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February 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


A lackluster February did little to dispel the reputation for winter as comics' "dead quarter."

Diamond did release dollar rankings; these will be added at a later date.

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
1-Uncanny X-Men354$1.99Marvel142,450
2-X-Men74$1.99Marvel139,791
3-Spawn71$1.95Image128,562
4-Avengers3$1.99Marvel111,036
5-Fantastic Four4$2.99Marvel110,539
6-Wolverine123$1.99Marvel107,061
7-JLA17$1.95DC101,430
8-Iron Man3$1.99Marvel99,903
9-Captain America4$1.99Marvel98,005
10-Witchblade21$2.50Image91,312
11-Darkness13$2.50Image88,113
12-Curse of Spawn18$1.95Image79,084
13-Generation X37$1.99Marvel77,191
14-JLA Year One4$1.95DC73,485
15-X-Force76$1.99Marvel70,667
16-X-Factor144$1.99Marvel69,097
17-X-Man37$1.99Marvel68,891
18-Cable53$1.99Marvel66,390
19-Incredible Hulk463$1.99Marvel64,603
20-Amazing Spider-Man433$1.99Marvel63,604
21-Gen 1326$2.50Image63,134
22-Youngblood1$2.50Awesome62,325
23-Ascension5$2.50Image61,738
24-Divine Right5$2.50Image60,152
25-Peter Parker Spider-Man90$1.99Marvel57,551
26-Gen 121$2.50Image56,811
27-Kiss The Psycho Circus7$2.25Image56,071
28-Spectacular Spider-Man256$1.99Marvel55,521
29-Alpha Flight9$1.99Marvel55,151
30-Excalibur119$1.99Marvel54,078
31-Superman134$1.95DC53,364
32-Batman553$1.95DC52,867
33-Sensational Spider-Man26$1.99Marvel52,042
34-Superman Man of Steel78$1.95DC51,027
35-Action Comics743$1.95DC50,292
36-Adventures of Superman556$1.95DC50,060
37-Detective Comics720$1.95DC49,045
38-Nightwing19$1.95DC47,057
39-Thunderbolts13$1.99Marvel46,978
40-Astro City Vol. 213$2.50Image45,846
41-Deadpool15$1.99Marvel44,630
42-Batman Shadow of the Bat73$1.95DC44,028
43-Preacher36$2.50DC42,320
44-Catwoman56$1.95DC41,834
45-Green Lantern97$1.95DC41,448
46-Flash136$1.95DC41,125
47-Robin52$1.95DC40,792
48-Supergirl20$1.95DC40,422
49-Batman Blackgate Isle of Men1$2.95DC39,893
50-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight105$1.95DC38,455
51-Tenth6$2.50Image38,408
52-Batman Bane of the Demon2$1.95DC37,535
53-Wonder Woman132$1.95DC37,049
54-Lady Death2$2.95Chaos36,626
55-Star Wars Crimson Empire3$2.95Dark Horse36,568
56-Azrael40$1.95DC35,014
57-Star Wars Shadows of the Empire Evolution1$2.95Dark Horse34,829
58-Legends of the DC Universe3$1.95DC34,400
59-Green Lantern & Sentinel Heart of Darkness2$1.95DC34,258
60-Xena Warrior Princess Callisto1$2.95Topps33,169
61-Star Wars The Last Command3$2.95Dark Horse32,968
62-Gen 13 Bootleg16$2.50Image32,407
63-Thrillkillers 62$4.95DC32,312
64-Teen Titans19$1.95DC31,910
65-Ka Zar12$1.99Marvel31,789
66-Aquaman43$1.95DC31,165
67-Gen 13 Bootleg Annual1$2.95Image30,509
68-Xena Warrior Princess Xena/Dragons Teeth3$2.95Topps30,462
69-Heroes For Hire10$1.99Marvel30,198
70-Starman41$2.25DC29,780
71-Crypt of the Dawn3$2.95Sirius29,658
72-Silver Surfer138$1.99Marvel29,457
73-Wildcats46$2.50Image29,447
74-Maverick8$1.99Marvel28,886
75-Mage The Hero Defined8$2.50Image28,828
76-Coven6$2.50Awesome28,812
77-Elektra17$1.99Marvel27,819
78-Superboy50$1.95DC27,560
79-Babylon 5 In Valens Name2$2.50DC27,396
80-Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Sqdrn Family Ties2$2.95Dark Horse27,063
81-Dv816$2.50Image26,581
