Key Comics From 1970

January 13, 2017

1970

Key comics from 1970

There are two main ways I’ve seen online lists of key comics presented by year: (1) personalized lists based upon judgment calls of what is “key” (thereby omitting any comics 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 50 list you’re about to see is neither of those other types.

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main 1970’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 1970, according to how many copies of each issue have passed through CGC’s doors to date to reveal the comics with the highest census counts — that’s it!

This exercise should “tease out” a very interesting list of important and/or key comics from 1970, 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 comics from 1970. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1970, top 50 D.C. comics of 1970, and more key comic books of 1970 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1970:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,734 Conan the Barbarian #1 10/70 Marvel Comics
2. 1,535 Green Lantern #76 4/70 D.C. Comics
3. 806 Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 12/70 D.C. Comics
4. 697 Batman #227 12/70 D.C. Comics
5. 668 Amazing Spider-Man #91 12/70 Marvel Comics
6. 638 Fantastic Four #100 7/70 Marvel Comics
7. 638 Silver Surfer #14 3/70 Marvel Comics
8. 576 Amazing Spider-Man #90 11/70 Marvel Comics
9. 544 Conan the Barbarian #2 12/70 Marvel Comics
10. 512 Detective Comics #400 6/70 D.C. Comics
11. 498 Amazing Spider-Man #86 7/70 Marvel Comics
12. 485 Amazing Adventures #1 8/70 Marvel Comics
13. 483 Amazing Spider-Man #81 2/70 Marvel Comics
14. 452 Amazing Spider-Man #82 3/70 Marvel Comics
15. 441 Amazing Spider-Man #88 9/70 Marvel Comics
16. 439 Amazing Spider-Man #84 5/70 Marvel Comics
17. 438 Amazing Spider-Man #83 4/70 Marvel Comics
18. 403 Amazing Spider-Man #87 8/70 Marvel Comics
19. 380 Amazing Spider-Man #85 6/70 Marvel Comics
20. 379 X-Men #65 2/70 Marvel Comics
21. 377 Amazing Spider-Man #80 1/70 Marvel Comics
22. 375 Amazing Spider-Man #89 10/70 Marvel Comics
23. 366 X-Men Annual #1 12/70 Marvel Comics
24. 356 X-Men #66 3/70 Marvel Comics
25. 346 Silver Surfer #18 9/70 Marvel Comics
26. 344 X-Men #64 1/70 Marvel Comics
27. 329 Silver Surfer #12 1/70 Marvel Comics
28. 329 Silver Surfer #15 4/70 Marvel Comics
29. 309 Silver Surfer #17 6/70 Marvel Comics
30. 293 Silver Surfer #16 5/70 Marvel Comics
31. 286 Avengers #83 12/70 Marvel Comics
32. 261 Green Lantern #77 6/70 D.C. Comics
33. 260 Silver Surfer #13 2/70 Marvel Comics
34. 253 Green Lantern #80 10/70 D.C. Comics
35. 249 Astonishing Tales #1 8/70 Marvel Comics
36. 249 Fantastic Four #97 4/70 Marvel Comics
37. 236 Batman #222 6/70 D.C. Comics
38. 224 Fantastic Four #95 2/70 Marvel Comics
39. 213 Green Lantern #81 12/70 D.C. Comics
40. 209 Green Lantern #78 7/70 D.C. Comics
41. 207 Fantastic Four #94 1/70 Marvel Comics
42. 205 Fantastic Four #98 5/70 Marvel Comics
43. 191 World’s Finest Comics #199 12/70 D.C. Comics
44. 187 Avengers #81 10/70 Marvel Comics
45. 186 Fantastic Four #99 6/70 Marvel Comics
46. 181 Detective Comics #403 9/70 D.C. Comics
47. 177 Thor #180 9/70 Marvel Comics
48. 175 Avengers #78 7/70 Marvel Comics
49. 175 X-Men #67 12/70 Marvel Comics
50. 173 Avengers #80 9/70 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1970

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1970, top 50 D.C. comics of 1970, more key comic books of 1970 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1970, or jump to this list of important comics from the 1970s. Or explore Lists of Key Comic Books by Year. Or jump to my blog’s home page.

Happy Collecting! 🙂

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