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May 1993 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

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


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The boom of the 1990s in the Direct Market reached its peak the month before in April 1993, but nobody knew it yet as the summer approached. The top five comics from Diamond very much typify what was going on in the era: All issues are from Image or Valiant, two of the top five are "zero" issues, and three of the top five had foil covers. X-O Manowar #0 had a foil wraparound cover, while Shadowhawk II #1 had a black foil cover that is essentially irreproducible.

Marvel took first place in market share, despite having only one title in the Top 20: X-Factor #92, in seventh. It achieved that feat by continuing to flood the market; Marvel had 114 releases in the Top 300.

DC, after a record-setting April with the "Return of Superman" from his death in late 1992, fell back into third place behind Marvel and Image at Diamond just one month later. It still led the other publishers in backlist items — graphic novels, that it  — but those were still a very small portion of the market.

Diamond's market shares are complicated by the fact that noncomics merchandise from comics publishers was included in the mix; that explains why Topps has a much higher dollar share than it had a unit share. Topps published the WildC.A.T.S Trading Card Series in the month of May, and that heavily impacted the market shares. WildC.A.T.S Trilogy #1 placed second in comics overall.

May 1993 saw the first graphic novel collections appearing for several of the newer series.X -O Manowar was in first, followed by Savage Dragon.

Currently, only the order index numbers Diamond released for each issue are available on this page; they are keyed to Amazing Spider-Man's sales. The order index figure published below is the number of copies retailers altogether preordered from Diamond for every 100 copies they ordered of Amazing Spider-Man #379. Our back-of-the-envelope estimate suggests every point on the chart may equal 1,800 copies, but remember that Diamond was only one of several distributors. More detailed estimates are forthcoming.

