10 Best-Selling Comic Books of All Time
Why Start Reading Comic Books?
If you’re an adult, a comic book can be a continuous source of entertainment. And, you can use it to escape the stress of your daily life. Reading comic books can also stimulate your intellect. Often, comics are used to mirror the social issues of our society. You can see this on the main characters for every story and how they deal with certain problems. To give you an idea, Captain America was created to show the writers’ reaction to the Nazis in Germany. There’s also Green Lantern who dealt with drug addiction.
Whether you belong to the younger or older audience, reading comics can certainly benefit you greatly. It can reduce your stress, represent who you are in society, and stimulate your mind. Also, if you’re an adult, it’s a great way to bond with the new generation. So, if you’re only just starting to appreciate this form of mythology and looking where to start, these 10 best-selling comic books are a great beginning!
10 Best-Selling Comic Books of All Time
- Action Comics #1000
The “Action Comics #1000” is a big anniversary blowout issue that you shouldn’t miss. It commemorates the 2nd oldest superhero comic still that continues to be printed to this day (Action Comics) together with the 80th anniversary of Superman – the first superhero.
Here’s an 80-page comic book from DC Comics with 11 different covers. And, it represents Superman going back to his classic costume where his underwear is on the outside. This is the first after seven years!
This comic book was created in 2018 and has sold over 504,200 copies since.
- Detective Comics #1000
Here’s a comic book that also celebrates Batman’s 80th anniversary. The Detective Comics #1000 has 80 pages as well and it is the first four-digit issue of the number one still-running comic series – Detective Comics.
It was created in 2019 and has sold 526,941 copies. And, that’s just 22,741 more than Action Comics #1000. Makes you wonder if Batman is just more popular than Superman, right?
- Amazing Spider-Man #583
Created in 2009, the Amazing Spider-Man #583 shares its cover with Barack Obama. It was released just in time with the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States of America. Its story circles around Spider-Man meeting the president and exposing Chameleon who was mimicking and trying to take Obama’s place as president.
Since its release, this comic book has sold over 530,500 copies.
- Secret Wars #1
In the 1984’s Secret Wars, it features the Beyonder who zaps all the heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe and put them on an alien planet. He then forces them to fight to the death and the Marvel multiverse was destroyed. Now, this Secret Wars #1 is a follow-up on this story.
This particular comic book, which was created in 2015, stirs you away from the usual Marvel setting and it ends a 15-year era. To make it even better, it has over 50 variant covers which are why it’s not surprising that it sold over 550,500 copies.
- Amazing Spider-Man #1
The Amazing Spider-Man #1 – which is actually the 3rd Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel has published – features Peter Parker back in control of his own body. It also includes some pretty big names in the series’ history and returning to their characters. And, it has about 75 types of covers.
The first issue of an ongoing series, this comic book has already sold around 559,200 copies.
- Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Edition Ultimate Spider-Man #1
Created in 2002, this Free Comic Book Day re-release comic book has 4 cover variants. And, it is designed to attract new readers. It features Miles Morales becoming the new Spider-Man, restarting the superheroes’ story and modernizing it as well.
The FCBD Edition Ultimate Spider-Man #1 has sold over 631,990 copies, not including any reorders from retailers past the initial sales cutoff.
- Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure #1
Again, Batman enters our list for the 2nd time with Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure #1. This comic book is certainly a big success in grabbing the attention of its readers with a really low price. Basically, the story revolves around Bruce Wayne being framed for murder. And, the only way to clear his name was to admit he was Batman.
This was created in 2002 and has sold over 702,126 copies.
- Fantastic Four #60
The Fantastic Four #60 marks the start of a new era with its writer stepping in for what would be a 3-year run on its title. While it isn’t an anthology, it does have a special promotional edition which was sold for only 9 cents! Its cover even clearly states it’s the “world’s cheapest comic magazine” just in case you forget it’s a cent cheaper than DC’s.
This was written in 2002 and has sold over 752,699.
- Star Wars #1
Star Wars #1 was successful in appealing to fans who seek that nostalgic feel for an old expanded universe. And, it promises to show its readers something new. Moreover, this issue had almost 100 different cover variants that collectors just can’t resist. This is why it sold for over 1,073,000 copies since it was created in 2015.
- X-Men #1
During the 1990s, Marvel published the best-selling comic book of all time: X-Men #1. This was the time when comic books were at its peak. So, it’s not surprising that it has total sales of 8,186,500.
X-Men #1 was designed with each cover is a part of a larger image. In detail, it has 5 variant covers where if you’ve collected the four and laid them side to side, you can form a single wide mural.
Data and Determining the Bestselling Comics List
If you consider the comic books released and bought around the 1950s – which is said to be the Golden and Silver Ages of comics – this list is not complete. However, there’s no hard data on earlier comic book sales. Now, the figures listed here are based on Comichron and only from confirmed numbers. You can think of it as a list of the best-selling American single-issue comics with proven data.