Key Comic Books From 2005

March 1, 2021

2005

Key comics from 2005

[ Note: for this year, a newsstand rarity estimate of 2% exists 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 2005 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 2005, 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 2005, 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 2005.

Key Comic Books From 2005:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,360 Walking Dead #19 Image
6/05
  1st appearance of Michonne Hawthorne. Zombie bondage cover. “Death” of Dexter. Andrew leaves.
2. 2,075 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #1 D.C.
9/05
  2 different covers exist, both by Jim Lee.
3. 2,023 Young Avengers #1 Marvel
4/05
  1st appearance of the Young Avengers. 1st professional comic work by Allan Heinberg.
4. 1,500 Batman #635 D.C.
2/05
  1st Jason Todd as Red Hood. Mister Freeze & Black Mask appearance.
5. 1,251 Ultimate Spider-Man 79 Wizard World Chicago Edition Marvel
9/05
  Hammerhead & Moon Knight appearance. Wizard World Chicago 2005 exclusive. Sketch cover.
6. 1,022 Supergirl #1 D.C.
10/05
  JSA & Solomon Grundy appearance. Two different covers exist, one by Ian Churchill & one by Michael Turner.
7. 944 New Avengers 1 Variant Cover Marvel
1/05
  Electro, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Captain America, Matt Murdock, Jessica Drew & Sentry appearance.
8. 927 New Avengers 1 Quesada Variant Cover Marvel
1/05
  Electro, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Captain America, Matt Murdock, Jessica Drew & Sentry appearance.
9. 907 Infinite Crisis #1 D.C.
12/05
  Return of Earth-2 Superman & Lois Lane, Superboy Prime & Alex Luthor. “Death” of Dr. Polaris, Human Bomb & Phantom Lady.
10. 875 Black Panther #2 Marvel
5/05
  1st appearance of Shuri.
11. 834 Captain America #6 Marvel
6/05
  1st full appearance of Winter Soldier. “The Scarlet and the Black” movie poster cover homage. Captain America #555
12. 802 X-23 1 Limited Edition Marvel
4/05
  Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost story. Billy Tan & John Sibal cover & art.
13. 782 New Avengers #11 Marvel
11/05
  1st appearance of Ronin. Matt Murdock, Silver Samurai & Viper appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $2.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
14. 765 X-23 #1 Marvel
3/05
  Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost story. Billy Tan & John Sibal cover & art.
15. 765 Green Lantern #1 D.C.
7/05
  Two different covers exist, one by Alex Ross & one by Carlos Pacheco.
16. 730 Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Dying of the Light 3 Wizard World Texas Edition Aspen
11/05
  Wizard World Texas 2005 exclusive. Sketch cover.
17. 720 Captain America 6 Variant Edition Marvel
6/05
  1st full appearance of Winter Soldier. “The Scarlet and the Black” movie poster cover homage. Captain America #555
18. 699 New Avengers #1 Marvel
1/05
  Electro, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Captain America, Matt Murdock, Jessica Drew & Sentry appearance.
19. 654 JSA: Classified #1 D.C.
9/05
  Two different covers exist, one by Amanda Conner & one by Adam Hughes.
20. 608 Young Avengers 1 Wizard World Los Angeles Edition Marvel
4/05
  1st appearance of Young Avengers. 1st pro comic work by Allan Heinberg. Sketch cover.
21. 606 X-Men 175 Wizard World Boston Edition Marvel
2005
  Black Panther appearance. Wizard World Boston 2005 exclusive. Sketch cover.
22. 533 Wolverine v3 #26 Limited Edition Marvel
5/05
  Elektra, Iceman & Nick Fury appearance.
23. 527 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder 1 Retailer Incentive Edition D.C.
9/05
  Sketch cover.
24. 502 Ultimate Iron Man #1 Marvel
5/05
  2 different metallic foil covers exist, 1 by Bryan Hitch & 1 by Andy Kubert.
25. 489 New Avengers 4 Variant Cover Marvel
4/05
  1st appearance of Maria Hill. Electro appearance. Wolverine cameo on last page.
26. 481 New Avengers 2 Variant Cover Marvel
2/05
  Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Sentry, Jessica Drew & Matt Murdock appearance. “Death” of Carnage.
27. 454 Fantastic Four 527 Wizard World Philadelphia Edition Marvel
7/05
  Wizard World Philadelphia 2005 exclusive Nick Fury appearance. Sketch cover.
28. 451 Walking Dead #15 Image
1/05
  “Death” of Chris, Rachel & Susie.
