Key Comic Books From 2000

March 1, 2021

The Year 2000

Key comics from 2000

[ Note: in the prior year Marvel had made a conscious decision to walk away from the newsstand model and a newsstand rarity estimate of 5% exists for the year 2000 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 the year 2000 list you’re about to see is neither of those other types.

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main 2000’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 the year 2000, 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 the year 2000, 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 the year 2000.

Key Comic Books From 2000:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 3,315 Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Marvel
10/00
  1st “Ultimate” title.
2. 1,796 Harley Quinn #1 D.C.
12/00
  1st Harley Quinn in her own title. Joker & Poison Ivy appearance.
3. 1,741 Ultimate Spider-Man #2 Marvel
12/00
  2 different covers exist.
4. 1,527 Ultimate Spider-Man 1 Variant Cover Marvel
10/00
  1st “Ultimate” title.
5. 942 Ultimate Spider-Man 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
10/00
  1st “Ultimate” title.
6. 632 Sentry #1 Marvel
9/00
  1st appearance of the Sentry (Robert Reynolds).
7. 385 Sentry 1 San Diego Comic-Con Edition Marvel
9/00
  1st appearance of the Sentry (Robert Reynolds).
8. 308 Futurama #1 Bongo Group
2000
  Pin-up by Matt Groening on back cover.
9. 302 Wolverine #155 Marvel
10/00
  Deadpool & Siryn appearance.
10. 278 Batgirl #1 D.C.
4/00
  Scott Peterson & Kelley Puckett story. Damion Scott & Robert Campanella. cover & art.
11. 247 Powers #1 Image
2000
  1st appearance of Detectives Deena Pilgrim & Christian Walker. 1st appearance & “death” of Retro Girl.
12. 227 Sentry 1 Variant Cover Marvel
9/00
  1st appearance of the Sentry (Robert Reynolds).
13. 225 Fathom 12 Holochrome Edition Image/Top Cow
7/00
  Wraparound cover.
14. 202 Spawn #100 Image
11/00
  “Death” of Angela & Malebolgia.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
15. 182 Punisher v3 #1 Marvel
4/00
  1st appearance of Spacker Dave. Garth Ennis storyline begins.
16. 175 Wolverine #146 Marvel
1/00
  Angel, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Psylocke & Jubilee appearance. “Fast Lane” insert included.
17. 171 Wolverine #154 Marvel
9/00
  Deadpool appearance.
18. 170 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #19 Marvel
7/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #460 Venom appearance. “Death” of Ann Weying.
19. 168 Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #1 BroadSword
3/00
  1st appearance of Tarot, Raven Hex, Skeleton Man (Jon Webb) & Pooka. Two different covers exist.
20. 142 Batman Masterpiece Edition #1 D.C.
2000
  Reprints Batman #1 Included in Batman Masterpiece Edition Boxed Set.
21. 138 Spawn 100 Ross Variant Cover Image
11/00
  “Death” of Angela & Malebolgia.
22. 134 Dirty Pair: Run from the Future 1 Variant Cover Dark Horse
1/00
  Adam Warren story & art. Adam Hughes cover.
23. 120 Spawn #97 Image
7/00
  Brian Holguin & Todd McFarlane story. Greg Capullo & Danny Miki art. Greg Capullo & Todd McFarlane cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
24. 120 Halloween #1 Chaos!
11/00
  Photo cover.
25. 118 Futurama 1 Convention Edition Bongo Group
2000
  Back cover pin-up by Matt Groening.
26. 116 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 5 Recalled Edition America’s Best
6/00
  Recalled from stands & shops because of “Marvel” advertisement.
27. 115 Dreams of the Darkchylde 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Darkchylde Entertainment
10/00
  Randy Queen story & cover. Brandon Peterson & Richard Bennet art.
28. 109 Lucifer #1 D.C./Vertigo
6/00
  Mike Carey story. Chris Weston & James Hodgkins art. Duncan Fegredo cover.
29. 98 Fathom #12 Image/Top Cow
7/00
  Two different covers exist that form a single image. Witchblade & Tomb Raider appearance.
30. 94 Spawn 100 Miller Variant Cover Image
11/00
  “Death” of Angela & Malebolgia.
31. 93 Punisher v3 #1 Variant Cover Marvel
4/00
  1st appearance of Spacker Dave. Garth Ennis story line begins.
32. 88 Deadpool #42 Marvel
