Key Comics From 1978

January 13, 2017

1978

Key comics from 1978

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 1978, 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 1978, 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 1978. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1978, top 50 D.C. comics of 1978, and more key comic books of 1978 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1978:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,279 Spider-Woman #1 4/78 Marvel Comics
2. 1,129 X-Men #109 2/78 Marvel Comics
3. 934 Ms. Marvel #18 6/78 Marvel Comics
4. 877 X-Men #112 8/78 Marvel Comics
5. 841 X-Men #110 4/78 Marvel Comics
6. 795 X-Men #111 6/78 Marvel Comics
7. 764 X-Men #114 10/78 Marvel Comics
8. 761 X-Men #115 11/78 Marvel Comics
9. 759 Machine Man #1 4/78 Marvel Comics
10. 717 X-Men #113 9/78 Marvel Comics
11. 702 X-Men #116 12/78 Marvel Comics
12. 636 Firestorm #1 3/78 D.C. Comics
13. 538 Amazing Spider-Man #177 2/78 Marvel Comics
14. 511 Amazing Spider-Man #179 4/78 Marvel Comics
15. 487 Devil Dinosaur #1 4/78 Marvel Comics
16. 411 Amazing Spider-Man #180 5/78 Marvel Comics
17. 396 DC Comics Presents #1 7-8/78 D.C. Comics
18. 378 Ms. Marvel #16 4/78 Marvel Comics
19. 374 Amazing Spider-Man #183 8/78 Marvel Comics
20. 364 Detective Comics #476 3-4/78 D.C. Comics
21. 360 Ms. Marvel #17 5/78 Marvel Comics
22. 349 Amazing Spider-Man #185 10/78 Marvel Comics
23. 339 Amazing Spider-Man #176 1/78 Marvel Comics
24. 334 Star Wars #7 1/78 Marvel Comics
25. 328 Amazing Spider-Man #187 12/78 Marvel Comics
26. 323 Detective Comics #475 2/78 D.C. Comics
27. 321 Amazing Spider-Man #178 3/78 Marvel Comics
28. 314 Star Wars #9 3/78 Marvel Comics
29. 304 Amazing Spider-Man #182 7/78 Marvel Comics
30. 290 Amazing Spider-Man #186 11/78 Marvel Comics
31. 288 Amazing Spider-Man #181 6/78 Marvel Comics
32. 275 Star Wars #10 4/78 Marvel Comics
33. 269 Star Wars #8 2/78 Marvel Comics
34. 227 Power Man and Iron Fist #50 4/78 Marvel Comics
35. 221 Amazing Spider-Man #184 9/78 Marvel Comics
36. 200 Fantasy Quarterly #1 Spring 1978 Independent Pub. Synd.
37. 187 Cerebus the Aardvark #1 12/77-1/78 Aardvark-Vanaheim
38. 175 Star Wars #13 7/78 Marvel Comics
39. 166 Firestorm #3 6/78 D.C. Comics
40. 164 Star Wars #15 9/78 Marvel Comics
41. 162 Marvel Team-Up #65 1/78 Marvel Comics
42. 161 Star Wars #11 5/78 Marvel Comics
43. 160 Fantastic Four #200 11/78 Marvel Comics
44. 158 Star Wars #14 8/78 Marvel Comics
45. 155 What If? #10 8/78 Marvel Comics
46. 148 Detective Comics #478 7-8/78 D.C. Comics
47. 148 Star Wars #12 6/78 Marvel Comics
48. 147 Avengers #167 1/78 Marvel Comics
49. 145 Showcase #97 2/78 D.C. Comics
50. 139 Marvel Super Special #5 1978 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1978

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1978, top 50 D.C. comics of 1978, more key comic books of 1978 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1978, 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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