Key Comic Books From 2012

March 1, 2021

2012

Key comics from 2012
[ Note: Marvel newsstand comics are ending the final end-of-life stage by this time.  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 2012:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 4,250 Saga #1 Image
3/12
  1st appearance of Marko, Alana, Hazel, Prince Robot IV, Special Agent Gale, Vez, The Will & Lying Cat.
2. 2,184 Avenging Spider-Man #9 Marvel
9/12
  1st Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, predates Captain Marvel #1 (9/12)
3. 1,892 Thief of Thieves #1 Image
2/12
  Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer story. Shawn Martinbrough cover & art.
4. 1,663 Walking Dead #100 Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
5. 1,589 Walking Dead 100 Chromium Edition Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn. Wraparound cover.
6. 1,311 Batman 0 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
11/12
  Back-up story by James Tynion IV with art by Andy Clarke. Partial blank cover.
7. 1,156 Revival #1 Image
7/12
  Tim Seeley story, Mike Norton art, Craig Thompson cover
8. 947 Walking Dead 100 McFarlane Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
9. 932 Walking Dead 100 Second Printing Image/Skybound
8/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille.” “Death” of Glenn.
10. 800 Walking Dead 100 Adlard Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn. Wraparound cover.
11. 769 Saga #2 Image
4/12
  1st appearance of The Stalk. 1st appearance of Izabel in cameo on last page.
12. 737 Walking Dead 100 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn. Previews & SDCC 2017 exclusive.
13. 712 Walking Dead 100 Ottley Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
14. 703 Walking Dead 100 Silvestri Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
15. 697 Batman #13 D.C.
12/12
  Joker & Harley Quinn appearance. Newsstand edition exists without die-cut outer cover.
16. 658 Peter Panzerfaust #1 Image
2/12
  Kurtis Wiebe story. Tyler Jenkins cover & art.
17. 636 Walking Dead 100 Sketch Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn. Wraparound cover.
18. 607 Walking Dead 100 Quitely Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille.” “Death” of Glenn.
19. 566 Walking Dead 100 Escape Edition Image/Skybound
7/12
  “Walking Dead Escape” obstacle course exclusive. 1st appearance of Negan and “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
20. 515 Avengers vs. X-Men 1 Diamond Select Toys Edition Marvel
6/12
  Sketch cover.
21. 512 Walking Dead 100 Phillips Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
22. 503 Walking Dead 101 Ghost Variant Cover Image/Skybound
8/12
  “Foxy Brown” variant cover.
23. 491 Nowhere Men #1 Image
11/12
  Eric Stephenson story. Nate Bellegarde cover & art.
24. 491 Justice League #12 D.C.
10/12
  Geoff Johns story, Jim Lee cover. Jim Lee, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado &. David Finch art.
25. 456 Captain Marvel #1 Marvel
9/12
  Carol Danvers becomes the new Captain Marvel.
26. 444 Thief of Thieves #2 Image
3/12
  Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer story. Shawn Martinbrough cover & art.
27. 428 Walking Dead 103 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
10/12
  Walking Dead #1 cover homage.
28. 415 Saga #3 Image
5/12
  1st full appearance of Izabel.
29. 415 Walking Dead #98 Image/Skybound
5/12
  1st appearance of Dwight. “Death” of Sgt. Abraham Ford.
30. 414 Point One 1 Variant Edition Marvel
1/12
  1st app. of the new Nova (Sam Alexander) Nick Bradshaw cover. Additional art by Larroca, Dodson, Hitch, Vines & Neary.
31. 412 Walking Dead 100 Hitch Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
32. 394 Batman #3 D.C.
1/12
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
33. 388 Hawkeye #1 Marvel
10/12
  Matt Fraction story. David Aja cover & art.
34. 383 Saga #4 Image
6/12
  1st appearance of Slave Girl (Sophie).
35. 382 Walking Dead #99 Image/Skybound
6/12
  4 page “Revival” preview by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton.
36. 377 Batman #0 D.C.
11/12
  Back-up story by James Tynion IV with art by Andy Clarke.
37. 375 Saga 7 Ghost Variant Cover Image
11/12
  1st appearance of Fard.
38. 367 Clone #1 Image
11/12
  Wraparound cover.
39. 352 Amazing Spider-Man 692 Convention Edition Marvel
10/12
  Origin & 1st appearance of Alpha.
40. 349 Uncanny X-Men 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
1/12
  Partial blank cover.
41. 333 Avenging Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
1/12
  Manufactured with # printed on interior back cover for digital download copy of issue. Poly-bag removed. Blank cover.
42. 331 The Manhattan Projects #1 Image
3/12
  Jonathan Hickman story. Nick Pitarra art.
43. 316 Point One #1 Marvel
1/12
  1st app. of the new Nova (Sam Alexander) Adam Kubert cover. Additional art by Larroca, Dodson, Hitch, Vines & Neary.
44. 315 Walking Dead #101 Image/Skybound
8/12
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
45. 314 Walking Dead 94 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
2/12
  Image Expo 2012 exclusive.
46. 312 Avenging Spider-Man 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
1/12
  Manufactured with # printed on interior back cover for digital download copy of Avenging Spider-Man #1 Poly-bag removed.
47. 307 Walking Dead #97 Image/Skybound
5/12
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
48. 275 Thief of Thieves #3 Image
4/12
  Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer story. Shawn Martinbrough cover & art.
