Key Comic Books From 1993

March 1, 2021

1993

Key comics from 1993
[ 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 ]

As a newcomer to the comic book scene, Image Comics faced a challenge when it came to attaining newsstand distribution and competing with the industry heavyweights.  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 1993 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 1993, 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 1993, 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 1993.

Key Comic Books From 1993:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 9,686 Venom: Lethal Protector #1 Marvel
2/93
  1st Venom in his own title. Spider-Man appearance. Red holo-grafx foil cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
2. 6,377 Batman Adventures #12 D.C.
9/93
  1st appearance of Harley Quinn in comics (out of DC continuity).
3. 3,657 Spawn #9 Image
3/93
  1st appearance Medieval Spawn & Angela. Angela poster by Jim Lee.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
4. 3,208 Batman: Vengeance of Bane Special #1 D.C.
1/93
  Origin & 1st appearance of Bane.
5. 3,029 Batman #497 D.C.
7/93
  Bane breaks Batman’s back. Newsstand edition exists without black outer cover.
6. 2,818 Deadpool #1 Marvel
8/93
  1st solo Deadpool comic. The Circle Chase. Embossed cover.
7. 2,777 Amazing Spider-Man #375 Marvel
3/93
  Holo-grafx cover. Story ties in with Venom: Lethal Protector #1 John Jameson & Chameleon backup stories.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
8. 2,621 Superman #75 D.C.
1/93
  The “Death” of Superman. Gatefold back cover.
9. 2,344 John Byrne’s Next Men #21 Dark Horse
12/93
  1st full color appearance of Hellboy. “Faith” storyline part 3 of 4
10. 1,964 Spider-Man Unlimited #1 Marvel
5/93
  1st app. of Shriek (Frances Barrison). Carnage & Doppelganger appearance. “Maximum Carnage” storyline begins.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
11. 1,592 Venom: Lethal Protector #4 Marvel
5/93
  1st appearance of Scream (Donna Diego). Spider-Man appearance.
12. 1,509 Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Edition D.C.
1/93
  The “Death” of Superman. Gatefold back cover. Poly-bag removed.
13. 1,289 Bloodshot #1 Valiant
2/93
  Chromium cover. Bloodshot poster by Barry Windsor-Smith included.
14. 1,218 Venom: Lethal Protector 1 Gold Edition Marvel
2/93
  Gold holo-grafx foil cover. Venom pin-up by Mark Bagley & Al Milgrom on back cover.
15. 1,057 Simpsons Comics #1 Bongo Group
1993
  Pull-out poster. Flipbook. $1.95 edition does not include poster. Forward by Matt Groening.
16. 962 Bloodshot #6 Valiant
7/93
  1st appearance of Colin King (Ninjak), Cinder & Glyder.
17. 922 Wolverine #75 Marvel
11/93
  Wraparound cover w/ Wolverine hologram. Direct editions contain 8pg “Siege of Darkness” & “Kaybee Toystore” insert.
18. 889 San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 Dark Horse
8/93
  1st appearance of Hellboy. Danger Unlimited & Monkey Man & O’Brien preview. 1993 SDCC promotional.
19. 853 Gambit #1 Marvel
12/93
  Embossed gold foil logo.
20. 843 Spawn #8 Image
2/93
  Billy Kincaid & Vindicator appearance. Spider-Man #1 (8/90) cover homage. Spawn poster by Frank Miller.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
21. 818 Pitt #1 Image
1/93
  1st appearance of Pitt. Pitt pin-ups by Sam Kieth & Jim Somerville.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
22. 817 Venom: Lethal Protector #5 Marvel
6/93
  Spider-Man & Scream appearance. 1st appearance of Phage, Lasher, Riot & Agony.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
23. 806 X-Men #25 Marvel
10/93
  Magneto removes Wolverine’s adamantium. Nick Fury, Mr. Fantastic & Thing cameo. Wraparound cover with Gambit hologram.
24. 803 Uncanny X-Men #300 Marvel
5/93
  Anniversary issue. Acolytes appearance. Holo-grafx foil cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
25. 796 The Maxx #1 Image
3/93
  Sam Kieth & William Messner-Loebs story. Sam Kieth cover & art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
26. 794 Cable #1 Marvel
5/93
  Embossed gold foil logo. Wraparound cover.
27. 760 Superman: The Man of Steel #19 D.C.
1/93
  Doomsday appearance.
28. 725 Adventures of Superman 500 Collector’s Edition D.C.
6/93
  1st appearance of Steel (John Henry Irons) & Superboy (Kon-El). Eradicator appearance. Poly-bag removed.
29. 680 Batman 500 Collector’s Edition D.C.
10/93
