Key Comic Books From 2008

March 1, 2021

2008

Key comics from 2008

[ Note: three 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 2008 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 2008, 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 2008, 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 2008.

Key Comic Books From 2008:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 1,931 Hulk #1 Marvel
3/08
  1st appearance of Red Hulk. Iron Man, Doc Samson, She-Hulk & Winter Guard appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
2. 1,191 Wolverine v3 #66 Marvel
8/08
  “Old Man Logan” storyline begins. Wraparound cover.
3. 1,115 Amazing Spider-Man 569 Variant Edition Marvel
10/08
  Eddie Brock becomes Anti-Venom. Thunderbolts (Norman Osborn, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Bullseye & Venom) app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist for the regular cover version of this issue number
4. 1,095 Walking Dead #53 Image
10/08
  1st appearance of Sergeant Abraham Ford, Rosita Espinosa & Eugene Porter. Back cover pin-up by Cliff Rathburn.
5. 1,055 Captain America #34 Marvel
3/08
  2 different covers exist, 1 by Alex Ross & 1 by Steve Epting. James “Bucky” Barnes becomes the new Captain America.
6. 945 Hulk 1 Wizard World Los Angeles Edition Marvel
3/08
  1st appearance of Red Hulk. Iron Man, Doc Samson, She-Hulk & Winter Guard appearance.
7. 879 Secret Invasion 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
6/08
  Partial blank cover.
8. 857 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Marvel
7/08
  Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning story. Paul Pelletier & Rick Magyar art. Clint Langley cover.
9. 757 Invincible Iron Man 1 Wizard World Philadelphia Edition Marvel
7/08
  Wizard World Philadelphia 2008 exclusive Sketch cover.
10. 709 Locke & Key #1 IDW Publishing
2/08
  Joe Hill story. Gabriel Rodriguez cover & art.
11. 699 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder 10 Recalled Edition D.C.
8/08
  Recalled due to improper editing of obscenities.
12. 599 Walking Dead #48 Image
4/08
  “Death” of Patricia, Billy, Alice, Lori, Judith, Hershel & the Governor.
13. 545 Hulk 1 Variant Edition Marvel
3/08
  1st appearance of Red Hulk. Iron Man, Doc Samson, She-Hulk & Winter Guard appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist for the regular cover version of this issue number
14. 511 Hulk 1 Hero Initiative/Atomic Comics Marvel
3/08
  1st appearance of Red Hulk. Incredible Hulk #1 cover homage.
15. 473 Kick-Ass #1 Marvel/Icon
4/08
  1st appearance of Kick-Ass (Dave Lizewski).
16. 466 Amazing Spider-Man 569 Second Printing Marvel
10/08
  Eddie Brock becomes Anti-Venom. Thunderbolts (Norman Osborn, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Bullseye & Venom) app.
17. 448 Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 Dark Horse
9/08
  1st appearance of Ahsoka Tano in comics.
18. 442 Secret Invasion #1 Marvel
6/08
  New Avengers #1 (1/05) cover homage.
19. 429 Deadpool #1 Marvel
11/08
  Skrulls appearance. “Deadpool Saga” back-up by Ronald Byrd.
20. 390 Secret Invasion 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
6/08
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Leinil Francis Yu & Mark Morales art. Mel Rubi cover.
21. 386 Action Comics 869 Recalled Edition D.C.
11/08
  Recalled due to beer label on cover. Braniac & Supergirl appearance.
22. 360 Amazing Spider-Man 568 Sketch Cover Marvel
10/08
  Thunderbolts (Norman Osborn, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Venom & Bullseye), Martin Li, Menace & Eddie Brock appearance.
23. 360 Captain America 34 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
3/08
  James “Bucky” Barnes becomes the new Captain America.
24. 346 Uncanny X-Men 500 Variant Edition Marvel
9/08
  Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction story. Greg Land, Terry & Rachel Dodson art. Michael Turner cover.
25. 346 X-Men 205 Variant Edition Marvel
1/08
  1st appearance of Hope Summers.
26. 345 Amazing Spider-Man 568 Variant Edition Marvel
10/08
  2 different Variant Editions exist, 1 by John Romita & 1 by Alex Ross. Menace & Thunderbolts appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist for the regular cover version of this issue number
27. 334 Walking Dead 50 Variant Cover Image
6/08
  Wraparound cover.
28. 328 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder 10 Recalled/Variant Edition D.C.
8/08
  Recalled due to improper editing of obscenities.
29. 321 Uncanny X-Men #500 Marvel
9/08
