Key Comic Books From 1976

March 1, 2021

1976 — 30 cent cover price variants exist!

Key comics from 1976

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 1976 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 1976, 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 1976, 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 1976.

Key Comic Books From 1976:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 6,318 Eternals #1 Marvel
7/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Eternals.
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2. 5,602 Spectacular Spider-Man #1 Marvel
12/76
  Tarantula appearance.
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3. 5,554 Nova #1 Marvel
9/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Nova (Richard Rider). 1st appearance of Ginger Jaye.
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4. 5,160 X-Men #101 Marvel
10/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Phoenix. Black Tom Cassidy & Juggernaut appearance.
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5. 2,922 X-Men #100 Marvel
8/76
  Old X-Men vs. new X-Men.
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6. 2,754 Daredevil #131 Marvel
3/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of the new Bullseye. 1st appearance of Jacob Conover.
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7. 1,744 Eternals #2 Marvel
8/76
  1st appearance of Ajak & the Celestials.
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8. 1,687 All-Star Comics #58 D.C.
1-2/76
  1st appearance of Power Girl (Kara Zor-L). 1st issue of title since 2-3/51
9. 1,678 Eternals #3 Marvel
9/76
  1st appearance of Sersi.
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10. 1,575 X-Men #99 Marvel
6/76
  1st appearance of Black Tom Cassidy. Sentinels appearance.
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11. 1,571 Marvel Spotlight #28 Marvel
6/76
  1st solo Moon Knight story.
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12. 1,495 X-Men #97 Marvel
2/76
  Return of Havok & Polaris. 1st appearance of Lilandra (face is not shown). Eric the Red appearance.
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13. 1,354 X-Men #98 Marvel
4/76
  Jack Kirby & Stan Lee cameo in 2 panels. Sentinels appearance.
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14. 1,297 X-Men #102 Marvel
12/76
  Juggernaut, Black Tom Cassidy & Misty Knight appearance. Origin of Storm.
15. 1,210 Howard the Duck #1 Marvel
1/76
  1st appearance of Beverly Switzler. Spider-Man appearance. J. Jonah Jameson cameo.
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16. 1,203 Marvel Preview #4 Marvel
1/76
  Bernie Wrightson frontispiece. Origin & 1st appearance Star-Lord & Sword in the Star.
17. 1,012 Amazing Spider-Man #162 Marvel
11/76
  Punisher & Nightcrawler appearance. 1st appearance of Jigsaw (William Russo) & Doctor Marla Madison.
18. 807 Eternals #5 Marvel
11/76
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
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19. 722 Amazing Spider-Man #161 Marvel
10/76
  Nightcrawler appearance. Wolverine, Colossus & Punisher cameo.
20. 701 Avengers #144 Marvel
2/76
  Patsy Walker becomes Hellcat. Squadron Supreme appearance. Two-Gun Kid cameo.
21. 686 Amazing Spider-Man #157 Marvel
6/76
  Doctor Octopus & Hammerhead appearance.
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22. 656 Marvel Preview #7 Marvel
Summer 1976
  First appearance of Rocket Raccoon. Satana & Sword in the Star stories.
23. 631 Marvel Premiere #28 Marvel
2/76
  Legion of Monsters (Morbius, Ghost Rider, Werewolf by Night & Man-Thing) appearance.
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24. 569 2001: A Space Odyssey #1 Marvel
12/76
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & John Verpoorten cover.
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25. 568 Amazing Spider-Man #158 Marvel
7/76
  Doctor Octopus & Hammerhead appearance.
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26. 558 Amazing Spider-Man #152 Marvel
1/76
  Shocker appearance. Doctor Octopus cameo.
27. 528 Black Goliath #1 Marvel
2/76
  Origin of Black Goliath retold.
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28. 516 Amazing Spider-Man #154 Marvel
3/76
  Sandman appearance. Doctor Octopus cameo.
29. 502 Incredible Hulk #200 Marvel
6/76
  Doc Samson appearance.
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30. 492 Captain Britain 1 United Kingdom Marvel
