Key Comic Books From 2011

March 1, 2021

2011

Key comics from 2011

[ Note: Marvel begins winding down its newsstand distribution in steps around this time. Six 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 2011 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 2011, 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 2011, 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 2011.

Key Comic Books From 2011:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 8,814 Ultimate Fallout #4 Marvel
10/11
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales). Poly-bag removed.
Note: Newsstand copies of this issues are “mis-identified” by their UPC code as the “Black Panther” title, and therefore by precedent CGC should be willing to “break out” newsstand copies as distinct census variants, if someone were to submit one and ask!
2. 5,326 Batman #1 D.C.
11/11
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
3. 1,873 Detective Comics #880 D.C.
9/11
  Scott Snyder story. Jock cover & art.
4. 1,464 Ultimate Fallout 4 Second Printing Marvel
10/11
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales).
5. 1,434 Amazing Spider-Man 648 Sketch Edition Marvel
1/11
  Partial blank cover. Fantastic Four, Avengers, Sinister Six, Kingpin & Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) appearance
6. 1,275 Batman 1 Variant Cover D.C.
11/11
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Ethan Van Sciver cover.
7. 1,227 Justice League #1 D.C.
10/11
  Geoff Johns story. Jim Lee & Scott Williams cover & art.
8. 1,198 Detective Comics #1 D.C.
11/11
  Joker appearance.
9. 1,006 Ultimate Fallout 4 Pichelli Variant/Second Printi Marvel
10/11
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales).
10. 1,005 Venom/Deadpool: What If? #1 Marvel
4/11
  Rick Remender story. Shawn Moll art. Skottie Young cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
11. 902 Walking Dead #92 Image/Skybound
12/11
  1st full appearance of Paul “Jesus” Monroe.
12. 790 Suicide Squad #1 D.C.
11/11
  Adam Glass story. Federico Dallocchio & Ransom Getty art. Ryan Benjamin cover.
13. 691 Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Marvel
11/11
  Origin of Spider-Man (Miles Morales). Poly-bag removed.
14. 657 Ultimate Fallout 4 Variant Edition Marvel
10/11
  1st app. new Spider-Man (Miles Morales). Cover forms a single image with Ultimate Fallout #1-3 & #5-6 variants.
15. 608 Batman #2 D.C.
12/11
  1st appearance of William Cobb as Talon.
16. 573 Vengeance #1 Marvel
9/11
  1st app. of Ultimate Nullifier, Mako, Radioactive Kid, the new Black Knight & the new Miss America (America Chavez).
17. 521 Batman 1 Sketch Cover D.C.
11/11
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
18. 518 Batgirl #1 D.C.
11/11
  Gail Simone story. Ardian Syaf art. Adam Hughes cover.
19. 509 Action Comics #1 D.C.
11/11
  Grant Morrison story. Rags Morales cover & art.
20. 497 Captain America 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/11
  Partial blank cover.
21. 486 Superman #1 D.C.
11/11
  George Perez story, cover & art. Jesus Merino art.
22. 474 Batman 2 Variant Cover D.C.
12/11
  1st appearance of William Cobb as Talon.
23. 470 Avengers 7 Sketch Edition Marvel
1/11
  Partial blank cover.
24. 468 Detective Comics #871 D.C.
1/11
  Backup story by Scott Snyder with art by Francesco Francavilla.
25. 452 Action Comics 1 Variant Cover D.C.
11/11
  Grant Morrison story. Rags Morales art. Jim Lee cover.
26. 442 Power Girl #27 D.C.
10/11
  Last issue.
27. 426 FF 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
5/11
  Partial blank cover.
28. 419 Fantastic Four #587 Marvel
3/11
  “Death” of Human Torch (Johnny Storm). Galactus & Namor appearance. Poly-bag removed.
29. 412 Venom #1 Marvel
5/11
  Jack O’Lantern appearance.
30. 400 The Strain #1 Dark Horse
12/11
  Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan &. David Lapham story. Mike Huddleston cover & art.
