Key Comic Books From 1957

March 1, 2021

1957


Key comic books from 1957
The silver age of comics has been extensively researched by the hobby, and the key comic books of that era are no big secret; but, the only two types of lists of key silver age comic books by year that I’ve ever seen are either: (1) personalized lists based upon judgement calls of what is most important to the particular writer, and (2) lists based upon high sales price data (which can often be influenced by the grade of what was sold).

The top 100 key comic books from 1957 list you’re about to see is neither of those two type

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main Silver Age page, the list I’m about to present is essentially “crowd-sourced”… by the crowd of collectors sending comics to CGC. All I’ve done here is to rank the universe of comic books published in 1957, according to how many copies of each issue have passed through CGC’s doors to date (as of 1/19/2021) to reveal the comic books with the highest census counts — that’s it!

This exercise should “tease out” a very interesting list of important and/or key comic books from 1957, but this will not necessarily be an all-encompassing list (because if very few copies were printed for a given key, that restricted supply could keep the count of CGC submissions low even though the comic is very important — this exercise will unfortunately see such comics sort themselves off of the bottom through no fault of their own). So essentially, you should think of this list as just one more tool in your tool-belt of researching key comic books from 1957.

Key Comic Books From 1957:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 285 Showcase #8 D.C.
5-6/57
  2nd appearance of Silver Age Flash. Origin and 1st appearance of Captain Cold (Leonard Snart).
2. 211 Showcase #9 D.C.
7-8/57
  1st Lois Lane tryout issue. Superman and Lana Lang appearance.
3. 185 Showcase #6 D.C.
1-2/57
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown (Rocky Davis, Prof Haley, Red Ryan & A
4. 154 Showcase #10 D.C.
9-10/57
  Lois Lane.
5. 117 Batman #105 D.C.
2/57
  2nd appearance of Batwoman (1st appearance in this title).
6. 114 Tastee-Freez Comics #1 Harvey Publications
1957
  Little Dot. Richie Rich “Ride ‘Em Cowboy” story.
7. 101 Showcase #11 D.C.
11-12/57
  3rd appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown.
8. 86 Showcase #7 D.C.
3-4/57
  Challengers of the Unknown. 1st appearance of June Robbins. ULTIVAC appearance. Robot cover.
9. 81 Batman #110 D.C.
9/57
  Joker appearance.
10. 74 Detective Comics #241 D.C.
3/57
  Edmond Hamilton story. Ruben Moreira and Joe Certa art. Sheldon Moldoff cover and art.
11. 73 Batman #108 D.C.
6/57
  Bill Finger story. Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris. cover and art.
12. 73 Batman #112 D.C.
12/57
  1st appearance of Signalman (Phillip Cobb) and Professor Milo. Doctor Carter Nichols appearance.
13. 59 Batman #109 D.C.
8/57
  Edmond Hamilton story. Dick Sprang and Charles Paris art. Sheldon Moldoff cover and art.
14. 59 Batman #106 D.C.
3/57
  Sheldon Moldoff cover. Dick Sprang, Sheldon Moldoff,. Stan Kaye and Charles Paris art.
15. 59 Hot Stuff #1 Harvey Publications
10/57
  1st appearance of Hot Stuff. Pesty and Jesty story.
16. 59 Harvey Hits #3 Harvey Publications
11/57
  1st book devoted to Richie Rich.
17. 53 Superman #112 D.C.
3/57
  Luthor appearance.
18. 50 Superman #117 D.C.
11/57
  Luthor appearance.
19. 49 Batman #107 D.C.
4/57
  Bill Finger story, Sheldon Moldoff cover. Sheldon Moldoff, Stan Kaye and. Charles Paris art.
20. 49 World’s Finest Comics #90 D.C.
9-10/57
  Edmond Hamilton story. Dick Sprang, George Papp & Fred Ray art. Curt Swan & Ray Burnley cover.
21. 49 Batman #111 D.C.
10/57
  Bill Finger and Edmond Hamilton stories. Sheldon Moldoff, Charles Paris and. Stan Kaye art, Sheldon Moldoff cover.
22. 48 Superman #110 D.C.
1/57
  Luthor appearance.
23. 44 Superman #111 D.C.
2/57
  Alvin Schwartz and Otto Binder stories. Ruben Moreira and Al Plastino art. Al Plastino cover.
24. 43 Superman #113 D.C.
5/57
  Bill Finger story. Wayne Boring cover and art.
25. 43 Detective Comics #244 D.C.
6/57
  Bill Finger story, Sheldon Moldoff cover. Sheldon Moldoff, Ruben Moreira and. Joe Certa art.
26. 42 Blackhawk #108 D.C.
1/57
  1st DC issue. Killer Shark appearance.
27. 42 Superman #115 D.C.
8/57
  Otto Binder and Jerry Coleman story. Al Plastino and Wayne Boring art. Al Plastino and Stan Kaye cover.
28. 42 Uncle Scrooge #18 Dell Publishing
6-8/57
  Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose backup story by Barks.
29. 41 G.I. Combat #44 D.C.
1/57
  1st DC issue. Grey tone cover.
30. 41 World’s Finest Comics #88 D.C.
5-6/57
  1st Joker/Luthor team-up.
31. 41 Superman #116 D.C.
9/57
  Superboy appearance in flashback.
32. 40 Detective Comics #239 D.C.
1/57
  Grey tone cover.
33. 39 World’s Finest Comics #89 D.C.
7-8/57
 
