Key Comic Books From 1964

March 1, 2021

1964


Key comic books from 1964
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 1964 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 1964, 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 1964, 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 1964.

Key Comic Books From 1964:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 4,922 Daredevil #1 Marvel
4/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of Daredevil (Matt Murdock). 1st appearance of Karen Page and Foggy Ne
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2. 4,146 Avengers #4 Marvel
3/64
  1st Silver Age appearance of Captain America (Steve Rogers). Sub-Mariner appearance.
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3. 4,072 Amazing Spider-Man #14 Marvel
7/64
  1st appearance of the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn). Enforcers appearance. 1st meeting of the Hul
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4. 2,609 Amazing Spider-Man #13 Marvel
6/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of Mysterio (Quentin Beck).
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5. 2,452 Amazing Spider-Man #15 Marvel
8/64
  1st appearance of Kraven the Hunter. 2nd appearance of the Chameleon. 1st mention of Mary Jane W
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6. 2,365 Amazing Spider-Man #9 Marvel
2/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of Electro (Max Dillon).
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7. 2,273 X-Men #4 Marvel
3/64
  1st Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Toad and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. 2nd appearance of Magn
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8. 2,086 Amazing Spider-Man #19 Marvel
12/64
  Human Torch, Sandman and Enforcers appearance. 1st appearance of MacDonald Gargan in cameo on la
9. 1,974 Amazing Spider-Man #17 Marvel
10/64
  2nd appearance of the Green Goblin. Human Torch appearance.
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10. 1,971 Amazing Spider-Man #10 Marvel
3/64
  1st appearance of the Big Man (Fred Foswell) and the Enforcers (Montana, Ox and Fancy Dan).
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11. 1,912 Amazing Spider-Man #16 Marvel
9/64
  1st Daredevil crossover. 2nd appearance of the Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime.
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12. 1,861 Amazing Spider-Man #8 Marvel
1/64
  1st appearance of the Living Brain. Fantastic Four appearance in backup story.
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13. 1,809 Amazing Spider-Man #18 Marvel
11/64
  1st appearance of Ned Leeds. Fantastic Four and Sandman appearance. Daredevil and Avengers cameo
14. 1,774 Tales of Suspense #57 Marvel
9/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of Hawkeye (Clint Barton). Black Widow appearance.
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15. 1,759 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 Marvel
1964
  1st appearance of The Sinister Six. Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, Dr. Strange and Fantastic Four cameo.
16. 1,723 X-Men #3 Marvel
1/64
  1st appearance of the Blob (Frederick J. Dukes).
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17. 1,614 Avengers #8 Marvel
9/64
  1st appearance of Kang the Conqueror.
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18. 1,579 Amazing Spider-Man #12 Marvel
5/64
  3rd appearance of Doctor Octopus. Letter from Dave Cockrum.
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19. 1,478 Tales of Suspense #52 Marvel
4/64
  1st appearance of the Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff). Crimson Dynamo appearance.
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20. 1,471 Daredevil #2 Marvel
6/64
  2nd appearance of Daredevil and Electro. Fantastic Four appearance.
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21. 1,442 Amazing Spider-Man #11 Marvel
4/64
  2nd appearance of Doctor Octopus. 1st appearance and “death” of Bennett Brant.
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22. 1,334 Avengers #11 Marvel
12/64
  Early Spider-Man appearance. Kang appearance and pin-up.
23. 1,293 X-Men #8 Marvel
11/64
  1st appearance of Unus the Untouchable (Angelo Unuscione). Mastermind appearance. Beast pin-up.
24. 1,277 Avengers #3 Marvel
1/64
  1st Hulk and Sub-Mariner team-up. Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spider-Man cameo.
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25. 1,243 Tales of Suspense #59 Marvel
11/64
  Iron Man/Captain America double feature begins. 1st solo Captain America story since the 1950s.
26. 1,232 Daredevil #4 Marvel
10/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Purple Man (Zebediah Killgrave).
27. 1,222 X-Men #6 Marvel
7/64
  Sub-Mariner appearance. Cyclops pin-up.
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28. 1,201 X-Men #7 Marvel
9/64
  2nd appearance of the Blob. Magneto, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Mastermind and Toad appearance.
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29. 1,149 Fantastic Four #25 Marvel
4/64
  Hulk vs. Thing. Classic cover. Avengers appearance. 2nd Silver Age appearance of Captain America
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30. 1,106 X-Men #5 Marvel
5/64
  3rd appearance of Magneto. 2nd appearance of the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Mastermind and Toad
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31. 1,096 Avengers #9 Marvel
10/64
  1st appearance and partial origin of Wonder Man (Simon Williams). Baron Zemo, Enchantress and Ex
32. 1,095 Brave and the Bold #54 D.C.
