Copper Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1984-1991)

March 1, 2021

Copper Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1984-1991)

Copper age comic books key issues

[ Special Note: during the Copper Age, the distinction between direct edition comics and newsstand comics is critical for any collector of key copper age comics to understand.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition comics see the following: Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference ]

There are many other comic book “top lists” out there covering “key” copper age comic books, 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 book being of any great importance.

How about a different approach?

Here’s what you’re about to see: a different approach to “tease out” a list of copper age key comic book issues to consider collecting, by asking the following question: for each comic book issue of the copper age (1984-1991) 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 copper age issue, the more likely its owner will want to have it professionally graded and slabbed.  So by ranking copper age 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 key comic book issues of the copper age!

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 2021) and there could be plenty of important 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 comic books simply didn’t have many copies printed; comics 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 list you’re about to see as a “rank” of importance, or, as being an all-encompassing list of copper 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 key copper age 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 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 newsstand variant version of the key copper age comic book in question. You can click to reach the “variant list” it came from.

Copper 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. 24,031 Amazing Spider-Man #300 Marvel
5/88
  Origin & 1st full appearance of Venom (Eddie Brock). Thing appearance. Last black costume.
2. 20,115 New Mutants #98 Marvel
2/91
  1st appearance of Deadpool (Wade Wilson) Gideon & Copycat (Vanessa Carlysle) as Domino. Rictor leaves the New Mutants.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
3. 17,050 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 Marvel
12/84
  Origin of the alien symbiote that eventually becomes Venom.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4. 15,524 Uncanny X-Men #266 Marvel
8/90
  1st full appearance of Gambit. Mystique appearance.
5. 13,274 Amazing Spider-Man #252 Marvel
5/84
  Ties with Marvel Team-Up #141 for 1st appearance of the black costume. Amazing Fantasy #15 cover homage.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6. 10,913 Wolverine #1 Marvel
11/88
  1st Wolverine as Patch. Back cover pin-up by John Byrne.
7. 10,197 New Mutants #87 Marvel
3/90
  1st appearance of Cable, Stryfe & the Mutant Liberation Front.
8. 9,291 Spider-Man 1 Silver Edition Marvel
8/90
  Lizard appearance.
9. 8,075 Infinity Gauntlet #1 Marvel
7/91
  Jim Starlin story. George Perez & Joe Rubinstein art. George Perez cover.
10. 7,713 Batman: The Killing Joke #nn D.C.
1988
  Joker cripples Barbara Gordon (Batgirl). Embossed cover.
11. 6,939 Incredible Hulk #340 Marvel
2/88
  Hulk vs. Wolverine. X-Men & Leader appearance.
12. 6,528 Amazing Spider-Man #298 Marvel
3/88
  1st Todd McFarlane Spider-Man. 1st appearance of Eddie Brock in cameo. Chance appearance.
13. 6,463 X-Men #1 Marvel
10/91
  1st appearance of the Acolytes. Four different covers exist that form a single image.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
14. 6,334 Spider-Man #1 Marvel
8/90
  Lizard appearance.
15. 6,009 Web of Spider-Man #1 Marvel
4/85
  1st appearance of the Vulturions.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
16. 5,654 X-Factor #6 Marvel
7/86
  1st full appearance of Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur). Alliance of Evil (Tower, Frenzy, Stinger, Timeshadow) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
17. 5,364 Amazing Spider-Man #299 Marvel
4/88
  Venom cameo. Chance appearance.
18. 5,057 Tales of the Teen Titans #44 D.C.
7/84
  Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing. 1st appearance of Jericho. Origin of Deathstroke.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
19. 4,638 Amazing Spider-Man #316 Marvel
6/89
  Venom & Black Cat appearance.
20. 4,180 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 D.C.
3/86
  1st appearance of Carrie Kelly.
21. 3,962 Uncanny X-Men #221 Marvel
9/87
  1st appearance of Mister Sinister (Nathaniel Essex). Marauders appearance.
