Key Comic Books From 2007

March 1, 2021

2007

Key comics from 2007

[ Note: for two years 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 2007 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 2007, 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 2007, 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 2007.

Key Comic Books From 2007:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,116 Captain America 25 Variant Edition Marvel
4/07
  Death of Captain America (Steve Rogers). Winter Soldier, Crossbones & Falcon appearance. Captain America #574
2. 1,996 Captain America #25 Marvel
4/07
  Death of Captain America (Steve Rogers). Winter Soldier, Crossbones & Falcon appearance. Captain America #574
3. 1,493 Captain America 25 Wizard World Los Angeles Edition Marvel
4/07
  Captain America #574. “Death” of Captain America (Steve Rogers). Wizard World Los Angeles 2007 exclusive.
4. 1,289 Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America 3 Sketch Edition Marvel
7/07
  Captain America. Partial blank cover.
5. 1,007 Amazing Spider-Man #539 Marvel
4/07
  Return of the black costume. Kingpin appearance. Aunt May in a coma.
6. 1,006 Umbrella Academy nn Free Comic Book Day Edition Dark Horse
4/07
  1st appearance of the Umbrella Academy. Free Comic Book Day 2007 promotional.
7. 921 Fantastic Four 546 Wizard World Philadelphia Edition Marvel
7/07
  Silver Surfer, Gravity, Epoch, Stardust & Galactus appearance. Sketch cover.
8. 840 Wolverine: Origins 10 Retailer Incentive Edition Marvel
3/07
  1st appearance of Daken. Omega Red & Jubilee appearance. “Emusic” inserts included.
9. 824 World War Hulk 1 Aspen Comics Edition Marvel
8/07
  Greg Pak story. John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson art. Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald cover.
10. 716 Ultimate Spider-Man 111 Wizard World Chicago Edition Marvel
9/07
  Wizard World Chicago 2007 exclusive. Last Mark Bagley issue. Sketch cover.
11. 624 Civil War #7 Marvel
1/07
  Wraparound cover.
12. 572 Civil War 7 Variant Cover Marvel
1/07
  Mark Millar story, Michael Turner cover. Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines,. John Dell & Tim Townsend art.
13. 566 Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 Dark Horse
9/07
  Gerard Way story. Gabriel Ba art. James Jean cover.
14. 556 New Avengers #27 Marvel
4/07
  1st appearance of the new Ronin. Echo & Elektra appearance.
15. 539 Wolverine: Origins #10 Marvel
3/07
  1st appearance of Daken. Omega Red & Jubilee appearance. “Emusic” inserts included.
16. 536 Thor #1 Marvel
9/07
  Return of Thor (Doctor Donald Blake). 2 different covers exist, 1 by Olivier Coipel & 1 by Michael Turner. Thor #588
17. 513 Batman #666 D.C.
7/07
  1st Damian Wayne as Batman. 1st appearance of Professor Pyg (Lazlo Valentin).
18. 512 Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1 Marvel
4/07
  Prequel to Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novel series. 1st comic app. of Roland Deschain.
19. 497 Incredible Hulk 100 Variant Edition Marvel
1/07
  Amadeus Cho appearance.
20. 491 Amazing Spider-Man #544 Marvel
11/07
  2 different covers exist, 1 by Joe Quesada & 1 by Marko Djurdjevic. 10 page Spider-Man profile.
21. 487 World War Hulk 1 Diamond Retailer Edition Marvel
8/07
  Diamond 25th Anniversary exclusive. Sketch cover.
22. 475 Captain America 25 Second Printing Marvel
4/07
  “Death” of Captain America. Spoiler cover. Captain America #574
23. 471 Ultimate Spider-Man 104 White Variant Cover Marvel
3/07
  Doctor Octopus, Nick Fury & Fantastic Four appearance.
24. 467 Wolverine v3 #55 Land Variant Cover Marvel
9/07
  “Death” of Sabretooth. Crime SuspenStories #22 cover homage.
25. 437 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #1 Dark Horse
3/07
  Joss Whedon story. Georges Jeanty & Andy Owens art. Jo Chen cover.
26. 418 X-Men: Messiah Complex 1 Wizard World Texas Edition Marvel
12/07
  Sketch cover.
27. 418 Playboy v1 #1 Reprint Edition HMH Publishing Co.
2007
  Complete reprint of Playboy Vol. 1, #1 featuring “Sweetheart of the Month” Marilyn Monroe.
28. 407 World War Hulk #1 Marvel
8/07
  Greg Pak story. John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson art. David Finch cover.
29. 402 Civil War 7 Sketch Cover Marvel
1/07
  Mark Millar story, Michael Turner cover. Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines,. John Dell & Tim Townsend art.
