Key Comic Books From 1992

March 1, 2021

1992 — Image Comics bursts onto the scene!

Key comics from 1992
[ Note: newsstand rarity estimates show that newsstand comics are dramatically more rare than direct edition comics by this point in time. If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition versions see the following: Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference ]

The year 1992 saw the emergence of Image Comics onto the scene.  Some concluded Image was exclusively direct edition, but as it turns out, under the mountain of direct edition copies they sold, there was also a small sliver of copies that were distributed on newsstands — 1% by one insider’s estimate.  You’ll see a lot of CGC-recognized newsstand variants from among Image’s comics, as they quite often were manufactured differently, causing CGC to break them out as distinct from their direct edition counter-parts.

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 1992 list you’re about to see is neither of those other types.

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main 1990’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 1992, 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 1992, 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 1992.

Key Comic Books From 1992:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 18,461 Amazing Spider-Man #361 Marvel
4/92
  1st full appearance of Carnage (Cletus Kasady).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
2. 16,490 Spawn #1 Image
5/92
  1st appearance of Spawn (Al Simmons). Pitt pin-up by Dale Keown & Spawn pin-up by George Perez. Pull-out Spawn poster.
Newsstand versions of early Spawn comics including #1 are confirmed to exist, but as of this date newsstand copies of #1-3 are not treated as variants by CGC (but ARE treated as variants by CBCS and PGX). As of the date of this writing, CGC begins to break out Spawn newsstand comics as variants starting at issue #4 when newsstand manufacturing differences begin.
3. 5,347 Amazing Spider-Man #362 Marvel
5/92
  Carnage, Venom & Human Torch appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
4. 4,737 X-Men #4 Marvel
1/92
  1st appearance of Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich).
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
5. 4,724 Rai #0 Valiant
11/92
  1st full appearance of Bloodshot. Origin & 1st appearance of new Rai. Harbinger & Solar appearance.
6. 3,978 Amazing Spider-Man #363 Marvel
6/92
  Carnage, Venom, Human Torch & Mister Fantastic appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
7. 3,619 X-Force #11 Marvel
6/92
  1st appearance of “real” Domino (Neena Thurman). Deadpool appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
8. 3,496 Superman: The Man of Steel #18 D.C.
12/92
  1st full appearance of Doomsday.
9. 3,082 Amazing Spider-Man #365 Marvel
8/92
  1st appearance of Spider-Man 2099. Gatefold Venom/Carnage poster by Mark Bagley. Hologram cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
10. 2,465 Harbinger #1 Valiant
1/92
  1st appearance of Harbinger (Sting, Kris, Zephyr, Flamingo & Torque). Harbinger #0 mail-order coupon included.
11. 2,456 Eternal Warrior #4 Valiant
11/92
  1st appearance of Bloodshot in cameo on last page. 1st appearance of the Immortal Enemy.
12. 2,370 Spider-Man 2099 #1 Marvel
11/92
  Origin Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O’Hara). Red foil cover.
13. 1,653 Iron Man #282 Marvel
7/92
  1st full appearance of War Machine. Nick Fury appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
14. 1,637 X-O Manowar #1 Valiant
2/92
  Origin & 1st app. of X-O Manowar (Aric Dacia). 1st appearance of Ken Clarkson & Lydia (Spider Alien).
15. 1,556 Spawn #2 Image
6/92
  1st appearance of the Violator. Spawn pin-up by Rick Leonardi.
16. 1,303 Marvel Super-Heroes v2 #8 Marvel
1/92
  Winter Special. 1st app of Squirrel Girl X-Men, Iron Man & Namor stories. 5 pages of pin-ups by Jim Starlin.
17. 1,265 Amazing Spider-Man #360 Marvel
3/92
  1st appearance of Carnage in cameo. Cardiac appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
18. 1,257 Infinity War #1 Marvel
6/92
  Gatefold wraparound cover.
19. 1,232 Solar, Man of the Atom #10 Valiant
6/92
  16 page Solar insert by Jim Shooter, Barry Windsor-Smith & Bob Layton. Black embossed cover.
20. 1,131 Amazing Spider-Man 361 Second Printing Marvel
4/92
  1st full appearance of Carnage (Cletus Kasady). Silver metallic ink cover.
21. 997 X-Men #5 Marvel
2/92
  1st appearance of Maverick (Christoph Nord). Omega Red appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
22. 963 Harbinger 0 Pink Variant Valiant