22. 3,895 Spider-Man 1 Gold Edition Marvel
8/90
  Lizard appearance. Indicia states “Second Printing”.
23. 3,714 Uncanny X-Men #282 Marvel
11/91
  1st appearance of Bishop, Malcolm & Randall in cameo on last page. Direct Editions have 8 page ad insert.
24. 3,706 X-Force #2 Marvel
9/91
  2nd appearance of Deadpool. 1st app. of Weapon X (Garrison Kane). Juggernaut & Black Tom Cassidy app.
25. 3,566 Watchmen #1 D.C.
9/86
  1st appearance of Rorschach, Ozymandias, Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre & Nite Owl. “Death” of Comedian.
26. 3,361 X-Men 1 Special Collectors Edition Marvel
10/91
  1st appearance of the Acolytes. Magneto appearance. Double gatefold cover. No ads.
27. 3,296 Amazing Spider-Man #301 Marvel
6/88
  Silver Sable appearance.
28. 3,224 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1 Marvel
5/84
  Jim Shooter story. Mike Zeck & John Beatty art. Mike Zeck cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
29. 3,219 Wolverine #10 Marvel
8/89
  Sabretooth appearance. Back cover pin-up by Kent Williams.
30. 3,213 X-Factor #24 Marvel
1/88
  Origin & 1st appearance of Archangel. Origin of Apocalypse. Horsemen app. Caliban leaves X-Factor.
31. 3,076 Uncanny X-Men #244 Marvel
5/89
  1st appearance of Jubilee (Jubilation Lee).
32. 3,054 Sandman #1 D.C./Vertigo
1/89
  1st appearance of Morpheus. Wesley Dodds cameo.
33. 2,987 New Mutants #100 Marvel
4/91
  1st appearance of X-Force. 1st full appearance of Shatterstar. Last issue.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
34. 2,797 Punisher #1 Marvel
7/87
  Mike Baron story. Klaus Janson cover & art.
35. 2,778 Punisher Limited Series #1 Marvel
1/86
  Jigsaw appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.50 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
36. 2,621 Batman #404 D.C.
2/87
  “Year One” storyline begins.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
37. 2,594 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #4 D.C.
1986
  Batman vs. Superman. “Death” of Alfred.
38. 2,529 Marvel Team-Up #141 Marvel
5/84
  Ties with Amazing Spider-Man #252 for first appearance of the black costume. Daredevil & Black Widow appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
39. 2,523 Amazing Spider-Man #344 Marvel
2/91
  1st app. of Cletus Kasady (Carnage). 1st full appearance of Cardiac (Elias Wirtham). Rhino & Eddie Brock app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
40. 2,484 X-Men Annual #14 Marvel
1990
  Fantastic Four & Ahab appearance. Gambit cameo (predates Uncanny X-Men #266). Pinups by Kevin Nowlan & Michael Golden.
41. 2,376 Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 D.C.
6/85
  1st full appearance of John Constantine.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
42. 2,326 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 D.C.
1986
  Carrie Kelly becomes Robin.
43. 2,325 Amazing Spider-Man #265 Marvel
6/85
  1st appearance of Silver Sable. Black Fox appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
44. 2,283 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #3 D.C.
1986
  “Death” of the Joker.
45. 2,182 X-Factor #5 Marvel
6/86
  1st app. of Apocalypse in cameo on last page. 1st app. of Stinger & Timeshadow. Tower, Frenzy, Artie & Rusty appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
46. 2,140 Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 D.C.
10/85
  “Death” of Supergirl.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.60 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
47. 2,098 Amazing Spider-Man #328 Marvel
1/90
  Hulk & Sebastian Shaw appearance.
48. 2,021 Wonder Woman #1 D.C.
2/87
  1st Modern app. of Themyscira, Gaea’s Girdle, Hippolyte, Ares & The Olympian Gods. New origin. Wraparound cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
49. 1,994 Uncanny X-Men #213 Marvel
1/87
  Wolverine vs. Sabretooth. Psylocke joins the X-Men.
