Key Comic Books From 2017

March 1, 2021

2017 — end of an era: the last DC newsstand issues

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 2017 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 2017, 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 2017, 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 2017.

Key Comic Books From 2017:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,340 Teen Titans #12 D.C.
11/17
  1st full appearance of the Batman Who Laughs.
2. 2,274 Totally Awesome Hulk #22 Marvel
10/17
  1st full appearance of Weapon H. Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath & Lady Deathstrike appearance.
3. 1,291 Batman #21 D.C.
6/17
  Lenticular cover.
4. 937 Redneck #1 Image/Skybound
4/17
  Donny Cates story. Lisandro Estherren cover & art.
5. 926 God Country #1 Image
1/17
  Donny Cates story. Geoff Shaw cover & art.
6. 734 Action Comics 1 Loot Crate Edition D.C.
2/17
  Reprints Action Comics #1 (6/38)
7. 720 Flash #21 D.C.
6/17
  Lenticular cover.
8. 654 Despicable Deadpool 287 Lenticular Cover Marvel
12/17
  Cable appearance. Amazing Spider-Man #129 cover homage.
9. 642 Batman #22 D.C.
7/17
  Lenticular cover.
10. 619 Spawn: THANKS! #nn Image
5/17
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage. Silver foil logo.
11. 591 Flash #22 D.C.
7/17
  Lenticular cover.
12. 583 True Believers: Amazing Fantasy #1 Marvel
9/17
  Reprints Amazing Fantasy #15 (8/62) & Spidey #6 (7/16)
13. 573 Spider-Gwen #24 Marvel
11/17
  Gwen Stacy becomes Gwenom.
14. 518 Venom 1 McFarlane Sketch Cover Marvel
1/17
  Origin & 1st appearance of the new Venom (Lee Price). Mac Gargan appearance.
15. 492 Jean Grey 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition D Marvel
7/17
  Dennis Hopeless story. Victor Iba?ez art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
16. 490 Batman #24 D.C.
8/17
  Batman proposes to Catwoman.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
17. 457 Cable 150 Lenticular Cover Marvel
12/17
  Longshot, Shatterstar, Doop & Selene appearance. New Mutants #87 cover homage.
18. 451 Venom 150 Dell’Otto Variant Cover Marvel
7/17
  Gabriele Dell’Otto cover. Scorpion appearance.
19. 437 Supergirl 12 Variant Cover D.C.
10/17
  Fatal Five (Emerald Empress, Indigo, Solomon Grundy, Magog & Selena) app.
20. 420 All-New Wolverine 18 Mattina Variant Cover Marvel
5/17
  “Venomized” variant cover. “Death” of Kimura.
21. 409 Venom 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
1/17
  Partial blank cover. Origin & 1st app. of the new Venom (Lee Price). Mac Gargan appearance.
22. 402 Batman: The Red Death #1 D.C.
11/17
  Foil cover.
23. 395 Spider-Gwen 25 Lenticular Cover Marvel
12/17
  Amazing Spider-Man #316 cover homage.
24. 394 X-Men: Gold #1 Marvel
6/17
  Marc Guggenheim story. Ardian Syaf & Jay Leisten cover & art.
25. 390 X-Men: Gold 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition C Marvel
6/17
  “Virgin” cover.
26. 363 Walking Dead #171 Image/Skybound
9/17
  1st appearance of Juanita “Princess” Sanchez.
27. 360 Walking Dead 163 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
2/17
  “Death” of Paula. 5 page “Extremity” preview.
28. 342 Wonder Woman 26 Convention Edition D.C.
9/17
  Gal Gadot photo foil cover.
29. 341 Superman/Batman 8 Aspen Comics Edition C D.C.
9/17
  Reprints Superman/Batman #8 (5/04) San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exclusive. “Virgin” cover.
30. 340 God Country 1 Variant Cover Image
1/17
  Donny Cates story. Geoff Shaw art. Gerardo Zaffino cover.
31. 338 Teen Titans 12 Variant Cover D.C.
11/17
  1st full appearance of the Batman Who Laughs.
32. 338 Mister Miracle #1 D.C.
10/17
  Tom King story. Mitch Gerads art. Nick Derington cover.
33. 337 Amazing Spider-Man 789 Sketch Edition Marvel
12/17
  Mockingbird & Griffin appearance. Partial blank cover.
34. 327 Venomverse 1 Convention “Virgin” Edition Marvel
11/17
  New York Comic Con 2017, Scot
35. 326 Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition D Marvel
8/17
  1st app. of Rebecca London & the Mason. Human Torch, Ant-Man, Black Widow & Captain America (Wilson) appearance.
36. 326 Astonishing X-Men 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition D Marvel
9/17
  Shadow King appearance.
