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June 1989 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

These figures are for Capital City. Click to see Diamond Comic Distributors' sales charts.



June 1989 proved to be one of most important months in modern comics industry history — one that provided an emphatic answer to what has since become a perennial question: "Has a movie ever helped comics sales?"

The Batman TV show in 1966 had temporarily made the comic-book series of that name the top seller in the business, but the show had relatively little sales impact beyond that. By contrast, the movie in 1989 — and the nimble response of a comics retail industry that had prepared well for it — helped to kick off the record-setting comics boom of the early 1990s. More lastingly, it helped to put the character's comics in the top sales echelon for a generation, supercharging a sales improvement begun earlier in the decade with Frank Miller's work.

The night of Thursday, June 22, 1989 saw the release of the first Batman feature film directed by Tim Burton — and its $42.7 million opening weekend made it a pop-culture phenomenon. It spawned immediate and multiple repeat viewings by many filmgoers (including your Comichron.com founder, a few of whose ticket stubs appear at left) — and a tidal wave of related merchandise in mass-market venues. It still wasn't enough: people even stole Batman cardboard standees from Taco Bell, which had lucked out by landing a fast-food tie-in license that larger chains had apparently passed on.

But while Batman-logo items would be ubiquitous in shops of all kinds several weeks after the film's release (including record stores, thanks to separate soundtracks from Prince and Danny Elfman), comics retailers disproportionately benefited from the film early on thanks to a strong buildup of product beforehand in the Direct Market. Capital City Distribution's Advance Comics #6 (released in April 1989, for June-shipping material) included plenty of Batman merchandise. A lot of it had existed previously and so was connected only to the character, but a significant amount was movie-related. (Click to see our page on the month's sales by Diamond Comic Distributors.)

Retailers ordered deeply on DC's Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told trade paperback; Topps' Batman movie card set and movie magazine; a 1990 movie calendar; action figures; replica movie Batmobile and Batwing toys and die-cast miniatures; various T-shirts and movie posters which wouldn't circulate in the mass market for some time; and, of course, the Batman Official Movie Adaptation comic from DC, which shipped in both $2.50 (Standard) and $4.95 (Prestige) editions.

The cheaper Standard Edition appears to have sold more copies, but as we'll see, that's an illusion. Internal files I obtained from Capital preceding the company's 1996 closure show that its retailers ordered 39,750 copies of the standard edition of the and 20,900 of the prestige edition. But it also shipped in a 25-copy prepack display for $124; as the charts below show, Capital sold at least 1,000 prepacks to its approximately 1,200 accounts, which would add another 25,000 copies to the total and put the Prestige Edition ahead of the Standard one. The Prestige Edition was the top item at Capital in the month in terms of dollars.

While we don't know the exact orders at Diamond, they are likely higher than Capital's; for books priced at $2.50 and $4.95 in 1989, it was quite a performance for one comic book.

And then there was the main Batman title itself, which along with Detective Comics and the Superman titles were the last remaining comics in the industry still priced at 75¢. Capital stated in its June report that the preorders for issues #436 and #437 of the regular Batman comics series — then running the "Year 3" storyline biweekly  — had vaulted past perennial top-seller Uncanny X-Men, moving one-and-a-half times as many copies as the latest issues of that series. Capital sold more than 110,000 copies of each of the two Batman issues; Diamond's totals, again, would have been higher, so overall sales plus newsstand would likely have been at least in the half-million copy neighborhood. (Unusually even for 1989, Uncanny X-Men #250 did not mark its milestone number with a double-sized issue; it was embedded within the title's biweekly summer run.)

So comics retailers had been well aware of the Batman film and its prospects long before the national advertising campaign began in late May — which itself was a relatively early publicity launch for movies in that era. A few weeks out from release, Capital reported, "The merchandise is shipping in huge quantities and demand still appears to be building faster than the supply... Still no sign of where this is going to top out."

As it turned out, the Direct Market, which had seen distributor failures in the late 1980s following the collapse of the "Black and White Glut" (an explosion of independent titles published in black-and-white) turned the summer of 1989 into a period of revival. Batmania launched in earnest what would become the comics boom of the early 1990s. The first new Batman comics series launched in the wake of the Batman film's success, September's Legends of the Dark Knight #1, would even feature the first major variant-cover marketing scheme, one of the hallmarks of that boom. (The more determinative factor of the frenzy, however — too-easy credit for retailers wanting to open stores — can't be laid at the Batcave's door.)

Unlike Diamond, Capital in this era did release market shares; they can be seen at left.