1992
  Mail-away.
23. 922 Wolverine #50 Marvel
1/92
  Wolverine’s partial origin retold. X-Men (Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Forge & Jubilee) app.
24. 911 Shadowman #1 Valiant
5/92
  Origin & 1st full appearance of Shadowman (Jack Boniface). 1st appearance of Samedi.
25. 911 WildC.A.T.S. #1 Image
8/92
  1st appearance of the WildC.A.T.S. Trading card insert included. Forward by Jim Lee. 1st Wildstorm title.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
26. 862 Spawn #4 Image
9/92
  Image Comics #0 coupon included. Pin-up by Dave Sim.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
27. 858 Batman: Sword of Azrael #1 D.C.
10/92
  1st appearance of Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley Jr). Wraparound gatefold cover.
28. 787 Punisher: War Zone #1 Marvel
3/92
  Die-cut wraparound cover.
29. 780 Spawn #3 Image
8/92
  Violator appearance.
30. 754 Superman: The Man of Steel #17 D.C.
11/92
  Doomsday cameo on last page.
31. 709 Spider-Man #26 Marvel
9/92
  Hologram cover. Gatefold poster by Ron Lim.
32. 667 Rai #1 Valiant
3/92
  1st appearance of Makiko Minashi.
33. 612 Youngblood #1 Image
4/92
  Flipbook format with 2 trading cards. 1st Image/Extreme studios title.
34. 603 Magnus Robot Fighter #12 Valiant
5/92
  1st Valiant appearance of Turok. Special 8 page Magnus story insert.
35. 576 Archer & Armstrong #0 Valiant
7/92
  Origin & 1st appearance of Archer. 1st appearance of Armstrong.
36. 563 X-O Manowar #4 Valiant
5/92
  1st appearance of Jack Boniface (Shadowman) in one-panel cameo. Harbinger appearance.
37. 549 Spider-Man Special Edition #1 Marvel
12/92
  Ordered through mail with a donation of $5.00 or more to UNICEF. Embossed cover. Venom & Daredevil app. Poster included.
38. 516 Rai #3 Valiant
5/92
  David Michelinie story. Joe St. Pierre & Charles Barnett III art. Joe St. Pierre & Bob Layton cover.
39. 515 Savage Dragon Limited Series #1 Image
7/92
  1st appearance of The Savage Dragon. Direct Editions have 4 different color variants, each with a different poster.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
40. 491 Web of Spider-Man #90 Marvel
7/92
  Gatefold Spider-Man 2099 poster by Rick Leonardi. Hologram cover. Mysterio appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
41. 491 Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1 Marvel
2/92
  Jim Starlin story. Angel Medina & Terry Austin cover & art.
42. 489 X-Force #15 Marvel
10/92
  Deadpool & Crule appearance. Sunspot joins X-Force.
43. 483 Youngblood #2 Image
6/92
  1st appearance of Shadowhawk & Prophet. Trading cards included. 2 different cover color variations exist. Flipbook.
44. 467 Rai #4 Valiant
6/92
  David Michelinie story. Joe St. Pierre & Kathryn Bolinger art. Joe St. Pierre & Ralph Reese cover.
45. 465 Batman Adventures #1 D.C.
10/92
  Based on the animated television series. Penguin & Joker appearance.
46. 464 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 D.C.
6/92
  1st appearance of Jeremiah Arkham & Victor Zsasz.
47. 446 Spawn #5 Image
10/92
  “Death” of Billy Kincaid. Poster of Spawnmobile.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
48. 445 Malibu Sun #13 Malibu
5/92
  Spawn pin-ups.
49. 442 Shadowman #8 Valiant
12/92
  1st appearance of Master Darque.
50. 426 Spectacular Spider-Man #189 Marvel
6/92
  Green Goblin & Molten Man appearance. Hologram cover. Gatefold poster by Charles Vess.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
51. 416 Spawn #6 Image
11/92
  1st appearance of Overt-kill.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
52. 407 Superman #74 D.C.
12/92
  Justice League America & Doomsday appearance.
53. 382 Harbinger #2 Valiant
2/92
  1st appearance of Rock, Swallow & Sparrow. Harbinger #0 mail-order coupon included.
54. 369 Amazing Spider-Man #359 Marvel
2/92
  Cardiac appearance.
55. 364 Action Comics #684 D.C.
12/92
  Doomsday appearance.
56. 356 Adventures of Superman #497 D.C.
12/92
  Justice League America & Doomsday appearance.
57. 350 Magnus Robot Fighter #0 Valiant
1992
  Jim Shooter story. Paris Cullins & Bob Layton art. Bob Layton cover.
58. 348 WildC.A.T.S. 2 Prism Cover Image
9/92
  1st appearance of Wetworks. Image Comics #0 coupon included.
59. 345 Silver Surfer v3 #75 Marvel
12/92
  “Death” of Nova (Frankie Raye). Galactus, Firelord & Terrax appearance. Embossed holofoil cover.
60. 338 Eternal Warrior #1 Valiant
8/92
  Origin of the Eternal Warrior & Aram (Armstrong). Epilogue by Barry Windsor-Smith.
61. 336 Magnus Robot Fighter 0 Mail-order Edition Valiant
1992
  Contains Magnus trading card by Barry Windsor-Smith.
62. 329 Unity 0 Red Logo Variant Valiant