50. 1,976 Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 D.C.
4/85
  1st appearance of Blue Beetle & Detective Karp in D.C. Comics. Wraparound cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
51. 1,908 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 Marvel
1987
  Peter Parker weds Mary Jane Watson. Spider-Man & Peter Parker covers exist.
52. 1,853 Uncanny X-Men #248 Marvel
9/89
  1st Jim Lee art on Uncanny X-Men. Longshot leaves the X-Men.
53. 1,823 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 Mirage Studios
1985
  Pin-up by Matt Howarth. Wraparound cover.
54. 1,811 Uncanny X-Men #268 Marvel
9/90
  Captain America & Black Widow appearance.
55. 1,795 Batman #428 D.C.
12/88
  Part 3 “A Death in the Family” story. “Death” of Robin II (Jason Todd). Superman appearance.
56. 1,773 Uncanny X-Men #211 Marvel
11/86
  1st full appearance of the Marauders.
57. 1,773 Darkhawk #1 Marvel
3/91
  Origin & 1st appearance of Darkhawk (Chris Powell). Hobgoblin appearance.
58. 1,770 X-Factor #1 Marvel
2/86
  Origin & 1st appearance of X-Factor. 1st appearance of Cameron Hodge & Rusty.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.50 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
59. 1,750 X-Force #1 Marvel
8/91
  Wraparound cover. Poly-bag removed. Direct Editions exist with “Positive” and “Negative” UPC codes.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
60. 1,719 Amazing Spider-Man #312 Marvel
2/89
  Green Goblin battles Hobgoblin.
61. 1,717 Spider-Man 1 Platinum Edition Marvel
8/90
  Lizard appearance.
62. 1,694 Incredible Hulk #377 Marvel
1/91
  Doc Samson & Ringmaster appearance. Direct Sales have “Tiger Electronics” insert included.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
63. 1,687 Uncanny X-Men #283 Marvel
12/91
  1st full appearance of Bishop, Malcolm & Randall.
64. 1,666 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 Mirage Studios
1985
  Pin-up by Jason Sklaver. Wraparound cover.
65. 1,646 Spider-Man #13 Marvel
8/91
  Spider-Man #1 (8/90) cover homage. Morbius appearance.
66. 1,627 Uncanny X-Men #201 Marvel
1/86
  1st appearance of Cable as baby Nathan. Starjammers & Binary appearance. Storm becomes team leader.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
67. 1,611 New Mutants Annual #2 Marvel
10/86
  1st U.S. appearance of Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock). Captain Britain, Mojo & Spiral appearance.
68. 1,604 Captain America Annual #8 Marvel
1986
  1st appearance of Overrider (Richard Rennselaer) & T.E.S.S.-One. Wolverine appearance.
69. 1,552 Amazing Spider-Man #315 Marvel
5/89
  Venom & Hydro-Man appearance.
70. 1,528 Uncanny X-Men #212 Marvel
12/86
  Wolverine vs. Sabretooth.
71. 1,521 Sandman #8 D.C./Vertigo
8/89
  1st appearance of Death.
72. 1,460 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #21 Marvel
3/84
  1st appearance of Storm Shadow. Silent issue.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
73. 1,459 Wolverine #2 Marvel
12/88
  Back cover pin-up by Bill Sienkiewicz. Silver Samurai & Jessica Drew appearance.
74. 1,444 Silver Surfer v3 #44 Marvel
12/90
  1st appearance of the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos & Drax app. Direct Editions include “Tiger Electronics” insert.
75. 1,442 Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 D.C.
11/85
  “Death” of the Flash (Barry Allen).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
76. 1,429 Uncanny X-Men #281 Marvel
10/91
  1st appearance of Trevor Fitzroy. New X-Men team. Wraparound cover.
77. 1,394 Batman #423 D.C.
9/88
  Jim Starlin story. Dave Cockrum & Mike DeCarlo art. Todd McFarlane cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
78. 1,361 Star Wars #107 Marvel
9/86
  Last issue. Admiral Ackbar, Nien Nunb, Lumiya, Knife, Dani & Fenn Shysa appearance.