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. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
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 TitleIssuePricePublisherOrder Index
13Spawn13$2.50Image211.3
24Wildcats Trilogy1$2.50Image186.9
35Shadowhawk II1$2.50Image183.2
41X-O Manowar0$3.50Valiant181.5
56Stormwatch0$2.50Image175.4
67Deathblow2$2.50Image160.8
72X-Factor92$3.50Marvel156.4
89Youngblood Strike File3$2.50Image140.1
910Brigade2$2.50Image134.3
1020Superman79$1.50DC133.5
1121Superman: The Man of Steel23$1.50DC133.4
1222Adventures of Superman502$1.50DC133.2
1312Shaman's Tears1$2.50Image132.2
1436Batman497$1.25DC131.3
1516Bloodstrike2$1.95Image131.0
1624Action Comics689$1.50DC19.7
1717Maxx3$1.95Image129.6
1825Action Comics688$1.50DC128.6
1913Youngblood Yearbook1$2.50Image127.8
2014Turok Dinosaur Hunter2$2.50Valiant125.1
2111Venom6$2.95Marvel112.2
2246X-Men22$1.25Marvel107.9
2319Phantom Force2$1.95Image105.9
2415Tribe3$2.50Image104.9
2548Uncanny X-Men302$1.25Marvel103.1
2682099 Unlimited1$3.95Marvel100.3
2749Amazing Spider-Man379$1.25Marvel100.0
2823Supreme7$1.95Image99.8
292819632$1.95Image93.2
3037Spider-Man36$1.75Marvel91.3
3134Trencher1$1.95Image87.9
3254Batman496$1.25DC87.1
3333Cable3$2.00Marvel87.1
3455Detective Comics664$1.25DC83.6
3556Web of Spider-Man102$1.25Marvel83.4
3657Detective Comics663$1.25DC82.2
3758X-Force24$1.25Marvel81.9
3859Spectacular Spider-Man202$1.25Marvel81.0
3930X-O Manowar19$2.25Valiant78.4
4026Superman Man of Steel Annual2$2.50DC74.8
4163Spider-Man 20999$1.25Marvel73.4
4235Bloodshot7$2.25Valiant73.0
4329Infinity Crusade2$2.50Marvel71.1
4418Warlock Chronicles1$2.95Marvel70.6
4532Superman Annual5$2.50DC69.7
4639Rai and the Future Force12$2.25Valiant67.6
4753Wolverine71$1.75Marvel64.9
4841Magnus: Robot Fighter27$2.25Valiant64.5
4943Eternal Warrior13$2.25Valiant63.0
5038Harbinger20$2.50Valiant61.4
5145Solar, Man of the Atom24$2.25Valiant61.2
5240Shadowman16$2.50Valiant60.4
5347H.A.R.D. Corps9$2.25Valiant59.4
54442Archer and Armstrong13$2.50Valiant57.2
5527Lobo Annual1$3.50DC52.9
5664Ren & Stimpy8$1.75Marvel52.3
5731Batman Shadow of the Bat Annual2$3.50DC50.2
5862Stupid1$1.95Image48.0
5944Cyberspace 30001$2.95Marvel47.9
6085Punisher 20996$1.25Marvel47.7
6189Doom 20997$1.25Marvel46.7
6296Thunderstrike2$1.25Marvel43.9
6351Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirit of Vengeance12$2.75Marvel43.4
6452Deathlok25$2.95Marvel38.8
65106Incredible Hulk407$1.25Marvel36.6
6680Ghost Rider39$1.75Marvel36.6
6775Sandman51$1.95DC36.0
6850New Titans Annual9$3.50DC35.7
6965Flash Annual6$2.50DC35.3
7083Batman: Leg./Dark Knight47$1.75DC34.7
7184Lobo: Unamerican Gladiators2$1.75DC34.6
7260Secret City Saga1$2.95Topps33.9
7387Silver Surfer82$1.75Marvel33.7
7473Street Fighter1$2.25Malibu32.9
75112Ravage 20998$1.25Marvel31.5
7670Spectre8$2.50DC31.3
7797Batman: Shadow of the Bat14$1.75Marvel30.4
7872Feud1$2.50Marvel30.3
7998Secret Defenders5$1.75Marvel29.8
80114Thor464$1.25Marvel29.7
81117Iron Man294$1.25Marvel28.8
8299Punisher: Origin of Micro Chip1$1.75Marvel28.0
83120Fantastic Four378$1.25Marvel27.9
84121X-Men Adventures9$1.25Marvel27.9
85100Excalibur67$1.75Marvel27.8
8667Darkhawk Annual2$2.95Marvel27.8
8768Satans Six2$2.95Topps27.0
8869Daredevil Annual9$2.95Marvel26.6
89104Warlock and the Infinity Watch18$1.75Marvel26.3
90105Punisher War Zone17$1.75Marvel26.3
9171Namor Annual3$2.95Marvel26.2
9278Aliens Colonial Marines5$2.50Dark Horse26.1
9379Spyke1$2.50Marvel25.8
94126Punisher80$1.25Marvel25.7
9581Aliens: Rogue2$2.50Dark Horse25.6
96129New Warriors37$1.25Marvel25.4
9782Chain Gang War1$2.50DC24.9
9861Midnight Sons Unlimited2$3.95Marvel24.9
99102Deaths' Head II8$1.95Marvel24.8
100108Morbius11$1.75Marvel24.7
101101Hellstorm4$2.00Marvel24.3