34. 38 Mad #34 E.C.
7-8/57
  Dave Berg art begins. Norman Mingo cover. Fredric Wertham parody. “TV Guide” parody.
35. 38 Brave and the Bold #10 D.C.
2-3/57
  Robin Hood, Silent Knight and Viking Prince.
36. 38 World’s Finest Comics #91 D.C.
11-12/57
  Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
37. 35 Detective Comics #243 D.C.
5/57
 
38. 35 Superman #114 D.C.
7/57
 
39. 34 Tastee-Freez Comics #6 Harvey Publications
1957
  Dick Tracy. Last issue.
40. 33 Mad #33 E.C.
5-6/57
  Norman Mingo cover. “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” parody. Cowboy spoof with Wally Wood art.
41. 33 Yellow Claw #4 Atlas
4/57
  Last issue. Last appearance of Yellow Claw until Strange Tales #161, October 1967
42. 33 Brave and the Bold #14 D.C.
10-11/57
  Robin Hood, Silent Knight and Viking Prince
43. 32 Action Comics #226 D.C.
3/57
 
44. 32 Action Comics #228 D.C.
5/57
 
45. 32 Uncle Scrooge #16 Dell Publishing
12/56-2/57
  Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose backup story by Barks.
46. 31 Turok, Son of Stone #6 Dell Publishing
12/56-2/57
  Origin of Lost Valley inside cover text feature by Gaylord DuBois. Painted cover.
47. 31 Uncle Scrooge #17 Dell Publishing
3-5/57
  Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey & Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose back-up story by Barks.
48. 31 Yellow Claw #3 Atlas
2/57
 
49. 31 Jughead’s Folly #1 Archie Publications
1957
  Only issue.
50. 30 Action Comics #227 D.C.
4/57
 
51. 30 Mystery Tales #51 Atlas
3/57
 
52. 30 Wonder Woman #87 D.C.
1/57
 
53. 29 Mad #35 E.C.
9-10/57
  5th Anniversary issue. Cinderella parody. Wraparound cover by Norman Mingo.
54. 29 Brave and the Bold #13 D.C.
8-9/57
  Silent Knight, Viking Prince and Robin Hood.
55. 29 Detective Comics #249 D.C.
11/57
  Batwoman appearance.
56. 29 Journey Into Mystery #43 Atlas
2/57
 
57. 29 Action Comics #224 D.C.
1/57
 
58. 29 Action Comics #231 D.C.
8/57
 
59. 29 Detective Comics #248 D.C.
10/57
 
60. 29 Detective Comics #246 D.C.
8/57
  1st appearance of Diane Mead.
61. 28 Detective Comics #247 D.C.
9/57
  Professor Milo appearance.
62. 28 Wonder Woman #89 D.C.
4/57
  Flying saucer cover.
63. 28 Strange Adventures #79 D.C.
4/57
 
