Key Comics From 1974

January 13, 2017

1974

Key comics from 1974

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 1974, 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 1974, 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 1974. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1974, top 50 D.C. comics of 1974, and more key comic books of 1974 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1974:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 8,909 Incredible Hulk #181 11/74 Marvel Comics
2. 7,771 Amazing Spider-Man #129 2/74 Marvel Comics
3. 2,766 Incredible Hulk #180 10/74 Marvel Comics
4. 1,983 Marvel Premiere #15 5/74 Marvel Comics
5. 1,615 Incredible Hulk #182 12/74 Marvel Comics
6. 1,306 Doctor Strange #1 6/74 Marvel Comics
7. 1,090 Astonishing Tales #25 8/74 Marvel Comics
8. 1,061 Amazing Spider-Man #136 9/74 Marvel Comics
9. 1,038 Amazing Spider-Man #135 8/74 Marvel Comics
10. 655 Sandman #1 Winter 1974 D.C. Comics
11. 639 Amazing Spider-Man #137 10/74 Marvel Comics
12. 606 Amazing Spider-Man #128 1/74 Marvel Comics
13. 548 Man-Thing #1 1/74 Marvel Comics
14. 530 Amazing Spider-Man #134 7/74 Marvel Comics
15. 530 Savage Sword of Conan #1 8/74 Marvel Comics
16. 515 Amazing Spider-Man #130 3/74 Marvel Comics
17. 462 Marvel Two-In-One #1 1/74 Marvel Comics
18. 455 Captain Marvel #33 7/74 Marvel Comics
19. 450 Amazing Spider-Man #138 11/74 Marvel Comics
20. 450 Omac #1 9-10/74 D.C. Comics
21. 405 Swamp Thing #9 3-4/74 D.C. Comics
22. 334 Amazing Spider-Man #133 6/74 Marvel Comics
23. 330 Conan the Barbarian #37 4/74 Marvel Comics
24. 326 Amazing Spider-Man #132 5/74 Marvel Comics
25. 326 Amazing Spider-Man #131 4/74 Marvel Comics
26. 264 Amazing Spider-Man #139 12/74 Marvel Comics
27. 257 Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 6/74 Marvel Comics
28. 251 Swamp Thing #10 5-6/74 D.C. Comics
29. 247 Swamp Thing #8 1-2/74 D.C. Comics
30. 246 Fear #20 2/74 Marvel Comics
31. 243 Giant-Size Avengers #1 8/74 Marvel Comics
32. 239 Thor #225 7/74 Marvel Comics
33. 239 Giant-Size Super-Stars #1 5/74 Marvel Comics
34. 227 Captain Marvel #32 5/74 Marvel Comics
35. 221 Special Marvel Edition #16 2/74 Marvel Comics
36. 207 Giant-Size Defenders #1 7/74 Marvel Comics
37. 200 X-Men #89 8/74 Marvel Comics
38. 199 Giant-Size Spider-Man #1 7/74 Marvel Comics
39. 199 Giant-Size Conan #1 9/74 Marvel Comics
40. 194 Spidey Super Stories #1 10/74 Marvel Comics
41. 193 Daredevil #111 7/74 Marvel Comics
42. 191 Captain Marvel #31 3/74 Marvel Comics
43. 187 Giant-Size Chillers #1 6/74 Marvel Comics
44. 183 Incredible Hulk #172 2/74 Marvel Comics
45. 181 X-Men #86 2/74 Marvel Comics
46. 179 Avengers #125 7/74 Marvel Comics
47. 177 Doctor Strange #2 8/74 Marvel Comics
48. 176 Marvel Premiere #16 7/74 Marvel Comics
49. 175 Adventure Comics #431 1-2/74 D.C. Comics
50. 161 Human Torch #1 9/74 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1974

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1974, top 50 D.C. comics of 1974, more key comic books of 1974 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1974, 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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