Key Comic Books From 1960

March 1, 2021

1960


Key comic books from 1960
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 1960 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 1960, 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 1960, 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 1960.

Key Comic Books From 1960:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 1,392 Justice League of America #1 D.C.
10-11/60
  Origin and 1st appearance of Despero. Letter from Roy Thomas.
2. 1,301 Brave and the Bold #28 D.C.
2-3/60
  1st appearance of the Justice League of America, Starro & Snapper Carr.
3. 1,189 Green Lantern #1 D.C.
7-8/60
  Origin of Green Lantern retold. 1st appearance of the Guardians of the Universe.
4. 537 Flash #110 D.C.
12/59-1/60
  Origin and 1st appearance of Kid Flash (Wally West) and the Weather Wizard (Mark Mardon).
5. 480 Brave and the Bold #30 D.C.
6-7/60
  3rd appearance Justice League of America 1st appearance of Amazo the Android and Professor Ivo.
6. 477 Brave and the Bold #29 D.C.
4-5/60
  2nd appearance of Justice League of America and Snapper Carr. 1st appearance of Xotar. Robot cov
7. 435 Tales to Astonish #13 Atlas
11/60
  1st appearance of Groot.
8. 345 Showcase #24 D.C.
1-2/60
  3rd appearance of the Silver Age Green Lantern.
9. 345 Green Lantern #2 D.C.
9-10/60
  Introduction of Qward Universe. Thomas Kalmaku learns Green Lantern’s identity.
10. 338 Flash #117 D.C.
12/60
  Origin & 1st appearance of Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness). Only S.A. app. of Winky, Blinky
11. 237 Green Lantern #3 D.C.
11-12/60
  Full page ad for Justice League of America #1
12. 235 Flash #112 D.C.
4-5/60
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny). Kid Flash backup story.
13. 235 Batman #136 D.C.
12/60
  Joker and Bat-Mite appearance.
14. 227 Showcase #27 D.C.
7-8/60
  Origin and 1st appearance of Sea Devils. Grey tone cover.
15. 226 Flash #113 D.C.
6-7/60
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Trickster (James Jesse).
16. 170 Action Comics #267 D.C.
8/60
  3rd appearance of the Legion. 1st appearance of Chameleon Boy, Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy.
17. 155 Superman Annual #1 D.C.
10/60
  1st Silver Age D.C. Annual. Two page “World of Krypton” map. DC cover gallery on back cover.
18. 153 Richie Rich #1 Harvey Publications
11/60
  Little Dot and Little Lotta backup stories.
19. 147 Flash #114 D.C.
8/60
  Captain Cold appearance. Kid Flash backup story.
20. 142 Flash #111 D.C.
2-3/60
  2nd appearance of Kid Flash. Full page ad for Brave and the Bold #28
21. 130 Journey Into Mystery #62 Atlas
11/60
  1st appearance of character called “The Hulk” (Xemnu the Titan).
22. 128 Flash #116 D.C.
11/60
  Kid Flash backup story. Full page ad for Justice League of America #1
23. 128 Tales of Suspense #9 Atlas
5/60
  Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Doug Wildey. and John Forte art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
24. 112 Batman #129 D.C.
2/60
  Origin of Robin retold. Batwoman and Spinner appearance. Full page ad for Brave and the Bold #28
25. 103 Batman #134 D.C.
9/60
  Dummy appearance.
26. 103 Showcase #29 D.C.
11-12/60
  3rd appearance of the Sea Devils. Grey tone cover. Half page ad for Justice League of America #1
27. 102 Superman #140 D.C.
10/60
  1st appearance of Baby Bizarro. 1st appearance and “death” of Bizarro Supergirl. Supergirl appea
28. 101 Flash #115 D.C.
9/60
  2nd appearance of the Elongated Man. Gorilla Grodd appearance.
29. 100 Batman #133 D.C.
8/60
  1st app. of Kite-Man (Charles Brown). 1st Bat-Mite appearance in title. Last new Dick Sprang art
30. 97 Space Adventures #33 Charlton
3/60
  Origin and 1st appearance of Captain Atom.
31. 97 Batman #135 D.C.
10/60
  Full page ad for Justice League of America #1
32. 97 Superman Annual #2 D.C.
1960
  DC cover gallery on back cover.
33. 92 Adventure Comics #269 D.C.