  Azrael as all-new Batman. Die-cut cover. Embossed foil logo. Two postcards included.
30. 669 Spectacular Spider-Man #200 Marvel
5/93
  “Death” of Harry Osborn. Green Goblin appearance. Holo-grafx cover.
31. 667 Venom: Lethal Protector #2 Marvel
3/93
  Spider-Man appearance.
32. 664 Amazing Spider-Man #378 Marvel
6/93
  Carnage, Venom, Cloak, Shriek, Doppelganger & Demogoblin appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
33. 610 X-O Manowar #0 Valiant
8/93
  Origin of Aric. Solar cameo. Chromium wraparound cover.
34. 580 Amazing Spider-Man #374 Marvel
2/93
  Venom appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
35. 566 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #55 Marvel
10/93
  1st published Stephen Platt art.
36. 533 Spawn #7 Image
1/93
  Overt-kill appearance. 1st published artwork by Randy Queen.
37. 530 Catwoman #1 D.C.
8/93
  Bane appearance. Embossed cover.
38. 524 Web of Spider-Man #100 Marvel
5/93
  1st appearance of the “Spider-Armor”. Origin of Nightwatch. Green holo-grafx foil cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
39. 507 Darker Image #1 Image
3/93
  1st app. of Maxx, Deathblow & Bloodwulf. Only issue. Poly-bag removed.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
40. 504 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #57 Marvel
12/93
  Spider-Man appearance. Pin-ups by Bill Sienkiewicz. Amazing Spider-Man #301 cover homage.
41. 498 Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition D.C.
1/93
  The “Death” of Superman. Gatefold back cover. Silver foil logo.
42. 489 Deathmate Black #nn Image-Valiant
9/93
  1st full appearance of Gen 13.
43. 486 Turok, Dinosaur Hunter #1 Valiant
7/93
  Embossed foil & chromium cover.
44. 455 Venom: Lethal Protector #3 Marvel
4/93
  Spider-Man appearance.
45. 438 Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1 Marvel
1/93
  1st appearance of the Maestro & Janis. Embossed cover.
46. 427 Uncanny X-Men #304 Marvel
9/93
  Wraparound cover with Magneto hologram. Magneto, Exodus & Acolytes appearance. Colossus leaves the X-Men.
47. 420 Venom: Funeral Pyre #1 Marvel
8/93
  Punisher appearance. Holo-grafx cover.
48. 406 Venom: Lethal Protector #6 Marvel
7/93
  Spider-Man appearance.
49. 406 Spawn #10 Image
5/93
  Cerebus appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
50. 386 Gambit 1 Gold Edition Marvel
12/93
  Embossed gold foil cover.
51. 380 Simpsons Comics and Stories #1 Welsh Publishing Group
1993
  1st comic appearance of The Simpsons. Poly-bagged with poster. Poly-bag removed.
52. 378 Bloodshot #7 Valiant
8/93
  1st appearance in Ninjak costume. Contest entry form insert included.
53. 375 Static 1 Collector’s Edition D.C./Milestone
6/93
  1st appearance of Static. Poly-bag removed.
54. 371 X-Factor #92 Marvel
7/93
  1st appearance of Exodus (Bennet du Paris). Wraparound cover with Havok hologram.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
55. 354 Sabretooth #1 Marvel
8/93
  Pin-ups by Travis Charest & Michael Golden. Die-cut cover.
56. 345 Amazing Spider-Man #380 Marvel
8/93
  Captain America, Iron Fist, Nightwatch, Firestar, Morbius, Deathlok, Venom, Cloak, Shriek, Carrion & Carnage app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
57. 332 Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #1 Marvel
10/93
  Embossed red foil cover.
58. 332 Amazing Spider-Man #379 Marvel
7/93
  Carnage, Venom, Black Cat, Morbius, Shriek, Doppelganger, Demogoblin, Carrion, Cloak, Deathlok & Firestar app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
59. 328 X-Men 25 Gold Edition Marvel
10/93
  Wraparound cover with Gambit hologram. Magneto removes Wolverine’s adamantium. Nick Fury, Mr. Fantastic & Thing cameo.
60. 321 What If… #50 Marvel
6/93
  “Death” of Wolverine. Embossed foil cover.
61. 317 Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Archie Publications
3/93
  Michael Gallagher story. Scott Shaw & Bill White art. Scott Shaw cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.50 newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
62. 316 Wonder Woman #72 D.C.
3/93
  Bill Loebs story. Lee Moder & Ande Parks art. Brian Bolland cover.
63. 297 Superman 82 Collector’s Edition D.C.
10/93
  Real Superman revealed. Green Lantern appearance. Chromium cover.
64. 296 X-Men 25 Variant Cover Marvel
10/93
  Magneto removes Wolverine’s adamantium. Black & white wraparound cover. Magneto hologram.
65. 283 Adventures of Superman #500 D.C.
