Key Comic Books From 1966

March 1, 2021

1966


Key comic books from 1966
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 1966 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 1966, 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 1966, 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 1966.

Key Comic Books From 1966:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 6,852 Fantastic Four #48 Marvel
3/66
  1st appearance of Silver Surfer and Galactus (cameo last page). Inhumans and Watcher appearance.
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2. 4,931 Fantastic Four #52 Marvel
7/66
  1st appearance of the Black Panther (T’Challa). Inhumans appearance.
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3. 3,627 Fantastic Four #49 Marvel
4/66
  1st full appearance of Galactus. 2nd appearance of the Silver Surfer. 1st Silver Surfer and Gala
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4. 2,743 Amazing Spider-Man #40 Marvel
9/66
  Origin of the Green Goblin.
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5. 2,734 Amazing Spider-Man #39 Marvel
8/66
  Norman Osborn revealed as Green Goblin. 1st John Romita Spider-Man art in title.
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6. 2,672 Amazing Spider-Man #41 Marvel
10/66
  1st appearance of the Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich).
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7. 2,584 Fantastic Four #50 Marvel
5/66
  Silver Surfer battles Galactus. Johnny Storm goes to college. 1st appearance of Wyatt Wingfoot.
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8. 2,184 Batman #181 D.C.
6/66
  1st appearance of Poison Ivy (Pamela Lillian Isley). Pin-up by Infantino and Anderson.
9. 2,057 Fantastic Four #46 Marvel
1/66
  1st full appearance of Black Bolt. Inhumans and Dragon Man appearance. 1st Black Bolt cover.
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10. 1,887 Amazing Spider-Man #33 Marvel
2/66
  Dr. Curt Connors appearance.
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11. 1,623 Amazing Spider-Man #42 Marvel
11/66
  Mary Jane Watson’s face revealed for the 1st time in cameo on last page. 2nd appearance of the R
12. 1,433 Amazing Spider-Man #38 Marvel
7/66
  2nd cameo appearance of Mary Jane Watson (face still not shown). Last Steve Ditko issue.
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13. 1,381 Amazing Spider-Man #43 Marvel
12/66
  1st full appearance of Mary Jane Watson. Origin of the Rhino. Colonel Jameson, Matt Murdock and
14. 1,343 Amazing Spider-Man #37 Marvel
6/66
  1st appearance of Norman Osborn and the Robot-Master (Mendel Stromm). Robot cover.
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15. 1,273 Fantastic Four #53 Marvel
8/66
  1st appearance of Klaw (Ulysses Klaw). 2nd appearance of the Black Panther. Origin of the Black
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16. 1,256 Amazing Spider-Man #36 Marvel
5/66
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Looter (Norton G. Fester).
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17. 1,239 Fantastic Four #55 Marvel
10/66
  Thing vs. Silver Surfer. Lockjaw cameo.
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18. 1,182 Amazing Spider-Man #34 Marvel
3/66
  Kraven appearance.
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19. 1,101 Amazing Spider-Man #35 Marvel
4/66
  2nd appearance of the Molten Man.
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20. 1,089 Amazing Spider-Man #32 Marvel
1/66
  2nd appearance of Doctor Curt Connors. Doctor Octopus appearance.
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21. 1,059 Thor #126 Marvel
3/66
  1st issue. Formerly Journey Into Mystery. Thor vs. Hercules.
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22. 952 Daredevil #16 Marvel
5/66
  Spider-Man appearance. 1st John Romita Spider-Man art. 1st appearance of the Masked Marauder.
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23. 924 X-Men #19 Marvel
4/66
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Mimic (Calvin Rankin).
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24. 832 X-Men #16 Marvel
1/66
  3rd appearance of the Sentinels.
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25. 816 Thor #132 Marvel
9/66
  1st appearance of Ego in cameo on last page. Letter from Dave Cockrum.
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26. 787 X-Men #21 Marvel
6/66
  Lucifer appearance.
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27. 741 Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #70 D.C.
11/66
  1st Silver Age Catwoman appearance. Batman, Robin and Penguin appearance.
28. 740 Thor #134 Marvel
11/66
  1st app. of the High Evolutionary. Origin and 1st app. of the Man-Beast. 1st app. of Fafnir. Gal
29. 715 Teen Titans #1 D.C.
1-2/66
  Batman, Aquaman, Flash and Wonder Woman cameo. Teen Titans join the Peace Corps.