2/60
  1st appearance of Aqualad. Last Green Arrow story in title. Krypto appearance.
34. 90 Showcase #28 D.C.
9-10/60
  2nd appearance of the Sea Devils. Grey tone cover.
35. 89 Batman #132 D.C.
6/60
  Sea-Fox appearance.
36. 88 Tales to Astonish #14 Atlas
12/60
  Stan Lee story. Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers & Steve Ditko art. Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
37. 86 Strange Tales #79 Atlas
12/60
  Doctor Strange prototype story.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
38. 83 Tales to Astonish #12 Atlas
10/60
  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck. and Pand Reinman art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover.
39. 83 Superman #141 D.C.
11/60
  1st appearance of Lyla Lerrol. Origin briefly retold. Superman time travels and returns to Krypt
40. 82 Tales of Suspense #12 Atlas
11/60
  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall,. Don Heck and Dick Ayers art. Jack Kirby and George Klein cover.
41. 78 Showcase #25 D.C.
3-4/60
  3rd appearance of Rip Hunter…Time Master. Grey tone cover.
42. 77 Detective Comics #286 D.C.
12/60
  Batwoman appearance. Martian Manhunter backup story.
43. 77 Star Spangled War Stories #90 D.C.
4-5/60
  “War That Time Forgot” series begins. Mlle. Marie story.
44. 76 Tales to Astonish #8 Atlas
3/60
  Paul Reinman and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko cover and art.
45. 75 Rawhide Kid #17 Atlas
8/60
  Origin of Rawhide Kid.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
46. 74 Tales of Suspense #8 Atlas
3/60
  Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art. Bill Everett, Steve Ditko,. Doug Wildey and Don Heck art.
47. 74 Adventure Comics #275 D.C.
8/60
  Story of “1st” Superman-Batman team-up.
48. 74 Tales of Suspense #7 Atlas
1/60
  Lava Man prototype story.
49. 72 Strange Tales #78 Atlas
11/60
  Ant-Man prototype issue.
50. 69 Brave and the Bold #27 D.C.
12/59-1/60
  3rd appearance of Suicide Squad. Atomic explosion panels.
51. 66 Tales to Astonish #7 Atlas
1/60
  Stan Lee story. Don Heck, Paul Reiman and Dick Ayers art. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko cover and art.
52. 66 Tales to Astonish #10 Atlas
7/60
  Don Heck, Joe Sinnott and. Christopher Rule art. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko cover and art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
53. 66 Tales of Suspense #10 Atlas
7/60
  Stan Lee story. Kirby, Ayers, Reinman, Ditko & Heck art. Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
54. 66 Detective Comics #276 D.C.
2/60
  2nd appearance of Bat-Mite. Batwoman appearance.
55. 66 Our Army at War #91 D.C.
2/60
  1st issue with all Sgt. Rock stories.
56. 65 Batman #131 D.C.
4/60
  Bat-Hound appearance.
57. 65 Showcase #26 D.C.
5-6/60
  4th appearance of Rip Hunter…Time Master.
58. 64 Tales to Astonish #9 Atlas
5/60
  Steve Ditko, Doug Wildey. and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
59. 64 Adventure Comics #271 D.C.
4/60
  Origin of Lex Luthor. 1st use of the name Lex.
60. 64 Brave and the Bold #31 D.C.
8-9/60
  1st appearance of Cave Carson.
61. 64 Superman #138 D.C.
7/60
  Titano and Lori Lemaris appearance. Bruce Wayne and Aquaman cameo.
62. 64 Strange Tales #77 Atlas
10/60
  Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman. and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
63. 64 Action Comics #266 D.C.
7/60
  Krypto & Streaky appearance. Full page ad for Green Lantern #1
64. 63 Tales of Suspense #11 Atlas
9/60
  Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman. and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
65. 61 World’s Finest Comics #113 D.C.
11/60
  1st Bat-Mite/Mr. Mxyzptlk team-up. 1st appearance of Miss Arrowette. Full page ad for JLA #1
66. 61 Tales to Astonish #11 Atlas
9/60
  Steve Ditko and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
67. 60 Superman #139 D.C.
8/60
  Lori Lemaris and Supergirl appearance. Superboy flashback.
68. 60 Batman #130 D.C.
3/60
  Lex Luthor appearance. Full page ad for Brave and the Bold #28
69. 58 Famous Monsters of Filmland #9 Warren Publishing
11/60
  1st Basil Gogos cover for Warren Publishing. “House of Usher” movie preview.
