Key Comic Books From 2010

March 1, 2021

2010

Key comics from 2010

[ Note: five 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 2010 list you’re about to see is neither of those other types.

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main 2010’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 2010, 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 2010, 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 2010.

Key Comic Books From 2010:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,421 X-Men 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/10
  Partial blank cover.
2. 1,543 Avengers 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
7/10
  Partial blank cover.
3. 657 Wolverine 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
11/10
  Partial blank cover.
4. 509 Amazing Spider-Man #611 Marvel
1/10
  Deadpool, Madame Web, Anya Corazon, Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin), Eddie Brock and Ana & Sasha Kravinoff app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
5. 498 I, Zombie #1 D.C./Vertigo
7/10
  Chris Roberson story. Michael & Lauren Allred cover & art.
6. 486 Uncanny X-Force 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
12/10
  Partial blank cover.
7. 455 Batgirl #12 D.C.
9/10
  Bryan Q. Miller story. Lee Garbett & Pere Perez art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
8. 428 Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #7 Marvel
3/10
  1st app. of Lady Deadpool, the Deadpool Kid & Major Deadpool. Headpool app. “Trainspotting” poster homage cover.
9. 398 X-23 #1 Marvel
5/10
  Wolverine, Jubliee, Kiden, Catiana, Bobby Soul, Lil’ Bro & Gamesmaster appearance.
10. 370 Amazing Spider-Man 638 Convention Edition Marvel
9/10
  Fan Expo Canada 2010 exclusive. Amazing Fantasy #15 cover homage.
11. 369 New Avengers 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
8/10
  New team begins. Partial blank cover.
12. 348 Walking Dead 75 Convention Edition Image
7/10
  San Diego Comic-Con 2010 exclusive. 7 page color spoof ending by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley.
13. 341 X-Men Origins: Deadpool #1 Marvel
9/10
  “From Russia with Love” movie poster homage. Origin of Deadpool retold.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $4.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
14. 320 Morning Glories #1 Image
8/10
  Nick Spencer story. Joe Eisma art. Rodin Esquejo cover.
15. 291 Avengers 1 Convention Edition Marvel
7/10
  Los Angeles Rock’n Comic Con 2010 exclusive.
16. 283 Avengers 1 Second Printing Marvel
7/10
  2 different covers exist, 1 by John Romita Jr. & 1 partial blank cover.
17. 276 Walking Dead #69 Image
1/10
  1st appearance of Heath, Scott, Tobin, Bruce & the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
18. 266 Walking Dead 75 Variant Cover Image
7/10
  Walking Dead #1 cover homage. 7 page color spoof ending by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley.
19. 252 The Sixth Gun #1 Oni Press
7/10
  Cullen Bunn story. Brian Hurtt cover & art.
20. 231 Superman/Batman Annual #4 D.C.
8/10
  Paul Levitz story. Renato Guedes & Jose Wilson art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
21. 220 Walking Dead 80 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
12/10
  “Death” of Bruce. Arizona Comic Convention 2011 exclusive Andrew Lincoln & Steven Yeun photo cover
22. 213 Batman #700 D.C.
8/10
  Pin-ups by Shane Davis, Juan Doe, Tim Sale, Philip Tan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Guillem March & Dustin Nguyen.
23. 204 X-23 1 Dell’Otto Variant Cover Marvel
11/10
  Marjorie Liu story. Will Conrad art. Gabriele Dell’Otto cover.
24. 203 Uncanny X-Force 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
12/10
  Rick Remender story. Jerome Ope?a art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
25. 194 Walking Dead 75 Ultimate Comics Edition Image
7/10
  7 page color spoof ending by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley. “Zombie Frame” cover.
26. 191 American Vampire #1 D.C./Vertigo
5/10
  Scott Snyder & Stephen King stories. Rafael Albuquerque cover & art.
27. 184 Siege 1 Quesada Sketch Cover Marvel
3/10
  Cover forms a single image with issues #2- 4 Quesada Sketch Covers. “Virgin” cover.
28. 183 Ultimate Thor 1 LBCC/UniversalOutpost.com Edition Marvel
12/10
  UniversalOutpost.com & Long Beach Comic Con 2010 exclusive.
29. 174 Wolverine 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
11/10
  “Deadpool” variant cover.
30. 173 Psylocke #1 Marvel
1/10
  “A Girl Called Hope part 1” backup story by Duane Swierczynski & Steve Dillon.
31. 165 Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat 1 Variant Edition Marvel
8/10
  Spider-Man appearance.
32. 164 Action Comics #894 D.C.
12/10
  Death appearance.
33. 160 Walking Dead #79 Image/Skybound
11/10
