13,613
171162Ash: Cinder and Smoke (Quesada cover)4$2.95Event13,226
172163Gunsmith Cats: Shades of Gray4$2.95Dark Horse13,027
173182Damned3$2.50Image12,997
174165Nexus: Nightmare in Blue2$2.95Dark Horse12,880
175166J. O'Barr's The Crow: Demon in Disguise3$2.95Kitchen Sink12,862
176135Men in Black: Retribution1$3.99Marvel12,534
177170Painkiller Jane (Quesada cover)3$2.95Event12,422
178172Elric: Stormbringer6$2.95Topps12,205
179185Poison Elves26$2.50Sirius12,159
180189Trinity Angels6$2.50Acclaim11,842
181153Wetworks Voyager Pack32$3.50Image11,654
182142Eternal Warriors Archer & Armstrong$3.95Acclaim11,484
183202Challengers of the Unknown9$2.25DC11,484
184180Ranma 1/2 Part 69$2.95Viz11,402
185193Shadowman10$2.50Acclaim11,308
186126Elfquest15$4.95Warp11,255
187181Blade of the Immortal: Dreamsong2$2.95Dark Horse11,120
188195Magnus Robot Fighter8$2.50Acclaim10,827
189556Essential Vertigo: The Sandman15$1.95DC10,798
190539Xero6$1.75DC10,598
191183Two Faces of Tomorrow1$2.95Dark Horse10,546
192184Scud: The Disposable Assassin17$2.95Fireman10,534
193216Cerebus221$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,323
194187Dark Horse Classics: Star Wars Dark Empire6$2.95Dark Horse10,129
195188Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: Modern Prometheus1$2.95Dark Horse10,047
196204Dr. Tomorrow4$2.50Acclaim9,971
197190Ash: Cinder and Smoke (Ramos cover)4$2.95Event9,924
198191Dicks3$2.95Caliber9,900
199205Quantum & Woody7$2.50Acclaim9,818
200257Marvel Adventures7$1.50Marvel9,789
201206Immortal 24$2.50Image9,777
202192Drakuun: The Revenge of Gustav1$2.95Dark Horse9,742
203237Spawn (O/A)9$1.95Image9,724
204211Bloodshot6$2.50Acclaim9,607
205194Painkiller Jan (Leonardi cover)3$2.95Event9,502
206213Troublemakers9$2.50Acclaim9,408
207197Usagi Yojimbo13$2.95Dark Horse9,109
208217Wildstorm Ultimate Sports Official Program$2.50Image9,109
209198Catwoman (standard edition)50$2.95DC9,073
210176Too Much Coffee Man Color Annual1$3.95Adhesive9,021
211199Enchanted1$2.95Sirius8,980
212200Warrior Nun Black and White4$2.95Antarctic8,921
213218Faultlines6$2.50DC8,909
214219Book of Fate9$2.50DC8,897
215201Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles11$2.95Image8,845
216254Pinky and the Brain16$1.75DC8,645
217276Sonic the Hedgehog52$1.50Archie8,581
218222Ninjak10$2.50Acclaim8,487
219207Badger4$2.95Image8,282
220208Robotech Vermilion1$2.95Antarctic8,252
221249Sonic Super Special: Brave New World1$2.00Archie8,223
222209Myst: The Book of the Black Ships1$2.95Dark Horse8,188
223229Gross Point3$2.50DC8,141
224210ESPers3$2.95Image8,141
225214Battle Angel Alita Part 83$2.95Viz7,918
226215Inu Yasha5$2.95Viz7,906
227275Scooby-Doo3$1.75DC7,361
228220Munsters (regular edition)1$2.95TV7,232
229221Armature (resolicitation)3$2.95Olyoptics7,208
230230Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Edition Vol. 21$2.75Abstract7,173
231282Animaniacs30$1.75DC7,161
232223Shotgun Mary: Blood Lore4$2.95Antarctic7,156
233225New Bondage Fairies10$2.95Fantagraphics7,150
234268Uncle Scrooge Adventures52$1.95Gladstone7,032
235227Dark Horse Presents124$2.95Dark Horse7,026
236304Sabrina the Teenage Witch7$1.50Archie7,009
237228Eat-Man1$2.95Viz6,921
238212Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing12$3.50DC6,768
239232No Need for Tenchi Part 33$2.95Viz6,581
240250Night Force11$2.50DC6,551