  Two different wraparound covers exist, one by Alex Ross & one by Greg Land.
30. 312 Amazing Spider-Man #546 Marvel
2/08
  1st app. of Freak & Bill Hollister. Mister Negative appearance. Jackpot, Aunt May & Harry Osborn backup stories.
31. 299 Uncanny X-Men 500 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/08
  Two different sketch covers exist, one by Michael Turner & one by Terry Dodson.
32. 296 Hulk 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
3/08
  1st appearance of Red Hulk. Iron Man, Doc Samson, She-Hulk & Winter Guard appearance.
33. 281 Amazing Spider-Man 573 Colbert Variant Edition Marvel
12/08
  “Stephen Colbert” back-up story by Mark Waid & Patrick Olliffe. Amazing Fantasy #15 cover swipe.
34. 278 Secret Invasion 1 Variant Edition Marvel
6/08
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Leinil Francis Yu & Mark Morales art. Steve McNiven cover.
35. 276 Invincible Iron Man #1 Marvel
7/08
  Two different covers exist, one by Salvador Larroca & one by Joe Quesada.
36. 269 Wolverine v3 #66 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
8/08
  “Old Man Logan” storyline begins.
37. 268 X-Men #205 Marvel
1/08
  1st appearance of Hope Summers.
38. 265 Spawn #174 Image
1/08
  David Hine story. Bing Cansino & Geirrod Van Dyke art. Greg Capullo cover.
39. 265 Amazing Spider-Man #569 Marvel
10/08
  Eddie Brock becomes Anti-Venom. Thunderbolts (Norman Osborn, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Bullseye & Venom) app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
40. 260 Walking Dead #46 Image
2/08
  “Death” of Tyreese.
41. 259 X-Force #1 Marvel
4/08
  Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost story. Clayton Crain cover & art.
42. 254 Catwoman #74 D.C.
2/08
  Will Pfeifer story. David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez art. Adam Hughes cover.
43. 253 Annihilation: Conquest #6 Marvel
6/08
  Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning story. Tom Raney & Wellinton Alves art. Aleksi Briclot cover.
44. 251 Hulk 7 Variant Edition Marvel
12/08
  Jeph Loeb story. Arthur Adams & Frank Cho art. Frank Cho cover.
45. 249 Secret Invasion 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
6/08
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Leinil Francis Yu art. Steve McNiven cover.
46. 248 Spawn #175 Image
2/08
  David Hine story. Bing Cansino & Geirrod Van Dyke art. Greg Capullo cover.
47. 244 Avengers/Invaders 1 Dynamic Forces Sketch Edition Marvel
7/08
  Alex Ross & Jim Krueger story. Steve Sadowski art.
48. 243 Amazing Spider-Man 568 Negative Edition Marvel
10/08
  Dynamic Forces exclusive. Back-up story by Mark Waid & Adi Granov.
49. 238 Wolverine v3 #66 Sketch Cover Marvel
8/08
  “Old Man Logan” storyline begins.
50. 233 Walking Dead #50 Image
6/08
  Wraparound cover.
51. 231 Wolverine v3 #66 Variant Edition Marvel
8/08
  “Old Man Logan” storyline begins.
52. 215 Walking Dead #47 Image
3/08
  “Death” of Axel & Gabe.
53. 214 Amazing Spider-Man 573 Variant Edition Marvel
12/08
  Anti-Venom & Thunderbolts (Green Goblin, Venom, Songbird, Bullseye & Radioactive Man) app. Stephen Colbert backup story.
54. 205 Deadpool 1 Variant Edition Marvel
11/08
  Skrulls appearance. “Deadpool Saga” back-up by Ronald Byrd.
55. 202 Avengers/Invaders 3 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
9/08
  Sketch cover.
56. 201 Green Lantern #25 D.C.
1/08
  1st appearance of Larfleeze & Atrocitus. Sinestro Corps War ends.
57. 198 Astonishing X-Men 25 San Diego Comic-Con Edition Marvel
9/08
  Wraparound sketch cover.
58. 192 Amazing Spider-Man 546 Sketch Cover Marvel
2/08
  1st app. of Freak & Bill Hollister. Mister Negative appearance. Jackpot, Aunt May & Harry Osborn backup stories.
59. 192 Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? 1 Wizard World Chicago Edition Marvel
8/08
  Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning cover. Wizard World Chicago 2008 exclusive. Sketch cover.
60. 191 Hulk 2 Sketch Cover Marvel
4/08
  Iron Man & She-Hulk appearance. Partial sketch cover.
61. 191 Captain America 34 Director’s Cut Edition Marvel
2008
  25 pages of bonus material.
62. 187 Invincible Iron Man 1 Variant Edition Marvel
7/08
  Four different covers exist, one by Marko Djurdjevic, one by Bob Layton, one by Billy Tan & one photo cover.
63. 184 Walking Dead #49 Image
5/08
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
64. 177 Astonishing X-Men 25 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
9/08
  Sketch cover.
65. 177 Avengers/Invaders 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
7/08
  Thunderbolts (Moonstone, Songbird, Radioactive Man, Venom & Penance) appearance.
