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Top Comic Books of Decade: The 2010s

Estimated Sales of Comic Books to North American Comics Shops
based on reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


The first issue of Marvel's relaunched Star Wars series is the comic book ordered most by comics shops in North America so far in the decade of the 2010s, up through the end of 2015. The issue's sales include several hundred thousand copies purchased by the repackager Loot Crate, but its sales even without those are enough to make it the top title of the decade. Close to 100 different variant covers exist of the issue.

Comichron looked back at every month of comic-book orders reported by Diamond Comic Distributors, the exclusive retail agent for the largest publishers in the industry. The tables report Diamond's Top 300 comics from each month, as well as the number of copies ordered by its approximately 3,000 retail accounts.

For the years 2010-2015 and 2017, the sales include all issues shipped by Diamond in the calendar year. 2016 is like the years of the decade of the 2000s, where the chart only includes data from the monthly Top 300 lists. Actual 2016 figures will be slightly higher in most cases than the figure that appears here.

These figures are for the comic book direct market only — the network of comic book stores that sell the lion's share of comic books in periodical form in North America. Sales of these comics on newsstands or by subscription are not included. Copies of titles repackaged by the bundling service Loot Crate are included only if Diamond distributed them to Loot Crate.

More after the charts:

 

† Items marked with a dagger include between 200-400,000 copies sold by the repackager Loot Crate.
* Items with asterisks were returnable issues whose final orders may be higher or lower.