29. 443 New Avengers 3 Variant Cover Marvel
3/05
  Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage & Spider-Woman become the New Avengers. Daredevil & Purple Man app.
30. 421 Grimm Fairy Tales #1 Zenescope Entertainment
6/05
  Red Riding Hood. 1st Zenescope Entertainment title.
31. 399 Supergirl 1 Second Printing D.C.
10/05
  JSA & Solomon Grundy appearance. Sketch cover.
32. 365 Ghost Rider 1 Retailer Incentive Edition Marvel
11/05
  Garth Ennis story. Clayton Crain cover & art.
33. 359 New Avengers #4 Marvel
4/05
  1st appearance of Maria Hill. Electro appearance. Wolverine cameo on last page.
34. 356 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #2 D.C.
11/05
  2 different covers exist, one by Jim Lee & one by Frank Miller.
35. 354 New Avengers #7 Marvel
7/05
  1st appearance of the Illuminati. Sentry, Wrecker & Maria Hill appearance. Paul Jenkins cameo on last page.
36. 344 Walking Dead #16 Image
2/05
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard art. Tony Moore cover.
37. 332 Batman #638 D.C.
5/05
  Red Hood revealed as Jason Todd. Black Mask, Mister Freeze, Nightwing & Joker appearance.
38. 330 Justice #1 D.C.
10/05
  Two different covers exist, both by Alex Ross.
39. 328 X-23 2 Limited Edition Marvel
3/05
  Sketch cover.
40. 327 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #0 Wizard World Los Angeles Edition Aspen
4/05
  Wizard World Los Angeles 2005 exclusive. Sketch cover.
41. 326 Captain America #1 Marvel
1/05
  Captain America #550 “Death” of the Red Skull.
42. 324 Young Avengers 1 Director’s Cut Edition Marvel
4/05
  1st appearance of Young Avengers. 1st pro comic work by Allan Heinberg. 25 pages of bonus material.
43. 324 New Avengers 7 Variant Cover Marvel
7/05
  1st appearance of the Illuminati. Sentry, Wrecker & Maria Hill appearance. Paul Jenkins cameo on last page.
44. 312 New Avengers 1 Second Printing Marvel
1/05
  Electro, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Captain America, Matt Murdock, Jessica Drew & Sentry appearance.
45. 311 Walking Dead #17 Image
3/05
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard art. Tony Moore cover.
46. 310 Walking Dead #20 Image
7/05
  Allen gets bit.
47. 307 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #1 Wizard World VIP Edition Aspen
7/05
  Wizard World Philadelphia 2005 exclusive Contest entry form included.
48. 303 Spawn 150 Sketch Cover Image
10/05
  Back cover pin-up by Jim Lee.
49. 299 Walking Dead #18 Image
4/05
  “Death” of Thomas.
50. 299 New Avengers 5 Variant Cover Marvel
5/05
  Wolverine & Sauron appearance. Black Widow II cameo on last page. Direct Editions have House of M insert.
51. 297 Batman: The Man Who Laughs #nn D.C.
2005
  Ed Brubaker story. Doug Mahnke cover & art.
52. 295 Walking Dead #24 Image
11/05
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard art. Tony Moore cover.
53. 292 Walking Dead #23 Image
11/05
  “Death” of Allen. Rick vs. Tyreese.
54. 286 Young Avengers #6 Marvel
9/05
  Avengers appearance.
55. 285 Walking Dead #21 Image
8/05
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard art. Tony Moore cover.
56. 284 House of M 1 Quesada Variant Cover Marvel
8/05
  New Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, Magneto & Doctor Strange appearance.
57. 279 DC Countdown #1 D.C.
5/05
  Add’tl art by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mike Bair, Marc Campos & Andy Lanning. “Death” of Blue Beetle (Ted Kord).
58. 274 Ultimates 2 1 Variant Cover Marvel
2/05
  Sketch cover & interior.
59. 265 Wonder Woman #219 D.C.
9/05
  “Death” of Max Lord (Black King). Batman & Superman appearance.
60. 265 Black Panther 1 Limited Edition Marvel
4/05
  Captain America appearance. Two different limited edition covers exist, both by Esad Ribic.
61. 265 X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong #1 Marvel
3/05
  Greg Pak story. Greg Land & Matt Ryan cover & art.
62. 265 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #4 Wizard World VIP Edition Aspen
11/05
  Wizard World Texas 2005 exclusive.
63. 264 Infinite Crisis 1 Retailer Incentive Edition D.C.
12/05
  Return of Earth-2 Superman & Lois Lane, Superboy Prime & Alex Luthor. “Death” of Dr. Polaris, Human Bomb & Phantom Lady.
64. 262 House of M 1 Limited Edition Marvel
8/05
  New Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, Magneto & Doctor Strange appearance. Wraparound cover.