6-7/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of Teen Titans (Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad). Batman, Flash and Aquam
33. 1,076 Daredevil #3 Marvel
8/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Owl (Leland Owlsley).
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34. 1,075 Hawkman #4 D.C.
10-11/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of Zatanna.
35. 1,051 Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #13 Marvel
12/64
  Captain America and Bucky appearance. 1st meeting of Nick Fury and Captain America.
36. 949 Fantastic Four #26 Marvel
5/64
  Thing vs. Hulk conclusion. Avengers (Thor, Giant-Man, Iron Man, Wasp and Captain America) appear
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37. 947 Avengers #6 Marvel
7/64
  1st appearance of Baron Zemo and his Masters of Evil. Paste-Pot Pete cameo.
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38. 942 Tales of Suspense #58 Marvel
10/64
  Captain America vs. Iron Man. 2nd appearance of Kraven. Last “Tales of the Watcher” story.
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39. 933 Avengers #5 Marvel
5/64
  Hulk and Lava Men appearance.
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40. 903 Avengers #10 Marvel
11/64
  1st appearance of Immortus. Baron Zemo, Enchantress and Executioner appearance. Captain America
41. 876 Daredevil #5 Marvel
12/64
  Minor costume change. Origin and 1st appearance of the Matador (Manuel Eloganto). Daredevil pin-
42. 844 Fantastic Four #28 Marvel
7/64
  Early X-Men appearance. Puppet Master, Awesome Android and Mad Thinker appearance.
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43. 835 Avengers #7 Marvel
8/64
  Enchantress, Executioner and Baron Zemo appearance. Odin and Loki cameo.
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44. 821 Hawkman #1 D.C.
4-5/64
  1st Hawkman in his own title. Origin and 1st appearance of Chac.
45. 749 Strange Tales #126 Marvel
11/64
  1st appearance of Clea and Dormammu. Fantastic Four, Mad Thinker and Puppet Master appearance.
46. 723 Tales of Suspense #50 Marvel
2/64
  1st appearance of the Mandarin. Tales of the Watcher backup story.
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47. 680 Tales of Suspense #49 Marvel
1/64
  1st X-Men crossover. “Tales of the Watcher” stories begin.
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48. 664 Fantastic Four #27 Marvel
6/64
  1st Doctor Strange crossover. Sub-Mariner appearance.
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49. 658 Journey Into Mystery #103 Marvel
4/64
  1st appearance of the Enchantress and the Executioner.
50. 638 Journey Into Mystery #109 Marvel
10/64
  Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Magneto, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Mastermind and Toad) appearanc
51. 628 Tales to Astonish #57 Marvel
7/64
  Early Spider-Man appearance. Spider emblem missing from Spider-Man’s costume on cover. Egghead a
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52. 593 Fantastic Four #33 Marvel
12/64
  1st appearance of Attuma. Sub-Mariner appearance and pin-up. Partial photo cover.
53. 577 Fantastic Four Annual #2 Marvel
1964
  Origin of Doctor Doom. Includes 11 pin-ups.
54. 558 Tales to Astonish #59 Marvel
9/64
  1st appearance of Hulk in title. Avengers and Human Top appearance. Classic cover.
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55. 518 Fantastic Four #24 Marvel
3/64
  Stan Lee story. Jack Kirby and George Roussos. cover and art.
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56. 518 Journey Into Mystery #102 Marvel
3/64
  1st appearance of Balder, Hela and Sif. Zarrko appearance. Thor gains full use of his hammer.
57. 516 Tales of Suspense #53 Marvel
5/64
  Origin of the Watcher. 2nd appearance of the Black Widow. Atomic explosion panels.
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58. 508 Fantastic Four #23 Marvel
2/64
  Doctor Doom appearance.
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59. 483 Creepy #1 Warren Publishing
1964
  1st appearance Uncle Creepy. Jack Davis cover. Frank Frazetta’s last full length comic strip.
60. 478 Fantastic Four #22 Marvel
1/64
  Sue Storm gains more powers. 2nd appearance of the Mole Man. Letters from Dave Cockrum & Roy Tho
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61. 472 Fantastic Four #30 Marvel
9/64
  1st appearance of Diablo.
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62. 436 Fantastic Four #29 Marvel
8/64
  Watcher and Red Ghost appearance.
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63. 429 Fantastic Four #32 Marvel
11/64
  “Death” of Doctor Franklin Storm. Super-Skrull appearance. Letter from George R.R. Martin.
