Bronze Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1970-1983)

March 1, 2021

Bronze Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1970-1983)

Bronze age comic books: key issues

[ Special Note: during the Bronze Age, direct edition comics were invented.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition comics see the following as this distinction is critical information any collector must know when approaching the bronze age and key bronze age comics where the distinction exists: Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference ]

There are many other “comic book top lists” out there covering bronze age comic book “key” issues, but the lists I’ve seen are all either based upon (a) individual judgment calls, or (b) the high sale prices observed in the marketplace.

Judgment calls are great, but not necessarily comprehensive. Meanwhile, high sale prices could just as easily be reflective of, say, a CGC 9.9 Signature Series copy signed by Stan Lee, versus reflective of the underlying comic being of any great importance.

How about a different approach?

Here’s what you’re about to see: what follows is a different approach to “tease out” a list of bronze age comic book key issues to consider collecting, by asking the following question: for each comic book issue of the bronze age (1970-1983) that has passed through CGC’s doors to date, how many copies have been graded?

The thinking here is that the more important the comic book as a key bronze age issue, the more likely its owner will want to have it professionally graded and slabbed.  So by ranking comic books simply by the number of copies submitted to CGC — removing any judgment call or sales price information — I’d argue we can get to a pretty darn good list of important bronze age comic books!

Of course, there are some limitations and flaws to this approach to keep in mind before reviewing the list: for one thing, this submission data is from one snapshot in time (January 19, 2021) and there could be plenty of important bronze age comic books that aren’t recognized as such until some future development gives them renewed attention.  And another flaw is that some very-high-value comics simply didn’t have many copies printed. An example that comes to mind would be Graphic Fantasy #1, the key first appearance of an early incarnation of the character today known as Savage Dragon… there were only on the order of 300 copies made, so that one simply won’t rank on a list like this because so few CGC graded copies actually exist. Any other similar examples like that, i.e. with a very restricted print run, will naturally sort themselves off of the bottom of a list like this as well.

So I do not want anybody to think of the bronze age key comics list you’re about to see as a “rank” of importance, or, as being an all-encompassing list of bronze age comic book keys… all we’re ranking here is the sheer number of copies that have passed through CGC’s doors as of January 2021 and presenting the top 200. That’s it!  This data should give us a very interesting list, but is in no way a replacement for judgement nor a replacement for pricing data — it is simply one more tool for our tool-belt as we study interesting and rare comics like the ones I enjoy writing about on this blog!

With that explanation stated, without further ado, here is the list of 200 bronze age key comic book issues. [ I’ve also posted more lists of key comics by year/decade; special thanks goes to Greg Holland whose research website was the tool that made these pages possible to assemble ].

Oh!  One more note! In the list below, you are going to see some icons that look like this: CGC variant confirmed … These icons indicate the confirmed existence on the CGC census of a more-rare CGC-recognized cover price variant version of the key bronze age comic book in question. You can click to reach the “variant list” it came from (e.g. 35 cent variants, 75 cent variants, etc.).

