Key Comic Books From 1975

March 1, 2021

1975

Key comics from 1975

There are two main ways I’ve seen online lists of key comic books presented by year: (1) personalized lists based upon judgment calls of what is “key” (thereby omitting any comic books the particular writer doesn’t happen to consider key — or doesn’t know about), and (2) lists based upon high sales price data (also a flawed method because high prices can just as easily be caused by a non-key book happening to grade a 10 at CGC)

The top 100 key comic books from 1975 list you’re about to see is neither of those other types.

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main 1970’s 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 1975, 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 1975, but this will not necessarily be an all-encompassing list (if very few copies were created for a given key, for example, 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 1975.

Key Comic Books From 1975:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 9,867 Giant-Size X-Men #1 Marvel
Summer 1975
  1st appearance of the new X-Men, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus & Thunderbird. 2nd full appearance of Wolverine.
2. 7,306 X-Men #94 Marvel
8/75
  New X-Men begin. Sunfire leaves. 2nd appearance of Nightcrawler, Storm, Thunderbird & Colossus.
3. 3,649 Werewolf By Night #32 Marvel
8/75
  Origin & 1st appearance of Moon Knight (Marc Spector).
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4. 2,390 X-Men #95 Marvel
10/75
  “Death” of Thunderbird. 3rd appearance of the new X-Men. Count Nefaria & Ani-Men appearance.
5. 2,167 X-Men #96 Marvel
12/75
  1st appearance of Moira MacTaggert.
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6. 2,116 Iron Fist #1 Marvel
11/75
  Story continued from Marvel Premiere #25 Iron Fist battles Iron Man.
7. 1,828 Inhumans #1 Marvel
10/75
  Blastaar appearance.
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8. 1,554 The Joker #1 D.C.
5/75
  Two-Face appearance. Catwoman, Riddler & Penguin cover.
9. 1,410 Strange Tales #180 Marvel
6/75
  1st appearance of Gamora.
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10. 1,237 Invaders #1 Marvel
8/75
  Story continued from Giant-Size Invaders #1
11. 1,132 Amazing Spider-Man #149 Marvel
10/75
  1st appearance of the Spider-Man clone. Origin & “death” of the Jackal. Gwen Stacy clone appearance.
12. 1,049 Strange Tales #178 Marvel
2/75
  1st appearance of Magus. Warlock begins. Strange Tales & Warlock in indicia.
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13. 996 Champions #1 Marvel
10/75
  Black Widow, Hercules, Ghost Rider, Angel & Iceman form the Champions. Venus, Pluto, Ares & Hippolyta app.
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14. 784 Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 Marvel
4/75
  1st appearance of Moses Magnum. 3rd appearance of the Punisher.
15. 754 Werewolf By Night #33 Marvel
9/75
  2nd appearance of Moon Knight.
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16. 663 Marvel Feature #1 Marvel
11/75
  Red Sonja. 1st book devoted to Red Sonja.
17. 637 Warlock #10 Marvel
12/75
  1st appearance of the In-Betweener. Origin of Thanos & Gamora. Thanos vs. The Magus.
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18. 632 Amazing Spider-Man #147 Marvel
8/75
  Tarantula, Jackal & Gwen Stacy clone appearance.
19. 620 Amazing Spider-Man #141 Marvel
2/75
  1st Danny Berkhart as Mysterio.