10/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Captain Britain. Distributed with Captain Britain mask.
31. 489 Amazing Spider-Man #155 Marvel
4/76
  Len Wein story. Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito art. John Romita cover.
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32. 434 Amazing Spider-Man #159 Marvel
8/76
  Doctor Octopus & Hammerhead appearance.
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33. 433 Captain Britain 8 United Kingdom Marvel
12/76
  1st appearance of Elisabeth “Betsy” Braddock (later becomes Psylocke).
34. 433 Incredible Hulk Annual #5 Marvel
1976
  Groot, Xemnu, Blip, Diablo, Taboo & Goom appearance.
35. 400 Action Comics 1 Safeguard Promotional D.C.
1976
  Reprints 1st appearance of Superman from Action Comics #1
36. 395 Eternals #4 Marvel
10/76
  2nd appearance of Sersi (revealed to be Circe of Greek Mythology).
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37. 389 Marvel Team-Up Annual #1 Marvel
1976
  X-Men (Professor X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Banshee & Wolverine).
38. 380 Marvel Spotlight #29 Marvel
8/76
  Moon Knight. Conquer-Lord appearance.
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39. 371 Amazing Spider-Man #153 Marvel
2/76
  Len Wein story. Ross Andru & Mike Esposito art. Gil Kane & John Romita cover.
40. 346 Amazing Spider-Man #160 Marvel
9/76
  Spider-Man vs. Spider-Mobile. Tinkerer appearance.
41. 344 Eternals 1 30 Cent Price Variant Marvel
7/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Eternals.
42. 335 Amazing Spider-Man #163 Marvel
12/76
  Kingpin appearance.
43. 335 Super Friends #1 D.C.
11/76
  Based on television show. 1st appearance Wendy, Marvin & Wonder Dog. Poison Ivy, Penguin, Toy Man & Cheetah appearance.
44. 318 Warlock #15 Marvel
11/76
  Thanos appearance. Last issue. Story continued in Marvel Team-Up #55
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45. 315 Marvel Presents #3 Marvel
2/76
  1st solo Guardians of the Galaxy book.
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46. 299 Captain America #200 Marvel
8/76
  Madbomb appearance.
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47. 297 Warlock #11 Marvel
2/76
  “Death” of Warlock. Thanos & In-Betweener appearance.
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48. 293 Six Million Dollar Man #1 Charlton
6/76
  1st appearance of Steve Austin in comics Lee Majors photo inset on cover. Based on the ABC television series.
49. 291 Isis #1 D.C.
10-11/76
  Based on the CBS television series.
50. 289 Amazing Spider-Man #156 Marvel
5/76
  Wedding of Betty Brant & Ned Leeds. 1st app. of Mirage (Desmond Charne). Doctor Octopus appearance.
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51. 288 Eternals #6 Marvel
12/76
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
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52. 272 Batman Family #6 D.C.
7-8/76
  1st appearance of the Joker’s Daughter (Duela Dent). Giant.
53. 268 Werewolf By Night #37 Marvel
3/76
  “Death” of Belaric Marcosa. Moon Knight, Doctor Glitternight & Hangman appear as apparitions.
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54. 264 Fantastic Four #166 Marvel
1/76
  Hulk appearance.
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55. 262 Daredevil #132 Marvel
4/76
  2nd appearance of Bullseye.
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56. 250 Warlock #13 Marvel
6/76
  1st appearance of Star-Thief.
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57. 249 Man-Bat #1 D.C.
12/75-1/76
  Batman appearance.
58. 243 Warlord #1 D.C.
1-2/76
  Mike Grell story, cover & art.
59. 241 Omega the Unknown #1 Marvel
3/76
  Steve Gerber & Mary Skrenes story. Jim Mooney art. Ed Hannigan & Joe Sinnott cover.
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60. 235 Warlock #12 Marvel
4/76
  Pip & Starfox appearance.
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61. 231 Fantastic Four #167 Marvel
2/76
  Hulk appearance. Gateway Arch cover.
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62. 224 Marvel Chillers #3 Marvel
2/76
  Origin of Tigra. Red Wolf & Lobo cameo on last page.
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63. 213 Iron Fist #9 Marvel
11/76
  1st full appearance of Chaka.
64. 206 Action Comics #1 D.C.
1976
  Reprints 1st appearance of Superman from Action Comics #1
65. 205 Shazam #25 D.C.
9-10/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Isis.
