Key Comic Books From 2014

March 1, 2021

2014

Key comics from 2014

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 2014 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 2014, 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 2014, 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 2014.

Key Comic Books From 2014:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 4,956 Edge of Spider-Verse #2 Marvel
11/14
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy).
2. 4,941 Amazing Spider-Man #4 Marvel
9/14
  Cindy Moon becomes Silk. Black Cat & Morlun cameo.
3. 4,272 Outcast #1 Image/Skybound
6/14
  1st appearance of Kyle Barnes.
4. 2,081 Thor #1 Marvel
12/14
  Jane Foster becomes the new Thor.
5. 2,079 Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel
6/14
  Humberto Ramos cover & art
6. 1,751 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Ramos Variant Cover Marvel
9/14
  Cindy Moon becomes Silk. Black Cat & Morlun cameo.
7. 1,304 Death of Wolverine #1 Marvel
11/14
  Holofoil cover.
8. 1,293 Walking Dead #127 Image/Skybound
5/14
  1st appearance of Magna, Luke, Kelly, Connie, Yumiko, Annie, Siddiq & Bernie. “Outcast” preview by Kirkman & Azaceta.
9. 1,173 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art. Partial blank cover.
10. 1,149 All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1 Marvel
3/14
  Salvador Larroca cover. 1st full appearance of the new Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan).
11. 1,093 Harley Quinn #1 D.C.
2/14
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Amanda Conner cover.
12. 1,001 Ms. Marvel #1 Marvel
4/14
  Kamala Khan becomes the new Ms. Marvel.
13. 915 Wytches #1 Image
10/14
  Scott Snyder story. Jock cover & art.
14. 818 Harley Quinn 1 Variant Cover D.C.
2/14
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Adam Hughes cover.
15. 754 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Expert Comics Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Neal Adams cover
16. 713 Death of Wolverine #4 Marvel
12/14
  Holofoil cover.
17. 633 Harley Quinn 0 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
1/14
  Add’tl art by Timm, Adlard, Hughes, Baltazar, Moore, Johnson, Keith, Cooke, Hardin & Roberts. Partial blank cover.
18. 632 Edge of Spider-Verse 2 Variant Edition Marvel
11/14
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy).
19. 628 Superior Spider-Man 29 La Mole Comic Con Edition Marvel
5/14
  Dan Slott & Christos Gage story. Giuseppe Camuncoli & John Dell art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
20. 609 Southern Bastards #1 Image
4/14
  Wraparound cover.
21. 588 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
9/14
  Cindy Moon becomes Silk. Black Cat & Morlun cameo. Conquest Comics exclusive.
22. 544 Deadly Class #1 Image
1/14
  1st appearance of Marcus Lopez, Saya, Maria, Willie Lewis, Master Lin & the Kings Dominion School of the Deadly Arts
23. 523 Harley Quinn #0 D.C.
1/14
  Add’tl art by Timm, Adlard, Hughes, Baltazar, Moore, Johnson, Keith, Cooke, Hardin & Roberts.
24. 515 Amazing Spider-Man 1 GameStop Fade Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Greg Horn cover. Web of Spider-Man #32 cover homage.
25. 496 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, J. Scott Campbell cover
26. 467 Captain Marvel 17 Second Printing Marvel
2/14
  Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) cover. Pre-dates All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1 (3/14) & Ms. Marvel #1 (4/14)
27. 465 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Young Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Skottie Young cover.
28. 463 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Ross Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Alex Ross cover “75 Years of Marvel” variant cover.
29. 462 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Ross Sketch Cover Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Alex Ross cover “75 Years of Marvel” variant cover.
30. 461 Nailbiter #1 Image
5/14
  Joshua Williamson story. Mike Henderson cover & art.
31. 460 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Midtown Comics Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, J. Scott Campbell cover
