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February 1992 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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

Cage #1 was the top debut of the month, although the more historically important release was a few places further down the list. Youngblood #1 made its debut, placing sixth overall — and kicking off what would become a new era of competition in the comics industry. The title by Rob Liefeld was offered under the Image Comics label, the line's first product — although Image's titles would be offered by Malibu for much of the publisher's first year.

Diamond Comic Distributors
announced in its February 1992 edition of Diamond Dialogue that Youngblood #1 had an estimated total print run of 305,000 copes, establishing what it said was "an individual sales record for a non-licensed, non-DC/Marvel comic title" offered through Diamond. (Youngblood #1 sold 78,450 copies through rival Capital City Distribution; Diamond's sales would be a bit less than double that.) "Youngblood could play a significant role in how collectors support smaller publishers such as Malibu," Diamond's commentary said, while aiding their market shares. Malibu had a dollar share of 4.14% through Diamond in the month, placing it in fourth.

This was also a landmark month for Diamond, which offered order index numbers in its charts for the first time, following the practice created by Capital in the mid-1980s. Diamond keyed its sales to Amazing Spider-Man (where Capital used Uncanny X-Men). Diamond also expanded its top comics list to include the Top 250, more than doubling what it had offered in the past.

Quasar Special #2 was actually the Direct Market offering of a newsstand comic book that contained the contents of Quasar #33, also out this month. It was designed to allow newsstand readers to see the ending to "Operation Galactic Storm," since Quasar was a Direct-Market-only title.

Legends of NASCAR #2 was a reoffering, at a higher cost, of a hologram cover with an error: Bill Elliott's hologram was placed on Richard Petty's issue.

The raw version of the chart below was published in Diamond Dialogue (February 1992). We've added ship dates. The dates shown below are the dates the comics were scheduled to have shipped from the printer, according to Diamond Previews (December 1991, for February 1992-shipping product).

Diamond 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, and Diamond's catalog seems to have grouped everything together under the earlier day, regardless of which printer a comic came from. (Capital's Advance Comics uniformly announced dates that were two days later. Its dates appeared in Comics Buyer's Guide and Comic Shop News.) We've adjusted the dates on the comics known to have come from World Color Press to Thursday. Specific on-sale dates were rarely announced in advance for smaller publishers' titles as they could seldom guarantee printer times.

In some cases, comics were delayed; where available, the correct later dates have been included from Diamond's Dateline and Capital City Distribution's New Weekly Releases newsletters. Sometimes comics had multiple shipping-date updates; the very latest one issued is presumed to the actual ship date.

Further, in this era, distributor catalog dates for all publishers did not synch up exactly with the calendar month, so Diamond's January charts included a week's worth of DC comics from February — and are missing the first week's DC comics, which appeared in Diamond's December 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.

As mentioned above, the charts included order index numbers, keyed to sales of Amazing Spider-Man #361; Capital sold 68,700 copies of that comic book, so one order index point may represent somewhere in the 1,200-1,500 copy range at Diamond. Remember that other distributors would have added more to the totals, and that how certain comics fared did vary from one distributor to the next based on the discounts they offered. Comichron will report more definitive data when it becomes available.