37. 325 Avengers 8 JScottCampbell.com Edition D Marvel
8/17
  Avenger X & Doctor Doom appearance. “Mary Jane” variant cover.
38. 324 Suicide Squad 7 Torpedo Comics Edition D.C.
1/17
  Foil cover.
39. 323 Amazing Spider-Man 25 JScottCampbell.com Edition A Marvel
5/17
  Norman Osborn & Silver Sable appearance. Otto Octavius becomes Superior Octopus.
40. 323 Edge of Venomverse #1 Marvel
8/17
  Matthew Rosenberg story. Roland Boschi & Adam Gorham art. Francesco Mattina cover.
41. 323 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 11 JScottCampbell.com Edition D Marvel
11/17
  Ryan Stegman story. Brian Level art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
42. 323 Spawn 280 Mattina “Virgin” Edition Image
11/17
  Scorpion Comics & Scott’s Collectables exclusive
43. 321 Edge of Venomverse 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
8/17
  Scorpion Comics exclusive. Partial blank cover.
44. 318 Walking Dead 163 Sketch Cover Image/Skybound
2/17
  “Death” of Paula. 5 page “Extremity” preview.
45. 318 The Old Guard #1 Image
2/17
  Greg Rucka story. Leandro Fernandez cover & art.
46. 316 Dark Nights: Metal 3 Mattina “Virgin” Edition D.C.
12/17
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Francesco Mattina cover.
47. 311 Spider-Gwen 24 JScottCampbell.com Edition C Marvel
11/17
  Gwen Stacy becomes Gwenom.
48. 307 Amazing Spider-Man 789 Shattered Comics Edition Marvel
12/17
  Mockingbird & Griffin appearance. “Tile Mosaic” variant cover. Amazing Spider-Man #129 cover homage.
49. 301 Wonder Woman 31 Convention Edition D.C.
11/17
  Gal Gadot photo foil cover.
50. 296 Venomverse 1 Convention Edition Marvel
11/17
  New York Comic Con 2017 exclusive.
51. 296 Dark Nights: Metal #1 D.C.
10/17
  Embossed silver foil logo.
52. 294 Amazing Spider-Man 25 JScottCampbell.com Edition C Marvel
5/17
  Norman Osborn & Silver Sable appearance. Otto Octavius becomes Superior Octopus. “Virgin” cover.
53. 294 Redneck 1 Gold Foil Edition Image/Skybound
4/17
  Embossed gold foil logo.
54. 289 Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man 1 Movie Variant Cover Marvel
8/17
  1st app. of Rebecca London & the Mason. Tom Holland photo cover.
55. 284 Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man 1 KRS Comics Edition D Marvel
8/17
  1st app. of Rebecca London & the Mason. Human Torch, Ant-Man, Black Widow & Captain America (Wilson) appearance.
56. 284 Walking Dead 115 Skybound MegaBox Edition Image/Skybound
12/17
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Stefano Gaudiano art.
57. 282 Hulk 1 Hall of Comics/CBCS Edition A Marvel
2/17
  Incredible Hulk #181 cover homage.
58. 282 Spider-Gwen 24 JScottCampbell.com Edition D Marvel
11/17
  Gwen Stacy becomes Gwenom. “Virgin” cover.
59. 281 Dark Nights: Metal 2 Bulletproof Comics “Virgin” Edition D.C.
11/17
  1st appearance of The Batman
60. 279 Venom 155 Lenticular Cover Marvel
12/17
  Kraven cameo on last 2 pages. Amazing Spider-Man #546 cover homage.
61. 278 Amazing Spider-Man 789 Lenticular Cover Marvel
12/17
  Mockingbird & Griffin appearance. “Amazing Spider-Man: A Rockomic!” cover homage.
62. 273 X-Men: Gold 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition A Marvel
6/17
  Marc Guggenheim story. Ardian Syaf & Jay Leisten art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
63. 273 X-Men: Gold 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition B Marvel
6/17
  Marc Guggenheim story. Ardian Syaf & Jay Leisten art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
64. 271 Venom 151 Variant Edition Marvel
8/17
  Liz Allan appearance. Stegron cameo on last page. “Mary Jane” variant cover.
65. 269 Edge of Venomverse 1 Unknown Comics Convention Edition Marvel
8/17
  “Virgin” cover.
66. 268 Venomverse 1 Scorpion Comics Edition Marvel
11/17
  Amazing Spider-Man #700 Martin variant cover homage.
67. 267 Spawn Director’s Cut 1 Second Printing Image
6/17
  25th Anniversary Edition. Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (10/00) cover homage. Embossed gold foil logo.