32. 447 Walking Dead #132 Image/Skybound
10/14
  1st appearance of Alpha in cameo on last page.
33. 446 Harley Quinn: Futures End #1 D.C.
11/14
  3-D lenticular cover.
34. 433 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Campbell Sketch Cover Marvel
9/14
  Cindy Moon becomes Silk. Black Cat & Morlun cameo. Conquest Comics exclusive.
35. 410 Captain Marvel #1 Marvel
5/14
  Kelly Sue DeConnick story. David Lopez cover & art.
36. 405 New Suicide Squad #1 D.C.
9/14
  Sean Ryan story. Jeremy Roberts cover & art.
37. 402 Outcast #2 Image
7/14
  Robert Kirkman story. Paul Azaceta cover & art.
38. 398 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Campbell Negative Edition Marvel
9/14
  Cindy Moon becomes Silk. Black Cat & Morlun cameo. Conquest Comics exclusive.
39. 393 Death of Wolverine #2 Marvel
11/14
  Holofoil cover.
40. 385 Amazing Spider-Man 1 C.O.B.R.A. Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, John Romita cover
41. 374 Captain Marvel #17 Marvel
1/14
  2nd appearance of Kamala Khan in cameo on last page. Last issue.
42. 373 Harley Quinn 7 Lucia Variant Cover D.C.
8/14
  “DC Bombshells” variant cover.
43. 371 Superior Spider-Man 31 Midtown Comics Edition Marvel
6/14
  Dan Slott & Christos Gage story. Giuseppe Camuncoli & Will Sliney art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
44. 366 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Ramos Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Humberto Ramos cover & art
45. 366 Walking Dead 1 Emerald City Comicon Edition Image
3/14
  Emerald City Comicon 2014 exclusive.
46. 347 Edge of Spider-Verse #5 Marvel
12/14
  1st appearance of SP//dr & Peni Parker.
47. 340 Death of Wolverine 1 Desert Wind Comics Edition Marvel
11/14
  Charles Soule story. Steve McNiven art. Herb Trimpe cover.
48. 332 Death of Wolverine #3 Marvel
11/14
  Holofoil cover.
49. 323 Walking Dead 1 Amazing Arizona Comic Con Edition Image/Skybound
1/14
  Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2014 exclusive Reprints Walking Dead #1
50. 322 Amazing Spider-Man 1 GameStop Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Greg Horn cover. Web of Spider-Man #32 cover homage.
51. 318 Deadpool vs. X-Force 1 Variant Edition Marvel
9/14
  Duane Swierczynski story. Pepe Larraz art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
52. 314 Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con 1 Sketch Edition D.C.
9/14
  Partial blank cover.
53. 309 Batman 29 Sketch Edition D.C.
5/14
  Partial blank cover.
54. 303 All-New Ghost Rider #1 Marvel
5/14
  1st appearance of the new Ghost Rider (Roberto “Robbie” Reyes).
55. 299 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Jesse James Celestial Comics E Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, John Romita cover Sketch cover.
56. 293 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Variant Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Marcos Martin cover.
57. 293 Walking Dead 129 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
7/14
  San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. Cover forms a single image with Manifest Destiny #8 Convention Edition.
58. 290 Spread #1 Image
7/14
  Justin Jordan story. Kyle Strahm cover & art.
59. 290 Amazing Spider-Man 1.1 Midtown Comics Edition Marvel
7/14
  Clash appearance. Chameleon cameo.
60. 286 Batman #25 D.C.
1/14
  Black embossed cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $4.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
61. 284 Batman Eternal #1 D.C.
6/14
  Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV story. Jason Fabok cover & art.
62. 283 Amazing Spider-Man 2 Midtown Comics Edition Marvel
7/14
  Electro, Black Cat, Johnny Storm & Avengers appearance.
63. 283 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Ramos Sketch Cover Marvel
6/14
  Humberto Ramos cover & art
64. 262 Wytches 1 Convention Edition Image
10/14
  Scott Snyder story. Jock art. Dustin Nguyen cover.
65. 258 Captain America #25 Marvel
12/14
  Sam Wilson becomes the new Captain America.
66. 255 Origin II #1 Marvel
2/14
  Acetate cover.
67. 253 Avengers 1 Stan Lee Edition Marvel