Bronze Age Comic Books: 200 Key Issues

(Top 200 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 17,009 Wolverine Limited Series #1 Marvel
9/82
  1st solo Wolverine comic. Yukio cameo on last page.
2. 13,840 Incredible Hulk #181 Marvel
11/74
  1st full appearance of Wolverine. Wendigo appearance.
3. 12,992 Amazing Spider-Man #129 Marvel
2/74
  1st appearance of the Punisher (Frank Castle) and the Jackal.
4. 10,083 Star Wars #1 Marvel
7/77
  Part 1 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5. 9,867 Giant-Size X-Men #1 Marvel
Summer 1975
  1st appearance of the new X-Men, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus & Thunderbird. 2nd full appearance of Wolverine.
6. 8,289 Savage She-Hulk #1 Marvel
2/80
  Origin & 1st appearance of She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters). Origin of the Hulk retold.
7. 7,306 X-Men #94 Marvel
8/75
  New X-Men begin. Sunfire leaves. 2nd appearance of Nightcrawler, Storm, Thunderbird & Colossus.
8. 7,134 Amazing Spider-Man #238 Marvel
3/83
  1st appearance of the Hobgoblin. Manufactured with “Tattooz” insert & sample.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9. 6,714 Amazing Spider-Man #194 Marvel
7/79
  1st appearance of the Black Cat (Felicia Hardy). Text illo of Black Cat by Dave Cockrum.
10. 6,449 Ms. Marvel #1 Marvel
1/77
  1st Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel. Scorpion, J. Jonah Jameson & Mary Jane Watson appearance. Peter Parker cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
11. 6,318 Eternals #1 Marvel
7/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Eternals.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 30¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
12. 5,935 Omega Men #3 D.C.
6/83
  1st appearance of Lobo.
13. 5,833 Amazing Spider-Man #121 Marvel
6/73
  “Death” of Gwen Stacy. Green Goblin appearance.
14. 5,825 Thor #337 Marvel
11/83
  1st appearance of Beta Ray Bill. Nick Fury appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
15. 5,690 Avengers Annual #10 Marvel
1981
  1st appearance of Rogue & Madelyn Pryor. Spider-Woman, X-Men, Carol Danvers & New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants appearance.
16. 5,602 Spectacular Spider-Man #1 Marvel
12/76
  Tarantula appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
17. 5,554 Nova #1 Marvel
9/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Nova (Richard Rider). 1st appearance of Ginger Jaye.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
18. 5,445 Spider-Woman #1 Marvel
4/78
  New origin of Spider-Woman.
19. 5,422 Wolverine Limited Series #2 Marvel
10/82
  1st full appearance of Yukio.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
20. 5,415 X-Men #141 Marvel
1/81
  1st app. Rachel (Phoenix II), Avalanche, Destiny, Pyro & alternate future X-Men. Mystique, Blob & Robert Kelly app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
21. 5,303 New Teen Titans #2 D.C.
12/80
  1st appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson). 1st appearance of Trigon in cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
22. 5,267 Incredible Hulk #180 Marvel
10/74
  1st appearance of Wolverine in cameo on last page. Wendigo appearance.
23. 5,160 X-Men #101 Marvel
10/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Phoenix. Black Tom Cassidy & Juggernaut appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
24. 5,002 Daredevil #168 Marvel
1/81
  Origin & 1st appearance of Elektra.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
25. 5,001 Iron Fist #14 Marvel
8/77
  1st appearance of Sabretooth (Victor Creed).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
26. 4,964 Wolverine Limited Series #3 Marvel
11/82
  Chris Claremont story. Frank Miller & Joe Rubinstein. cover & art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
27. 4,917 Amazing Spider-Man #122 Marvel
7/73
  “Death” of the Green Goblin.
28. 4,870 Daredevil #181 Marvel
4/82
  “Death” of Elektra. Bullseye & Kingpin appearance. Punisher cameo.
29. 4,617 Uncanny X-Men #142 Marvel
2/81
  “Deaths” of alternate future Wolverine, Storm & Colossus. Sentinels, Robert Kelly & Brotherhood of Evil Mutants app.