31. 398 Justice League 1 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
10/11
  San Diego Comic-Con 2012 exclusive. Partial blank cover.
32. 394 Amazing Spider-Man #654 Marvel
4/11
  “Death” of Marla Madison Jameson. Flash Thompson becomes Venom. Scorpion & Spider-Slayer appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
33. 393 Flash #1 D.C.
11/11
  Brian Buccellato story. Francis Manapul story, cover & art.
34. 392 Batman: The Dark Knight #1 D.C.
1/11
  Killer Croc & Penguin appearance.
35. 362 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 Sketch Edition Marvel
8/11
  “Death” of Spider-Man (Peter Parker). Partial blank cover.
36. 356 Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 Marvel
4/11
  Venom (Flash Thompson) solo story. Flag-Smasher appearance.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
37. 341 Rachel Rising #1 Abstract Studio
2011
  1st appearance of Rachel Beck. Pin-up on back cover by Fabio Moon.
38. 338 Incredible Hulk 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
12/11
  Partial blank cover.
39. 321 Justice League 1 Sketch Cover D.C.
10/11
  Geoff Johns story. Jim Lee & Scott Williams art. David Finch cover.
40. 313 Walking Dead 87 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
7/11
  San Diego Comic-Con 2011 exclusive. Photo cover.
41. 312 Amazing Spider-Man #650 Marvel
2/11
  1st appearance of Spidey Stealth Suit. Hobgoblin (Phil Urich), Kingpin, Black Cat, Alistair Smythe & Mac Gargan app.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
42. 303 Ultimate Spider-Man #160 Marvel
8/11
  “Death” of Spider-Man (Peter Parker). Poly-bag removed.
43. 294 Wonder Woman #1 D.C.
11/11
  Brian Azzarello story. Cliff Chiang cover & art.
44. 292 X-Men 7 Sketch Edition Marvel
3/11
  Partial blank cover.
45. 284 Aquaman #1 D.C.
11/11
  Geoff Johns story. Ivan Reis & Joe Prado cover & art.
46. 282 Punisher 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
10/11
  Partial blank cover.
47. 274 Daredevil 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/11
  Partial blank cover. Back-up story by Mark Waid & art by Marcos Martin.
48. 266 Dallas Comic Con/Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel
3/11
  Dallas Comic Con 2011 exclusive. Reprints Amazing Spider-Man #1
49. 266 Walking Dead Weekly #1 Image
1/11
  Reprints Walking Dead #1
50. 266 Batman 2 Sketch Cover D.C.
12/11
  1st appearance of William Cobb as Talon.
51. 261 Justice League 1 Variant Cover D.C.
10/11
  Geoff Johns story. Jim Lee & Scott Williams art. David Finch cover.
52. 256 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 Quesada Variant Cover Marvel
8/11
  “Death” of Spider-Man (Peter Parker).
53. 253 Action Comics 1 Sketch Cover D.C.
11/11
  Grant Morrison story. Rags Morales cover & art.
54. 249 Walking Dead 85 Infinity & Beyond Edition Image/Skybound
5/11
  Infinity & Beyond celebration edition.
55. 247 Justice League Dark #1 D.C.
11/11
  Peter Milligan story. Mikel Janin art. Ryan Sook cover.
56. 239 Walking Dead #91 Image/Skybound
11/11
  1st appearance of Paul “Jesus” Monroe in cameo on last page.
57. 238 Justice League 1 Retailer Incentive Edition D.C.
10/11
  Sketch cover.
58. 231 Nightwing #1 D.C.
11/11
  Kyle Higgins story. Eddy Barrows & J.P. Mayer cover & art.
59. 224 Amazing Spider-Man 654 Second Printing Marvel
5/11
  “Death” of Marla Madison Jameson. Flash Thompson becomes Venom. Scorpion & Spider-Slayer appearance.
60. 220 Zatanna #16 D.C.
10/11
  Last issue.
61. 218 Flash 1 Sketch Cover D.C.
11/11
  Brian Buccellato story. Francis Manapul story, cover & art.
62. 213 Mighty Thor 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
6/11
  Partial blank cover.
63. 211 Flash 1 Variant Cover D.C.
11/11
  Brian Buccellato story. Francis Manapul story & art. Ivan Reis cover.
64. 204 Lady Mechanika #1 Aspen
1/11
  Joe Benitez story, cover & art.
65. 202 Ghost Rider 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
9/11
  Partial blank cover.
66. 197 Amazing Spider-Man 666 Daily Bugle Variant Marvel