82-Daredevil374$1.99Marvel26,174
83-Witchcraft La Terreur1$2.50DC26,169
84-Starman Secret Files1$4.95DC25,371
85-What If?107$1.99Marvel25,191
86-Blade1$2.99Marvel25,069
87-Hitman25$2.25DC24,916
88-Wildcats Annual1$2.95Image24,647
89-X-Files Ground Zero4$2.95Topps24,620
90-Quicksilver6$1.99Marvel24,424
91-Marvel Annual 98 Staring Ka-Zar and Daredevil$2.99Marvel24,366
92-Legion of Super Heroes103$2.25DC23,901
93-Vampirella Holy War1$2.95Harris23,616
94-Shi The Series7$2.95Crusade23,610
95-Stormwatch4$2.50Image23,325
96-Legionnaires59$2.25DC23,140
97-Savage Dragon46$2.50Image22,955
98-Shi Masquerade1$3.50Crusade22,807
99-Dreaming23$2.50DC22,474
100-Batman Adventures The Lost Years4$1.95DC22,008
101-Impulse36$1.95DC21,940
102-Shadows & Light2$2.99Marvel21,792
103-Wetworks37$2.50Image21,638
104-Books of Magic47$2.50DC21,628
105-Marvel Team Up8$1.99Marvel21,263
106-Kents9$2.50DC20,803
107-Moon Knight4$2.50Marvel20,697
108-Chase3$2.50DC20,597
109-Scarlet Crush2$2.50Awesome20,592
110-Simpsons Comics35$2.25Bongo19,968
111-Kabuki3$2.95Image19,947
112-Legends of the Legion3$2.25DC19,820
113-Journey Into Mystery519$1.99Marvel19,666
114-X-Files Season One Ice$4.95Topps19,550
115-Conan The Barbarian Vs Lord of the Spiders2$2.50Marvel19,191
116-Lobo50$2.25DC19,048
117-X-Men Manga2$2.99Marvel19,027
118-Resurrection Man12$2.50DC18,974
119-Green Arrow131$2.50DC18,873
120-Martha Washington Saves The World3$3.95Dark Horse18,858
121-Werewolf By Night3$2.99Marvel18,831
122-Fighting American Rules of the Game3$2.50Awesome18,720
123-Invisibles Volume 214$2.50DC18,509
124-X-Men Manga3$2.99Marvel18,324
125-Power of Shazam37$1.95DC18,213
126-Jack Kirbys Fourth World14$1.95DC18,038
127-Sergio Aragones Groo2$2.95Dark Horse17,938
128-Evil Ernie Destroyer6$2.95Chaos17,552
129-Star Trek Voyager Splash Down2$2.50Marvel17,520
130-Star Trek The Untold Voyages2$2.50Marvel17,467
131-Star Trek Early Voyages15$1.99Marvel16,769
132-Cryptic Writings of Megadeath3$2.95Chaos16,732
133-Man-Thing5$2.99Marvel16,695
134-Hellblazer124$2.25DC16,627
135-Star Trek Starfleet Academy17$1.99Marvel16,558
136-Chronos2$2.50DC16,362
137-Kaboom4$2.50Awesome16,241
138-Phantom Guard5$2.50Image16,114
139-Superman Adventures18$1.95DC15,976
140-Clerks The Comic Book1$2.95Oni15,950
141-Aliens Survival1$2.95Dark Horse15,744
142-House of Secrets18$2.50DC15,696
143-Adventures In The DC Universe13$1.95DC15,664
144-Sandman Mystery Theatre61$2.50DC15,405
145-Supreme57$2.99Awesome15,226
146-Predator Hell Come A Walkin1$2.95Dark Horse15,030
147-Aliens Kidnapped3$2.50Dark Horse14,686
148-X-Men Alpha Flight$3.99Marvel14,612
149-Challengers of the Unknown15$2.50DC14,359
150-Transmetropolitan8$2.50DC14,285
151-Sovereign Seven33$2.25DC13,465
152-Squee4$2.95Slave Labor13,428
153-Ghost34$2.95Dark Horse13,301
154-Paul Chadwicks Concrete Strange Armor3$2.95Dark Horse12,514
155-Young Heroes In Love11$1.95DC12,397
156-Oh My Goddess Ninja Master2$3.95Dark Horse12,313
157-Steel49$2.50DC12,212
158-Gunsmith Cats Goldie Vs Misty4$2.95Dark Horse11,969
159-Creeper5$2.50DC11,847
160-Major Bummer9$2.50DC11,710
161-Vertigo Verite Hell Eternal$6.95DC11,361
162-Ranma 1/2 Part Seven1$2.95Viz10,901
163-Spider-Man Manga8$2.99Marvel10,843
164-Crow Waking Nightmares3 (Res)$2.95Kitchen Sink10,790