30. 695 X-Men #24 Marvel
9/66
  1st appearance of the Locust (Doctor August Hopper).
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31. 679 X-Men #25 Marvel
10/66
  Origin and 1st appearance of El Tigre (Juan Meroz).
32. 676 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Golden Record Reprint Marvel
1966
  Golden Record Comic reprint.
33. 665 Fantastic Four #47 Marvel
2/66
  Inhumans and Dragon Man appearance.
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34. 659 X-Men #20 Marvel
5/66
  Lucifer, Blob and Unus appearance. Letter from Frank Brunner.
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35. 652 X-Men #27 Marvel
12/66
  Mimic joins the X-Men. Spider-Man, Puppet Master, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver appearance.
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36. 625 X-Men #26 Marvel
11/66
  El Tigre appearance.
37. 615 Fantastic Four #51 Marvel
6/66
  1st appearance of the Negative Zone. 2nd appearance of Wyatt Wingfoot.
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38. 614 Showcase #60 D.C.
1-2/66
  1st Silver Age appearance of the Spectre (Jim Corrigan) and Azmodus. Origin of the Spectre in te
39. 606 Fantastic Four 1 Golden Record Reprint Marvel
1966
  Golden Record Comic reprint.
40. 599 Fantastic Four #57 Marvel
12/66
  Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer, Sandman and Inhumans appearance.
41. 591 Journey Into Mystery 83 Golden Record Reprint Marvel
1966
  Golden Record Comic reprint.
42. 586 Avengers #28 Marvel
5/66
  1st appearance of the Collector. Beetle appearance. Giant-Man becomes Goliath.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
43. 578 Avengers #25 Marvel
2/66
  Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom appearance.
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44. 571 Fantastic Four #54 Marvel
9/66
  Black Panther and Inhumans appearance. 1st appearance of the Evil Eye.
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45. 570 X-Men #18 Marvel
3/66
  Magneto appearance. Stranger cameo.
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46. 562 Avengers #24 Marvel
1/66
  Kang appearance.
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47. 561 X-Men #23 Marvel
8/66
  Count Nefaria, Eel, Unicorn, Porcupine, Plantman and Scarecrow appearance.
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48. 560 Marvel Super-Heroes #1 Marvel
10/66
  1st Marvel one shot. Reprints text story from Captain America #3, Stan Lee’s 1st work for Marvel
49. 543 Daredevil #18 Marvel
7/66
  Origin and 1st appearance of Gladiator (Melvin Potter).
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50. 542 Journey Into Mystery #124 Marvel
1/66
  Hercules appearance. Thor reveals identity to Jane Foster.
51. 534 Tales of Suspense #80 Marvel
8/66
  Classic Red Skull cover. Cosmic Cube saga begins. Iron Man vs. Sub-Mariner story continued in Ta
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52. 530 X-Men #17 Marvel
2/66
  Magneto cameo.
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53. 498 Daredevil #17 Marvel
6/66
  Spider-Man, Masked Marauder and J. Jonah Jameson appearance. Aunt May cameo.
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54. 497 Aquaman #29 D.C.
9-10/66
  Origin & 1st appearance of Ocean Master (Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother).
55. 483 Fantastic Four #56 Marvel
11/66
  Inhumans and Klaw appearance. Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer and Black Panther cameo on last page.
56. 461 X-Men #22 Marvel
7/66
  Count Nefaria, Eel, Unicorn, Porcupine, Plantman and Scarecrow appearance.
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57. 452 Journey Into Mystery #125 Marvel
2/66
  Hercules appearance. Last issue. Story and numbering continued in Thor #126
58. 434 Avengers #32 Marvel
9/66
  1st appearance of Bill Foster. Sons of the Serpent appearance.
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59. 420 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 Marvel
11/66
  Avengers and Hulk appearance. Daredevil cameo.
60. 396 Tales of Suspense #74 Marvel
2/66
  Sleeper appearance. Happy Hogan becomes the Freak.
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61. 380 Daredevil #15 Marvel
4/66
  “Death” of the Ox.
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62. 365 Avengers 4 Golden Record Reprint Marvel
1966
  Golden Record Comic reprint. Captain America pin-up.
63. 362 Avengers #26 Marvel
3/66
  Attuma appearance.
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64. 349 Daredevil #14 Marvel
3/66
  Ka-Zar and Plunderer appearance.
