Key Comic Books From 2019

March 1, 2021

2019

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 2019 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019.

Key Comic Books From 2019:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 2,433 Walking Dead #193 Image/Skybound
7/19
  Last issue.
2. 1,547 War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1 Marvel
7/19
  1st appearance of Luna Snow (Seol Hee), Wave (Pearl Pangan) Crescent (Dan Bi) & Io. 1st U.S. app. of Aero (Lei Ling).
3. 1,466 Walking Dead #192 Image/Skybound
6/19
  “Death” of Rick Grimes.
4. 1,388 Venom #9 Marvel
2/19
  Venom #174 1st full appearance of Dylan Brock.
5. 1,124 Naomi #1 D.C.
3/19
  1st appearance of Naomi McDuffie.
6. 830 Walking Dead 193 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
7/19
  San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive. Last issue.
7. 801 Spawn 300 Variant Cover J Image
9/19
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
8. 739 Batman: Damned #2 D.C.
2/19
  Brian Azzarello story. Lee Bermejo cover & art.
9. 681 Detective Comics 1000 Ross Variant Cover A D.C.
5/19
  Alex Ross cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
10. 675 Incredible Hulk: Facsimile Edition #181 Marvel
5/19
  Reprints Incredible Hulk #181
11. 663 Major X #1 Marvel
6/19
  1st full appearance of Major X (Alexander Nathaniel Summers).
12. 632 Walking Dead #191 Image/Skybound
5/19
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard & Stefano Gaudiano art. Charlie Adlard cover.
13. 597 Marvel Comics 1000 D23 Expo Edition Marvel
10/19
  “Virgin” cover.
14. 597 Batman: Damned 2 Variant Cover D.C.
2/19
  Brian Azzarello story. Lee Bermejo art, Jim Lee cover.
15. 573 Batman Who Laughs 1 Variant Cover D.C.
2/19
  Scott Snyder story. Jock art. Greg Capullo cover.
16. 553 Naomi 1 Variant Cover D.C.
3/19
  1st appearance of Naomi McDuffie.
17. 548 Batman Who Laughs #1 D.C.
2/19
  Scott Snyder story. Jock cover & art.
18. 513 Spawn 300 Variant Cover L Image
9/19
  “Virgin” cover.
19. 512 Walking Dead 192 Special Commemorative Edition Image/Skybound
7/19
  “Death” of Rick Grimes.
20. 509 Immortal Hulk #12 Marvel
3/19
  Incredible Hulk #729 1st appearance of the One Below All.
21. 483 Spawn 300 Second Printing/Silver Foil Edition Image
10/19
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
22. 478 Detective Comics #1000 D.C.
5/19
  Jim Lee cover & art. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
23. 452 Marvel Comics Presents #6 Marvel
8/19
  Soule, Seeley & Brisson stories. Siqueira, Brown & Frigeri art. Arthur Adams cover.
24. 452 Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 D.C.
7/19
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Greg Capullo cover.
25. 451 Harley Quinn 57 Variant Cover D.C.
3/19
  Sam Humphries story. John Timms art. Julian Totino Tedesco cover.
26. 438 Venom 9 Animation Edition Marvel
2/19
  Venom #174 1st full appearance of Dylan Brock.
27. 432 Harley Quinn 59 Variant Cover D.C.
5/19
  Sam Humphries story. Sami Basri art. Derrick Chew cover.
28. 405 Ghost-Spider 1 Comic Mint “Virgin” Edition Marvel
10/19
  Spider-Gwen #51
29. 402 Amazing Fantasy: Facsimile Edition #15 Marvel
12/19
  Reprints Amazing Fantasy #15
30. 387 Black Cat 1 Lau Variant Cover Marvel
8/19
  Jed MacKay story. Travel Foreman art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
31. 384 Batman 608 Foil Edition D.C.
3/19
  Catwoman, Killer Croc & Poison Ivy appearance. “Virgin” cover.
32. 378 Conan the Barbarian 1 Photo Variant Cover Marvel
3/19
  Conan the Barbarian #276 Arnold Schwarzenegger photo cover.
33. 376 Symbiote Spider-Man 1 Lau Variant Cover Marvel
6/19
  Peter David story. Greg Land & Jay Leisten art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
34. 375 Captain Marvel 7 Glow-in-the-Dark Edition Marvel
8/19
  Captain Marvel #141 “Virgin” cover.
35. 369 Spawn 300 Variant Cover K Image
9/19
  “Virgin” cover.