30. 4,594 Wolverine Limited Series #4 Marvel
12/82
  Chris Claremont story. Frank Miller & Joe Rubinstein. cover & art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
31. 4,500 Iron Man #55 Marvel
2/73
  1st appearance of Thanos, Mentor, Drax the Destroyer (Arthur Douglas), Starfox, Kronos and the Blood Brothers.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
32. 4,255 New Mutants #1 Marvel
3/83
  Origin of Karma. 2nd appearance of the New Mutants.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
33. 4,237 Conan the Barbarian #1 Marvel
10/70
  Origin and 1st appearance of Conan. 1st appearance of King Kull in cameo.
34. 3,988 Black Panther #1 Marvel
1/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer cover & art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
35. 3,976 Moon Knight #1 Marvel
11/80
  Part 1 of the origin of Moon Knight. 1st appearance of Raoul Bushman.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
36. 3,976 X-Men #137 Marvel
9/80
  “Death” of Phoenix. Lilandra, Gladiator, Imperial Guard & Watcher appearance.
37. 3,930 Amazing Spider-Man #101 Marvel
10/71
  1st appearance of Morbius, the Living Vampire (Doctor Michael Morbius). Lizard appearance. Last 15¢ issue.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
38. 3,922 X-Men #129 Marvel
1/80
  1st appearance of Kitty Pryde, the White Queen (Emma Frost) & Sebastian Shaw. Mastermind appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
39. 3,802 Shazam #1 D.C.
2/73
  1st appearance of Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel since the Golden Age. Origin retold.
40. 3,739 Marvel Spotlight #5 Marvel
8/72
  Origin and 1st appearance of Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze). 1st appearance of Roxanne Simpson.
41. 3,649 Werewolf By Night #32 Marvel
8/75
  Origin & 1st appearance of Moon Knight (Marc Spector).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
42. 3,627 Marvel Premiere #15 Marvel
5/74
  Origin and 1st appearance of Iron Fist., 1st appearance of Harold Meachum., “Death” of Wendell and Heather Rand.
43. 3,553 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #1 Marvel
6/82
  Based on the Hasbro toy line.
44. 3,543 DC Comics Presents #26 D.C.
10/80
  1st app. of New Teen Titans in preview by Marv Wolfman & George Perez. 1st app. Raven, Cyborg & Starfire.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
45. 3,505 Amazing Spider-Man #100 Marvel
9/71
  100th anniversary issue.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
46. 3,203 Incredible Hulk #271 Marvel
5/82
  1st comic book appearance of Rocket Raccoon.
47. 3,114 Marvel Spotlight #32 Marvel
2/77
  Origin & 1st appearance of Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew). Nick Fury appearance.
48. 3,018 Tomb of Dracula #10 Marvel
7/73
  1st appearance of Blade the Vampire Slayer.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
49. 2,992 Special Marvel Edition #15 Marvel
12/73
  1st appearance of Shang-Chi, Fu Manchu & Sir Denis Nayland Smith. 1st app. & “death” of Dr. James Petrie.
50. 2,978 Hero For Hire #1 Marvel
6/72
  Origin and 1st appearance of Luke Cage. 1st appearance of Diamondback (Willis Stryker).
51. 2,922 X-Men #100 Marvel
8/76
  Old X-Men vs. new X-Men.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 30¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
52. 2,861 Avengers #196 Marvel
6/80
  Origin & 1st full appearance Taskmaster. Letter from Kurt Busiek.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
53. 2,816 Ghost Rider #1 Marvel
9/73
  1st appearance of the Son of Satan (Daimon Hellstrom) in cameo. Story continued from Marvel Spotlight #11
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
54. 2,801 X-Men #130 Marvel
2/80
  1st appearance of Dazzler (Alison Blaire). Sebastian Shaw, Mastermind & Emma Frost appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
55. 2,799 X-Men #121 Marvel
5/79
  1st full appearance of Alpha Flight. Misty Knight & Colleen Wing appearance. John Byrne cameo.
56. 2,756 Batman #232 D.C.
6/71
  1st appearance of Ra’s al Ghul. Origin of Batman and Robin retold. Talia cameo.