102136Justice League America77$1.25DC23.6
10388Hybrids2$2.50Continuity23.4
104137Justice League America76$1.25DC23.3
10590Cyberrad2$2.50Continuity23.1
106138Justice League Task Force2$1.25DC22.8
10791Armor2$2.50Marvel22.8
10876Cain1$2.95Continuity22.8
10977Warheads: Black Dawn1$2.95Continuity22.8
11092Megalith2$2.50Marvel22.7
11193Ms. Mystic2$2.50Continuity22.7
112140Namor40$1.25Marvel22.5
11395Earth 42$2.50Continuity22.5
114142Avengers West Coast96$1.25Marvel22.0
115144Avengers364$1.25Marvel21.8
116116Punisher War Journal56$1.75Marvel20.9
11774Star Trek50$3.50DC20.3
118111Sandman Mystery Theatre4$1.95DC20.2
11986Wonder Woman Annual2$2.95Marvel20.1
120155Darkhawk Annual29$1.25Marvel20.0
121122What If?51$1.75Marvel19.8
122159Captain America417$1.25Marvel19.3
123160Batman Adventures10$1.25DC19.3
12494Marvel Masterpieces Collection3$2.95Marvel19.2
125124Alpha Flight122$1.75Marvel18.9
126103Skin Graft1$2.50DC18.7
127125Shadow Riders2$1.75Marvel18.6
128166Guardians of the Galaxy38$1.25Marvel18.6
129141Hardware5$1.50DC18.4
130127New Titans99$1.75DC18.3
131107Last One1$2.50DC18.3
132128Invaders3$1.75Marvel18.3
133130Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme55$1.75Marvel18.0
134169Legionnaires4$1.25DC17.9
135134Wild Thing4$1.75Marvel17.5
13666Aliens: Sacrifice0$4.95Dark Horse17.5
137150Marvel Comics Presents132$1.50Marvel17.4
138152Marvel Comics Presents133$1.50Marvel17.4
139153Blood Syndicate4$1.50DC17.3
140135U.S.Agent2$1.75Marvel17.2
141109Enigma5$2.50DC16.8
142178Daredevil318$1.25Marvel16.3
143139Star Trek The Next Generation48$1.75DC16.2
144180Silver Sable14$1.25Marvel16.2
145131Hellblazer67$1.95DC16.2
146110Offcastes1$2.50Marvel15.8
147133Kid Eternity3$1.95DC15.7
148163Icon3$1.50DC15.6
149165Static2$1.50DC15.5
150113The Ferret1$.50Malibu15.4
151185Justice League International52$1.25DC15.2
152187Flash78$1.25DC15.0
153149Nightstalkers9$1.75Marvel14.9
154151Team Titans10$1.75Marvel14.9
155154Deathstroke the Terminator26$1.75DC14.3
156200Green Lantern43$1.25DC14.1
157143Midnight Men2$1.95Marvel14.0
158146Sebastian O3$1.95DC13.8
159148Zatanna13$1.95DC13.5
160162Legion of Super-Heroes45$1.75DC13.4
161123Classic Star Wars9$2.50Dark Horse13.3
162203Quasar7$1.25Marvel13.3
163167G.I. Joe A Real American Hero138$1.75Marvel13.1
164168Nomad5$1.75Marvel13.0
165156Shade the Changing Man37$1.95DC12.6
166172Super Soldiers4$1.75Marvel12.6
167132Ultraman3$2.50Harris12.6
168115Evil Ernie: The Resurrection1$2.95Chaos12.6
169173L.E.G.I.O.N. 9356$1.75DC12.5
170157Dragon Lines3$1.95Marvel12.5
171174Legion 9355$1.75DC12.4
172158Untamed2$1.95Marvel12.4
173206Spider-Man Classics4$1.25Marvel12.4
174161Animal Man61$1.95DC12.1
175164Doom Patrol68$1.95DC12.0
176177Darkstars10$1.75DC11.8
177179Black Axe4$1.75Marvel11.6
178209Wonder Man23$1.25Marvel11.6
179181Incomplete Deaths Head7$1.75Marvel11.5
180170Swamp Thing133$1.95DC11.4
181210Mad Dog3$1.25Marvel11.3
182182Moon Knight52$1.75Marvel11.2
183183Terror, Inc.13$1.75Marvel11.2
184212X-Men Classic85$1.25Marvel11.1
185211Cage16$1.25Marvel11.1
186220Sleepwalker26$1.25Marvel10.7
187188William Shatner's Tekworld11$1.75Marvel10.7
188147Dark Horse Comics10$2.50Dark Horse10.6
189191Darkhold10$1.75Marvel10.5
190221Guy Gardner10$1.25DC10.5
191192She-Hulk53$1.75Marvel10.5
192196Kamandi: At Earths End2$1.75DC10.3
193197Green Arrow76$1.75DC10.2
194226Eclipso9$1.25DC10.0
195229Valor9$1.25DC9.9
196201Demon37$1.75DC9.7
197186Lawdog3$1.95Marvel9.7
198145Vampirella7$2.95Harris9.1
199198Dinosaurs for Hire4$1.95Malibu9.1
200237Green Lantern: Mosaic14$1.25DC8.8
201199Elfquest: Hidden Years7$2.00Warp8.8
202240Wonder Woman76$1.25DC8.5
203171Marvel Super-Heroes14$2.75Marvel8.1
204217Dark Angel13$1.75Marvel7.7
205261Marvel Age126$1.00Marvel7.7
206246Conan270$1.25Marvel7.6