7/00
  Humbug, Constrictor & Copycat (disguised as Titania) app. Silent issue. G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #21 cover homage.
33. 88 Preacher #66 D.C./Vertigo
10/00
  Pin-ups by Gibbons, Johnson, Ezquerra, Bolland, J.G. Jones, Conner & Palmiotti. Last issue.
34. 87 Uncanny X-Men #376 Marvel
1/00
  “The Twelve” revealed. Living Monolith appearance. “Fast Lane” insert included.
35. 84 Uncanny X-Men #377 Marvel
2/00
  Apocalypse appearance.
36. 83 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #22 Marvel
10/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #463 Venom & Ranger appearance.
37. 81 Wolverine 150 Dynamic Forces Holofoil Edition Marvel
5/00
  Yukio & Amiko appearance.
38. 80 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #21 Marvel
9/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #462 Spider-Slayers appearance.
39. 80 Millennium Edition: Detective Comics #27 D.C.
2/00
  Reprints Detective Comics #27 (5/39) Embossed gold foil logo.
40. 79 Spawn 100 Mignola Variant Cover Image
11/00
  “Death” of Angela & Malebolgia.
41. 78 Wonder Woman #154 D.C.
3/00
  Doselle Young story. John McCrea & George Freeman art. Adam Hughes cover.
42. 76 Wolverine #147 Marvel
2/00
  Angel, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Psylocke & Jubilee appearance. “Fast Lane” insert included.
43. 74 Punisher v3 #1 Variant Cover/Second Printing Marvel
4/00
  1st appearance of Spacker Dave. Garth Ennis storyline begins.
44. 74 Amazing Spider-Man 301 REPRINT Marvel
10/00
  Included w/Toy Biz “Spider-Man Classics” action figure. No cover price.
45. 72 Spawn 100 Capullo Variant Cover Image
11/00
  “Death” of Angela & Malebolgia.
46. 71 Superman/Gen 13 2 Variant Cover D.C./Wildstorm
7/00
  Adam Hughes story. Lee Bermejo & John Nyberg art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
47. 70 Marvel Boy #1 Marvel
8/00
  1st app. of Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr). Direct editions have “Another Universe.com” insert included.
48. 70 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #18 Marvel
6/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #459 Green Goblin appearance.
49. 70 Black Panther v2 #23 Marvel
10/00
  Story continued from Deadpool #44 Deadpool, Avengers, Killmonger, Copycat (disguised as Titania), Constrictor app.
50. 69 Superman: Emperor Joker #1 D.C.
10/00
  Ed McGuinness & Cam Smith cover.
51. 68 Superman #160 D.C.
9/00
  Bizarro appearance.
52. 66 Uncanny X-Men 377 Variant Cover Marvel
2/00
  Apocalypse appearance. Cover forms a single image with X-Men #97 variant cover.
53. 65 Deadpool #44 Marvel
9/00
  Avengers, T’Challa, Constrictor, Copycat (disguised as Titania) & Killmonger app. Story continued in Black Panther v2 #23
54. 64 Millennium Edition: Action Comics #1 D.C.
2/00
  Reprints Action Comics #1 (6/38) Embossed gold foil logo.
55. 64 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #23 Marvel
11/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #464 Green Goblin & Ranger appearance.
56. 63 Wolverine #150 Marvel
5/00
  Yukio & Amiko appearance. “Fast Lane” insert included.
57. 63 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #24 Marvel
12/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #465 Green Goblin & Ranger appearance.
58. 62 Uncanny X-Men 385 Wizard World Chicago Edition Marvel
10/00
  Ultimate Spider-Man & X-Men preview. Wizard World Chicago 2000 exclusive.
59. 62 Deadpool #46 Marvel
11/00
  1st appearance of the Sack.
60. 62 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #13 Marvel
1/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #454 “Death” of Mary Jane. Rocket Racer appearance.
61. 62 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #16 Marvel
4/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #457 Cassandra Locke & Ghost appearance.
62. 61 X-Men 100 Yu Variant Cover Marvel
5/00
  UPC reads “10021”
63. 61 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #17 Marvel
5/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #458 Mysterio, Sandman & Electro appearance. “Fast Lane” insert.
64. 60 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #20 Marvel
