Key Comic Books From 2013

March 1, 2021

2013

Key comics from 2013
[ Note: this marks the final year of Marvel newsstand edition comics. 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 2013 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 2013, 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 2013, 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 2013.

Key Comic Books From 2013:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 4,030 Amazing Spider-Man #700 Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
2. 2,156 Walking Dead #108 Image/Skybound
3/13
  1st appearance of Ezekiel & Shiva.
3. 1,553 East of West #1 Image
3/13
  Jonathan Hickman story. Nick Dragotta cover & art.
4. 1,216 Superior Spider-Man #1 Marvel
3/13
  Dan Slott story. Ryan Stegman cover & art.
5. 923 Captain Marvel #14 Marvel
9/13
  1st appearance of Kamala Khan in one-panel cameo.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
6. 889 Walking Dead 109 Sketch Edition Image/Skybound
4/13
  Partial blank cover.
7. 886 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Ditko Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
8. 876 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Martin Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
9. 825 Batman #23.1 D.C.
11/13
  “Joker #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
10. 823 Superman Unchained #1 D.C.
8/13
  Manufactured with fold-out story pages glued to insert.
11. 820 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World Philadelphia Edition Image
5/13
  Wizard World Philadelphia 2013 exclusive Reprints Walking Dead #1
12. 771 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  Midtown Comics exclusive. “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
13. 735 Thor: God of Thunder #2 Marvel
1/13
  1st appearance of Gorr the God Butcher & All-Black (the Necrosword).
14. 722 Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Edition #1 Image/Skybound
10/13
  Reprints Walking Dead #1 in color.
15. 715 Spawn #227 Image
1/13
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
16. 710 Manifest Destiny #1 Image
11/13
  Chris Dingess story. Matthew Roberts cover & art.
17. 700 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Second Printing Marvel
4/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage. Last issue.
18. 660 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World St. Louis Edition Image
3/13
  Wizard World St. Louis 2013 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1
19. 647 Lazarus #1 Image
6/13
  Greg Rucka story. Michael Lark cover & art.
20. 617 Sex Criminals #1 Image
9/13
  1st appearance of Suzie Dickson, Jon Johnson & Rachelle Jackson.
21. 614 Detective Comics #23.2 D.C.
11/13
  “Harley Quinn #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
22. 578 Superior Spider-Man 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
3/13
  Midtown Comics exclusive.
23. 577 Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 D.C.
11/13
  “Joker’s Daughter #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
24. 549 Age of Ultron #1 Marvel
5/13
  Embossed metallic foil cover.
25. 548 Star Wars #1 Dark Horse
1/13
  Brian Wood story. Carlos D’Anda art. Alex Ross cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
26. 548 Detective Comics 20 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
7/13
  John Layman stories
27. 542 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Ramos Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Wraparound cover. Last issue.
28. 537 Thor: God of Thunder #6 Marvel
5/13
  Origin of Gorr.
29. 509 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World NY Sketch Edition Image
6/13
  Wizard World New York 2013 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1
30. 502 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Marvel
5/13
  Origin of Star-Lord.
31. 492 Rat Queens #1 Image
9/13
  1st full appearance of the Rat Queens (Hannah, Dee, Violet & Betty).
32. 476 Walking Dead 115 Variant Cover O Image/Skybound
10/13
  New York Comic Con 2013 & Previews exclusive.
33. 464 Batman #21 D.C.
8/13
  1st appearance of Duke Thomas. Embossed cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
34. 453 Batman Incorporated #8 D.C.
4/13
  “Death” of Robin (Damian Wayne).
35. 441 Justice League 16 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
3/13
  “Shazam!” back-up story by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank. Partial blank cover.
36. 439 Superior Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
3/13
  Dan Slott story. Ryan Stegman cover & art.
37. 436 Walking Dead 115 Variant Cover L Image/Skybound
10/13
  Partial blank cover.
38. 425 Batman/Superman #1 D.C.
8/13
  Greg Pak story. Jae Lee & Ben Oliver art. Jae Lee cover.
39. 417 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Coipel Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
40. 405 East of West 1 Ghost Variant Cover Image
3/13
  Jonathan Hickman story. Nick Dragotta cover & art.
41. 397 Manifest Destiny 1 Variant Cover Image
11/13
  Chris Dingess story. Matthew Roberts art. Ryan Ottley cover.
42. 387 Superior Spider-Man 20 Variant Edition Marvel
12/13
  Black Cat & Stunner appearance.
43. 383 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Quesada Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
44. 376 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World Chicago Edition Image
8/13
  Wizard World Chicago 2013 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1
45. 375 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World New York Edition Image
6/13
  Wizard World New York 2013 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1
46. 373 Amazing Spider-Man 700 50th Anniversary Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
47. 362 Forever Evil 1 3-D Variant Cover D.C.
11/13
  “Death” of Monocle. 3-D lenticular cover. Double gatefold centerfold.
48. 352 Deadpool #1 Marvel
1/13
  Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn story. Tony Moore art. Geof Darrow cover.
49. 344 Guardians of the Galaxy 1 Phantom Variant Cover Marvel
5/13
  X-Men #141 cover homage.
50. 340 All-New X-Men #1 Marvel
1/13