207222Stryfe's Strike File 2nd Printing0$1.75Marvel7.5
208193Dirty Pair: Sim Hell1$2.50Dark Horse7.3
209175Darkman4$2.95Marvel7.2
210118Akira34$4.95Marvel7.2
211119Alien Legion: One Planet at a Time1$4.95Marvel7.2
212227Original Ghost Rider13$1.75Marvel7.1
213228Scarlett7$1.75DC7.1
214214Mighty Magnor3$1.95Malibu7.0
215231Warheads14$1.75Marvel6.9
216218Raver2$1.95Malibu6.9
217233Black Canary7$1.75DC6.8
218251Crucible6$1.25DC6.8
219207Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles59$2.25Mirage6.6
220225Trouble with Girls2$1.95Marvel6.5
221204Protectors9$2.50Malibu6.4
222205Sex Warrior2$2.50Dark Horse6.4
223256Meteor Man3$1.25Marvel6.3
224190Concrete: Eclectica2$2.95Dark Horse6.3
225230Ex-Mutants7$1.95Malibu6.3
226194Propellorman3$2.95Dark Horse6.2
227258Marvel Tales275$1.25Marvel6.2
228176Ultraman 3-D Special1$3.50Now6.1
229241Nam82$1.75Marvel5.8
230208Elvira1$2.50Eclipse5.8
231202Silent Armageddon2$2.95Dark Horse5.8
232244Pendragon II13$1.75Marvel5.7
233618Sam & Max Show3$2.95Marvel5.5
234216Man Of War2$2.50Malibu5.4
235219Redblade2$2.50Dark Horse5.4
236232Dark Horse Presents74$2.25Dark Horse5.3
237224Airtight Garbage1$2.50Marvel5.1
238236Cerebus170$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim4.9
239234Witching Hour5$2.50Millennium4.7
240267Danger Trail4$1.50DC4.7
241215Orion5$2.95Dark Horse4.6
242235Accident Man1$2.50Dark Horse4.5
243269Uncle Scrooge281$1.50Gladstone4.5
244630Valeria the She-Bat1 Incentive$.00Continuity4.5
245270Donald Duck Adventures21$1.50Gladstone4.5
246273Walt Disney's Comics & Stories586$1.50Gladstone4.3
247238Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 22$2.75Mirage4.0
248268Ultraman3$1.75Harris3.9
249239Macross II9$2.75Viz3.9
250184Gregory III0$4.95DC3.9
251260Vault of Horror4$2.00Eclipse3.8
252262Hacker Files12$1.95DC3.8
253189Shaquille O'Neal1$5.00Friendly3.7
254195Batman: Dark Circ.1$4.95Comico3.7
255289Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt5$1.50DC3.6
256265Weird Fantasy4$2.00Russ Cochran3.6
257213Elementals: Strike Force Legacy0$3.95Comico3.5
258243Elementals Sex Special7$2.95Comico3.4
259252Caravan Kidd Part 21$2.50Dark Horse3.3
260223Blue Lily3$3.95Dark Horse3.3
26134Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advs.4$1.25Archie3.3
262254Tarzan: The Beckoning7$2.50Malibu3.2
263280Green Hornet20$1.95Now3.2
264248Ranma 1/2 Part 25$2.95Viz3.2
265275Two-Fisted Tales4$2.00Russ Cochran3.2
266281Green Hornet21$1.95Now3.1
267307Conservation Corps1$1.25Archie3.1
268250Battle Angel Alita Book 22$2.75Viz3.1
269308Barbie31$1.25Marvel3.1
270259Lance Barnes: Post Nuke Dick4$2.50Marvel3.1
271263Robotech: Return to Macross3$2.50Malibu2.9
272257Genocyber2$2.75Viz2.9
273286Married With Children 20992$1.95Now2.9
274266Green Hornet: Dark Tomorrow2$2.50Now2.8
275319Barbie Fashion31$1.25Marvel2.7
276255Venus Wars II12$2.95Dark Horse2.7
277271Ninja High School39$2.50Malibu2.6
278274Time Warrior1$2.50Argosy2.6
279632Time Warrior1 Promo$.00Argosy2.5
280276Robotech II: The Sentinels Bk21$2.50Malibu2.5
281264Maximortal5$2.95Tundra2.5
282282Robotech: Invid War13$2.50Malibu2.5
2832451001 Nights of Bacchus0$3.95Dark Horse2.4
284272Crying Freeman Part Five7$2.75Viz2.4
285253Chroma-Tick7$3.50 New England 2.3
286287Phantom of Fear City1$2.50Eclipse2.2
287329Archie414$1.25Archie2.2
288288Zillion2$2.50Malibu2.2
289332Superman75 Newsstd (O/A)$1.25DC2.1
290290Version 1.60$2.50Dark Horse2.1
291279Hard Looks7$2.95Dark Horse2.1
292305Protectors9$1.95Marvel2.1
293334Veronica29$1.25Archie2.1
294335Betty7$1.25Archie2.1
295291Twilight Zone Vol. 33$2.50Now2.1
296242Sanctuary Part II1$4.95Viz2.1
297306Ninja High School in Color7$1.95Malibu2.0
298284True Crime Comics1$2.95Eclipse2.0
299300Nightvision3$2.25Rebellion2.0
300297Captain Harlock: Machine People1$2.50Malibu1.8