79. 1,355 New Mutants #26 Marvel
4/85
  1st full appearance of Legion. Multiple Man appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
80. 1,354 Amazing Spider-Man #317 Marvel
7/89
  Venom & Thing appearance.
81. 1,352 Legends #3 D.C.
1/87
  1st appearance of the new Suicide Squad. President Ronald Reagan appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
82. 1,350 New Mutants 87 Second Printing Marvel
3/90
  1st appearance of Cable, Stryfe & the Mutant Liberation Front.
83. 1,296 Wolverine #8 Marvel
6/89
  Hulk appearance. Back cover pin-up by Rob Liefeld.
84. 1,292 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 Mirage Studios
1984
  First appearance of April O’Neil & the Mousers. Pin-up by Laird & Foster. Wraparound cover. Wraparound cover.
85. 1,269 Suicide Squad #1 D.C.
5/87
  John Ostrander story. Luke McDonnell & Karl Kesel art. Howard Chaykin cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
86. 1,235 Booster Gold #1 D.C.
2/86
  1st appearance of Booster Gold & Skeets. Blackguard appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
87. 1,222 Infinity Gauntlet #2 Marvel
8/91
  Jim Starlin story. George Perez & Joe Rubinstein art. George Perez cover.
88. 1,220 Infinity Gauntlet #4 Marvel
10/91
  Jim Starlin story. Ron Lim & George Perez art. George Perez cover.
89. 1,206 Uncanny X-Men #256 Marvel
12/89
  1st new Psylocke. Mandarin appearance.
90. 1,202 Uncanny X-Men #222 Marvel
10/87
  Wolverine vs. Sabretooth. Marauders appearance.
91. 1,189 Ghost Rider v2 #1 Marvel
5/90
  1st appearance Dan Ketch as Ghost Rider. 1st appearance of Deathwatch. Kingpin appearance.
92. 1,171 Batman #429 D.C.
1/89
  “A Death in the Family” Part 4 of storyline. Superman appearance.
93. 1,169 Batman #386 D.C.
8/85
  Origin & 1st appearance of Black Mask (Roman Sionis).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
94. 1,168 Infinity Gauntlet #3 Marvel
9/91
  Jim Starlin story. George Perez & Joe Rubinstein art. George Perez cover.
95. 1,158 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Third Printing Mirage Studios
2/85
  Origin & 1st app. of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shredder & Splinter. Wraparound cover.
96. 1,155 Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1 Marvel
2/87
  1st appearance of Charlemagne. “Death” of Ned Leeds (original Hobgoblin).
97. 1,122 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #7 Marvel
11/84
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
98. 1,113 Spider-Man 1 Poly-Bagged Silver Edition Marvel
8/90
  Lizard appearance. Poly-bag removed.
99. 1,095 Amazing Spider-Man #313 Marvel
3/89
  Lizard appearance.
100. 1,074 Marvel Comics Presents #72 Marvel
1991
  Wraparound cover. Origin of Wolverine. Weapon X, Shanna, Daredevil & Red Wolf stories. Jackson Guice back cover art.
101. 1,057 Amazing Spider-Man #306 Marvel
10/88
  Black Cat, Humbug & Chameleon appearance. Action Comics #1 cover homage.
102. 1,044 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Marvel
10/87
  Kraven & Vermin appearance.
103. 1,023 Predator #1 Dark Horse
6/89
  1st appearance of Predator in comics.
104. 1,022 Thanos Quest #1 Marvel
1990
  In-Betweener, Champion, Gardener & Death appearance. Wraparound cover.
105. 1,021 Avengers #257 Marvel
7/85
  1st appearance of Nebula. Ka-Zar, Shanna, Zabu & Terminus appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
106. 1,010 Magnus Robot Fighter #1 Valiant
5/91
  Trading cards included.
