Key Comic Books From 2016

March 1, 2021

2016

Key comics from 2016

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 2016 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 2016, 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 2016, 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 2016.

Key Comic Books From 2016:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 1,310 Invincible Iron Man #7 Marvel
5/16
  1st appearance of Tomoe. 1st appearance of Riri Williams in cameo on last page. Spider-Man & War Machine appearance.
2. 1,135 Invincible Iron Man #9 Marvel
7/16
  1st full appearance of Riri Williams.
3. 1,052 Harley Quinn #1 D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Amanda Conner cover.
4. 972 All Star Batman #1 D.C.
10/16
  Scott Snyder story. Declan Shalvey art. John Romita Jr. cover & art.
5. 947 Seven to Eternity #1 Image
9/16
  1st appearance of Adam Osidis.
6. 906 Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 D.C.
1/16
  Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1” mini comic glued to insert.
7. 897 All Star Batman 1 Jock Variant Cover D.C.
10/16
  Scott Snyder story. John Romita Jr. & Declan Shalvey art. Jock cover.
8. 891 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Sketch Edition D.C.
1/16
  Partial blank cover. Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1” mini comic glued to insert.
9. 871 All-New Wolverine #2 Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Gabby, Bellona & Zelda Kinney. Taskmaster cameo on last page.
10. 841 All-New Wolverine #1 Marvel
1/16
  1st Laura Kinney as the new Wolverine.
11. 770 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Miller Variant Cover D.C.
1/16
  Wraparound cover. Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1” mini comic glued to insert.
12. 765 Harley Quinn 1 Sienkiewicz Variant Cover D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Bill Sienkiewicz cover.
13. 751 Batman #1 D.C.
8/16
  Tom King story. David Finch & Matt Banning art. David Finch cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
14. 705 Suicide Squad #1 D.C.
10/16
  Rob Williams story. Jason Fabok art. Jim Lee cover & art.
15. 664 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette).
16. 648 Suicide Squad 1 Variant Cover D.C.
10/16
  Rob Williams stories. Jim Lee & Jason Fabok art. Lee Bermejo cover.
17. 630 Walking Dead 150 Moore Variant Cover Image/Skybound
1/16
  “Death” of Morton Rose.
18. 592 Howard the Duck #1 Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Gwenpool (Gwen Poole).
19. 542 Walking Dead 150 Sketch Edition Image/Skybound
1/16
  “Death” of Morton Rose. Partial blank cover.
20. 538 Deadpool #1 Marvel
1/16
  Gerry Duggan story. Mike Hawthorne & Terry Pallot art. Tony Moore cover.
21. 492 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Lee Variant Cover D.C.
1/16
  Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1” mini comic glued to insert.
22. 484 DC Universe: Rebirth #1 D.C.
7/16
  Wraparound cover.
23. 477 All Star Batman 1 Sketch Edition D.C.
10/16
  Partial blank cover.
24. 473 Batman 1 Convention Edition D.C.
8/16
  Silver foil cover.
25. 471 Batman: Rebirth #1 D.C.
8/16
  Scott Snyder & Tom King story. Mikel Janin cover & art.
26. 452 Walking Dead #154 Image/Skybound
5/16
  1st appearance of Beta. Flipbook with Jupiter’s Legacy 2 preview.
27. 451 Batman 1 Aspen Comics Edition D.C.
8/16
  Tom King story. David Finch & Matt Banning art. Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald cover.
28. 447 Invincible Iron Man 7 Variant Edition Marvel
5/16
  1st appearance of Tomoe. 1st appearance of Riri Williams in cameo on last page. “Women of Power” variant cover.
29. 442 Harley Quinn 1 Aspen Comics Edition D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald cover.
30. 431 Deadpool: Back in Black 1 KRS Comics Edition Marvel
12/16
  Cullen Bunn story. Salva Espin art. Tyler Kirkham cover.
31. 424 Batman 1 Variant Cover D.C.
8/16
  Tom King story. David Finch & Matt Banning art. Tim Sale cover.
32. 420 All-New Wolverine 1 The Cargo Hold Edition Marvel
1/16
  1st Laura Kinney as the new Wolverine.
33. 408 Black Hammer #1 Dark Horse
7/16
