Key Comic Books From 1995

March 1, 2021

1995

Key comics from 1995
[ 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 1995 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 1995, 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 1995, 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 1995.

Key Comic Books From 1995:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,887 Preacher #1 D.C./Vertigo
4/95
  1st full appearance of Jesse Custer, Tulip, Cassidy & Saint of Killers.
2. 1,449 Witchblade #1 Image/Top Cow
11/95
  Sara Pezzini acquires Witchblade. Wraparound cover.
3. 908 Amazing Spider-Man 400 Die-Cut Cover Marvel
4/95
  “Death” of Aunt May. Embossed wraparound cover.
4. 746 X-Men: Alpha #1 Marvel
2/95
  1st appearance of the Dark Beast. Blink & Morph appearance. Chromium wraparound cover.
5. 639 Venom: Sinner Takes All #3 Marvel
10/95
  Sin-Eater & Ann Weying appearance. Jury backup story.
6. 604 X-Men: Omega #1 Marvel
6/95
  Chromium wraparound cover by John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson. Conclusion to “Age of Apocalypse” story.
7. 571 Preacher #2 D.C./Vertigo
5/95
  1st appearance of Arseface. Saint of Killers appearance.
8. 511 X-Men: Prime #1 Marvel
7/95
  1st appearance of Marrow as an adult. Onslaught cameo. Wraparound acetate cover.
9. 501 G.I. Joe: Special #1 Marvel
2/95
  Retells G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #61 with new art by Todd McFarlane. Spider-Man #1 cover homage.
10. 432 Star Wars: Heir to the Empire #1 Dark Horse
10/95
  1st comic book appearance of Mara Jade, Joruus C’Baoth & Grand Admiral Thrawn. Based on the novel by Timothy Zahn.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
11. 422 Batman Adventures #28 D.C.
1/95
  Joker & Harley Quinn appearance.
12. 391 Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe #1 Marvel
11/95
  Garth Ennis story. Doug Braithwaite art. Nick Percival cover.
13. 322 Preacher #3 D.C./Vertigo
6/95
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon art. Glenn Fabry cover.
14. 321 X-Files #1 Topps
1/95
  1st comic book appearance of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully. Based on the Fox television series.
15. 303 Cyblade/Shi: The Battle for Independents #1 Crusade-Image
1995
  1st appearance of Sara Pezzini (Witchblade).
16. 302 Dawn #1 Sirius Entertainment
6/95
  Joseph Michael Linsner story,. cover & art.
17. 295 Amazing Spider-Man 400 Die-Cut Variant Cover Marvel
4/95
  “Death” of Aunt May. Embossed wraparound cover.
18. 273 Absolute Vertigo #nn D.C./Vertigo
Winter 1995
  Pre-dates Preacher #1 Jonah Hex preview by Tim Truman.
19. 261 Spider-Man & Batman: Disordered Minds #nn D.C.-Marvel
9/95
  Carnage & Joker appearance. Embossed cover.
20. 259 Ghost in the Shell #1 Dark Horse
3/95
  1st American appearance of Major Motoko Kusanagi.
21. 242 Spider-Man Maximum Clonage: Omega #1 Marvel
8/95
  “Death” of the Jackal & Spidercide. Scrier & Gwen Stacy clone appearance. Wraparound chromium cover.
22. 227 Amazing Spider-Man #400 Marvel
4/95
  “Death” of Aunt May.
23. 219 Gen 13 1 Variant Cover G Image
3/95
  “Lin-Gen-Re” variant cover.
24. 212 Batman: Vengeance of Bane II #nn D.C.
1995
  Chuck Dixon story. Graham Nolan & Eduardo Barreto art. Glenn Fabry cover.
25. 212 Dawn 1 Black Light Edition Sirius Entertainment
6/95
  Joseph Michael Linsner story, cover/art.
26. 201 Gen 13 1 Variant Cover H Image
3/95
  “Gen-et Jackson” variant cover.
27. 200 Preacher #4 D.C./Vertigo
7/95
  “Death” of Sheriff Root.
28. 199 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Marvel
8/95
  Jackal, Spidercide, New Warriors & Kaine appearance. Punisher cameo. Acetate cover.
29. 198 Lady Death II: Between Heaven & Hell #1 Chaos!
3/95
  Chromium wraparound cover.