57. 2,754 Daredevil #131 Marvel
3/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of the new Bullseye. 1st appearance of Jacob Conover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
58. 2,721 Incredible Hulk #182 Marvel
12/74
  1st appearance of Hammer and Anvil. 1st appearance and “death” of Crackajack Jackson. Wolverine cameo on 1st page.
59. 2,653 Batman #251 D.C.
9/73
  Joker appearance. Classic cover.
60. 2,652 Star Wars #42 Marvel
12/80
  Part 4 of “The Empire Strikes Back” movie adaptation. Star Wars British cover gallery.
61. 2,573 House of Secrets #92 D.C.
6-7/71
  1st appearance of the Swamp Thing. Grey tone cover.
62. 2,562 X-Men #134 Marvel
6/80
  Phoenix becomes Dark Phoenix. Hellfire Club (Sebastian Shaw, Donald Pierce, Harry Leland & Mastermind) app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
63. 2,532 Amazing Spider-Man #200 Marvel
1/80
  Origin of Spider-Man retold.
64. 2,516 Daredevil #158 Marvel
5/79
  Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil begins. Origin & “death” of Death-Stalker. Black Widow appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
65. 2,425 Marvel Premiere #47 Marvel
4/79
  Scott Lang becomes the new Ant-Man.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
66. 2,390 X-Men #95 Marvel
10/75
  “Death” of Thunderbird. 3rd appearance of the new X-Men. Count Nefaria & Ani-Men appearance.
67. 2,336 X-Men #135 Marvel
7/80
  1st appearance of Senator Robert Kelly. Reed Richards, Thing, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange & Silver Surfer cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
68. 2,299 X-Men #140 Marvel
12/80
  Alpha Flight disbands. Wendigo appearance. Blob cameo on last page.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
69. 2,277 Green Lantern #76 D.C.
4/70
  Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories begin.
70. 2,226 Spectacular Spider-Man #64 Marvel
3/82
  Origin & 1st appearance of Cloak & Dagger.
71. 2,223 Swamp Thing #1 D.C.
10-11/72
  Origin of Swamp Thing. 1st appearance of Lt. Matt Cable, Alec and Linda Holland.
72. 2,170 Doctor Strange #1 Marvel
6/74
  1st appearance of the Silver Dagger (Isaiah Curwen). Story continued from Marvel Premiere #14
73. 2,170 Amazing Spider-Man #239 Marvel
4/83
  1st Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin battle. Madame Web appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
74. 2,167 X-Men #96 Marvel
12/75
  1st appearance of Moira MacTaggert.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
75. 2,155 X-Men #136 Marvel
8/80
  Lilandra appearance. President Jimmy Carter cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
76. 2,116 Iron Fist #1 Marvel
11/75
  Story continued from Marvel Premiere #25 Iron Fist battles Iron Man.
77. 2,100 X-Men #120 Marvel
4/79
  1st appearance of Alpha Flight in cameo. Sunfire, Mariko Yashida, Misty Knight & Colleen Wing appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
78. 2,079 Micronauts #1 Marvel
1/79
  1st appearance of Baron Karza & Bug.
79. 2,035 X-Men #139 Marvel
11/80
  Kitty Pryde joins X-Men. Alpha Flight appearance. Wolverine dons new costume. 1st appearance of Heather Hudson.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
80. 1,960 New Teen Titans #1 D.C.
11/80
  Marv Wolfman story. George Perez & Romeo Tanghal art. George Perez & Dick Giordano cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
81. 1,934 X-Men #138 Marvel
10/80
  Cyclops leaves the X-Men. Funeral of Jean Grey.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
82. 1,916 New Gods #1 D.C.
2-3/71
  1st appearance of Orion, Lightray, Metron, High-Father and Kalibak.
83. 1,883 Marvel Premiere #1 Marvel
4/72
  1st appearance of Him as Adam Warlock. 1st app. of the Soul Gem. Hulk, Thor and Fantastic Four appearance in flashback.
84. 1,876 Amazing Spider-Man #135 Marvel
8/74
  2nd appearance of the Punisher. Origin of the Tarantula.
85. 1,866 Alpha Flight #1 Marvel
8/83
  1st appearance of Puck & Marrina. Origin of Alpha Flight.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.25 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
86. 1,853 Rom #1 Marvel
12/79
