Key Comic Books From 1982

March 1, 2021

1982 — 75 cent variants begin!

Key comics from 1982

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 1982 list you’re about to see is neither of those other types.

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main 1980’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 1982, 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 1982, 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)… an example that comes to mind from 1982 would be Graphic Fantasy #1, which features the lowest print run for a key first appearance of any major modern superhero). So essentially, you should think of the following list as just one more tool in your tool-belt of researching key comic books from 1982.

Key Comic Books From 1982:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 17,009 Wolverine Limited Series #1 Marvel
9/82
  1st solo Wolverine comic. Yukio cameo on last page.
2. 5,422 Wolverine Limited Series #2 Marvel
10/82
  1st full appearance of Yukio.
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3. 4,964 Wolverine Limited Series #3 Marvel
11/82
  Chris Claremont story. Frank Miller & Joe Rubinstein. cover & art.
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4. 4,870 Daredevil #181 Marvel
4/82
  “Death” of Elektra. Bullseye & Kingpin appearance. Punisher cameo.
5. 4,594 Wolverine Limited Series #4 Marvel
12/82
  Chris Claremont story. Frank Miller & Joe Rubinstein. cover & art.
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6. 3,553 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #1 Marvel
6/82
  Based on the Hasbro toy line.
7. 3,203 Incredible Hulk #271 Marvel
5/82
  1st comic book appearance of Rocket Raccoon.
8. 2,226 Spectacular Spider-Man #64 Marvel
3/82
  Origin & 1st appearance of Cloak & Dagger.
9. 1,446 Daredevil #183 Marvel
6/82
  Punisher appearance.
10. 1,395 DC Comics Presents #47 D.C.
7/82
  Masters of the Universe. 1st appearance of He-Man & Skeletor in comics.
11. 1,392 Uncanny X-Men #164 Marvel
12/82
  Carol Danvers becomes Binary. Brood appearance.
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12. 1,329 Marvel Graphic Novel #4 Marvel
1982
  Origin & 1st appearance of The New Mutants (Cannonball, Psyche, Sunspot & Wolfsbane).
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13. 1,304 Daredevil #184 Marvel
7/82
  Punisher appearance.
14. 991 Uncanny X-Men #158 Marvel
6/82
  1st appearance of Rogue in title. Starjammers, Mystique & Carol Danvers appearance.
15. 975 Daredevil #182 Marvel
5/82
  Punisher & Kingpin appearance.
16. 967 Uncanny X-Men #160 Marvel
8/82
  1st appearance of adult Illyana (Magik).
17. 943 Silver Surfer v2 #1 Marvel
6/82
  One-shot. Galactus, Shalla Bal, Fantastic Four & Mephisto appearance.
18. 924 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 Marvel
1982
  Origin & 1st appearance of the new Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau). Avengers & Thing appearance.
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19. 842 Marvel & DC Present Featuring X-Men & Teen Titans #1 D.C.-Marvel
1982
  Darkseid, Dark Phoenix & Deathstroke appearance. Wraparound cover.
20. 739 Masters of the Universe #1 D.C.
12/82
  1st full comic devoted to “Masters of the Universe”. Based on the Mattel action figures.
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21. 735 Uncanny X-Men #157 Marvel
5/82
  Starjammers, Deathbird & Brood appearance.
22. 707 What If? #31 Marvel
2/82
  “Death” of Hulk, Magneto & Wolverine. X-Men & Peter Parker appearance.
23. 684 Uncanny X-Men #155 Marvel
3/82
  1st appearance of the Brood. Starjammers & Tigra appearance.
24. 682 Daredevil #186 Marvel
9/82
  Stilt-Man appearance.
25. 673 Daredevil #180 Marvel
3/82
  Kingpin, Vanessa Fisk & Elektra appearance.
26. 632 Primer #2 Comico
1982
  1st appearance of Grendel & Argent.
27. 606 Daredevil #188 Marvel
11/82
  Black Widow, Stick & Kingpin appearance. 1st appearance of Stone, Claw & Shaft.
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28. 596 Uncanny X-Men #156 Marvel
4/82
  Starjammers, Tigra, Deathbird & Brood appearance.
29. 570 Daredevil #187 Marvel
10/82
  Black Widow & Stick appearance.