May 1993 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

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 Top Graphic Novel charts. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to title details on Amazon (paid links). You can also find the books at your comics shop.

Diamond did not publish order index numbers for graphic novels in this era, so units cannot be determined.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11X-O Manowar$9.95Valiantn/a
22Savage Dragon$9.95Imagen/a
33Ren and Stimpy: Running Joke$12.95Marveln/a
44Monster Massacre$7.95Atomekan/a
59Marvel Universe Master Edition #32$4.95Marveln/a
66Harbinger (2nd printing)$9.95Valiantn/a
75Spider-Man: Origin of the Hobgoblin$14.95Marveln/a
810Legends$9.95DCn/a
912Carl Barks Library Album Vol. 17$8.95Gladstonen/a
108Predator: Cold War$13.95Dark Horsen/a
117Tell Me Dark$14.95DCn/a
1215Gyro Gearloose Stories in Color #2$7.95Gladstonen/a
1311Mask$14.95Dark Horsen/a
1418King Vol. 1$7.95Fantagraphicsn/a
1513Ranma 1/2 Part 1 Vol. 1$16.95Vizn/a
1616Badlancs$13.95Dark Horsen/a
1714Elfquest Book 1: Fire and Flight HC$19.95Warpn/a
1819Cherry Collection Vol. 3$12.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
1917Prince Valiant Book 18: Stolen River$16.95Fantagraphicsn/a
2024Judge Dredd: Mechanismo$7.95Fleetway Qualityn/a
2121Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron$14.95Fantagraphicsn/a
2225Doonesbury: Quality Time on Highway 101$7.95Andrews McMeeln/a
2322American Vol. 2$12.95Dark Horsen/a
2420Tarzan Vol. 3$35.00NBMn/a
2526Tick Omnibus 1 (2nd printing)$13.95New Englandn/a