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October 1998 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


Another October with a double-digit percentage sales drop.

Diamond did release dollar rankings for the Top 250 comics; 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-Men362$1.99Marvel138,548
2-X-Men82$1.99Marvel133,181
3-Fathom3$2.50Image122,451
4-Battle Chasers6$2.50Image122,401
5-Spawn79$1.95Image109,438
6-Slingers1$2.99Marvel104,655
7-Avengers11$1.99Marvel102,300
8-Spider-Man Chapter 12$2.50Marvel100,651
9-Wolverine132$1.99Marvel100,447
10-Spider-Man Chapter 11$2.50Marvel100,162
11-JLA24$1.99DC93,196
12-Avengers Forever1$2.99Marvel91,756
13-Fantastic Four12$2.99Marvel86,203
14-Daredevil2$2.50Marvel82,769
15-Captain America12$2.99Marvel81,682
16-JLA Titans1$2.95DC81,646
17-Witchblade27$2.50Image80,310
18-Mutant X3$1.99Marvel75,817
19-Iron Man11$1.99Marvel75,350
20-Thor6$1.99Marvel73,253
21-Darkness19$2.50Image66,446
22-Crimson6$2.50Image62,057
23-JLA Year One12$2.95DC60,657
24-Generation X45$1.99Marvel57,224
25-Curse of Spawn26$1.95Image57,079
26-Divine Right (resolicited)8$2.50Image56,938
27-Green Lantern107$1.99DC56,531
28-Generation X46$1.99Marvel56,286
29-Spider-Girl3$1.99Marvel56,101
30-Captain America Sentinel of Liberty4$1.99Marvel55,720
31-X-Force84$1.99Marvel55,602
32-X-Men Liberators2$2.99Marvel54,212
33-Darkchylde The Legacy2$2.50Image53,859
34-X-Men Unlimited21$2.99Marvel53,600
35-Inhumans2$2.99Marvel51,648
36-X-Man45$1.99Marvel51,453
37-Incredible Hulk471$1.99Marvel51,195
38-X-Man46$1.99Marvel51,096
39-Black Panther2$2.50Marvel50,221
40-Cable62$1.99Marvel49,746
41-Kiss The Psycho Circus14$2.25Image47,757
42-Superman140$1.99DC47,617
43-Action Comics749$1.99DC46,757
44-Adventures of Superman563$1.99DC46,738
45-Young Justice3$2.50DC46,675
46-Superman Man of Steel84$1.99DC46,358
47-Gen 1334$2.50Image46,199
48-Batman560$1.99DC45,294
49-Ascension11$2.50Image44,705
50-Detective Comics727$1.99DC44,288
51-Thunderbolts21$1.99Marvel44,084
52-Nightwing26$1.99DC43,754
53-Buffy The Vampire Slayer2$2.95Dark Horse43,717
54-Punisher2$2.99Marvel43,369
55-Superman For All Seasons4$4.95DC43,355
56-A Next3$1.99Marvel42,965
57-Batman Shadow of the Bat80$3.95DC42,676
58-Spirit of Tao5$2.50Image42,544
59-Preacher44$2.50DC41,004
60-Martian Manhunter1$1.99DC40,533
61-Flash143$1.99DC40,044
62-X-Force Champions 98$3.50Marvel39,319
63-Deadpool23$2.99Marvel39,297
64-J23$1.99Marvel38,015
65-Darkminds4$2.50Image37,761
66-Superman Doomsday Wars2$4.95DC37,734
67-Hellcop1$2.50Image37,698
68-Sin City Just Another Saturday Night$2.50Dark Horse36,493
69-Green Lantern 80 Page Giant1$4.95DC35,678
70-Alpha Flight17$1.99Marvel35,637
71-Wolverine Black Rio$5.99Marvel35,442
72-Generation X Dracula 98$3.50Marvel35,288
73-Gen 13 Magical Drama Queen Roxy1$3.50Image35,211
74-Catwoman63$1.99DC34,917
75-Robin59$1.99DC34,604
76-Stone3$2.50Image34,215
77-Rampaging Hulk5$1.99Marvel33,236
78-Supergirl27$1.99DC33,150
79-Batman Legends of the Dark Knight113$1.99DC33,073
80-Tenth14$2.50Image33,019
81-Green Lantern 3d1$3.95DC32,833
82-Wonder Woman139$1.99DC32,765
83-Chastity Rocked1$2.95Chaos32,693
84-Superman The Dark Side3$4.95DC32,661
85-Legends of the DC Universe11$1.99DC31,302
86-Superman War of the Worlds$5.95DC31,171
87-Superman Silver Banshee (resolicited)1$2.25DC30,723
88-Aquaman50$1.99DC30,202
89-Superman 3d1$3.95DC30,120
90-Lady Death10$2.95Chaos30,116