The raw version of the chart below was published in the June 1989 Internal Correspondence. We've added ship dates, and have integrated dollar rankings that appeared in a different table. The orders below are just for Capital, and are derived by comparing its reported order index numbers with the known sales as provided to this writer by Capital; in most cases they match exactly with Capital's internal documentation.

We can see that apart from Batman items, Marvel took every spot in Capital's Top 14, and it also took 38 of the top 50 slots. Dark Horse had a strong launch with the first issue of its sequel to the original Aliens miniseries; it placed 26th.

As the chart below reports preorders, some of the comics ranked did not come out on schedule, or at all. The Punisher hardcover in the rankings was intended to reunite the Steven Grant/Mike Zeck team from the original miniseries; it had already been canceled once by this ranking, and even though it was the top dollar item of the month, it does not appear to have been released either then or later. The Punisher movie wouldn't release for another year, so its adaptation would also be delayed. And Swamp Thing #89, ranked 92nd below, wouldn't come out for months after the editorial upheaval surrounding the intended depiction of Jesus Christ in #88 of that title.

The 13th-place Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown #4, meanwhile, was a resolicitation of an issue originally scheduled for earlier in the year.

Capital's sales charts were also customarily much deeper than Diamond's, which were still limited to 100 places. Just about everything that had more than 100 copies shipped made the Capital list, including, as seen below, some graphic novels and non-comics items. These have been retained for historical documentation purposes, but have been weeded out in our overall calculations. Capital also offered a number of older 1970s undergrounds from Last Gasp, as well as publications based on Steve Ditko's work; these also made the charts.

The dates shown below are the dates Capital said each item was shipping, according to its catalog Advance Comics #6 (June 1989); Capital's dates also appeared in Amazing Heroes #168 (July 1, 1989), Comics Buyer's Guide, and Comic Shop News. They're Thursdays — and Thursday at 12:01 a.m. is when World Color Press in Sparta, Ill. released its comics to distributors. (Milton Griepp of Capital said by the end of the day on Thursday, more than half its customers had usually received their comics.) Diamond Previews #118 (June 1989) used dates that were two days earlier, which seems to correspond with the Tuesday release from another printer, Ronald's. Not all books below necessarily hit stands in this calendar month, and specific on-sale dates were rarely announced in advance for smaller publishers' titles as they could seldom guarantee printer times.

Further, in this era, distributor catalog dates for all publishers did not synch up exactly with the calendar month, so Diamond's June charts include two week's worth of DC comics from July — and are missing the first two weeks' comics, which appeared in Diamond's May 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 as a result). The same was the case with Archie, which was off by nearly a full month; Capital's June chart below lists mostly July-shipping titles for that publisher.

