Key Comics From 1977

January 13, 2017

1977 35 cent variants exist!

Key comics from 1977

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 1977, 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 1977, 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 1977. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1977, top 50 D.C. comics of 1977, and more key comic books of 1977 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1977:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 5,921 Star Wars #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/77 Marvel Comics
2. 3,129 Iron Fist #14
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/77 Marvel Comics
3. 2,370 Ms. Marvel #1 1/77 Marvel Comics
4. 1,638 Black Panther #1 1/77 Marvel Comics
5. 1,288 Marvel Spotlight #32 2/77 Marvel Comics
6. 1,205 X-Men #108 12/77 Marvel Comics
7. 977 Godzilla #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/77 Marvel Comics
8. 951 X-Men #105
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/77 Marvel Comics
9. 904 X-Men #104 4/77 Marvel Comics
10. 835 X-Men #106
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/77 Marvel Comics
11. 831 Star Wars #2
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/77 Marvel Comics
12. 751 X-Men #103 2/77 Marvel Comics
13. 729 Iron Fist #15
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/77 Marvel Comics
14. 715 What If? #1 2/77 Marvel Comics
15. 677 Red Sonja #1 1/77 Marvel Comics
16. 668 Star Wars #3
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/77 Marvel Comics
17. 658 X-Men #107
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/77 Marvel Comics
18. 574 Star Wars #4
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/77 Marvel Comics
19. 573 Jonah Hex #1 3-4/77 D.C. Comics
20. 542 Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 1977 Marvel Comics
21. 527 Avengers Annual #7 1977 Marvel Comics
22. 524 Amazing Spider-Man #175 12/77 Marvel Comics
23. 486 Amazing Spider-Man #168 5/77 Marvel Comics
24. 467 Star Wars #5 11/77 Marvel Comics
25. 452 Star Wars #6 12/77 Marvel Comics
26. 432 Amazing Spider-Man #174 11/77 Marvel Comics
27. 432 Amazing Spider-Man #170
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/77 Marvel Comics
28. 427 Amazing Spider-Man #167 4/77 Marvel Comics
29. 414 Logan’s Run #6
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/77 Marvel Comics
30. 413 Howard the Duck #13
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/77 Marvel Comics
31. 400 John Carter, Warlord of Mars #1 6/77 Marvel Comics
32. 397 Iron Man #100
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/77 Marvel Comics
33. 394 Marvel Comics Super Special #1 9/77 Marvel Comics
34. 364 Detective Comics #474 12/77 D.C. Comics
35. 342 Marvel Team-Up #53 1/77 Marvel Comics
36. 339 Amazing Spider-Man #166 3/77 Marvel Comics
37. 323 Spectacular Spider-Man #3 2/77 Marvel Comics
38. 313 Amazing Spider-Man #171
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/77 Marvel Comics
39. 307 Logan’s Run #1 1/77 Marvel Comics
40. 306 Amazing Spider-Man #172
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/77 Marvel Comics
41. 301 2001: A Space Odyssey #8
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/77 Marvel Comics
42. 299 Tarzan #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/77 Marvel Comics
43. 286 Amazing Spider-Man #169
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/77 Marvel Comics
44. 283 Howard the Duck #12 5/77 Marvel Comics
45. 280 Spectacular Spider-Man #2 1/77 Marvel Comics
46. 275 Human Fly #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/77 Marvel Comics
47. 266 Shazam #28 3-4/77 D.C. Comics
48. 265 Ms. Marvel #2 2/77 Marvel Comics
49. 247 DC Super-Stars #17 11-12/77 D.C. Comics
50. 243 Spectacular Spider-Man #4 3/77 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1977

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1977, top 50 D.C. comics of 1977, more key comic books of 1977 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1977, 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! šŸ™‚

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