Key Comics From 1971

January 13, 2017

1971

Key comics from 1971

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 1971, 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 1971, 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 1971. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1971, top 50 D.C. comics of 1971, and more key comic books of 1971 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1971:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,390 Amazing Spider-Man #100 9/71 Marvel Comics
2. 1,557 Batman #232 6/71 D.C. Comics
3. 1,446 Amazing Spider-Man #101 10/71 Marvel Comics
4. 1,388 House of Secrets #92 6-7/71 D.C. Comics
5. 1,144 Amazing Spider-Man #97 6/71 Marvel Comics
6. 1,136 Amazing Spider-Man #98 7/71 Marvel Comics
7. 964 Marvel Feature #1 12/71 Marvel Comics
8. 899 Fantastic Four #112 7/71 Marvel Comics
9. 884 New Gods #1 2-3/71 D.C. Comics
10. 845 Forever People #1 2-3/71 D.C. Comics
11. 803 Conan the Barbarian #3 2/71 Marvel Comics
12. 794 Amazing Spider-Man #102 11/71 Marvel Comics
13. 717 Green Lantern #85 8-9/71 D.C. Comics
14. 694 Amazing Spider-Man #96 5/71 Marvel Comics
15. 679 Batman #234 8/71 D.C. Comics
16. 592 Amazing Spider-Man #94 3/71 Marvel Comics
17. 559 Green Lantern #86 10-11/71 D.C. Comics
18. 544 Amazing Spider-Man #99 8/71 Marvel Comics
19. 529 Amazing Spider-Man #95 4/71 Marvel Comics
20. 519 Incredible Hulk #141 7/71 Marvel Comics
21. 457 Amazing Spider-Man #92 1/71 Marvel Comics
22. 432 Amazing Spider-Man #93 2/71 Marvel Comics
23. 421 Superman #233 1/71 D.C. Comics
24. 402 Batman #237 12/71 D.C. Comics
25. 401 Avengers #93 11/71 Marvel Comics
26. 385 Mister Miracle #1 3-4/71 D.C. Comics
27. 370 Conan the Barbarian #4 4/71 Marvel Comics
28. 345 Amazing Spider-Man #103 12/71 Marvel Comics
29. 336 Conan the Barbarian #5 5/71 Marvel Comics
30. 330 Conan the Barbarian #9 9/71 Marvel Comics
31. 327 Conan the Barbarian #7 7/71 Marvel Comics
32. 314 Kull the Conqueror #1 6/71 Marvel Comics
33. 308 Avengers #87 4/71 Marvel Comics
34. 296 Conan the Barbarian #10 10/71 Marvel Comics
35. 290 Detective Comics #411 5/71 D.C. Comics
36. 288 Conan the Barbarian #8 8/71 Marvel Comics
37. 262 Conan the Barbarian #6 6/71 Marvel Comics
38. 260 Weird War Tales #1 9-10/71 D.C. Comics
39. 259 Avengers #92 9/71 Marvel Comics
40. 241 Savage Tales #1 5/71 Marvel Comics
41. 239 Thor #193 11/71 Marvel Comics
42. 238 Marvel Spotlight #1 11/71 Marvel Comics
43. 231 Fantastic Four #108 3/71 Marvel Comics
44. 224 Green Lantern #82 2-3/71 D.C. Comics
45. 223 Avengers #88 5/71 Marvel Comics
46. 219 Sub-Mariner #34 2/71 Marvel Comics
47. 212 Creatures on the Loose #10 3/71 Marvel Comics
48. 205 Green Lantern #84 6-7/71 D.C. Comics
49. 201 Daredevil #77 6/71 Marvel Comics
50. 183 Green Lantern #83 4-5/71 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 1971

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1971, top 50 D.C. comics of 1971, more key comic books of 1971 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1971, 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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