Key Comic Books From 1994

March 1, 2021

1994

Key comics from 1994
[ 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 ]

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 1994 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 1994, 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 1994, 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 1994.

Key Comic Books From 1994:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 1,717 Batman Adventures: Mad Love #nn D.C.
2/94
  Origin of Harley Quinn out of D.C. continuity.
2. 938 Green Lantern v3 #48 D.C.
1/94
  1st appearance of Kyle Rayner. Emerald Twilight Part 1
3. 903 Spawn-Batman #nn Image
5/94
  Frank Miller story. Todd McFarlane cover & art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
4. 796 Web of Spider-Man #118 Marvel
11/94
  1st solo clone story. Venom appearance. Marvel subscription insert included.
5. 703 Green Lantern v3 #50 D.C.
3/94
  1st app. Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern. “Death” of Kilowog, Sinestro & Oa. Glow-in-the-dark cover.
6. 694 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #155 Marvel
12/94
  Pin-up by Neal Adams on letters page. Marvel subscription insert included. Last issue.
7. 664 Gen 13 Limited Series #1 Image
2/94
  1st title entirely devoted to Gen 13. Pull-out Gen 13 poster by Jim Lee.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
8. 643 Batman Adventures Annual #1 D.C.
1994
  1st app of Roxanne “Roxy Rocket” Sutton. Harley Quinn appearance.
9. 565 Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1 Dark Horse
3/94
  1st Hellboy in his own title. Origin of Monkeyman & O’Brien in backup story by Art Adams.
10. 565 Flash #92 D.C.
7/94
  1st appearance of Impulse (Bart Allen).
11. 509 Beavis and Butt-head #1 Marvel
3/94
  Based on the animated MTV series.
12. 493 Deadpool #1 Marvel
8/94
  Black Tom Cassidy, Juggernaut, Banshee & Siryn appearance.
13. 453 Uncanny X-Men 317 Foil Edition Marvel
10/94
  1st appearance Blink. Double gatefold Generation X pull-out poster included. Wraparound cover.
14. 423 Lady Death Limited Series #1 Chaos!
1/94
  Chromium cover.
15. 381 Marvels #1 Marvel
1/94
  Acetate cover.
16. 379 Incredible Hulk vs. Venom #1 Marvel
4/94
  Red foil logo. Embossed cover.
17. 369 Superboy #9 D.C.
11/94
  1st full appearance of King Shark.
18. 350 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #60 Marvel
3/94
  Last issue.
19. 346 Generation X #1 Marvel
11/94
  1st appearance of Chamber (Jonothon Starsmore). Marvel Survey insert. Chromium wraparound cover.
20. 335 Bloodshot #0 Valiant
3/94
  Eternal Warrior appearance. Chromium wraparound cover.
21. 318 Wolverine #80 Marvel
4/94
  Cyber appearance. Direct Editions have “Rock Video Monthly” insert.
22. 315 Marvels #4 Marvel
4/94
  Acetate cover.
23. 313 Green Lantern v3 #49 D.C.
2/94
  Emerald Twilight Part 2 Sinestro appearance.
24. 308 X-Men #30 Marvel
3/94
  Wedding of Scott Summers & Jean Grey. “Fleer Ultra” card insert included. Wraparound cover.
25. 299 Venom: The Enemy Within #1 Marvel
2/94
  Morbius & Demogoblin appearance. Glow-in-the-dark cover.
26. 293 Green Lantern v3 #51 D.C.
5/94
  1st appearance of Kyle Rayner’s new costume.
27. 290 Ninjak #1 Valiant
2/94
  Chromium wraparound cover.
28. 264 Spawn #21 Image
5/94
  Todd McFarlane story & cover. Todd McFarlane & Mark Pennington art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
29. 255 Marvels #3 Marvel
3/94
  Acetate cover.
30. 254 Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 Hamilton
12/94
  “Power Up!” trading card included.
31. 229 Bloodshot 0 Gold Edition Valiant
3/94
  Eternal Warrior appearance. Chromium wraparound cover.
32. 228 Batman-Spawn: War Devil #nn D.C.
1994
  Wraparound cover.
33. 215 Marvels #2 Marvel
