Key Comic Books From 1963

March 1, 2021

1963


Key comic books from 1963
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 1963 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 1963, 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 1963, 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 1963.

Key Comic Books From 1963:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 5,105 X-Men #1 Marvel
9/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the X-Men (Professor X, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast and Marvel Gi
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2. 4,384 Avengers #1 Marvel
9/63
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Avengers. Fantastic Four, Loki & Teen Brigade appearance.
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3. 4,111 Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel
3/63
  1st app of J. Jonah Jameson & Chameleon. 1st Fantastic Four crossover. Origin of Spider-Man reto
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4. 2,479 Amazing Spider-Man #6 Marvel
11/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Lizard (Doctor Curtis Connors).
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5. 2,408 Amazing Spider-Man #3 Marvel
7/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius). Human Torch appearance.
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6. 2,354 Amazing Spider-Man #4 Marvel
9/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Sandman (William Baker). 1st appearance of Betty Brant.
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7. 2,340 Tales of Suspense #39 Marvel
3/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Iron Man (Tony Stark).
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8. 2,328 Amazing Spider-Man #5 Marvel
10/63
  1st Doctor Doom appearance outside Fantastic Four. Fantastic Four cameo.
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9. 2,226 Amazing Spider-Man #2 Marvel
5/63
  1st appearance of the Vulture (Adrian Toomes) and the Terrible Tinkerer (Phineas Mason).
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10. 2,066 X-Men #2 Marvel
11/63
  2nd appearance of the X-Men. 1st appearance of the Vanisher (Telford Porter).
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11. 1,861 Strange Tales #110 Marvel
7/63
  1st appearance of Doctor Strange, Ancient One, Nightmare and Wong. 1st Paste-Pot Pete and Wizard
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12. 1,859 Avengers #2 Marvel
11/63
  1st appearance of the Space Phantom. Hulk leaves the Avengers.
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13. 1,780 Amazing Spider-Man #7 Marvel
12/63
  2nd appearance of the Vulture.
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14. 1,532 Fantastic Four #12 Marvel
3/63
  1st meeting of the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk. Rick Jones and Thunderbolt Ross appea
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15. 1,096 Incredible Hulk #6 Marvel
3/63
  1st appearance of the Teen Brigade and the Metal Master. Last issue.
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16. 1,022 Flash #139 D.C.
9/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Professor Zoom (Reverse-Flash).
17. 974 Incredible Hulk #5 Marvel
1/63
  1st appearance of Tyrannus.
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18. 970 Fantastic Four #10 Marvel
1/63
  Stan Lee and Jack Kirby appear in story. Doctor Doom appearance. Invisible Girl pin-up.
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19. 931 Fantastic Four #13 Marvel
4/63
  1st appearance of the Red Ghost and the Watcher. Full-page ad for Tales of Suspense #39 and Amaz
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20. 922 Tales to Astonish #44 Marvel
6/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Wasp (Janet Van Dyne). “Death” of Vernon Van Dyne.
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21. 918 Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 Marvel
5/63
  1st appearance of Sgt. Fury, Corporal “Dum Dum” Dugan, the Howlers and Captain “Happy Sam” Sawye
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22. 894 Tales of Suspense #40 Marvel
4/63
  2nd appearance of Iron Man. Armor changes from grey to gold.
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23. 826 Strange Tales #115 Marvel
12/63
  Spider-Man appearance. Origin of Doctor Strange. 2nd appearance of Sandman.
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24. 821 Fantastic Four Annual #1 Marvel
1963
  Early Spider-Man appearance. Origin of the Sub-Mariner. 15 pin-ups. 1st appearance of Lady Dorma
25. 745 Tales of Suspense #48 Marvel
12/63
  New Iron Man armor. 1st appearance of Mister Doll (Nathan Dolly).
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26. 715 Fantastic Four #18 Marvel
9/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Super-Skrull. Full page ad for Avengers #1
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27. 701 Fantastic Four #20 Marvel
11/63
  Origin and 1st app. of the Molecule Man (Owen Reece). Watcher appearance. Letter from George R.R
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28. 693 Strange Tales #114 Marvel
11/63
  Acrobat disguised as Captain America, 1st “Captain America” since 1954 1st appearance of Victori
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29. 664 Fantastic Four #11 Marvel
2/63
  Origin & 1st appearance Impossible Man. Origin of the Fantastic Four retold. Sub-Mariner pin-up.
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30. 646 Fantastic Four #16 Marvel
7/63
  1st Ant-Man crossover. Doctor Doom appearance. Wasp cameo.
