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December 1993 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preorded by North American Comics Shops
from Diamond Comic Distributors


The chill of winter was beginning to be felt in December 1993, as the biggest year in the history of comics in dollar terms drew to a close.

Spawn #19 was the consensus first-place comic book at both Diamond and Capital City.

This was the last month during which publishers' comics could be late by as much as 90 days through Diamond; Diamond had tightened the cancellation window to 60 days.

The market shares included a number of publishers whose works will not be found in the comic book and trade paperback markets. Wizard was joined by Sendai, whose Warrior imprint published Wizard rival Hero Illustrated. Andrews McMeel was there largely on the strength of its Calvin and Hobbes collections.

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 #386. Our back-of-the-envelope estimate suggests every point on the chart may equal 1,000 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.
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
12Spawn19$1.95Image231.8
212X-Men29$1.25Marvel208.3
317Uncanny X-Men309$1.25Marvel188.0
43Superman: Man of Steel30$2.50DC178.6
56Code Name: Stryke Force1$1.95Image160.6
68 WildC.A.T.S7$1.95Image154.9
719Superboy1$1.50DC152.8
821Superman86$1.50DC144.6
922Adventures of Superman509$1.50DC142.4
1033X-Men 20995$1.25Marvel140.4
1125Steel1$1.50DC137.8
1227Action Comics696$1.50DC136.8
131Bloodshot0$3.50Valiant134.9
1429Supergirl1$1.50DC127.8
1530Batman504$1.50DC126.2
1614Gambit3$2.00Marvel125.9
1739X-Force31$1.25Marvel125.4
1823Wolverine78$1.75Marvel122.0
1932Detective Comics671$1.50DC118.3
205Venom: The Enemy Within1$2.95Marvel110.5
2145X-Factor99$1.25Marvel107.5
2228Savage Dragon7$1.95Image100.4
2349Amazing Spider-Man386$1.25Marvel100.0
2415Shadowhawk III2$2.50Image98.9
2516Daredevil325$2.50Marvel98.7
2631Freak Force1$1.95Image92.1
2726Ninjak2$2.25Valiant91.2
284Spider-Man Unlimited4$3.95Marvel91.1
2959Spider-Man 209916$1.25Marvel90.6
3034Team Youngblood4$1.95Image88.1
3141Batman: Shadow of the Bat24$1.75DC87.6
3235Prophet4$1.95Image86.6
3313Daredevil: Man Without Fear5$2.95Marvel86.5
3443Spider-Man43$1.75Marvel83.1
3551Catwoman7$1.50DC81.3
369Stormwatch Yearbook1$3.50Image80.7
3736Cable8$2.00Marvel80.5
3842Supreme9$1.95Image77.9
3918Bartman1$2.95Bongo77.8
4020Magnus: Rob. Fighter-Nexus1$2.95Valiant76.4
4177X-Men Adventures Season II1$1.25Marvel73.9
4224Radioactive Man1$2.95Bongo70.5
4344Vanguard3$1.95Image69.4
4437Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi3$2.50Dark Horse64.0
4574Robin4$1.50DC63.7
4638Turok: Dinosaur Hunter9$2.56Valiant63.3
4775Green Lantern (resolicited)48$1.50DC63.3
487Legends of the World's Finest1$4.95DC63.0
4940Break-Thru1$2.50Malibu62.5
5076Green Lantern49$1.50DC61.8
5167Ren & Stimpy15$1.75Marvel60.2
5255Phantom Force2$1.95Image59.0
5346X-O Manowar26$2.25Valiant59.0
5493Web of Spider-Man109$1.25Marvel58.0
5572Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight57$1.75DC57.3
5697Spectacular Spider-Man209$1.25Marvel57.0
5748Bloodshot14$2.25Valiant56.5
5864Sandman57$1.95DC55.7
59103Incredible Hulk414$1.25Marvel55.2
6083Superman: The Man of Steel30$1.50DC55.1
6110Batman: In Darkest Knight$4.95DC54.9
62105Doom 209914$1.25Marvel54.8
63106Punisher 209913$1.25Marvel54.0
6447Warriors of Plasm5$2.50Defiant52.0
65109Spider-Man: Mutant Agenda$1.25Marvel51.2
66110Fantastic Four385$1.25Marvel51.0
6779Ghost Rider46$1.75Marvel49.9
6850Second Life of Dr. Mirage5$2.50Valiant49.9
6980Excalibur74$1.75Marvel49.3
70116Silver Surfer89$1.25Marvel48.4
7163Solar, Man of the Atom31$2.25Valiant48.3
7265Magnus: Robot Fighter34$2.25Valiant48.0
7354Goodguys2$2.50Defiant47.2
7456Harbinger27$2.50Valiant46.0
7557Shadowman23$2.50Valiant45.8
7668Secret Weapons7$2.25Valiant45.8
7770Eternal Warrior20$2.25Valiant45.6
7871H.A.R.D. Corps16$2.25Valiant44.9
7911Marvels2$5.95Marvel44.3
8062Dark Dominion3$2.50Defiant44.2
81120Avengers371$1.25Marvel44.1
8286Lobo3$1.75DC43.9
83121Thunderstrike5$1.25Marvel43.9
8481Lobocop1$1.95DC43.5
8543Rai & The Future Force19$2.25Valiant43.1
