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October 1997 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


The weekly Heroes Reborn: The Return helped October rebound from a sorry September. DC unleashed Tangent Comics, a middling-performing event.

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
11Uncanny X-Men (prism etched cover)350$3.99Marvel171,453
22X-Men70$2.99Marvel166,928
33Heroes Reborn: The Return1$2.50Marvel160,541
48Spawn67$1.95Image156,355
54Heroes Reborn: The Return2$2.50Marvel145,584
65Heroes Reborn: The Return4$2.50Marvel144,138
76Heroes Reborn: The Return3$2.50Marvel143,530
87Witchblade18$2.50Image134,571
914Wolverine119$1.99Marvel127,250
1017JLA13$1.95DC111,218
119Wolverine: Days of Future Past1$2.50Marvel106,333
1211Darkness9$2.50Image105,405
1320Curse of Spawn14$1.95Image101,888
1421Generation X33$1.99Marvel97,448
1523Creech1$1.95Image94,015
1626X-Man33$1.99Marvel88,095
1728X-Force72$1.99Marvel84,815
1815X-Men Unlimited17$2.99Marvel83,836
1930X-Factor140$1.99Marvel83,256
2031Cable49$1.99Marvel82,429
2119Gen1324$2.50Image82,159
2238Incredible Hulk459$1.99Marvel76,351
2322Ascension2$2.50Image74,365
2425Divine Right2$2.50Image71,050
2545Amazing Spider-Man429$1.99Marvel69,182
2629Gambit4$2.50Marvel67,145
2746Excalibur115$1.99Marvel66,183
2835New Mutants2$2.50Marvel62,919
2950Alpha Flight5$1.99Marvel61,416
3051Spider-Man86$1.99Marvel61,231
3153Superman130$1.95DC60,493
3224Unlimited Access1$2.99Marvel60,133
3354Spectacular Spider-Man252$1.99Marvel59,160
3458Kiss: The Psycho Circus4$1.95Image58,653
3559Superman: The Man of Steel74$1.95DC58,276
3661Action Comics740$1.95DC58,164
3762Adventures of Superman553$1.95DC58,040
3866Batman549$1.95DC56,273
3967Sensational Spider-Man22$1.99Marvel54,725
4033Tangent Comics/Green Lantern1$2.95DC54,377
4134Tangent Comics/The Joker1$2.95DC54,360
4218Deadpool11$3.99Marvel53,729
4336Tangent Comics/The Flash1$2.95DC52,480
4412Batman: The Long Halloween13$4.95DC52,176
4548Kitty Pryde: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.1$2.50Marvel52,165
4638Xena: Warrior Princess (incl. comic w/photo cover)0$2.95Topps51,647
4781Quicksilver (two covers)2$1.99Marvel51,276
4839Tangent Comics/Nightwing1$2.95DC51,079
4972Detective Comics716$1.95DC49,959
5040Tangent Comics/The Atom1$2.95DC49,031
5173Batman/Predator III: Blood Ties2$1.95DC48,614
5241Tangent Comics/Secret Six1$2.95DC48,592
5342Tangent Comics/Sea Devils1$2.95DC48,389
5443Tangent Comics/Doom Patrol1$2.95DC47,703
5544Tangent Comics/Metal Men1$2.95DC47,658
5674Thunderbolts9$1.99Marvel47,297
5779Green Lantern93$1.95DC46,487
5857Gen13 Bootleg12$2.50Image45,829
5960Gen13 Interactive1$2.50Image45,401
6063Preacher32$2.50DC45,260
6116Gen13 3-D Special1$4.95Image44,883
6210Sabretooth One Shot$5.99Marvel44,219
6382Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight101$1.95DC43,308
6483Supergirl16$1.95DC43,285
6569Tenth2$2.50Image43,218
6613Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess' Stardust1$5.95DC42,931
6785Nightwing15$1.95DC42,734
6848Lady Death: Death Becomes Her0$2.95Chaos42,666
6988Flash132$1.95DC42,126
7049X-Files35$2.95Topps42,058
7189Batman: Shadow of the Bat69$1.95DC41,676
7287Maverick4$1.99Marvel41,451
7355Star Wars: Dark Force Rising6$2.95Dark Horse39,853
7492Ka-Zar8$1.99Marvel39,363
7593Catwoman52$1.95DC38,626
7694Wonder Woman128$1.95DC38,491
7764Man-Thing1$2.99Marvel37,624
7875WildC.A.T.S43$2.50Image37,534
7999Robin48$1.95DC37,286
8096Heroes for Hire6$1.99Marvel37,241
