Key Comic Books From 1999

March 1, 2021

1999  Marvel walks away from the newsstand model!

Key comics from 1999

[ Note: in 1999 Marvel made a conscious decision to walk away from the newsstand model and a newsstand rarity estimate of 14% exists for this year for Marvel.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition comics 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 1999 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 1999, 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 1999, 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 1999.

Key Comic Books From 1999:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,268 Batman: Harley Quinn #nn D.C.
1999
  Origin & 1st appearance of Harley Quinn in DC Universe continuity.
2. 882 Batman Beyond #1 D.C.
3/99
  1st comic book appearance of Terry McGinnis.
3. 623 Batman #567 D.C.
7/99
  1st appearance of Batgirl (Cassandra Cain).
4. 559 Wolverine 145 Nabisco Variant Cover Marvel
12/99
  Return of Wolverine’s adamantium. Hulk & Sabretooth appearance. Apocalypse cameo on last page.
5. 491 100 Bullets #1 D.C./Vertigo
8/99
  1st appearance of Agent Graves & Dizzy Cordova.
6. 453 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #1 Marvel
1/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #442 Avengers, Fantastic Four, Daredevil & Scorpion appearance. Wraparound cover.
7. 437 Batman Beyond Special Origin Issue #nn D.C.
6/99
  1st comic book appearance of Terry McGinnis. Promotional.
8. 432 Birds of Prey #8 D.C.
8/99
  Nightwing appearance.
9. 379 Inhumans v2 #5 Marvel
3/99
  1st appearance of the new Black Widow (Yelena Belova, face not shown).
10. 351 Wolverine 145 Foil Edition Marvel
12/99
  Return of Wolverine’s adamantium. Hulk & Sabretooth appearance. Apocalypse cameo on last page.
11. 304 Tomb Raider #1 Image/Top Cow
12/99
  1st Lara Croft in her own title.
12. 294 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover Marvel
1/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #442 Avengers, Fantastic Four, Daredevil & Scorpion appearance.
13. 291 Daredevil v2 #9 Marvel
12/99
  Daredevil #389 1st appearance of Maya Lopez (Echo).
14. 287 Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 D.C.
7/99
  1st appearance of Star Spangled Kid II (Courtney Whitmore). 1st professional work of Geoff Johns.
15. 273 Black Widow #1 Marvel
5/99
  1st full appearance of Yelena Belova. Matt Murdock appearance. Wraparound cover.
16. 268 Goon #1 Avatar Press
3/99
  1st full appearance of Zombie Priest, Joey the Ball, Franky & Goon.
17. 261 Hulk #8 Marvel
11/99
  Hulk vs. Wolverine. Tyrannus appearance. “Fast Lane” insert included.
18. 246 Incredible Hulk 181 German Edition Panini Deutschland
1999
  Reprints the 1st appearance of Wolverine from Incredible Hulk #181 in German.
19. 243 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
1/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #442 Avengers, Fantastic Four, Daredevil & Scorpion appearance.
20. 240 Batman #570 D.C.
10/99
  Joker & Harley Quinn appearance.
21. 229 Goon #2 Avatar Press
5/99
  Eric Powell story, cover & art.
22. 222 Planetary #1 D.C./Wildstorm
4/99
  1st appearance of Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner & Drummer.
23. 218 Peter Parker: Spider-Man 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
1/99
  Howard Mackie story. John Romita Jr. & Scott Hanna art. John Romita Jr. & Sr. cover.
24. 215 Fathom 9 Holofoil Edition Image/Top Cow
10/99
  Bill O’Neil story. Michael Turner & Joe Weems cover & art.
25. 205 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1 America’s Best
3/99
  Alan Moore story. Kevin O’Neill cover & art.
26. 203 The Matrix: Comic Book Preview #nn Warner Brothers
3/99
  Pin-ups by Bill Sienkiewicz, Ted McKeever & Aron Weisenfeld. Recalled due to mature content.
27. 198 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83 D.C.
3/99
  1st Huntress as new Batgirl.
28. 190 Black Widow 1 Variant Cover Marvel
5/99
  1st full appearance of Yelena Belova. Matt Murdock appearance. Wraparound cover.
29. 185 Elseworlds 80 Page Giant #1 D.C.
