Key Comic Books From 1977

January 13, 2017

1977 35 cent cover price variants exist!

Key comics from 1977

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 1977 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 1977, 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 1977, 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 1977.

Key Comic Books From 1977:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 10,083 Star Wars #1 Marvel
7/77
  Part 1 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
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2. 6,449 Ms. Marvel #1 Marvel
1/77
  1st Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel. Scorpion, J. Jonah Jameson & Mary Jane Watson appearance. Peter Parker cameo.
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3. 5,001 Iron Fist #14 Marvel
8/77
  1st appearance of Sabretooth (Victor Creed).
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4. 3,988 Black Panther #1 Marvel
1/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer cover & art.
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5. 3,114 Marvel Spotlight #32 Marvel
2/77
  Origin & 1st appearance of Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew). Nick Fury appearance.
6. 1,693 Godzilla #1 Marvel
8/77
  Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan & Jimmy Woo appearance. Godzilla pin-ups by Dave Cockrum.
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7. 1,639 X-Men #108 Marvel
12/77
  John Byrne issues begin. Starjammers appearance. Corsair revealed as the father of Cyclops & Havok.
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8. 1,406 Star Wars #2 Marvel
8/77
  Part 2 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
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9. 1,388 X-Men #104 Marvel
4/77
  Magneto appearance. 1st appearance of Starjammers in cameo. X-Men #1 (9/63) cover homage.
10. 1,379 X-Men #105 Marvel
6/77
  Firelord, Lilandra, Misty Knight & Eric the Red appearance. Chris Claremont & Dave Cockrum cameo.
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11. 1,226 Red Sonja #1 Marvel
1/77
  Based on Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonja.
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12. 1,225 X-Men #107 Marvel
10/77
  1st full appearance of the Starjammers (Corsair, Raza, Ch’od & Hepzibah). Mister Fantastic & Thing cameo.
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13. 1,211 What If? #1 Marvel
2/77
  Brief origin of Spider-Man & the Fantastic Four.
14. 1,146 X-Men #106 Marvel
8/77
  Firelord & Misty Knight appearance.
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15. 1,097 Star Wars #3 Marvel
9/77
  Part 3 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
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16. 1,074 X-Men #103 Marvel
2/77
  Black Tom & Juggernaut appearance.
17. 1,026 Black Lightning #1 D.C.
4/77
  Origin & 1st appearance of Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce). 1st app. of Peter Gambi & Tobias Whale.
18. 996 Iron Fist #15 Marvel
9/77
  X-Men (Cyclops, Phoenix, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Banshee, Storm & Colossus) & Moira MacTaggert appearance. Last issue.
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19. 951 Star Wars #4 Marvel
10/77
  Part 4 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation. “Death” of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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20. 939 Avengers Annual #7 Marvel
1977
  “Death” of Adam Warlock. Thanos & Captain Marvel appearance.
21. 881 Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 Marvel
1977
  Spider-Man. Thanos, Avengers, Captain Marvel & Warlock appearance. “Thanos Saga” ends.
22. 878 Star Wars #5 Marvel
11/77
  Part 5 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
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23. 790 Jonah Hex #1 D.C.
3-4/77
  Michael Fleisher story. Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez cover & art.
24. 764 Star Wars #6 Marvel
12/77
  Part 6 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
25. 760 Logan’s Run #6 Marvel
6/77
  1st solo Thanos story by Scott Edelman & Mike Zeck.
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26. 749 Amazing Spider-Man #175 Marvel
12/77
  “Death” of the Hitman. Punisher appearance. Statue of Liberty cover.
27. 735 Shazam #28 D.C.
3-4/77
  2nd appearance of Black Adam.
28. 708 Marvel Comics Super Special #1 Marvel
9/77
  KISS history, discography & pin-up. Spider-Man, Avengers, Fantastic Four & Doctor Doom appearance.