UnitsComic-book TitleIssueReleasePricePublisherEst. units
1Star Wars1†Jan-15$4.99Marvel1,073,000
2Amazing Spider-Man1Apr-14$5.99Marvel559,200
3Secret Wars1May-15$4.99Marvel550,500
4Bravest Warriors Tales Holo John1†May-15$4.99Boom503,000
5Orphan Black1†Feb-15$3.99IDW502,000
6Dark Knight III Master Race1Nov-15$5.99DC449,100
7Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York1†Oct-16$3.99Boom421,600
8Star Wars Vader Down1Nov-15$4.99Marvel410,600
9Civil War II1Jun-16$5.99Marvel391,500
10Walking Dead (including Chromium ed.)100Jul-12$3.99Image384,800
11Harley Quinn1*Aug-16$2.99DC366,100
12Champions1Oct-16$4.99Marvel334,900
13Walking Dead115Oct-13$2.99Image329,300
14Walking Dead132†Oct-14$2.99Image326,300
15Justice League of America1Feb-13$3.99DC326,000
16Darth Vader1Feb-15$4.99Marvel315,600
17Rocket Raccoon1†Jul-14$3.99Marvel311,000
18Uncanny Avengers1Oct-12$3.99Marvel305,900
19DC Universe Rebirth1May-16$2.99DC305,700
20Marvel Legacy1Sep-17$5.99Marvel305,427
21Batman1*Jun-16$2.99DC304,200
22All Star Batman1*Aug-16$4.99DC289,300
23Spider-Gwen1Feb-15$3.99Marvel288,600
24Black Panther1Apr-16$4.99Marvel286,800
25Invincible Iron Man1Oct-15$3.99Marvel282,400
26Dark Nights Metal1Aug-17$4.99DC278,276
27Death of Wolverine1Sep-14$4.99Marvel274,000
28Princess Leia1Mar-15$3.99Marvel271,000
29Avengers Vs X-Men1Mar-12$3.99Marvel265,100
30Deadpool1Nov-15$4.99Marvel261,800
31Doomsday Clock (plus Lenticular Ed.)1Nov-17$4.99DC261,246
32Superman Unchained1Jun-13$4.99DC259,100
33Justice League (including Combo Pack)1Aug-11$3.99DC255,400
34Amazing Spider-Man1Oct-15$5.99Marvel247,600
35Secret Wars2May-15$4.99Marvel234,000
36Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man1Jun-17$4.99Marvel233,636
37Secret Wars3Jun-15$3.99Marvel230,000
38Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)21Apr-17$3.99DC228,658
39Secret Wars4Jul-15$3.99Marvel227,300
40Guardians of Galaxy1Mar-13$3.99Marvel221,200
41Star Wars2Feb-15$3.99Marvel219,700
42Batman1Sep-11$2.99DC218,000
43Suicide Squad1*Aug-16$2.99DC217,700
44Superior Spider-Man1Jan-13$3.99Marvel216,700
45Star Wars4Apr-15$3.99Marvel216,300
46Star Wars: Shattered Empire1Sep-15$3.99Marvel215,200
47Infinity1Aug-13$4.99Marvel210,800
48Batman Rebirth1*Jun-16$2.99DC209,300
49Justice League1*Jul-16$2.99DC209,200
50Secret Wars5Aug-15$3.99Marvel207,200
51Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows1Jun-15$3.99Marvel206,500
52Action Comics1Sep-11$3.99DC204,000
53Justice League (including Combo Pack)2Oct-11$3.99DC201,900
54Amazing Spider-Man700Dec-12$7.99Marvel201,000
55Star Wars Lando1Jul-15$3.99Marvel200,400
56Avengers Vs X-Men2Apr-12$3.99Marvel200,300
57Spider-Gwen1Oct-15$3.99Marvel198,800
58Avengers Vs X-Men6Jun-12$3.99Marvel197,000
59Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)Apr-17$3.99DC194,051
60Secret Wars6Oct-15$3.99Marvel193,200
61Avengers Vs X-Men5Jun-12$3.99Marvel192,200
62Avengers Vs X-Men3May-12$3.99Marvel190,000
63Civil War II0May-16$4.99Marvel190,000
64Avengers Vs X-Men4May-12$3.99Marvel187,500
65Batman (plus Lenticular Ed.)22May-17$3.99DC187,142
66Avengers1Dec-12$3.99Marvel187,000
67X-Men1May-13$3.99Marvel186,300
68Civil War II3Jul-16$4.99Marvel185,900
69Amazing Spider-Man16Aug-16$3.99Marvel185,300
70All New X-Men1Nov-12$3.99Marvel184,700
71Star Wars3Mar-15$3.99Marvel184,500