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30. 543 Daredevil #189 Marvel
12/82
  “Death” of Stick. Black Widow, Stone, Claw & Shaft appearance.
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31. 529 Moon Knight #25 Marvel
11/82
  Origin & 1st appearance of Black Spectre (Carson Knowles).
32. 505 Uncanny X-Men #154 Marvel
2/82
  Origin of Cyclops, Corsair & Havok. Carol Danvers & Lilandra appearance.
33. 493 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #2 Marvel
8/82
  1st appearance of Kwinn.
34. 486 Starslayer #2 Pacific
4/82
  Origin & 1st full appearance of the Rocketeer by Dave Stevens. Pin-up by Dave Stevens on back cover.
35. 478 Uncanny X-Men #162 Marvel
10/82
  Wolverine solo story.
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36. 474 Tales of the New Teen Titans #1 D.C.
6/82
  Origin of Cyborg.
37. 469 Uncanny X-Men #153 Marvel
1/82
  Chris Claremont story. Dave Cockrum & Joe Rubinstein. cover & art.
38. 455 Daredevil #185 Marvel
8/82
  Kingpin appearance.
39. 455 Daredevil #179 Marvel
2/82
  Elektra appearance.
40. 434 Fury of Firestorm #1 D.C.
6/82
  Origin & 1st appearance of Black Bison (John Ravenhair).
41. 426 Amazing Spider-Man #229 Marvel
6/82
  Juggernaut, Madame Web & Black Tom Cassidy appearance.
42. 418 Groo the Wanderer #1 Pacific
12/82
  1st appearance of The Sage & Taranto. Sergio Aragones biography.
43. 391 Amazing Spider-Man #230 Marvel
7/82
  Juggernaut, Madame Web & Black Tom Cassidy appearance.
44. 389 Daredevil #178 Marvel
1/82
  Luke Cage (Power Man), Iron Fist, Elektra & Kingpin appearance.
45. 382 Blade Runner #1 Marvel
10/82
  Movie adaptation, part one of two.
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46. 372 Destroyer Duck #1 Eclipse
2/82
  Jack Kirby & Neal Adams cover. 1st appearance of Groo the Wanderer. Origin & 1st appearance Destroyer Duck.
47. 371 Avengers #223 Marvel
9/82
  Taskmaster appearance.
48. 366 Uncanny X-Men #161 Marvel
9/82
  Origin of Magneto. Baron Strucker appearance.
49. 355 Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 Marvel
6/82
  1st Marvel limited series. 1st app. of Peregrine, Talisman, Collective Man, Blitzkrieg, Defensor & Shamrock.
50. 353 Marvel Fanfare #1 Marvel
3/82
  Spider-Man/Angel team-up. Daredevil backup story. Back cover pinup by Frank Miller.
51. 350 Dreadstar #1 Marvel/Epic
11/82
  1st comic book published by Epic Comics.
52. 338 Amazing Spider-Man #226 Marvel
3/82
  Black Cat appearance. Foolkiller cameo.
53. 330 Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1 D.C.
11/82
  Origin retold. 16 page Masters of the Universe preview.
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54. 327 Uncanny X-Men #163 Marvel
11/82
  Carol Danvers appearance.
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55. 300 Saga of the Swamp Thing #1 D.C.
5/82
  Phantom Stranger backup story by Bruce Jones & Dan Spiegle.
56. 298 Amazing Spider-Man #225 Marvel
2/82
  Foolkiller appearance.
57. 296 Marvel Team-Up #117 Marvel
5/82
  Wolverine. 1st appearance of Professor Power (Anthony Power).
58. 286 DC Comics Presents #49 D.C.
9/82
  Captain Marvel. Black Adam appearance.
59. 283 Fantastic Four #243 Marvel
6/82
  Galactus, Terrax, Dr. Strange & Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor & Wasp) app. Spider-Man & Daredevil cameo.
60. 281 Amazing Spider-Man #227 Marvel
4/82
  Black Cat appearance.
61. 275 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #3 Marvel
9/82
  Larry Hama story. Herb Trimpe & Jack Abel art. Bob Hall & Al Milgrom cover.
62. 270 Uncanny X-Men #159 Marvel
7/82
  Storm as a vampire. Dracula appearance.
63. 269 New Teen Titans #26 D.C.
12/82
  1st appearance of Terra (Tara Markov).
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64. 269 Amazing Spider-Man #234 Marvel
11/82
  Will O’ the Wisp & Tarantula appearance. 16 page “Marvel Comics Guide to Collecting Comics” insert included.
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65. 263 Marvel Graphic Novel #5 Marvel
1982
  Full length X-Men story “God Loves, Man Kills.”
66. 258 New Teen Titans #16 D.C.
2/82
  1st appearance of Captain Carrot by Roy Thomas with art by Scott Shaw in 16 page preview.