  1st appearance of Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Talky-Walky, Barbalien & Madame Drag
34. 401 Amazing Spider-Man 15 JScottCampbell.com Edition Marvel
9/16
  Dan Slott & Christos Gage story. Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
35. 395 Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 Marvel
3/16
  Includes Vision #1 by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta.
36. 389 Harley Quinn 1 Legacy Edition Edition D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
37. 383 Walking Dead #150 Image/Skybound
1/16
  “Death” of Morton Rose.
38. 380 Black Panther #1 Marvel
6/16
  1st comic work of Ta-Nehisi Coates.
39. 379 Harley Quinn 1 Bulletproof Comics Pink Edition D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Gabriele Dell’Otto cover.
40. 371 Spider-Man 1 Variant Edition Marvel
4/16
  “Hip Hop” variant cover. Nas “Illmatic” album cover homage.
41. 356 Black Panther 1 Stan Lee Collectibles/MEFCC Edition Marvel
6/16
  1st comic work of Ta-Nehisi Coates. Middle East Film & Comic Con 2016/ StanLeeCollectibles.com e
42. 351 Vision #1 Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Virginia, Vin & Viv Vision.
43. 349 Wonder Woman 50 Convention Photo Edition D.C.
5/16
  Gal Gadot photo cover.
44. 344 Walking Dead 150 Retailer Appreciation Edition Image/Skybound
1/16
  “Death” of Morton Rose. Sketch cover.
45. 343 Batman 1 Aspen Comics Sketch Edition D.C.
8/16
  Sketch cover.
46. 338 Walking Dead 100 Skybound MegaBox Edition Image/Skybound
11/16
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
47. 338 Harley Quinn 1 Aspen Comics Sketch Edition D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Michael Turner cover.
48. 338 DC Universe: Rebirth 1 Reis Variant Cover D.C.
7/16
  “Midnight Release” variant. Wraparound cover.
49. 335 Amazing Spider-Man #15 Marvel
9/16
  Dan Slott & Christos Gage story. Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith art. Alex Ross cover.
50. 332 Supergirl: Rebirth 1 Variant Cover D.C.
10/16
  Steve Orlando story. Emanuela Lupacchino art. Adam Hughes cover.
51. 327 Wonder Woman 1 Convention Edition D.C.
8/16
  Silver foil cover.
52. 317 Batman Adventures 12 Special Convention Edition D.C.
5/16
  Reprints Batman Adventures #12
53. 311 Walking Dead 157 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
8/16
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Stefano Gaudiano art. Arthur Adams cover.
54. 308 Han Solo 1 Bespin Variant Cover Marvel
8/16
  “Action Figure” variant cover.
55. 308 Walking Dead #156 Image/Skybound
7/16
  “Death” of Alpha.
56. 303 Harley Quinn 1 Aspen Comics Ultimate Edition D.C.
10/16
  Aspen’s “Puddin’ Pack” set exclusive.
57. 302 Amazing Spider-Man 15 Aspen Comics Edition Marvel
9/16
  Dan Slott & Christos Gage story. Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith art. Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald cover.
58. 300 Howard the Duck 1 Lim Sketch Cover Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Gwenpool (Gwen Poole).
59. 298 Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 Marvel
7/16
  Captain America (Steve Rogers) revealed to be member of Hydra.
60. 296 X-Men ’92 1 Stan Lee Edition Marvel
5/16
  Chris Sims & Chad Bowers story. Alti Firmansyah art. J. Scott Campbell & Nei Ruffino cover.
61. 290 Invincible Iron Man 9 Variant Edition Marvel
7/16
  1st full appearance of Riri Williams. “Horsemen of Apocalypse” variant cover.
62. 288 Civil War 1 Wizard World Comic Con Edition Marvel
2/16
  Reprints Civil War #1 (7/06)
63. 287 Detective Comics 49 Variant Cover D.C.
4/16
  “Neal Adams” variant cover. Batman #227 cover homage.
64. 286 Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 IDW-D.C.
2/16
  James Tynion IV story. Freddie E. Williams II cover & art.
65. 284 Hillbilly #1 Albatross
6/16
  Eric Powell story, cover & art.
66. 282 Howard the Duck 1 Lim Variant Cover Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Gwenpool (Gwen Poole).
67. 280 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 0 Green Ranger Edition Boom! Studios
1/16
  Higgins, Orlando & Scott stories. Prasetya, Howell & Bayliss art. Go?i Montes cover.