66. 201 Iron Fist #4 Marvel
4/76
  Origin of Radion.
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67. 199 Secret Society of Super Villains #1 D.C.
5-6/76
  Origin Secret Society of Super Villains.
68. 196 Iron Fist #8 Marvel
10/76
  1st appearance of Chaka (cameo). Peter Parker & Mary Jane Watson cameo.
69. 195 Marvel Super Action #1 Marvel
1/76
  Bob Larkin cover. 1st Weirdworld. Origin & 2nd appearance of Dominic Fortune.
70. 193 Ragman #1 D.C.
8-9/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Ragman (Rory Regan).
71. 192 Iron Fist #5 Marvel
6/76
  1st appearance of Scimitar. Angar appearance.
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72. 190 Captain America #193 Marvel
1/76
  1st appearance of Madbomb. Henry Kissinger appearance.
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73. 189 Hansi, The Girl Who Loved the Swastika #nn Spire Christian
1976
  39 cent & 49 cent copies exist from 1976
74. 182 Warlock #14 Marvel
8/76
  Letter from Paul Dini.
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75. 181 Tomb of Dracula #50 Marvel
11/76
  Silver Surfer & Blade appearance.
76. 177 Avengers #151 Marvel
9/76
  Return of Wonder Man. New Avengers line up. Champions & Thing appearance.
77. 176 Freedom Fighters #1 D.C.
3-4/76
  Uncle Sam, The Ray, Black Condor, Doll Man & Phantom Lady begin.
78. 172 Howard the Duck #2 Marvel
3/76
  Steve Gerber story. Frank Brunner & Steve Leialoha art. Frank Brunner cover.
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79. 172 Captain America #199 Marvel
7/76
  Jack Kirby story. Kirby, Giacoia & Esposito art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
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80. 172 Iron Fist #7 Marvel
9/76
  Angar appearance.
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81. 171 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10 Marvel
1976
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Human Fly (Richard Deacon).
82. 164 Nova #3 Marvel
11/76
  Origin & 1st appearance of Diamondhead (Arch Dyker). Condor cameo on last page. Letter from Fred Hembeck.
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83. 164 Nova #4 Marvel
12/76
  1st appearance of the Corruptor (Jackson Day). Thor appearance.
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84. 162 Iron Fist #3 Marvel
2/76
  Ravager becomes Radion, the Atomic Man.
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85. 161 Superman #300 D.C.
6/76
  Cary Bates & Elliot S. Maggin story. Curt Swan & Bob Oksner cover & art.
86. 161 Iron Man #86 Marvel
5/76
  1st appearance of Blizzard.
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87. 158 Nova #2 Marvel
10/76
  1st appearance of Powerhouse (Rieg Davan) & Condor.
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88. 158 Incredible Hulk #197 Marvel
3/76
  Man-Thing, Glob & Collector appearance.
89. 157 Welcome Back, Kotter #1 D.C.
11/76
  Based on the ABC television series.
90. 157 Avengers #148 Marvel
6/76
  Squadron Supreme & Hellcat appearance.
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91. 155 Avengers #149 Marvel
7/76
  Orka & Hellcat appearance.
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92. 153 Iron Fist #6 Marvel
8/76
  Chris Claremont story. John Byrne & Frank Chiaramonte art. Gil Kane & Mike Esposito cover.
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93. 151 Defenders Annual #1 Marvel
1976
  Nebulon, Headmen & President Gerald Ford appearance.
94. 146 Fantastic Four #173 Marvel
8/76
  Galactus, High Evolutionary, Torgo, Gorr & Destroyer appearance.
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95. 144 X-Men 99 30 Cent Price Variant Marvel
6/76
  1st appearance of Black Tom Cassidy. Sentinels appearance.
96. 144 Fantastic Four #175 Marvel
10/76
  Galactus, Impossible Man, Gorr & High Evolutionary appearance.
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97. 144 Doctor Strange Annual #1 Marvel
1976
  Marv Wolfman & P. Craig Russell story. P. Craig Russell art. Dave Cockrum cover.
98. 143 Incredible Hulk #198 Marvel
4/76
  Man-Thing, Glob & Collector appearance.
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99. 141 Howard the Duck #4 Marvel
7/76
  Winky-Man appearance. Letter page announcement to launch 1976 Howard the Duck for President campaign.
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100. 139 Tomb of Dracula #45 Marvel
6/76
  Blade & Hannibal King appearance.
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