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

—John Jackson Miller

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart.
Items marked (resolicitation) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
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 TitleIssuePriceShippedPublisherOrder Index
23Uncanny X-Men287$1.2502/06/92Marvel199.4
77Punisher War Zone2$1.7502/11/92Marvel115.8
89Marvel Comics Presents100$1.5002/20/92Marvel110.2
1115Amazing Spider-Man361$1.2502/13/92Marvel100.0
1210Warlock and The Infinity Watch3$1.7502/18/92Marvel91.0
1311Ghost Rider24$1.7502/11/92Marvel89.7
1628Incredible Hulk392$1.2502/20/92Marvel65.5
1729Batman: Gotham Nights2$1.2502/18/92DC61.1
1830New Warriors22$1.2502/27/92Marvel60.7
1924Marvel Comics Presents99$1.5002/06/92Marvel60.7
2012Aliens: Hive1$2.50Dark Horse60.4
2131Silver Surfer64$1.2502/04/92Marvel60.1
2225Justice League Spectacular1$1.5002/25/92DC59.6
2320Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight29$1.7502/25/92DC59.6
2519Punisher Armory3$2.0002/25/92Marvel56.0
2716Aliens: Genocide4$2.50Dark Horse48.5
3027Punisher War Journal41$1.7502/25/92Marvel47.1
3118Predator: Bloody Sands of Time2$2.5002/18/92Dark Horse47.0
3238Web of Spider-Man87$1.2502/06/92Marvel46.7
3339Spectacular Spider-Man187$1.2502/27/92Marvel46.1
3458Armageddon: Inferno1$1.0002/25/92DC45.8
3540Captain America399$1.2502/06/92Marvel45.8
3659Justice League America61$1.0003/10/92DC45.7
3813Star Wars: Dark Empire2$2.9502/18/92Dark Horse44.1
3942Iron Man279$1.2502/27/92Marvel43.2
4146Guardians of the Galaxy23$1.2502/20/92Marvel42.5
4263Detective Comics643$1.0003/03/92DC41.9
4348Fantastic Four363$1.2502/27/92Marvel41.1
4521Terminator: Enemy Within4$2.50Dark Horse40.7
4622Next Men0$2.5002/18/92Dark Horse39.5
4751Avengers West Coast81$1.2502/06/92Marvel39.3
4956What If?36$1.2502/20/92Marvel37.0
5057Wonder Man8$1.2502/13/92Marvel36.7
5133Deathstroke, The Terminator9$1.7502/11/92DC35.6
5234Marc Spector Moon Knight37$1.7502/25/92Marvel34.2
5545Alpha Flight107$1.7502/11/92Marvel30.6
5679Green Lantern23$1.0002/25/92DC30.2
5881Superman, The Man of Steel10$1.0002/11/92DC29.7
6090Adventures of Superman489$1.0002/25/92DC27.9
6192Action Comics676$1.0003/03/92DC26.8
6260Death's Head II2$1.7502/18/92Marvel25.7
6450New Titans85$1.7503/10/92DC25.2
6661Star Trek: The Next Generation30$1.7502/25/92DC24.6
6765Star Trek30$1.7502/25/92DC23.1
6966Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme40$1.7502/25/92Marvel22.7
7074L.E.G.I.O.N. 9238$1.5002/25/92DC22.2
7243Young Indiana Jones Chronicles1$2.5002/25/92Dark Horse21.5
7470Legion of Super-Heroes28$1.7502/18/92DC20.7
7571Sensational She-Hulk38$1.7502/11/92Marvel20.1
7687Green Arrow59$1.5003/03/92DC19.0
7775X-Men Classic70$1.7502/20/92Marvel18.4
7985Brave & The Bold5$1.7503/31/92DC16.5
80111G. I. Joe A Real American Hero123$1.2502/20/92Marvel15.4
8152Magnus: Robot Fighter12$3.25Valiant15.1
8369Marvel Super Heroes Special9$2.5002/13/92Marvel14.7
8496Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.34$1.7502/18/92Marvel14.6
85118Conan the Barbarian255$1.2502/20/92Marvel14.2
86105Doom Patrol54$1.5003/10/92DC14.0
9080Groo The Wanderer88$2.2502/13/92Marvel13.3
9194Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles44$2.00Mirage13.1
9295Cyberrad Vol 22$2.00Continuity13.1
93135Black Hood5$1.0003/17/92DC12.8
94123World Championship Wrestling1$1.2502/06/92Marvel12.7
95100Animal Man46$1.7502/25/92DC12.7
9686Dark Horse Presents59$2.25Dark Horse12.7
9788Solar, Man of the Atom9$2.25Valiant12.6
98125Suicide Squad64$1.2503/03/92DC12.5
99138Elongated Man: Europe 924$1.0002/11/92DC12.4
10236Shado: Song of the Dragon2$4.9503/24/92DC11.9
104142Marvel Age111$1.0002/20/92Marvel11.8
10583Forbidden Planet1$2.50Innovation11.8
108145Legend of the Shield 10$1.0002/25/92DC11.4
109102X-O Manowar4$1.95Valiant11.3
110109Swamp Thing118$1.7502/25/92DC11.1
111132Marvel Tales260$1.2502/13/92Marvel11.1
11291Queen of the Damned3$2.50Innovation10.7
113114Shade, The Changing Man22$1.7502/11/92DC10.7
115115Doctor Fate39$1.7503/03/92DC10.6
116108Green Hornet8$1.95Now10.1
117127Little Mermaid4$1.50Disney9.9
11993Tick's Giant Circus of the Mighty1$2.75New England9.7
12198Lost In Space7$2.50Innovation9.6
122141NFL Superpro7$1.2502/06/92Marvel9.6
12362Hellraiser 12$4.5002/25/92Marvel9.5
124120Tales of the Green Hornet4$1.95Now8.7
125151Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures32$1.25Archie8.6
12968Skull And Bones3$4.9505/05/92DC7.5
130154Donald Duck24$1.50Disney7.0
131133Twilight Zone Vol 26$1.95Now6.9
132122Miracleman: The Apocrypha3$2.50Eclipse6.6