2014
  Reprints Avengers #1 (9/63)
68. 252 Walking Dead 2014 Special Anniversary Edition 1 Black Friday Edition Image
4/14
  Black Friday “Mystery Box” exclusive.
69. 251 Deadpool 34 3-D Variant Cover Marvel
11/14
  Sabretooth & Alpha Flight appearance. Luke Cage & Iron Fist cameo. 3-D lenticular cover.
70. 235 Death of Wolverine 1 Quesada Sketch Cover Marvel
11/14
  Charles Soule story. Steve McNiven art. Joe Quesada cover.
71. 233 Walking Dead 1 Emerald City Comicon Sketch Edition Image/Skybound
3/14
  Emerald City Comicon 2014 exclusive. Sketch cover.
72. 226 Walking Dead 1 Amazing Arizona Comic Con Sket Image/Skybound
1/14
  Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2014 exclusive Reprints Walking Dead #1
73. 223 Walking Dead #130 Image/Skybound
8/14
  1st appearance of the Whisperers.
74. 220 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Mhan Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Pop Mhan cover
75. 217 Deadpool #27 Marvel
6/14
  Hawthorne, Hepburn, Timms, Lee, McCrea, Medina, Henrichon, Soy, Crystal, Dazo & Barberi art. Wraparound cover.
76. 210 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Marvel
7/14
  Brian Michael Bendis story. David Marquez cover & art.
77. 209 Death of Wolverine 1 GameStop Edition Marvel
11/14
  Charles Soule story. Steve McNiven art. Greg Horn cover.
78. 209 Outcast #3 Image
8/14
  Robert Kirkman story. Paul Azaceta cover & art.
79. 206 Birthright #1 Image/Skybound
10/14
  1st appearance of the Rhodes family (Aaron, Wendy, Brennan & Mikey), Rook, Rya, Ansari, Shavo &
80. 200 Walking Dead 132 Loot Crate Edition Image/Skybound
10/14
  1st appearance of Alpha in cameo on last page.
81. 200 Superior Spider-Man 31 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Dan Slott & Christos Gage story. Giuseppe Camuncoli & Will Sliney art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
82. 199 Amazing Spider-Man 1 M&M Comics Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Terry & Rachel Dodson cover
83. 198 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Opena Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Jerome Ope?a cover
84. 196 Bitch Planet #1 Image
12/14
  Kelly Sue DeConnick story. Valentine De Landro cover & art.
85. 195 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Midtown Comics Sketch Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, J. Scott Campbell cover
86. 194 Mighty Avengers 3 Larroca Variant Cover Marvel
1/14
  “Eminem” variant cover.
87. 193 Amazing Spider-Man 2 Midtown Comics Sketch Edition Marvel
7/14
  Electro, Black Cat, Johnny Storm & Avengers appearance.
88. 191 Death of Wolverine 1 Young Variant Cover Marvel
11/14
  Charles Soule story. Steve McNiven art. Skottie Young cover.
89. 189 Amazing Spider-Man 8 Stan Lee Sketch Edition Marvel
12/14
  Ms. Marvel, Silk, Clash, Ringer & Doctor Minerva appearance. Stan Lee Collectibles exclusive.
90. 187 Rocket Raccoon 1 Castellani Variant Cover Marvel
9/14
  “Lego” variant cover.
91. 187 Batman: Futures End #1 D.C.
11/14
  3-D lenticular cover.
92. 187 Low #1 Image
8/14
  Rick Remender story. Greg Tocchini cover & art.
93. 186 Detective Comics #27 D.C.
3/14
  Art by Hitch, Adams, Bertram, March, Francavilla, Fabok, Murphy, Gleason, Jock, Jones, Nolan & Allred.
94. 185 Walking Dead 1 Escape Edition Image
4/14
  Reprints Walking Dead #1
95. 184 New Suicide Squad: Futures End #1 D.C.
11/14
  3-D lenticular cover.
96. 184 Superior Spider-Man 22 Variant Edition Marvel
1/14
  Dan Slott & Christos Gage story. Humberto Ramos & Victor Olazaba art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
97. 182 Detective Comics 27 Lee Variant Cover D.C.
3/14
  Art by Hitch, Adams, Bertram, March, Francavilla, Fabok, Murphy, Gleason, Jock, Jones, Nolan & Allred.
98. 182 Wytches 1 Midtown Comics Edition Image
10/14
  Scott Snyder story. Jock art. Sean Murphy cover.
99. 181 Amazing Spider-Man 1 McGuinness Variant Cover Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Ed McGuinness cover
100. 181 Death of Wolverine 1 Deadpool Variant Cover Marvel
11/14
  Charles Soule story. Steve McNiven art. Pasqual Ferry cover.
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