We forget that as the Marvel explosion, the Image launch and their subsequent implosions harvested the seeds for the near collapse of the direct market between 94 and 95 there were some successes too.
The Ultimate line didn’t happen until august 2000, but Heroes Reborn and Chapter One slightly paved the way for that stuff. Does anyone have sales figures? How big were the Amalgam and DC Vs Marvel events? Kingdom Come did over 200,000 units if memory serves.
What else worked between 1995 and 2000 from a sales POV? I know there were a few good books creatively, but what really burned up the charts? I honestly can’t remember and was talking to a retailer pal about this yesterday afternoon, but could cite no examples. I’m not even entirely sure when Heroes Reborn happened!