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1999 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

Dollar Preorders for Diamond's Top 300 Comics and
Top 25 Graphic Novels from each and every month from the year

around $219.85 Million

(down 3% year-over-year)

 

Another losing year, where the only bright spot was in the graphic novel category.

January was a down month to kick off a slow year. Another soft February saw several of Jim Lee's Wildstorm titles resolicited by their new publisher, DC — boosting the publisher over Marvel even in the narrow Top 300 shares. Pokémon, the trading card game, had become a major phenomenon in many comics shops, and Viz's second comics series by that name debuted with three times the orders of the first in March.

Weakness versus the year before continued in April, a month during which Viz broke into the Top 10 publishers. The release of the first Star Wars prequel in May gave Dark Horse its largest market share to date. Weaker year-over-year sales continued in June with only two titles above the 100,000-copy mark.

A softer summer season continued in July and August. Finally, in September, DC's weekly Day of Judgment helped comics dollar sales nudge slightly ahead of the same month the previous year. So much for small victories in 1999.

October was another weak month, except for strength among trade paperbacks thanks to the colossal Sandman: Dream Hunters hardcover. Tomb Raider hit big in November, the first non-X-Men issue to top the charts all year. A basically flat December drew a lackluster year to a close.

Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu #1 is known to have eventually sold a million copies through 199, but most were reprints outside the Direct Market.

The final rankings for all comics and trade paperbacks during the year appear below. Diamond Comic Distributors reported these issues without indexes allowing actual sales estimates to be calculated. You can find the first-month preorders for these issues in the monthly charts; click one of the months above or use the search tool at the top of the page to find the specific issue. But note that those monthly numbers do not include reorders for the entire year; the rankings below do take the entire year's sales into account.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the year.

— John Jackson Miller


Listed are all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
The links lead to listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisher
1Tomb Raider1$2.50Image
2X-Men86$1.99Marvel
3Uncanny X-Men367$1.99Marvel
4Wildcats1$2.50DC
5Uncanny X-Men368$1.99Marvel
6X-Men87$1.99Marvel
7Uncanny X-Men366$1.99Marvel
8X-Men88$1.99Marvel
9Uncanny X-Men369$1.99Marvel
10X-Men89$1.99Marvel
11Uncanny X-Men371$1.99Marvel
12X-Men90$1.99Marvel
13X-Men91$1.99Marvel
14Spawn The Dark Ages1$2.50Marvel
15Uncanny X-Men372$1.99Marvel
16Uncanny X-Men375$2.99Marvel
17Battle Chasers6$2.50DC
18Uncanny X-Men370$1.99Marvel
19X-Men92$1.99Marvel
20Uncanny X-Men376$1.99Marvel
21Uncanny X-Men373$1.99Marvel
22Battle Chasers5$2.50DC
23X-Men93$1.99Marvel
24Uncanny X-Men374$1.99Marvel
25X-Men96$1.99Marvel
26X-Men94$2.99Marvel
27X-Men95$1.99Marvel
28Danger Girl6$2.50DC
29Fathom4$2.50Image
30X-Men Magneto War0$2.99Marvel
31Danger Girl5$2.50DC
32Wolverine Metallic Foil Cvr.145$3.99Marvel
33Spawn The Dark Ages79$1.95Image
34Earth X1$2.99Marvel
35Spawn The Dark Ages80$1.95Image
36Spawn The Dark Ages81$1.95Image
37Earth X0$3.99Image
38Aria1$2.50Image
39Spawn The Dark Ages82$1.95Image
40Avengers13$1.99Marvel
41Earth X2$2.99Marvel
42Astonishing X-Men1$2.50Marvel
43Spawn The Dark Ages83$1.95Image
44Avengers16$1.99Marvel
45Rising Stars1$2.50Image
46Spawn The Dark Ages84$1.95Image
47Avengers14$1.99Marvel
48Daredevil5$2.50Marvel
49Spawn the Undead1$1.95Image
50Wolverine136$1.99Marvel
51Avengers15$1.99Marvel
52Spawn85$1.95Image
53X-Men0$3.50Marvel
54Earth X3$2.99Marvel
55Wolverine137$1.99Marvel
56Spawn86$1.95Image
57Magneto Rex1$2.50Marvel
58Wolverine138$1.99Marvel
59Uncanny X-Men377$1.99Marvel
60Avengers19$1.99Marvel
61X-Men97$1.99Marvel
62JLA27$1.99DC
63JLA28$1.99DC
64Avengers17$1.99Marvel
65JLA29$1.99DC
66Wolverine146$1.99Marvel
67Wolverine139$1.99Marvel
68JLA30$1.99DC
69 Daredevil 7$2.50Marvel
70Spawn87$1.95Image
71Spawn88$1.95Image
72JLA32$1.99DC
73Fathom5$2.50Image
74Daredevil8$2.50Marvel
75Wolverine140$1.99Marvel
76JLA31$1.99DC
77Avengers20$1.99Marvel
78Avengers18$1.99Marvel
79Earth X4$2.99Marvel
80Amazing Spider-Man3$1.99Marvel
81Wolverine141$1.99Marvel
82Spawn89$1.95Image
83Daredevil6$2.50Marvel
84Earth X5$2.99Marvel
85JLA33$1.99DC
86Avengers21$1.99Marvel
87Fathom9$2.50Image
88JLA35$1.99DC
89Astonishing X-men2$2.50Marvel
90 Spawn The Dark Ages 2$2.50Image
91JLA34$1.99DC
92Avengers22$1.99Marvel
93JLA 36$1.99DC
94Spawn90$1.95Image
95Wolverine142$1.99Marvel
96Amazing Spider-Man5$1.99Marvel
97Wolverine143$1.99Marvel
98Peter Parker Spider-Man3$1.99Marvel
99Avengers23$1.99Marvel
100Avengers24$1.99Marvel






1999 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

#1 #2 #3 #4

DC and Dark Horse dominated the graphic novel charts in a year that saw growth only in that category.

This list has all items on Diamond's end-of-year chart. If you don't see an item, Diamond did not rank it.

Follow the links to search for each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
1 Batman War on Crime$9.95DC
2Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace$12.95Dark Horse
3JLA Earth 2$24.95DC
4The Sandman The Dream Hunters HC$29.95DC
5Danger Girl The Dangerous Collection #1$5.95DC
6Danger Girl The Dangerous Collection #2$5.95DC
7Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Manga #1$9.95Dark Horse
8Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Manga #2$9.95Dark Horse
9Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Manga #3$9.95Dark Horse
10Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Manga #4$9.95Dark Horse
11Kingdom Come$14.95DC
12Star Wars Return of the Jedi Manga #1$9.95Dark Horse
13Star Wars Return of the Jedi Manga #2$9.95Dark Horse
14Star Wars Return of the Jedi Manga #3$9.95Dark Horse
15Star Wars Return of the Jedi Manga #4$9.95Dark Horse
16Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menance$12.95Dark Horse
17Crisis on Infinite Earths HC and Siplace Corrected Ed.$99.95DC
18Preacher Vol. 6 War in the Sun$14.95DC
19Preacher Vol. 5 Dixie Fried$14.95DC
20Preacher Vol. 1 Gone to Texas$14.95DC
21Batman Dark Knight Returns$14.95Mixx
22Sailor Moon Super S Vol. 2$9.95Image
23Darkminds Collection$7.95Mixx
24Sailor Moon Vol. 1$11.95Mixx
25Sailor Moon Vol. 4$9.95Mixx

My analyses of preorders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found here:

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