241255Darque Razorone-half$2.25London Night6,540
242379Donald Duck305$1.95Gladstone6,499
243568Jinx2$2.95Image6,493
244566Razor Uncut39$3.00London Night6,434
245567Razor Uncut38$3.00London Night6,434
246238Megahurtz1$2.95Image6,405
247240Sinthia (cover A)1$3.00Lightning6,182
248253Hong on the Range2$2.50Image6,117
249244Plastic Little$2.95CPM5,959
250245Dusty Star2$2.95Image5,941
251309Cartoon Network Presents3$1.75DC5,853
252311Flintstones and the Jetsons3$1.75DC5,824
253745Free Spawn Promo65$.00Image5,765
254246Mobile Police Patlabor2$2.95Viz5,754
255383Walt Disney's Comics & Stories Penny Pincher7$.99Gladstone5,707
256247Snowman (regular edition)0$3.00Avatar5,625
257231Maison Ikkoku Part 72$3.50Viz5,619
258267Vault of Horror21$2.50Gemstone5,513
259316Looney Tunes33$1.75DC5,425
260270Weird Fantasy21$2.50Gemstone5,402
261305Spawn (O/A)52$1.95Image5,373
262251Sinthia (cover B)1$3.00Lightning5,373
263341Archie465$1.50Archie5,367
264224Wingding Orgy Hot Tails Extreme2$3.95Fantagraphics5,343
265306Spawn (O/A)15$1.95Image5,314
266252Ship of Fools0$2.95Image5,290
267308Spawn (O/A)53$1.95Image5,261
268273Coven 131$2.50No Mercy5,226
269312Spawn (O/A)57$1.95Image5,179
270346Betty & Veronica117$1.50Archie5,050
271315Spawn (O/A)56$1.95Image5,050
272256Nameless4$2.95Image4,985
273746Free Wizard Promo73$.00Wizard4,950
274258Return of Lum Urusei Yatsura Part 41$2.95Viz4,915
275284Two Fisted Tales21$2.50Gemstone4,833
276260Sexcapades9$2.95Fantagraphics4,809
277261La Blue Girl12$2.95CPM4,792
278259Ultimate Strike8$3.00London Night4,786
279351Cheryl Blossom7$1.50Archie4,780
280262Luftwaffe 19465$2.95Antarctic4,768
281263Tenchi Muyo6$2.95Pioneer4,757
282285Sisters of Mercy Vol. 21$2.50No Mercy4,757
283264Aaron Strips3$2.95Image4,721
284352Betty55$1.50Archie4,698
285265Ninja High School58$2.95Antarctic4,692
286266Real Adventures of Jonny Quest11$2.95Dark Horse4,680
287269Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman8$2.95Deep Sea4,581
288355Veronica69$1.50Archie4,522
289272Amanda and Gunn3$2.95Image4,463
290271Ultimate Strike (regular edition)9$3.00London Night4,463
291330Spawn (O/A)58$1.95Image4,452
292274Bone Encore Edition22$2.95Cartoon4,387
293277Hepcats8$2.95Antarctic4,329
294278Hari Kari Sexy Summer Rampage (regular edition)1$2.95Blackout4,311
295280Lust5$2.95Fantagraphics4,264
296336Spawn (O/A)59$1.95Image4,264
297281Elflord: All the Lonely Places1$2.95Warp4,252
298236Fox Funhouse: Tick Raw Uncooked Justice$4.50Acclaim4,223
299363Betty & Veronica Spectacular26$1.50Archie4,217
300283New Love5$2.95Fantagraphics4,188




August 1997 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops 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.

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

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The Sin City: Family Values graphic novel led the charts.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Sin City: Family Values$10.00Dark Horsen/a
24Darkness Collected Edition Vol. 2$4.95Imagen/a
36Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You Stephen?$5.99Marveln/a
42Kingdom Come$14.95DCn/a
58Verotik Illustrated 1$6.95Verotikn/a
63Preacher: Proud American$14.95DCn/a
75True Faith$12.95DCn/a
813Gon Swimmin'$6.95DCn/a
920Thunderbolts: 1st Strikes$4.99Marveln/a
1014Gen13: European Vacation$6.95Imagen/a