Key Comic Books From 1962

March 1, 2021

1962


Key comic books from 1962
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 1962 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 1962, 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 1962, 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 1962.

Key Comic Books From 1962:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 3,397 Amazing Fantasy #15 Marvel
8/62
  Origin & 1st appearance of Spider-Man (Peter Parker). 1st appearance of Uncle Ben & Aunt May.
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2. 2,027 Journey Into Mystery #83 Marvel
8/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Thor (Doctor Don Blake).
3. 1,824 Incredible Hulk #1 Marvel
5/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Incredible Hulk. 1st appearance of Rick Jones, Betty Ross and G
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4. 1,761 Fantastic Four #5 Marvel
7/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Dr. Doom. Full page ad for Incredible Hulk #1 Letter from Roy Thoma
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5. 1,442 Fantastic Four #4 Marvel
5/62
  1st Silver Age appearance of the Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie). Mister Fantastic pin-up.
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6. 1,234 Fantastic Four #2 Marvel
1/62
  1st appearance of the Skrulls. 2nd appearance of the Fantastic Four. Thing pin-up.
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7. 1,217 Journey Into Mystery #85 Marvel
10/62
  3rd appearance of Thor. 1st appearance of Loki, Heimdall, Asgard and Odin (cameo).
8. 1,206 Incredible Hulk #2 Marvel
7/62
  1st green Hulk. 2nd appearance of Hulk, Rick Jones, Betty Ross and General Ross. 1st appearance
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9. 1,146 Fantastic Four #6 Marvel
9/62
  1st Marvel villain team-up. 2nd appearance of Doctor Doom and the Silver Age Sub-Mariner.
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10. 1,125 Fantastic Four #3 Marvel
3/62
  Fantastic Four don costumes and establish headquarters. Origin retold. 1st appearance of the Mir
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11. 1,122 Incredible Hulk #4 Marvel
11/62
  Origin of Hulk retold.
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12. 1,092 Tales to Astonish #27 Marvel
1/62
  1st appearance of the Ant-Man (Henry Pym, not in costume).
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13. 954 Incredible Hulk #3 Marvel
9/62
  1st appearance of the Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime. Origin of the Hulk retold.
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14. 900 Tales to Astonish #35 Marvel
9/62
  Origin and 2nd appearance of Ant-Man. 1st appearance of Ant-Man in costume.
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15. 854 Aquaman #1 D.C.
1-2/62
  1st appearance of Quisp. Topo cameo.
16. 851 Fantastic Four #9 Marvel
12/62
  3rd Silver Age Sub-Mariner appearance.
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17. 849 Fantastic Four #8 Marvel
11/62
  1st appearance of the Puppet Master (Phillip Masters) and Alicia Masters.
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18. 812 Fantastic Four #7 Marvel
10/62
  1st appearance of Kurrgo. Flying saucer cover.
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19. 771 Journey Into Mystery #84 Marvel
9/62
  2nd appearance of Thor. 1st appearance of Jane Foster.
20. 684 Strange Tales #101 Marvel