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

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all items on Capital's chart, including some graphic novels and noncomics items.
Items marked (resolicited) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
Items marked (reoffered) went on sale in a previous month; the figures below are additional sales.
Where Capital did not provide dollar rankings for an item, "999" is entered for sorting purposes.
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 TitleIssuePriceShippedPublisherEst. units
111Batman436$0.7506/15/89DC118,650
215Batman437$0.7506/29/89DC111,200
320X-Men250$1.0006/22/89Marvel75,300
421X-Men249$1.0006/08/89Marvel74,700
58X-Factor Annual4$2.0006/22/89Marvel60,700
612Excalibur13$1.5006/22/89Marvel58,500
726X-Factor45$1.0006/29/89Marvel55,250
817Wolverine13$1.5006/15/89Marvel54,000
918Wolverine14$1.5006/29/89Marvel53,750
1044Detective Comics603$0.7507/06/89DC49,900
1129Amazing Spider-Man321$1.0006/08/89Marvel49,750
1230Amazing Spider-Man322$1.0006/22/89Marvel49,150
134Havok & Wolverine4$3.5006/15/89Marvel47,350
1424Punisher War Journal9$1.5006/15/89Marvel44,450
1533Justice League Europe5$1.0006/29/89DC42,900
1613New Mutants Annual9$2.0006/15/89Marvel42,400
1714Avengers Annual18$2.0006/08/89Marvel42,000
1835Punisher24$1.0006/22/89Marvel42,000
1916Web of Spider-Man Annual5$2.0006/29/89Marvel40,500
2010Batman Movie AdaptaionStandard Ed.$2.5006/22/89DC39,750
2137Avengers West Coast49$1.0006/08/89Marvel39,600
225Wolverine Saga2$3.9506/08/89Marvel39,000
2327Sensational She-Hulk6$1.5006/08/89Marvel36,300
2448Justice League America29$1.0006/15/89DC35,750
2549New Mutants80$1.0006/15/89Marvel35,400
2650Avengers308$1.0006/22/89Marvel35,300
2728Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.2$1.5006/22/89Marvel35,150
286Hawkworld1$3.9506/15/89DC34,700
2954Quasar1$1.0006/15/89Marvel33,150
3055Iron Man247$1.0006/29/89Marvel32,100
3138What If?4$1.2506/22/89Marvel31,500
3257Web of Spider-Man55$1.0006/15/89Marvel29,800
3358Daredevil271$1.0006/08/89Marvel29,650
3423Aliens II1$2.2506/30/89Dark Horse29,600
3563Spectacular Spider-Man155$1.0006/29/89Marvel28,750
3634Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 1989 Update4$1.5006/15/89Marvel28,250
3790Action Comics644$0.7507/06/89DC28,000
3852Classic X-Men38$1.2506/29/89Marvel27,800
3967Silver Surfer28$1.0006/22/89Marvel27,400
4070Fantastic Four331$1.0006/29/89Marvel26,750
4171Captain America359$1.0006/08/89Marvel26,450
4272Captain America360$1.0006/22/89Marvel26,450
4343Marc Spector, Moon Knight5$1.5006/29/89Marvel25,050
4475Thor407$1.0006/29/89Marvel24,750
45999Superman34$0.7506/22/89DC23,500
4659Green Arrow21$1.2506/22/89DC23,400
4761Green Arrow22$1.2507/06/89DC23,250
4880Incredible Hulk360$1.0006/22/89Marvel23,100
4965Marvel Comics Presents31$1.2506/29/89Marvel22,800
5066Marvel Comics Presents30$1.2506/15/89Marvel22,500
5186Hawk & Dove3$1.0006/22/89DC21,400
529Punisher Movie$4.9506/05/90Marvel21,400
532Batman Movie AdaptationPrestige Ed.$4.9506/22/89DC20,950
54999Adventures of Superman457$0.7506/29/89DC20,550
5551New Titans58$1.7506/29/89DC20,100
5622New Titans Annual5$3.5006/15/89DC19,750
5741Alpha Flight75$1.9506/15/89Marvel19,600
5819Shadowmasters1$3.9506/22/89Marvel19,450
5964L.E.G.I.O.N. '897$1.5006/29/89DC19,150
6098Huntress5$1.0006/15/89DC19,000
61999Nth Man3$1.0006/15/89Marvel18,650
62999Flash29$1.0006/15/89DC18,450
63999Aquaman3$1.0006/29/89DC18,350
6469Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme8$1.5006/29/89Marvel18,000
65999Avengers Spotlight23$1.0006/15/89Marvel17,750
66999Marvel Age79$1.0006/22/89Marvel17,100
6762Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles22$1.7506/13/89Mirage16,550
68999Wonder Woman33$1.0006/15/89DC16,250
6976Sandman8$1.5006/29/89DC15,900
7077Advanced Dungeons and Dragons9$1.5007/06/89DC15,800
7168Legion of Super-Heroes63$1.7506/29/89DC15,600
7242El Diablo1$2.5006/29/89DC15,300