20. 597 Amazing Spider-Man #150 Marvel
11/75
  Doctor Curt Connors, Professor Spencer Smyth & Spider-Slayer appearance. Letter from John Ostrander.
21. 556 Marvel Preview #2 Marvel
1975
  1st origin of the Punisher. 1st appearance of Dominic Fortune. Don Pendleton interview.
22. 522 Amazing Spider-Man #151 Marvel
12/75
  Shocker appearance.
23. 500 Strange Tales #179 Marvel
4/75
  1st appearance of Pip the Troll.
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24. 494 Warlock #9 Marvel
10/75
  Warlock dons a new costume. Story continued from Strange Tales #181 1st issue since 10/73
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25. 473 Son of Satan #1 Marvel
12/75
  Story continued from Marvel Spotlight #24
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26. 473 Amazing Spider-Man #144 Marvel
5/75
  Cyclone & Gwen Stacy clone appearance.
27. 456 Amazing Spider-Man #140 Marvel
1/75
  1st appearance of Gloria Grant. Jackal & Grizzly appearance.
28. 450 Amazing Spider-Man #148 Marvel
9/75
  Professor Warren revealed as the Jackal. Gwen Stacy clone & Tarantula appearance.
29. 441 Giant-Size Defenders #3 Marvel
1/75
  1st appearance of Korvac. Daredevil & Grandmaster appearance.
30. 425 Amazing Spider-Man #146 Marvel
7/75
  Scorpion, Jackal & Gwen Stacy clone appearance.
31. 404 Amazing Spider-Man #142 Marvel
3/75
  Mysterio (Danny Berkhart) appearance.
32. 398 Defenders #28 Marvel
10/75
  Ron Wilson & Frank Giacoia cover. Guardians of the Galaxy & Badoon appearance.
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33. 378 Amazing Spider-Man #145 Marvel
6/75
  Scorpion & Gwen Stacy clone appearance.
34. 364 Giant-Size X-Men #2 Marvel
11/75
  Gil Kane & Klaus Janson cover.
35. 362 Amazing Spider-Man #143 Marvel
4/75
  1st appearance of Cyclone (Andre Gerard).
36. 354 Adventures on the Planet of the Apes #1 Marvel
10/75
  Rich Buckler cover.
37. 349 1st Issue Special #8 D.C.
11/75
  Origin & 1st appearance of Warlord. Story continued in Warlord #1
38. 342 Super-Villain Team-Up #1 Marvel
8/75
  Tiger Shark, Attuma & Doctor Dorcas appearance. Story continued from Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up #2
39. 335 Strange Tales #181 Marvel
8/75
  Story continued in Warlock #9
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40. 327 Giant-Size Invaders #1 Marvel
6/75
  Origin of Captain America retold. Master Man appearance. All Winners Comics #4 cover homage.
41. 280 Iron Fist #2 Marvel
12/75
  More details on Iron Fist’s origin revealed.
42. 278 Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter #1 D.C.
4-5/75
  1st appearance Richard Dragon, O-Sensei, Ben Stanley & Barney Ling. Adapted from “Dragon Fists” by Jim Dennis.
43. 271 Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up #1 Marvel
3/75
  Roy Thomas story. John Buscema & Joe Sinnott art. Ron Wilson & Frank Giacoia cover.
44. 261 Marvel Chillers #1 Marvel
10/75
  1st appearance of Modred the Mystic.
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45. 245 X-Men #92 Marvel
2/75
  Ron Wilson & Frank Giacoia cover.
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46. 240 Marvel Presents #1 Marvel
10/75
  Origin & 1st appearance of Bloodstone.
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47. 232 Marvel Premiere #21 Marvel
3/75
  Iron Fist. 1st full appearance of Misty Knight. Batroc appearance.
48. 230 Avengers #135 Marvel
5/75
  Origin of Vision revised. Ultron appearance. Story continued in Giant-Size Avengers #4
49. 222 X-Men #93 Marvel
4/75
 
