Key Comics From 1976

January 13, 2017

1976 30 cent variants exist!

Key comics from 1976

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 1976, 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 1976, 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 1976. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1976, top 50 D.C. comics of 1976, and more key comic books of 1976 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1976:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 4,033 Spectacular Spider-Man #1 12/76 Marvel Comics
2. 2,465 X-Men #101 10/76 Marvel Comics
3. 2,270 Nova #1 9/76 Marvel Comics
4. 1,916 X-Men #100
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/76 Marvel Comics
5. 1,477 Daredevil #131 3/76 Marvel Comics
6. 1,112 X-Men #99
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/76 Marvel Comics
7. 1,084 X-Men #97 2/76 Marvel Comics
8. 962 X-Men #98
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/76 Marvel Comics
9. 909 X-Men #102 12/76 Marvel Comics
10. 843 Eternals #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/76 Marvel Comics
11. 750 All-Star Comics #58 1-2/76 D.C. Comics
12. 689 Marvel Preview #4 1/76 Marvel Comics
13. 667 Howard the Duck #1 1/76 Marvel Comics
14. 594 Amazing Spider-Man #162 11/76 Marvel Comics
15. 590 Marvel Spotlight #28
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/76 Marvel Comics
16. 550 Amazing Spider-Man #157
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/76 Marvel Comics
17. 509 Amazing Spider-Man #161 10/76 Marvel Comics
18. 471 Amazing Spider-Man #158
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/76 Marvel Comics
19. 401 Amazing Spider-Man #154 3/76 Marvel Comics
20. 400 Incredible Hulk #200
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/76 Marvel Comics
21. 384 Amazing Spider-Man #155
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/76 Marvel Comics
22. 363 Amazing Spider-Man #152 1/76 Marvel Comics
23. 342 Marvel Preview #7 Summer 1976 Marvel Comics
24. 338 Amazing Spider-Man #159
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/76 Marvel Comics
25. 331 2001: A Space Odyssey #1 12/76 Marvel Comics
26. 293 Black Goliath #1 2/76 Marvel Comics
27. 289 Amazing Spider-Man #153 2/76 Marvel Comics
28. 281 Marvel Team-Up Annual #1 1976 Marvel Comics
29. 280 Avengers #144 2/76 Marvel Comics
30. 269 Amazing Spider-Man #160 9/76 Marvel Comics
31. 255 Amazing Spider-Man #163 12/76 Marvel Comics
32. 238 Captain America #200
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/76 Marvel Comics
33. 224 Captain Britain 8 United Kingdom 12/76 Marvel Comics
34. 222 Incredible Hulk Annual #5 1976 Marvel Comics
35. 201 Warlock #11 2/76 Marvel Comics
36. 200 Fantastic Four #166 1/76 Marvel Comics
37. 197 Amazing Spider-Man #156
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/76 Marvel Comics
38. 197 Marvel Spotlight #29
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/76 Marvel Comics
39. 193 Super Friends #1 11/76 D.C. Comics
40. 191 Warlock #15 11/76 Marvel Comics
41. 190 Warlock #13
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/76 Marvel Comics
42. 178 Warlock #12
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/76 Marvel Comics
43. 178 Action Comics 1 Safeguard Promotional 1976 D.C. Comics
44. 176 Warlord #1 1-2/76 D.C. Comics
45. 173 Daredevil #132
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/76 Marvel Comics
46. 162 Marvel Presents #3 2/76 Marvel Comics
47. 161 Eternals #2
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/76 Marvel Comics
48. 160 Man-Bat #1 12/75-1/76 D.C. Comics
49. 157 Six Million Dollar Man #1 6/76 Charlton Comics
50. 155 Iron Fist #4
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/76 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1976

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1976, top 50 D.C. comics of 1976, more key comic books of 1976 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1976, 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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