Key Comic Books From 1998

March 1, 2021

1998

Key comics from 1998
[ 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 1998 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 1998, 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 1998, 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 1998.

Key Comic Books From 1998:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 851 What If… #105 Marvel
2/98
  Origin & 1st appearance of Spider-Girl (May “Mayday” Parker). Normie Osborn becomes the new Green Goblin.
2. 795 Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-Man #1 Marvel
12/98
  Reprints Amazing Spider-Man #300 Chromium cover.
3. 684 Daredevil v2 #1 Marvel
11/98
  Daredevil #381 1st Marvel work by Kevin Smith. 1st “Marvel Knights” title.
4. 564 Amazing Spider-Man #430 Marvel
1/98
  Carnage & Silver Surfer appearance. Thunderbolts (Citizen V, Atlas & Techno) cameo.
5. 555 Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-Man #2 Marvel
1/98
  Reprints Spider-Man #1 Chromium cover.
6. 553 Marvel Authentix: Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel
10/98
  Blank box on cover.
7. 506 Amazing Spider-Man #431 Marvel
2/98
  Carnage & Silver Surfer appearance.
8. 490 300 #1 Dark Horse
5/98
  Wraparound cover.
9. 396 Wolverine 131 Recalled Edition Marvel
11/98
  Recalled from retailers because of racial slur.
10. 341 Batgirl Adventures #1 D.C.
2/98
  Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy appearance.
11. 302 Marvel Authentix: Daredevil #1 Marvel
11/98
  Kevin Smith story. Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti. cover & art.
12. 300 Danger Girl #1 Image/Cliffhanger
3/98
  1st full appearance of Danger Girl team.
13. 247 Danger Girl 1 Chromium Edition Image/Cliffhanger
3/98
  1st full appearance of Danger Girl team.
14. 222 Alpha Flight v2 #17 Marvel
12/98
  Early Big Hero 6 appearance.
15. 222 Witchblade 25 Speckle Holofoil Edition Image/Top Cow
8/98
  David Wohl & Christina Zanier story. Michael Turner cover & art.
16. 220 Amazing Spider-Man #441 Marvel
11/98
  Norman Osborn, Molten Man & Madame Web appearance. Last issue.
17. 220 Battle Chasers 1 Chromium Edition Image/Cliffhanger
4/98
  1st appearance of Gully, Red Monika, Garrison, Knolan & Calibretto. Wraparound cover.
18. 208 Sunfire & Big Hero Six #1 Marvel
9/98
  1st appearance of Big Hero 6.
19. 196 Danger Girl 2 Smoking Gun Cover Image/Cliffhanger
5/98
  J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell story. J. Scott Campbell & Alex Garner. cover & art.
20. 183 Daredevil v2 #1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
11/98
  1st Marvel work by Kevin Smith. 1st “Marvel Knights” title. Daredevil #381
21. 181 Thor v2 #1 Sketch Cover Marvel
7/98
  1st appearance of Jake Olson. Avengers & Destroyer appearance. Pin-up by Mike Deodato Jr.
22. 165 Spawn #77 Image
10/98
  Todd McFarlane & Brian Holguin story. Dwayne Turner & Danny Miki art. Greg Capullo & Todd McFarlane cover.
23. 162 Encyclopaedia Deadpoolica #1 Marvel
10/98
  Indicia reads 12/98
24. 160 Fathom #1 Image/Top Cow
8/98
  Michael Turner & Bill O’Neil story. Michael Turner & Joe Weems cover & art.
25. 156 Thor v2 #1 Marvel
7/98
  Wraparound cover. Thor #503 1st appearance of Jake Olson. Avengers & Destroyer appearance.
26. 156 Spider-Girl #1 Marvel
10/98
  1st appearance of Mister Nobody. Kingpin appearance.
27. 153 Black Panther v2 #1 Marvel
11/98
  1st appearance of Okoye, Zuri, N’Yami & Dora Milaje.
28. 153 300 #2 Dark Horse
6/98
  Wraparound cover.
29. 149 Inhumans v2 #1 Marvel
11/98
  Paul Jenkins story. Jae Lee cover & art.
30. 148 Fathom 1 Killian Variant Cover Image/Top Cow
8/98
  Michael Turner & Bill O’Neil story. Michael Turner & Joe Weems cover & art.
31. 146 Daredevil v2 #2 Variant Cover Marvel
12/98
  Daredevil #382 Black Widow appearance.
32. 146 300 #3 Dark Horse
7/98
  Wraparound cover.
