Key Comic Books From 1958

March 1, 2021

1958


Key comic books from 1958
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 1958 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 1958, 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 1958, 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 1958.

Key Comic Books From 1958:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 570 Superboy #68 D.C.
10/58
  Origin and 1st appearance of Bizarro.
2. 497 Action Comics #242 D.C.
7/58
  Origin and 1st appearance of Brainiac. 1st appearance of the shrunken city of Kandor.
3. 468 Adventure Comics #247 D.C.
4/58
  1st appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Lightning Boy (Lad), Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy.
4. 351 Superman #123 D.C.
8/58
  Supergirl tryout. Superman returns to Krypton.
5. 287 Showcase #17 D.C.
11-12/58
  Adventures on Other Worlds. Origin & 1st appearance of Adam Strange. 1st appearance of Alanna.
6. 249 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #1 D.C.
3-4/58
  Jerry Coleman and Otto Binder stories. Kurt Schaffenberger art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
7. 236 Showcase #14 D.C.
5-6/58
  4th appearance of Silver Age Flash. Origin of Doctor Alchemy.
8. 203 Showcase #13 D.C.
3-4/58
  3rd appearance of Silver Age Flash. 1st appearance of Mr. Element.
9. 172 Challengers of the Unknown #1 D.C.
4-5/58
  Jack Kirby story, cover and art.
10. 151 Famous Monsters of Filmland #1 Warren Publishing
2/58
  1st Warren monster magazine. Jim Warren & Marion Moore photo cover.
11. 140 Wonder Woman #98 D.C.
5/58
  New Wonder Woman origin. 1st Ross Andru and Mike Esposito art team in title.
12. 122 Showcase #15 D.C.
7-8/58
  1st appearance of Space Ranger, Myra and Cryll. 2 pg. feature drawn by Jack Kirby.
13. 97 Batman #120 D.C.
12/58
  1st Whirly-Bats.
14. 92 Famous Monsters of Filmland #2 Warren Publishing
9/58
  “Dear Monster” letters page begins. Photo cover. 1st appearance of Monster Mail-Order section.
15. 91 Showcase #12 D.C.
1-2/58
  Challengers of the Unknown.
16. 80 Strange Worlds #1 Atlas
12/58
  Flying saucer cover & story.
17. 78 Batman #116 D.C.
6/58
  Batwoman, Hercules and Zeus appearance.
18. 78 World’s Finest Comics #94 D.C.
5-6/58
  Origin Batman/Superman team retold. Tomahawk & Green Arrow backup stories.
19. 75 Four Color #878 Dell Publishing
2/58
  Peanuts #1
20. 73 Detective Comics #259 D.C.
9/58
  1st appearance of Calendar Man.
21. 70 Showcase #16 D.C.
9-10/58
  2nd appearance of the Space Ranger.
22. 67 Batman #113 D.C.
2/58
  Bill Finger and France Herron stories. Dick Sprang and Charles Paris art. Sheldon Moldoff cover and art.
23. 65 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #3 D.C.
7-8/58
  Otto Binder and Jerry Coleman story. Kurt Schaffenberger art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
24. 64 Batman #119 D.C.
10/58
  Batwoman appearance.
25. 60 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #2 D.C.
5-6/58
  Otto Binder and Jerry Coleman story,. Kurt Schaffenberger and Wayne Boring art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
26. 53 Batman #115 D.C.
4/58
  Bill Finger story. Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris art. Sheldon Moldoff cover.
27. 52 Batman #118 D.C.
9/58
  Bill Finger story, Curt Swan cover. Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff,. Charles Paris and Ray Burnley art.
28. 51 Adventure Comics #253 D.C.
10/58
  1st meeting of Superboy & Robin.
29. 51 Superman #124 D.C.
9/58
  Otto Binder story. Kurt Schaffenberger and Al Plastino art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
30. 50 Action Comics #241 D.C.
6/58
  Batman appearance. 1st appearance of Fortress of Solitude (Fort Superman).
31. 49 Batman #117 D.C.
8/58
  Arnold Drake story. Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris art. Curt Swan and Ray Burnley cover.
32. 48 New Adventures of Charlie Chan #1 D.C.
5-6/58
  John Broome story. Sid Greene and Joe Giella cover and art.
33. 47 Challengers of the Unknown #4 D.C.
10-11/58
  Jack Kirby story and cover. Jack Kirby and Wally Wood art.
34. 47 Batman #114 D.C.
3/58
  Full page ad for Lois Lane #1
35. 46 Superman #118 D.C.
1/58
  Curt Swan, Al Plastino and. Ray Burnley art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
36. 46 If the Devil Would Talk #nn Catechetical Guild
1958
  Paper cover.
37. 45 Superman #121 D.C.
5/58
  Binder, Coleman and Schwartz stories. Swan, Schaffenberger and Boring art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
38. 45 Wonder Woman #99 D.C.
7/58
  Origin of Diana Prince identity.
39. 42 Detective Comics #252 D.C.
2/58
  Dave Wood story, Sheldon Moldoff cover. Sheldon Moldoff, Ruben Moreira,. Joe Certa and Charles Paris art.
40. 41 Brave and the Bold #18 D.C.
6-7/58
  Silent Knight and Viking Prince. Grey tone cover.
41. 41 Superman #125 D.C.
11/58
 
42. 40 Challengers of the Unknown #2 D.C.
6-7/58
 
43. 40 Brave and the Bold #19 D.C.
8-9/58
  Viking Prince and Silent Knight.
44. 40 Action Comics #247 D.C.
12/58
 
