Key Comic Books From 2015

March 1, 2021

2015

Key comics from 2015

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 2015 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 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015.

Key Comic Books From 2015:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,696 Darth Vader #3 Marvel
5/15
  1st appearance of Doctor Chelli Aphra, Triple Zero (0-0-0) & BT-1.
2. 2,098 Spider-Gwen #1 Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez cover & art.
3. 1,562 Paper Girls #1 Image
10/15
  1st app. of Erin Tieng, Karina “KJ”, MacKenzie “Mac” Coyle & Tiffany Quilkin. Wraparound cover.
4. 1,520 Star Wars #1 Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday cover & art.
5. 987 Star Wars 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
3/15
  Partial blank cover.
6. 957 Silk #1 Marvel
4/15
  Robbie Thompson story. Stacey Lee art. Dave Johnson cover.
7. 870 Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars 2 Bachalo Variant Cover Marvel
8/15
  “Gwen Stacy” variant cover. Gwenpool cover. Predates Howard the Duck #1 (1/16)
8. 869 Monstress #1 Image
11/15
  Marjorie Liu story. Sana Takeda cover & art.
9. 788 Kanan – The Last Padawan #1 Marvel
6/15
  1st app. of Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Chopper (C1-10P), Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren & Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios in comics.
10. 784 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
12/15
  Diaz & Holden art. Partial blank cover.
11. 771 Rick and Morty #1 Oni Press
4/15
  Zac Gorman story. Marc Ellerby art. CJ Cannon cover & art.
12. 766 Star Wars 4 Boba Fett Variant Cover Marvel
6/15
  “Action Figure” variant cover. JohnTylerChristopher.com exclusive.
13. 698 Spider-Gwen 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
4/15
  Partial blank cover.
14. 673 Spider-Gwen 1 Phantom Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
15. 664 Star Wars 1 Ross Variant Cover Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. Alex Ross cover.
16. 637 Spider-Gwen 1 Hughes Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. Adam Hughes cover.
17. 597 Spider-Gwen 1 Young Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. Skottie Young cover.
18. 570 Darth Vader 3 Variant Edition Marvel
5/15
  1st appearance of Doctor Chelli Aphra, Triple Zero (0-0-0) & BT-1.
19. 562 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition Marvel
8/15
  Venom appearance.
20. 543 Darth Vader #1 Marvel
4/15
  Kieron Gillen story. Salvador Larroca art. Adi Granov cover.
21. 507 Batman 40 Variant Cover D.C.
6/15
  “Death” of Batman & Joker. “Movie Poster” variant cover. “The Mask” cover homage.
22. 494 Edge of Spider-Verse 2 Third Printing Marvel
1/15
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy).
23. 487 Batman #40 D.C.
6/15
  “Death” of Batman & Joker.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $4.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
24. 472 Secret Wars 1 HeroesCon Edition Marvel
7/15
  Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 cover homage.
25. 468 Star Wars 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
26. 464 Descender #1 Image
3/15
  Jeff Lemire story. Dustin Nguyen cover & art.
27. 426 Outcast Skybound 5th Anniversary Edition 1 Photo Cover Variant Image
7/15
  Patrick Fugit photo cover. Reprints Outcast #1 “Cinemax” version.
28. 418 Spider-Gwen 1 Anka Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. Kris Anka cover.
29. 410 Walking Dead #144 Image/Skybound
7/15
  “Death” of Rosita, Ezekiel, Olivia, Luke, Ken, Josh, Tammy, Erin, Amber, Oscar, Carson & Louie.
30. 409 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
8/15
  Venom appearance.
31. 403 Walking Dead #138 Image/Skybound
3/15
  1st full appearance of Alpha (unmasked).
32. 400 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 1 JScottCampbell.com Sketch Edition Marvel
8/15
  Venom appearance.
33. 392 Batman #43 D.C.
10/15
  1st appearance of Mr. Bloom.
34. 391 Star Wars 7 Boba Fett Sketch Cover Marvel
9/15
  “Action Figure” variant cover.