165-2020 Visions12$2.25DC10,774
166-Darkness Collected Ed4$4.95Image10,774
167-Spider-Man Manga9$2.99Marvel10,748
168-Sheena Queen of the Jungle0$3.00London Night10,182
169-Quantum & Woody13$2.50Acclaim10,061
170-Cerebus227$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim10,013
171-Elfquest21$4.95Warp9,987
172-Darque Passages3$2.50Acclaim9,918
173-Scud The Disposable Assassin20$2.95Fireman9,907
174-Poison Elves32$2.50Sirius9,860
175-Michael Moorcocks Multiverse6$2.50DC9,638
176-X-O Manowar17$2.50Acclaim9,590
177-Battlestar Galactica2$2.99Realm9,484
178-Red Rocket 76$3.95Dark Horse9,458
179-Desperadoes5$2.95Image9,357
180-Shadowman16$2.50Acclaim8,543
181-Essential Vertigo The Sandman21$1.95DC8,506
182-Drakuun Shadow of the Warlock1$2.95Dark Horse8,279
183-Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan Vs Moon Men3$2.95Dark Horse8,274
184-Usagi Yojimbo18$2.95Dark Horse8,258
185-Trinity Angels12$2.50Acclaim8,152
186-Sonic The Hedgehog58$1.75Archie8,057
187-Mask Marshal Law1$2.95Dark Horse7,867
188-Zombieworld Dead End2$2.95Dark Horse7,808
189-Too Much Coffee Man8$2.95Adhesive7,687
190-Crow Razor Kill The Pain Tour Book$5.00London Night7,623
191-Gen 13 Regular Series 3D Edition1$4.95Image7,602
192-Battle Angel Alita Part Eight9$2.95Viz7,491
193-Oni Double Feature2$2.95Oni7,322
194-Magnus Robot Fighter14$2.50Acclaim7,148
195-Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale11$3.25Viz7,137
196-Marvel Adv13$1.50Marvel7,079
197-Pinky and The Brain22$1.95DC7,063
198-Lenore1$2.95Slave Labor7,026
199-Doctor Tomorrow10$2.50Acclaim7,000
200-Lost4$2.95Chaos6,688
201-Bloodshot12$2.50Acclaim6,682
202-Troublemakers15$2.50Acclaim6,497
203-New Bondage Fairies16$2.95Fantagraphics6,471
204-Sabrina The Teenage Witch13$1.75Archie6,270
205-Knuckles12$1.75Archie6,265
206-Luba1$2.95Fantagraphics6,222
207-Sheena Queen of the Jungle0$5.00London Night6,222
208-Essential Vertigo Swamp Thing18$2.25DC6,027
209-No Need For Tenchi Part Four3$2.95Viz5,995
210-Neon Genesis Evangelion6$2.95Viz5,942
211-Scooby-Doo9$1.95DC5,842
212-Scary Godmother Bloody Valentine1$3.95Sirius5,773
213-Optic Nerve5$2.95Drawn & Quarterly5,662
214-Robotech Vermillion4$2.95Antarctic5,604
215-Legend of Mother Sarah City ofAngels4 (Res)$3.95Dark Horse5,577
216-Adventurous Uncle Scrooge Mcduck3$1.95Gladstone5,503
217-Animaniacs36$1.95DC5,498
218-Gold Digger Beta1$2.95Antarctic5,456
219-Dark Horse Presents129$2.95Dark Horse5,345
220-Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck3$1.95Gladstone5,292
221-Warrior Nun Black & White7$2.95Antarctic5,239
222-Xero12 Final Issue$1.95DC5,181
223-Maison Ikkoku Part Seven8$3.25Viz5,149
224-Donald Duck308$1.95Gladstone5,144
225-Immortal Two8$2.95Image5,086
226-Deity6$2.95Hyperwerks5,033
227-Mage 3D Edition1$4.95Image4,943
228-Cutie Honey3$2.95Ironcat4,890
229-Ms Fortune2$2.95Image4,827
230-Neon Genesis Evangelion Collectors Ed6$2.95Viz4,769
231-Vault of Horror23$2.50Gemstone4,716
232-Eat-Man Part Two1$2.95Viz4,710
233-Archie471$1.75Archie4,705
234-A Distant Soil24$2.95Image4,679
235-Legend of Lemnear2$2.95CPM4,663
236-7Th System2$2.95Sirius4,599
237-Badger10$2.95Image4,504
238-Espers6$2.95Image4,504
239-Egon2$2.95Dark Horse4,488
240-Two Faces of Tomorrow7$3.95Dark Horse4,483
241-Piracy2$2.50Gemstone4,446