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65. 344 Daredevil #13 Marvel
2/66
  1st appearance of vibranium. Ka-Zar, Zabu and Plunderer appearance. Origin of Ka-Zar and the Plu
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66. 338 Tales of Suspense #83 Marvel
11/66
  1st appearance of the Tumbler. Adaptoid and Titanium Man app. Lyndon Johnson cameo. Letter from
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67. 335 Tales of Suspense #75 Marvel
3/66
  1st appearance of Sharon Carter and Batroc the Leaper (Georges Batroc). Peggy Carter cameo (face
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68. 328 Avengers #27 Marvel
4/66
  Attuma and Beetle appearance.
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69. 327 Thor #127 Marvel
4/66
  1st appearance of Pluto.
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70. 326 Thor #133 Marvel
10/66
  1st full appearance of Ego. Recorder appearance.
71. 303 Captain Atom #83 Charlton
11/66
  1st appearance of the Blue Beetle (Ted Kord).
72. 290 Daredevil #12 Marvel
1/66
  1st appearance of the Plunderer (Parnival Plunder). Ka-Zar and Zabu appearance.
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73. 276 Tales of Suspense #82 Marvel
10/66
  1st appearance of the Adaptoid (later becomes the Super-Adaptoid). Titanium Man appearance.
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74. 275 Avengers #30 Marvel
7/66
  Swordsman, Black Widow and Power Man appearance.
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75. 273 Thor #130 Marvel
7/66
  Hercules and Pluto appearance.
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76. 273 Thor #135 Marvel
12/66
  High Evolutionary appearance.
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77. 271 Action Comics #340 D.C.
8/66
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Parasite (Raymond Maxwell Jensen). Superman centerfold pin-up b
78. 267 Strange Tales #147 Marvel
8/66
  1st appearance of Kaluu.
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79. 265 Daredevil #20 Marvel
9/66
  Owl appearance.
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80. 259 Fantastic Four Annual #4 Marvel
11/66
  Origin and 1st Silver Age appearance of the Golden Age Human Torch. Quasimodo and Mad Thinker ap
81. 258 Strange Tales #150 Marvel
11/66
  John Buscema’s 1st work for Marvel. 1st appearance of Umar. Kaluu appearance.
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82. 254 Thor #128 Marvel
5/66
  Hercules appearance.
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83. 254 Tales of Suspense #77 Marvel
5/66
  1st full appearance of Peggy Carter. 1st full appearance of Ultimo. Mandarin appearance.
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84. 254 Tales of Suspense #73 Marvel
1/66
  Black Knight and Sleeper appearance.
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85. 249 Avengers #34 Marvel
11/66
  1st appearance of the Living Laser (Arthur Parks). Bill Foster appearance.
86. 249 Strange Tales #151 Marvel
12/66
  Jim Steranko’s 1st work for Marvel. Dormammu, Umar and Eternity appearance.
87. 247 Avengers #33 Marvel
10/66
  Stan Lee story. Don Heck cover and art.
88. 247 Batman #186 D.C.
11/66
  Joker appearance.
89. 246 Tales of Suspense #76 Marvel
4/66
  1st appearance of Ultimo in cameo. Batroc & Mandarin appearance.
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90. 244 Tales of Suspense #79 Marvel
7/66
  Sub-Mariner and Red Skull appearance.
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91. 232 Avengers #35 Marvel
12/66
  Living Laser appearance. Black Widow and Bill Foster cameo. Letter from Dave Cockrum.
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92. 232 Plastic Man #1 D.C.
11-12/66
  1st appearance of Gordon K. Trueblood.
93. 231 Avengers #31 Marvel
8/66
  Stan Lee story. Don Heck and Frank Giacoia cover and art.
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94. 230 Tales to Astonish #85 Marvel
11/66
  Hulk appears in Sub-Mariner story. Krang appearance.
95. 230 Batman #183 D.C.
8/66
  2nd appearance of Poison Ivy.
96. 230 Thor #129 Marvel
6/66
  1st appearance of Ares. Hercules, Pluto and Zeus appearance.
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97. 225 Tales to Astonish #79 Marvel
5/66
  Hulk vs. Hercules.
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98. 224 Avengers #29 Marvel
6/66
  Swordsman, Black Widow and Power Man appearance.
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99. 224 Daredevil #22 Marvel
11/66
  Masked Marauder and Gladiator appearance. Owl cameo.
100. 223 Showcase #61 D.C.
3-4/66
  The Spectre.
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