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31. 633 Fantastic Four #19 Marvel
10/63
  1st appearance of Rama-Tut. Letter from Steve Gerber. Full page ad for X-Men #1
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32. 613 Fantastic Four #14 Marvel
5/63
  Sub-Mariner appearance. 2nd appearance of the Puppet Master.
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33. 575 Strange Tales Annual #2 Marvel
1963
  Early Spider-Man appearance and 1st crossover. Invisible Girl appearance.
34. 554 Tales of Suspense #41 Marvel
5/63
  3rd appearance of Iron Man.
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35. 552 Batman #155 D.C.
5/63
  1st Silver Age appearance of the Penguin. Vicki Vale appearance.
36. 538 Fantastic Four #15 Marvel
6/63
  1st appearance of the Mad Thinker and Awesome Android (later Awesome Andy). Fantastic Four pin-u
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37. 533 Tales to Astonish #49 Marvel
11/63
  Ant-Man becomes Giant-Man.
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38. 518 Fantastic Four #17 Marvel
8/63
  Doctor Doom appearance. President John F. Kennedy and Ant-Man cameo.
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39. 518 Journey Into Mystery #89 Marvel
2/63
  Origin of Thor retold. Classic cover.
40. 506 Fantastic Four #21 Marvel
12/63
  1st appearance of the Hate-Monger. 1st Sgt. Fury crossover.
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41. 499 Tales of Suspense #45 Marvel
9/63
  1st appearance of Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts and Jack Frost. Full page ad for Avengers #1
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42. 498 Flash #137 D.C.
6/63
  Golden Age Flash appearance. 1st Silver Age appearance Vandal Savage. 2nd Silver Age appearance
43. 492 Justice League of America #21 D.C.
8/63
  Re-Intro JSA in JLA title. 1st Silver Age appearance of Hourman, Doctor Fate, Icicle and Wizard.
44. 462 My Greatest Adventure #80 D.C.
6/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Doom Patrol (Doctor Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Si
45. 449 Tales of Suspense #42 Marvel
6/63
  Bernstein, Lee and Lieber stories. Heck, Ditko, Lieber and Fox art. Jack Kirby and Don Heck cover.
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46. 447 Tales of Suspense #47 Marvel
11/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Melter (Bruno Horgan).
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47. 435 Tales of Suspense #46 Marvel
10/63
  1st appearance of the Crimson Dynamo (Professor Anton Vanko).
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48. 425 Journey Into Mystery #88 Marvel
1/63
  2nd appearance of Loki.
49. 416 Metal Men #1 D.C.
4-5/63
  Robert Kanigher story. Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. cover and art.
50. 412 Strange Tales #107 Marvel
4/63
  Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner. Fantastic Four appearance. Classic cover.
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51. 403 Strange Tales #111 Marvel
8/63
  2nd appearance of Doctor Strange. 1st appearance of Baron Mordo. Origin and 1st app. of the Asbe
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52. 396 Aquaman #11 D.C.
9-10/63
  1st appearance of Mera. Quisp appearance.
53. 395 Tales of Suspense #43 Marvel
7/63
  1st appearance of Kala, Queen of the Netherworld.
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54. 359 Journey Into Mystery #98 Marvel
11/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Human Cobra (Klaus Voorhees).
55. 341 Journey Into Mystery #99 Marvel
12/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo). 1st full appearance of Surtur.
56. 340 Tales of Suspense #44 Marvel
8/63
  Lee, Bernstein and Lieber stories. Don Heck, Larry Lieber and. Steve Ditko art, Jack Kirby cover.
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57. 340 Journey Into Mystery #97 Marvel
10/63
  Origin of Odin. “Tales of Asgard” stories begins. 1st app. of Surtur and Ymir in cameo.
58. 338 Justice League of America #22 D.C.
9/63
  Story continued from JLA #21 Justice Society of America crossover. Wizard, Icicle & Fiddler appe
59. 308 Journey Into Mystery #96 Marvel
9/63
  Merlin appearance. President John F. Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy cameo. Medusa (gorgon) backup
60. 295 Journey Into Mystery #93 Marvel
6/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Radioactive Man (Chen Lu). Atomic explosion panel.
61. 281 Journey Into Mystery #95 Marvel
8/63
  Lee, Lieber and Bernstein stories. Steve Ditko, Joe Sinnott and Larry. Lieber art, Kirby and Ayers cover.
62. 280 Journey Into Mystery #92 Marvel
5/63
  Lee, Bernstein and Lieber stories. Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman and. Joe Sinnott art, Jack Kirby cover.
63. 264 Strange Tales #109 Marvel
6/63
  1st appearance of Circe. Fantastic Four appearance.
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64. 255 Journey Into Mystery #90 Marvel
3/63
  1st appearance of the Xartans.