8/92
  Solar, Magnus, Rai, X-O Manowar, Archer, Armstrong, Geoff McHenry, Harbinger, Eternal Warrior & Mothergod appearance
63. 326 Morbius: The Living Vampire #1 Marvel
9/92
  Poly-bag removed.
64. 324 Eternal Warrior 1 Gold Edition Valiant
8/92
  Origin of the Eternal Warrior & Aram (Armstrong). Embossed gold foil logo.
65. 322 Harbinger #3 Valiant
3/92
  1st appearance of Ax & Rexo. Harbinger #0 mail-order coupon included.
66. 321 Unity 1 Gold Edition Valiant
10/92
  Solar, X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Magnus, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, Archer, Armstrong & Mothergod appearance.
67. 311 Ghost Rider v2 #28 Marvel
8/92
  Gatefold centerfold. Poly-bag removed.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
68. 310 Incredible Hulk #400 Marvel
12/92
  Holo-grafx cover. Pin-ups by Gary Frank, Mark Farmer, Mark Pacella, Dan Panosian & Ernie Colon.
69. 306 Uncanny X-Men #284 Marvel
1/92
  Sunfire appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
70. 302 Incredible Hulk #393 Marvel
5/92
  30th anniversary issue. Green foil cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
71. 301 Sensational She-Hulk #40 Marvel
6/92
  John Byrne story, cover & art.
72. 288 X-Men #6 Marvel
3/92
  Omega Red, Sabretooth, Maverick & Mojo appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
73. 286 Rai #2 Valiant
4/92
  1st appearance of Icespike. X-O Commando appearance.
74. 286 Ren & Stimpy Show #1 Marvel
12/92
  Based on the animated television series. Infinity cover. Poly-bag removed.
75. 282 Amazing Spider-Man #358 Marvel
1/92
  Punisher, Darkhawk, Night Thrasher, Nova & Moon Knight appearance. Wraparound gatefold cover.
76. 279 Cable: Blood and Metal #1 Marvel
10/92
  Cable vs. Stryfe. Wraparound cover.
77. 279 X-Men #8 Marvel
5/92
  1st appearance of Bella Donna Boudreaux. Ghost Rider appearance. Story continued in Ghost Rider v2 #26
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
78. 279 Harbinger #4 Valiant
4/92
  Harbinger #0 mail-order coupon included.
79. 272 Cyberforce Limited Series #1 Image/Top Cow
10/92
  1st app. Cyberforce. 1st Top Cow title. Image #0 coupon included. Wraparound cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
80. 266 X-Men #11 Marvel
8/92
  Longshot, Dazzler & Mojo appearance. Maverick backup story by Scott Lobdell & Mark Texeira.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
81. 264 Batman #475 D.C.
3/92
  1st appearance of Renee Montoya. Scarface appearance.
82. 262 Rai #5 Valiant
7/92
  1st appearance of Rockland Tate & Eternal Warrior in 4000AD.
83. 261 Amazing Spider-Man #364 Marvel
7/92
  Shocker appearance.
84. 259 Uncanny X-Men #288 Marvel
5/92
  Direct Editions have Konami ad insert.
85. 258 X-O Manowar #2 Valiant
3/92
  Jim Shooter & Steve Englehart story. Sal Velluto & Tom Ryder art. Barry Windsor-Smith & Bob Layton cover.
86. 258 Unity 1 Platinum Edition Valiant
10/92
  Solar, X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Magnus, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, Archer, Armstrong & Mothergod appearance.
87. 252 Marvel Milestone Edition: Amazing Fantasy #15 Marvel
3/92
  Reprints Amazing Fantasy #15
88. 249 Amazing Spider-Man 101 Second Printing Marvel
9/92
  Silver metallic ink cover.
89. 248 X-Men #7 Marvel
4/92
  Omega Red, Sabretooth & Maverick appearance. Mojo cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
90. 247 Amazing Spider-Man 362 Second Printing Marvel
5/92
  Carnage, Venom & Human Torch appearance. Silver metallic ink cover.
91. 247 Evil Ernie #2 Malibu/Eternity
1/92
  1st Lady Death cover.
92. 247 Infinity War #2 Marvel
7/92
  Gatefold wraparound cover.
93. 243 Archer & Armstrong 0 Gold Edition Valiant
7/92
  Origin & 1st appearance of Archer. 1st appearance of Armstrong.
94. 241 Action Comics #1 D.C.
1992
  Reprints Superman story from Action Comics #1. Back cover Superman pin-up. $1.00 & 10¢ cover price versions exist.
95. 240 X-Men #9 Marvel
6/92
  Ghost Rider & the Brood appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
96. 236 Army of Darkness #1 Dark Horse
11/92
  Movie adaptation. Article by Kurt Busiek.
97. 235 Vampirella #1 Harris
11/92
  Kurt Busiek story. Louis Small Jr. & Jim Balent art. Adam Hughes cover.
98. 233 Justice League America #69 D.C.
12/92
  Doomsday appearance.
99. 224 WildC.A.T.S. 1 Gold Edition Image
8/92
  1st appearance of the WildC.A.T.S. Embossed cover. Trading cards included.
100. 224 X-Force #8 Marvel
3/92
  Rob Liefeld story, cover & art. Mike Mignola & Bob Wiacek art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
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