Key Comic Books From 1969

March 1, 2021

1969


Key comic books from 1969
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 1969 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 1969, 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 1969, 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 1969.

Key Comic Books From 1969:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 3,575 Silver Surfer #4 Marvel
2/69
  Thor and Loki appearance. Hulk, Thing and Hercules cameo. Tales of the Watcher backup story.
2. 2,211 Captain America #117 Marvel
9/69
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Falcon (Sam Wilson) and Redwing. Red Skull appearance. M.O.D.O.
3. 2,038 Thor #165 Marvel
6/69
  1st full appearance of Him (Warlock). Watcher appearance. Last 12¢ issue.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized pence price variant is confirmed to exist
4. 1,703 Captain America #109 Marvel
1/69
  Origin of Captain America retold. Nick Fury appearance.
5. 1,513 Marvel Super-Heroes #18 Marvel
1/69
  Origin and 1st app. of the Guardians of the Galaxy (Major Vance Astro, Yondu Udonta, Charlie-27
6. 1,323 Captain America #110 Marvel
2/69
  1st appearance of Madame Hydra (later becomes Viper). Hulk appearance.
7. 1,132 Captain America #111 Marvel
3/69
  “Death” of Steve Rogers identity. Madame Hydra (Viper) appearance.
8. 1,083 X-Men #58 Marvel
7/69
  1st appearance of Havok in costume. Sentinels appearance. Mesmero, Living Pharaoh and Banshee ca
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9. 949 Amazing Spider-Man #78 Marvel
11/69
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Prowler (Hobie Brown).
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10. 933 Amazing Spider-Man #73 Marvel
6/69
  1st appearance of Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi) and Man-Mountain Marko. Doctor Curt Connors cameo
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11. 893 X-Men #56 Marvel
5/69
  1st appearance of the Living Monolith. Origin of Angel.
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12. 891 Amazing Spider-Man #69 Marvel
2/69
  Kingpin appearance.
13. 870 Amazing Spider-Man #71 Marvel
4/69
  Quicksilver appearance.
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14. 867 Amazing Spider-Man #77 Marvel
10/69
  Lizard and Human Torch appearance.
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15. 858 Amazing Spider-Man #68 Marvel
1/69
  Kingpin appearance. “Clay Tablet” saga begins.
16. 849 Captain America #113 Marvel
5/69
  Classic cover. Madame Hydra (Viper), Nick Fury and Avengers (Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Pant
17. 786 X-Men #57 Marvel
6/69
  Sentinels appearance. Marvel Girl featurette.
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18. 762 Silver Surfer #5 Marvel
4/69
  Fantastic Four and Stranger appearance. Tales of the Watcher backup story. Letter from Wendy (Fl
19. 757 Amazing Spider-Man #75 Marvel
8/69
  “Death” of Silvermane. Man-Mountain Marko and Lizard appearance.
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20. 739 X-Men #60 Marvel
9/69
  Origin and 1st appearance of Sauron (Doctor Karl Lykos).
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21. 709 Amazing Spider-Man #70 Marvel
3/69
  Kingpin appearance.
22. 703 Amazing Spider-Man #72 Marvel
5/69
  Shocker appearance.
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23. 678 Vampirella #1 Warren Publishing
9/69
  Origin & 1st appearance of Vampirella. Frank Frazetta frontispiece.
24. 675 X-Men #54 Marvel
3/69
  1st appearance of Alex Summers (later becomes Havok) and the Living Pharaoh (Ahmet Abdol). Origi
25. 673 Avengers #71 Marvel
12/69
  1st appearance of the Invaders. Black Knight joins the Avengers. Kang and Grandmaster appearance
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26. 650 Amazing Spider-Man #74 Marvel
7/69
  Doctor Curt Connors, Silvermane and Man-Mountain Marko appearance. Last 12¢ issue.
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27. 622 Amazing Spider-Man #76 Marvel
9/69
  Lizard and Human Torch appearance.
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28. 611 X-Men #61 Marvel
10/69
  2nd appearance of Sauron.
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29. 607 Silver Surfer #6 Marvel
6/69
  Tales of the Watcher backup story.
30. 596 X-Men #53 Marvel
2/69
  Barry Windsor-Smith’s 1st U.S. comic book work. Blastaar appearance. Origin of Beast.