68. 266 X-Men: Blue 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition C Marvel
6/17
  “Virgin” cover.
69. 265 Spawn 280 Mattina Variant Cover Image
11/17
  Scorpion Comics & Scott’s Collectables exclusive.
70. 263 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 11 JScottCampbell.com Edition A Marvel
11/17
  Ryan Stegman story. Brian Level art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
71. 262 Walking Dead 162 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
1/17
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Stefano Gaudiano art. Arthur Adams cover.
72. 256 Venomverse 1 New York Comic Con Edition Marvel
11/17
  Amazing Spider-Man #700 Martin variant cover homage.
73. 251 Supergirl 13 Variant Cover D.C.
11/17
  Emerald Empress, Indigo, Magog, Selena, Mr. Bones & Mr. Oz appearance.
74. 248 X-Men: Blue 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition B Marvel
6/17
  Cullen Bunn story. Jorge Molina & Matteo Buffagni art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
75. 247 Redneck 1 Silver Foil Edition Image/Skybound
4/17
  Sketch cover. Embossed silver foil logo.
76. 247 Astonishing X-Men 1 Brooks Variant Cover Marvel
9/17
  Shadow King appearance.
77. 246 Dark Nights: Metal 3 Torpedo Comics Edition D.C.
12/17
  “Virgin” sketch cover.
78. 245 Walking Dead: Here’s Negan Preview #nn Image/Skybound
4/17
  Randomly included in Image Comics’ 25th Anniversary Blind Box Set.
79. 245 Mister Miracle 1 Variant Cover D.C.
10/17
  Tom King story. Mitch Gerads cover & art.
80. 244 Spider-Men II #1 Marvel
9/17
  Armadillo & Taskmaster appearance.
81. 244 Walking Dead 171 Skybound MegaBox Edition Image/Skybound
9/17
  1st appearance of Juanita “Princess” Sanchez. Pink sketch cover.
82. 241 Old Man Logan 25 Deodato Sketch Cover Marvel
8/17
  Maestro & Hulk Gang appearance. “Virgin” cover.
83. 239 Dark Nights: Metal 1 Capullo Variant Cover C D.C.
10/17
  ComicSketchArt.com exclusive. “Virgin” partial sketch cover.
84. 238 Heathen #1 Vault
2/17
  1st appearance of Aydis, Saga, Liv & Ruadan. Wraparound cover.
85. 235 Walking Dead 171 Pink Lorenzo Signature Variant Image/Skybound
9/17
  1st appearance of Juanita “Princess” Sanchez. 7 pages of bonus material.
86. 235 Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man 1 KRS Comics Edition A Marvel
8/17
  1st app. of Rebecca London & the Mason. Human Torch, Ant-Man, Black Widow & Captain America (Wilson) appearance.
87. 233 Walking Dead 171 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
9/17
  1st appearance of Juanita “Princess” Sanchez.
88. 230 Dark Days: The Casting #1 D.C.
9/17
  Jim Lee & Scott Williams cover. 1st app. of the Dark Knights in cameo. Foil cover.
89. 229 Secret Empire 1 Stan Lee Collectibles/Conque E Marvel
7/17
  “Death” of Rick Jones. “Negative” cover.
90. 229 Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again 1 Kirkham “Virgin” Edition Marvel
9/17
  San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exclusive
91. 228 Dark Nights: Metal 1 Bulletproof Comics “Virgin” Edition D.C.
10/17
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Gabriele Dell’Otto cover.
92. 227 Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special 1 Unknown Comics Edition B D.C.
11/17
  “Virgin” cover.
93. 225 Jean Grey 1 JScottCampbell.com Edition B Marvel
7/17
  Dennis Hopeless story. Victor Iba?ez art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
94. 221 Amazing Spider-Man 25 JScottCampbell.com Edition B Marvel
5/17
  Norman Osborn & Silver Sable appearance. Otto Octavius becomes Superior Octopus.
95. 221 Darth Maul 1 Action Figure Variant Cover B Marvel
4/17
  Cullen Bunn story. Luke Ross art. John Tyler Christopher cover.
96. 220 Venom 3 Variant Edition Marvel
3/17
  Black Cat & Mac Gargan appearance.
97. 220 Venom 150 Young Variant Cover Marvel
7/17
  Scorpion appearance.
98. 218 Venom 1 Scorpion Comics Negative Edition Marvel
1/17
  Origin & 1st appearance of the new Venom (Lee Price). Mac Gargan appearance. “Virgin” cover.
99. 211 Dark Nights: Metal 1 Capullo Variant Cover D D.C.
10/17
  “Midnight Release” variant cover.
100. 210 Astonishing X-Men 1 Brooks “Virgin” Edition Marvel
9/17
  Shadow King appearance.
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