30. 197 Astro City #1 Image
8/95
  1st appearance of the Honor Guard, Samaritan & Astro City.
31. 192 X-Men: Omega 1 Gold Edition Marvel
6/95
  Holochromium wraparound cover by John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson. Conclusion to “Age of Apocalypse” story.
32. 177 Cyblade/Shi: The Battle for Independents 1 Variant Cover Crusade-Image
1995
  1st appearance of Sara Pezzini (Witchblade).
33. 169 Preacher #5 D.C./Vertigo
8/95
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon art. Glenn Fabry cover.
34. 168 Punisher #102 Marvel
5/95
  Bullseye appearance.
35. 156 Sabretooth Special #1 Marvel
1995
  Chromium wraparound cover.
36. 156 Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1 D.C.
1/95
  Bruce Timm cover.
37. 155 Rogue Limited Series #1 Marvel
1/95
  Gambit & Storm appearance. Gold foil logo. Marvel subscription insert included.
38. 145 Uncanny X-Men #325 Marvel
10/95
  Double gate-fold wraparound cover. Prism foil logo. Direct editions contain “OverPower” game cards.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $2.95 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
39. 141 Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Marvel
1995
  Flipbook. Silver ink on cover. Steel Spider & Scarlet Spider backup stories.
40. 139 X-Men: Alpha 1 Gold Edition Marvel
2/95
  1st appearance of the Dark Beast. Blink & Morph appearance. Holochromium wraparound cover.
41. 133 Gargoyles #1 Marvel
2/95
  Based on the animated television series. Embossed cover.
42. 123 Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 Slave Labor
8/95
  1st comic book appearance of Johnny. 1st appearance of Squee.
43. 123 Green Arrow #101 D.C.
10/95
  “Death” of Oliver Queen. Superman appearance.
44. 123 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Marvel
3/95
  Jackal, Kaine & Scrier appearance.
45. 120 Preacher #6 D.C./Vertigo
9/95
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon art. Glenn Fabry cover.
46. 119 Lady Death in Lingerie 1 Leather Edition Chaos!
8/95
  Gold foil cover.
47. 117 Batman and Robin Adventures #1 D.C.
11/95
  Two-Face appearance.
48. 116 X-Man #1 Marvel
3/95
  1st appearance of X-Man (Nate Grey).
49. 110 Nightwing Limited Series #1 D.C.
9/95
  Batman appearance.
50. 110 Akira #38 Marvel/Epic
1995
  Pin-ups by Moebius, Toth, Maduriera, Romita, Allred & Van Fleet. Last issue.
51. 108 Azrael #1 D.C.
2/95
  Batman appearance.
52. 108 Preacher #8 D.C./Vertigo
11/95
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon art. Glenn Fabry cover.
53. 107 Avengelyne 1 Chromium Edition Maximum Press
5/95
  Wraparound cover.
54. 107 Witchblade 1 Top Cow Collection Image/Top Cow
11/95
  Sara Pezzini acquires Witchblade.
55. 105 Best Cellars #1 Out of the Cellar
1995
  Eric Powell & Duncan Milner stories. Eric Powell & Rebecca Baerman art. Eric Powell cover.
56. 104 Gen 13 1 Variant Cover A Image
3/95
  “Charge!” variant cover.
57. 103 Lady Death II: Between Heaven & Hell 1 Limited Edition Chaos!
3/95
  Chromium wraparound cover.
58. 103 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Marvel
7/95
  Carnage appearance.
59. 98 Weapon X #1 Marvel
3/95
  Larry Hama story. Adam Kubert cover & art.
60. 96 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Marvel
6/95
  Mark Bagley & Larry Mahlstedt cover.
61. 96 Gen 13 1 Variant Cover B Image
3/95
  “Thumbs Up” variant cover.
62. 96 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Marvel
5/95
  Kaine appearance.
63. 95 Gen 13 1 Chromium Edition Image
3/95
  Brandon Choi & J. Scott Campbell story. J. Scott Campbell & Alex Garner. cover & art.
64. 94 Impulse #1 D.C.
4/95
  Mark Waid story. Humberto Ramos & Wayne Faucher. cover & art.
65. 92 Preacher #9 D.C./Vertigo
12/95
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon art. Glenn Fabry cover.
66. 92 Power of Shazam! #1 D.C.
3/95
  Jerry Ordway story & cover. Peter Krause & Mike Manley art.
