Key Comic Books From 2001

March 1, 2021

2001

Key comics from 2001

[ Note: in 1999 Marvel 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 2001 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 2001, 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 2001, 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 2001.

Key Comic Books From 2001:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 6,481 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #36 Marvel
12/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #477 9/11 World Trade Center story.
2. 3,041 Wolverine: The Origin #1 Marvel
11/01
  Paul Jenkins story. Andy Kubert & Richard Isanove art. Joe Quesada & Richard Isanove cover.
3. 1,998 Alias #1 Marvel
11/01
  1st appearance of Jessica Jones. 1st MAX title. Luke Cage appearance.
4. 1,684 Wolverine: The Origin #2 Marvel
12/01
  Paul Jenkins story. Andy Kubert & Richard Isanove art. Joe Quesada & Richard Isanove cover.
5. 1,245 Ultimate Spider-Man #5 Marvel
3/01
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Mark Bagley & Art Thibert art. Mark Bagley cover.
6. 1,013 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #30 Marvel
6/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #471 J. Michael Straczynski storyline begins. 1st appearance of Ezekiel & Morlun.
7. 994 Ultimate Spider-Man #3 Marvel
1/01
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Mark Bagley & Art Thibert art. Mark Bagley cover.
8. 901 Ultimate X-Men #1 Marvel
2/01
  Mark Millar story. Adam Kubert & Art Thibert art. Adam Kubert cover.
9. 725 Ultimate Spider-Man #4 Marvel
2/01
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Mark Bagley & Art Thibert art. Mark Bagley cover.
10. 630 Green Arrow #1 D.C.
4/01
  1st DC Comics work by Kevin Smith. Superman & Batman appearance.
11. 560 Dark Knight Strikes Again #1 D.C.
2001
  1st app. of Carrie Kelly as Catgirl. Sequel to “The Dark Knight Returns”. Two different covers exist.
12. 550 Ultimate Spider-Man #6 Marvel
4/01
  Green Goblin appearance.
13. 508 Tomb Raider/Darkness Special #1 Image/Top Cow
2001
  Topcowstore.com exclusive.
14. 487 Ultimate Spider-Man #7 Marvel
5/01
  Green Goblin appearance.
15. 476 Bloodstone #1 Marvel
12/01
  1st appearance of Elsa Bloodstone.
16. 466 Ultimate Spider-Man #13 Marvel
11/01
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Mark Bagley & Art Thibert art. Mark Bagley cover.
17. 449 Ultimate Spider-Man #9 Marvel
7/01
  Kingpin & Enforcers appearance.
18. 442 Ultimate Spider-Man 1 K-B Toys Reprint Marvel
6/01
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Mark Bagley & Art Thibert art. Joe Quesada cover.
19. 439 Elektra v2 #3 “Nude” Edition Marvel
11/01
  Silver Samurai cameo on last page.
20. 412 G.I. Joe #1 Image
9/01
  1st appearance of Kamakura. Pin-up by David Beck on back cover.
21. 393 Ultimate Spider-Man #8 Marvel
6/01
  Shocker appearance.
22. 340 New X-Men #114 Marvel
7/01
  Grant Morrison storyline begins. 1st appearance of Cassandra Nova. New X-Men begins.
23. 336 Ultimate Spider-Man #10 Marvel
8/01
  Kingpin & Electro appearance.
24. 328 Deadpool #54 Marvel
7/01
  Punisher appearance. Copycat cameo.
25. 326 Ultimate Spider-Man #14 Marvel
12/01
  Doctor Octopus & Gwen Stacy appearance.
26. 318 Ultimate Spider-Man #12 Marvel
10/01
  Electro & Kingpin appearance.
27. 293 Ultimate X-Men 1 Dynamic Forces Sketch Edition Marvel
2/01
  Mark Millar story. Adam Kubert & Art Thibert art. Adam Kubert cover.
28. 292 Ultimate X-Men 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
2/01
  Mark Millar story. Adam Kubert & Art Thibert art. Adam Kubert & Richard Isanove cover.
29. 273 Ultimate Spider-Man #11 Marvel
9/01
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Mark Bagley & Art Thibert art. Mark Bagley cover.
30. 260 Ultimate X-Men #2 Marvel
3/01
  Mark Millar story. Adam Kubert & Art Thibert art. Adam Kubert cover.