10/62
  Human Torch stories begin. 1st solo Human Torch story since 1954 Recap origin of Fantastic Four.
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21. 576 Journey Into Mystery #86 Marvel
11/62
  1st appearance of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man. 2nd appearance of Odin.
22. 562 Atom #1 D.C.
6-7/62
  1st appearance of Plant Master and Maya. Letter from Dave Cockrum.
23. 544 Justice League of America #9 D.C.
2/62
  Origin of the Justice League of America.
24. 457 Tales to Astonish #36 Marvel
10/62
  3rd appearance of Ant-Man.
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25. 414 Showcase #37 D.C.
3-4/62
  1st appearance of the Metal Men and Doctor Will Magnus.
26. 392 Green Lantern #16 D.C.
10/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Silver Age Star Sapphire. Abin Sur backup story.
27. 345 Flash #129 D.C.
6/62
  2nd Golden Age Flash crossover. 1st SA appearance JSA in flashback. Captain Cold and Trickster a
28. 304 Journey Into Mystery #87 Marvel
12/62
  Stan Lee and Larry Lieber stories. Kirby, Ayers, Reinman and Ditko art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover.
29. 277 Justice League of America #8 D.C.
12/61-1/62
  Letter from Roy Thomas.
30. 270 Strange Tales #102 Marvel
11/62
  1st appearance of the Wizard (Bentley Wittman). Invisible Girl cameo.
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31. 266 Justice League of America #10 D.C.
3/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Abnegezar, Felix Faust, Rath and Ghast. 1st appearance Lord of Time
32. 260 Showcase #36 D.C.
1-2/62
  3rd appearance of the Silver Age Atom.
33. 256 Adventure Comics #300 D.C.
9/62
  Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes series begins. Mon-El joins Legion.
34. 255 Tales to Astonish #38 Marvel
12/62
  1st appearance of Egghead (Elihas Starr).
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35. 248 Justice League of America #12 D.C.
6/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Doctor Light (Arthur Light).
36. 238 Strange Tales #97 Marvel
6/62
  Story pre-dates Amazing Fantasy #15 with 2 characters by Steve Ditko named Aunt May and Uncle Be
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37. 227 Tales to Astonish #37 Marvel
11/62
  Stan Lee and Larry Lieber stories. Steve Ditko and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
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38. 221 Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1 Gold Key
10/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Dr. Solar. 1st original Gold Key character. Painted cover. Back cov
39. 221 Justice League of America #15 D.C.
11/62
  Gardner Fox story. Mike Sekowsky & Bernard Sachs art. Mike Sekowsky & Murphy Anderson cover.
40. 210 Justice League of America #14 D.C.
9/62
  Atom joins Justice League of America. Amos Fortune, Pied Piper, Angle Man & Hector Hammond appea
41. 204 Action Comics #285 D.C.
2/62
  Supergirl’s existence revealed to world. Legion of Super-Heroes appearance. President Kennedy an
42. 193 Green Lantern #13 D.C.
6/62
  1st Silver Age Flash crossover. Green Lantern and Flash reveal their IDs to each other.
43. 189 Justice League of America #11 D.C.
5/62
  Abnegezar, Rath & Ghast appearance.
44. 186 Archie’s Madhouse #22 Archie Publications
10/62
  1st appearance of Sabrina, the Teen-age Witch and Salem the cat.
45. 185 Justice League of America #13 D.C.
8/62
  Speedy appearance.
46. 183 Strange Tales Annual #1 Marvel
1962
 