67. 92 Wonder Woman #96 D.C.
4/95
  Joker appearance.
68. 91 Astonishing X-Men #1 Marvel
3/95
  Apocalypse appearance.
69. 90 Wolverine 90 Deluxe Edition Marvel
2/95
  Fleer Ultra X-Men cards included. Wraparound cover. Double-gatefold wrap.
70. 90 Wizard Ace Edition: Witchblade #9 Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
12/95
  Witchblade #1 Acetate cover.
71. 88 Spawn #37 Image
11/95
  1st appearance of The Freak.
72. 88 Uncanny X-Men #320 Marvel
1/95
  Marvel subscription insert included. “Legion Quest” part 1. $1.50 editions exist with newsprint paper.
73. 86 Dawn 1 White Trash Edition Sirius Entertainment
6/95
  “Virgin” cover.
74. 86 Uncanny X-Men #322 Marvel
7/95
  1st mention of Onslaught. Juggernaut appearance.
75. 85 Amazing Spider-Man #397 Marvel
1/95
  Dr. Octopus, Stunner & Kaine appearance. Direct Editions include “Power Rangers” trading card insert. Flip book.
76. 84 Amazing Spider-Man #406 Marvel
10/95
  “Marvel Overpower” cards included.
77. 83 Batman 515 Special Edition D.C.
2/95
  Bruce Wayne returns as Batman. Black embossed cover.
78. 83 Wolverine #91 Marvel
7/95
  X-Men appearance.
79. 81 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Marvel
9/95
  J.M. DeMatteis & Todd Dezago story. Darick Robertson & Larry Mahlstedt art. Mark Bagley & Larry Mahlstedt cover.
80. 81 Uncanny X-Men #323 Marvel
8/95
  1st appearance of Sack & Vessel.
81. 80 Silver Surfer v3 #100 Hologram Cover Marvel
1/95
  Wraparound cover. Mephisto appearance. Direct editions have Marvel Comics subscription card insert included.
82. 79 Amazing Spider-Man #398 Marvel
2/95
  Doctor Octopus, Stunner & Kaine appearance. Marvel subscription insert included.
83. 79 Incredible Hulk 425 Hologram Cover Marvel
1/95
  “Death” of Achilles.
84. 79 Spawn #32 Image
6/95
  Backup story written by Alan Moore with art by Tony Daniel & Kevin Conrad
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
85. 77 Star Wars: Dark Empire II #5 Dark Horse
4/95
  Tom Veitch story. Cam Kennedy art. Dave Dorman cover.
86. 77 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Marvel
8/95
  Mark Bagley & Larry Mahlstedt cover.
87. 76 X-Files 1 Numbered Edition Topps
1/95
  1st comic book appearance of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder & Dana Scully. Based on the Fox television series.
88. 75 Preacher #7 D.C./Vertigo
10/95
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon art. Glenn Fabry cover.
89. 75 Dawn 1 Look Sharp Edition Sirius Entertainment
6/95
  “Virgin” cover.
90. 75 Gen 13 1 Variant Cover M Image
3/95
  “Do-It-Yourself-Cover” variant cover.
91. 74 Lady Death in Lingerie #1 Chaos!
8/95
  Wraparound cover.
92. 72 Spawn #30 Image
4/95
  Ku Klux Klan story.
93. 72 Venom: Carnage Unleashed #1 Marvel
4/95
  Dr. Kafka appearance.
94. 72 Amazing Fantasy #16 Marvel
12/95
  1st appearance of Joey Pulaski.
95. 72 Sandman #69 D.C./Vertigo
7/95
  Neil Gaiman story. Marc Hempel art. Dave McKean cover.
96. 71 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha 1 Gold Edition Marvel
8/95
  Limited gold-tint wraparound acetate cover. Jackal, Spidercide, New Warriors & Kaine appearance.
97. 71 Wonder Woman #97 D.C.
5/95
  Joker appearance.
98. 71 Venom: Carnage Unleashed #3 Marvel
6/95
  Larry Hama story. Andrew Wildman & Joe Rubinstein art. Andrew Wildman cover.
99. 70 Babylon 5 #1 D.C.
1/95
  Based on the TNT television series.
100. 70 Venom Super Special #1 Marvel
8/95
  Flipbook with Scarlet Spider story by Terry Kavanagh & Kevin J. West.
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