8168Shi/Vampirella1$2.95Crusade36,673
8270Star Wars: Fall of the Sith Empire5$2.95Dark Horse35,216
8327Batman/Phantom Stranger1$4.95DC34,788
84104Elektra13$1.99Marvel33,989
8581DV812$2.50Image33,944
8684Arcanum6$2.50Image33,663
8786Mage4$2.50Image33,224
88110Marvel Team-Up4$1.99Marvel32,638
89112Silver Surfer134$1.99Marvel32,289
90101Starman37$2.25DC31,935
9177Shi: The Series3$2.95Crusade30,939
9278Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service3$2.95Dark Horse30,922
9380Kabuki1$2.95Image30,624
94126Azrael36$1.95DC30,500
95121Daredevil370$1.99Marvel30,326
9617Aquaman39$1.95DC30,269
97123What If?103$1.99Marvel30,202
9895Stormwatch1$2.50Image29,994
99125Venom: Finale2$1.99Marvel29,937
10097DV8 vs. Black Ops1$2.50Image29,628
10198Creeper1$2.50DC29,358
102100Conan the Usurper1$2.50Marvel28,846
103102Hellblazer/Books of Magic1$2.50DC28,452
104130Journey into Mystery515$1.99Marvel27,709
105116Hitman21$2.25DC27,608
106103The Kents5$2.50DC27,332
10732Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold2$5.95DC27,180
10890Robin Plus2$2.95DC27,140
109106Wetworks34$2.50Image26,808
110135Impulse32$1.95DC26,752
111137Superboy46$1.95DC26,358
112109Hellshock8$2.50Image26,156
113128Legion of Super-Heroes99$2.25DC26,122
114111Dreaming19$2.50DC25,734
115113Savage Dragon42$2.50Image25,582
116129Legionnaires55$2.25DC25,132
117115Predator vs. Judge Dredd1$2.50Dark Horse25,013
118118Phantom Guard1$2.50Image24,721
119120Coven3$2.50Awesome24,411
120122Books of Magic43$2.50DC24,107
12156X-Files Season One: Squeeze$4.95Topps23,511
12276Spider-Man Manga1$3.99Marvel22,971
123105Batman and Robin Adventures25$2.95DC22,813
124108Evil Ernie: Destroyer2$2.95Chaos22,599
125117Strangers in Paradise Vol. 310$2.75Abstract22,509
12665Vampirella/Dracula Centennial$4.95Harris22,205
127142Simpsons Comics33$2.25Bongo21,924
128131Wildstorm Halloween 971$2.50Image21,795
129155Jack Kirby's Fourth World10$1.95DC21,564
130133Resurrection Man8$2.50DC21,463
131114Alien Resurrection1$2.95Dark Horse21,361
132119Aliens: Alchemy2$2.95Dark Horse20,934
133124Ash: Cinder & Smoke (Quesada/Ramos cover)6$2.95Event20,354
134139Hawk & Dove2$2.50DC20,247
13591Hellboy Jr. Halloween Special$3.95Dark Horse20,106
136140Invisibles Vol. 211$2.50DC20,084
137164Power of Shazam!33$1.95DC19,921
138143Green Arrow127$2.50DC19,718
139145Kaboom2$2.50Awesome19,504
140167Star Trek: Voyager12$1.99Marvel19,178
141168Ghost Rider91$1.99Marvel19,122
142169Star Trek: Deep Space Nine13$1.99Marvel19,110
143107Hellblazer120$3.50DC19,071
144148Spectre60$2.50DC18,925
145171Star Trek: Starfleet Academy13$1.99Marvel18,705
146172Star Trek: Early Voyages11$1.99Marvel18,654
147174Superman Adventures14$1.95DC18,615
148149House of Secrets15$2.50DC18,609
14952WildC.A.T.S/X-Men: Silver Age 3-D Edition1$6.50Image18,548
150175Adventures in the DC Universe9$1.95DC18,277
151157Lobo46$2.25DC18,092
152177Superboy & the Ravers16$1.95DC18,013
153134Supreme54$2.99Awesome17,456
154138Painkiller Jane (Leonardi/Quesada cover)5$2.95Event17,180
155153Sandman Mystery Theatre57$2.50DC17,163
156154Michael Moorcock's Multiverse2$2.50DC16,899
157184Young Heroes in Love7$1.95DC16,859
158141Starship Troopers1$2.95Dark Horse16,724
159144Grendel Tales: Devil's Apprentice2$2.95Dark Horse16,657
160170Sovereign Seven29$2.25DC16,623
161158Chaos Nightmare Theater1$2.50Chaos16,128
162160Chaos Nightmare Theater2$2.50Chaos15,846
163161Transmetropolitan4$2.50DC15,824
164162Chaos Nightmare Theater4$2.50Chaos15,723