  Origin & 1st appearance of Rom. 1st appearance of Brandy Clark & the Dire Wraiths.
87. 1,834 X-Men #109 Marvel
2/78
  1st appearance of Weapon Alpha (James Hudson, later becomes Guardian).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
88. 1,828 Inhumans #1 Marvel
10/75
  Blastaar appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
89. 1,827 Astonishing Tales #25 Marvel
8/74
  1st appearance of Deathlok (Luther Manning) and Major Ryker. 1st George Perez work (last 2 pages).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
90. 1,822 X-Men #133 Marvel
5/80
  Hellfire Club (Sebastian Shaw, Harry Leland, Donald Pierce & Mastermind) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
91. 1,805 Forever People #1 D.C.
2-3/71
  1st full appearance of Darkseid. 1st appearance of Forever People. Superman and Jimmy Olsen appearance.
92. 1,765 X-Men #125 Marvel
9/79
  1st appearance of Mutant X (Proteus). Mastermind appearance. Magneto cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
93. 1,756 Ms. Marvel #18 Marvel
6/78
  1st full appearance of Mystique. Avengers (Wasp, Yellowjacket, Vision, Scarlet Witch & Wonder Man) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
94. 1,744 Eternals #2 Marvel
8/76
  1st appearance of Ajak & the Celestials.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 30¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
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95. 1,734 Iron Man #128 Marvel
11/79
  Alcoholism storyline ends.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
96. 1,721 Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 D.C.
12/70
  1st appearance of Darkseid in cameo on last page.
97. 1,704 Uncanny X-Men #143 Marvel
3/81
  Kitty Pryde solo story. N’Garai appearance. Christmas cover.
98. 1,693 Godzilla #1 Marvel
8/77
  Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan & Jimmy Woo appearance. Godzilla pin-ups by Dave Cockrum.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
99. 1,687 All-Star Comics #58 D.C.
1-2/76
  1st appearance of Power Girl (Kara Zor-L). 1st issue of title since 2-3/51
100. 1,678 Eternals #3 Marvel
9/76
  1st appearance of Sersi.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
101. 1,639 X-Men #108 Marvel
12/77
  John Byrne issues begin. Starjammers appearance. Corsair revealed as the father of Cyclops & Havok.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
102. 1,598 Batman #357 D.C.
3/83
  1st full appearance of Killer Croc (Waylon Jones) & Jason Todd. “Atari” insert included.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
103. 1,575 X-Men #99 Marvel
6/76
  1st appearance of Black Tom Cassidy. Sentinels appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 30¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
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104. 1,571 Marvel Spotlight #28 Marvel
6/76
  1st solo Moon Knight story.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 30¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
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105. 1,569 Amazing Spider-Man #97 Marvel
6/71
  Drug story not approved by the Comics Code Authority. Green Goblin appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
106. 1,559 X-Men #119 Marvel
3/79
  Moses Magnum, Sunfire, Misty Knight & Colleen Wing appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
107. 1,554 The Joker #1 D.C.
5/75
  Two-Face appearance. Catwoman, Riddler & Penguin cover.
108. 1,518 Amazing Spider-Man #136 Marvel
9/74
  1st Harry Osborn as the new Green Goblin.
109. 1,505 Uncanny X-Men #150 Marvel
10/81
  Magneto appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
110. 1,503 X-Men #132 Marvel
4/80
  Jason Wynegarde revealed as Mastermind. Hellfire Club (Sebastian Shaw, Donald Pierce, Harry Leland & Mastermind) app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
111. 1,499 Batman #227 D.C.
12/70
  Robin backup story. Hanging panels. Classic cover. Detective Comics #31 cover homage.
112. 1,495 X-Men #97 Marvel
2/76
  Return of Havok & Polaris. 1st appearance of Lilandra (face is not shown). Eric the Red appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