31. 252 Deadpool #55 Marvel
8/01
  Punisher appearance. Copycat cameo.
32. 247 Elektra v2 #1 Marvel
9/01
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Chuck Austen art. Greg Horn cover.
33. 232 Wizard Ace Edition: Hulk #181 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
9/01
  Foreword by Joe Quesada. Acetate cover.
34. 221 Uncanny X-Men #394 Marvel
6/01
  Joe Casey story. Ian Churchill & Mark Morales art. Ian Churchill cover.
35. 210 Tomb Raider/Darkness Special 1 Foil Edition Image/Top Cow
2001
  Topcowstore.com exclusive. Foil logo.
36. 207 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #31 Marvel
7/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #472 Ezekiel & Morlun appearance.
37. 201 X-Force #116 Marvel
5/01
  1st appearance & “death” of Zeitgeist, Sluk, Gin Genie, Battering Ram & Plazm. 1st app. of U-Go Girl, Anarchist & Doop.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
38. 187 Spider-Man 2099 #1 Marvel
10/01
  Included with Toy Biz Spider-Man 2099 action figure. Indicia reads “Second Printing.”
39. 180 Uncanny X-Men #390 Marvel
2/01
  “Death” of Colossus. The Legacy Virus is cured.
40. 178 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #34 Marvel
10/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #475 Ezekiel & Morlun appearance.
41. 177 Action Comics #775 D.C.
3/01
  1st appearance of Manchester Black & the Elite.
42. 173 Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1 Marvel
4/01
  Spider-Man team-ups begin. Wolverine.
43. 167 Daredevil: Yellow #1 Marvel
8/01
  Jeph Loeb story. Tim Sale cover & art.
44. 166 Ultimate X-Men #3 Marvel
4/01
  Mark Millar story. Adam Kubert & Art Thibert art. Adam Kubert & Richard Isanove cover.
45. 165 Sojourn #1 CrossGen
8/01
  1st full appearance of Arwyn & Kreeg.
46. 163 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #32 Marvel
8/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #473 Ezekiel & Morlun appearance.
47. 160 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #25 Speckle Foil Edition Marvel
1/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #466 Green Goblin appearance.
48. 150 Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War #1 D.C.
10/01
  Jimmy Olsen appearance.
49. 147 Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Batman #nn D.C.
2001
  Back cover pin-up by Adam Hughes.
50. 144 New X-Men #115 Marvel
8/01
  1st appearance of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Ellie Phimister). Donald Trask & Cassandra Nova app.
51. 144 Harley & Ivy: Love on the Lam #nn D.C.
2001
  Joker, Two-Face, Batman & Robin appearance.
52. 144 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #35 Marvel
11/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #476 Aunt May discovers Peter is Spider-Man. “Death” of Morlun.
53. 136 Harley Quinn #3 D.C.
2/01
  Karl Kesel story. Terry & Rachel Dodson cover & art.
54. 135 Punisher v4 #1 Marvel
8/01
  Garth Ennis story. Steve Dillon & Jimmy Palmiotti art. Tim Bradstreet cover.
55. 129 Harley Quinn #2 D.C.
1/01
  Karl Kesel story. Terry & Rachel Dodson cover & art.
56. 119 Ultimate X-Men #4 Marvel
5/01
  Mark Millar story. Adam Kubert & Art Thibert art. Adam Kubert cover.
57. 116 Universe X Spidey 1 Recalled Edition Marvel
1/01
  Recalled from shops & stands due to hidden slander of ex-Marvel editor.
58. 112 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker #1 D.C.
2/01
  Based on the animated movie.
59. 110 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #33 Marvel
9/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #474 Ezekiel & Morlun appearance.
60. 103 Tomb Raider: Journeys 1 Variant Cover Image/Top Cow
1/01
  Fiona Avery story. Drew Johnson & Jay Leisten art. Adam Hughes cover.
61. 103 Green Arrow #2 D.C.
5/01
  Batman appearance.
62. 102 Uncanny X-Men #400 Marvel
12/01
  Stacy X appearance. Wraparound cover.
63. 99 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #29 Marvel