30. 375 Thor 1 Suydam Variant Cover Marvel
9/07
  Thor #588 “Zombie” variant cover. Painted cover.
31. 373 Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #1 Dynamite-Marvel
5/07
  X-Men #141 cover homage. Ash vs. Marvel Zombies.
32. 357 Thor 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/07
  Return of Thor (Dr. Donald Blake). Thor #588
33. 343 Annihilation: Conquest – Wraith #1 Marvel
9/07
  1st appearance of Wraith.
34. 341 Marvel Zombies 2 #1 Marvel
12/07
  Civil War #1 variant cover homage.
35. 336 Wolverine: Origins 10 Variant Edition Marvel
3/07
  1st appearance of Daken. Omega Red & Jubilee appearance. “Emusic” inserts included.
36. 335 Scalped #1 D.C./Vertigo
3/07
  1st appearance of Dashiell Bad Horse.
37. 327 Mighty Avengers #1 Marvel
5/07
  New team (Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Sentry, Wasp, Wonder Man, Black Widow & Ares) forms. Mole Man appearance.
38. 321 X-23: Target X #1 Marvel
2/07
  Captain America appearance.
39. 317 Black Panther 25 Aspen Comics Edition Marvel
4/07
  Michael Turner cover.
40. 304 Spider-Man: Reign #1 Marvel
2/07
  Two different covers exist, one black costume & one regular costume cover. “Nude” panel.
41. 299 Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born 1 Variant Edition Marvel
4/07
  Prequel to Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novel series. 1st comic app. of Roland Deschain.
42. 298 Aspen Splash: 2007 Swimsuit Spectacular 1 Fantastic Realm UK Edition Aspen
8/07
  Fantastic Realm exclusive.
43. 291 Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #3 Marvel
7/07
  Captain America. 2 different covers exist, 1 by Michael Turner & 1 by John Romita Jr.
44. 286 Civil War: The Confession #1 Marvel
5/07
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Alex Maleev art.
45. 272 New Avengers 27 Variant Edition Marvel
4/07
  2 different covers exist, 1 forms a single image with Mighty Avengers #1 Variant Ed. 1st black costume in title.
46. 264 Amazing Spider-Man #545 Marvel
12/07
  Peter & Mary Jane make deal w/Mephisto. Harry Osborn returns. 1st appearance of Lily Hollister & Carlie Cooper.
47. 261 Ultimate Spider-Man 104 Variant Cover Marvel
3/07
  Ultimate Spider-Man #1 cover homage.
48. 258 Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #4 Marvel
7/07
  Spider-Man. Two different covers exist, one by Michael Turner & one by David Finch.
49. 257 Walking Dead #36 Image
3/07
  “Death” of Martinez. Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
50. 251 World War Hulk 3 Sketch Cover Marvel
10/07
  Greg Pak story. John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson art. David Finch cover.
51. 250 Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #2 Marvel
6/07
  Avengers. 2 different covers exist, 1 by Michael Turner & 1 by Ed McGuinness.
52. 248 Walking Dead #43 Image
10/07
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn. cover & art.
53. 245 Catwoman #70 D.C.
10/07
  Will Pfeifer story. David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez art. Adam Hughes cover.
54. 244 Walking Dead #42 Image
9/07
  “Death” of Carol. Return of the Governor.
55. 243 Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
4/07
  Prequel to Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novel series. 1st comic app. of Roland Deschain.
56. 239 World War Hulk 1 Variant Edition Marvel
8/07
  Greg Pak story. John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson. cover & art.
57. 234 Amazing Spider-Man 539 Comic Oasis Edition Marvel
4/07
  Comic Oasis exclusive. Return of the black costume. Black & white cover.
58. 233 Walking Dead #44 Image
11/07
  The Governor attacks prison. Rick gets shot.
59. 233 Walking Dead #34 Image
1/07
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
60. 232 Daredevil v2 #100 Variant Edition Marvel
10/07
  Two different covers exist, one by Lee Bermejo & one by Michael Turner.
61. 225 Walking Dead #35 Image
2/07
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn. 6 page “Pirates of Coney Island” preview by Rick Spears & Vasilis Lolos.
62. 221 Amazing Spider-Man #538 Marvel
1/07
  Aunt May gets shot. Amazing Spider-Man #106 cover homage.
63. 221 Captain America #26 Marvel
5/07
  Captain America #575
64. 220 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight 1 Variant Cover Dark Horse
3/07
  Joss Whedon story. Georges Jeanty & Andy Owens cover & art.
65. 212 Walking Dead #40 Image
8/07
  Rick & Lori name their baby Judith. Dale loses his leg.