35. 381 Spider-Gwen 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition Marvel
12/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
36. 379 A-Force #1 Marvel
7/15
  1st appearance of Singularity.
37. 375 Spider-Gwen 1 Midtown Comics Edition Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
38. 374 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 5 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
11/15
  StanLeeCollectibles.com & Anastasia’s Collectibles exclusive.
39. 368 Star Wars 1 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
40. 364 Darth Vader 1 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Kieron Gillen story. Salvador Larroca art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
41. 363 Star Wars 2 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
42. 362 Spider-Gwen 1 Phantom Sketch Cover Marvel
4/15
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
43. 352 Kanan – The Last Padawan #6 Marvel
11/15
  Greg Weisman story. Jacopo Camagni art. Pepe Larraz cover.
44. 348 Wonder Woman 36 Sketch Edition D.C.
1/15
  Partial blank cover.
45. 348 Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel
12/15
  Diaz & Holden art, Alex Ross cover
46. 342 Star Wars 1 Ross Sketch Cover Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. Alex Ross cover.
47. 340 Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12 D.C.
11/15
  Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batgirl & Catwoman appearance.
48. 337 Amazing Spider-Man 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition Marvel
12/15
  Diaz & Holden art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
49. 335 Silk 1 Lee Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Robbie Thompson story. Stacey Lee cover & art.
50. 335 Edge of Spider-Verse 2 The Comic Bug Edition Marvel
5/15
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy).
51. 333 Deadpool #45 Marvel
6/15
  Hawthorne, Pallot, Kirby, Nourigat, Nauck, Templeton, Colak & Chabot art “Death” of Deadpool. Last issue.
52. 323 Guardians of Knowhere 1 Guillory Variant Cover Marvel
9/15
  “Gwen Stacy” variant cover.
53. 318 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World New Orleans Edition Image
1/15
  Reprints Walking Dead #1
54. 317 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 2 Campbell Sketch Cover Marvel
9/15
  StanLeeCollectibles.com & Anastasia’s Collectibles exclusive.
55. 313 Star Wars 4 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
6/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
56. 311 Darth Vader 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
4/15
  Partial blank cover.
57. 309 Justice League #40 D.C.
6/15
  1st appearance of Grail in cameo on last page.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $4.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
58. 304 Spider-Gwen 1 Rupps Comics Edition Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
59. 301 Batman Adventures 12 ComicConBox Edition D.C.
2015
  Reprints Batman Adventures #12
60. 295 Infinity Gauntlet 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
7/15
  Partial blank cover.
61. 287 Secret Wars 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
7/15
  Partial blank cover.
62. 286 Spider-Woman 1 Variant Edition Marvel
1/15
  Dennis Hopeless story. Greg Land & Jay Leisten art. Milo Manara cover.
63. 285 Spider-Gwen 1 Bradshaw Variant Cover Marvel
12/15
  Spider-Man #1 (8/90) cover homage.
64. 285 Star Wars 1 Young Variant Cover Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. Skottie Young cover.
65. 284 Star Wars 1 Quesada Variant Cover Marvel
3/15
  Wraparound cover.
66. 283 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 2 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
9/15
  StanLeeCollectibles.com & Anastasia’s Collectibles exclusive.
67. 280 Star Wars 1 Quesada Sketch Cover Marvel
3/15
  Wraparound cover.
68. 277 Star Wars 1 Dynamic Forces Edition Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. Greg Land cover.
69. 272 Detective Comics 44 Sketch Edition D.C.
11/15
  Brian Buccellato story