7353Predator2$2.2506/13/89Dark Horse15,300
7482Nam35$1.5006/29/89Marvel15,150
7585Doctor Fate9$1.5007/13/89DC14,550
761Punisher HC GN$16.9506/08/89Marvel14,450
7792Saga of the Sub-Mariner12$1.5006/22/89Marvel13,800
78999Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles5$1.0006/13/89Mirage13,700
79999G.I. Joe91$1.0006/22/89Marvel13,650
80999Groo The Wanderer56$1.0006/15/89Marvel13,500
8193Secret Origins43$1.5006/22/89DC13,500
8295Animal Man14$1.5006/29/89DC13,250
8396Cloak & Dagger7$1.5006/29/89Marvel13,250
8497Dragonlance11$1.5006/22/89DC13,250
85999Captain Atom32$1.0007/06/89DC13,200
8628Swamp Thing Annual5$2.9507/13/89DC13,100
87999Mister Miracle7$1.0006/22/89DC13,050
88999Starman13$1.0006/29/89DC12,800
89100Phantom6$1.5007/06/89DC12,500
90999New Gods7$1.5007/06/89DC12,400
91999Power Pack49$1.5006/15/89Marvel12,400
92999Swamp Thing89$1.5010/03/89DC12,350
93999Suicide Squad32$1.0007/06/89DC12,250
9479Marvel Fanfare46$1.9506/22/89Marvel11,950
953Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told$15.9506/29/89DC11,650
96999Doom Patrol25$1.5006/29/89DC11,500
97999Firestorm The Nuclear Man88$1.0006/13/89DC11,450
98999Hellblazer21$1.5006/22/89DC11,150
99999Question60$1.7507/13/89DC10,550
10089Skreemer4$2.0007/13/89DC10,550
10173Punisher Magazine1$2.5006/15/89Marvel10,450
102999Power of the Atom15$1.0006/27/89DC10,300
10346Batman: The Killing Joke (reoffered)$3.50DC10,300
10447Groo Chronicles4$3.5006/29/89Marvel10,250
105999Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade1$1.0006/08/89Marvel10,000
106999Manhunter16$1.0006/15/89DC9,950
107999Rock and Roll Comics2$1.50Revolutionary9,800
108999Conan223$1.0006/22/89Marvel9,550
109999Blackhawk6$1.5006/22/89DC9,400
110999Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade2$1.0006/22/89Marvel9,350
111999G.I. Joe Special Missions26$1.0006/08/89Marvel9,050
112999Alien Legion12$1.5006/29/89Marvel8,950
113999Doc Savage11$1.7506/15/89DC8,600
11440Etc.2$4.5006/29/89DC8,500
115999Spectre29$1.5007/06/89DC8,050
11678Lone Wolf and Cub26$2.95First8,050
117999Badger Goes Berserk2$1.9506/16/89First8,000
118999Marvel Tales228$1.0006/22/89Marvel7,850
119999New Guardians11$1.2506/29/89DC7,850
120999Transformers57$1.0006/29/89Marvel7,850
121999Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children2$2.0007/06/89DC7,450
122999Savage Sword of Conan164$2.2506/15/89Marvel7,450
12384Lum Urusei Yatsura2$2.95Viz7,450
124999Elementals4$2.5006/27/89Comico7,400
1257Doctor Strange/Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment HC$17.9506/29/89Marvel7,400
126999Badger52$1.9506/02/89First7,300
127999Hero Hotline5$1.7506/22/89DC7,300
128999Nexus61$1.9506/02/89First7,300
129999Haywire12$1.5006/15/89DC7,250
130999Young All-Stars28$1.7506/15/89DC7,250
13174Melting Pot1$3.50Mirage7,150
13291Grendel33$2.9507/05/89Comico7,100
133999Uncle Scrooge238$0.95Gladstone6,950
13499Appleseed: Book Two5$2.75Eclipse6,850
135999Dreadstar47$1.9506/09/89First6,850
136999Donald Duck Adventures238$0.95Gladstone6,850
137999Uncle Scrooge Adventures16$0.95Gladstone6,800
138999Donald Duck275$0.95Gladstone6,700
139999Cerebus123$2.00Aardvark-Vanaheim6,550
140999Duck Tales9$1.50Gladstone6,550
141999Mickey and Donald14$0.95Gladstone6,550
14288Grey9$3.25Viz6,500
143999Star Blazers2$1.9506/27/89Comico6,400
144999Robotech II: The Sentinals8$1.95Eternity6,400
145999Unknown Soldier9$1.7506/15/89DC6,350
146999Dirty Pair II1$2.00Eclipse6,250
147999St. George8$1.5006/15/89Marvel6,150
148999Alf20$1.0006/15/89Marvel6,000
149999Walt Disney's Comics and Stories543$1.50Gladstone5,650
150999Terminator13$1.75Now5,500
151999Fist of the North Star3$2.95Viz5,500
152999Grimjack63$1.9506/09/89First5,500
153999G.I. Joe European Missions13$1.7506/08/89Marvel5,200
154999Tick5$1.95New England5,200
155999Mickey Mouse251$0.95Gladstone5,100
156999New Justice Machine1$1.95Innovation5,100
157999Sensei2$2.7506/23/89First4,800
158999Maze Agency7$2.5006/13/89Comico4,650
159999Dark Horse Presents32$3.5006/20/89Dark Horse4,600