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50. 222 Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 Marvel
2/75
  Origin & 1st appearance of Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man. Professor X appearance.
51. 214 Captain Canuck #1 Comely Comix
7/75
  1st appearance of Captain Canuck & Bluefox. Flag cover.
52. 207 1st Issue Special #1 D.C.
4/75
  1st appearance of Atlas.
53. 202 The Joker #2 D.C.
7/75
  Denny O’Neil story. Irv Novick & Jose Garcia-Lopez art. Ernie Chan & Jose Garcia-Lopez cover.
54. 197 Fantastic Four #155 Marvel
2/75
  Silver Surfer appearance. Doctor Doom cameo.
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55. 196 Avengers #134 Marvel
4/75
  Vision discovers he was the original Human Torch. Mad Thinker appearance.
56. 190 Marvel Premiere #25 Marvel
10/75
  Iron Fist. Angar appearance. Story continued in Iron Fist #1
57. 189 Fantastic Four #156 Marvel
3/75
  Doctor Doom & Silver Surfer appearance.
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58. 174 Avengers #136 Marvel
6/75
 
59. 172 Avengers #137 Marvel
7/75
  Beast & Moondragon join the Avengers. Toad (disguised as the Stranger) appearance.
60. 168 Fantastic Four #157 Marvel
4/75
  Silver Surfer & Doctor Doom appearance.
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61. 164 Fantastic Four #164 Marvel
11/75
  1st appearance of Frankie Raye. 1st Bronze Age appearance of the Crusader (Robert Grayson).
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62. 164 Fantastic Four #158 Marvel
5/75
  Quicksilver & Xemu appearance.
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63. 162 Astonishing Tales #29 Marvel
4/75
  Guardians of the Galaxy.
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64. 158 Giant-Size Captain America #1 Marvel
1975
  Reprints stories from Tales of Suspense #59-63 Captain America pin-up.
65. 154 Giant-Size Hulk #1 Marvel
1975
  Reprints Incredible Hulk Annual #1 (10/68)
66. 152 Avengers #141 Marvel
11/75
  1st George Perez art in title. Squadron Supreme, Patsy Walker, Immortus & Kang appearance.
67. 152 Giant-Size Iron Man #1 Marvel
1975
  Gil Kane & Frank Giacoia cover.
68. 148 Giant-Size Spider-Man #3 Marvel
1/75
  Doc Savage.
69. 145 Skull, the Slayer #1 Marvel
8/75
  Origin & 1st appearance of Skull the Slayer (James Patrick Scully).
70. 142 Avengers #132 Marvel
2/75
  Kang, Immortus, Rama-Tut & Legion of the Unliving (Wonder Man, Baron Zemo, Ghost, Midnight, Human Torch, Frankenstein) app
71. 141 The Joker #4 D.C.
11-12/75
  Green Arrow & Dinah Lance appearance. Bondage cover.
72. 141 Fantastic Four #154 Marvel
1/75
  Nick Fury appearance.
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73. 140 Power Man #24 Marvel
4/75
  Dr. Bill Foster becomes Black Goliath. Ringmaster & Circus of Crime appearance.
74. 138 Marvel Premiere #23 Marvel
8/75
  Iron Fist. 1st appearance of Warhawk (Mitchell Tanner).
75. 138 Avengers #139 Marvel
9/75
  Whirlwind & Toad appearance Patsy Walker cameo.
76. 138 Fantastic Four #159 Marvel
6/75
  Inhumans, Quicksilver & Xemu appearance. The Invisible Girl rejoins the Fantastic Four. Medusa leaves the Fantastic Four.
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77. 137 Defenders #27 Marvel
9/75
  1st appearance of Starhawk. Guardians of the Galaxy appearance. Letter from J.M. DeMatteis.
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78. 134 Werewolf By Night 32 U.K. Price Variant Marvel
8/75
  Origin & 1st appearance of Moon Knight (Marc Spector).
79. 133 Tales of Ghost Castle #1 D.C.
5-6/75
  Sergio Aragones gag page.
80. 132 Giant-Size Spider-Man #5 Marvel
7/75
  Man-Thing. Lizard & Gwen Stacy clone appearance.
81. 131 Giant-Size Spider-Man #6 Marvel
1975
  Reprints Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4 Last issue.
82. 131 Batman Family #1 D.C.
9-10/75
  Giant. Batgirl & Robin team-up.
83. 129 Secrets of Haunted House #1 D.C.
4-5/75
  One page gag strip by Sergio Aragones.
84. 128 Marvel Premiere #20 Marvel
1/75
  Iron Fist. Batroc appearance.
85. 128 The Joker #3 D.C.
9-10/75
  Creeper appearance.
86. 127 Legion of Monsters #1 Marvel
9/75
  Origin and 1st appearance Legion of Monsters. Origin and only appearance Manphibian.
87. 126 Incredible Hulk #184 Marvel
2/75
  Warlord Kaa appearance.
88. 126 Giant-Size Man-Thing #4 Marvel
5/75
  1st Howard the Duck solo story. Howard the Duck backup story with art by Frank Brunner.
89. 125 Incredible Hulk #190 Marvel
8/75
  Len Wein story. Herb Trimpe & Marie Severin art. Herb Trimpe cover.
90. 125 Giant-Size Avengers #4 Marvel
6/75
  Vision & the Scarlet Witch wed. Dormammu, Umar, Kang & Libra appearance. Story continued from Avengers #135
91. 121 Giant-Size Man-Thing #5 Marvel
8/75
  10 page Howard the Duck story with art by Frank Brunner. Letter from Fred Hembeck.
92. 120 Savage Sword of Conan #5 Marvel
4/75
  Robert E. Howard adaptation. Jeffrey Jones frontispiece.
93. 120 Giant-Size Captain Marvel #1 Marvel
1975
  Rich Buckler & Marie Severin cover.
94. 119 Giant-Size Doctor Strange #1 Marvel
1975
  Reprints stories from Strange Tales #164-168
95. 118 Ghost Rider #11 Marvel
4/75
  Hulk appearance.
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96. 118 Marvel Premiere #24 Marvel
9/75
  Iron Fist. Claremont, Wein, Wolfman, Trimpe, Mantlo, Milgrom & Kaluta cameo.
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97. 118 Batman #261 D.C.
3-4/75
  100 page issue.
98. 117 Marvel Premiere #22 Marvel
6/75
  Tony Isabella story. Arvell Jones & Aubrey Bradford art. Gil Kane cover.
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99. 117 Tor #1 D.C.
5-6/75
  New origin of Tor. 1st DC appearance.
100. 117 Ghost Rider #10 Marvel
2/75
  Hulk vs. Ghost Rider cover.
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