65. 255 Tales to Astonish #39 Marvel
1/63
  1st appearance of the Scarlet Beetle.
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66. 236 Tales to Astonish #48 Marvel
10/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Porcupine (Alexander Gentry).
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67. 236 Tales to Astonish #45 Marvel
7/63
  2nd appearance of the Wasp and Egghead.
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68. 231 Tales to Astonish #41 Marvel
3/63
  Stan Lee & Larry Lieber stories. Don Heck, Joe Sinnott & Steve Ditko art. Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers cover.
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69. 226 Journey Into Mystery #94 Marvel
7/63
  United Nations cover.
70. 222 Tales to Astonish #40 Marvel
2/63
  Stan Lee and Larry Lieber stories. Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Steve Ditko art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover.
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71. 221 Atom #7 D.C.
6-7/63
  1st Hawkman crossover.
72. 221 Showcase #43 D.C.
3-4/63
  Doctor No adaptation. 1st Silver Age DC movie adaptation. Sean Connery photo frontispiece.
73. 221 Tales to Astonish #47 Marvel
9/63
  1st appearance of Trago.
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74. 221 Tales to Astonish #50 Marvel
12/63
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Human Top (David Cannon, later becomes Whirlwind).
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75. 216 Strange Tales #106 Marvel
3/63
  1st appearance of the Acrobat (Carl Zante). Fantastic Four appearance.
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76. 212 Flash Annual #1 D.C.
1963
  Index of all Silver Age Flash stories, writers and artists up to issue #140 Flash pin-up on back
77. 203 Strange Tales #105 Marvel
2/63
  2nd appearance of the Wizard. Fantastic Four appearance.
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78. 201 Journey Into Mystery #91 Marvel
4/63
  Stan Lee and Larry Lieber stories. Joe Sinnott, Steve Ditko,. Larry Lieber and Sol Brodsky art.
79. 194 Tales to Astonish #42 Marvel
4/63
  Stan Lee & Larry Lieber stories. Don Heck, Joe Sinnott & Steve Ditko art. Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky cover.
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80. 194 Strange Tales #104 Marvel
1/63
  1st appearance of Paste-Pot Pete (Peter Petruski, later becomes the Trapster).
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81. 191 Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #2 Marvel
7/63
  Stan Lee story. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art.
82. 190 Justice League of America #17 D.C.
2/63
  Tornado Tyrant appearance. Adam Strange cameo.
83. 183 Tales to Astonish #43 Marvel
5/63
  Stan Lee & Larry Lieber stories. Don Heck, Steve Ditko & Larry Lieber art. Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky cover.
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84. 175 Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 Gold Key
2/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Magnus, Leeja and 1A. 1st app. of The Aliens. Painted cover and bac
85. 170 Strange Tales #108 Marvel
5/63
  Fantastic Four appearance.
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86. 169 Justice League of America #18 D.C.
3/63
  Letter from Roy Thomas.
87. 169 House of Secrets #61 D.C.
7-8/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Eclipso (Bruce Gordon).
88. 168 Strange Tales #113 Marvel
10/63
  Origin & 1st appearance of Plantman (Samuel Smithers). 1st appearance of Doris “Dorrie” Evans.
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89. 165 Flash #140 D.C.
11/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Heat Wave. Captain Cold appearance. Full page ad for Flash Annual #
90. 163 Justice League of America #20 D.C.
6/63
  Gardner Fox story. Mike Sekowsky & Bernard Sachs art. Mike Sekowsky & Murphy Anderson cover.
91. 152 Batman #156 D.C.
6/63
  Ant-Man appearance.
92. 148 Strange Tales #112 Marvel
9/63
  1st appearance of the Eel (Leopold Stryke). Fantastic Four appearance. Full page ad for Avengers
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93. 146 Justice League of America #19 D.C.
5/63
  Doctor Destiny appearance.
94. 146 Green Lantern #21 D.C.
6/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of Doctor Polaris (Neil Emerson).
95. 145 Justice League of America #23 D.C.
11/63
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Queen Bee (Zazzala).
96. 143 Tales to Astonish #46 Marvel
8/63
  Lee, Hart and Lieber stories. Heck, Reinman and Ditko art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover.
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97. 132 Batman #159 D.C.
11/63
  Joker, Clayface, Batwoman and Bat-Girl appearance.
98. 131 Batman #153 D.C.
2/63
  Batwoman and Bat-Girl appearance. 1st book-length story in Batman.
99. 130 Flash #135 D.C.
3/63
  1st appearance of Kid Flash’s yellow costume.
100. 130 Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #3 Marvel
9/63
  Reed Richards appearance. Full page ad for Avengers #1
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