160999Sable2$1.9506/23/89First4,600
16125Batman: The Dark Knight GN (reoffered)$12.95DC4,500
162999Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade Magazine$2.9505/25/89Marvel4,500
163999Ghostbusters II1$1.95Now4,450
164999Death's Head8$1.7506/22/89Marvel4,350
165999Scout: War Shaman12$1.95Eclipse4,350
166999Gizmo and the Fugitoid1$1.75Mirage4,350
167999Cops15$1.0007/06/89DC4,200
168999Gammarauders7$1.5006/15/89DC4,200
169999Hero Alliance2$1.95Innovation4,150
170999Judge Dredd33$1.80Fleetway/Quality4,150
171999Cerebus Bi-Weekly15$1.25Aardvark-Vanaheim4,050
172999Cerebus Bi-Weekly16$1.25Aardvark-Vanaheim4,050
173999Den7$2.00Fantagor4,050
174999Cerebus Bi-Weekly14$1.25Aardvark-Vanaheim4,050
175999Flare7$2.95Hero4,050
176999Cyberpunk2$1.95Innovation4,000
177999Kings of the Night2$2.2506/27/89Dark Horse4,000
178999Conan Saga29$2.2506/29/89Marvel4,000
179999Nexus Legends6$1.5006/16/89First3,850
18043Batman: Son of the Demon GN (reoffered)$9.95DC3,700
181999Law of Dredd3$1.50Fleetway/Quality3,600
182999Whisper29$1.9506/09/89First3,550
18332Fantastic Four: Trial of Galactus TPB$12.9506/15/89Marvel3,450
184999Gnatrat: The Movie1$2.25Innovation3,300
18583X-Men: Savage Land Trade (reoffered)$6.9506/15/89Marvel3,250
186999Legends of the Stargazers3$1.95Innovation3,150
187999Uncensored Mouse5$2.50Eternity3,150
18856Batman: Year One TPB (reoffered)$9.95DC3,150
189999Mister X3$2.00Vortex3,150
190999Uncensored Mouse6$2.50Eternity3,150
191999Usagi Yojimbo17$2.00Fantagraphics3,150
192999Outlanders7$2.00Dark Horse3,150
19387Dream Walker GN (resolicited)$6.9506/08/89Marvel3,100
194999Disney Album: Uncle Scrooge20$5.95Gladstone3,000
195999Cobalt Blue2$1.95Innovation3,000
19681Daredevil: Love & War (reoffered)$7.9506/15/89Marvel2,950
197999Zot29$2.00Eclipse2,950
198999Real Ghostbusters14$1.75Now2,850
199999Vietnam Journal12$1.95Apple2,850
200999Last of the Viking Heroes8$1.95Genesis West2,850
201999Ninja High School13$1.95Eternity2,700
202999Racer-X Vol.21$1.75Now2,700
203999Fish Police17$2.5006/13/89Comico2,650
204999Spirit56$2.00Kitchen Sink2,650
205999Flare Magazine1$2.95Hero2,550
206999Group Larue3$1.95Innovation2,500
207999Warlock 5 Book II1$2.00Aircel2,400
208999Speed Racer24$1.75Now2,400
209999Blood Sword12$1.95Jademan2,400
210999Drunken Fist12$1.95Jademan2,400
211999Force of Buddha's Palm12$1.95Jademan2,400
212999Oriental Heroes12$1.95Jademan2,400
213999Cyber 74$2.00Eclipse2,400
214999Flare Magazine2$2.95Hero2,400
215999Vox3$1.95Apple2,400
216999Ralph Snart Adventures Vol.312$1.75Now2,350
217999Horror1$3.95Northstar2,350
218999Adventures of Baron Munchausen3$1.75Now2,250
219999Adventures of Baron Munchausen4$1.75Now2,250
22060Shell Shock$12.95Mirage2,250
221999Trident1$3.50Trident2,250
222999Slimer5$1.75Now2,200
223999Xxxenophile1$2.50Palliard2,200
224999Deadworld15 Graphic Cvr$1.95Caliber2,200
225999Fright Night11$1.75Now2,200
226999Untold Origin of the Femforce1$4.95Americomics2,200
227999Mayhem2$2.5006/20/89Dark Horse2,200
228999Timejump War2$1.95Apple2,200
22936Art of Walter Simonson TPB$19.9507/06/89DC2,100
230999Crow5$1.95Caliber2,050
23194Sinners Graphic Album$9.9506/22/89DC2,050
232999Elfquest2$1.50Warp1,950
233999Archie's R/C Racers1$0.95Archie1,950
234999Archie371$0.9507/04/89Archie1,900
235999Veronica4$0.9507/18/89Archie1,900
236999Honeymooners12$2.00Trident1,900
237999Realm18$1.95Caliber1,900
238999Betty & Veronica24$0.9507/04/89Archie1,800
239999Team Nippon1$1.95Aircel1,800
240999Archie 30004$0.9507/04/89Archie1,750
241999Tick (2nd Printing)2$1.95New England1,750
242999Drug Wars1$1.95Pioneer1,650
243999Snarf12$2.00Kitchen Sink1,650
244999Archie's R/C Racers2$0.9507/04/89Archie1,650
245999Bayou Billy1$1.0006/27/89Archie1,650
246999Caliber Presents6$1.95Caliber1,650
247999Rust Vol. 29$1.75Now1,650
248999Spacehawk2$2.0006/13/89Dark Horse1,650
249999Tiger X2$1.95Eternity1,650
250999Ex-Mutants11$1.95Eternity1,600
251999Archie's Pals 'N' Gals210$0.9507/11/89Archie1,600