107. 1,004 Amazing Spider-Man #289 Marvel
6/87
  Ned Leeds revealed as Hobgoblin. 1st app. new Hobgoblin (Jack O’Lantern). Kingpin, Rose & Foreigner appearance.
108. 1,001 Batman #426 D.C.
12/88
  “A Death in the Family” Part 1 of storyline.
109. 996 Infinity Gauntlet #6 Marvel
12/91
  Jim Starlin story. Ron Lim & Joe Rubinstein art. Ron Lim & George Perez cover.
110. 994 Thor #339 Marvel
1/84
  1st appearance of Stormbreaker. Beta Ray Bill appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
111. 993 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Marvel
6/90
  1st appearance of Taserface.
112. 992 Batman #442 D.C.
12/89
  1st appearance of Timothy Drake in Robin costume. Two-Face & Nightwing appearance.
113. 984 Longshot #1 Marvel
9/85
  1st appearance of Longshot & Spiral.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
114. 984 Hellblazer #1 D.C.
1/88
  1st John Constantine in his own title. 1st appearance of Papa Midnite, Cedella, Mnemoth, Gary Lester & Chas Chandler.
115. 982 Raphael #1 Mirage Studios
1985
  1st Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spin-off. 1st appearance of Casey Jones.
116. 980 New Mutants #18 Marvel
8/84
  1st appearance of new Warlock.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
117. 976 Batman #405 D.C.
3/87
  Part 2 of “Year One” storyline.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
118. 973 Silver Surfer v3 #50 Marvel
6/91
  Origin of the Silver Surfer retold. Thanos appearance. Embossed silver foil cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
119. 959 Infinity Gauntlet #5 Marvel
11/91
  Jim Starlin story. Ron Lim & Joe Rubinstein art. Ron Lim & George Perez cover.
120. 936 Batman #406 D.C.
4/87
  Part 3 of “Year One” storyline.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
121. 934 Solar, Man of the Atom #1 Valiant
9/91
  1st appearance of Solar (Doctor Phil Seleski). 8 page insert by Barry Windsor-Smith.
122. 926 Punisher Limited Series #4 Marvel
4/86
  Jigsaw appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
123. 918 Batman #427 D.C.
12/88
  “A Death in the Family” Part 2 of storyline.
124. 910 Punisher War Journal #1 Marvel
11/88
  Origin of the Punisher. Matt Murdock appearance.
125. 902 Amazing Spider-Man #345 Marvel
3/91
  Cletus Kasady, Venom, Cardiac, Boomerang & Silver Sable appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
126. 898 Amazing Spider-Man #311 Marvel
1/89
  Mysterio appearance. Hobgoblin cameo on last page.
127. 894 Punisher Limited Series #2 Marvel
2/86
  Steven Grant story. Mike Zeck & John Beatty art. Mike Zeck cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
128. 892 Amazing Spider-Man #275 Marvel
4/86
  Hobgoblin, Rose & Kingpin appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.50 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
129. 884 Watchmen #2 D.C.
10/86
  Alan Moore story. Dave Gibbons cover & art.
130. 880 Miracleman #15 Eclipse
11/88
  “Death” of Kid Miracleman.
131. 879 Spider-Man 1 Poly-Bagged Edition Marvel
8/90
  Lizard appearance. Poly-bag removed.
132. 857 Punisher Limited Series #3 Marvel
3/86
  Steven Grant story. Mike Zeck & John Beatty art. Mike Zeck cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
133. 855 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Marvel
11/87
  “Death” of Kraven the Hunter. Vermin appearance.
134. 850 Miracleman #1 Eclipse
8/85
  Alan Moore story. Garry Leach cover & art.
135. 850 Spectacular Spider-Man #90 Marvel
5/84
  1st black costume in title. Black Cat appearance. Vision & Scarlet Witch cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
136. 833 Amazing Spider-Man #303 Marvel
8/88
  Sandman & Silver Sable appearance.
137. 831 Detective Comics #27 D.C.