29. 691 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 Marvel
7/77
  Origin & 1st appearance of original Machine Man (called Mr. Machine).
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30. 658 John Carter, Warlord of Mars #1 Marvel
6/77
  1st Marvel appearance of John Carter.
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31. 622 Amazing Spider-Man #168 Marvel
5/77
  2nd appearance of Will O’ The Wisp. Spider-Slayer & Doctor Jonas Harrow appearance.
32. 613 Howard the Duck #13 Marvel
6/77
  1st full story of the band Kiss in comic books. Son of Satan appearance.
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33. 606 Detective Comics #474 D.C.
12/77
  Deadshot, Wonder Girl & Penguin appearance.
34. 606 Ms. Marvel #2 Marvel
2/77
  Origin of Ms. Marvel. Scorpion, Destructor & Mary Jane Watson appearance.
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35. 603 Amazing Spider-Man #174 Marvel
11/77
  Punisher & Hitman appearance.
36. 584 DC Super-Stars #17 D.C.
11-12/77
  Marriage of Earth II Batman & Catwoman. Origin of Green Arrow & Huntress.
37. 575 Amazing Spider-Man #167 Marvel
4/77
  1st appearance of Will O’ The Wisp (Jackson Arvad). Spider-Slayer appearance.
38. 561 Amazing Spider-Man #170 Marvel
7/77
  Doctor Faustus appearance.
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39. 551 Iron Man #100 Marvel
7/77
  Mandarin appearance.
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40. 540 Human Fly #1 Marvel
9/77
  Origin of the Human Fly. Spider-Man appearance.
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41. 530 Star Wars 1 REPRINT Marvel
7/77
  Part 1 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
42. 486 Eternals #11 Marvel
5/77
  1st appearance of Kingo Sunen.
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43. 471 Tarzan #1 Marvel
6/77
  Adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar” Tarzan pin-up by John Buscema.
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44. 469 Logan’s Run #1 Marvel
1/77
  Movie adaptation, part 1 of 5
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45. 467 Amazing Spider-Man #172 Marvel
9/77
  1st appearance of the Rocket Racer (Robert Farrell). Molten Man appearance.
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46. 433 Marvel Team-Up #53 Marvel
1/77
  Hulk. 1st John Byrne X-Men. Woodgod & X-Men appearance.
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47. 433 Amazing Spider-Man #166 Marvel
3/77
  Lizard & Stegron appearance.
48. 430 Howard the Duck #12 Marvel
5/77
  1st comic book appearance of the band Kiss in cameo on last page.
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49. 423 Amazing Spider-Man #171 Marvel
8/77
  Story continued from Nova #12 Nova & Photon appearance.
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50. 410 Amazing Spider-Man #169 Marvel
6/77
  Doctor Faustus appearance. Stan Lee cameo. Letter from Frank Miller.
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51. 403 Spectacular Spider-Man #2 Marvel
1/77
  Kraven, Tarantula & Doctor Curt Connors appearance.
52. 402 Power Man #48 Marvel
12/77
  1st meeting of Power Man & Iron Fist.
53. 391 All-Star Comics #69 D.C.
11-12/77
  1st appearance of Earth-Two Huntress (Helena Wayne).
54. 390 Spectacular Spider-Man #3 Marvel
2/77
  1st appearance of Lightmaster (Doctor Edward Lansky). Tarantula appearance.
55. 382 Eternals #7 Marvel
1/77
  1st appearance of Jemiah the Analyzer & Tefral the Surveyor.
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56. 370 Black Panther #2 Marvel
3/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
57. 365 Eternals #13 Marvel
7/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & John Verpoorten cover.
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58. 327 Eternals #9 Marvel
3/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & John Verpoorten cover.
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59. 326 Heavy Metal #1 HM Communications
4/77
  U.S. version of French magazine “Metal Hurlant”
60. 316 Spectacular Spider-Man #4 Marvel
3/77
  1st appearance of the Hitman in cameo on last page. Vulture appearance.
61. 316 Invaders Annual #1 Marvel
1977
  Story from Avengers #71 told from the Invaders point of view. Yellowjacket, Vision & Black Panther appearance.
62. 299 Amazing Spider-Man #173 Marvel
10/77
  Molten Man appearance.
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63. 288 Eternals #8 Marvel
2/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & John Verpoorten cover.