252999Betty's Diary29$0.9507/18/89Archie1,600
253999Archie & Me603$0.9507/04/89Archie1,600
254999Betty & Me179$0.9507/25/89Archie1,600
255999Everything's Archie145$0.9507/11/89Archie1,600
256999Jughead14$0.9507/04/89Archie1,600
257999New Archies18$0.9507/25/89Archie1,600
258999Vegas Knights1$1.95Pioneer1,600
259999Baker Street4$1.95Caliber1,500
260999Laugh17$0.9507/18/89Archie1,500
261999Bad Company10$1.50Fleetway/Quality1,500
262999Archie at Riverdale High604$0.9507/25/89Archie1,500
263999Silverfawn1$1.95Caliber1,450
264999Black Cat3$2.00Recollections1,450
265999Dead Heat1$1.95Innovation1,450
266999Blood of Dracula16$1.95Apple1,350
267999Rogue Trooper33$1.50Fleetway/Quality1,350
268999Rocketeer Poster2$6.9506/13/89Comico1,350
269999Warlocks9$1.95Aircel1,350
270999Gun Fury6$1.95Aircel1,350
271999Katy Keene32$0.9507/25/89Archie1,350
272999Sherlock Holmes12$1.95Eternity1,300
273999Grendel TPB: The Devil Insie2$11.9506/20/89Comico1,300
274999Ben Eglund Sketchbook$2.25New England1,300
275999Last Generation5$1.95Black Tie1,300
276999Denizens of Deep City4$2.00Kitchen Sink1,300
277999Heathcliff38$1.0006/15/89Marvel1,300
278999Mighty Mites1$1.95New England1,200
279999Blind Fear3$1.95Eternity1,200
280999Werewolf At Large1$2.25Eternity1,200
281999Weirdo26$2.95Last Gasp1,200
282999Amazon Warriors1$2.50Americomics1,150
283999Cat & Mouse2$1.75E.F. Graphics1,150
284999Edge: Volume Two1$2.00Greater Mercury1,150
2859992000 AD Showcase39$1.50Fleetway/Quality1,150
286999Straw Men1$1.95Innovation1,150
287999Shattered Earth7$1.95Eternity1,050
288999Hero Sandwich8$1.75Slave Labor1,050
289999Hepcats2$2.00Double Diamond1,050
290999Robotech II: The Sentinals1$1.95Eternity1,050
291999Angry Shadows1$4.95Innovation1,050
292999Stranger In A Strange Land1$2.00Rip Off1,050
293999Battletech8$2.00Blackthorne1,050
294999Batman Movie Adaptation (25-Copy Prestige Prepack )$124.0006/22/89DC1,000
295999Demon Hunter4$1.95Aircel1,000
296999Betty & Veronica Double DIgest15$2.2507/04/89Archie1,000
297999Jughead's Double Digest1$2.2507/11/89Archie1,000
298999Pirates Corps1$1.75Slave Labor1,000
299999Savage Henry10$2.00Vortex1,000
300999Dick Tracy Weekly90$2.00Blackthorne1,000
301999Dick Tracy Weekly91$2.00Blackthorne1,000
302999Dick Tracy Weekly92$2.00Blackthorne1,000
303999Dick Tracy Weekly93$2.00Blackthorne1,000
304999Spicey Tales9$2.25Eternity1,000
305999Strontium Dog26$1.50Fleetway/Quality1,000
306999Vanguard: Outpost Earth1$2.00Comics Interview1,000
307999Critters42$2.00Fantagraphics900
308999Deadworld15 Tame Cvr$1.95Caliber900
309999Moonwalker In 3-D2$2.50Blackthorne900
310999Critters41$2.00Fantagraphics900
311999Richie Rich241$1.00Harvey900
312999Rip Off Magazine23$2.95Rip Off900
313999Dick Tracy Special3$2.95Blackthorne900
314999Yummy Fur11$1.75Vortex900
315999Video Classics1$3.50Eternity900
316999Archie Comics Digest98$1.5007/04/89Archie850
317999Blazing Western1$2.50Americomics850
318999D.O.A. Comics$1.00Saving Grace850
319999Futurama2$1.75Slave Labor850
320999Martians1$2.00Blackthorne850
321999Mighty Thun'Da: King of the Con1$2.50Americomics850
322999Slaine The King26$1.50Fleetway/Quality850
323999Amazons1$2.95Fantagraphics850
324999Betty & Veronica Annual Digest1$1.5006/27/89Archie850
325999Sam Slade33$1.50Fleetway/Quality850
326999Femme Noire2$2.00Cat Head850
327999Mangazine2$3.00Antarctic850
328999Battle Armor4$1.95Eternity850
329999Edgar Allan poe$1.95Eternity850
330999Fright Night11$1.95Eternity850
331999Screenplay1$1.75Slave Labor850
332999Jungle Comics5$2.00Blackthorne850
333999Betty & Veronica Annual Digest2$1.5007/18/89Archie850
334999Official Prince Valiant17$2.50Pioneer750
335999Official Prince Valiant18$2.50Pioneer750
336999Panda Khan4$2.00Abacus750
337999Jughead Jones Digest59$1.5007/18/89Archie750
338999Archie Andrews Where Are You Digest64$1.5007/11/89Archie750
339999Friendly Ghost Casper248$1.00Harvey750
340999Sinner4$2.95Fantagraphics700
341999Dragonforce Chronicles3$2.95Aircel700
