December 1987 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

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1987 ended with the Marvel X-titles ruling the top four slots, including the $3.25 Excalibur Special Edition (not to be confused with the series launch in 1988). Diamond Comic Distributors did not report dollar rankings, but at that price it almost certainly led them at Diamond. It was the top dollar book at Capital City Distribution. DC placed its top book in fifth: The Weird #1, by Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson.

DC had series launches in World of Smallville #1and Checkmate #1, placing 24th and 39th respectively. Marvel's top launch was The Pitt #1, a New Universe title not to be confused with the later Image series. The $3.25 book finished in 31st place.

The Diamond chart had something called "Bonus Book #1" in 57th place. This does not appear to have been anything solicited, but may be connected with the Bonus Book inserts that started in select DC comics around this time.

The only graphic novel in the Top 100 was Iron Man: Crash, which Marvel advertised as the first computer generated graphic novel. The computer-generated comics series Shatter from First had preceded it in 1985.

The raw version of the chart below was presumably published in the November 1987 Diamond Dialogue newsletter; it was reprinted in Comics Values Monthly #22, where we found it. We've added publishers and ship dates. CVM erroneously only listed issue numbers for 84th through 87th and 89th place; we believe the titles we've listed below are the ones they intended to report, based on process of elimination.

Diamond did not yet report market shares; Capital City this month found Marvel with a dollar share of 36.69%, DC with a dollar share of 30.41%, and Eclipse at 8.69%.

The dates shown below are the dates the comics shipped from the printer, according to Capital City's Orderpak (December 1989). Capital reported almost all dates as Tuesdays, which corresponded to when the printer Ronald's released its comics — but World Color Press wasn't releasing its books until 12:01 a.m. on Thursdays. It's not clear which books came from that printer, however, so we've kept everything on Tuesday unless the dates said otherwise.

Further, in this era, distributor catalog dates for all publishers did not synch up exactly with the calendar month, so Diamond's October charts include one week's worth of DC comics from November — and are missing the first week's comics, which would have appeared in Diamond's September charts. This would continue until March 1995, when DC would realign its solicitations with the Direct Market's calendar month (that chart only included three weeks of DC sales). Because Diamond did not report indexed sales, there is no way to know where those comics would have landed in this month's chart.

—John Jackson Miller

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 100 chart.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
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UnitsComic-book TitleIssuePriceShippedPublisher
1Uncanny X-Men228$0.7512/15/87Marvel
4New Mutants62$0.7512/08/87Marvel
5The Weird1$1.5012/22/87DC
6Justice League International12$0.7512/08/87DC
7Silver Surfer10$0.7512/15/87Marvel
8Amazing Spider-Man299$0.7512/08/87Marvel
10Green Arrow3$1.0012/15/87DC
12Classic X-Men20$1.0012/29/87Marvel
15Web of Spider-Man37$0.7512/01/87Marvel
16Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man137$0.7512/02/87Marvel
17G.I. Joe A Real American Hero70$1.0012/15/87Marvel
18Action Comics599$0.7501/05/88DC
19Alpha Flight57$1.0012/08/87Marvel
20Iron Man229$0.7512/29/87Marvel
21West Coast Avengers31$0.7512/01/87Marvel
24World of Smallville1$0.7512/08/87DC
25Fantastic Four313$0.7512/22/87Marvel
26Solo Avengers4$0.7512/08/87Marvel
27Captain America340$0.7512/08/87Marvel
29G.I. Joe Special Missions10$1.0012/01/87Marvel
32Wonder Woman15$0.7512/08/87DC
33Doom Patrol7$0.7512/22/87DC
34Strange Tales13$0.7512/08/87Marvel
35Detective Comics585$0.7501/05/88DC
36Incredible Hulk342$0.7512/15/87Marvel
37Marvel Age61$0.5012/15/87Marvel
38Adventures of Superman439$0.7512/22/87DC
40Legion of Super-Heroes45$2.9512/15/87DC
42Teen Titans42$1.7512/22/87DC
43Star Trek The Next Generation3$1.0001/05/88DC
44Who's Who in the Legion1$1.2512/22/87DC
45Power Pack36$1.0012/08/87Marvel
46Suicide Squad12$0.7501/05/88DC
47Captain Atom14$0.7501/05/88DC
49Secret Origins25$1.2512/15/87DC
50D.P. 718$0.7512/15/87Marvel
51Lone Wolf and Cub8$2.50First
53Green Lantern Corps223$0.7512/22/87DC
54Marshal Law3$1.9512/15/87Marvel
55Strikeforce Morituri17$1.0012/01/87Marvel
56Forever People3$1.2512/15/87DC
57Bonus Book1$0.000
60Slash Maraud6$1.7512/22/87DC
61Teen Titans Spotlight20$1.0001/05/88DC
63Swamp Thing71$1.2512/22/87DC
65Star Trek49$1.0012/15/87DC
66Psi Force18$0.7512/01/87Marvel
67Groo the Wanderer38$1.0012/01/87Marvel
68Young All Stars11$1.2512/15/87DC
70Cinder and Ashe2$1.7512/08/87DC
71Infinity Inc49$1.7512/22/87DC
72Conan the Barbarian205$1.0012/15/87Marvel
74Marvel Fanfare37$1.5012/15/87Marvel
75Alien Legion3$1.2512/15/87Marvel
76Blue Beetle23$1.0012/15/87DC
77Saga of R'as al Ghul4$2.5012/08/87DC
80Marvel Tales210$0.7512/15/87Marvel
82Sonic Disruptors5$1.7501/05/88DC
83Captain Justice2$1.2511/17/87Marvel
85Tales of G.I. Joe4$1.5012/01/87Marvel
88Uncle Scrooge Adventures4$0.9512/29/87Gladstone
91Savage Sword of Conan146$2.0012/14/87Marvel
92Iron Man Graphic Novel$12.9512/08/87Marvel
94Speed Racer Special1$1.75Now
95Justice Machine12$1.5012/04/87Comico
97Jonny Quest19$1.7512/18/87Comico
100Spiral Zone2$1.0012/22/87DC

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Diamond did not report graphic novel sales separately this month, but some items appeared in the Top 100.