65. 255 Wizard Ace Edition: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
2005
  Forward by Brian Michael Bendis. Acetate cover.
66. 254 Serenity #1 Dark Horse
7/05
  1st comic app of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds, Zoe, Wash, Jayne, Shepard Book, Kaylee, Inara & Simon & River Tam.
67. 246 Wolverine v3 #27 Limited Edition Marvel
6/05
  Nick Fury, Northstar & Elektra appearance.
68. 245 X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong 1 Limited Edition Marvel
3/05
  Greg Pak story. Greg Land & Matt Ryan cover & art.
69. 244 Ultimate Iron Man 1 Variant Cover Marvel
5/05
  Sketch cover.
70. 243 Spawn #150 Image
10/05
  Four different covers exist, one by Greg Capullo, one by Todd McFarlane, one by Jim Lee & one by Philip Tan.
71. 240 House of M 2 Variant Cover Marvel
8/05
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Olivier Coipel & Tim Townsend art. Terry & Rachel Dodson cover.
72. 235 Walking Dead #22 Image
10/05
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard art. Tony Moore cover.
73. 234 Supergirl #2 D.C.
11/05
  Teen Titans appearance. 2 different covers exist, 1 by Ian Churchill & 1 by Michael Turner.
74. 218 Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1 Marvel
10/05
  Peter Parker begins dating Kitty Pryde. X-Men appearance.
75. 217 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #0 Wizard World VIP Edition Aspen
4/05
  Wizard World Los Angeles 2005 exclusive.
76. 214 Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Dying of the Light 1 Wizard World VIP Edition Aspen
9/05
  Wizard World Chicago 2005 exclusive.
77. 207 New Avengers 6 Variant Cover Marvel
6/05
  Wolverine joins the New Avengers. Sauron, Black Widow II & Maria Hill appearance.
78. 207 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #1 Wizard World Philadelphia Edition Aspen
7/05
  2 different Wizard World Philadelphia 2005 exclusive covers exist. Contest entry form included.
79. 198 New Avengers #5 Marvel
5/05
  Wolverine & Sauron appearance. Black Widow II cameo on last page. Direct Editions have House of M insert.
80. 196 Ghost Rider #1 Marvel
11/05
  Wraparound cover.
81. 195 JSA: Classified 1 Second Printing D.C.
9/05
  Sketch cover.
82. 193 New Avengers #3 Marvel
3/05
  Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage & Spider-Woman become the New Avengers. Daredevil & Purple Man app.
83. 187 Omac Project #1 D.C.
6/05
  Batman, Wonder Woman & Booster Gold appearance.
84. 179 X-23 #2 Marvel
3/05
  Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost story. Billy Tan & Jon Sibal cover & art.
85. 179 Ultimate Fantastic Four #22 Marvel
10/05
  Origin & 1st appearance of the Marvel Zombies.
86. 177 Shanna, The She-Devil #1 Marvel
4/05
  Frank Cho story, cover & art.
87. 175 Identity Crisis #7 D.C.
2/05
  Sue Dibny’s killer revealed.
88. 175 Ultimates 2 #1 Marvel
2/05
  Mark Millar story. Bryan Hitch cover & art.
89. 175 Supergirl #0 D.C.
10/05
  Reprints Superman/Batman #19
90. 174 New Avengers 1 Director’s Cut Edition Marvel
1/05
  23 pages of bonus material.
91. 169 Ultimate Fantastic Four 13 Variant Cover Marvel
1/05
  Sketch cover.
92. 166 Red Sonja #1 Dynamite Entertainment
6/05
  Michael Avon Oeming & Mike Carey story. Mel Rubi art. Michael Turner cover.
93. 165 Superman #215 D.C.
5/05
  2 different covers exist, both by Jim Lee.
94. 165 Ultimate Spider-Man #75 Marvel
6/05
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Mark Bagley & Scott Hanna art. Mark Bagley & Richard Isanove cover.
95. 164 Supergirl #3 D.C.
12/05
  2 different covers exist, 1 by Michael Turner and 1 by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund.
96. 164 House of M 3 Variant Cover Marvel
9/05
  Direct Editions have “Entertainment Weekly” subscription insert included.
97. 164 NYX #7 Marvel
10/05
  Joe Quesada story. Robert Teranishi art. Joshua Middleton cover.
98. 161 X-23 #4 Marvel
5/05
  Craig Kyle & Chris Yost story. Billy Tan & Jon Sibal cover & art.
99. 159 Ultimate X-Men 61 Retailer Incentive Edition Marvel
9/05
  Sketch cover. “Entertainment Weekly” subscription insert included.
100. 158 New Avengers Guest Starring the Fantastic Four #nn Marvel
2005
  Promotional for U.S. Military personnel. Pin-ups by David Finch & Mike McKone.
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