Key Comic Books From 1965

March 1, 2021

1965


Key comic books from 1965
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 1965 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 1965, 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 1965, 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 1965.

Key Comic Books From 1965:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,854 Fantastic Four #45 Marvel
12/65
  1st appearance of Lockjaw & the Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Karnak & Triton). Sandman & Drago
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2. 2,637 Amazing Spider-Man #20 Marvel
1/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of Scorpion (MacDonald “Mac” Gargan). Peter Parker/Spider-Man pin-up.
3. 2,365 X-Men #12 Marvel
7/65
  Origin of Professor X. Origin and 1st appearance of the Juggernaut (Cain Marko).
4. 2,337 Amazing Spider-Man #31 Marvel
12/65
  1st appearance of Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn and Professor Miles Warren.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
5. 2,170 Amazing Spider-Man #28 Marvel
9/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Molten Man (Mark Raxton). Peter Parker graduates high school.
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6. 2,021 X-Men #14 Marvel
11/65
  1st appearance of the Sentinels.
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7. 1,732 Amazing Spider-Man #25 Marvel
6/65
  1st cameo appearance of Mary Jane Watson (face not shown). 1st app. of Professor Spencer Smythe
8. 1,691 Daredevil #7 Marvel
4/65
  Daredevil battles Sub-Mariner. Daredevil dons new red costume. Daredevil and Sub-Mariner pin-up.
9. 1,613 Amazing Spider-Man #23 Marvel
4/65
  3rd appearance of the Green Goblin. Spider-Man pin-up. Letter from Jim Shooter.
10. 1,539 X-Men #10 Marvel
3/65
  1st Silver Age appearance of Ka-Zar (Kevin Plunder), Zabu the Sabertooth and the Savage Land.
11. 1,453 X-Men #9 Marvel
1/65
  1st meeting of X-Men and Avengers. 1st appearance of Lucifer. Marvel Girl pin-up.
12. 1,432 Journey Into Mystery #112 Marvel
1/65
  Classic Thor vs. Hulk battle issue. Origin of Loki. Avengers and Sub-Mariner appearance.
13. 1,419 Amazing Spider-Man #27 Marvel
8/65
  Green Goblin appearance. Patch revealed as Frederick Foswell. “Death” of the Crime-Master.
14. 1,404 Amazing Spider-Man #26 Marvel
7/65
  1st appearance of Patch and the Crime-Master (Nick Lewis). Green Goblin appearance.
15. 1,322 Amazing Spider-Man #30 Marvel
11/65
  1st appearance of the Cat Burglar.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
16. 1,257 Strange Tales #135 Marvel
8/65
  1st appearance of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tony Stark & Baron Mordo appearance.
17. 1,245 Amazing Spider-Man #29 Marvel
10/65
  2nd appearance of the Scorpion.
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18. 1,240 Amazing Spider-Man #21 Marvel
2/65
  Human Torch and Beetle appearance. Spider-Man pin-up.
19. 1,230 Amazing Spider-Man #22 Marvel
3/65
  1st appearance of Princess Python. Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime appearance.
20. 1,224 X-Men #13 Marvel
9/65
  2nd appearance of the Juggernaut. Human Torch appearance. Matt Murdock cameo.
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21. 1,216 Amazing Spider-Man #24 Marvel
5/65
  Mysterio appearance.
22. 1,181 Fantastic Four #36 Marvel
3/65
  1st appearance of the Frightful Four. 1st appearance of Medusa. Avengers and X-Men cameo.
23. 988 Fantastic Four #44 Marvel
11/65
  1st appearance of Gorgon. Medusa and Dragon Man appearance. Letter from Dave Cockrum.
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24. 985 Batman #171 D.C.
5/65
  1st Silver Age appearance of the Riddler. Batman TV pilot based on story.
25. 958 Avengers #16 Marvel
5/65
  Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver join the Avengers. Sub-Mariner cameo.
26. 882 X-Men #15 Marvel
12/65
  1st appearance of the Master Mold. 2nd appearance of the Sentinels. Origin of the Beast.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
27. 874 Daredevil #8 Marvel
6/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day).
28. 858 Green Lantern #40 D.C.
10/65
  Golden Age Green Lantern crossover. 1st appearance of Krona. Crisis begins. Origin of the Guardi
29. 801 Daredevil #6 Marvel
2/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of Mister Fear (Zoltan Drago). Eel and Ox appearance.
