Key Comic Books From 2006

March 1, 2021

2006

Key comics from 2006

[ Note: for the year prior, 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 2006 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 2006, 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 2006, 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 2006.

Key Comic Books From 2006:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,450 Civil War #1 Marvel
7/06
  “Death” of the New Warriors, Speedfreek, Coldheart & Cobalt Man. Wraparound cover.
2. 2,024 Amazing Spider-Man #529 Marvel
4/06
  1st appearance of new Spider-Man costume.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $2.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3. 1,822 Walking Dead #27 Image
4/06
  1st appearance of the Governor, Martinez & the town of Woodbury. Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
4. 1,428 Batman #655 D.C.
9/06
  1st app. of Damian in cameo on last two pages of story. Joker appearance. Talia al Ghul cameo.
5. 1,299 The Boys #1 D.C./Wildstorm
10/06
  1st appearance of Butcher, Terror, Hughie & A-Train.
6. 1,264 Civil War 3 Variant Cover Marvel
9/06
  Iron Man vs. Captain America. 1st appearance of Ragnarok as “Thor.”
7. 1,182 Wolverine: Origins 1 Wizard World Philadelphia Edition Marvel
6/06
  Wizard World Philadelphia 2006 exclusive Sketch cover.
8. 1,125 Wolverine: Origins 6 Wizard World Texas Edition Marvel
11/06
  Wizard World Texas 2006 exclusive. Omega Red & Jubilee appearance. Sketch cover.
9. 1,070 Civil War 1 Variant Cover Marvel
7/06
  “Death” of the New Warriors, Speedfreek, Coldheart & Cobalt Man.
10. 1,037 Civil War 1 Aspen Comics Edition Marvel
7/06
  “Death” of the New Warriors, Speedfreek, Coldheart & Cobalt Man.
11. 982 Civil War 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
7/06
  “Death” of the New Warriors, Speedfreek, Coldheart & Cobalt Man.
12. 979 Civil War: Front Line 1 Wizard World Chicago Edition Marvel
8/06
  Wizard World Chicago 2006 exclusive. Sketch cover.
13. 958 Wolverine: Origins 1 Variant Edition Marvel
6/06
  Daniel Way story. Steve Dillon art. Michael Turner cover.
14. 952 Marvel Zombies #1 Marvel
2/06
  Amazing Fantasy #15 cover homage.
15. 935 Catwoman #51 D.C.
3/06
  Black Mask, Bruce Wayne, Slam Bradley & Alfred Pennyworth appearance. Smart Bomb reveals Slam is his father.
16. 907 Batman 655 Variant Cover D.C.
9/06
  1st app. of Damian in cameo on last two pages of story. Joker appearance. Talia al Ghul cameo.
17. 894 Civil War #2 Marvel
8/06
  Spider-Man reveals his identity. Wraparound cover.
18. 828 52 #11 D.C.
9/06
  Week Eleven, July 19, 2006 1st full app. of Kate Kane as Batwoman. Monitor appearance.
19. 822 Wolverine: Origins 2 Canadian Variant Cover Marvel
7/06
  Nuke appearance.
20. 785 Ultimate Extinction 1 Wizard World Los Angeles Edition Marvel
3/06
  Fantastic Four appearance. Wizard World Los Angeles 2006 exclusive. Sketch cover.
21. 778 Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #1 Marvel
2/06
  Nick Fury appearance.
22. 700 Incredible Hulk #92 Marvel
4/06
  Mister Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Iron Man & Black Bolt cameo. 1st app. of Miek. Planet Hulk begins.
23. 692 Wolverine: Origins #1 Marvel
6/06
  Daniel Way story. Steve Dillon art. Joe Quesada & Richard Isanove cover.
24. 684 Civil War 2 Variant Cover Marvel
8/06
  Spider-Man reveals his identity.
25. 672 All-Star Superman 1 Variant Cover D.C.
1/06
  Grant Morrison story. Frank Quitely & Jamie Grant art. Neal Adams cover.
26. 645 Civil War 3 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/06
  Iron Man vs. Captain America. 1st appearance of Ragnarok as “Thor.”
27. 627 Amazing Fantasy #15 Marvel
1/06
  1st appearance of Amadeus Cho, Blackjack (Ace & One-Eyed Jacquie), Monstro, Positron & the Heartbreak Kid.
28. 622 Civil War #3 Marvel
9/06
  Iron Man vs. Captain America. 1st appearance of Ragnarok as “Thor.” Wraparound cover.
29. 619 Civil War 2 Second Printing Marvel