72Age of Ultron1Mar-13$3.99Marvel184,000
73Justice League Rebirth1*Jul-16$2.99DC183,800
74Uncanny X-Men1Feb-13$3.99Marvel182,700
75Avengers Vs X-Men7Jul-12$3.99Marvel182,500
76Spider-Man Deadpool1Jan-16$3.99Marvel181,100
77Batman2Oct-11$2.99DC179,600
78Justice League Suicide Squad 1Dec-16$3.99DC179,600
79Avengers Vs X-Men8Jul-12$3.99Marvel178,700
80Suicide Squad Rebirth1*Aug-16$2.99DC177,800
81Secret Wars7Nov-15$3.99Marvel177,300
82Batman2*Jul-16$2.99DC177,100
83Civil War1Jul-15$4.99Marvel176,300
84Star Wars Poe Dameron1Apr-16$4.99Marvel175,300
85Avengers1May-10$3.99Marvel175,100
86Avengers Vs X-Men9Aug-12$3.99Marvel174,800
87Ultimate Comics Spider-Man160Jun-11$3.99Marvel172,700
88Secret Empire0Apr-17$4.99Marvel172,486
89Green Lantern1Sep-11$2.99DC172,300
90Batman50Mar-16$5.99DC172,300
91Avengers Vs X-Men10Aug-12$3.99Marvel172,100
92Avengers Vs X-Men12Oct-12$4.99Marvel171,800
93Justice League (including Combo Pack)3Nov-11$3.99DC170,800
94Death of Wolverine4Oct-14$4.99Marvel170,800
95Batman13Oct-12$3.99DC 170,500
96Avengers Vs X-Men0Mar-12$3.99Marvel169,700
97Secret Wars8Dec-15$3.99Marvel169,700
98Avengers Vs X-Men11Sep-12$3.99Marvel169,100
99Batman3*Jul-16$2.99DC168,900
100Superman Unchained2Jul-13$3.99DC168,800
101IVX1Dec-16$5.99Marvel167,700
102Thor1Oct-14$3.99Marvel166,200
103Star Wars7Jul-15$3.99Marvel165,200
104Justice League12Aug-12$3.99DC 164,800
105Flash (plus Lenticular Ed.)22May-17$3.99DC163,963
106Secret Empire1May-17$4.99Marvel161,905
107Dark Nights Metal3Oct-17$3.99DC161,635
108Star Wars6Jun-15$3.99Marvel161,200
109Batman14Nov-12$3.99DC 161,000
110Dark Nights Metal2Sep-17$3.99DC160,541
111Batman0Sep-12$3.99DC 160,300
112Star Wars Han Solo1Jun-16$3.99Marvel159,500
113Doomsday Clock2Dec-17$4.99DC158,603
114Batman Superman1Jun-13$3.99DC158,600
115Dark Knight III Master Race2Dec-15$5.99DC158,200
116Action Comics2Oct-11$3.99DC156,400
117Batman17Feb-13$3.99DC156,300
118Walking Dead150Jan-16$2.99Image156,200
119Guardians Team-Up1Mar-15$3.99Marvel155,500
120Civil War II2Jun-16$4.99Marvel155,400
121Star Wars5May-15$3.99Marvel155,000
122Batman40Apr-15$4.99DC154,800
123Original Sin1May-14$4.99Marvel154,800
124Detective Comics1Sep-11$2.99DC154,400
125Batman3Nov-11$2.99DC153,300
126Batman4*Aug-16$2.99DC153,000
127Dark Nights Metal4Dec-17$3.99DC152,585
128Batman15Dec-12$3.99DC 151,600
129Dark Knight III The Master Race3Feb-16$5.99DC150,700
130Batman16Jan-13$3.99DC150,500
131Batman21Jun-13$3.99DC150,300
132Doctor Strange1Oct-15$4.99Marvel149,800
133Doctor Strange Sorcerers Supreme1Oct-16$3.99Marvel149,700
134Justice League (including Combo Pack)4Dec-11$3.99DC149,300
135Flash1Sep-11$2.99DC149,100
136Secret Wars9Jan-16$4.99Marvel149,000
137Death of Wolverine2Sep-14$4.99Marvel148,900
138Batman5Jan-12$2.99DC 148,800
139Justice League of America1Jun-15$5.99DC148,600
140Justice League5Jan-12$3.99DC 148,500
141Star Wars8Aug-15$3.99Marvel147,400
142Death of Wolverine3Oct-14$4.99Marvel147,200
143Forever Evil1Sep-13$3.99DC146,600
144Fantastic Four587Jan-11$3.99Marvel146,100
145Fear Itself1Apr-11$3.99Marvel146,000
146Batman41Jun-15$3.99DC145,300
147Justice League6Feb-12$3.99DC 145,200
148Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey1Dec-17$4.99Marvel145,057
149X-Men1Jul-10$3.99Marvel144,700
150Superman1Sep-11$2.99DC144,400