8682Prime7$1.95Malibu42.8
8766Predator: Bad Blood1$2.50Dark Horse42.3
88127Punisher87$1.25Marvel41.5
8969Archer & Armstrong20$2.50Valiant41.1
9052Sin City: A Dame To Kill For2$2.95Dark Horse41.0
91128Rav Age 209915$1.25Marvel39.5
9287Strangers7$1.95Malibu38.6
9388Mantra6$1.95Malibu38.4
9460Marvel X-Men Collection2$2.95Marvel38.3
95132Thor471$1.25Marvel38.3
9690Sludge3$1.95Malibu38.0
97107Punisher War Zone24$1.75Marvel37.8
9891Hardcase7$1.95Malibu37.8
9961Warlock and the Infinity Watch25$2.95Marvel37.8
10092Solitaire2$1.95Malibu37.7
10179Iron Man301$1.25Marvel37.5
102108Ghost Rider-Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance19$1.75Marvel37.1
10395Nightman3$1.95Malibu37.0
10496Prototype5$1.95Malibu36.5
105139New Warriors44$1.25Marvel36.5
10698Freex6$1.95Malibu35.7
10799Solution4$1.95Malibu35.7
108100Exiles5$1.95Malibu35.7
109104Firearm4$1.95Malibu35.3
110113Punisher War Journal63$1.75Marvel35.2
111115Nova2$1.75Marvel34.9
11253Zen Int. Ninja All-New Color Special$3.50Express34.4
113118Blaze3$1.75Marvel33.1
114150Whatif?58$1.25Marvel32.6
115112Avengers Log1$1.95Marvel32.1
116111Warlock Chronicles8$2.00Marvel31.7
11785Star Trek: Deep Space Nine5$2.50Malibu31.5
118137Justice League America85$1.50DC30.8
119125Spider-Woman4$1.75Marvel30.4
12089Aliens: Colonial Marines8$2.50Dark Horse29.9
121156Captain America424$1.25Marvel29.4
122119Showcase 942$1.95DC29.1
12394John Byrnes Next Men: Faith3$2.50Dark Horse29.0
124146Batman Adventures17$1.50DC28.3
125148Aquaman:Time & Tide3$1.50DC28.1
126130Hawkeye2$1.75Marvel27.7
127101Secret Defenders12$2.50Marvel27.7
128131Morbius18$1.75Marvel27.7
12984Legion of Super-Heroes54$2.95DC27.5
130164Guardians of the Galaxy45$1.25Marvel27.4
131114NFL Pro Action1 .$2.25Marvel27.3
132134Star Trek: The Next Generation57$1.75DC27.3
133135Doctor Strange62$1.75Marvel26.9
134151Justice League Task Force9$1.50DC26.7
135169Darkhawk36$1.25Marvel26.5
136138L.E.G.I.O.N. 9463$1.75DC26.1
137140Hawkman6$1.75DC25.0
138141Night Thrasher7$1.75Marvel24.7
139155Flash87$1.50DC24.7
140142Starblast2$1.75Marvel24.5
141129Out of the Vortex3$2.00Dark Horse24.4
142143New Titans108 ·$1.75DC24.4
143145Scarlet Witch2$1.75Marvel24.3
144147Star Trek57$1.75DC24.2
145102Grendel Tales5$2.95Dark Horse23.4
14658Batman: The Animated Movie (Prestige)$4.95DC23.1
14778Batman Adventures: Mad Love$3.95DC22.8
148197Namor47$1.25Marvel22.5
149198Dragon Strike1$1.25Marvel22.4
150152Alpha Flight129$1.75Marvel21.9
151154Moon Knight59$1.75Marvel21.8
152172Legionnaires1 1$1.50DC21.6
153173Marvel Comics Presents147$1.50Marvel21.6
154174Marvel Comics Presents148$1.50Marvel21.5
155124Evil Ernie0$2.50Chaos21.5
156175Justice League International61$1.50DC21.4
157149Hellblazer74$1.95DC21.1
158159Outsiders4$1.75DC20.9
159160Spectre15$1.75DC20.9
160161Transformers: Generation 24$1.75Marvel20.8
161212X-Men Classic92$1.25Marvel20.8
162220Silver Sable21$1.25Marvel20.1
163224Quasar55$1.25Marvel19.7
164166Team Titans17$1.75DC19.2
165144Sachs & Violens4$2.25Marvel19.0
166158Sandman Mystery Theatre11$1.95DC18.8
167171Silver Surfer Vs. Dracula1$1.75Marvel18.7
168122Godzilla Vs. Barkley$2.95Dark Horse18.5
169123Simpsons Comics & Stories (reoffered)1$2.95Bongo18.4
170179Nightstalkers16$1.75Marvel18.0
171126Megaton X-Mas Special1$2.95Express17.9
172163American Freak1$1.95DC17.7
173631Shaman2$.00Continuity17.7
174209Fighting American1$1.50DC17.5
175183Deathlok32$1.75Marvel17.4
176167Black Orchid6$1.95DC17.2
177165Hellstorm11$2.00Marvel16.9
178133Batman: The Animated Movie-Standard$2.95DC16.2
179203Nomad22$1.75Marvel15.7
180204Green Arrow83$1.75DC15.7
181207Deathstroke, The Terminator33$1.75DC15.2
182186Elfquest: Wavedancers1$2.00Warp15.2
183260Wonder Man29$1.25Marvel15.0
184262G.I. Joe145$1.25Marvel14.9
185235S.T.A.R. Corps4$1.50DC14.9
186168S.T.A.T.1$2.25Majestic14.7
187216She-Hulk60$1.75Marvel14.7
188193Shade The Changing Man44$1.95DC14.6
189241Guy Gardner: Warrior17$1.50DC14.4
190245Hardware12$1.50DC14.1
191162Trencher X-Mas Bites Holiday$2.50Blackball14.0
192226Captain Marvel: Speaking Without Concern$1.75Marvel13.8
193182Groo the Wanderer109$2.25Marvel13.8
194248Blood Syndicate11$1.50DC13.5
195210Animal Man68$1.95DC13.5