  1st appearance of Tempus (Eva Bell) & Triage (Christopher Muse). Wraparound cover.
51. 338 Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth #1 Image
1/13
  Ken Kristensen story. M.K. Perker cover & art.
52. 338 Superman Unchained 1 Sketch Cover D.C.
8/13
  Manufactured with fold-out story pages glued to insert.
53. 335 Superior Spider-Man 1 Young Variant Cover Marvel
3/13
  Dan Slott story. Ryan Stegman art. Skottie Young cover.
54. 325 Walking Dead 115 Variant Cover M Image/Skybound
10/13
  “Midnight Release” variant.
55. 320 Green Lantern #20 D.C.
7/13
  1st appearance of Jessica Cruz in one-panel cameo (face not revealed). Last Geoff Johns issue. Wraparound cover
56. 316 Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Edition 1 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
10/13
  Reprints Walking Dead #1 in color. New York Comic Con 2013 exclusive. Sketch cover.
57. 312 Walking Dead: The Governor Special 1 Green Foil Edition Image/Skybound
2/13
  Green foil logo. Reprints “Governor aquarium” story from CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012 & Walking Dead #27
58. 310 Walking Dead FCBD 2013 Special #nn Image
5/13
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
59. 310 Walking Dead: The Governor Special #1 Image/Skybound
2/13
  Reprints “Governor aquarium” story from CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012 & Walking Dead #27
60. 306 Deadpool 1 Young Variant Cover Marvel
1/13
  Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn story. Tony Moore art. Skottie Young cover.
61. 306 Superior Spider-Man 16 Convention Sketch Edition Marvel
10/13
  Phil Urich becomes the Goblin Knight.
62. 300 Jupiter’s Legacy #1 Image
4/13
  Mark Millar story. Frank Quitely cover & art.
63. 298 Wolverine #1 Marvel
5/13
  Paul Cornell story. Alan Davis & Mark Farmer cover & art.
64. 298 Superman Unchained 1 Convention Edition D.C.
8/13
  San Diego Comic-Con 2013 exclusive. Sketch cover. Manufactured with fold-out story pages glued to insert.
65. 297 Batman/Superman 1 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
8/13
  Partial blank cover.
66. 296 Action Comics 18 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
5/13
  Back-up story by Sholly Fisch with art by Chris Sprouse. Partial blank cover.
67. 295 Uncanny X-Men #1 Marvel
4/13
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Chris Bachalo cover & art.
68. 289 Guardians of the Galaxy 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
5/13
  Partial blank cover.
69. 274 Catwoman #23 D.C.
10/13
  1st app. of new “Joker’s daughter.”
70. 269 Batman ’66 #1 D.C.
9/13
  Jeff Parker story. Jonathan Case art. Mike Allred cover.
71. 267 Superman Unchained 1 3-D Variant Cover D.C.
8/13
  3-D Lenticular cover. Manufactured with fold-out story pages glued to insert.
72. 266 Batman #23.2 D.C.
11/13
  “Riddler #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
73. 266 Walking Dead 115 Variant Cover N Image/Skybound
10/13
  Sketch cover. “Midnight Release” variant cover.
74. 262 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World Portland Edition Image
2/13
  Reprints Walking Dead #1
75. 260 Walking Dead 112 Image Expo Edition Image/Skybound
7/13
  Image Expo 2013 exclusive. Sketch cover.
76. 259 East of West 1 Forbidden Planet Edition Image
3/13
  Jonathan Hickman story. Nick Dragotta cover & art.
77. 257 Infinity 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
10/13
  Partial blank cover.
78. 257 Spawn #226 Image
1/13
  Incredible Hulk #340 cover homage.
79. 254 Sheltered #1 Image
7/13
  Ed Brisson story. Johnnie Christmas cover & art.
80. 254 Superman Unchained 1 Adams Variant Cover D.C.
8/13
  Manufactured with fold-out story pages glued to insert.
81. 253 Nowhere Men 1 CBLDF Edition Image
2/13
  Eric Stephenson story. Nate Bellegarde cover & art.
82. 253 Superior Spider-Man 16 Convention Edition Marvel
10/13
  Phil Urich becomes the Goblin Knight.
83. 251 Batman #23.4 D.C.
11/13
  “Bane #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
84. 251 East of West #2 Image
4/13
  Jonathan Hickman story. Nick Dragotta cover & art.
85. 242 Peter Panzerfaust #9 Image
2/13
  Kurtis Wiebe story. Tyler Jenkins cover & art.
86. 239 Guardians of the Galaxy 4 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
8/13
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Sara Pichelli art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
87. 234 Spawn #228 Image
2/13
  Action Comics #1 (6/38) cover homage.
88. 232 Spawn #231 Image
5/13
  Spider-Man #1 (8/90) cover homage.
89. 227 Wonder Woman 19 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
6/13
  Partial blank cover.
90. 226 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Third Printing Marvel
5/13
  Amazing Spider-Man #100 cover homage. “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
91. 224 Batman 21 Convention Edition D.C.
8/13
  1st appearance of Duke Thomas. San Diego Comic-Con 2013 exclusive. Embossed logo.
92. 223 Detective Comics #23.1 D.C.
11/13
  “Poison Ivy #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
93. 220 Batman #23.3 D.C.
11/13
  “Penguin #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
94. 220 Captain America 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
1/13
  Partial blank cover.
95. 219 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World Ohio Edition Image
9/13
  Wizard World Ohio 2013 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1
96. 219 Walking Dead 1 WW Chicago Sketch Edition Image
8/13
  Wizard World Chicago 2013 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1
97. 216 Guardians of the Galaxy 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
5/13
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Steve McNiven & John Dell art. Carlo Pagulayan cover.
98. 215 Avengers #1 Marvel
2/13
  Jonathan Hickman story. Jerome Ope?a art. Dustin Weaver cover.
99. 211 Batman Black and White 1 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
11/13
  Partial blank cover.
100. 210 Walking Dead 106 Infinity & Beyond Edition Image/Skybound
1/13
  Infinity & Beyond exclusive. Walking Dead #1 cover homage.
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