64. 28 House of Secrets #2 D.C.
1-2/57
 
65. 28 Harvey Hits #1 Harvey Publications
9/57
  Phantom. Shirl, The Jungle Girl backup story.
66. 28 Action Comics #234 D.C.
11/57
 
67. 28 Wonder Woman #88 D.C.
2/57
 
68. 28 Brave and the Bold #12 D.C.
6-7/57
  Robin Hood, Viking Prince and Silent Knight.
69. 27 Brave and the Bold #9 D.C.
12/56-1/57
  Robin Hood, Viking Prince and Silent Knight.
70. 27 Playboy v4 #4 HMH Publishing Co.
April 1957
  Gloria Windsor centerfold Elaine Conte cover
71. 27 Mad #32 E.C.
3-4/57
  “Nancy” comics parody. Joe Orlando, George Woodbridge & Mort Drucker art begins.
72. 26 Detective Comics #250 D.C.
12/57
 
73. 26 Action Comics #232 D.C.
9/57
  1st Curt Swan cover in title.
74. 26 Wonder Woman #93 D.C.
10/57
 
75. 26 Detective Comics #240 D.C.
2/57
 
76. 26 Strange Tales #55 Atlas
2/57
 
77. 26 Detective Comics #242 D.C.
4/57
 
78. 26 Journey Into Mystery #47 Atlas
6/57
 
79. 25 Brave and the Bold #11 D.C.
4-5/57
  Robin Hood, Viking Prince and Silent Knight.
80. 25 Action Comics #225 D.C.
2/57
 
81. 25 Uncle Scrooge Goes to Disneyland #1 Dell Publishing
8/57
  Dell Giant. Painted cover. Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto and Gyro Gearloose appearance
82. 25 Mickey Mouse Almanac #1 Dell Publishing
12/57
  Dell Giant. Uncle Scrooge and Gyro Gearloose stories Painted cover.
83. 25 Playboy v4 #2 HMH Publishing Co.
February 1957
  Sally Todd centerfold. Jayne Mansfield cover & pictorial.
84. 25 Wonder Woman #94 D.C.
11/57
  Duke of Deception and Robin Hood appearance. Wonder Woman watches Superman TV show.
85. 25 Wonder Woman #92 D.C.
8/57
 
86. 24 Strange Tales #56 Atlas
3/57
  Robot cover.
87. 24 Playboy v4 #3 HMH Publishing Co.
March 1957
  Sandra Edwards cover & centerfold, Alberto Vargas interview & first “Vargas Girl” pictorial.
88. 24 Playboy v4 #11 HMH Publishing Co.
November 1957
  Marlene Callahan centerfold, Sophia Loren & Jayne Mansfield, Ella Fitzgerald meets Duke Ellingto
89. 24 Playboy v4 #8 HMH Publishing Co.
August 1957
  Dolores Donlon cover & centerfold. “View from a Penthouse” pictorial.
90. 24 Playboy v4 #12 HMH Publishing Co.
December 1957
  Linda Vargas centerfold, Lisa Winters pictorial Harvey Kurtzman, Mike Wallace interviews Playboy
91. 24 Uncle Scrooge #19 Dell Publishing
9-11/57
  Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose backup story by Barks.
92. 23 Journey Into Mystery #48 Atlas
8/57
 
93. 23 Detective Comics #245 D.C.
7/57
 
94. 23 Mad #31 E.C.
1-2/57
  Frank Kelly Freas art begins. Last Jack Davis art until issue #99. Marilyn Monroe spoof.
95. 23 World’s Finest Comics #86 D.C.
1-2/57
 
96. 23 Humbug #1 Humbug
8/57
 
97. 23 Turok, Son of Stone #7 Dell Publishing
3-5/57
  Painted cover.
98. 22 Action Comics #233 D.C.
10/57
 
99. 22 Sergeant Bilko #1 D.C.
5-6/57
  Based on the CBS television series “The Phil Silvers Show”.
100. 22 Journey Into Mystery #42 Atlas
1/57
 
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