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1990 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
#1
#2 Most Ordered Issue
#2
#3 Most Ordered Issue
#3
#4 Most Ordered Issue
#4
#5 Most Ordered Issue
#5

Neither Diamond Comic Distributors nor Capital City Distribution appears to have released end-of-year top-seller lists for this year, but it's certain that Marvel's Spider-Man #1 from Todd McFarlane was the year's bestselling issue. The issue was sold in a polybag which many collectors thought could not be removed lest the value of the issue be impacted.

Capital City's known initial orders suggest the sixth, seventh, second, and third issues of that series likely filled out the top five both there and at Diamond, but more research is needed.

Capital City and Diamond differed only twice in their bestsellers: in April and May. Diamond's charts then were led by issues of the regular Batman title, while Capital was led by a Legends of the Dark Knight issue in April and then a different Batman from Diamond in May.

We'll be able to generate annual reports retroactively as time goes on, but in the meantime this serves as a hub for the year's monthly reports. Only some of the links below are populated, but when they are you'll be able to visit the individual pages for the months.

—John Jackson Miller


DIAMOND TOP SELLERS BY MONTH

Listed are all the top sellers for each month at Diamond.
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 TitleIssuePricePublisher
January 1990Legends of the Dark Knight5$1.50DC
February 1990Legends of the Dark Knight6$1.50DC
March 1990Legends of the Dark Knight7$1.50DC
April 1990Batman448 $1.00 DC
May 1990Batman450$1.00DC
June 1990Spider-Man1 Direct Bagged Ed.$1.75Marvel
July 1990Spider-Man2$1.75DC
August 1990Spider-Man3$1.75Marvel
September 1990Spider-Man4$1.75DC
October 1990Spider-Man5$1.75DC
November 1990Spider-Man6$1.75Marvel
December 1990Spider-Man7$1.75Marvel


CAPITAL CITY TOP SELLERS BY MONTH

Listed are all the top sellers for each month at Capital City.
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 1990Legends of the Dark Knight5$1.50DC126,200
February 1990Legends of the Dark Knight6$1.50DC106,650
March 1990Legends of the Dark Knight7$1.50DC95,750
April 1990Legends of the Dark Knight8$1.50DC84,950
May 1990Batman451$1.00DC83,350
June 1990Spider-Man1 Direct Bagged Ed.$1.75Marvel426,200
July 1990Spider-Man2$1.75Marvel168,600
August 1990Spider-Man3$1.75Marvel151,900
September 1990Spider-Man4$1.75Marvel141,000
October 1990Spider-Man5$1.75Marvel143,400
November 1990Spider-Man6$1.75Marvel202,500
December 1990Spider-Man7$1.75Marvel180,500


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When available, my analyses of preorders from Diamond Comic Distributors for individual months can be found here:

January
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February
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April
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May
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June
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July
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August
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September
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October
October
November 1990
November
December 1990
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When available, my analyses of preorders from Capital City Distribution for individual months can be found here:

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February
February
March
March
April
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May
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June
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July
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November 1990
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December 1990
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