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1985 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Direct Market Distributors

 

#1 Most Ordered Issue
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#2 Most Ordered Issue
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#3 Most Ordered Issue
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#4 Most Ordered Issue
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#5 Most Ordered Issue
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It was still very early days for comics sales reporting by Direct Market distributors in 1985; Capital City Distribution did monthly reports with order index numbers, but if Diamond Comic Distributors reported anything at all, we haven't found it. Nonetheless, it's clear Secret Wars II was the big event of the year, just as Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars was in 1984.

Capital City did not publish end-of-year rankings until 1991, but based on Capital City's known preorders, Secret Wars II #1 appears to be the top seller in the Direct Market in 1985, followed by X-Factor #1. Secret Wars II #4, #2, and #3 would likely have rounded out the top five. DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths issues were often bubbling under the top spot, but they never overtook Secret Wars II — a least not at Capital.

Only one of the monthly charts below is live, but more will be added in the future. Stay tuned!

—John Jackson Miller

CAPITAL CITY TOP SELLERS BY MONTH

Listed are all the top sellers for each month at Capital City.
Where months are linked, click to see the full Capital chart for that month.
Est. units are the number of copies preordered just from Capital, Overall totals would be much higher.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The title links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

MonthComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
January 1985Uncanny X-Men194$0.75Marvel49,800
February 1985Uncanny X-Men195$0.75Marvel44,800
March 1985Secret Wars II1$0.75Marvel85,000
April 1985Secret Wars II2$0.75Marvel65,000
May 1985Secret Wars II3$0.75Marvel61,900
June 1985Secret Wars II4$0.75Marvel63,200
July 1985Secret Wars II5$0.75Marvel59,800
August 1985Uncanny X-Men 200$0.75Marvel54,800
September 1985Secret Wars II7$0.75Marvel49,100
October 1985X-Factor1$1.25Marvel77,800
November 1985X-Factor2$0.75Marvel58,700
December 1985X-Factor3$0.75Marvel58,500


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My analyses of preorders from Capital City Distribution for individual months can be found here:

January
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February
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