196251Icon10$1.50DC13.5
197211Deaths Head II15$1.95Marvel13.5
198187Cerebus177$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim13.3
199219Doom Patrol75$1.95DC13.0
200277Spider-Man Classics11$1.25Marvel13.0
201255Wonder Woman83$1.50DC12.9
202222Scarab4$1.95DC12.7
203176Mark1$2.50Dark Horse12.7
204177Doctor Chaos2$2.50Triumphant12.6
205194Legacy2$2.25Majestic12.6
206195Dark Horse Presents80$2.25Dark Horse12.6
207178Dark Horse Comics16$2.50Dark Horse12.6
208180Thing From Another World: Eternal Vows1$2.50Dark Horse12.6
209181Pinhead3$2.50Marvel12.5
210157Melting Pot2$2.95Kitchen Sink12.5
211264Static9$1.50DC12.3
212242William Shatners Tekworld18$1.75Marvel12.3
213225Elfquest: New Blood12$2.00Warp12.2
214184Triumphant Unleashed1$2.50Triumphant12.2
215244Darkstars17$1.75DC12.1
216117Captain Stern: Running Out of Time2$4.95Kitchen Sink12.0
217270Valor16$1.50DC11.7
218287Sleepwalker32$1.25Marvel11.3
219240Kid Eternity10$1.95DC11.1
220254Demon44$1.75DC11.1
221199Samuree Vol. 26$2.50Continuity11.1
222201Armor9$2.50Continuity11.0
223185Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 22$2.75Mirage11.0
224170Megalith9$3.00Continuity10.9
225274Three Musketeers1$1.50Marvel10.9
226205Indiana Jones: Thunder in the Orient5$2.50Dark Horse10.8
227206Ms. Mystic Vol. 36$2.50Continuity10.8
228261Hyperkind6$1.75Marvel10.7
229208Hybrids3$2.50Continuity10.6
230213Marvel Age133$1.00Marvel10.6
231213Earth 4 Vol. 36$2.50Continuity10.3
232215Cyberrad Vol. 27$2.50Continuity10.3
233282Eclipso16$1.50DC10.3
234217Time Master2$2.50Continuity10.2
235218Chromium Man5$2.50Triumphant10.2
236188Shadow: In The Coils of Leviathan$2.95Dark Horse10.0
237271Ectokid6$1.75Marvel9.9
238236Seaquest2$2.25Nemesis9.9
239223Crazyman Vol. 26$2.50Continuity9.9
240286Three Musketeers2$1.50Marvel9.7
241337Zorro0$1.00Topps9.6
242196Bloodfire7$2.95Lightning9.6
243214TMNT/Flaming Carrot: Land of Green Fire2$2.75Mirage9.4
244200Perg3$2.95Lightning9.4
245230Age of Reptiles2$2.50Dark Horse9.4
246202Judgement Day4$2.95Lightning9.3
247275Saint Sinner5$1.75Marvel9.3
248276Hokum & Hex6$1.75Marvel9.3
249231Enemy1$2.50Dark Horse9.2
250232Robocop: Mortal Coils4$2.50Dark Horse9.0
251233Prince Vandal2$2.50Triumphant9.0
252234Frank1$2.50Nemesis8.9
253292Alan Davis Clandestine Preview0$1.50Marvel8.9
254237Scavengers6$2.50Triumphant8.7
255238Queen of the Damned11$2.50Innovation8.7
256253Ultraman1$2.25Nemesis8.7
257239Riotgear4$2.50Triumphant8.7
258247Dinosaurs For Hire11$2.50Malibu8.4
259297Donald Duck283$1.50Gladstone8.3
260191X-Factor (reoffered)92$3.50Marvel8.3
261324Detective Comics (reoffered)666$1.25DC8.2
262249Monster Massacre1$2.50Blackball8.1
263250Lost In Space: Project Robinson2$2.50Innovation8.1
264424Ultra-Monthly Magazine7$.50Ultra8.0
265281Deaths Head II/Killpower: Batt III1$1.95Marvel7.9
266289Original Ghost Rider20$1.75Marvel7.8
267301Uncle Scrooge Adventures25$1.50Gladstone7.8
268272Protectors16$2.25Malibu7.7
269246Mavericks1$2.75Dagger7.6
270273Ex-Mutants14$2.25Malibu7.6
271284Wild Angels1$1.95Marvel7.5
272259Harrowers3$2.50Marvel7.5
273263Hammer of God: Pentathalon$2.50Dark Horse7.4
274189Lita Ford1$3.95Malibu7.3
275342Marvel Tales282$1.25Marvel7.3
276266Dark Shadows: Book Three3$2.50Innovation7.3
277243Bill The Galactic Hero1$2.95Topps7.2
278267Lost In Space Limited Series7$2.50Innovation7.2
279344King Arthur & The Knights of Justice1$1.25Marvel7.1
280278Ferret8$2.25Malibu7.1
281315Donald & Mickey22$1.50Gladstone7.1
282258Ranma 1/2 Pt. 31$2.75Viz6.9
283300Demolition Man4$1.75DC6.7
284252Jurassic Park2$2.95Topps6.7
285283Gravestone6$2.25Malibu6.6
286269Mermaid Forest1$2.75Viz6.5
287256Ray Bradbury Comics6$2.95Topps6.5
288257Necroscope Book II: Wamphyri3$2.95Malibu6.5
289306Chain Gang War8$1.75DC6.4
290359Barbie38$1.25Marvel6.3
291221Ozzy Osbourne1$3.95Malibu6.3
292361Monster Menace3$1.25Marvel6.3
293416Valiant Reader: Guide to the Valiant Universe$.75Valiant6.1
294268Silver Star4$2.95Topps6.1
295228Collectors Dracula1$3.95Millennium6.0
296368Curse of the Weird3$1.25Marvel5.9
297304G-Force1$1.95Marvel5.9
298325Wild Thing11$1.75Marvel5.8
299192From Hell, Vol. 3$4.95Kitchen Sink5.8
300328Scarlett14$1.75DC5.8




