Key Comics From 1973

January 13, 2017

1973

Key comics from 1973

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 1973, 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 1973, 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 1973. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1973, top 50 D.C. comics of 1973, and more key comic books of 1973 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1973:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,747 Amazing Spider-Man #121 6/73 Marvel Comics
2. 3,293 Amazing Spider-Man #122 7/73 Marvel Comics
3. 2,518 Iron Man #55 2/73 Marvel Comics
4. 1,656 Ghost Rider #1 9/73 Marvel Comics
5. 1,508 Shazam #1 2/73 D.C. Comics
6. 1,326 Tomb of Dracula #10 7/73 Marvel Comics
7. 1,156 Batman #251 9/73 D.C. Comics
8. 1,064 Special Marvel Edition #15 12/73 Marvel Comics
9. 896 Amazing Spider-Man #119 4/73 Marvel Comics
10. 729 Shadow #1 10-11/73 D.C. Comics
11. 720 Amazing Spider-Man #120 5/73 Marvel Comics
12. 656 Conan the Barbarian #24 3/73 Marvel Comics
13. 651 Amazing Spider-Man #125 10/73 Marvel Comics
14. 626 Defenders #10 11/73 Marvel Comics
15. 608 Amazing Spider-Man #127 12/73 Marvel Comics
16. 565 Amazing Spider-Man #126 11/73 Marvel Comics
17. 504 Amazing Spider-Man #123 8/73 Marvel Comics
18. 498 Conan the Barbarian #23 2/73 Marvel Comics
19. 469 Amazing Spider-Man #117 2/73 Marvel Comics
20. 467 Swamp Thing #7 11-12/73 D.C. Comics
21. 441 Amazing Spider-Man #124 9/73 Marvel Comics
22. 423 Frankenstein #1 1/73 Marvel Comics
23. 414 Amazing Spider-Man #116 1/73 Marvel Comics
24. 388 Fear #19 12/73 Marvel Comics
25. 342 Ghost Rider #2 10/73 Marvel Comics
26. 338 Amazing Spider-Man #118 3/73 Marvel Comics
27. 334 Incredible Hulk #162 4/73 Marvel Comics
28. 296 Strange Tales #169 9/73 Marvel Comics
29. 277 Captain Marvel #26 5/73 Marvel Comics
30. 277 Swamp Thing #2 12/72-1/73 D.C. Comics
31. 266 Swamp Thing #3 2-3/73 D.C. Comics
32. 259 Captain Marvel #25 3/73 Marvel Comics
33. 233 Supernatural Thrillers #5 8/73 Marvel Comics
34. 224 Avengers #110 4/73 Marvel Comics
35. 219 Marvel Feature #11 9/73 Marvel Comics
36. 213 Avengers #112 6/73 Marvel Comics
37. 210 Incredible Hulk #161 3/73 Marvel Comics
38. 206 Iron Man #54 1/73 Marvel Comics
39. 204 Avengers #116 10/73 Marvel Comics
40. 203 Swamp Thing #6 9-10/73 D.C. Comics
41. 203 Tomb of Dracula #13 10/73 Marvel Comics
42. 192 Swamp Thing #4 4-5/73 D.C. Comics
43. 190 Swamp Thing #5 7-8/73 D.C. Comics
44. 188 Avengers #117 11/73 Marvel Comics
45. 179 Marvel Feature #12 11/73 Marvel Comics
46. 177 Marvel Spotlight #12 10/73 Marvel Comics
47. 172 Conan the Barbarian Annual #1 1973 Marvel Comics
48. 172 Marvel Spotlight #9 4/73 Marvel Comics
49. 170 Marvel Team-Up #15 11/73 Marvel Comics
50. 169 Ghost Rider #3 12/73 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1973

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1973, top 50 D.C. comics of 1973, more key comic books of 1973 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1973, 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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