45. 39 Superman #122 D.C.
7/58
 
46. 39 Superman #119 D.C.
2/58
 
47. 38 Detective Comics #256 D.C.
6/58
 
48. 38 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #5 D.C.
11-12/58
 
49. 38 Detective Comics #254 D.C.
4/58
  Bat-Hound cover and story.
50. 37 Uncle Scrooge #20 Dell Publishing
12/57-2/58
  Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose backup story by Barks.
51. 37 Challengers of the Unknown #3 D.C.
8-9/58
  Rocky sent into space and returns with four super powers. Pre-dates Fantastic Four #1 by over 3
52. 37 Uncle Scrooge #23 Dell Publishing
9-11/58
  Beagle Boys, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose backup story by Barks
53. 36 World’s Finest Comics #92 D.C.
1-2/58
 
54. 35 Brave and the Bold #20 D.C.
10-11/58
  Viking Prince and Silent Knight.
55. 35 Disneyland Birthday Party #1 Dell Publishing
10/58
  Dell Giant. 16 page Uncle Scrooge story by Barks. Painted cover.
56. 34 Humbug #7 Humbug
2/58
  “September Morn” by Paul Chabas homage Frankenstein parody. Grey tone cover.
57. 34 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #4 D.C.
9-10/58
 
58. 34 Uncle Scrooge #22 Dell Publishing
6-8/58
  Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose backup story by Barks.
59. 34 World’s Finest Comics #97 D.C.
10/58
 
60. 34 Wonder Woman #101 D.C.
10/58
 
61. 33 Wonder Woman #102 D.C.
11/58
 
62. 33 Detective Comics #261 D.C.
11/58
  1st appearance of Dr. X and Dr. Double X.
63. 33 Strange Planets #1 I.W. Enterprises
1958
 
64. 32 Action Comics #246 D.C.
11/58
 
65. 32 Vacation in Disneyland #1 Dell Publishing
8/58
  Dell Giant. Painted cover. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Beagle Boys, Goofy, Huey, Dewey and Louie
66. 31 Superman #120 D.C.
3/58
  Full page ad for Lois Lane #1
67. 31 Action Comics #245 D.C.
10/58
  Kandor appearance.
68. 31 Detective Comics #258 D.C.
8/58
 
69. 31 Wonder Woman #100 D.C.
8/58
  100th issue anniversary story.
70. 31 Superboy #69 D.C.
12/58
 
71. 31 Strange Tales #65 Atlas
10/58
 
72. 30 World’s Finest Comics #98 D.C.
12/58
 
73. 30 Friendly Ghost Casper #1 Harvey Publications
8/58
 
74. 30 Tom and Jerry’s Toy Fair #1 Dell Publishing
6/58
  Dell Giant. Painted cover. Droopy, Spike and Tyke stories.
75. 29 Detective Comics #262 D.C.
12/58
 
76. 29 Adventure Comics #255 D.C.
12/58
  Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover. 2nd appearance of red kryptonite.
77. 29 Detective Comics #260 D.C.
10/58
 
78. 29 Wonder Woman #95 D.C.
1/58
  Atomic explosion cover and panel.
79. 28 Detective Comics #255 D.C.
5/58
 
80. 28 Dream of Love #8 I.W. Enterprises
1958
 
81. 28 Forbidden Worlds #73 American Group
12/58
  1st appearance of Herbie.
82. 28 Strange Tales #64 Atlas
8/58
 
83. 28 Wonder Woman #97 D.C.
4/58
  Last H.G. Peter art on Wonder Woman.
84. 28 Turok, Son of Stone #13 Dell Publishing
9-11/58
  Painted cover.
85. 27 Turok, Son of Stone #12 Dell Publishing
6-8/58
  Painted cover.
86. 27 World’s Finest Comics #93 D.C.
3-4/58
  Vulture-Man apprearance. Full page ad for Lois Lane #1
87. 26 Four Color #933 Dell Publishing
9/58
  Zorro. Guy Williams photo cover. Based on the ABC television series.
88. 26 Mad #43 E.C.
12/58
  “The End of Comics” parody with Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Pogo, L’il Abner & Mary Worth.
89. 26 Life with Archie #1 Archie Publications
9/58
 
90. 26 Mad #42 E.C.
11/58
  Classic Danny Kaye musical parody. Mad “mood music” spoof. Kelly Freas cover.
91. 26 Action Comics #239 D.C.
4/58
  Full page ad for Challengers of the Unknown #1
92. 26 Strange Tales #66 Atlas
12/58
 
93. 25 Detective Comics #253 D.C.
3/58
  1st appearance of the Terrible Trio (Fox, Shark and Vulture).
94. 25 Brave and the Bold #16 D.C.
2-3/58
  Silent Knight and Viking Prince.
95. 25 Harvey Hits #9 Harvey Publications
5/58
  Richie Rich’s Golden Deeds. 2nd book devoted to Richie Rich. Little Dot backup story.
96. 25 Playboy v5 #12 HMH Publishing Co.
December 1958
  Joyce Nizzari centerfold, Jayne Mansfield & Janet Pilgrim in Most Popular Playmates pictorial
97. 24 Detective Comics #257 D.C.
7/58
 
98. 24 Superboy #67 D.C.
9/58
  Krypto and Klax Ar appearance.
99. 24 Spirou 1071 Franco-Belgian 1958
October 23
 
100. 24 Action Comics #244 D.C.
9/58
  Curt Swan begins as Superman artist.
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