133110Walt Disneys Comics & Stories571$2.95Disney6.5
134139Outlaws8 ·$1.9502/18/92DC6.4
135164Quasar Special (Newsstand #33)2$1.2502/13/92Marvel6.3
136157Uncle Scrooge266$1.50Disney6.3
137124Turtle Soup Book Four4$2.50Mirage6.3
138119Cyberrad Vol. 21$2.95Continuity6.0
13984My Name Is Chaos3$4.9503/17/92DC5.9
141130H.P. Lovecrafts Cthulbu3$2.50Millennium5.8
142172Pirates of Dark Water6$1.2503/10/92Marvel5.6
143177Defenders of Dynatron Clty3$1.2502/27/92Marvel5.1
145155Married: With Children8$1.95Now5.0
146181Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book5$1.2502/13/92Marvel4.8
148184Zen Intergalactic Ninja1$1.25Archie4.6
149137Texas Chainsaw Massacre1$2.75Northstar4.6
150117Ms. Tree Quarterly8$3.9502/18/92DC4.5
151147Omaha The Cat Dancer17$2.50Kitchen Sink4.5
152148Nightmares On Elm Street6$2.50Innovation4.5
153101Crying Freeman Part Three10$4.95Viz4.5
155190James Bond Jr.4$1.2502/27/92Marvel4.4
156150Venus Wars11$2.50Dark Horse4.4
159107Silent Mobius Part Two3$4.95Viz4.1
160201Barbie Fashion16$1.2502/25/92Marvel4.0
161156Sports Superstars1$2.50Revolutionary3.8
162104Kirk Vs. Picard1$5.95Celebrity3.6
163209Captain Planet7$1.2503/10/92Marvel3.6
164163Evil Ernie3$2.50Eternity3.2
167182Legends of NASCAR10$2.00Vortex3.0
168160Debbie Does Comix1$2.95Aircel3.0
169166Shadow of the Torturer4$2.50Innovation3.0
170161Debbie Does Dallas11$2.95Aircel2.9
171168Master of Rampling Gate1$2.50Innovation2.9
172162Dredd Rules!5$2.95Fleetway Quality2.9
173169Mad Dogs1$2.50Eclipse2.8
174131Midnight Eye: Goku P.I.6$4.95Viz2.8
175191NASCAR Adventures5$2.0003/10/92Vortex2.8
176171Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children26$2.5002/25/92DC2.8
177196Force of Buddha's Palm44$1.95Jademan2.6
178165Baseball Sluggers2$2.95Personality2.6
179174Baseball Superstars4$2.50Revolutionary2.6
180197Oriental Heroes44$1.95Jademan2.6
181210Iron Marshal21$1.75Jademan2.5
183200Drunken Fist44$1.95Jademan2.5
184153Legends of NASCAR (reoffered)2$4.35Vortex2.5
185245Kid 'N' Play3$1.2502/27/92Marvel2.4
186180Torg: Reality Storm!1$2.50Adventure2.4
187214A Distant Soil3$1.75Aria2.4
188183Baseball Legends2$2.50Revolutionary2.4
189194New Adventures of Felix The Cat1$2.25Felix2.3
190207Blood Sword44$1.95Jademan2.3
191251Alvin & The Chipmunks1$1.25Harvey2.3
192176Klown Shock2$2.75Northstar2.3
193187Rock N Roll Comics46$2.50Revolutionary2.3
195146Best of Turok Vol II2$4.95Valiant2.3
196189Tales of Ordinary Madness2$2.5002/18/92Dark Horse2.3
197179Virgil: Fall From Grace1$2.75Innovation2.2
198259Blood Sword Dynasty31$1.25Jademan2.2
199173Cheval Noir27$2.9502/11/92Dark Horse2.2
200175Necropolis Book 22$2.95Fleetway Quality2.2
201265Back To The Future4$1.25Harvey2.1
203178Led Zeppelin1$2.95Personality2.1
204273Betty & Veronica51$1.25Archie2.0
205195Trouble With Tigers2$2.50Antarctic2.0
206186Original Crew6$2.95Personality1.9
207188New Crew5$2.95Personality1.9
208275Muppet Babies1$1.25Harvey1.9
209224Judge Dredd Classics64$1.95Fleetway Quality1.9
210167Good Girl Art Quarterly Winter 1992$3.95AC1.9
211278Tom & Jerry5$1.25Harvey1.8
212206Planet of the Apes21$2.50Adventure1.8
213193Roger Wilco1$2.95Adventure1.8
214208Alien Nation: Public Enemy3$2.50Adventure1.8
215283Betty & Me198$1.25Archie1.7
217203Sex In The Sinema3$2.75Comic Zone1.7
218220Melody 7$2.25Kitchen Sink1.7
219198Humor Comics Presents 1$2.95Humor1.7
221238Disney's Colossal Collection3$1.95Disney1.6
222202Yuppies From Hell3$2.95Marvel1.6
223295Archies Pals N Gals631$1.25Archie1.6
224211Talk Dirty1$2.75Fantagraphics1.6
225217Alien Sex/Monster Lust1$2.50Fantagraphics1.6
226331Flare Adventures3$0.90Heroic1.6
227219Bio 90/The Price of Blood1$2.50Ajax1.6
228242Cerebus: Church & State26$2.00Aardvark-Vanaheim1.6
229293Woody Woodpecker5$1.25Harvey1.6
230244Cerebus: Church & State27$2.00Aardvark-Vanaheim1.5
231221100 Degrees In The Shade1$2.50Fantagraphics1.5
232225Baker Street10$2.50Caliber1.5
233185Zombie 3-D3$3.953-D Zone1.5
235212Leather & Lace: Undercover2$2.95Friendly1.4
236237Rockin Rollin Miner Ants2$2.25Fate1.4
237226Demonic Toys2$2.50Eternity1.4
239285Archie Digest114$1.50Archie1.4
240230Planet of the Apes: Blood of the Apes4$2.50Adventure1.4
241264Dare the Impossible3$1.95Fleetway Quality1.4
242233Tales of the Beanworld20$2.50Eclipse1.4
243289Archie Annual Digest75$1.50Archie1.4
244218Rocket Ranger3$2.95Adventure1.4
245294Jughead Jones Digest75$1.50Archie1.3
246234Hard Rock Comics2$2.50Revolutionary1.3
247235Universal Intergalactic Disc. Co.1$2.50Comico1.3
248236Peepshow1$2.50Drawn & Quarterly1.3
249279Real Ghostbusters Vol 26$1.75Now1.3
250254Achilles Storm/Razmataz7$2.25Ajax1.3