2/94
  Acetate cover.
34. 215 Shi: The Way of the Warrior #1 Crusade
3/94
  1st Shi in her own title. Back cover pin-up by Barry Orkin.
35. 212 Web of Spider-Man #119 Marvel
12/94
  1st appearance of Kaine. Venom & Scream appearance. Marvel subscription insert included.
36. 209 Incredible Hulk 418 Collector’s Edition Marvel
6/94
  Rick Jones marries Marlo. 1st appearance of Talos the Untamed. Gatefold die-cut cover.
37. 188 Amazing Spider-Man 388 Collector’s Edition Marvel
4/94
  Chameleon & Vulture appearance. Venom & Cardiac/Chance backup stories.
38. 187 Angela #1 Image
12/94
  Spawn appearance. Pin-up by Sean Parsons & Brad Gorby.
39. 181 Wonder Woman #90 D.C.
9/94
  1st app. of Artemis of Bana-Mighdall.
40. 180 Drama #1 Sirius Entertainment
6/94
  1st full color story appearance of Dawn.
41. 173 Preacher Preview #nn D.C./Vertigo
1994
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon art. Glenn Fabry cover.
42. 171 Ninjak 1 Gold Edition Valiant
2/94
  Chromium wraparound cover.
43. 170 Spawn #18 Image
2/94
  Anti-Spawn (Redeemer) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
44. 162 Uncanny X-Men 316 Foil Edition Marvel
9/94
  Wraparound cover. Double gatefold Generation X pull-out poster included.
45. 158 Gambit #2 Marvel
1/94
  Howard Mackie story. Lee Weeks & Klaus Janson art. Lee Weeks cover.
46. 150 Spawn #17 Image
1/94
  1st full appearance of “Anti-Spawn.” (Later named Redeemer in Spawn #31)
47. 147 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #58 Marvel
1/94
  Terry Kavanagh story. Fred Hayes & Scott Koblish art. Stephen Platt cover.
48. 146 Amazing Spider-Man #392 Marvel
8/94
  Shriek & Carrion appearance. Amazing Spider-Man #50 cover homage.
49. 145 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #59 Marvel
2/94
  Terry Kavanagh story. Fred Haynes & Scott Koblish art. Stephen Platt cover.
50. 144 War Machine 1 Collector’s Edition Marvel
4/94
  Cable appearance. Embossed silver foil cover.
51. 142 Iron Man 300 Collector’s Edition Marvel
1/94
  Embossed foil cover.
52. 142 Maximum Carnage #1 Marvel
7/94
  Acclaim Entertainment Inc. promotional. Partial photo cover.
53. 141 Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #0 D.C.
9/94
  Zero Hour pt 5. Card insert. No cards in newsstand edition. 1st New DC Universe. Double gatefold back cover.
54. 139 Amazing Spider-Man #386 Marvel
2/94
  Vulture appearance.
55. 133 Iron Man #304 Marvel
5/94
  New Warriors & Thunderstrike appearance. 1st appearance Hulkbuster Armor. Direct Editions include Spider-Man cards.
56. 129 Wolverine 85 Foil Edition Marvel
9/94
  Cyclops, Jean Grey & Cable appearance. Wraparound cover.
57. 128 Wolverine 88 Deluxe Edition Marvel
12/94
  Deadpool, Weapon X & Copycat appearance.
58. 125 Gambit #4 Marvel
3/94
  Howard Mackie story. Lee Weeks & Klaus Janson art. Lee Weeks cover.
59. 125 Amazing Spider-Man #385 Marvel
1/94
  Mary Jane quits smoking.
60. 124 Venom: Separation Anxiety #1 Marvel
12/94
  Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher & Agony app. Marvel subscription insert included. Embossed cover.
61. 121 Amazing Spider-Man 394 Collector’s Edition Marvel
10/94
  Holofoil cover. Flipbook. Judas Traveller, Scrier & Vermin appearance. Carnage & Chameleon cameo.
62. 121 Vengeance of Vampirella #1 Harris
4/94
  Red “Bloodfoil” wraparound cover.
63. 120 Spider-Man Adventures 1 Variant Cover Marvel
12/94
  Based on the animated series. Embossed foil cover.
64. 119 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #150 Marvel
7/94
  Pin-ups by Brett Blevins, Tom Lyle, Pat Broderick, Alex Saviuk, Ron Lim, Randy Emberlin & Sal Buscema.
65. 118 Shadowman 0 Gold Edition Valiant
4/94
  Armstrong & Master Darque appearance. Chromium wraparound cover.
66. 117 Wolverine #88 Marvel