70. 58 Action Comics #271 D.C.
12/60
  Lex Luthor and Streaky appearance.
71. 58 Journey Into Mystery #61 Atlas
10/60
  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman,. Don Heck and Dick Ayers art. Jack Kirby and George Klein cover.
72. 58 Action Comics #262 D.C.
3/60
  Robert Bernstein & Otto Binder stories. Wayne Boring, Jim Mooney & Stan Kaye art. Curt Swan & Stan Kaye cover.
73. 57 Adventures of the Fly #4 Archie Publications
1/60
  Neal Adams art in one panel. Shield backup story.
74. 53 Journey Into Mystery #63 Atlas
12/60
  Stan Lee story. Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Steve Ditko art. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko cover.
75. 53 Superboy #80 D.C.
4/60
  1st meeting of Superboy & Supergirl.
76. 52 Action Comics #270 D.C.
11/60
  Batman and Robin appearance in Supergirl story. Full page ad for Justice League of America #1
77. 52 Famous Monsters of Filmland #6 Warren Publishing
2/60
  King Kong article & photos. M.T. Graves article.
78. 52 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #20 D.C.
10/60
  Supergirl appearance. Spanking panel.
79. 52 Action Comics #268 D.C.
9/60
  Hercules appearance.
80. 50 Superman #135 D.C.
2/60
  2nd appearance of Lori Lemaris. Mr. Mxyzptlk appearance.
81. 49 Famous Monsters of Filmland #8 Warren Publishing
9/60
  1st bi-monthly issue. “13 Ghosts” movie preview. Lon Chaney article and complete filmography.
82. 49 Action Comics #263 D.C.
4/60
  Origin of Bizarro World.
83. 49 Strange Adventures #117 D.C.
6/60
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Atomic Knights.
84. 48 Detective Comics #275 D.C.
1/60
  Ruben Moreira and Joe Certa art. Sheldon Moldoff cover and art.
85. 48 Journey Into Mystery #58 Atlas
5/60
  Stan Lee story. Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Joe Sinnott art. Steve Ditko cover and art.
86. 47 Strange Tales #76 Atlas
8/60
  Human Torch prototype.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
87. 47 Action Comics #265 D.C.
6/60
  Otto Binder and Jerry Siegel stories. Curt Swan, Jim Mooney and John Forte art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
88. 47 Superman #136 D.C.
4/60
  Robert Bernstein & Jerry Coleman stories. Wayne Boring & Al Plastino art. Curt Swan & Stan Kaye cover.
89. 46 Adventure Comics #279 D.C.
12/60
  1st appearance of white kryptonite. Robot cover.
90. 46 Superboy #83 D.C.
9/60
  Origin and 1st appearance of Kryptonite Kid. Mr. Mxyzptlk appearance.
91. 45 Detective Comics #281 D.C.
7/60
  Robot cover. Full page ad for Green Lantern #1
92. 45 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #17 D.C.
5/60
  Braniac appearance.
93. 45 Four Color #1128 Dell Publishing
8-10/60
  Rocky and His Friends. 1st appearance of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose in comics.
94. 45 Detective Comics #277 D.C.
3/60
  Ruben Moreira, Joe Certa. and Charles Paris art. Sheldon Moldoff cover and art.
95. 45 Superman #134 D.C.
1/60
  Otto Binder story. Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye art. Curt Swan and Stan Kaye cover.
96. 44 World’s Finest Comics #114 D.C.
12/60
  Jerry Coleman & Jack Miller stories. Dick Sprang, Jim Mooney & Lee Elias art. Curt Swan & Stan Kaye cover.
97. 43 World’s Finest Comics #110 D.C.
6/60
  Jerry Coleman and France Herron stories. Dick Sprang, Jim Mooney and. Lee Elias art, Swan and Moldoff cover.
98. 43 Uncle Scrooge #29 Dell Publishing
3-5/60
  Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie appearance. Gyro Gearloose backup story.
99. 43 Our Army at War #90 D.C.
1/60
  Kanigher, Chapman and Haney stories. Jerry Grandenetti and Jack Abel art. Joe Kubert cover and art.
100. 43 Detective Comics #280 D.C.
6/60
  Sheldon Moldoff cover and art. Ruben Moreira, Joe Certa and. Charles Paris art.
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