33. 146 Witchblade/Tomb Raider 1 Speckle Holofoil Edition Image/Top Cow
12/98
  Michael Turner & Bill O’Neil story. Michael Turner & Joe Weems art. Marc Silvestri cover.
34. 143 Uncanny X-Men 354 Variant Cover Marvel
4/98
  Sauron & Deathbird appearance.
35. 142 Battle Chasers 1 Another Universe Edition Image/Cliffhanger
4/98
  1st appearance of Gully, Red Monika, Garrison, Knolan & Calibretto.
36. 139 Deadpool #14 Marvel
3/98
  1st appearance of Ajax. T-Ray, Typhoid Mary, Zoe Culloden, Noah DuBois & Montgomery appearance.
37. 138 Dark Horse Presents Annual 1998 #nn Dark Horse
9/98
  1st comic book appearance of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
38. 137 Darkness 11 Chromium Edition Image/Top Cow
1/98
  Garth Ennis story. Marc Silvestri & Joe Benitez art. Marc Silvestri & Matt Banning cover.
39. 136 Avengers v3 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover Marvel
2/98
  Avengers #416 Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Morgan Le Fay & Mordred appearance.
40. 135 Baby’s First Deadpool Book #1 Marvel
12/98
  Joe Kelly stories. Cooper, Woods & Koblish art. Joe Cooper & Scott Koblish cover.
41. 135 Marvel Collectible Classics: Avengers #1 Marvel
11/98
  Chromium wraparound cover.
42. 134 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men #4 Marvel
10/98
  Reprints X-Men #25 (10/93) Chromium wraparound cover.
43. 133 Captain America v3 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover Marvel
1/98
  Captain America #468 Lady Deathstrike & Kang appearance.
44. 131 Superman Forever 1 Lenticular Cover D.C.
6/98
  Superboy, Supergirl, Steel & Bizarro appearance.
45. 130 300 #4 Dark Horse
8/98
  Wraparound cover.
46. 129 Fathom Preview Special #1 Image/Top Cow
1998
  1st appearance of Fathom. Fathom pin-up by Marc Silvestri.
47. 128 Superman Adventures #21 D.C.
7/98
  Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer story. Bret Blevins & Terry Austin art. Bruce Timm cover.
48. 127 Fathom 1 Dolphin Variant Cover Image/Top Cow
8/98
  Michael Turner & Bill O’Neil story. Michael Turner & Joe Weems cover & art.
49. 125 Witchblade vs. Darkness #1/2 Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
1998
  Wizard credit card exclusive.
50. 124 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men #1 Marvel
8/98
  Reprints X-Men #1 & 2 (1963) Chromium wraparound cover.
51. 124 300 #5 Dark Horse
9/98
  Wraparound cover.
52. 123 Action Comics #1 D.C.
1998
  U.S.P.S. commemorative stamp 1st day of issue edition. Poly-bag removed.
53. 120 Fantastic Four v3 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover Marvel
1/98
  Fantastic Four #430 Mole Man appearance.
54. 120 Avengers v3 #1 Marvel
2/98
  Wraparound cover. Avengers #416 Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Morgan Le Fay & Mordred appearance.
55. 116 Battle Chasers #1 Image/Cliffhanger
4/98
  1st appearance of Gully, Red Monika, Garrison, Knolan & Calibretto. Wraparound cover.
56. 114 Spider-Girl #0 Marvel
10/98
  Reprints What If… #105
57. 114 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men #2 Marvel
8/98
  Reprints X-Men #141 & Uncanny X-Men #142 Chromium wraparound cover.
58. 113 Marvel Authentix: Gambit 1 Marvel Authentix Sketch Cover Marvel
12/98
  Blank box on cover.
59. 112 Danger Girl 2 Dynamic Forces Holofoil Edition Image/Cliffhanger
5/98
  J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell story. J. Scott Campbell & Alex Garner. cover & art.
60. 110 Iron Man v3 #1 Marvel
2/98
  Wraparound cover.
61. 109 Amazing Spider-Man #440 Marvel
10/98
  Molten Man appearance.
62. 106 Fantastic Four v3 #1 Marvel
1/98
  Fantastic Four #430 Wraparound cover. Mole Man appearance.
63. 103 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men #5 Marvel
11/98
  Reprints Giant-Size X-Men #1 Chromium wraparound cover.
64. 101 Danger Girl #2 Image/Cliffhanger
5/98
  J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell story. J. Scott Campbell & Alex Garner. cover & art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $1.95 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
65. 101 Deadpool Team-Up #1 Marvel
12/98
  James Felder story. Pete Woods & Walden Wong cover & art.
66. 99 Preacher #42 D.C./Vertigo
10/98
  1st appearance of Odin Quincannon.