113. 1,491 Defenders #1 Marvel
8/72
  Sub-Mariner, Hulk and Doctor Strange begin. 1st appearance of Necrodamus.
114. 1,484 Amazing Spider-Man #98 Marvel
7/71
  Drug story not approved by the Comics Code Authority. Green Goblin appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
115. 1,476 Fantastic Four #112 Marvel
7/71
  Classic Hulk vs. Thing battle issue. J. Jonah Jameson cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
116. 1,452 X-Men #131 Marvel
3/80
  2nd appearance of Dazzler. Emma Frost appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
117. 1,446 Daredevil #183 Marvel
6/82
  Punisher appearance.
118. 1,420 X-Men #118 Marvel
2/79
  1st appearance of Mariko Yashida. Misty Knight, Colleen Wing & Sunfire appearance. Moses Magnum cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
119. 1,410 Strange Tales #180 Marvel
6/75
  1st appearance of Gamora.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
120. 1,409 X-Men #127 Marvel
11/79
  Proteus appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
121. 1,406 Star Wars #2 Marvel
8/77
  Part 2 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
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122. 1,404 Star Wars #68 Marvel
2/83
  David Michelinie story. Gene Day & Tom Palmer art. Gene Day cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
123. 1,395 DC Comics Presents #47 D.C.
7/82
  Masters of the Universe. 1st appearance of He-Man & Skeletor in comics.
124. 1,392 Machine Man #1 Marvel
4/78
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
125. 1,392 Uncanny X-Men #164 Marvel
12/82
  Carol Danvers becomes Binary. Brood appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
126. 1,388 X-Men #104 Marvel
4/77
  Magneto appearance. 1st appearance of Starjammers in cameo. X-Men #1 (9/63) cover homage.
127. 1,379 X-Men #105 Marvel
6/77
  Firelord, Lilandra, Misty Knight & Eric the Red appearance. Chris Claremont & Dave Cockrum cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
128. 1,365 X-Men #126 Marvel
10/79
  Proteus & Mastermind appearance.
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129. 1,355 Green Lantern #87 D.C.
12/71-1/72
  1st appearance of John Stewart. 2nd appearance of Guy Gardner (cameo). 1st Elliot S. Maggin story.
130. 1,354 X-Men #98 Marvel
4/76
  Jack Kirby & Stan Lee cameo in 2 panels. Sentinels appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 30¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
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131. 1,348 Amazing Spider-Man #212 Marvel
1/81
  Origin & 1st appearance of Hydro-Man (Morrie Bench).
132. 1,338 X-Men #117 Marvel
1/79
  1st appearance of the Shadow King (Amahl Farouk). Origin of Professor Xavier. Lilandra & Misty Knight appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
133. 1,336 Amazing Spider-Man #119 Marvel
4/73
  Hulk appearance.
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134. 1,329 Marvel Graphic Novel #4 Marvel
1982
  Origin & 1st appearance of The New Mutants (Cannonball, Psyche, Sunspot & Wolfsbane).
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135. 1,304 Daredevil #184 Marvel
7/82
  Punisher appearance.
136. 1,297 X-Men #102 Marvel
12/76
  Juggernaut, Black Tom Cassidy & Misty Knight appearance. Origin of Storm.
137. 1,266 X-Men #128 Marvel
12/79
  Proteus appearance.
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138. 1,250 Devil Dinosaur #1 Marvel
4/78
  1st appearance of Devil Dinosaur & Moon-Boy.
139. 1,237 Invaders #1 Marvel
8/75
  Story continued from Giant-Size Invaders #1
140. 1,234 Conan the Barbarian #24 Marvel
3/73
  1st full appearance of Red Sonja. Last Barry Windsor-Smith issue.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
141. 1,226 Red Sonja #1 Marvel
1/77
  Based on Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonja.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
142. 1,225 X-Men #107 Marvel
10/77
  1st full appearance of the Starjammers (Corsair, Raza, Ch’od & Hepzibah). Mister Fantastic & Thing cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
143. 1,222 Marvel Spotlight #2 Marvel
2/72
