Key Comics From 1979

January 13, 2017

1979 direct edition comics hit the comic shops!

Key comics from 1979
[ Note: a collector should be aware of the difference between direct edition and newsstand comic books.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference, see the following: Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference ]

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 1979, 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 1979, 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 1979. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1979, top 50 D.C. comics of 1979, and more key comic books of 1979 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1979:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,067 Amazing Spider-Man #194 7/79 Marvel Comics
2. 1,820 X-Men #121 5/79 Marvel Comics
3. 1,705 Daredevil #158 5/79 Marvel Comics
4. 1,222 X-Men #119 3/79 Marvel Comics
5. 1,220 X-Men #120 4/79 Marvel Comics
6. 1,211 Marvel Premiere #47 4/79 Marvel Comics
7. 1,158 X-Men #125 9/79 Marvel Comics
8. 1,068 X-Men #127 11/79 Marvel Comics
9. 1,029 X-Men #118 2/79 Marvel Comics
10. 978 X-Men #126 10/79 Marvel Comics
11. 954 X-Men #128 12/79 Marvel Comics
12. 952 X-Men #117 1/79 Marvel Comics
13. 930 X-Men #123 7/79 Marvel Comics
14. 920 X-Men #124 8/79 Marvel Comics
15. 860 Iron Man #128 11/79 Marvel Comics
16. 777 X-Men #122 6/79 Marvel Comics
17. 759 Battlestar Galactica #1 3/79 Marvel Comics
18. 728 Micronauts #1 1/79 Marvel Comics
19. 720 Rom #1 12/79 Marvel Comics
20. 600 Amazing Spider-Man #195 8/79 Marvel Comics
21. 593 Avengers #181 3/79 Marvel Comics
22. 584 Spectacular Spider-Man #27 2/79 Marvel Comics
23. 511 Amazing Spider-Man #189 2/79 Marvel Comics
24. 477 Conan the Barbarian #100 7/79 Marvel Comics
25. 459 Amazing Spider-Man #192 5/79 Marvel Comics
26. 451 Amazing Spider-Man #191 4/79 Marvel Comics
27. 440 Amazing Spider-Man #190 3/79 Marvel Comics
28. 438 Amazing Spider-Man #193 6/79 Marvel Comics
29. 415 Daredevil #159 7/79 Marvel Comics
30. 396 Amazing Spider-Man #199 12/79 Marvel Comics
31. 377 Amazing Spider-Man #198 11/79 Marvel Comics
32. 371 Iron Man #118 1/79 Marvel Comics
33. 362 Amazing Spider-Man #188 1/79 Marvel Comics
34. 362 Daredevil #160 9/79 Marvel Comics
35. 359 Daredevil #161 11/79 Marvel Comics
36. 358 Shogun Warriors #1 2/79 Marvel Comics
37. 348 Amazing Spider-Man #197 10/79 Marvel Comics
38. 339 Amazing Spider-Man #196 9/79 Marvel Comics
39. 323 X-Men Annual #3 1979 Marvel Comics
40. 306 Man-Thing v2 #1 11/79 Marvel Comics
41. 304 Spectacular Spider-Man #28 3/79 Marvel Comics
42. 303 Marvel Premiere #48 6/79 Marvel Comics
43. 226 Star Wars Annual #1 1979 Marvel Comics
44. 225 Micronauts #8 8/79 Marvel Comics
45. 198 Green Lantern #116 5/79 D.C. Comics
46. 184 Marvel Premiere #50 10/79 Marvel Comics
47. 164 Incredible Hulk #234 4/79 Marvel Comics
48. 163 Avengers #185 7/79 Marvel Comics
49. 157 Tomb of Dracula #70 8/79 Marvel Comics
50. 150 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #13 1979 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1979

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1979, top 50 D.C. comics of 1979, more key comic books of 1979 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1979, 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! 🙂