49. 272 Saga 1 Retailer Incentive Edition Image
4/12
  1st appearance of Marko, Alana, Hazel, Prince Robot IV, Special Agent Gale, Vez, The Will & Lying Cat.
50. 272 Spawn #221 Image
7/12
  Tremor appearance. Amazing Fantasy #15 cover homage.
51. 265 Avengers 1: Coming of the Avengers 1 El Capitan Theatre Edition Marvel
2012
  “El Capitan Theatre” exclusive.
52. 264 Bedlam #1 Image
10/12
  Nick Spencer story. Riley Rossmo art. Frazer Irving cover.
53. 264 Walking Dead 100 Ottley Sketch Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn. Comixology exclusive.
54. 262 Green Lantern 13 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
12/12
  Partial blank cover.
55. 261 Spawn #223 Image
9/12
  Walking Dead #1 cover homage.
56. 260 Walking Dead #93 Image/Skybound
1/12
  3 page “Thief of Thieves” preview by Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer & Shawn Martinbrough.
57. 258 Walking Dead 100 Third Printing Image/Skybound
10/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
58. 253 Avengers vs. X-Men 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
6/12
  Partial blank cover.
59. 253 Deadpool 50 Sketch Edition Marvel
4/12
  X-Force, Daken, Kingpin & Typhoid Mary appearance. Partial blank cover.
60. 253 Clone 1 Variant Cover Image
11/12
  David Schulner story. Juan Jose Ryp art. Charlie Adlard cover.
61. 245 Walking Dead 100 Lucille Edition Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
62. 236 Walking Dead #102 Image/Skybound
9/12
  Letter from Steven Yeun.
63. 232 Fatale #1 Image
1/12
  Ed Brubaker story. Sean Phillips cover & art.
64. 231 Batgirl #13 D.C.
12/12
  Batwoman & Knightfall appearance. Newsstand edition exists without die-cut outer cover.
65. 224 Peter Panzerfaust #2 Image
3/12
  Kurtis Wiebe story. Tyler Jenkins cover & art.
66. 224 Spider-Men #1 Marvel
8/12
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Sara Pichelli art. Jim Cheung cover.
67. 223 Batman #6 D.C.
4/12
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
68. 223 Thief of Thieves 1 ComicsPRO Edition Image/Skybound
2/12
  Comics Professional Retail Organization exclusive. Sketch cover.
69. 221 Fanboys vs. Zombies 1 Suydam Variant Cover Boom! Studios
4/12
  “CGC Variant Cover”.
70. 218 Walking Dead #103 Image/Skybound
10/12
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
71. 217 Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1 Marvel
10/12
  Cullen Bunn story. Dalibor Talajic art. Kaare Andrews cover.
72. 217 Wolverine 300 Sketch Cover Marvel
3/12
  Partial blank cover.
73. 214 Peter Panzerfaust #3 Image
4/12
  Kurtis Wiebe story. Tyler Jenkins cover & art.
74. 213 Thief of Thieves #4 Image
5/12
  Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer story. Shawn Martinbrough cover & art.
75. 211 Walking Dead 99 Second Printing Image/Skybound
8/12
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
76. 210 Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Marvel
6/12
  Aaron, Bendis, Brubaker, Hickman &. Fraction story, John Romita Jr. art. Jim Cheung cover.
77. 210 Walking Dead: Michonne Special #1 Image/Skybound
10/12
  Reprints Michonne origin story from Playboy Magazine v59 #3 & Walking Dead #19
78. 208 Carnage, U.S.A. #1 Marvel
2/12
  Zeb Wells story. Clayton Crain cover & art.
79. 206 Batman 13 Convention Edition D.C.
12/12
  Joker & Harley Quinn appearance. Newsstand edition exists without die-cut outer cover.
80. 206 Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Alice in Wonderland #1 Zenescope Entertainment
1/12
  Raven Gregory story. Robert Gill art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
81. 204 Walking Dead 94 Convention Sketch Edition Image/Skybound
2/12
  Image Expo 2012 exclusive.
82. 204 Revival #2 Image
8/12
  Tim Seeley story. Mike Norton art. Jenny Frison cover.
83. 203 Saga #5 Image
7/12
  1st appearance of Mama Sun. “Death” of The Stalk.
84. 202 Batman #4 D.C.
2/12
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
85. 198 Thief of Thieves 1 Image Expo Edition Image
2/12
  Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer story. Shawn Martinbrough cover & art.
86. 198 Avengers vs. X-Men 12 Stegman Variant Cover Marvel
12/12
  “New York Giants” cover.
87. 198 Batman #5 D.C.
3/12
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
88. 196 Wolverine 310 Sketch Edition Marvel
9/12
  Partial blank cover.
89. 195 Saga #6 Image
8/12
  1st appearance of Klara & Barr.
90. 193 Batman #7 D.C.
5/12
  1st appearance of Harper Row.
91. 193 Amazing Spider-Man 678 Variant Edition Marvel
3/12
  “Venom” variant cover.
92. 192 Batman 3 Variant Cover D.C.
1/12
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Ivan Reis cover.
93. 192 Walking Dead #104 Image/Skybound
11/12
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
94. 191 Uncanny Avengers #1 Marvel
12/12
  Rick Remender story. John Cassaday cover & art.
95. 189 Bedlam 1 Variant Cover Image
10/12
  Nick Spencer story. Riley Rossmo cover & art.
96. 189 Batman 3 Sketch Cover D.C.
1/12
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
97. 188 Walking Dead #96 Image/Skybound
4/12
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
98. 187 Amazing Spider-Man 692 “1970’s” Variant Cover Marvel
10/12
  Origin & 1st appearance of Alpha (Andy Maguire). Fantastic Four, Beast, Iron Man, Giant-Man & Jackal appearance.
99. 187 Uncanny Avengers 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
12/12
  Midtown Comics exclusive.
100. 187 Walking Dead #95 Image/Skybound
3/12
  1st appearance of Gregory.
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