151Green Lantern2Oct-11$2.99DC144,200
152Batman8Apr-12$3.99DC 144,100
153Darth Vader2Feb-15$3.99Marvel143,400
154Batman18Mar-13$3.99DC143,200
155Dark Knight III Master Race4Apr-16$5.99DC143,100
156Deadpools Secret Secret Wars1May-15$4.99Marvel142,400
157Batman5*Aug-16$2.99DC142,100
158Superior Spider-Man31Apr-14$5.99Marvel141,800
159Dark Days The Forge1Jun-17$4.99DC141,733
160Darth Vader4Apr-15$3.99Marvel141,500
161Batman9May-12$3.99DC 141,400
162Blackest Night8Mar-10$3.99DC141,400
163Avengers and X-Men Axis1Oct-14$4.99Marvel140,500
164Captain America Steve Rogers1May-16$4.99Marvel140,200
165Star Wars13Dec-15$3.99Marvel139,900
166Dark Knight III Master Race5Jun-16$5.99DC139,900
167Superman Unchained3Aug-13$3.99DC139,500
168Amazing Spider-Man666Jul-11$3.99Marvel139,500
169Justice League7Mar-12$3.99DC 139,000
170Batman6Sep-16$2.99DC138,900
171Venom150May-17$5.99Marvel138,636
172Batman6Feb-12$2.99DC 138,300
173Star Wars9Sep-15$3.99Marvel138,200
174Siege1Jan-10$3.99Marvel137,700
175Amazing Spider-Man2May-14$3.99Marvel137,700
176All Star Batman2*Sep-16$4.99DC137,700
177Batman10Jun-12$3.99DC 136,900
178Batman7Mar-12$2.99DC 136,700
179Blackest Night7Feb-10$3.99DC136,400
180Darth Vader3Mar-15$3.99Marvel136,200
181Star Wars10Oct-15$3.99Marvel135,900
182Amazing Spider-Man9Nov-14$4.99Marvel135,700
183Batman7Sep-16$2.99DC135,600
184Action Comics3Nov-11$3.99DC135,500
185Extraordinary X-Men1Nov-15$4.99Marvel135,500
186Dark Days The Casting1Jul-17$4.99DC134,925
187Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1Dec-15$3.99DC134,500
188Batman22Jul-13$3.99DC134,400
189Batman11Jul-12$3.99DC 134,400
190Justice League9May-12$3.99DC 134,200
191Justice League8Apr-12$3.99DC 134,000
192Batman4Dec-11$2.99DC133,800
193Dark Knight III Master Race6Oct-16$5.99DC133,600
194Batman32Jun-14$3.99DC132,700
195Batman24Jun-17$2.99DC132,618
196New Avengers1Jun-10$3.99Marvel132,500
197Origin II1Dec-13$4.99Marvel131,700
198Batman19Apr-13$3.99DC131,200
199Ultimate Comics Fallout4Aug-11$3.99Marvel130,700
200Batman23Aug-13$3.99DC130,300
201Brightest Day0Apr-10$3.99DC130,000
202All New All Different Avengers1Nov-15$4.99Marvel130,000
203Batman8Oct-16$2.99DC129,800
204Justice League10Jun-12$3.99DC 129,600
205Justice League0Sep-12$3.99DC 129,400
206Batman Futures End1Sep-14$3.99DC129,300
207Old Man Logan1May-15$4.99Marvel129,100
208Batman39Feb-15$3.99DC128,600
209Brightest Day1May-10$2.99DC128,500
210Convergence1Apr-15$4.99DC128,500
211Infinity2Sep-13$3.99Marvel128,400
212Batman The Dark Knight1Sep-11$2.99DC128,100
213Batman20May-13$3.99DC128,000
214Batman43Aug-15$3.99DC128,000
215Nightwing Rebirth1*Jul-16$2.99DC127,800
216Star Wars11Nov-15$3.99Marvel127,700
217Justice League11Jul-12$3.99DC 127,600
218Avengers24.NOWDec-13$4.99Marvel127,500
219Justice League2*Aug-16$2.99DC127,400
220Batman47Dec-15$3.99DC127,200
221Infinity3Sep-13$3.99Marvel127,000
222Captain America1Nov-12$3.99Marvel127,000
223Civil War II4Jul-16$4.99Marvel126,900
224Batman12Aug-12$3.99DC 126,800
225Batman25Nov-13$4.99DC126,700
226Uncanny X-Men600Nov-15$5.99Marvel126,500
227Superman Rebirth1*Jun-16$2.99DC126,200
228FF1Mar-11$3.99Marvel126,100
229Batman9Oct-16$2.99DC126,100
230X-Men Gold1Apr-17$4.99Marvel125,602
231Batman24Oct-13$6.99DC125,600
232Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)8Mar-17$5.99DC125,389