8/06
  Spider-Man reveals his identity. “Spoiler Cover.”
30. 606 Civil War #5 Marvel
11/06
  “Death” of Jack O’Lantern & Jester. Punisher appearance. Wraparound cover.
31. 602 Civil War 4 Variant Cover Marvel
10/06
  “Death” of Goliath (Bill Foster). “Thor” revealed as a clone.
32. 592 Civil War #4 Marvel
10/06
  “Death” of Goliath (Bill Foster). “Thor” revealed as a clone. Wraparound cover.
33. 585 Wolverine: Origins 1 Director’s Cut Edition Marvel
2006
  2 different covers exist, 1 by Joe Quesada & 1 by Michael Turner. 8 pages of bonus material.
34. 579 Civil War 2 Sketch Cover Marvel
8/06
  Spider-Man reveals his identity.
35. 543 Civil War #6 Marvel
12/06
  Direct Editions have “Emusic” insert. Wraparound cover.
36. 532 Batman #656 D.C.
10/06
  1st full appearance of Damian. Talia al Ghul appearance.
37. 532 Marvel Zombies 1 Variant Edition Marvel
2/06
  Spider-Man #1 (8/90) cover homage.
38. 504 Walking Dead #33 Image
12/06
  Michonne revenge issue. Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
39. 488 Moon Knight 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
6/06
  Charlie Huston story. David Finch & Danny Miki art. David Finch cover.
40. 472 Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Marvel
11/06
  Carnage appearance. Wraparound cover.
41. 445 Civil War 5 Variant Cover Marvel
11/06
  “Death” of Jack O’Lantern & Jester. Punisher appearance.
42. 444 Civil War 5 Sketch Cover Marvel
11/06
  “Death” of Jack O’Lantern & Jester. Punisher appearance.
43. 441 Wonder Woman #1 D.C.
8/06
  Cheetah, Doctor Psycho, Giganta & Nemesis appearance.
44. 435 Civil War 4 Sketch Cover Marvel
10/06
  “Death” of Goliath (Bill Foster). “Thor” revealed as a clone.
45. 433 Civil War: X-Men 1 Aspen Comics Edition Marvel
9/06
  Domino, Shatterstar, Caliban & Bishop appearance.
46. 418 Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes 23 Variant Cover D.C.
12/06
  Mark Waid story. Barry Kitson & Mick Gray art. Adam Hughes cover.
47. 416 Conan 24 “Nude” Edition Dark Horse
1/06
  Kurt Busiek story. Cary Nord art. Tony Harris cover.
48. 405 All-Star Superman #1 D.C.
1/06
  Grant Morrison story. Frank Quitely cover & art.
49. 401 Moon Knight #1 Marvel
6/06
  Charlie Huston story. David Finch & Danny Miki cover & art.
50. 400 Justice League of America 1 Variant Cover D.C.
10/06
  New JLA members selected.
51. 370 Captain America #14 Marvel
4/06
  Logo and part of cover reprinted from Captain America Comics #27, June 1943 Bucky regains his memories.
52. 362 Marvel Zombies #5 Marvel
6/06
  Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 cover homage.
53. 353 Marvel Zombies #3 Marvel
4/06
  Incredible Hulk #340 cover homage.
54. 351 Civil War 6 Variant Cover Marvel
12/06
  Direct Editions have “Emusic” insert.
55. 342 Marvel Zombies #2 Marvel
3/06
  Avengers #4 cover homage.
56. 338 Infinite Crisis #5 D.C.
4/06
  Two different covers exist, one by George Perez & one by Jim Lee. 1st appearance of the new Blue Beetle.
57. 328 Wolverine: Origins #2 Marvel
7/06
  Nuke appearance.
58. 318 Walking Dead #28 Image
5/06
  Rick loses his right hand. Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
59. 310 Civil War 6 Sketch Cover Marvel
12/06
  Direct Editions have “Emusic” insert.
60. 305 Walking Dead #25 Image
1/06
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
61. 301 Justice League of America 1 Retailer Incentive Edition D.C.
10/06
  New JLA members selected.
62. 290 Justice League of America 0 Variant Cover D.C.
9/06
  J. Scott Campbell cover.
63. 288 Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man #1 Marvel
11/06
  Olivier Coipel & Mark Morales cover Amazing Fantasy #15 cover homage.
64. 288 Green Lantern 9 Variant Cover D.C.
4/06
  Origin & 1st appearance of the new Tattooed Man (Mark Richards). Batman appearance.
65. 287 Infinite Crisis #3 D.C.
2/06
  Alexander Luthor revealed as Secret Society Lex Luthor. Atlantis destroyed, Paradise Island goes into hiding.