  Origin and 1st appearance of Werewolf by Night (Jack Russell).
144. 1,217 X-Men #124 Marvel
8/79
  Colossus becomes Proletarian. Arcade, Miss Locke & Colleen Wing appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
145. 1,215 Battlestar Galactica #1 Marvel
3/79
  Adaptation of the first episode of the television series, part 1 of 3
146. 1,211 What If? #1 Marvel
2/77
  Brief origin of Spider-Man & the Fantastic Four.
147. 1,210 Howard the Duck #1 Marvel
1/76
  1st appearance of Beverly Switzler. Spider-Man appearance. J. Jonah Jameson cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
148. 1,207 Mister Miracle #1 D.C.
3-4/71
  1st appearance Mr. Miracle and Oberon. “Death” of Thaddeus Brown.
149. 1,205 Batman #234 D.C.
8/71
  1st Silver Age appearance of Two-Face. Robin backup story.
150. 1,204 X-Men #123 Marvel
7/79
  Spider-Man, Arcade, Miss Locke & Colleen Wing appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
151. 1,203 Marvel Preview #4 Marvel
1/76
  Bernie Wrightson frontispiece. Origin & 1st appearance Star-Lord & Sword in the Star.
152. 1,198 X-Men #112 Marvel
8/78
  Magneto appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
153. 1,176 Avengers #181 Marvel
3/79
  New Avengers line-up. 1st appearance of Scott Lang (later becomes Ant-Man II).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
154. 1,163 Amazing Spider-Man #210 Marvel
11/80
  1st appearance of Madame Web.
155. 1,147 Uncanny X-Men #171 Marvel
7/83
  Rogue joins the X-Men. Binary (Carol Danvers) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
156. 1,146 X-Men #110 Marvel
4/78
  Phoenix joins the X-Men. Warhawk appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
157. 1,146 X-Men #106 Marvel
8/77
  Firelord & Misty Knight appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
158. 1,142 Amazing Spider-Man #102 Marvel
11/71
  Origin and 2nd appearance of Morbius. Lizard appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
159. 1,132 Amazing Spider-Man #149 Marvel
10/75
  1st appearance of the Spider-Man clone. Origin & “death” of the Jackal. Gwen Stacy clone appearance.
160. 1,116 Firestorm #1 D.C.
3/78
  Origin & 1st appearance of Firestorm. Clark Kent cameo.
161. 1,106 X-Men #122 Marvel
6/79
  1st Mastermind as Jason Wyngarde. Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing & Mariko appearance. Arcade cameo.
162. 1,106 X-Men #111 Marvel
6/78
  Mesmero & Magneto appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
163. 1,097 Star Wars #3 Marvel
9/77
  Part 3 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
164. 1,096 Thor #338 Marvel
12/83
  2nd appearance of Beta Ray Bill. Nick Fury appearance. Thor #126 cover homage.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
165. 1,089 What If? #10 Marvel
8/78
  1st Jane Foster as Thor (out of Marvel Comics continuity). Journey Into Mystery #83 cover homage.
166. 1,087 Green Lantern #85 D.C.
8-9/71
  Speedy revealed as a junkie. Anti-drug story.
167. 1,080 X-Men #115 Marvel
11/78
  Sauron, Ka-Zar & Zabu appearance. Garokk & Zaladane appearance in flashback.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
168. 1,077 Shadow #1 D.C.
10-11/73
  1st DC appearance of the Shadow, Shrevvy, Margo Lane and Harry Vincent.
169. 1,074 X-Men #103 Marvel
2/77
  Black Tom & Juggernaut appearance.
170. 1,053 X-Men #114 Marvel
10/78
  1st use of “Uncanny” in logo. Sauron cameo on last page.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
171. 1,049 Strange Tales #178 Marvel
2/75
  1st appearance of Magus. Warlock begins. Strange Tales & Warlock in indicia.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
172. 1,046 Marvel Team-Up #1 Marvel
3/72
  Spider-Man team-ups begin. Human Torch. Spider-Man saves woman who is eventually revealed as Misty Knight.
173. 1,046 Amazing Spider-Man #120 Marvel
5/73
  Hulk appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
174. 1,026 Black Lightning #1 D.C.
4/77
  Origin & 1st appearance of Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce). 1st app. of Peter Gambi & Tobias Whale.
175. 1,021 Avengers #100 Marvel
6/72
  All past Avengers appear in story. Enchantress and Ares appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