66. 211 Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite 1 Variant Cover Dark Horse
9/07
  Gerard Way cover & story. Gabriel Ba art.
67. 207 Ultimate Spider-Man 112 Variant Cover Marvel
10/07
  Norman Osborn, Shocker & Kitty Pryde appearance.
68. 205 Free Comic Book Day 2007 #1 Marvel
6/07
  Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift. 1st appearance of Jackpot (Alana Jobson) & Mister Negative (Martin Li).
69. 201 Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #1 Marvel
6/07
  Wolverine. Two different covers exist, one by Michael Turner & one by Leinil Yu.
70. 200 Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland 2 Fantastic Realm Edition Zenescope Entertainment
12/07
  Indicia reads “Second Printing”
71. 198 Walking Dead #41 Image
8/07
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn. cover & art.
72. 196 Ultimates 2 13 Variant Cover Marvel
2/07
  8 page centerfold.
73. 191 Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite 1 Special Edition Dark Horse
9/07
  Dark Horse 100 promotional. Wraparound cover.
74. 191 Walking Dead #38 Image
6/07
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
75. 188 Michael Turner’s Fathom: Killian’s Vessel 1 Wizard World VIP Edition Aspen
7/07
  Wizard World Philadelphia 2007 exclusive
76. 187 Halo: Uprising #1 Marvel
10/07
  Based on the video game “Halo.” by Bungie and Microsoft.
77. 187 Fantastic Four #545 Marvel
6/07
  Silver Surfer, Gravity, Epoch, Stardust & Glalactus appearance.
78. 184 Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born 2 Sketch Cover Marvel
5/07
  1st comic app. of Susan Delgado, Steven Deschain, Marten Broadcloak & The Crimson King.
79. 184 New Avengers #31 Marvel
8/07
  Elektra revealed to be a Skrull. Echo appearance.
80. 184 Incredible Hulk #106 Marvel
7/07
  Amadeus Cho, She Hulk, Mr. Fantastic, Doc Samson, Hercules & Angel appearance. World War Hulk begins.
81. 183 Amazing Spider-Man 538 Variant Cover Marvel
1/07
  “Spoiler Cover.” Aunt May shot.
82. 180 Thunderbolts 110 Variant Edition Marvel
3/07
  New team (Norman Osborn, Moonstone, Songbird, Radioactive Man, Bullseye, Venom, Penance & Swordsman) begins.
83. 180 Witchblade: Manga 1 Fantastic Realm Edition Image/Top Cow
2/07
  Yasuko Kobayashi story. Kazasa Sumita art. Marc Silvestri cover.
84. 178 Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland 5 Fantastic Realm “Nude” Edition Zenescope Entertainment
12/07
  Fantastic Realm exclusive.
85. 177 Aspen Splash: 2007 Swimsuit Spectacular 1 Wizard World Chicago Edition Aspen
8/07
  Wizard World Chicago 2007 exclusive. 2 different covers exist, both by Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald.
86. 175 Fantastic Four #544 Marvel
5/07
  New Fantastic Four team. Watcher & Silver Surfer appearance.
87. 173 Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13 D.C.
8/07
  “Death” of Flash (Bart Allen). Two different covers exist, both by Tony Daniel.
88. 172 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight 1 Special Edition Dark Horse
3/07
  Dark Horse 100 promotional. Sketch cover.
89. 171 Amazing Spider-Man 300 Niagara Falls Edition Marvel
11/07
  Niagara Falls, Canada, promotional. Reprints Amazing Spider-Man #300
90. 170 New Avengers 31 Sketch Cover Marvel
8/07
  Elektra revealed to be a Skrull. Echo appearance.
91. 170 Ultimate Spider-Man #104 Marvel
3/07
  Mark Bagley & Richard Isanove cover Doctor Octopus, Nick Fury & Fantastic Four appearance.
92. 168 Justice League of America 6 Variant Cover D.C.
4/07
  Solomon Grundy & Amazo appearance.
93. 168 Walking Dead #39 Image
7/07
  Birth of Judith Grimes.
94. 167 Walking Dead #37 Image
5/07
  Pin-up on back cover by Cliff Rathburn.
95. 166 X-23: Target X 1 Variant Edition Marvel
2/07
  Captain America appearance.
96. 164 Walking Dead #45 Image
12/07
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
97. 163 Avengers: The Initiative #1 Marvel
6/07
  2 different covers exist that form a single image. 1st app. of Cloud 9, Hardball, Komodo & Trauma.
98. 161 Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland 5 Fantastic Realm “Blonde” Edition Zenescope Entertainment
12/07
  Fantastic Realm exclusive.
99. 161 Marvel Zombies: Dead Days #1 Marvel
7/07
  Double gatefold wraparound cover. X-Men #1 (1991) cover homage. One-Shot.
100. 161 Civil War: The Initiative #1 Marvel
4/07
  One-shot.
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