8/99
  Ty Templeton cover & art. Recalled from shops/stores for story by Kyle Baker & Elizabeth Glass.
30. 164 Detective Comics #737 D.C.
10/99
  Joker, Huntress & Harley Quinn appearance.
31. 161 Liberty Meadows #1 Insight Studios
1999
  Frank Cho story, cover & art.
32. 157 Batman Beyond #6 D.C.
8/99
  1st appearance of Inque in comics.
33. 153 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #120 D.C.
8/99
  Huntress revealed as Batgirl. 1st new Batgirl in costume.
34. 152 Peter Parker: Spider-Man 1 Sunburst Variant Cover Marvel
1/99
  Howard Mackie story. John Romita Jr. & Scott Hanna. cover & art.
35. 148 Authority #1 D.C./Wildstorm
5/99
  Wraparound cover.
36. 147 Superman Masterpiece Edition #1 D.C.
1999
  Reprints Superman #1 Included in Superman Masterpiece Edition Boxed Set.
37. 136 Wolverine 145 Gold Foil Edition Marvel
12/99
  Return of Wolverine’s adamantium. Hulk & Sabretooth appearance.
38. 133 Peter Parker: Spider-Man #1 Marvel
1/99
  Wraparound cover. Ranger appearance.
39. 131 Hulk #1 Marvel
4/99
  Wraparound cover.
40. 126 Daredevil v2 #5 Variant Cover Marvel
3/99
  Daredevil #385 “Death” of Karen Page. Dr. Strange & Bullseye appearance.
41. 126 Batman: Harley Quinn nn Second Printing D.C.
1999
  Origin & 1st appearance of Harley Quinn in DC Universe continuity.
42. 126 Goon #3 Avatar Press
7/99
  Origin of the Goon.
43. 118 Hulk 1 Sunburst Variant Cover Marvel
4/99
  John Byrne story & art. Ron Garney & Dan Green cover & art.
44. 116 Birds of Prey #1 D.C.
1/99
  Jason Bard appearance.
45. 114 Incredible Hulk vs. Superman #1 D.C.-Marvel
7/99
  Roger Stern story. Steve Rude & Al Milgrom art. Steve Rude cover.
46. 110 Black Widow 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
5/99
  1st full appearance of Yelena Belova. Matt Murdock appearance.
47. 108 Wolverine 145 Dynamic Forces Holofoil Edition Marvel
12/99
  Return of Wolverine’s adamantium. Hulk & Sabretooth appearance.
48. 106 Batman Beyond #3 D.C.
5/99
  Hilary J. Bader story. Rick Burchett & Terry Beatty art. James Tucker cover.
49. 104 Daredevil v2 #3 Marvel
1/99
  Daredevil #383
50. 102 Daredevil #1/2 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
1999
  Wizard mail-away exclusive.
51. 99 Tomb Raider 1 Holochrome Edition Image/Top Cow
12/99
  1st Lara Croft in her own title. Based on the video game by Eidos.
52. 99 Batman #563 D.C.
3/99
  Joker appearance.
53. 98 Hulk 1 Dynamic Forces Gold Foil Edition Marvel
4/99
  Gold foil logo.
54. 98 Fathom #9 Image/Top Cow
10/99
  Michael Turner & Bill O’Neil story. Michael Turner cover & art.
55. 89 Wonder Woman #141 D.C.
2/99
  Batman & Superman appearance.
56. 84 Marvel Authentix: Spider-Woman 1 Marvel Authentix Sketch Cover Marvel
4/99
  Pin-up by John Romita Jr. on back cover.
57. 82 Preacher #51 D.C./Vertigo
7/99
  100 Bullets preview.
58. 82 JSA Secret Files #1 D.C.
8/99
  1st app. new Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders). “Death” of Wesley Dodds. Al Rothstein becomes Atom Smasher.
59. 82 Rising Stars #1 Image/Top Cow
8/99
  One of four different covers that form a single image.
60. 82 Darkness 25 Holofoil Edition Image/Top Cow
9/99
  Scott Lobdell story. Joe Benitez & Clarence Lansang art. Marc Silvestri & John Livesay cover.
61. 78 JSA #1 D.C.
8/99
  “Death” of Kid Eternity & Fate (Jared Stevens). Funeral of Wesley Dodds.
62. 78 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace #3 Dark Horse
5/99
  Movie adaptation.
63. 77 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #12 Marvel
12/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #453 Sinister Six appearance. Venom cameo. Mysterio backup story.
64. 77 Wolverine #145 Marvel
12/99
  Return of Wolverine’s adamantium. Hulk & Sabretooth appearance. Apocalypse cameo on last page.
65. 76 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3 Photo Cover Variant Dark Horse
5/99
  Movie adaptation. Ray Park photo cover.
66. 76 Marvel Milestone Edition: Incredible Hulk #181 Marvel
8/99
  Reprints Incredible Hulk #181
67. 74 Marvel Authentix: Astonishing X-Men 1 Marvel Authentix Sketch Cover Marvel