12/94
  Deadpool, Weapon X & Copycat appearance.
67. 115 Psi-Lords 1 Gold Edition Valiant
9/94
  Chromium wraparound cover.
68. 115 Amazing Spider-Man #395 Marvel
11/94
  Nocturne & Puma appearance. 2 subscription inserts included.
69. 114 Shadowman 0 Chromium Edition Valiant
4/94
  Armstrong & Master Darque appearance. Wraparound cover.
70. 113 Blade: The Vampire-Hunter #1 Marvel
7/94
  Holochrome logo.
71. 110 Chaos Effect: Alpha nn Retailer Incentive Edition Valiant
1994
  Red cover promotional copy.
72. 110 Deadpool #2 Marvel
9/94
  Juggernaut & Siryn appearance.
73. 110 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #152 Marvel
9/94
  President John F. Kennedy appearance. Flag cover.
74. 109 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – The Animated Movie nn Prestige Format D.C.
1994
  Movie adaptation.
75. 108 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #154 Marvel
11/94
  Peter Quinones story. Ernie Stiner & Crusher Wallace art. Amanda Conner cover.
76. 108 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #28 Marvel
1994
  Carnage appearance. Cloak & Dagger, Joe Smith & Rhino backup stories.
77. 108 Warrior Nun Areala #1 Antarctic Press
12/94
  Ben Dunn story, cover & art.
78. 107 Amazing Spider-Man #387 Marvel
3/94
  Vulture & Chameleon appearance.
79. 106 X-Men #28 Marvel
1/94
  Sabretooth appearance. 8 page Marvel House ad insert & “Kay Bee Toys” coupon included.
80. 105 Uncanny X-Men #311 Marvel
4/94
  Sabretooth appearance. “Rock Video Monthly” insert.
81. 104 Amazing Spider-Man #396 Marvel
12/94
  Daredevil, Owl & Vulture appearance. Marvel subscription insert included.
82. 104 Marvels #0 Marvel
8/94
  Alex Ross cover & art.
83. 103 Amazing Spider-Man #388 Marvel
4/94
  Chameleon & Vulture appearance. Venom & Cardiac/Chance backup stories.
84. 102 Gambit #3 Marvel
2/94
  Howard Mackie story. Lee Weeks cover & art.
85. 102 Spawn #24 Image
9/94
  Todd McFarlane story, cover & art.
86. 101 Iron Man #305 Marvel
6/94
  Hulk appearance.
87. 100 Batman Adventures: Mad Love nn Prestige Format D.C.
2/94
  Origin of Harley Quinn out of D.C. continuity.
88. 100 Uncanny X-Men #318 Marvel
11/94
  Direct Editions have “Marvel Survey” insert. $1.50 editions exist w/newsprint paper. X-Men #138 cover homage.
89. 99 Punisher Meets Archie #1 Archie-Marvel
8/94
  Josie and the Pussycats cameo. Die-cut cover.
90. 99 Chaos Effect: Omega nn Gold Edition Valiant
11/94
  Bob Layton story. Bernard Chang & Jerry Ordway art. Dan Jurgens & Jerry Ordway cover.
91. 99 Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #5 Marvel
2/94
  Kingpin & Stick appearance. Pinup by John Romita Jr & Al Williamson. Embossed red foil cover.
92. 98 Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #4 Marvel
1/94
  Embossed red foil cover.
93. 96 Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #2 Dark Horse
4/94
  1st appearance & origin of Abe Sapien. 1st appearance of Liz Sherman. Monkeyman & O’Brien backup story by Art Adams.
94. 95 Wetworks #1 Image
7/94
  Gatefold wraparound cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
95. 92 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #153 Marvel
10/94
  Eric Fein & Peter Quinones story. William Rosado & Jack Snider art. Elman Brown & Carlos Garzon cover.
96. 92 Uncanny X-Men #315 Marvel
8/94
  Magneto & Exodus appearance.
97. 91 Scud: The Disposable Assassin #1 Fireman Press
2/94
  1st appearance of Scud.
98. 90 Armorines 0 Gold Edition Valiant
2/94
  Jorge Gonzalez story. Jim Calafiore & Gonzalo Mayo art. Jim Calafiore & Tom Ryder cover.
99. 90 Amazing Spider-Man #393 Marvel
9/94
  Shriek & Carrion appearance.
100. 90 Star Wars: Droids #1 Dark Horse
4/94
  Embossed cover.
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