242-Man Called A X7$2.50DC4,420
243-Betty & Veronica123$1.75Archie4,399
244-Mobile Police Patlabor Part Two2$2.95Viz4,388
245-Razor Uncut44$3.00London Night4,346
246-Secret Plot5$2.95Fantagraphics4,346
247-Looney Tunes39$1.95DC4,330
248-Tzu The Reaper5$2.95Murim4,314
249-Poizon Demon Hunter1$3.00EH!4,229
250-Betty61$1.75Archie4,213
251-Cavewoman Missing Link3$2.95Basement4,182
252-Cheryl Blossom12$1.75Archie4,124
253-God of Sex 23$3.50Fantagraphics4,118
254-Hong On The Range3 (Res)$2.50Image4,118
255-Two Fisted Tales23$2.50Gemstone4,097
256-Channel Zero1$2.95Image4,087
257-Strangers In Paradise Gold Logo Ed Vol. 27$2.75Abstract4,050
258-Veronica75$1.75Archie4,018
259-New Vampire Miyu6$2.95Ironcat3,991
260-Hypersonic4$2.95Dark Horse3,944
261-Chirality12$2.95CPM3,917
262-Return of Lum Part Four7$2.95Viz3,917
263-Ninja High School61$2.95Antarctic3,902
264-Falling Man1$2.95Image3,843
265-Archies Double Digest99$2.95Archie3,785
266-Ragmop Vol. 23$2.95Image3,685
267-Betty & Veronica Spectacular29$1.75Archie3,643
268-Jinx Vol. 25$3.95Image3,563
269-Soulwind7$2.95Image3,558
270-Midnight Panther11$2.95CPM3,553
271-Awakening3$2.95Image3,553
272-Luftwaffe 1946 Technical Manual Vol. 1$3.95Antarctic3,547
273-Chi-Chian3$2.95Sirius3,500
274-Cartoon Network Presents9 Toonami$1.95DC3,479
275-Akiko23$2.50Sirius3,468
276-Pals & Gals Double Digest32$2.95Archie3,468
277-Creed Use Your Delusion2$3.00Avatar3,399
278-Flintstones and The Jetsons9$1.95DC3,352
279-Jughead104$1.75Archie3,304
280-Wildflower1$2.50Sirius3,299
281-Simpsons Comics and Stories1$2.95Bongo3,294
282-Land of Nod3$2.95Dark Horse3,257
283-Seeker1$2.95Caliber3,177
284-Full Metal Fiction8$3.95London Night3,119
285-Gross Point10$2.50DC3,093
286-Jughead With Archie Digest140$1.95Archie3,003
287-Archie Andrews Where Are You Digest114$1.95Archie2,987
288-Gd Minus Eighteen Special1$2.95Antarctic2,934
289-XXX Files $2.95Fantagraphics2,881
290-Hanged Man1$2.95Caliber2,876
291-Tzu Spirits of Death4$2.95Murim2,855
292-Hanged Man2$2.95Caliber2,807
293-Elflord Cuts Loose5$2.95Warp2,675
294-Maze Agency2 (Res)$2.95Caliber2,627
295-Tug & Buster7 (Res)$2.95Art & Soul2,617
296-Munsters4$2.95TV2,559
297-Ogenki Clinic6$3.50Ironcat2,543
298-Snowman Horror Show1$3.00Avatar2,543
299-Warlock 52$2.50Sirius2,485
300-Ship of Fools3$2.95Image2,448

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February 1998 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.

#3 #4 #5 #4

Diamond began reporting indexed sales figures for trade paperbacks for the first time this month. In actuality, this month's chart was labeled "books" and led by the Overstreet Price Guide — but this list of ten items was the first of many. But March would see an explansion of the list to the Top 25.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Overstreet Price Guide$18.00Gemstone13,285
28Silver Surfer: Parable$5.99Marvel10,203
32Preacher: Ancient History$14.95DC6,719
46Essential Silver Surfer$12.99Marvel5,488
54New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln$19.95Image4,457
69Final Night$12.95DC4,325
73Overstreet HC$24.00Gemstone3,928
87Starman: A Wicked Inclination$17.95DC3,632
910Thunderbolts: Marvel's Most Wanted$16.99Marvel3,262
105Star Wars: Dark Forces: Rebel Agent HC$24.95Dark Horse3,235