165163Chaos Nightmare Theater3$2.50Chaos15,700
166166Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti2$2.50DC15,458
167188Steel45$1.95DC15,351
168173Major Bummer5$2.50DC14,845
169151Zombieworld Champion of Worms2$2.95Dark Horse14,794
170152Ghost30$2.95Dark Horse14,727
171176Union: Final Vengeance1$2.50Image14,136
172156Kelley Jones: The Hammer1$2.95Dark Horse14,057
173178Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty4$2.50DC14,001
174146Stormwatch Voyager Pack1$3.50Image13,781
175159Oh My Goddess Special: Lunchbox of Love$2.95Dark Horse13,438
1761862020 Visions8$2.25DC13,404
177165Squee3$2.95Slave Labor13,134
178136Master Darque$3.95Acclaim13,106
179150Phantom Guard Voyager Pack1$3.50Image12,622
180186X-O Manowar13$2.50Acclaim12,436
181147Red Rocket 73$3.95Dark Horse12,048
182189Solar: Hell on Earth2$2.50Acclaim11,896
183179Nexus: Nightmare in Blue4$2.95Dark Horse11,649
184180Ranma 1/2 Part Six11$2.95Viz11,643
185181Blade of the Immortal: Dreamsong4$2.95Dark Horse11,536
186182Sergio Aragonés Louder Than Words4$2.95Dark Horse11,525
187192Poison Elves28$2.50Sirius11,525
188183Angel Fire3$2.95Crusade11,491
189132Elfquest17$4.95Warp10,900
190204Cerebus223$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,714
191205Challengers of the Unknown11$2.25DC10,692
192198Trinity Angels8$2.50Acclaim10,512
193201Quantum & Woody9$2.50Acclaim10,298
194225Essential Vertigo: The Sandman17$1.95DC10,298
195190Desperadoes2$2.95Image9,825
196191Battle Angel Alita Part Eight5$2.95Viz9,775
197206Magnus Robot Fighter10$2.50Acclaim9,550
198207Man Called A•X3$2.50DC9,527
199194Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan: Tooth & Nail1$2.95Dark Horse9,398
200210Shadowman12$2.50Acclaim9,324
201260Sonic the Hedgehog54$1.50Archie9,296
202195Usagi Yojimbo15$2.95Dark Horse9,139
203265Marvel Adventures9$1.50Marvel9,116
204196Shotgun Mary: Son of the Beast, Daughter of the Light1$2.95Antarctic9,043
205197Jon Sable1$2.95Caliber9,032
206213Dr. Tomorrow6$2.50Acclaim8,919
207200Drakuun: Revenge of Gustav3$2.95Dark Horse8,779
208214Bloodshot8$2.50Acclaim8,734
209203Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles13$2.95Image8,615
210220Book of Fate11$2.50DC8,334
211239Pinky and the Brain18$1.95DC8,255
212223Troublemakers11$2.50Acclaim8,188
213241Adventurous Uncle Scrooge McDuck1$1.95Gladstone8,115
214199Inu Yasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale7$3.25Viz8,036
215208Kid Death/Fluffy Halloween Special (Cebollero/Quesada cover)1$2.95Event7,991
216228Immortal Two5$2.50Image7,715
217211Neon Genesis Evangelion2$2.95Viz7,659
218212Dark Horse Presents125$2.95Dark Horse7,648
219252Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck1$1.95Gladstone7,631
220215Robotech Vermillion2$2.95Antarctic7,394
221217Warrior Nun: Black and White5$2.95Antarctic7,338
222258Xero8$1.95DC7,332
223233Ninjak12$2.50Acclaim7,321
224259Scooby-Doo5$1.95DC7,158
225289Sabrina The Teenage Witch9$1.50Archie7,135
226219New Bondage Fairies12$2.95Fantagraphics7,130
227193Venus Domina Illustrations$3.95Verotik7,102
228221Chi-Chian1$2.95Sirius7,045
229222Awakening1$2.95Image6,983
230296Knuckles8$1.50Archie6,922
231263Sonic Super Special: Sonic Firsts3$2.00Archie6,910
232284Animaniacs32$1.75DC6,685
233226No Need for Tenchi Part Three5$2.95Viz6,635
234202Two Faces of Tomorrow3$3.95Dark Horse6,466
235255Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing14$2.25DC6,466
236275Donald Duck306$1.95Gladstone6,460