December 1993 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Preordered by North American Comics Shops from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's charts. 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.

#1 #4 #6 #8

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

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
11Wolverine: Blood Hungry$6.95Marveln/a
22Valiant Era$13.95Valiantn/a
310X-Men Adventures Vol. 1$4.95Marveln/a
43 Sandman: Fables and Reflections$19.95DCn/a
56Secret Revealed: Shadowhawk Fact File$12.95Imagen/a
611Carl Barks Library Album #24$8.95Gladstonen/a
78M.A.X. Yearbook$19.95Marveln/a
813Charles Barkley and the Referee Murders$9.95Hamiltonn/a
99Vampirella: A Scarlet Thirst$12.95Harrisn/a
1012William Shatner's Tekworld$12.95Marveln/a
114Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 3$39.95DCn/a
127Marvel Masterworks Vol. 27: Avengers$34.95Marveln/a
1322Charles Burns Sketchbook$6.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
1418Collegiate Hepcats$9.95Double Diamondn/a
1515Druuna: Morbus Gravis I$14.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
1624Big Wheels$6.95Fantagraphicsn/a
1717Death's Head II: The Wild Hunt$12.95Marveln/a
1819Savage Dragon (2nd Edition)$10.95Imagen/a
1916Visions of Arzach$14.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
205Crow Deluxe Book and CD Package$95.00Kitchen Sinkn/a
2121Best of Drawn & Quarterly$10.95Drawn & Quarterlyn/a
2214Violent Cases HC (signed and numbered)$39.95Kitchen Sinkn/a
2323Eros Graphic Novel #11: Lann$11.95Fantagraphicsn/a
2420Another Chance to Get It Right (reoffered)$14.95Dark Horsen/a
2528Best of the West$9.95ACn/a