91-Star Wars Jedi Academy Leviathan1$2.95Dark Horse30,111
92-Supernaturals1$3.99Marvel29,681
93-Star Wars Mara Jade By The Emperors Hand3$2.95Dark Horse29,522
94-Batman Judge Dredd Die Laughing1$4.95DC28,974
95-Heroes For Hire18$1.99Marvel28,399
96-Batman Dark Knight of the Round Table1$4.95DC28,241
97-Deadpool Team-Up Starring Widdle Wade$2.99Marvel28,082
98-Starman48$2.50DC28,041
99-Supernaturals2$3.99Marvel27,602
100-Wildcore8$2.50Image27,525
101-Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Redemption4$2.95Dark Horse27,471
102-Batman Scarecrow 3d1$3.95DC27,312
103-Supernaturals3$3.99Marvel27,258
104-Supernaturals4$3.99Marvel27,113
105-Secret Origins 80 Page Giant$4.95DC26,352
106-Batman Toyman2$2.25DC26,080
107-Purgatori2$2.95Chaos25,953
108-Girl Who Would Be Death1$2.50DC24,907
109-Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squad Mandatory Retirement4$2.95Dark Horse23,856
110-Xena Warrior Princess Wrath of Hera2$2.95Topps23,661
111-Hitman32$2.50DC22,941
112-Savage Dragon54$2.50Image22,697
113-Superboy57$1.99DC22,520
114-Union Jack1$2.99Marvel21,537
115-Hellblazer132$2.50DC21,514
116-Legion of Super Heroes110$2.50DC21,401
117-Jim Lees C237$2.50Image21,333
118-Legionnaires66$2.50DC20,921
119-Warlock2$2.99Marvel20,821
120-Batman The Gotham Adventures7$1.99DC20,776
121-Simpsons Comics39$2.25Bongo20,450
122-Aquaman Secret Files1$4.95DC20,400
123-Giant Sized Spider-Man$3.99Marvel20,201
124-Dv823$2.50Image19,993
125-Encyclopedia Deadpoolica$2.99Marvel19,725
126-Legends of the DC Universe 3d Gallery1$2.95DC19,481
127-Vampirella Hell On Earth2$2.95Harris19,445
128-Books of Magic55$2.50DC19,141
129-Dreaming31$3.95DC19,041
130-Kabuki6$2.95Image18,983
131-Strangers In Paradise Vol. III18$2.75Abstract18,910
132-Transmetropolitan16$2.50DC18,113
133-Impulse43$2.25DC18,099
134-Arsenal3$2.50DC17,556
135-Marvel Universe7$1.99Marvel17,470
136-Babys First Deadpool Book$2.99Marvel17,461
137-Blade3$2.99Marvel17,370
138-Vamps Pumpkin Time1$2.50DC17,320
139-Ka Zar20$1.99Marvel17,080
140-Fighting American Dogs of War2$2.50Awesome16,863
141-Power of Shazam44$2.50DC16,817
142-Evil Ernie5$2.95Chaos16,795
143-Resurrection Man19$2.50DC16,057
144-Dracula Lord of the Undead1$2.99Marvel15,382
145-Conan Scarlet Sword1$2.99Marvel15,196
146-More Than Mortal Truths & Legends3$2.95Liar14,666
147-Superman Adventures26$1.99DC14,299
148-Ghost Vol. 22$2.95Dark Horse14,286
149-Daring Escapes2$2.50Image14,154
150-Dracula Lord of the Undead2$2.99Marvel14,073
151-Deity Vol. 22$2.95Awesome14,041
152-Masakazu Katsuras Shadow Lady I Dangerous Love1$2.50Dark Horse13,738
153-Spirit New Adventures7$3.50Kitchen Sink13,710
154-Dracula Lord of the Undead3$2.99Marvel13,642
155-Lobo57$2.50DC13,479
156-Minx3$2.50DC13,321
157-Sandman Mystery Theatre68$2.50DC13,013
158-House of Secrets25$2.50DC12,800
159-Sergio Aragones Day of the Dead$2.95Dark Horse12,587
160-Terminator2$2.95Dark Horse11,899
161-Hardcore Station6$2.50DC11,622
162-Gunsmith Cats Bad Trip5$2.95Dark Horse11,169
163-Dragonball Z8$2.95Viz10,857
164-Animal Mystic Water Wars6$2.95Sirius10,608
165-Blade of the Immortal On Silent Wings6$3.95Dark Horse10,603
166-Guns of the Dragon3$2.50DC10,549
167-Strange Tales4$4.99Marvel10,363
168-Ranma 1/2 Part Seven9$2.95Viz10,033
169-Dragonball8$2.95Viz9,992
170-Chronos9$2.50DC9,512
171-Neon Genesis Evangelion Book Three3$2.95Viz9,484
172-Carvers1$2.95Image9,244
173-Cerebus235$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim9,149