233Astonishing X-Men1Jul-17$4.99Marvel125,101
234Star Wars12Nov-15$3.99Marvel125,100
235Mighty Thor700Oct-17$5.99Marvel124,686
236Chewbacca1Oct-15$3.99Marvel123,800
237All New Captain America1Nov-14$3.99Marvel123,600
238Green Lantern3Nov-11$2.99DC123,300
239Amazing Spider-Man4Jul-14$3.99Marvel123,100
240Star Wars: Shattered Empire2Oct-15$3.99Marvel122,600
241Thanos Rising1Apr-13$3.99Marvel122,400
242All New Wolverine1Nov-15$4.99Marvel122,400
243Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade1Jun-16$6.99DC122,300
244Star Wars Darth Vader1Jun-17$4.99Marvel122,081
245New Avengers1Jan-13$3.99Marvel121,900
246Wolverine1Mar-13$3.99Marvel121,800
247Convergence0Apr-15$4.99DC121,700
248Superior Spider-Man2Jan-13$3.99Marvel121,600
249Superman1*Jun-16$2.99DC121,500
250Guardians of Infinity1Dec-15$4.99Marvel121,400
251Detective Comics2Oct-11$2.99DC121,000
252Batman10Nov-16$2.99DC120,900
253Guardians of the Galaxy1Dec-15$3.99Marvel120,800
254Star Wars Special C-3PO1Apr-16$4.99Marvel120,800
255Batman33Jul-14$4.99DC120,700
256A-Force1May-15$3.99Marvel120,500
257Batman38Jan-15$3.99DC120,400
258Indestructible Hulk1Nov-12$3.99Marvel120,300
259Siege2Feb-10$3.99Marvel120,200
260Civil War II5Sep-16$4.99Marvel120,200
261Batman35Oct-14$4.99DC120,100
262Justice League16Jan-13$3.99DC120,000
263Darth Vader5May-15$3.99Marvel119,700
264Batman29Mar-14$4.99DC119,700
265Wonder Woman1*Jun-16$2.99DC119,600
266Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1Mar-16$3.99Boom119,500
267Batman26Dec-13$3.99DC119,400
268Batman Return of Bruce Wayne1May-10$3.99DC119,400
269Harley Quinn0Nov-13$2.99DC119,200
270Dark Knight III Master Race 7Dec-16$5.99DC119,100
271Deadpool1Nov-12$2.99Marvel119,000
272Batman42Jul-15$3.99DC118,700
273Civil War II6Oct-16$4.99Marvel118,600
274Star Wars14Jan-16$3.99Marvel118,500
275Amazing Spider-Man1.1May-14$3.99Marvel118,400
276Batman36Nov-14$3.99DC118,400
277Justice League13Oct-12$3.99DC 118,300
278Dark Knight III Master Race (plus Coll. Ed.)9Jun-17$5.99DC118,204
279Batman Who Laughs1Nov-17$3.99DC118,105
280Siege3Mar-10$3.99Marvel117,900
281Batman27Jan-14$3.99DC117,900
282Batman and Robin1Sep-11$2.99DC117,700
283New Super Man1*Jul-16$2.99DC117,700
284Darth Vader13Nov-15$3.99Marvel117,600
285Iron Man1Nov-12$3.99Marvel117,400
286Thors1Jun-15$3.99Marvel117,300
287Spider-Gwen2Mar-15$3.99Marvel117,100
288Amazing Spider-Man7Oct-14$3.99Marvel117,000
289Age of Ultron10Jun-13$3.99Marvel116,800
290Age of Ultron2Mar-13$3.99Marvel116,800
291Darth Vader7Jul-15$3.99Marvel116,700
292Batman11Nov-16$2.99DC116,700
293Harley Quinn2*Aug-16$2.99DC116,700
294Forever Evil2Dec-13$3.99DC116,500
295Justice League22Jul-13$3.99DC116,500
296Uncanny Avengers2Nov-12$3.99Marvel116,500
297Flash2Oct-11$2.99DC116,400
298Civil War II7Nov-16$4.99Marvel116,400
299Flash1*Jun-16$2.99DC116,400
300Kanan1Apr-15$3.99Marvel116,200





Items on the table are listed in the months in which they first made the Diamond chart — following the links to the individual months' pages shows what those comics sold initially, since later reorders pop up in the months that follow.

And as this is a periodical ranking, it doesn't get into bound collected editions and graphic novels, or digital sales.

—John Jackson Miller


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