30. 759 X-Men #11 Marvel
5/65
  1st appearance of the Stranger. Magneto, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Mastermind and Toad appeara
31. 698 Tales of Suspense #63 Marvel
3/65
  1st Silver Age origin of Captain America
32. 685 Avengers #12 Marvel
1/65
  Mole Man and Red Ghost appearance. Letter from George R.R. Martin.
33. 666 Daredevil #9 Marvel
8/65
  1st appearance of the Organizer.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
34. 655 Journey Into Mystery Annual #1 Marvel
1965
  1st appearance of Hercules and Zeus. Thor vs. Hercules. Only issue. Becomes Thor Annual.
35. 653 Avengers #15 Marvel
4/65
  “Death” of original Baron Zemo. Enchantress, Executioner, Melter & Black Knight appearance.
36. 636 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 Marvel
1965
  1st appearance of Xandu and the Wand of Watoomb. Doctor Strange appearance.
37. 609 Journey Into Mystery #114 Marvel
3/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Absorbing Man (Carl “Crusher” Creel).
38. 601 Avengers #14 Marvel
3/65
  Watcher appearance.
39. 592 Fantastic Four #39 Marvel
6/65
  Daredevil and Doctor Doom appearance.
40. 587 Fantastic Four #35 Marvel
2/65
  1st appearance of Dragon Man. 2nd appearance of Diablo. Peter Parker, Scott Summers and Professo
41. 581 Strange Tales #138 Marvel
11/65
  1st appearance of Eternity. Dormammu, Baron Mordo and Tony Stark appearance.
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42. 567 Avengers #13 Marvel
2/65
  1st appearance of Count Nefaria. Fantastic Four cameo.
43. 560 Tales of Suspense #65 Marvel
5/65
  1st Silver Age appearance of the Red Skull (George John Maxon).
44. 560 Avengers #19 Marvel
8/65
  1st appearance of the Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne). Origin of Hawkeye.
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45. 540 Fantastic Four #41 Marvel
8/65
  Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster, Sandman and Medusa) appearance.
46. 529 Daredevil #10 Marvel
10/65
  1st appearance of the Ani-Men. Organizer appearance.
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47. 517 Avengers #17 Marvel
6/65
  Minotaur and Mole Man appearance. Hulk cameo.
48. 484 Showcase #55 D.C.
3-4/65
  1st solo GA Green Lantern in Silver Age. 1st SA appearance of Solomon Grundy. Origin of Hourman
49. 469 Fantastic Four #38 Marvel
5/65
  Frightful Four (Wizard, Paste-Pot Pete, Sandman and Medusa) appearance. Paste-Pot Pete becomes t
50. 455 Avengers #20 Marvel
9/65
  Swordsman and Mandarin appearance.
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51. 445 Journey Into Mystery #118 Marvel
7/65
  1st appearance of the Destroyer.
52. 412 Fantastic Four #40 Marvel
7/65
  Daredevil and Doctor Doom appearance.
53. 409 Journey Into Mystery #115 Marvel
4/65
  Absorbing Man appearance. Origin of Loki.
54. 409 Tales of Suspense #66 Marvel
6/65
  Origin and 1st Silver Age appearance of the original Red Skull (Johann Schmidt). Attuma and Hitl
55. 403 Avengers #22 Marvel
11/65
  Enchantress, Power Man and Circus of Crime appearance.
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56. 400 Fantastic Four #37 Marvel
4/65
  Skrulls appearance.
57. 399 Avengers #18 Marvel
7/65
  Stan Lee story. Don Heck and Dick Ayers art. Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover.
58. 392 Daredevil #11 Marvel
12/65
  Abner Jonas revealed as the Organizer. Ani-Men appearance.
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59. 381 Tales of Suspense #64 Marvel
4/65
  Black Widow dons costume. Hawkeye appearance.
60. 367 Brave and the Bold #60 D.C.
6-7/65
  1st appearance of the new Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), who joins the Teen Titans. Batman, Wonder Wo
61. 366 Journey Into Mystery #121 Marvel
10/65
  Absorbing Man appearance.
62. 363 Journey Into Mystery #113 Marvel
2/65
  Origin of Loki. Grey Gargoyle appearance.
63. 363 Fantastic Four #34 Marvel
1/65
  1st appearance of Greg Gideon. Fantastic Four pin-up. Letter from George R.R. Martin.
64. 353 Fantastic Four Annual #3 Marvel
1965
  Reed Richards and Sue Storm wed. Daredevil, X-Men, Avengers, Nick Fury, Doctor Doom and Watcher
65. 351 Brave and the Bold #57 D.C.
12/64-1/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of Metamorpho. 1st appearance of Sapphire Stagg, Simon Stagg and Java.