66. 176 Walking Dead #51 Image
7/08
  Back cover pin-up by Cliff Rathburn.
67. 171 Young Avengers Presents #6 Marvel
8/08
  Hawkeye.
68. 171 Final Crisis #1 D.C.
7/08
  Two different covers exist. “Death” of Orion & Martian Manhunter.
69. 169 Walking Dead Special Edition #1 Image
5/08
  16 pgs bonus material, including original Walking Dead proposal. Wraparound cover.
70. 168 Walking Dead #56 Image
12/08
  Anniversary issue.
71. 167 Green Lantern 25 Variant Cover D.C.
1/08
  1st appearance of Larfleeze & Atrocitus. Sinestro Corps War ends.
72. 166 Umbrella Academy: Dallas 1 Variant Cover Dark Horse
11/08
  Umbrella Academy #7 Wraparound cover.
73. 166 Batman #676 D.C.
6/08
  Joker appearance.
74. 165 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 1 Special Edition Dark Horse
9/08
  1st appearance of Ahsoka Tano in comics. Dark Horse 100 promotional.
75. 164 Amazing Spider-Man 572 Variant Edition Marvel
11/08
  Anti-Venom, Freak, Martin Li & Thunderbolts (Green Goblin, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Bullseye & Venom) app.
76. 160 Locke & Key #2 IDW Publishing
3/08
  Joe Hill story. Gabriel Rodriguez cover & art.
77. 159 Kick-Ass 1 Sketch Cover Marvel/Icon
4/08
  1st appearance of Kick-Ass (Dave Lizewski).
78. 158 Amazing Spider-Man 571 Variant Edition Marvel
11/08
  Anti-Venom, Menace & Thunderbolts (Norman Osborn, Songbird, Bullseye, Radioactive Man & Venom) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist for the regular cover version of this issue number
79. 158 Kick-Ass 1 Sketch Variant Cover Marvel/Icon
4/08
  1st appearance of Kick-Ass (Dave Lizewski).
80. 156 X-Men: Worlds Apart 1 Wizard World Texas Edition Marvel
12/08
  Wizard World Texas 2008 exclusive. Sketch cover.
81. 154 Invincible Iron Man 1 Movie Variant Cover Marvel
7/08
  Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow & Jeff Bridges photo cover.
82. 152 Walking Dead #52 Image
9/08
  Back cover pin-up by Cliff Rathburn.
83. 149 Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
7/08
  Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Abigail Brand, Danger & Kruun appearance. “Death” of Ord.
84. 149 Amazing Spider-Man 570 Variant Edition Marvel
11/08
  Anti-Venom, Menace, Martin Li & Thunderbolts (Norman Osborn, Venom & Bullseye) appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist for the regular cover version of this issue number
85. 148 Iron Man: Legacy of Doom 1 New York Comic Con Edition Marvel
6/08
  New York Comic Con 2008 exclusive. Sketch cover.
86. 145 Ultimate Origins 1 Variant Edition Marvel
8/08
  2 different Variant Editions exist, 1 by Michael Turner & 1 by Simone Bianchi.
87. 145 Amazing Spider-Man 546 Variant Edition Marvel
2/08
  1st app. of Freak & Bill Hollister. Mister Negative appearance. Jackpot, Aunt May & Harry Osborn backup stories.
88. 144 Superman & Batman 7 French Edition/Variant Cover Panini France
2/08
  Reprints stories from Action Comics #843 Superman #656, Detective Comics #823 & Batman #657 in French.
89. 142 Walking Dead #54 Image
10/08
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
90. 139 Walking Dead #55 Image
11/08
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
91. 135 Fantastic Four 554 Variant Edition Marvel
4/08
  2 different Variant Editions exist, 1 by Simone Bianchi and 1 Fantastic Four #2 cover swipe by Arthur Suydam.
92. 134 Avengers/Invaders 2 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
8/08
  Alex Ross & Jim Krueger story. Steve Sadowski art. Alex Ross cover.
93. 134 Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #1 Marvel
1/08
  Simon Spurrier story. Tan Eng Huat art. Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald cover.
94. 134 World War Hulk 5 Variant Edition Marvel
1/08
  1st full appearance of Skaar. Hulk vs. Sentry.
95. 132 Locke & Key #4 IDW Publishing
5/08
  Gold foil logo.
96. 132 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder 8 Retailer Incentive Edition D.C.
1/08
  Joker, Green Lantern & Catwoman appearance. Promotional issue.
97. 131 Hulk #2 Marvel
4/08
  Iron Man & She-Hulk appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
98. 129 Darkness v3 #2 Top Cow Publications
3/08
  2 different covers exist, 1 by Stjepan Sejic & 1 by Dale Keown.
99. 127 Hulk 1 Hero Initiative Edition Marvel
3/08
  1st appearance of Red Hulk. Iron Man, Doc Samson, She-Hulk & Winter Guard app. Partial blank cover.
100. 126 Witchblade 118 Fantastic Realm Edition Image/Top Cow
2008
  Fantastic Realm exclusive. “Virgin” sketch cover.
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