8/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #461 100 Page Monster. Spider-Slayers appearance.
65. 59 Danger Girl Special #1 D.C./Cliffhanger
2/00
  Flipbook with art by Art Adams. Michael Turner, David Mack, Joe Quesada, Alex Garner & Tom Bancroft pin-ups.
66. 59 Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 Dark Horse
9/00
  2 different covers exist, 1 by Drew Struzan & 1 photo cover.
67. 56 Wolverine 150 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
5/00
  Yukio & Amiko appearance.
68. 56 Uncanny X-Men #378 Marvel
3/00
  Alan Davis & Terry Kavanagh story. Adam Kubert & Graham Nolan art. Adam Kubert & Tim Townsend cover.
69. 55 Tomb Raider #1/2 Image/Top Cow-Wizard
7/00
  Wizard mail-away exclusive.
70. 55 Adventures @ eBay #1 eBay
2000
  First eBay comic book.
71. 55 Fathom #0 Image/Top Cow
2/00
  Michael Turner story. Michael Turner & Joe Weems cover & art.
72. 55 Uncanny X-Men 381 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
6/00
  Topps X-Men trading cards included.
73. 55 Millennium Edition: Superman 1 Chromium Edition D.C.
12/00
  Reprints Superman #1 (Summer 1939)
74. 54 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #14 Marvel
2/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #455 Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin) & Spider-Woman (Charlotte Witter) app.
75. 54 Deadpool #37 Marvel
2/00
  Thor, Loki, Justice & Death appearance. Michael Jackson cameo.
76. 52 Rising Stars 1/2 Wizard World Chicago Edition Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
2000
  Wizard World Chicago 2000 exclusive. Blue foil logo.
77. 51 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #15 Marvel
3/00
  Amazing Spider-Man #456 Doctor Doom appearance. “Fast Lane” insert.
78. 51 Batman: Gotham Adventures #29 D.C.
10/00
  Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn & Penguin appearance.
79. 50 Danger Girl Special 1 Dynamic Forces Edition D.C./Cliffhanger
2/00
  Flip book with art by Art Adams. Michael Turner, David Mack, Joe Quesada, Alex Garner & Tom Bancroft pin-ups.
80. 49 Batgirl #2 D.C.
5/00
  Scott Peterson & Kelley Puckett story. Damion Scott & Robert Campanella art. Damion Scott cover.
81. 49 Wonder Woman #157 D.C.
6/00
  Eric Luke story. Matthew Clark & Tom Simmons art. Adam Hughes cover.
82. 48 Red Star #1 Image
6/00
  1st appearance of Marcus & Maya Antares and Kar Dathra the Eternal.
83. 48 Wonder Woman #153 D.C.
2/00
  Superboy appearance.
84. 47 Halloween 1 Premium Edition Chaos!
11/00
  Glow-in-the-dark cover.
85. 47 X-Men 100 Dynamic Forces Holofoil Edition Marvel
5/00
  Chris Claremont story. Leinil Francis Yu & Mark Morales art. Leinil Francis Yu cover.
86. 46 Millennium Edition: Mad 1 Recalled Edition D.C.
2/00
  Recalled from stands/shops because of incorrect copyright & credits. Embossed gold foil logo.
87. 46 Spawn 100 Wood Variant Cover Image
11/00
  “Death” of Angela & Malebolgia.
88. 46 Uncanny X-Men 381 Dynamic Forces Holofoil Edition Marvel
6/00
  Topps X-Men trading cards included. X-Men #94 cover homage.
89. 46 Wolverine #148 Marvel
3/00
  “Ages of Apocalypse” storyline. “Fast Lane” insert included.
90. 45 Fathom 12 Tower Records Edition Image/Top Cow
7/00
  Holofoil logo. Cover reads issue #1 “Charlie’s Angels” cover homage.
91. 45 Millennium Edition: All Star Comics 3 Chromium Edition D.C.
6/00
  Reprints All Star Comics #3
92. 45 Spawn #101 Image
12/00
  Todd McFarlane story. Angel Medina & Danny Miki art. George Perez cover.
93. 44 Wonder Woman #159 D.C.
8/00
 
94. 43 Halloween 1 Chromium Edition Chaos!
11/00
 
95. 43 Danger Girl Special 1 Dynamic Forces European Edition D.C./Cliffhanger
2/00
  Flipbook with story by Andy Hartnell, J. Scott Campbell & Joe Chiodo, & cover by J. Scott Campbell & Joe Chiodo.
96. 43 Daredevil v2 #10 Marvel
3/00
  Daredevil #390 Origin of Echo.
97. 43 Wolverine 150 Variant Cover Marvel
5/00
 
98. 43 Aphrodite IX Preview #nn Image/Top Cow
Summer 2000
  Limited Convention Edition.
99. 42 X-Men 100 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
5/00
 
100. 42 Magdalena 1 Holochrome Edition Image/Top Cow
4/00
 
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