Key Comics From 1980

January 13, 2017

1980

Key comics from 1980

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 1980’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 1980, 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 1980, 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 1980. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1980, top 50 D.C. comics of 1980, and more key comic books of 1980 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1980:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,879 Savage She-Hulk #1 2/80 Marvel Comics
2. 2,720 X-Men #137 9/80 Marvel Comics
3. 2,553 New Teen Titans #2 12/80 D.C. Comics
4. 1,973 Amazing Spider-Man #200 1/80 Marvel Comics
5. 1,950 X-Men #129 1/80 Marvel Comics
6. 1,780 X-Men #140 12/80 Marvel Comics
7. 1,698 DC Comics Presents #26 10/80 D.C. Comics
8. 1,483 X-Men #130 2/80 Marvel Comics
9. 1,434 X-Men #139 11/80 Marvel Comics
10. 1,416 X-Men #136 8/80 Marvel Comics
11. 1,408 X-Men #135 7/80 Marvel Comics
12. 1,384 X-Men #138 10/80 Marvel Comics
13. 1,223 X-Men #134 6/80 Marvel Comics
14. 1,159 X-Men #133 5/80 Marvel Comics
15. 1,152 Moon Knight #1 11/80 Marvel Comics
16. 1,092 Star Wars #42 12/80 Marvel Comics
17. 1,045 X-Men #132 4/80 Marvel Comics
18. 1,031 New Teen Titans #1 11/80 D.C. Comics
19. 939 X-Men #131 3/80 Marvel Comics
20. 817 Avengers #196 6/80 Marvel Comics
21. 573 Star Trek #1 4/80 Marvel Comics
22. 452 Amazing Spider-Man #201 2/80 Marvel Comics
23. 419 Avengers #195 5/80 Marvel Comics
24. 417 Captain America #241 1/80 Marvel Comics
25. 397 Marvel Team-Up #95 7/80 Marvel Comics
26. 349 Amazing Spider-Man #209 10/80 Marvel Comics
27. 348 Avengers #200 10/80 Marvel Comics
28. 337 Power Man and Iron Fist #66 12/80 Marvel Comics
29. 318 Star Wars #39 9/80 Marvel Comics
30. 306 Amazing Spider-Man #202 3/80 Marvel Comics
31. 284 Amazing Spider-Man #205 6/80 Marvel Comics
32. 278 Amazing Spider-Man #210 11/80 Marvel Comics
33. 269 Amazing Spider-Man #204 5/80 Marvel Comics
34. 259 Amazing Spider-Man #206 7/80 Marvel Comics
35. 255 Daredevil #164 5/80 Marvel Comics
36. 246 Daredevil #163 3/80 Marvel Comics
37. 229 Amazing Spider-Man #208 9/80 Marvel Comics
38. 227 Incredible Hulk #250 8/80 Marvel Comics
39. 226 Marvel Spotlight v2 #6 5/80 Marvel Comics
40. 225 Amazing Spider-Man #203 4/80 Marvel Comics
41. 223 Daredevil #167 11/80 Marvel Comics
42. 217 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14 1980 Marvel Comics
43. 214 Amazing Spider-Man #211 12/80 Marvel Comics
44. 192 King Conan #1 3/80 Marvel Comics
45. 186 Epic Illustrated #3 Fall 1980 Marvel Comics
46. 183 Amazing Spider-Man #207 8/80 Marvel Comics
47. 181 Daredevil #166 9/80 Marvel Comics
48. 173 Star Wars #40 10/80 Marvel Comics
49. 170 Marvel Team-Up #100 12/80 Marvel Comics
50. 166 Star Wars #41 11/80 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1980

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1980, top 50 D.C. comics of 1980, more key comic books of 1980 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1980, or jump to this list of important comics from the 1980s. Or explore Lists of Key Comic Books by Year. Or jump to my blog’s home page.

Happy Collecting! 🙂