342999Shred6$2.25CFW700
343999Hamster Vice2$1.95Eternity700
344999Hot Stuff174$1.00Harvey700
345999Tought Guys, Wild Women2$2.25Eternity700
346999Cosmic Heroes7$2.25Eternity700
347999Official Mandrake14$2.50Pioneer700
348999Point Blank3$2.95Eclipse700
349999Unsupervised Existence1$2.00Fantagraphics700
350999Deep Deep Sleep21$2.503-D Zone600
351999Martians in 3-D1$2.00Blackthorne600
352999Yahpp2$2.25Fantagraphics600
353999Dinosaurs For Hire: Guns N' Lizards$5.95Eternity600
354999Official Jungle Jim16$2.50Pioneer600
355999Offician Mandrake15$2.50Pioneer600
356999Battle Axe Magazine2$2.95Comics Interview600
357999Agent 13: Acolytes of Darkness GN$7.95TSR550
358999Giant-Size Official Prince Vali1$3.95Pioneer550
359999Prince Valiant Monthly2$3.95Pioneer550
360999Return of Valkyrie Graphic Album$7.95Eclipse550
361999Rockers6$2.00Rip Off550
362999Marvel Masterworks (reoffered)5$29.95Marvel550
363999Fox Comics Special1$2.95Fantagraphics550
364999Honkytonk Sue: In The Man Canyon$9.95Eclipse550
365999Neo3$1.50Excaliber550
366999Prime Cuts12$3.95Fantagraphics550
367999Torrid Affairs4$2.95Eternity550
368999Electric Fear4$2.00Sparks550
369999Fred & Bianca's Censorship Sucks1$2.25Comics Interview550
370999Kull In 3D3$2.50Blackthorne550
371999Nard N' Pat2$1.75Kitchen Sink550
372999True North (reoffered)$3.50Comic Legends450
373999Changes GN$9.95Arcane450
374999Goodies61$0.75Jabberwocky450
375999Spider-Man & Hobgoblin Standups$35.0006/15/89Marvel400
376999Uncle Sham (underground, reoffered)$0.50Yahoo400
377999Tales from the Berkeley-Con (underground, reoffered)$0.50Last Gasp400
378999Mister A2$0.75Bruce Hershenson400
379999...Wha!?3$0.75Bruce Hershenson400
380999Daikazu6$1.50Ground Zero300
381999Sherlock Holmes GN Coll. Hardcover$14.95Eternity300
382999Media Starr Trade Paperback1$8.95Innovation300
383999Noonwalker In 3-D (reoffered)1$2.50Blackthorne300
384999Strip Aids (reoffered)$9.95Last Gasp300
38531Disney Comic Albums Ltd. SetVol. 1-3$150.00Gladstone300
386999Black Cat (reoffered)1$2.00Recollections300
387999Casper Digest Mag9$1.75Hero300
388999Avenging World$0.75Bruce Hershenson300
389999Tales of the Ninja Warriors15$2.25CFW300
390999Jazz Age Chronicles3$1.50E.F. Graphics300
391999Retief Graphic Novel$14.95Apple300
392999Gun Fury (reoffered)2$1.95Aircel300
393999Tales The Striped Man Knew3$1.50Backstreet300
394999Macabre5$2.00Lighthouse250
395999Anything but Monday4$2.00Anything but Monday250
396999Kung-Fu Warriors15$2.25CFW250
397999Transit (reoffered)3$1.75Vortex250
398999Jack of Nines3$1.50Kid Gang250
399999Wildman4$1.85Miller250
400999Weirdo (reoffered)2$2.28Last Gasp150
401999Steel Pulse4$3.50Fandom House150
402999Weirdo (reoffered)3$2.25Last Gasp150
403999Weirdo (reoffered)4$2.25Last Gasp150
404999American Flagg: State of the Union HC$35.9506/23/89First150
405999Weirdo (reoffered)6$2.50Last Gasp150
406999Shattered Earth (reoffered)1$1.95Eternity150
407999Weirdo (reoffered)10$2.50Last Gasp150
408999Profolio2$1.75Alchemy150
409999Weirdo (reoffered)9$2.50Last Gasp150
410999Weirdo (reoffered)8$2.50Last Gasp150
411999Weirdo (reoffered)11$2.50Last Gasp150
412999Weirdo (reoffered)12$2.50Last Gasp150
413999Acme Comics9$3.00Fandom House150
414999Demon Hunter (reoffered)1$1.95Aircel150
415999Phoebe & the Pigeon People1$1.00Kitchen Sink150
416999China Sea$6.95Aircel150
417999Phoebe & the Pigeon People2$1.00Kitchen Sink150
418999Phoebe & the Pigeon People3$1.50Kitchen Sink150
419999Stuff16$1.50Jabberwocky100
420999Grits (underground, reoffered)$1.00California Grimpet100
421999Return of Valkyrie Ltd. HC$29.95Eclipse100
422999Saloon (underground, reoffered)$1.00Yahoo100
423999Tales from Roslyn1$1.00Zolna100
424999Hell for Leather2$1.75Komik Arkyves100
425999Weirdo (reoffered)5$2.50Last Gasp100
426999Origins of the Southern Knights4$4.95Comics Interview100
427999Tales From Roslyn2$1.00Zolna100
428999Dalgoda Four Pack$5.95Fantagraphics100
429999Sherlock Holmes GN Coll. HC$29.95Eternity100