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
34. 153 Amazing Spider-Man 640 Kevic-Djurdjevic Variant Cover Marvel
10/10
  “Women of Marvel” variant cover.
35. 152 Image Firsts: Walking Dead #1 Image
3/10
  Reprints Walking Dead #1 FCBD 2010 ad on back cover.
36. 149 Walking Dead #75 Image
7/10
  7 page color spoof ending by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley.
37. 144 Amazing Spider-Man 620 Variant Edition Marvel
4/10
  “Deadpool” variant cover. Mister Negative & Mysterio appearance. Doctor Tramma & Hammerhead cameo.
38. 142 Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn #1 D.C.
8/10
  James Patrick story. Joe Quinones art. Claudio Castellini cover.
39. 141 Walking Dead 78 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
10/10
  Long Beach Comic Con 2010 exclusive. Photo cover.
40. 137 Walking Dead #72 Image
5/10
  1st appearance of Spencer Monroe & Peter & Jessie Anderson.
41. 133 Uncanny X-Force 1 Crain Variant Cover Marvel
12/10
  Rick Remender story. Jerome Ope?a art. Clayton Crain cover.
42. 132 Walking Dead #74 Image
7/10
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
43. 131 Batman: Odyssey #1 D.C.
9/10
  Neal Adams story & cover. Neal Adams & Michael Golden art.
44. 131 Wonder Woman 600 Variant Cover D.C.
8/10
  Adam Hughes cover. Sensation Comics #1 cover homage. Reis, Horn, Manapul, Jock, Jimenez, Davis, March & Scott pinups.
45. 131 Amazing Spider-Man #617 Marvel
3/10
  Part 3 of a 3 part cover sequence. 1st appearance of the new Rhino. Rhino (Sytsevich) & Doctor Tramma app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $4.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
46. 129 Siege 3 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
5/10
  Asgard is destroyed. “Deadpool” variant cover.
47. 129 Avengers 4 Convention Edition Marvel
10/10
  Fan Expo Canada 2010 exclusive.
48. 128 Uncanny X-Force #1 Marvel
12/10
  Rick Remender story. Jerome Ope?a art. Esad Ribic cover.
49. 126 Uncanny X-Force 1 Liefeld Variant Cover Marvel
12/10
  Rick Remender story. Jerome Ope?a art. Rob Liefeld cover.
50. 125 X-23 2 Variant Edition Marvel
12/10
  “Vampire” variant cover.
51. 124 Carnage #1 Marvel
12/10
  1st appearance of Doctor Tanis Nieves. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doppelganger & Shriek appearance.
52. 124 Wolverine #1 Marvel
11/10
  Jason Aaron stories. Renato Guedes & Jason Latour art. Jae Lee cover.
53. 121 Amazing Spider-Man 623 Planet Comicon Edition Marvel
5/10
  1st appearance of Simple Simon. Vulture, Electro & Sasha Kravinoff app. Planet Comicon Kansas 2010 exclusive.
54. 121 Wolverine 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
11/10
  Jason Aaron stories. Renato Guedes & Jason Latour art. Jae Lee cover.
55. 119 Batman 700 Variant Cover D.C.
8/10
  Pin-ups by Shane Davis, Juan Doe, Tim Sale, Philip Tan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Guillem March & Dustin Nguyen.
56. 119 Carnage 1 Convention Edition Marvel
12/10
  1st appearance of Doctor Tanis Nieves. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doppelganger & Shriek app. Detroit
57. 114 Walking Dead #78 Image/Skybound
10/10
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
58. 111 Black Widow 6 Variant Edition Marvel
11/10
  Duane Swierczynski story. Manuel Garcia & Lorenzo Ruggiero art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
59. 111 Walking Dead #77 Image/Skybound
9/10
  “Death” of Scott, Regina Monroe & Peter Anderson.
60. 110 I, Zombie 1 Variant Cover D.C./Vertigo
7/10
  Chris Roberson story. Michael Allred art. Darwyn Cooke cover.
61. 110 Lady Mechanika #0 Aspen
10/10
  Joe Benitez story, cover & art.
62. 110 Uncanny X-Men 522 Variant Edition Marvel
5/10
  Return of Kitty Pryde. Fantastic Four app. Back-up story by Matt Fraction, Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning.
63. 108 X-Women #1 Marvel
9/10
  Chris Claremont story. Milo Manara cover & art.
64. 108 Amazing Spider-Man 646 Mayhew Variant Cover Marvel
12/10
  “Vampire” variant cover. Amazing Fantasy #15 cover homage.
65. 108 Siege 1 Quesada Variant Cover Marvel
3/10
  The Dark Avengers & the Initiative invade Asgard. “Virgin” cover.
66. 107 Brave and the Bold #33 D.C.
6/10
  Wonder Woman, Zatanna & Batgirl.
67. 107 New Avengers 1 Hero Initiative Edition Marvel
8/10
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Stuart Immonen & Wade Grawbadger art.
68. 107 Walking Dead #70 Image
2/10
  1st appearance of Douglas Monroe.
69. 106 Superman 700 Celebrity Authentics Edition D.C.
8/10
  Robinson, Jurgens & Straczynski stories. Bernard Chang, Dan Jurgens, Norm. Rapmund, Eddy Barrows & J.P. Mayer art.
70. 106 X-23 1 Variant Cover Marvel
11/10
  “Women of Marvel” variant cover.
71. 106 Walking Dead #80 Image/Skybound
12/10
  “Death” of Bruce.
72. 106 Thor: First Thunder 1 Celebrity Authentics Edition Marvel
11/10
 