8/99
  Blank box on cover.
68. 73 Incredible Hulk #474 Marvel
3/99
  Incredible Hulk #1 (5/62) cover homage. Abomination appearance. Last issue.
69. 72 Danger Girl 5 Dynamic Forces Gold Foil Edition D.C./Cliffhanger
7/99
  J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell story. J. Scott Campbell & Alex Garner. cover & art.
70. 72 Daredevil v2 #4 Marvel
2/99
  Daredevil #384 Black Widow & Bullseye appearance.
71. 71 Black Panther v2 #4 Marvel
2/99
  Christopher Priest story. Mark Texeira cover & art.
72. 71 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #3 Marvel
3/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #444 Iceman & Shadrac appearance.
73. 71 Batman Beyond #2 D.C.
4/99
  Hilary J. Bader story. Rick Burchett & Terry Beatty art. Bruce Timm cover.
74. 70 Dreams of Dawn #1/2 Sirius-Wizard
1999
  Wizard mail-away exclusive.
75. 70 Uncanny X-Men 375 Another Universe Edition Marvel
12/99
  “Wolverine” revealed to be a Skrull.
76. 67 Wonder Woman #150 D.C.
11/99
  Eric Luke story. Matthew Clark & Ray Snyder art. Adam Hughes cover.
77. 66 Batman: Gotham Adventures #10 D.C.
3/99
  Joker & Harley Quinn appearance.
78. 65 Daredevil v2 #8 Marvel
6/99
  Daredevil #388 Spider-Man appearance. Funeral of Karen Page.
79. 65 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #6 Marvel
6/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #447 Madame Web, Spider-Woman & Doctor Octopus appearance.
80. 64 Daredevil v2 #5 Marvel
3/99
  Daredevil #385 “Death” of Karen Page. Dr. Strange & Bullseye appearance.
81. 64 A-Next #7 Marvel
4/99
  1st appearance of Ion Man. 1st appearance of Hope Pym in cameo (face unrevealed).
82. 64 Avengers v3 #12 Variant Cover Marvel
1/99
  Firebird & Thunderbolts (Moonstone, Atlas, MACH-1, Songbird, Jolt & Hawkeye) appearance. Avengers #427
83. 63 Uncanny X-Men #375 Marvel
12/99
  “Wolverine” revealed to be a Skrull.
84. 63 Wolverine 1999 #nn Marvel
1999
  Wolverine 1999 Annual. Deadpool appearance.
85. 63 Batman Beyond #5 D.C.
7/99
  Hilary J. Bader story. Joe Staton & Terry Beatty art. Bob Smith & Bruce Timm cover.
86. 62 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #9 Marvel
9/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #450 Direct Editions have “Got Milk?” cards & “Kidz Water” mini-comic insert included.
87. 61 Batman: No Man’s Land 1 Lenticular Cover D.C.
3/99
  No Man’s Land storyline begins.
88. 60 Amazing Fantasy 15 German Edition Panini Deutschland
1999
  Reprints the first appearance of Spider-Man from Amazing Fantasy #15 in German.
89. 60 Daredevil v2 #6 Marvel
4/99
  Daredevil #386 Mysterio appearance. Kingpin cameo.
90. 60 Uncanny X-Men #369 Marvel
6/99
  Alan Davis & Terry Kavanagh story. Adam Kubert & Tim Townsend art. Adam Kubert cover.
91. 58 Tomb Raider 1 Another Universe Edition Image/Top Cow
12/99
  1st Lara Croft in her own title. AnotherUniverse.com exclusive.
92. 58 Promethea #1 America’s Best
8/99
  Alan Moore story. J.H. Williams III & Mick Gray art. Alex Ross cover.
93. 58 Batman: Dark Victory #1 D.C.
12/99
  Jeph Loeb story. Tim Sale cover & art.
94. 56 HeroBear and the Kid #1 Astonish
1999
  Mike Kunkel story, cover & art.
95. 56 Danger Girl 5 Dynamic Forces Edition D.C./Cliffhanger
7/99
  J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell story. J. Scott Campbell & Alex Garner. cover & art.
96. 56 Daredevil v2 #7 Marvel
5/99
  Daredevil #387 “Death” of Mysterio.
97. 56 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #8 Marvel
8/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #449 Mysterio appearance. Marvel trading cards included.
98. 55 Rising Stars 1 Speckle Holochrome Edition Image/Top Cow
8/99
  J. Michael Straczynski story. Keu Cha & Jason Gorder cover & art.
99. 54 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #7 Marvel
7/99
  Amazing Spider-Man #448 Marvel trading cards included.
100. 54 Spawn #88 Image
10/99
  Brian Holguin & Todd McFarlane story. Greg Capullo & Danny Miki art. Greg Capullo & Todd McFarlane cover.
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