June 1989 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Capital City Distribution

Capital released no Graphic Novel list in this month; this chart amalgamates relevant reported data.
Where Capital did not provide dollar rankings for an item; "999" is entered for sorting purposes.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #5 #10

Capital did not publish graphic novel charts in this era, but it did include better-selling graphic novels in its overall unit sales rankings, and those books' dollar rankings were noted in a table devoted to them.

What would have been the top graphic novel in these charts, the above-mentioned Punisher, never came out and has been omitted.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told$15.95DC11,650
22Doctor Strange/Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment HC$17.95Marvel7,400
33Batman: The Dark Knight GN (reoffered)$12.95DC4,500
47Batman: Son of the Demon GN (reoffered)$9.95DC3,700
55Fantastic Four: Trial of Galactus TPB$12.95Marvel3,450
610X-Men: Savage Land Trade (reoffered)$6.95Marvel3,250
78Batman: Year One TPB (reoffered)$9.95DC3,150
887Dream Walker GN (resolicited)$6.95Marvel3,100
9999Disney Album: Uncle Scrooge Vol. 20$5.95Gladstone3,000
109Daredevil: Love & War (reoffered)$7.95Marvel2,950
1160Shell Shock$12.95Mirage2,250
126Art of Walter Simonson TPB$19.95DC2,100
1311Sinners Graphic Album$9.95DC2,050
14999Grendel 2: The Devil Inside$11.95Comico1,300
15999Dinosaurs For Hire: Guns N' Lizards$5.95Eternity600
16999Agent 13: Acolytes of Darkness GN$7.95TSR550
17999Return of Valkyrie Graphic Album$7.95Eclipse550
18999Marvel Masterworks Vol. 5 (reoffered)$29.95Marvel550
19999Honkytonk Sue: In The Man Canyon$9.95Eclipse550
20999Changes GN$9.95Arcane450
21999Sherlock Holmes GN Coll. Softcover$14.95Eternity300
22999Media Starr Vol. 1$8.95Innovation300
23999Strip Aids (reoffered)$9.95Last Gasp300
244Disney Comic Albums Ltd. Set (Vol. 1-3)$150.00Gladstone300
25999Retief Graphic Novel$14.95Apple300
26999American Flagg: State of the Union HC$35.95First150
27999China Sea$6.95Aircel150
28999Return of Valkyrie Ltd. HC$29.95Eclipse100
29999Sherlock Holmes GN Coll. HC$29.95Eternity100