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64. 285 Eternals #14 Marvel
8/77
  Hulk appearance.
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65. 283 Spectacular Spider-Man #7 Marvel
6/77
  Morbius & Empathoid appearance.
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66. 279 Shade, the Changing Man #1 D.C.
6-7/77
  1st appearance of Shade, the Changing Man (Rac Shade).
67. 278 Ms. Marvel #9 Marvel
9/77
  1st appearance of Deathbird. J. Jonah Jameson appearance. M.O.D.O.K. cameo on last page.
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68. 277 Eternals #10 Marvel
4/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
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69. 276 Amazing Spider-Man #165 Marvel
2/77
  Lizard & Stegron appearance.
70. 274 Amazing Spider-Man #164 Marvel
1/77
  Kingpin, Vanessa Fisk, Richard Fisk & Doctor Curt Connors appearance.
71. 270 Eternals #12 Marvel
6/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & John Verpoorten cover.
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72. 266 Iron Man #99 Marvel
6/77
  Sunfire & Mandarin appearance.
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73. 266 Black Panther #3 Marvel
5/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
74. 260 Star Wars 1 35 Cent Price Variant Marvel
7/77
  Part 1 of “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation.
75. 260 Marvel Super Action #1 Marvel
5/77
  Jack Kirby & Syd Shores cover.
76. 252 Spectacular Spider-Man #5 Marvel
4/77
  1st full appearance of the Hitman (Burt Kenyon). Vulture appearance.
77. 244 Spectacular Spider-Man #6 Marvel
5/77
  Al Milgrom cover.
78. 241 What If? #2 Marvel
4/77
  Letter from Mark Gruenwald.
79. 237 Incredible Hulk Annual #6 Marvel
1977
  1st appearance of Paragon (later becomes Her, Kismet & Ayesha). Doctor Strange appearance.
80. 235 Avengers #161 Marvel
7/77
  Ant-Man vs Avengers. Ultron appearance.
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81. 232 Iron Fist #12 Marvel
4/77
  Captain America & Wrecking Crew (Wrecker, Piledriver, Thunderball & Bulldozer) appearance.
82. 229 Ms. Marvel #5 Marvel
5/77
  Vision & M.O.D.O.K. appearance.
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83. 227 Black Panther #4 Marvel
7/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
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84. 221 Superman #317 D.C.
11/77
  Metallo appearance.
85. 218 Spectacular Spider-Man #9 Marvel
8/77
  White Tiger appearance.
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86. 215 Eternals #15 Marvel
9/77
  Hulk appearance.
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87. 209 Spectacular Spider-Man #8 Marvel
7/77
  Morbius & Empathoid appearance.
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88. 196 What If? #3 Marvel
6/77
  Jim Shooter story. Gil Kane & Klaus Janson art. Gil Kane & Joe Sinnott cover.
89. 196 DC Special #29 D.C.
8-9/77
  Origin of Justice Society of America. President Franklin Roosevelt appearance. Hitler cover & appearance. Last issue.
90. 195 Batman #286 D.C.
4/77
  Joker appearance. Letter from Fred Hembeck.
91. 189 Ms. Marvel #4 Marvel
4/77
  Destructor & Doomsday Man appearance. Joe Robertson & Roger Stern cameo.
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92. 187 Ms. Marvel #7 Marvel
7/77
  M.O.D.O.K. appearance.
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93. 185 Ms. Marvel #3 Marvel
3/77
  Chris Claremont & Gerry Conway story. John Buscema & Joe Sinnott art. Al Milgrom & Joe Sinnott cover.
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94. 178 Eternals #17 Marvel
11/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
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95. 175 Justice League of America #138 D.C.
1/77
  Adam Strange appearance.
96. 174 Black Panther #5 Marvel
9/77
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & John Verpoorten cover.
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97. 174 Detective Comics #469 D.C.
5/77
  Origin & 1st appearance Dr. Phosphorus (Dr. Alexander Sartorius). 1st appearance of Rupert Thorne.
98. 173 Eternals Annual #1 Marvel
1977
  Jack Kirby story. Jack Kirby & Mike Royer art. Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia cover.
99. 171 Marvel Team-Up #55 Marvel
3/77
  Adam Warlock. 1st app. of the Gardener (Ord Zyonyz). Stranger app. Hulk & Woodgod cameo.
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100. 170 Iron Fist #13 Marvel
6/77
  Boomerang appearance.
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