67. 256 What If? #35 Marvel
10/82
  Ed Hannigan & Terry Austin cover.
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68. 248 Amazing Spider-Man #235 Marvel
12/82
  Origin of Will O’ the Wisp. Tarantula appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized 75¢ newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
69. 247 Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1 Marvel
11/82
  Samhain appearance. Robert Frank (Whizzer) cameo on last page.
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70. 242 New Teen Titans #21 D.C.
7/82
  1st full appearance of Brother Blood. 16 page Night Force preview by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan & Bob Smith.
71. 239 Amazing Spider-Man #233 Marvel
10/82
  Tarantula appearance.
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72. 226 X-Men Annual #6 Marvel
1982
  Dracula appearance.
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73. 223 Pacific Presents #1 Pacific
10/82
  Pin-up by Dave Stevens on back cover. 1 page Dave Stevens biography written by Jackie Estrada.
74. 223 Fantastic Four #244 Marvel
7/82
  Frankie Raye becomes Nova. Avengers, Doctor Strange & Galactus appearance.
75. 220 Marvel Graphic Novel #1 Marvel
1982
  “Death” of Captain Marvel. Fantastic Four, X-Men & Spider-Man appearance.
76. 220 Amazing Spider-Man #228 Marvel
5/82
  Jan Strnad story. Rick Leonardi & Dave Simons art. Michael Netzer & Joe Rubinstein cover.
77. 217 Amazing Spider-Man #231 Marvel
8/82
  Cobra & Mister Hyde appearance.
78. 215 Amazing Spider-Man #232 Marvel
9/82
  Cobra & Mister Hyde appearance.
79. 204 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #4 Marvel
10/82
  Larry Hama story. Herb Trimpe & Jack Abel art. Bob Hall & Al Milgrom cover.
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80. 189 Moon Knight #23 Marvel
9/82
  Doug Moench story. Bill Sienkiewicz cover & art.
81. 188 New Teen Titans #23 D.C.
9/82
  1st appearance of Blackfire & Vigilante (not in costume).
82. 187 Batman #353 D.C.
11/82
  Joker appearance. 16 page “Masters of the Universe” preview by Paul Kupperberg & Curt Swan.
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83. 187 Moon Knight #15 Marvel
1/82
  1st Direct Sales only issue in title.
84. 185 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #5 Marvel
11/82
  Larry Hama story. Don Perlin, Jon D’Agostino &. Mike Esposito art.
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85. 184 Marvel Tales #137 Marvel
3/82
  Reprints Amazing Fantasy #15
86. 172 Amazing Spider-Man #224 Marvel
1/82
  Vulture appearance.
87. 165 Fantastic Four #246 Marvel
9/82
  “Death” of the Puppet Master. Doctor Doom appearance.
88. 162 Archie’s Girls, Betty and Veronica #320 Archie Publications
10/82
  1st appearance of Cheryl Blossom.
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89. 161 Star Wars #59 Marvel
5/82
  1st appearance of Orion Ferret.
90. 161 Star Wars #57 Marvel
3/82
  Lobot & Shira Brie appearance.
91. 160 Spectacular Spider-Man #69 Marvel
8/82
  Kingpin, Silvermane, Cloak & Dagger appearance.
92. 157 Star Wars #56 Marvel
2/82
  Lobot vs. Lando Calrissian. Shira Brie appearance.
93. 156 Fantastic Four #240 Marvel
3/82
  Quicksilver and Crystal’s daughter (Luna) is born. Inhumans appearance.
94. 154 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero 2 Second Printing Marvel
8/82
  1st appearance of Kwinn. 75¢ cover price.
95. 153 Smurfs #1 Marvel
12/82
  Based on the NBC animated television series.
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96. 153 Fantastic Four #249 Marvel
12/82
  Gladiator & Skrulls appearance.
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97. 152 Tales of the New Teen Titans #2 D.C.
7/82
  Origin of Raven.
98. 152 Marvel Movie Showcase Featuring Star Wars #1 Marvel
11/82
  Collects “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie adaptation part 1 of 2
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99. 149 Power Man and Iron Fist #84 Marvel
8/82
  Sabretooth & Constrictor appearance.
100. 146 Fantastic Four #241 Marvel
4/82
  Black Panther, Frankie Raye, Nick Fury & Gaius Tiberius appearance.
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