68. 276 Batman Adventures 12 Special Convention Foil Edition D.C.
5/16
  Reprints Batman Adventures #12 Silver foil cover.
69. 271 Extraordinary X-Men 1 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
1/16
  Jeff Lemire story. Humberto Ramos & Victor Olazaba art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
70. 270 Harley Quinn 1 Convention Edition D.C.
10/16
  Silver foil cover.
71. 262 Walking Dead 158 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
9/16
  “Death” of Father Gabriel Stokes.
72. 262 Harley Quinn 1 Legacy Edition Black & White E D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
73. 261 Spawn 265 Red Sketch Edition Image
8/16
  Partial blank cover. Scorpion Comics exclusive.
74. 261 Unbelievable Gwenpool #1 Marvel
6/16
  1st appearance & “death” of Cecil. M.O.D.O.K. appearance.
75. 254 Walking Dead 161 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
12/16
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Stefano Gaudiano art. Arthur Adams cover.
76. 253 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 0 White Ranger Edition Boom! Studios
1/16
  Higgins, Orlando & Scott stories. Prasetya, Howell & Bayliss art. Go?i Montes cover.
77. 252 All-New Wolverine 1 Grant Variant Cover Marvel
1/16
  “Hip Hop” variant cover. DMX’s “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood” album cover homage.
78. 251 Reborn #1 Image
10/16
  Mark Millar story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion. cover & art.
79. 246 Superman 1 Convention Edition D.C.
8/16
  Silver foil cover.
80. 242 Spider-Man #1 Marvel
4/16
  Brian Michael Bendis story. Sara Pichelli cover & art.
81. 237 All-New Wolverine 2 Variant Edition Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Gabby, Bellona & Zelda Kinney. Taskmaster cameo on last page.
82. 236 Aliens v2 #4 Celebrity Authentics Edition Dark Horse
5/16
  Corbyn Kern cover.
83. 235 Deadpool: Back in Black 1 KRS Comics Sketch Edition Marvel
12/16
  Sketch cover.
84. 234 Kill or be Killed #1 Image
8/16
  1st appearance of Dylan Cross. Wraparound cover.
85. 234 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation 5 Action Figure Variant Cover Marvel
12/16
  Chuck Wendig story. Luke Ross art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
86. 234 Walking Dead 1 Cynthiana, Kentucky Edition Image/Skybound
8/16
  Reprints Walking Dead #1
87. 233 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 3 Lee Variant Cover D.C.
4/16
  Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: Green Lantern #1” mini comic glued to insert.
88. 233 Wonder Woman: Rebirth 1 Variant Cover D.C.
8/16
  Greg Rucka story, Matthew Clark,. Liam Sharp & Sean Parsons art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
89. 232 Flash: Rebirth #1 D.C.
8/16
  1st appearance of August Heart. 1st appearance of Godspeed in cameo.
90. 231 Reborn 1 Variant Cover H Image
10/16
  Mark Millar story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Todd McFarlane cover.
91. 227 Astonishing Ant-Man 11 Celebrity Authentics Edition Marvel
10/16
  Photo cover.
92. 226 DC Universe: Rebirth 1 Reis Sketch Cover D.C.
7/16
  “Midnight Release” variant. Wraparound sketch cover.
93. 226 Spawn 265 Gold Sketch Edition Image
8/16
  Partial blank cover. Scorpion Comics exclusive.
94. 225 Justice League 47 Poly-Bagged Edition D.C.
2/16
  Poly-bag removed.
95. 225 Walking Dead 150 Ottley Variant Cover Image/Skybound
1/16
  “Death” of Morton Rose.
96. 224 X-Men ’92 1 Stan Lee Sketch Edition Marvel
5/16
  Chris Sims & Chad Bowers story. Alti Firmansyah art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
97. 223 Harley’s Little Black Book 1 Poly-Bagged Edition D.C.
2/16
  Poly-bag removed.
98. 221 Captain Marvel 1 Hughes Variant Cover Marvel
3/16
  Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters story. Kris Anka art. Adam Hughes cover.
99. 220 Justice League #50 D.C.
7/16
  Geoff Johns story. Jason Fabok cover & art.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $6.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
100. 220 All Star Batman 1 Convention Edition D.C.
10/16
  Foil cover.
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