237230ESPers4$2.95Image6,432
238231Badger6$2.95Image6,370
239242Tales from the Crypt22$2.50Gemstone6,308
240232Myst: The Book of the Black Ships3$2.95Dark Horse6,280
241302Archie467$1.50Archie6,201
242234Hari Kari: Resurrection1$2.95Blackout6,139
243236Razor Uncut41$3.00London Night5,881
244237Secret Plot1$2.95Fantagraphics5,762
245312Betty & Veronica119$1.50Archie5,712
246243Strangers in Paradise Gold Logo Edition Vol. 23$2.75Abstract5,706
247261Gross Point5$2.50DC5,565
248315Jughead100$1.50Archie5,560
249235Maison Ikkoku Part Seven4$3.25Viz5,532
250216Wingding Orgy Hot Tails Extreme4$3.95Eros5,515
251317Betty57$1.50Archie5,515
252240A Distant Soil22$2.95Image5,436
253291Looney Tunes35$1.95DC5,397
254270Weird Science22$2.50Gemstone5,335
255244Darque Razor1$3.00London Night5,217
256297Cartoon Network Presents: Toonami5$1.95DC5,200
257246Mobile Police Patlabor4$2.95Viz5,188
258247Childhood's End1$2.95Image5,183
259224Coventry4$3.95Fantagraphics5,166
260248Kabuki (variant cover)1$2.95Image5,126
261249Plastic Little3$2.95CPM5,104
262250Tzu the Reaper2$2.95Murim5,081
263253Soulwind5$2.95Image5,020
264254Eat-Man3$2.95Viz4,975
265256Ship of Fools1$2.95Image4,901
266227Jinx Vol. 23$3.95Image4,901
267257Creature1$2.95Antarctic4,890
268229Full Metal Fiction4$3.95London Night4,873
269327Cheryl Blossom8$1.50Archie4,839
270239Veronica71$1.50Archie4,794
271303Flintstones and the Jetsons5$1.95DC4,766
272262Luftwaffe 19466$2.95Antarctic4,693
273266Deity2$2.95Hyperwerks4,614
274267Bone Encore Edition24$2.95Cartoon4,614
275268Big Bang Comics15$2.95Image4,592
276269Death Angel (includes variant cover)1$2.95Lightning4,569
277749Free Wizard Promo75$.00Wizard4,530
278339Betty & Veronica Spectacular27$1.50Archie4,485
279271Megahurtz3$2.95Image4,451
280278Betty & Veronica Double Digest69$2.79Archie4,434
281272Pete the Po'd Postal Worker1$2.95Sharkbait4,434
282273Return of Lum Part Four3$2.95Viz4,423
283274Ninja High School59$2.95Antarctic4,401
284257Enchanted3$2.50Sirius4,361
285187Walt Disney's Comics & Stories619$6.95Gladstone4,333
286309Archie's Christmas Stocking5$2.00Archie4,322
287288Panic4$2.50Gemstone4,288
288276Neon Genesis Evangelion Special Collectors' Edition2$2.95Viz4,265
289277Lust7$2.95Fantagraphics4,237
290279New Vampire Miyu2$2.95Ironcat4,147
291280Chirality8$2.95CPM4,130
292281Ultimate Strike11$3.00London Night3,995
293283Midnight Panther7$2.95CPM3,979
294282Snowman: Dead and Dying1$3.00Avatar3,962
295209What's Michael: Off Deep End$5.95Dark Horse3,928
296245Ravening Trevlin (Utz/Martin/Haley cover)0$3.95Avatar3,883
297285Monsterman2$2.95Image3,872
298300Coven 133$2.50No Mercy3,821
299301Poe1$2.50Sirius3,815
300290Pals n' Gals Double Digest30$2.79Archie3,782

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October 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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Diamond did not release indexed data, so units cannot be calculated.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
12Batman & Superman Adventures: World's Finest$6.65DCn/a
25Witchblade Collected Edition #5$4.95Imagen/a
34Heavy Metal 97 20th Anniversary Special$5.95Heavy Metaln/a
47Wing Bird Returns$9.95Verotikn/a
51Sandman Dust Cover Collected Sandman Covers$39.95DCn/a
66 Big Book of Scandal$14.95DCn/a
717Uncle Scrooge Adventures #31$8.95Gladstonen/a
818Uncle Scrooge Adventures #32$8.95Gladstonen/a
98Batman: Prodigal$14.95DCn/a
109Batman/Aliens$14.95Dark Horsen/a