67. 97 Battle Chasers 1 Another Universe Gold Edition Image/Cliffhanger
4/98
  1st appearance of Gully, Red Monika, Garrison, Knolan & Calibretto. Gold foil logo.
68. 93 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1 Photo Variant Cover Dark Horse
9/98
  Sarah Michelle Gellar photo cover.
69. 93 Amazing Spider-Man #434 Marvel
5/98
  Double cover with “Amazing Ricochet” #1 Delilah, Rose & Black Tarantula appearance. Kaine cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
70. 91 X-Men #1/2 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
1998
  Wizard mail-away exclusive.
71. 91 Captain America v3 #1 Marvel
1/98
  Captain America #468 Lady Deathstrike & Kang appearance. Wraparound cover.
72. 90 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men #3 Marvel
9/98
  Reprints X-Men #137 Chromium wraparound cover.
73. 87 Uncanny X-Men 360 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
10/98
  Colossus, Kitty Pryde & Nightcrawler rejoin the Uncanny X-Men.
74. 84 Dreamwalker #0 Avatar Press
11/98
  4 pg. “The Goon” preview by Eric Powell, pre-dates Goon #1 (Avatar).
75. 84 Wolverine 125 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
6/98
  Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Black Widow, Jean Grey, Rogue & Psylocke appearance.
76. 84 Flash #138 D.C.
6/98
  1st appearance of the Black Flash in cameo on last page.
77. 83 Danger Girl 1 Another Universe Edition Image/Cliffhanger
3/98
  1st full appearance of Danger Girl team.
78. 83 Thor v2 #1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
7/98
  Thor #503 1st appearance of Jake Olson. Avengers & Destroyer appearance.
79. 81 Danger Girl 2 Platinum Smoking Gun Cover Image/Cliffhanger
5/98
  Platinum foil logo.
80. 81 Deadpool/Death ’98 #nn Marvel
1998
  Story continued from Deadpool #17 Ajax appearance. Origin of Deadpool. Story continued in Deadpool #18
81. 80 Thor v2 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover Marvel
7/98
  Thor #503 1st appearance of Jake Olson. Avengers & Destroyer appearance.
82. 79 Batman: Gotham Adventures #1 D.C.
6/98
  Based on the animated television series.
83. 79 Daredevil v2 #2 Marvel
12/98
  Daredevil #382 Black Widow appearance.
84. 76 Ravening 1/2 Nude Leather Edition Avatar Press
7/98
  Gold foil logo.
85. 75 Stormwatch v2 #4 Image
2/98
  1st appearance of Apollo & Midnighter.
86. 74 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1 Another Universe Edition Dark Horse
9/98
  Embossed gold foil logo. Sarah Michelle Gellar photo cover.
87. 70 Halle the Hooters Girl #1 Cabbage
1/98
  Recalled due to lawsuit.
88. 70 Danger Girl 1 Tour Book Edition Image/Cliffhanger
3/98
  Andy Hartnell story. J. Scott Campbell cover & art.
89. 69 Green Arrow #137 D.C.
10/98
  Last issue.
90. 69 Amazing Spider-Man #439 Marvel
9/98
  Last Tom DeFalco issue.
91. 68 Kabuki-Images 1 Variant Cover Image
6/98
  Pin-ups by Jae Lee, Adam Warren, Mike Allred, Mike Mignola, David Mack & P. Craig Russell. “Virgin” cover.
92. 66 Danger Girl 2 Dynamic Forces Gold Foil Edition Image/Cliffhanger
5/98
  J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell story. J. Scott Campbell & Alex Garner. cover & art.
93. 66 Amazing Spider-Man #436 Marvel
7/98
  The Rose revealed as Jacob Conover. Black Tarantula appearance.
94. 64 Danger Girl 1 Another Universe Gold Edition Image/Cliffhanger
3/98
  1st full appearance of Danger Girl team. Gold foil logo.
95. 64 Amazing Spider-Man 432 Variant Cover Marvel
3/98
  Black Tarantula & Rose appearance.
96. 64 Wolverine #131 Marvel
11/98
  Corrected printing.
97. 63 Battle Chasers 2 Dynamic Forces Edition Image/Cliffhanger
5/98
  Chromium cover.
98. 62 Inhumans v2 #1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
11/98
  Paul Jenkins story. Jae Lee cover & art.
99. 62 X-Men 80 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
10/98
  Joe Kelly story. Brandon Peterson & Art Thibert art. Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti cover.
100. 62 Battle Chasers #4 Image/Cliffhanger
10/98
  Four different covers exist. Back covers form a single image by Joe Chiodo.
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