73. 105 Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War 1 Celebrity Authentics Ed./Varia Dark Horse
1/10
  Randy Stradley story. Rick Leonardi & Mark Pennington art. Rick Leonardi & Mark Pennington cover.
74. 104 Amazing Spider-Man 642 New York Comic Con Edition Marvel
11/10
 
75. 103 Millar & McNiven’s Nemesis #1 Marvel/Icon
5/10
  1st appearance of Chief Blake Morrow & Nemesis.
76. 102 Iron Man vs. Whiplash 1 Celebrity Authentics Edition Marvel
1/10
  Marc Guggenheim & Brannon Braga story. Phillippe Briones art. Brandon Peterson cover.
77. 102 Amazing Spider-Man #641 Marvel
10/10
  Doctor Strange, Reed Richards & Tony Stark appearance. Letter from Greg Mottola.
78. 102 Batman 700 Sketch Cover D.C.
8/10
  Pin-ups by Shane Davis, Juan Doe, Tim Sale, Philip Tan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Guillem March & Dustin Nguyen.
79. 101 X-Force 23 Variant Edition Marvel
3/10
  “Underworld” movie poster homage cover.
80. 101 Walking Dead #76 Image/Skybound
8/10
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
81. 100 Walking Dead #73 Image
6/10
  1st appearance of Holly.
82. 99 Uncanny X-Force 1 Premiere Edition Marvel
12/10
  Rick Remender story. Jerome Ope?a art. Esad Ribic cover.
83. 95 Black Widow 1 Photo Variant Cover Marvel
6/10
  1st appearance of Black Rose. Wolverine, Tony Stark & James Barnes app. Scarlett Johansson photo cover.
84. 94 Avengers 1 Gatefold Variant Cover Marvel
7/10
  Kang appearance. Sextuple gatefold cover.
85. 94 Green Lantern 50 Variant Cover D.C.
3/10
  Return of Parallax.
86. 94 Walking Dead #71 Image
4/10
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
87. 92 The Waking 4 Phoenix Comicon Edition Zenescope Entertainment
5/10
  Phoenix Comicon 2010 exclusive.
88. 92 Amazing Spider-Man #637 Marvel
9/10
  Two different covers exist, one by Olivier Coipel & one by Mike Fyles. “Death” of Madame Web.
89. 91 Carnage 1 Crain Variant Cover Marvel
12/10
  1st appearance of Doctor Tanis Nieves. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doppelganger & Shriek appearance.
90. 91 Dark Reign: The List – Amazing Spider-Man 1 Villain Variant Edition Marvel
1/10
  Iron Patriot & Victoria Hand appearance. Green Goblin cover.
91. 91 Lady Deadpool #1 Marvel
9/10
  Mary H.K. Choi story, Greg Land cover. Ken Lashley, Tim Townsend &. Andrew Hennessy art.
92. 91 Amazing Spider-Man #645 Marvel
12/10
  Cover forms a single image with Amazing Spider-Man #642 through #644, #646 & #647
93. 90 Chew #8 Image
1/10
  “International Flavor” part 3
94. 90 The Sixth Gun 1 Free Comic Book Day Edition Oni Press
5/10
  Cullen Bunn story. Brian Hurtt cover & art.
95. 90 Amazing Spider-Man 638 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/10
  Joe Quesada story, cover & art. Paolo Rivera art.
96. 89 Justice League of America 50 Hero Initiative Edition D.C.
12/10
 
97. 87 Amazing Spider-Man #610 Marvel
1/10
  Kaine, Raptor & Screwball appearance. Indicia reads 1/09
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
98. 86 X-Men 1 Premiere Edition Marvel
9/10
  Victor Gischler story. Paco Medina & Juan Vlasco art. Adi Granov cover.
99. 85 Avengers #1 Marvel
7/10
  Kang appearance.
100. 85 Amazing Spider-Man #642 Marvel
11/10
  Cover forms a single image with Amazing Spider-Man #643 through #647
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
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