66. 286 Wolverine: Origins 5 Samurai Comics Sketch Cover Marvel
10/06
  Phoenix Comicon 2006 exclusive.
67. 284 Ms. Marvel 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
5/06
  Captain America, Jessica Drew & Stilt-Man appearance.
68. 281 Walking Dead #31 Image
9/06
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn. 6 page “Rock Bottom” preview by Joe Casey & Charlie Adlard.
69. 280 Walking Dead #32 Image
11/06
  Pin-up on back cover by Ryan Ottley & Cliff Rathburn.
70. 276 Wonder Woman 1 Variant Cover D.C.
8/06
  Cheetah, Dr. Psycho, Giganta & Nemesis appearance.
71. 275 Walking Dead #29 Image
6/06
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
72. 273 Flash: The Fastest Man Alive 1 Variant Cover D.C.
8/06
  Andy & Joe Kubert cover. Jay Garrick appearance.
73. 272 Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 D.C.
8/06
  Ken Lashley cover. Jay Garrick appearance.
74. 271 Justice League of America #1 D.C.
10/06
  New JLA members selected. 2 different covers exist that form a single image.
75. 269 Ghost Rider 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/06
  Daniel Way story. Javier Saltares & Mark Texeira art. Marc Silvestri cover.
76. 265 Green Lantern 8 Variant Cover D.C.
3/06
  Green Arrow appearance.
77. 265 Walking Dead #26 Image
3/06
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
78. 258 Ms. Marvel #1 Marvel
5/06
  Captain America, Jessica Drew & Stilt-Man appearance. Flag cover.
79. 255 Ms. Marvel 1 Variant Edition Marvel
5/06
  Captain America, Jessica Drew & Stilt-Man appearance.
80. 255 Infinite Crisis #2 D.C.
1/06
  Two different covers exist, one by Jim Lee & one by George Perez. Power Girl’s origin revealed.
81. 249 Walking Dead #30 Image
8/06
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn. cover & art.
82. 248 Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk 1 Limited Edition Marvel
2/06
  Sketch cover. Nick Fury appearance.
83. 247 The Boys #3 D.C./Wildstorm
11/06
  Garth Ennis story. Darick Robertson cover & art.
84. 246 Wolverine: Origins 2 Variant Edition Marvel
7/06
  Nuke appearance.
85. 244 Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Variant Cover Marvel
11/06
  Carnage appearance. Amazing Spider-Man #100 cover swipe.
86. 242 All Star Batman & Robin Special Edition #1 D.C.
2/06
  Sketch interior.
87. 239 Marvel Zombies #4 Marvel
5/06
  X-Men #1 cover homage.
88. 233 Amazing Spider-Man #300 Marvel
7/06
  Spider-Man 2 Special Edition DVD promotional.
89. 227 Marvel Zombies 1 Third Printing Marvel
5/06
  Amazing Spider-Man #50 cover homage.
90. 223 Eternals 1 Variant Edition Marvel
8/06
  Neil Gaiman story. John Romita Jr. & Danny Miki cover & art.
91. 221 The Boys #2 D.C./Wildstorm
10/06
  1st appearance of the Female, Mother’s Milk & the Frenchman.
92. 215 New X-Men 20 Variant Edition Marvel
1/06
  Craig Kyle & Chris Yost story. Mark Brooks & Jaime Mendoza art. Billy Tan cover.
93. 215 52 #7 D.C.
8/06
  Week Seven, June 21, 2006 1st appearance of Kate Kane.
94. 213 Atomik Mike 1 CGC Variant Cover Alias Enterprises
2/06
  First appearance of Atomik Mike. CGC & ComicsPriceGuide.Com exclusive. Hologram logo.
95. 208 Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk 2 Limited Edition Marvel
4/06
  Sketch cover. Iron Man appearance.
96. 208 Michael Turner’s Soulfire 6 Wizard World VIP Edition Aspen
4/06
  Wizard World Los Angeles 2006 exclusive.
97. 207 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder 4 Variant Cover D.C.
3/06
  6 page fold-out featuring the Batcave. Superman appearance.
98. 200 Amazing Spider-Man #533 Marvel
8/06
  Iron Man & Fantastic Four appearance.
99. 199 Walking Dead 33 Second Printing Image
12/06
  Michonne revenge issue. Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
100. 193 Wolverine: Origins #3 Marvel
8/06
  Two different covers exist. One by Simone Bianchi & one by Joe Quesada. Captain America & Nuke appearance.
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