1984
  Oreo Cookies giveaway. Reprints 1st appearance of Batman from Detective Comics #27
138. 828 Masters of the Universe #1 Marvel
5/86
  Mike Carlin story. Ron Wilson & Dennis Janke art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
139. 825 Batman #407 D.C.
5/87
  Part 4 of “Year One” storyline.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
140. 816 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3 Marvel
7/84
  1st appearance of Volcana (Marsha Rosenberg) & the new Titania (Mary “Skeeter” MacPherran).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
141. 816 Solar, Man of the Atom #3 Valiant
11/91
  10 page insert by Barry Windsor-Smith. 1st appearance of Toyo Harada & Thumper. 1st mention of the Harbinger Foundation.
142. 806 Amazing Spider-Man #323 Marvel
11/89
  Captain America, Silver Sable & Solo appearance.
143. 801 Uncanny X-Men #193 Marvel
5/85
  1st appearance of Warpath in costume. Rachel Summers joins the X-Men.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.50 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
144. 800 Amazing Spider-Man #314 Marvel
4/89
  Christmas cover.
145. 793 Justice League #1 D.C.
5/87
  1st app. of Maxwell Lord (Black King).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
146. 792 Silver Surfer v3 #34 Marvel
2/90
  Return of Thanos.
147. 790 Amazing Spider-Man #347 Marvel
5/91
  Venom appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
148. 788 Superman #1 D.C.
1/87
  Origin & 1st appearance of new Metallo. Direct editions include “Man of Steel” contest form.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
149. 765 Batman #368 D.C.
2/84
  Jason Todd officially becomes the 2nd Robin.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
150. 765 Amazing Spider-Man #346 Marvel
4/91
  Venom appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
151. 763 Uncanny X-Men #267 Marvel
9/90
  Early Gambit appearance.
152. 752 Batman #457 D.C.
12/90
  1st appearance of Tim Drake as Robin. Scarecrow appearance.
153. 750 Ghost Rider v2 #15 Marvel
7/91
  Deathwatch & Blackout appearance. Glow-in-the-dark cover.
154. 748 V for Vendetta #1 D.C.
9/88
  Wraparound cover.
155. 747 Punisher Limited Series #5 Marvel
5/86
  Jigsaw appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
156. 740 Web of Spider-Man #32 Marvel
11/87
  Kraven & Vermin appearance.
157. 738 Uncanny X-Men #205 Marvel
5/86
  Origin of Lady Deathstrike. Spiral & Energizer (Katie Power) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 95¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
158. 731 Magnus Robot Fighter #5 Valiant
10/91
  Flipbook w/ Rai #1. 1st app. of Rai, X-O Commando, Slagger, Felina & Grandmother. Trading cards included.
159. 723 Watchmen #3 D.C.
11/86
  Alan Moore story. Dave Gibbons cover & art.
160. 721 Amazing Spider-Man #258 Marvel
11/84
  Spider-Man’s new costume revealed to be an alien symbiote. Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Black Cat & Hobgoblin appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
161. 715 Amazing Spider-Man #256 Marvel
9/84
  1st appearance of Puma (Thomas Fireheart). Black Cat & Rose appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
162. 715 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Second Printing Mirage Studios
1/85
  First appearance of April O’Neil & the Mousers. Pin-up by Laird & Foster. Wraparound cover. Wraparound cover.
163. 715 Wolverine #3 Marvel
1/89
  Pin-up by Kevin Nowlan on back cover. Silver Samurai & Jessica Drew appearance.
164. 715 Amazing Spider-Man #322 Marvel
10/89
  Silver Sable appearance.
165. 709 Watchmen #12 D.C.
10/87
  “Death” of Rorschach.
166. 709 Amazing Spider-Man #318 Marvel
8/89
  Scorpion appearance.
167. 707 Marvel Age #41 Marvel
8/86
  Stan Lee photo cover.
168. 706 Wonder Woman #7 D.C.
8/87
  1st appearance of the new Cheetah (Doctor Barbara Ann Minerva).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
169. 705 Flash #1 D.C.
6/87
  New Teen Titans & Vandal Savage appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
170. 702 Caliber Presents #1 Caliber Press
1/89
  1st appearance of the Crow.