36. 350 Absolute Carnage #1 Marvel
10/19
  Donny Cates story. Ryan Stegman & JP Mayer cover & art.
37. 347 Harley Quinn 58 Variant Cover D.C.
4/19
  Sam Humphries story. John Timms art. Derrick Chew cover.
38. 347 Detective Comics 1000 JeeHyung Lee Variant Cover D.C.
5/19
  JeeHyung Lee cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
39. 343 Detective Comics 1000 Sketch Edition D.C.
5/19
  1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity. Partial blank cover.
40. 342 Black Cat 1 ComicXposure/Greg Horn Art Edition Marvel
8/19
  “Virgin” cover.
41. 337 Batman: Damned #3 D.C.
8/19
  Brian Azzarello story. Lee Bermejo cover & art.
42. 337 Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight 1 Variant Cover D.C.
5/19
  Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV story. Eduardo Risso art. Gabriele Dell’Otto cover.
43. 335 Detective Comics 1000 Artgerm Collectibles Golden Ag D.C.
5/19
  Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
44. 334 Joker: Year of the Villain 1 Scorpion Comics Edition C D.C.
12/19
  Convention exclusive.
45. 333 Captain Marvel 8 Lee “Virgin” Edition Marvel
9/19
  Unknown Comics & Comics Elite
46. 333 Catwoman 15 Variant Cover D.C.
11/19
  Ram V story. Mirka Andolfo art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
47. 330 Detective Comics 1000 Artgerm Collectibles Edition D.C.
5/19
  Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
48. 329 Canto #1 IDW Publishing
6/19
  David M. Booher story. Drew Zucker cover & art.
49. 324 Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6 Marvel
7/19
  Ultimate Spider-Man #246 1st full appearance of Starling (Tiana Toomes).
50. 316 Spawn #300 Image
9/19
  Todd McFarlane & Scott Snyder story. Campbell, Alexander, Ope?a & Capullo art. Todd McFarlane cover & art.
51. 315 Batman: Damned 3 Variant Cover D.C.
8/19
  Brian Azzarello story. Lee Bermejo art, Jim Lee cover.
52. 315 Batman Beyond #37 D.C.
12/19
  Dan Jurgens story. Sean Chen & Sean Parsons art. Lee Weeks cover.
53. 313 Spawn 300 Variant Cover G Image
9/19
  Todd McFarlane & Scott Snyder story. Alexander, Ope?a, Capullo & McFarlane. art, J. Scott Campbell cover & art.
54. 310 Detective Comics 1000 Torpedo Comics Sketch Edition D.C.
5/19
  Jim Lee cover & art. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
55. 304 Detective Comics 1000 Lee Variant Cover D.C.
5/19
  Jim Lee cover & art. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
56. 302 Batgirl 31 Variant Cover D.C.
3/19
  Mairghread Scott story. Paul Pelletier art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
57. 301 Ghost-Spider 1 Comic Mint Edition Marvel
10/19
  Spider-Gwen #51
58. 301 Batman: Last Knight on Earth 1 Variant Cover D.C.
7/19
  Scott Snyder story. Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion art. Jock cover.
59. 292 Detective Comics 1000 Comic Mint Edition D.C.
5/19
  Mike Mayhew cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
60. 289 Spider-Man 1 Comic Mint Edition C Marvel
11/19
  1st appearance of Cadaverous. “Death” of Mary Jane Watson. NYCC 2019 exclusive. “Virgin” cover.
61. 287 Captain Marvel 1 Artgerm Collectibles Edition Marvel
3/19
  1st appearance of Ripley Ryan. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hazmat, Spider-Woman & Nuclear Man appearance.
62. 286 Spawn 301 Variant Cover J Image
10/19
  “Virgin” cover.
63. 286 Spawn 301 Variant Cover H Image
10/19
  Amazing Spider-Man #301 cover homage.
64. 283 Spawn 300 Variant Cover M Image
9/19
  “Virgin” cover.
65. 283 Captain Marvel 1 Hughes Variant Cover Marvel
3/19
  1st appearance of Ripley Ryan. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hazmat, Spider-Woman & Nuclear Man appearance.
66. 282 X-Men 1 Mexican Edition Editorial Televisa
4/19
  4 different foil covers exist.
67. 281 Immortal Hulk 16 Bennett Variant Cover Marvel
6/19
  Incredible Hulk #733 Wraparound cover.
68. 280 Absolute Carnage 1 Variant Edition Marvel
10/19
  Donny Cates story. Ryan Stegman & JP Mayer art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
69. 278 Detective Comics 1000 “2010’s” Variant Cover D.C.