31. 595 X-Men #55 Marvel
4/69
  Alex Summers finds out he is a mutant. Living Pharaoh appearance. Origin of Angel.
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32. 591 Silver Surfer #7 Marvel
8/69
  Last Tales of the Watcher backup story. Last 25¢ issue.
33. 588 Thor #166 Marvel
7/69
  2nd full appearance of Him (Warlock). Thor vs. Him (Warlock).
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34. 567 Silver Surfer #8 Marvel
9/69
  1st monthly issue. 1st 15¢ issue. 1st appearance of Flying Dutchman. Mephisto appearance.
35. 551 Iron Man #9 Marvel
1/69
  Mandarin and Hulk-Robot appearance.
36. 543 X-Men #59 Marvel
8/69
  Plot assist by Chris Claremont. Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Toad and Sentinels appearance.
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37. 538 Silver Surfer #10 Marvel
11/69
  Stan Lee story. John Buscema and Dan Adkins. cover and art.
38. 532 X-Men #63 Marvel
12/69
  1st appearance of Lorelei (Lani Ubana). Magneto, Ka-Zar, Zabu, Brainchild, Gaza, Amphibius, Lupo
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39. 531 Silver Surfer #9 Marvel
10/69
  Mephisto appearance.
40. 523 Amazing Spider-Man #79 Marvel
12/69
  2nd appearance of the Prowler.
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41. 523 Silver Surfer #11 Marvel
12/69
  Stan Lee story. John Buscema and Dan Adkins. cover and art.
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42. 475 Incredible Hulk #122 Marvel
12/69
  Fantastic Four appearance. Hulk vs. Thing.
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43. 458 X-Men #62 Marvel
11/69
  1st appearance of Gaza, Brainchild, Equilibrius, Piper, Barbarus and Lupo. Magneto, Ka-Zar and Z
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44. 457 Fantastic Four #86 Marvel
5/69
  Doctor Doom appearance.
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45. 433 Fantastic Four #82 Marvel
1/69
  Inhumans appearance.
46. 421 X-Men #52 Marvel
1/69
  1st full appearance of Erik the Red. Magneto, Mesmero and Polaris appearance. Origin of the Beas
47. 415 Captain Marvel #18 Marvel
11/69
  Carol Danvers gains super powers (later becomes Ms. Marvel).
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48. 404 Iron Man #10 Marvel
2/69
  Nick Fury and Mandarin appearance. Letter from Walt Simonson.
49. 390 Thor #169 Marvel
10/69
  Origin of Galactus concludes. Watcher and Thermal Man appearance.
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50. 382 Incredible Hulk #116 Marvel
6/69
  Leader appearance.
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51. 378 Captain America #115 Marvel
7/69
  Red Skull appearance. Yellowjacket cameo.
52. 369 Fantastic Four #83 Marvel
2/69
  Inhumans appearance.
53. 368 Avengers #62 Marvel
3/69
  1st appearance of the Man-Ape (M’Baku). Black Knight appearance.
54. 359 Fantastic Four #84 Marvel
3/69
  Doctor Doom and Nick Fury appearance.
55. 356 Avengers #69 Marvel
10/69
  1st appearance of the Grandmaster. 1st app. of Squadron Sinister in cameo on last page. Kang and
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56. 355 Thor #168 Marvel
9/69
  Origin of Galactus.
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57. 345 Avengers #70 Marvel
11/69
  Origin of the Squadron Sinister. Kang, Grandmaster and Black Knight appearance.
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58. 345 Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15 Marvel
11/69
  1st appearance and “death” of Bullseye. Story continued in Avengers #72 Last 15¢ issue.
59. 344 Fantastic Four #91 Marvel
10/69
  Skrulls appearance.
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60. 335 Avengers #66 Marvel
7/69
  1st appearance of adamantium. Ultron-6 cameo on last page.
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61. 335 Captain America #118 Marvel
10/69
  2nd appearance of Falcon and Redwing. Red Skull appearance. Letter from Steve Gerber.
62. 332 Iron Man #11 Marvel
3/69
  Mandarin appearance.
63. 328 Incredible Hulk #111 Marvel
1/69
  1st appearance of the Galaxy Master. Ka-Zar and Zabu appearance.
64. 325 Avengers #67 Marvel
8/69
  Ultron-6 appearance.