171. 700 Marvel Comics Presents #1 Marvel
9/88
  Wolverine, Master of Kung Fu, Man-Thing & Silver Surfer stories. Wraparound cover.
172. 700 Watchmen #4 D.C.
12/86
  Origin of Dr. Manhattan.
173. 697 Spider-Man #2 Marvel
9/90
  Lizard & Calypso appearance.
174. 695 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #4 Marvel
8/84
  Jim Shooter story. Bob Layton & John Beatty art. Bob Layton cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
175. 695 Uncanny X-Men #184 Marvel
8/84
  1st appearance of Forge. Selene appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
176. 694 Thundercats #1 Marvel
12/85
  Based on the animated television series.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
177. 687 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #10 Marvel
2/85
  Jim Shooter story. Mike Zeck & John Beatty art. Mike Zeck & Terry Austin cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
178. 681 Amazing Spider-Man #319 Marvel
9/89
  Rhino, Blacklash & Scorpion appearance.
179. 678 Lobo #1 D.C.
11/90
  L.E.G.I.O.N. appearance.
180. 677 New Mutants #14 Marvel
4/84
  1st Illyana Rasputin as Magik. S’ym appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
181. 675 Excalibur #1 Marvel
10/88
  1st appearance of Widget. Pin-up by Alan Davis & Paul Neary on back cover.
182. 675 X-Men #2 Marvel
11/91
  Magneto, Val Cooper, Nick Fury, Moira MacTaggert & Acolytes appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
183. 673 Punisher War Journal #6 Marvel
6/89
  Wolverine appearance.
184. 669 Amazing Spider-Man #305 Marvel
9/88
  Prowler & Black Fox appearance. Johnny Carson cameo.
185. 668 Power Pack #1 Marvel
8/84
  Origin & 1st appearance of Power Pack (Alex, Julie, Jack & Katie Power).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.25 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
186. 665 Sensational She-Hulk #1 Marvel
5/89
  Origin of She-Hulk retold. Ringmaster, Circus of Crime & Headmen appearance.
187. 662 Uncanny X-Men #210 Marvel
10/86
  X-Factor & Hellfire Club appearance. Marauders cameo.
188. 643 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #5 Marvel
9/84
  Jim Shooter story. Bob Layton & John Beatty art. Bob Layton & Bob Wiacek cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
189. 641 Amazing Spider-Man #259 Marvel
12/84
  Origin of Mary Jane Watson. Hobgoblin, Rose, Mister Fantastic & She-Hulk appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
190. 640 Daredevil #254 Marvel
5/88
  Origin & 1st appearance of Typhoid Mary (Mary Alice Walker). Kingpin appearance.
191. 633 Watchmen #5 D.C.
1/87
  Alan Moore story. Dave Gibbons cover & art.
192. 630 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 Mirage Studios
1985
  Wraparound cover.
193. 627 Evil Ernie #1 Malibu/Eternity
12/91
  Origin & 1st appearance of Evil Ernie. 1st appearance of Lady Death.
194. 623 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6 Marvel
10/84
  Jim Shooter story. Mike Zeck & John Beatty art. Bob Layton cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.00 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
195. 622 Amazing Spider-Man #324 Marvel
11/89
  Silver Sable, Captain America, Solo & Sabretooth appearance.
196. 622 Captain America #360 Marvel
10/89
  1st appearance of Crossbones (Brock Rumlow). “Bloodstone Hunt” part 4
197. 615 Batman #436 D.C.
8/89
  Origin of Robin (Dick Grayson) retold. 1st appearance of Tim Drake.
198. 613 Watchmen #6 D.C.
2/87
  Origin of Rorschach.
199. 612 Incredible Hulk #330 Marvel
4/87
  Todd McFarlane art begins. “Death” of Thunderbolt Ross. Doc Samson appearance.
200. 612 Amazing Spider-Man #304 Marvel
9/88
  Prowler & Black Fox appearance.
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