176. 1,020 Conan the Barbarian #3 Marvel
2/71
  Based on the story “Spears of Clontarf” by Robert E. Howard.
177. 1,018 Conan the Barbarian #23 Marvel
2/73
  1st appearance of Red Sonja. Adapted from the Robert E. Howard story.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
178. 1,012 Amazing Spider-Man #162 Marvel
11/76
  Punisher & Nightcrawler appearance. 1st appearance of Jigsaw (William Russo) & Doctor Marla Madison.
179. 1,006 Detective Comics #400 D.C.
6/70
  Origin and 1st appearance of Man-Bat. 1st Robin and Batgirl team-up story. 400th anniversary issue.
180. 1,003 Spectacular Spider-Man #27 Marvel
2/79
  1st Frank Miller Daredevil art. Masked Marauder appearance. Carrion cameo.
181. 1,001 Silver Surfer #14 Marvel
3/70
  Spider-Man appearance. Letter from Doug Moench.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
182. 1,000 Demon #1 D.C.
8-9/72
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Demon (Etrigan) and Randu.
183. 996 Iron Fist #15 Marvel
9/77
  X-Men (Cyclops, Phoenix, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Banshee, Storm & Colossus) & Moira MacTaggert appearance. Last issue.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
184. 996 Champions #1 Marvel
10/75
  Black Widow, Hercules, Ghost Rider, Angel & Iceman form the Champions. Venus, Pluto, Ares & Hippolyta app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
185. 991 Strange Tales #169 Marvel
9/73
  Origin and 1st appearance of Brother Voodoo (Jericho Drumm). 1st issue of Strange Tales since 5/68
186. 991 Uncanny X-Men #158 Marvel
6/82
  1st appearance of Rogue in title. Starjammers, Mystique & Carol Danvers appearance.
187. 984 Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #1 D.C.
10-11/72
  Origin and 1st appearance of Kamandi. 1st appearance of Doctor Canus and Ben Boxer. Statue of Liberty cover.
188. 984 X-Men #116 Marvel
12/78
  Ka-Zar, Zabu, Garokk, Zaladane & Karl Lykos appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
189. 979 X-Men #113 Marvel
9/78
  Magneto appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
190. 975 Daredevil #182 Marvel
5/82
  Punisher & Kingpin appearance.
191. 967 Uncanny X-Men #160 Marvel
8/82
  1st appearance of adult Illyana (Magik).
192. 961 Werewolf By Night #1 Marvel
9/72
  Story continued from Marvel Spotlight #4
193. 953 Amazing Spider-Man #96 Marvel
5/71
  Drug story not approved by the Comics Code Authority. Green Goblin appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
194. 951 Star Wars #4 Marvel
10/77
  Part 4 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation. “Death” of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 35¢ cover price variant is confirmed to exist
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
195. 943 Silver Surfer v2 #1 Marvel
6/82
  One-shot. Galactus, Shalla Bal, Fantastic Four & Mephisto appearance.
196. 939 Avengers Annual #7 Marvel
1977
  “Death” of Adam Warlock. Thanos & Captain Marvel appearance.
197. 938 Star Trek #1 Marvel
4/80
  Movie adaptation.
198. 937 Amazing Adventures #11 Marvel
3/72
  1st appearance of the Beast with fur. 1st appearance of Carl Maddicks. X-Men appearance in flashback.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
199. 924 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 Marvel
1982
  Origin & 1st appearance of the new Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau). Avengers & Thing appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
200. 916 Batman #244 D.C.
9/72
  Ra’s al Ghul & Talia appearance. Robin backup story.
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More Important Comic Books Of The Bronze Age:

Separate top 100 lists for each individual year in the bronze age:

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Key Comic Books From 1971
Key Comic Books From 1972
Key Comic Books From 1973
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Key Comic Books From 1975
Key Comic Books From 1976
Key Comic Books From 1977
Key Comic Books From 1978
Key Comic Books From 1979
Key Comic Books From 1980
Key Comic Books From 1981
Key Comic Books From 1982
Key Comic Books From 1983