February 1992 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

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

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Graphic novels were 7.9% of Diamond's business in February 1992; its comic book business was eight-and-a-half times as large. Even though Diamond began running indexed sales data this month, it would not index its graphic novel sales until six years later, in February 1998. Spider-Man: Fear Itself is a different graphic novel than the 2015 story by that name.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisher
11Punisher: G-Force Bookshelf Ed.$4.95Marvel
25Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #17$4.50Marvel
34Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Snow Goons$8.95Andrews McMeel
43Spider-Man: Fear Itself (resolicited)$12.95Marvel
511 Many Deaths of the Batman$3.95DC
66 Guardians of the Galaxy: Quest for the Shield$12.95Marvel
78Carl Barks Library Album #2$8.95Gladstone
87 Justice League International: Secret Gospel of Maxwell Lord$12.95DC
92Justice League Archives Vol. 1$39.95DC
109John Byrne's 2112$9.95Dark Horse
1112Tick Omnibus II: Thursday Ad Infinitum$10.95New England
1213Groo Carnival$8.95Marvel
1347Secret Origins (reoffered)$.00DC
1410Moonshadow (reoffered)$19.95Marvel
1515Den 3: Children of Fire$14.95Fantagor
1614Blood (reoffered)$17.95Marvel
1716Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8$16.95Fantagraphics
1837Who's Who in the DC Universe #14$4.95DC
1924How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way (reoffered)$10.95Simon & Schuster
2022Aliens Book One 2nd Ptg$11.95Dark Horse
2129Collected Paul the Samurai$8.95New England
2225Terminator: Tempest Collection (reoffered)$12.95Dark Horse
2331Krazy/Ignatz: Komplete Kat Komics Vol. 9$9.95Eclipse
2435Far Side: Unnatural Selections$7.95Andrews McMeel
2519Maus: A Survivor's Tale II$18.00Raw