47. 183 Mystery in Space #75 D.C.
5/62
  Justice League of America and Kanjar Ro appearance.
48. 177 Batman #145 D.C.
2/62
  Joker cover and story.
49. 175 Atom #2 D.C.
8-9/62
  Letter from Dave Cockrum.
50. 172 Aquaman #3 D.C.
5-6/62
  Nick Cardy cover and art.
51. 170 Brave and the Bold #43 D.C.
8-9/62
  Hawkman. More detailed origin of Hawkman. 1st appearance of Manhawks.
52. 170 Brave and the Bold #42 D.C.
6-7/62
  Hawkman earns Honor Wings. Minor costume change. Byth appearance.
53. 169 Showcase #38 D.C.
5-6/62
  2nd appearance of the Metal Men.
54. 164 Flash #131 D.C.
9/62
  1st Green Lantern crossover in Flash.
55. 159 Strange Tales #103 Marvel
12/62
  1st appearance of Zemu, Valeria and Phineas.
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56. 155 Justice League of America #16 D.C.
12/62
  Gardner Fox story. Mike Sekowsky and Bernard Sachs art. Murphy Anderson cover.
57. 152 Aquaman #2 D.C.
3-4/62
  Jack Miller story. Nick Cardy cover and art.
58. 151 Tales of Suspense #35 Marvel
11/62
  Watcher prototype story.
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59. 150 Green Lantern #11 D.C.
3/62
  Sinestro appearance. Letter from Joe Staton.
60. 145 Brave and the Bold #44 D.C.
10-11/62
  Hawkman. Grey tone cover.
61. 139 Batman #148 D.C.
6/62
  Joker appearance.
62. 136 Green Lantern #12 D.C.
4/62
  John Broome story. Gil Kane and Joe Giella art. Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson cover.
63. 131 Flash #132 D.C.
11/62
  Daphne Dean appearance.
64. 129 Tales of Suspense #31 Marvel
7/62
  Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
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65. 119 Green Lantern #17 D.C.
12/62
  Gardner Fox story. Gil Kane and Joe Giella cover and art.
66. 119 Superboy #100 D.C.
10/62
  Origin of Superboy retold. 1st appearance of Dr. Xadu and Erndine. “Map of Krypton” centerfold.
67. 117 Amazing Adult Fantasy #12 Marvel
5/62
  Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko cover and art.
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68. 115 Green Lantern #10 D.C.
1/62
  Origin of Green Lantern’s oath.
69. 115 Flash #126 D.C.
2/62
  1st appearance of Daphne Dean. Mirror Master appearance. Letter from Don Thompson.
70. 114 Showcase #40 D.C.
9-10/62
  Metal Men.
71. 112 Amazing Adult Fantasy #11 Marvel
4/62
  Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko cover and art.
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72. 110 Flash #133 D.C.
12/62
  2nd appearance of Abra Kadabra. Kid Flash backup story.
73. 109 Green Lantern #15 D.C.
9/62
  Sinestro appearance.
74. 107 Aquaman #5 D.C.
9-10/62
  Nick Cardy cover and art.
75. 106 Flash #127 D.C.
3/62
  Grodd appearance.
76. 106 Amazing Adult Fantasy #14 Marvel
7/62
  Last issue. Becomes Amazing Fantasy.
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77. 106 Amazing Adult Fantasy #10 Marvel
3/62
  Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko cover and art.
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78. 106 Tales of Suspense #32 Marvel
8/62
  Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko and Don Heck art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
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79. 105 Adventure Comics #293 D.C.
2/62
  1st appearance of Comet the Super Horse & the Legion of Super Pets. Mon-El, Jax-Ur & General Zod
80. 99 Flash #128 D.C.
5/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Abra Kadabra. Origin of Flash’s mask.
81. 98 Tales of Suspense #34 Marvel
10/62
  Stan Lee story, Kirby and Ditko cover. Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko,. Don Heck and Dick Ayers art.
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82. 96 Green Lantern #14 D.C.
7/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Sonar (Bito Wladon).
83. 96 Amazing Adult Fantasy #13 Marvel
6/62
  Zeus appearance.
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84. 96 Tales of Suspense #36 Marvel
12/62
  Stan Lee and Larry Lieber stories. Steve Ditko, Don Heck and. Paul Reinman art, Jack Kirby cover.
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85. 95 Amazing Adult Fantasy #8 Marvel
1/62
  Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko cover and art.
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86. 95 Batman #149 D.C.
8/62
  Bill Finger story. Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris art. Sheldon Moldoff cover.
87. 95 Batman #150 D.C.
9/62
  Batwoman appearance.
88. 94 Amazing Adult Fantasy #9 Marvel
2/62
  Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko cover and art.
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89. 94 Aquaman #4 D.C.
7-8/62
  Quisp appearance.
90. 94 Superboy #98 D.C.
7/62
  1st appearance of Ultra Boy. Pete Ross becomes a Legion Reservist.
91. 92 Showcase #39 D.C.
7-8/62
  3rd appearance of the Metal Men. 1st appearance of Chemo.
92. 90 Space Family Robinson #1 Gold Key
12/62
  1st appearance of Space Family Robinson. Painted cover. Back cover pin-up.
93. 90 Journey Into Mystery #82 Marvel
7/62
  Stan Lee story, Kirby and Ayers cover. Jack Kirby, Gene Colan,. Don Heck and Steve Ditko art.
94. 89 Rifleman #10 Dell Publishing
1-3/62
  Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford photo cover.
95. 88 Atom #3 D.C.
10-11/62
  Origin and 1st appearance of Chronos. 1st Time Pool story.
96. 88 Phantom #1 Gold Key
11/62
  1st Gold Key appearance of Phantom. 1 page recap of origin. Painted front & back cover. Skull co
97. 87 Action Comics #293 D.C.
10/62
  Origin of Comet the Super-Horse.
98. 86 Tales of Suspense #25 Marvel
1/62
  Stan Lee story, Steve Ditko,. Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman art. Jack Kirby and George Klein cover.
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99. 86 Journey Into Mystery #78 Marvel
3/62
  Character called “The Sorcerer” appears (Doctor Strange prototype). Christmas story.
100. 84 Tales to Astonish #34 Marvel
8/62
  Stan Lee story. Don Heck and Steve Ditko art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
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