5/19
  Greg Capullo cover & art. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
70. 270 Detective Comics 1000 “1980’s” Variant Cover D.C.
5/19
  Frank Miller cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
71. 270 Spider-Man Annual 1 Crain Convention “Virgin” Edition Marvel
8/19
  Carnage, U.S.A. #1 cover homage.
72. 268 Detective Comics 1000 “1940’s” Variant Cover D.C.
5/19
  Bruce Timm cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
73. 266 Spider-Man 1 Crain Convention Edition Marvel
11/19
  1st appearance of Cadaverous. “Death” of Mary Jane Watson. Scorpion Comics/NYCC exclusive.
74. 257 Spawn 300 Second Printing/Gold Foil Edition Image
10/19
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
75. 255 Black Cat #1 Marvel
8/19
  Jed MacKay story. Travel Foreman art. J. Scott Campbell cover.
76. 255 Batman #77 D.C.
10/19
  “Death” of Alfred Pennyworth.
77. 255 Detective Comics 1000 JeeHyung Lee “Virgin” Edition D.C.
5/19
  JeeHyung Lee cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity.
78. 255 Captain Marvel 8 Variant Edition Marvel
9/19
  Captain Marvel #142 1st appearance of Star. “Carnage-ized” variant cover.
79. 254 Joker: Year of the Villain 1 Bulletproof Comics & Games Edition D.C.
12/19
  “Virgin” cover.
80. 253 Walking Dead: The Alien nn Local Comic Shop Day Edition Image/Skybound
11/19
  Collects 28 page Walking Dead: The Alien from PanelSyndicate.com. Wraparound cover.
81. 253 Detective Comics 1000 JeeHyung Lee Black & White Edition D.C.
5/19
  JeeHyung Lee cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity. “Virgin” cover.
82. 250 Detective Comics 1000 Convention Edition D.C.
5/19
  Jim Lee cover & art. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity. Foil cover.
83. 248 Wonder Woman 65 Variant Cover D.C.
4/19
  G. Willow Wilson story. Jesus Merino art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
84. 245 Absolute Carnage 1 Dell’Otto Variant Cover Marvel
10/19
  “Cult of Carnage” variant cover.
85. 244 Wonder Woman 64 Variant Cover D.C.
4/19
  G. Willow Wilson story. Jesus Merino & Andy Owens art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
86. 239 Symbiote Spider-Man 1 McFarlane Variant Cover Marvel
6/19
  “Hidden Gem” variant cover.
87. 238 Catwoman 12 Variant Cover D.C.
8/19
  Joelle Jones story. Fernando Blanco & Hugo Petrus art. Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover.
88. 236 Walking Dead 192 Variant Cover Image/Skybound
6/19
  “Death” of Rick Grimes. Partial blank cover.
89. 236 Detective Comics 1000 Artgerm Collectibles “Virgin” D.C.
5/19
  Stanley “Artgerm” Lau cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity. “Virgin” cover.
90. 235 Absolute Carnage 1 Granov Variant Cover Marvel
10/19
  “Codex” variant cover.
91. 233 Spawn 301 Second Printing/Clayton Crain Image
11/19
  Todd McFarlane story & art. Ope?a, Capullo & Alexander art. Clayton Crain cover & art.
92. 233 Detective Comics 1000 Ross Variant Cover B D.C.
5/19
  Alex Ross cover. 1st appearance of Arkham Knight in DC Universe continuity. “Virgin” cover.
93. 233 Powers of X 1 Brooks Variant Cover Marvel
9/19
  1st appearance of Rasputin, Cylobel & Cardinal.
94. 233 War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas 1 Suayan Variant Cover Marvel
7/19
  1st appearance of Luna Snow (Seol Hee), Wave (Pearl Pangan) Crescent (Dan Bi) & Io. 1st U.S. app. of Aero (Lei Ling).
95. 231 Amazing Spider-Man 10 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
1/19
  Amazing Spider-Man #811
96. 230 Spider-Man Annual 1 Scorpion Comics “Virgin” Edition Marvel
8/19
  Carnage, U.S.A. #1 cover homage.
97. 230 Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy 1 Comic Mint Edition D D.C.
11/19
  “Virgin” cover.
98. 229 Batman 77 Variant Cover D.C.
10/19
  “Death” of Alfred Pennyworth.
99. 228 Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 Marvel
2/19
  Ultimate Spider-Man #241
100. 227 Joker: Year of the Villain #1 D.C.
12/19
  John Carpenter & Anthony Burch story. Philip Tan cover & art.
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