We present a history, in the form of a cover gallery, of Capital City Distribution's Advance Comics, the first distributor-produced monthly consumer comics catalog.  The first issue published was un-numbered, essentially a #0 issue, listing comics and other products planned for release in December of 1988.  Issue #1 came the following month, listing products for release in January 1989.  The publication continued on a monthly basis until #94, listing products for October 1996; the publication was then shut down as the result of the acquisition of Capital City Distribution's assets by Diamond Comic Distributors.

The model for a consumer catalog that could be used by retailers to collect orders for upcoming releases, continues to be used to this day, although there's some question as to whether that’s a good idea (see "A New Model for Taking Advance Orders").

This history is part of ICv2's Comics Direct Market 50th Anniversary celebration; for more, see "Comics Direct Market 50th Anniversary."

Click Gallery below for key landmarks in Direct Market history!