6/93
  1st appearance of Steel (John Henry Irons) & Superboy (Kon-El). Eradicator appearance.
66. 271 Infinity Crusade #1 Marvel
6/93
  Gold foil cover.
67. 267 Archer & Armstrong #8 Valiant
3/93
  1st appearance of Ivar the Time Walker. Flipbook with Eternal Warrior #8 Wraparound cover.
68. 265 Amazing Spider-Man #382 Marvel
10/93
  Hulk & Doc Samson appearance.
69. 257 Bartman #1 Bongo Group
1993
  Silver foil cover. Bartman poster. $1.95 edition manufactured without poster & silver foil.
70. 255 Venom: Lethal Protector 1 Black Cover/Printing Error Marvel
2/93
  1st Venom in his own title. Spider-Man appearance.
71. 251 The Maxx 1 Glow-in-the-Dark Edition Image
3/93
  Sam Kieth & William Messner-Loebs story. Sam Kieth cover & art.
72. 249 Spawn 9 Newsstand Edition Image
3/93
  1st appearance Medieval Spawn & Angela. Newsprint paper interior.
73. 249 X-O Manowar 0 Gold Edition Valiant
8/93
  Origin of Aric. Solar cameo. Chromium wraparound cover.
74. 248 Itchy & Scratchy Comics #1 Bongo Group
1993
  Itchy & Scratchy poster included. $1.95 edition manufactured without poster. Forward by Matt Groening.
75. 247 Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #2 Marvel
2/93
  Embossed cover.
76. 244 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #56 Marvel
11/93
  Terry Kavanagh story. Stephen Platt & Scott Koblish art. Stephen Platt cover.
77. 237 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For #1 Dark Horse
11/93
  1st appearance of Dwight.
78. 233 X-O Manowar 0 Printing Error Valiant
8/93
  Origin of Aric. Chromium wraparound cover manufactured with ivory logo & cover price.
79. 229 X-Force #25 Marvel
8/93
  Magneto & Exodus appearance. Wraparound cover with Cable hologram.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
80. 223 Web of Spider-Man #97 Marvel
2/93
  1st appearance of Doctor Kevin Trench in cameo (later becomes Nightwatch). Blood Rose appearance.
81. 222 Darker Image 1 Black & White Edition Image
3/93
  1st app. of Maxx, Deathblow & Bloodwulf. Embossed silver foil logo. Only issue.
82. 221 Conan the Barbarian #275 Marvel
12/93
  Last issue.
83. 218 Radioactive Man #1 Bongo Group
1993
  Poster included. Glow-in-the-dark cover. $1.95 edition manufactured without poster & glow-in-the-dark cover.
84. 218 What If… #49 Marvel
5/93
  Ron Marz story. Scott Clark, Kevin West &. Pamela Eklund art.
85. 218 Spider-Man #35 Marvel
6/93
  Venom, Carnage, Black Cat, Cloak, Shriek, Doppelganger & Demogoblin app.
86. 218 Adventures of Superman 500 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition D.C.
6/93
  1st app. of Steel (John Henry Irons) & Superboy (Kon-El). Eradicator app. Embossed logo. Poly-bag removed.
87. 217 Spawn #11 Image
6/93
  Spawn poster by Geof Darrow.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
88. 217 Deadpool #2 Marvel
9/93
  Black Tom Cassidy, Juggernaut & Copycat appearance.
89. 214 Web of Spider-Man #101 Marvel
6/93
  Carnage, Venom, Shriek, Doppelganger, Cloak & Dagger appearance. Demogoblin cameo.
90. 213 X-Force #19 Marvel
2/93
  1st appearance of Copycat (Vanessa Carlysle) in her true form. X-Men, G.W. Bridge & Peter Gyrich app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand Australian Price Variant is confirmed to exist
91. 211 Magneto #0 Marvel
9/93
  Embossed foil cover. One-shot. Pin-ups by John Byrne, Steve Epting, Jan Duursema & Greg Capullo.
92. 209 Spider-Man Unlimited #2 Marvel
8/93
  Carnage, Venom, Nightwatch, Morbius & Black Cat appearance.
93. 207 Dime Press 4 Italy Dime Press
5/93
  Hellboy cover pre-dates first U.S. appearance.
94. 201 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #50 D.C.
9/93
  Embossed gold foil logo. Jim Lee, Kevin Maguire, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Mike Zeck, Mark Schultz & Kevin Nowlan pin-ups.
95. 201 Spawn #12 Image
7/93
  Bloodwulf poster by Rob Liefeld.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
96. 200 Deadpool #3 Marvel
10/93
  Fabian Nicieza story. Joe Madureira & Harry Candelario art.
97. 197 Turok, Dinosaur Hunter 1 Gold Edition Valiant
7/93
  Embossed foil cover. Gold foil logo.
98. 197 Miracleman #24 Eclipse
8/93
  Last issue.
99. 196 Spawn #16 Image
12/93
  1st appearance of “Anti-Spawn” in cameo on last page. 1st Spawn by Greg Capullo.
100. 195 Batman #492 D.C.
5/93
  “Knightfall” storyline begins. Bane appearance.
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