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65. 325 Fantastic Four #88 Marvel
7/69
  Mole Man appearance.
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66. 325 Captain America #112 Marvel
4/69
  Career of Captain America retold. Iron Man appearance.
67. 319 Fantastic Four #87 Marvel
6/69
  Doctor Doom appearance.
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68. 314 Avengers #68 Marvel
9/69
  Ultron-6 appearance.
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69. 308 Incredible Hulk #112 Marvel
2/69
  “Death” of the Galaxy Master.
70. 305 Iron Man #14 Marvel
6/69
  Origin, 1st appearance and “death” of the Night Phantom (Travis Hoyt).
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71. 304 Fantastic Four #92 Marvel
11/69
  Stan Lee story. Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott cover and art.
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72. 298 Justice League of America #75 D.C.
11/69
  1st appearance of Dinah Laurel Lance. Black Canary leaves Earth-2 to join the Justice League.
73. 297 Avengers #63 Marvel
4/69
  Hawkeye becomes the new Goliath. Black Widow, Mad Thinker, Egghead and Puppet Master appearance.
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74. 286 Fantastic Four #85 Marvel
4/69
  Doctor Doom appearance.
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75. 279 Iron Man #15 Marvel
7/69
  Last 12¢ issue. Two color variants exist. Unicorn and Red Ghost appearance.
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76. 279 Thor #160 Marvel
1/69
  Galactus vs. Ego battle begins.
77. 278 Avengers #64 Marvel
5/69
  Egghead and Black Widow appearance. “Death” of Barney Barton.
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78. 276 Thor #164 Marvel
5/69
  3rd cameo appearance of Him (Warlock). Pluto appearance.
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79. 275 Incredible Hulk #113 Marvel
3/69
  Sandman appearance.
80. 274 Daredevil #52 Marvel
5/69
  Black Panther appearance. Yellowjacket and Vision cameo.
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81. 271 Fantastic Four #89 Marvel
8/69
  Mole Man appearance.
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82. 268 Showcase #80 D.C.
2/69
  1st Silver Age appearance of the Phantom Stranger and Doctor Thirteen.
83. 264 Avengers #60 Marvel
1/69
  Marriage of Wasp and Yellowjacket. Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil and Do
84. 263 Incredible Hulk #115 Marvel
5/69
  Leader appearance.
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85. 258 Witching Hour #1 D.C.
2-3/69
  1st appearance of Mordred, Mildred and Cynthia.
86. 257 Iron Man #12 Marvel
4/69
  Origin and 1st appearance of the Controller (Basil Sandhurst).
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87. 255 Marvel Super-Heroes #20 Marvel
5/69
  Doctor Doom story. 1st appearance of Valeria. Diablo appearance.
88. 251 Brave and the Bold #85 D.C.
8-9/69
  Green Arrow. Green Arrow dons new costume.
89. 242 Captain America #114 Marvel
6/69
  Nick Fury appearance. Avengers (Wasp, Yellowjacket, Goliath, Black Panther and Vision) and Red
90. 237 Fantastic Four #93 Marvel
12/69
  Stan Lee story. Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia. cover and art.
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91. 235 Incredible Hulk #118 Marvel
8/69
  Sub-Mariner vs. Hulk. Lady Dorma appearance.
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92. 235 Thor #161 Marvel
2/69
  Galactus vs. Ego battle concludes.
93. 234 Detective Comics #387 D.C.
5/69
  Joker and Penguin cover. 30th anniversary issue. Fact File #7: Detective Comics #27
94. 233 Avengers #61 Marvel
2/69
  Doctor Strange, Black Knight, Ymir and Surtur appearance. Story continued from Doctor Strange #1
95. 230 Avengers #65 Marvel
6/69
  Egghead and Swordsman appearance. Last 12¢ issue.
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96. 229 Tower of Shadows #1 Marvel
9/69
  Stan Lee and Jim Steranko stories. Jim Steranko, John Buscema and. Johnny Craig art, John Romita cover.
97. 227 Incredible Hulk #117 Marvel
7/69
  Leader appearance. Last 12¢ issue.
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98. 226 Iron Man #13 Marvel
5/69
  Controller and Nick Fury appearance.
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99. 225 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #6 Marvel
11/69
  John Romita cover.
100. 224 Thor #162 Marvel
3/69
  Galactus appearance. Letter from Gary Groth.
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