70. 268 Star Wars 1 Movie Variant Cover Marvel
3/15
  Mark Hamill photo cover.
71. 265 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 5 Campbell Sketch Cover Marvel
11/15
  Stan Lee Collectibles.com & Anastasia’s Collectibles exclusive.
72. 265 A-Force 1 Hughes Variant Cover Marvel
7/15
  1st appearance of Singularity. “Inhumans 50th Anniversary” variant cover.
73. 265 Batman 40 Kubert Variant Cover D.C.
6/15
  “Death” of Batman & Joker.
74. 258 Thor #8 Marvel
7/15
  Jane Foster revealed as the new Thor.
75. 256 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 Marvel
8/15
  Venom appearance.
76. 251 Darth Vader 1 Ross Variant Cover Marvel
4/15
  Kieron Gillen story. Salvador Larroca art. Alex Ross cover.
77. 245 Spider-Gwen 1 Portacio Variant Cover/Recalled Marvel
4/15
  Recalled due to misprinted logos. Comic Kings/Tidewater Comicon exclusive. Amazing Spider-Man #50 cover homage.
78. 238 I Hate Fairyland 1 Variant Cover Image
10/15
  1st app. of Gertrude, Queen Cloudia, Sir Chirpington, Bruud the Brutal, Larrigon Wentsworth III
79. 236 Walking Dead 144 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
7/15
  “Death” of Rosita, Ezekiel, Olivia, Luke, Ken, Josh, Tammy, Erin, Amber, Oscar, Carson & Louie.
80. 236 Princess Leia 1 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
5/15
  Mark Waid story. Terry & Rachel Dodson art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
81. 234 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World Philadelphia Edition Image
5/15
  Wizard World Philadelphia 2015 exclusive Reprints Walking Dead #1
82. 233 Wonder Woman 38 Finch Variant Cover D.C.
3/15
  Meredith Finch story. David Finch cover & art.
83. 231 Princess Leia 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
5/15
  Partial blank cover.
84. 230 Walking Dead Skybound 5th Anniversary Edition #1 Image
7/15
  Reprints Walking Dead #1 Included in Skybound’s 5th Anniversary Box Set.
85. 229 Lando 1 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
9/15
  Charles Soule story. Alex Maleev art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
86. 229 Star Wars 6 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
8/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
87. 227 Convergence 0 Hughes Variant Cover D.C.
6/15
  Dan Jurgens & Jeff King story. Ethan Van Sciver art. Adam Hughes cover.
88. 224 Walking Dead 1 WW St. Louis Sketch Edition Image
5/15
  Wizard World St. Louis 2015 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1 Sketch cover.
89. 223 Deadpool 45 Phantom Variant Cover Marvel
6/15
  Hawthorne, Pallot, Kirby, Nourigat, Nauck, Templeton, Colak & Chabot art “Death” of Deadpool. Last issue.
90. 222 Walking Dead 1 WW New Orleans Sketch Edition Image
1/15
  Wizard World New Orleans 2015 exclusive. Reprints Walking Dead #1 Sketch cover.
91. 222 We Stand on Guard #1 Image
7/15
  1st app of the Two-Four (Chief McFadden, Les LePage, Oscar Booth, Dunn, Qabanni, Highway, Hungry & Amber).
92. 220 Spider-Gwen 1 Midtown Comics Sketch Edition Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
93. 219 Spider-Gwen 1 Decomixado Edition Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez art. Humberto Ramos cover.
94. 216 Spider-Gwen 2 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
5/15
  Stan Lee Collectibles, Anastasia’s Collectibles & Emerald City Comicon 2015 exclusive.
95. 215 Batgirl 40 Variant Cover D.C.
5/15
  “Movie Poster” variant cover. “Purple Rain” cover homage.
96. 215 Edge of Spider-Verse 2 The Comic Bug Sketch Edition Marvel
5/15
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy). Sketch cover.
97. 215 Providence #1 Avatar Press
5/15
  Alan Moore story. Jacen Burrows cover & art.
98. 214 Star Wars 1 Hot Topic Edition Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. Paul Renaud cover.
99. 212 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
12/15
  Diaz & Holden art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
100. 212 Star Wars 1 GameStop Edition Marvel
3/15
  Jason Aaron story. John Cassaday art. Greg Horn cover.
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