5/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #470
64. 98 Ultimate X-Men #7 Marvel
8/01
  Nightcrawler appearance.
65. 97 G.I. Joe #2 Image
10/01
  Josh Blaylock story. Steve Kurth & John Larter art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
66. 85 Alias #2 Marvel
12/01
  Luke Cage appearance.
67. 85 Ultimate X-Men #5 Marvel
6/01
  Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver appearance. Direct Editions have “Marvel Legends” trading cards insert included.
68. 82 Vampirella 1 Campbell Holofoil Cover Harris
6/01
  Vampirella poster by Mayhew included.
69. 80 Wonder Woman #164 D.C.
1/01
  Phil Jimenez & J.M. DeMatteis story. Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning art. Adam Hughes cover.
70. 78 Wonder Woman #172 D.C.
9/01
  “Death” of Hippolyta.
71. 78 Harley Quinn #4 D.C.
3/01
  Karl Kesel story. Terry & Rachel Dodson cover & art.
72. 74 Superman 166 Holochrome Edition D.C.
3/01
  Jeph Loeb story. Ed McGuinness & Cam Smith art. Ed McGuinness cover.
73. 72 Wolverine #166 Marvel
9/01
  Sabretooth, Maverick, Shiver Man, Beast & Nick Fury appearance.
74. 71 X-treme X-Men #1 Marvel
7/01
  1st appearance of Tessa as Sage.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
75. 71 Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Wonder Woman #nn D.C.
2001
  Back cover pin-up by Adam Hughes.
76. 70 Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Superman #nn D.C.
2001
  Back cover pin-up by Adam Hughes.
77. 68 Der Ultimative Spider-Man 1 German Edition Panini Deutschland
4/01
  Reprints Ultimate Spider-Man #1 in German.
78. 67 Adventures of Superman #596 D.C.
11/01
  JLA & Weather Wizard appearance.
79. 66 Harley Quinn #6 D.C.
5/01
  Karl Kesel story. Craig Rousseau & Wayne Faucher art. Terry & Rachel Dodson cover & art.
80. 63 Millennium Edition: Batman 1 Chromium Edition D.C.
2/01
  Reprints Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
81. 63 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #27 Marvel
3/01
  Amazing Spider-Man #468
82. 63 Daredevil v2 #26 Marvel
12/01
  Daredevil #406
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
83. 62 Joker: Last Laugh #1 D.C.
12/01
  Chuck Dixon story. Pete Woods & Andrew Pepoy art. Brian Bolland cover.
84. 62 Exiles #1 Marvel
8/01
  1st appearance of Timebroker & Nocturne.
85. 62 Harley Quinn #5 D.C.
4/01
  Karl Kesel story. Terry & Rachel Dodson cover & art.
86. 61 Ultimate X-Men #11 Marvel
12/01
  Nick Fury appearance.
87. 60 Ultimate X-Men #6 Marvel
7/01
  Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver appearance.
88. 59 Wolverine: Son of Canada 1 Canadian Edition Marvel
4/01
  Promotional issue. Hulk & Spider-Man appearance.
89. 59 Wonder Woman #166 D.C.
3/01
  Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Troia, Huntress, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Joker & Scarecrow appearance.
90. 58 Flash Secret Files #3 D.C.
11/01
  1st appearance of Hunter Zolomon (who later becomes Zoom). Includes pin-up profile pages.
91. 57 Elektra v2 #3 Marvel
11/01
  Silver Samurai cameo on last page.
92. 57 Witchblade #1/2 Image/Top Cow-Wizard
2001
  1st appearance of Strauss. Wizard mail-away exclusive.
93. 56 Ultimate X-Men #8 Marvel
9/01
  Juggernaut, Sabretooth, Nightcrawler & Rogue appearance.
94. 56 Ultimate X-Men #10 Marvel
11/01
  Nick Fury appearance.
95. 55 Wonder Woman #170 D.C.
7/01
  Lois Lane appearance.
96. 55 Millennium Edition: Batman #1 D.C.
2/01
  Reprints Batman #1 (Spring 1940) Embossed gold foil logo.
97. 54 Deadpool #52 Marvel
5/01
  1st full appearance of the Mercy Sisters (Mary & Grace). Copycat cameo.
98. 52 Ultimate X-Men #9 Marvel
10/01
  Nick Fury appearance.
99. 52 Fathom 1/2 Wizard Special Edition Image/Top Cow-Wizard
2001
  Gold foil logo.
100. 52 Fray #1 Dark Horse
6/01
  1st appearance of Melaka Fray.
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