174-Tick Luny Bin Trilogy2$3.50New England9,113
175-Starship Troopers Dominant Species3$2.95Dark Horse9,059
176-Jonny Double4$2.95DC8,896
177-Poison Elves40$2.50Sirius8,724
178-Elfquest29$4.95Warp8,678
179-Usagi Yojimbo24$2.95Dark Horse8,583
180-Slayers1$2.95CPM8,339
181-Crow Razor Kill The Pain0$3.00London Night8,185
182-Shevas War3$2.95DC7,967
183-Drakuun The Hidden War1$2.95Dark Horse7,845
184-Sonic The Hedgehog66$1.75Archie7,759
185-Automation2$2.95Image7,636
186-Mask of Zorro4$2.95Image7,478
187-Battlestar Galactica Search For Sanctuary2$2.99Realm7,473
188-Oni Double Feature9$2.95Oni6,930
189-Mystic Edge1$2.95Antarctic6,740
190-Essential Vertigo The Sandman29$2.25DC6,726
191-Tattered Banners2$2.95DC6,377
192-Supermodels In The Rainforest1$2.95Sirius6,341
193-New Bondage Fairies Fairie Fetish8$3.50Fantagraphics6,214
194-Inu Yasha A Feudal Fairy Tale Part Two4$3.25Viz6,142
195-Knuckles20$1.75Archie6,069
196-Sabrina The Teenage Witch21$1.75Archie5,992
197-Dead Corps(E)4$2.50DC5,739
198-Savage Dragon Archives2$2.95Image5,721
199-Scooby-Doo17$1.99DC5,535
200-No Need For Tenchi Part Five5$3.25Viz5,462
201-Secret Plot Deep5$3.50Fantagraphics5,417
202-Tales From The Crypt26$2.50Gemstone5,227
203-Cuda Wraparound Cover1$3.50Avatar5,204
204-Pulp Volume 211$5.95Viz5,082
205-Animaniacs43$1.99DC4,982
206-Silky Whip7$3.50Fantagraphics4,910
207-Spartan X2$2.95Image4,878
208-Maison Ikkoku Part Eight3$2.95Viz4,647
209-Dark Horse Presents136$2.95Dark Horse4,611
210-Archie479$1.75Archie4,538
211-Betty & Veronica131$1.75Archie4,294
212-Gold Digger45$2.95Antarctic4,194
213-Voice of Submission5$3.50Fantagraphics4,181
214-Castle Waiting (reorders)7$2.95Olio4,167
215-Betty & Veronica Double Digest77$2.95Archie4,095
216-Luftwaffe 194614$2.95Antarctic4,076
217-Looney Tunes47$1.99DC4,067
218-Betty69$1.75Archie4,054
219-X-Men Manga17$2.99Marvel4,004
220-Albino Spider of Dajette0$2.95Verotik4,004
221-Berlin5$2.95Drawn & Quarterly3,990
222-Marvel Collectible Classics Chromium X-Men$10.00Marvel3,963
223-X-Men Manga18$2.99Marvel3,922
224-Veronica83$1.75Archie3,886
225-Whiteout4$2.95Oni3,877
226-Legend of Lemnear10$2.95CPM3,827
227-Spider-Man Manga22$2.99Marvel3,823
228-Spider-Man Manga23$2.99Marvel3,818
229-Jay & Silent Bob1$2.95Oni3,809
230-Valor3$2.50Gemstone3,800
231-Geisha2$2.95Oni3,773
232-Warrior Nun Black & White14$2.95Antarctic3,773
233-Luftwaffe 1946 World War II Special Vol. 1$3.95Antarctic3,732
234-Blast Corps$2.50Dark Horse3,696
235-Cheryl Blossom18$1.75Archie3,696
236-Dark Horse Classics Godzilla King of the Monsters4$2.95Dark Horse3,583
237-Sharky Variant Cover4$2.50Image3,560
238-Midnight Panther Feudal Fantasy2$2.95CPM3,519
239-Akiko29$2.50Sirius3,497
240-Ninja High School Yearbook 1998$2.95Antarctic3,492
241-Mask Toys In The Attic3$2.95Dark Horse3,492
242-Betty & Veronica Spectacular33$1.75Archie3,465
243-Panic8$2.50Gemstone3,465
244-Urotsukidoji Legend of the Overfiend4$2.95CPM3,442
245-Dark Horse Classics Terror of Godzilla3$2.95Dark Horse3,438
246-Ninja High School65$2.95Antarctic3,415
247-Archies Christmas Stocking6$2.25Archie3,402
248-Broken Halos Is There Nothing Sacred2$2.95Broken Halos3,397
249-New Vampire Miyu Vol. 31$2.95Ironcat3,365
250-Lost Heroes6$2.95Davdez3,365
251-Big Bang Comics23$3.95Image3,352
252-Archie Digest160$1.95Archie3,315
253-Jughead Double Digest56$2.95Archie3,171
254-Dreamsmith Studios Book5$4.00Dreamsmith3,157