64. 415 Tales of Suspense #60 Marvel
12/64
  Hawkeye, Black Widow and Baron Zemo appearance. Thor cameo.
65. 407 Tales to Astonish #60 Marvel
10/64
  Giant-Man & Hulk double feature begins.
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66. 372 Fantastic Four #31 Marvel
10/64
  1st appearance of Doctor Franklin Storm. Mole Man and Avengers (Wasp, Giant-Man, Thor, Iron Man
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67. 352 Journey Into Mystery #108 Marvel
9/64
  Doctor Strange appearance. Avengers cameo.
68. 350 Journey Into Mystery #107 Marvel
8/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Grey Gargoyle (Paul Pierre Duval).
69. 347 Tales of Suspense #51 Marvel
3/64
  1st appearance of the Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton). Tales of the Watcher backup story.
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70. 335 Journey Into Mystery #100 Marvel
1/64
  Mister Hyde appearance.
71. 335 Marvel Tales #1 Marvel
1964
  Photographs of most Marvel Bullpen staffers.
72. 331 Journey Into Mystery #101 Marvel
2/64
  2nd Avengers crossover. Zarrko appearance.
73. 317 Journey Into Mystery #105 Marvel
6/64
  Avengers, Cobra and Mister Hyde appearance. Expanded Thor stories begin.
74. 308 Tales to Astonish #62 Marvel
12/64
  1st appearance of the Leader (cameo). Chameleon appearance. New Wasp costume. Hulk pin-up.
75. 305 Tales of Suspense #56 Marvel
8/64
  1st appearance of the Unicorn. Avengers cameo. Fantastic Four cameo in Tales of the Watcher back
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76. 295 Journey Into Mystery #111 Marvel
12/64
  Cobra and Mister Hyde appearance. Loki pin-up.
77. 294 Tales of Suspense #54 Marvel
6/64
  Mandarin appearance. Tales of the Watcher backup story.
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78. 290 Journey Into Mystery #106 Marvel
7/64
  Mister Hyde and Cobra appearance.
79. 285 Journey Into Mystery #104 Marvel
5/64
  Surtur appearance.
80. 271 Journey Into Mystery #110 Marvel
11/64
  Cobra and Mister Hyde appearance. Thor pin-up.
81. 263 Tales to Astonish #52 Marvel
2/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Black Knight (Professor Nathan Garrett).
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82. 250 Justice League of America #29 D.C.
8/64
  1st Silver Age appearance of Starman. Justice Society of America crossover. 1st appearance of Cr
83. 249 Tales of Suspense #55 Marvel
7/64
  “All About Iron Man” feature included. Pepper Potts pin-up page. Tales of the Watcher backup sto
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84. 241 Hawkman #2 D.C.
6-7/64
  Gardner Fox story. Murphy Anderson cover and art.
85. 238 Tales to Astonish #51 Marvel
1/64
  2nd appearance of the Human Top.
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86. 225 Strange Tales #116 Marvel
1/64
  1st Thing crossover. 2nd appearance of Nightmare. Puppet Master appearance.
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87. 221 Strange Tales #123 Marvel
8/64
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Beetle (Abner Jenkins). 1st Thor crossover. Thing, Loki, Lee an
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88. 219 Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #5 Marvel
1/64
  1st appearance of Baron Strucker.
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89. 209 Strange Tales #120 Marvel
5/64
  Iceman appearance. Fantastic Four & X-Men cameo.
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90. 208 Justice League of America #30 D.C.
9/64
  Justice Society of America appearance.
91. 199 80 Page Giant #1 D.C.
8/64
  Superman.
92. 197 Flash #147 D.C.
9/64
  2nd appearance of Reverse-Flash. Mister Element appearance. Flash #123 cover homage.
93. 194 Tales to Astonish #56 Marvel
6/64
  1st appearance of the Magician.
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94. 194 Strange Tales #117 Marvel
2/64
  Fantastic Four, Eel and Baron Mordo appearance.
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95. 194 Strange Tales #118 Marvel
3/64
  Fantastic Four and Wizard appearance.
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96. 194 Strange Tales #125 Marvel
10/64
  Human Torch and Thing battle Sub-Mariner.
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97. 190 Tales to Astonish #53 Marvel
3/64
  Origin of the Porcupine. Colossus appearance.
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98. 189 Tales to Astonish #61 Marvel
11/64
  Egghead appearance.
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99. 189 Strange Tales #121 Marvel
6/64
  Origin of Plantman retold. Baron Mordo appearance.
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100. 189 Tales to Astonish #58 Marvel
8/64
  Captain America and Magician appearance.
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