9/11
  FF, Avengers, New Avengers, Shang-Chi, Young Allies, Jackal, Kaine & Hydro-Man appearance. “Spider-Island” begins.
67. 193 Zatanna #15 D.C.
9/11
  Derek Fridolfs story. Jamal Igle & John Dell art. Adam Hughes cover.
68. 192 Batman 1 Second Printing D.C.
11/11
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
69. 190 Walking Dead 81 ComicsPRO Edition Image/Skybound
2/11
  “Death” of Tobin. ComicsPRO exclusive. Sketch cover.
70. 189 Wolverine: The Best There Is 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
2/11
  Partial blank cover.
71. 189 Green Lantern 1 Variant Cover D.C.
11/11
  Sketch cover.
72. 188 Green Lantern 1 Recalled Edition D.C.
11/11
  Recalled due to “tear drop” misprint mark on cover.
73. 188 Ultimate Spider-Man 1 Pichelli Variant Cover Marvel
11/11
  Origin of Spider-Man (Miles Morales). “Miles Morales unmasked” cover.
74. 186 Venom #2 Marvel
6/11
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
75. 185 Walking Dead #83 Image/Skybound
3/11
  “Death” of Morgan Jones, Douglas Monroe, and Jessie & Ron Anderson. Carl gets shot.
76. 179 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 Sketch Cover Marvel
8/11
  “Death” of Spider-Man (Peter Parker). “Virgin” cover.
77. 179 Flashpoint 1 Convention Edition D.C.
7/11
  San Diego Comic-Con 2012 exclusive. Wraparound cover.
78. 176 Fantastic Four 587 Variant Edition Marvel
3/11
  “Death” of Human Torch (Johnny Storm). Galactus & Namor appearance.
79. 175 Green Lantern 1 Sketch Cover D.C.
11/11
  Geoff Johns story. Doug Mahnke art. Ivan Reis cover.
80. 175 Nonplayer #1 Image
4/11
  Nate Simpson story, cover & art.
81. 175 X-Men Giant-Size 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
7/11
  Partial blank cover.
82. 175 Swamp Thing #1 D.C.
11/11
  Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Lois Lane & Perry White appearance.
83. 175 Amazing Spider-Man 667 Custom Edition Marvel
10/11
  Montreal Comiccon 2011 exclusive. Sketch cover.
84. 174 Green Lantern #1 D.C.
11/11
  Geoff Johns story. Doug Mahnke art. Ivan Reis cover.
85. 173 Incredible Hulks 635 Sketch Edition Marvel
10/11
  Amadeus Cho, Doctor Strange, Umar, Tyrannus & Fin Fang Foom appearance. Last issue. Partial blan
86. 169 Walking Dead Weekly #19 Image
5/11
  Reprints Walking Dead #19
87. 169 The Strain 1 Variant Cover Dark Horse
12/11
  Steve Morris cover.
88. 169 Ultimate Spider-Man 1 Variant Edition Marvel
11/11
  Origin of Spider-Man (Miles Morales).
89. 168 Justice League 1 Second Printing D.C.
10/11
  Geoff Johns story. Jim Lee & Scott Williams cover & art.
90. 167 Amazing Spider-Man 648 Sketch Cover Marvel
1/11
  Fantastic Four, Avengers, Sinister Six, Kingpin & Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) appearance.
91. 167 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 Bagley Variant Cover Marvel
8/11
  “Death” of Spider-Man (Peter Parker).
92. 162 Invincible Iron Man 500 Sketch Cover Marvel
3/11
  Wraparound cover.
93. 157 Walking Dead #87 Image/Skybound
7/11
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
94. 157 Walking Dead #86 Image/Skybound
6/11
  Flipbook with Elephantmen #1
95. 150 Walking Dead #84 Image/Skybound
4/11
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
96. 149 Zatanna #11 D.C.
5/11
  Paul Dini story. Jamal Igle & Jon Sibal art. Adam Hughes cover.
97. 148 Walking Dead 85 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
5/11
  Flipbook with Witch Doctor #0 by Brandon Seifert & Lukas Ketner.
98. 148 Walking Dead #85 Image/Skybound
5/11
  Flipbook with Witch Doctor #0 by Brandon Seifert & Lukas Ketner.
99. 146 Vengeance 1 Variant Edition Marvel
9/11
  1st app. of Ultimate Nullifier, Mako, Radioactive Kid, the new Black Knight & the new Miss America (America Chavez).
100. 144 Avengers #12 Marvel
6/11
  Brian Michael Bendis story. John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson. cover & art.
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