66. 350 Doom Patrol #99 D.C.
11/65
  1st appearance of Beast Boy (Garfield Logan, later becomes the Changeling).
67. 342 Journey Into Mystery #122 Marvel
11/65
  Absorbing Man appearance.
68. 339 Avengers #23 Marvel
12/65
  1st John Romita Silver Age Marvel work. 1st appearance of Ravonna Renslayer. Kang appearance.
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69. 338 Tales of Suspense #61 Marvel
1/65
  Mandarin appearance. Iron Man pin-up.
70. 326 Fantastic Four #43 Marvel
10/65
  Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster, Sandman and Medusa) appearance. Doctor Doom cameo.
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71. 312 Tales to Astonish #70 Marvel
8/65
  Sub-Mariner starts as feature character. Leader appearance.
72. 310 Fantastic Four #42 Marvel
9/65
  Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster, Sandman and Medusa) appearance.
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73. 309 Avengers #21 Marvel
10/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of Power Man (Erik Josten). Enchantress appearance.
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74. 299 Journey Into Mystery #119 Marvel
8/65
  1st appearance of Hogun, Fandrall and Volstagg. Destroyer appearance.
75. 297 Journey Into Mystery #123 Marvel
12/65
  Absorbing Man appearance.
76. 288 Journey Into Mystery #116 Marvel
5/65
  Avengers, Daredevil and Frightful Four cameo.
77. 278 Journey Into Mystery #117 Marvel
6/65
  Enchantress appearance.
78. 275 Strange Adventures #180 D.C.
9/65
  Origin and 1st appearance of Animal Man (Bernhard “Buddy” Baker).
79. 275 Tales of Suspense #62 Marvel
2/65
  Origin of the Mandarin.
80. 274 Journey Into Mystery #120 Marvel
9/65
  Avengers and Absorbing Man cameo. Tales of Asgard backup story.
81. 264 Tales of Suspense #71 Marvel
11/65
  Titanium Man appearance.
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82. 264 Tales to Astonish #65 Marvel
3/65
  New Giant-Man costume.
83. 252 Strange Tales #130 Marvel
3/65
  Baron Mordo and Dormammu appearance. Beatles cameo.
84. 246 Tales to Astonish #63 Marvel
1/65
  Origin & 1st full appearance of the Leader (Samuel Sterns). Giant-Man/Wasp pin-up.
85. 245 Strange Tales #128 Marvel
1/65
  Early Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch appearance. Doctor Strange pin-up.
86. 240 Batman #169 D.C.
2/65
  2nd Silver Age Penguin appearance. Letter from Mike Friedrich.
87. 226 Tales of Suspense #68 Marvel
8/65
  Red Skull appearance
88. 220 Tales of Suspense #72 Marvel
12/65
  Sleeper, Awesome Android, Mad Thinker, Red Skull & Avengers (Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver & Hawkey
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89. 214 Tales of Suspense #67 Marvel
7/65
  Red Skull and Hitler appearance.
90. 208 Strange Tales #133 Marvel
6/65
  Puppet Master appearance.
91. 197 Strange Tales #129 Marvel
2/65
  Stan Lee and Don Rico stories. Dick Ayers, Frank Giacoia and. Steve Ditko art, Kirby and Stone cover.
92. 194 Tales to Astonish #68 Marvel
6/65
  Human Top and Leader appearance. President Lyndon B. Johnson cameo.
93. 188 Tales to Astonish #67 Marvel
5/65
  Stan Lee story, Steve Ditko,. Bob Powell and Chic Stone art. Jack Kirby and Chic Stone cover.
94. 188 Showcase #59 D.C.
11-12/65
  3rd appearance of the Teen Titans. Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Mera cameo.
95. 182 Strange Tales #131 Marvel
4/65
  Mad Thinker, Baron Mordo and Dormammu appearance.
96. 181 Brave and the Bold #61 D.C.
8-9/65
  Origin of Black Canary and Starman in text. 1st Silver Age appearance of the Mist.
97. 180 Brave and the Bold #62 D.C.
10-11/65
  Starman and Black Canary. 1st Silver Age appearance of Golden Age Wildcat, Huntress and Sportsma
98. 180 Tales of Suspense #70 Marvel
10/65
  Titanium Man appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
99. 179 Strange Tales #134 Marvel
7/65
  Watcher, Kang, Dormammu and Baron Mordo appearance. Last Human Torch story in title.
100. 178 Tales to Astonish #64 Marvel
2/65
  Leader and Attuma appearance. President Lyndon B. Johnson cameo.
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