255-Reality Check12$2.95Sirius3,103
256-Warhammer Monthly8$2.95Games Workshop3,080
257-Jughead112$1.75Archie3,080
258-Sock Monkey2$2.95Dark Horse3,066
259-Madoka1$2.95Eagle Wing2,921
260-Cartoon Network Presents16$1.99DC2,899
261-Flintstones and The Jetsons16$1.99DC2,894
262-Jinx Torso2$3.95Image2,822
263-Stargods Dlx Ed2$5.95Antarctic2,817
264-Cutie Honey 90 Vol. 25$2.95Ironcat2,776
265-Pop Life1$3.95Fantagraphics2,749
266-Laugh Digest146$1.95Archie2,745
267-Young Witches Empire of Sin2$3.50Fantagraphics2,695
268-Knights of the Dinner Table24$2.95Kenzer2,663
269-7th System5$2.95Sirius2,564
270-Enchanted The Awakening3$2.95Sirius2,545
271-Dragon Wars7$2.95Ironcat2,541
272-Demon Beast Invasion The Fallen2$2.95CPM2,509
273-Dracula Vs Zorro Reprint2$2.95Image2,468
274-Alley Oop Adv2$2.95Antarctic2,410
275-Cuda Gore Cover1$3.95Avatar2,337
276-Starchild Mythopolis5$1.00Coppervale2,333
277-Fighting American 98 Convention Special$5.00Awesome2,319
278-Pete The Pod Postal Worker6$2.95Sharkbait2,301
279-Ogenki Clinic Vol. 32$2.95Ironcat2,265
280-Action Girl Comics16$2.75Slave Labor2,265
281-Futabakun Change4$2.95Ironcat2,251
282-Channel Zero5$2.95Image2,219
283-Black Jack Special Under The Knife$3.25Viz2,210
284-Genus32$2.95Radio2,206
285-Hyper Dolls3$2.95Ironcat2,170
286-Eddie Campbells Bacchus39$2.95Eddie Campbell2,142
287-Detour2$2.95Alternative2,124
288-Naughty Bits27$2.95Fantagraphics2,124
289-Goop1$1.99JNCO2,124
290-Colonia1$2.95Bad Habit2,120
291-Virtual Bang3$2.95Ironcat2,093
292-Munsters 1313 Halloween Special$2.95TV2,093
293-Shut Up & Die5$2.95Image1,993
294-Threshold9$4.95Avatar1,898
295-Strangehaven (reorders)10$2.95Abiogenesis1,889
296-Captain Dingleberry3$2.95Underhanded1,853
297-Flamehead3$1.99JNCO1,834
298-New Adventures Terry & The Pirates1$2.95ACG1,830
299-Virtex0$1.50Oktober1,794
300-Oh My Goth2$2.95Sirius1,744

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October 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.

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More Star Wars manga success this month.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Star Wars A New Hope Manga #4$9.95Dark Horse12,827
26Dynamic Forces Crimson 1/2$6.95Dynamic9,303
310Mage/Hero Discovered Coll Ed Book 1$5.95Image8,583
411Mage/Hero Discovered Coll Ed Book 2$5.95Image8,357
51Batman/Long Halloween HC $29.95DC 6,078
65Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 1 $14.95Marvel5,698
79Babylon 5/Price of Peace $9.95DC 5,191
87Batman Thrillkiller $12.95DC 4,584
915Spawn Angelas Hunt$9.95Image3,678
1023Dynamic Forces Spider-Man Chapter 1 Alt Cvr #1$6.95Dynamic3,510
118Black Magic $16.95Dark Horse3,469
1224Uncle Scrooge #316$6.95Gladstone3,402
1326Dynamic Forces Spider-Man Chapter 1 Alt Cvr #2$6.95Dynamic2,944
1428Walt Disneys Comics #631$6.95Gladstone2,863
1517Tenth Mini-Series$11.95Image2,699
162Legion of Super Heroes Archives Vol. 8 $49.95DC 2,690
1716Deadpool Mission Improbable $14.95Marvel2,414
1848Witchblade Encore Excl Cvr Ed$5.00American2,337
1922Gen 13 Bootleg Vol. 1$11.95Image2,065
2020Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squad War Princess $12.95Dark Horse2,065
2113Nocturnals Black Planet $19.95Oni1,966
224Superman Sunday Classics HC W/Slipcase $60.00DC 1,934
2314Spider-Man Identity Crisis $19.95Marvel1,916
2419Mad About/Movies Special Warner Bros Ed $14.95DC 1,853
2530Vampirella Queens Gambit #1 Chromium$10.95Harris1,807