Key Comics From 1981

January 13, 2017

1981

Key comics from 1981

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 1981, 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 1981, 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 1981. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1981, top 50 D.C. comics of 1981, and more key comic books of 1981 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1981:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,595 X-Men #141 1/81 Marvel Comics
2. 3,288 Uncanny X-Men #142 2/81 Marvel Comics
3. 3,234 Daredevil #168 1/81 Marvel Comics
4. 2,866 Avengers Annual #10 1981 Marvel Comics
5. 1,304 Uncanny X-Men #143 3/81 Marvel Comics
6. 1,228 Uncanny X-Men #150 10/81 Marvel Comics
7. 688 Uncanny X-Men #149 9/81 Marvel Comics
8. 668 Uncanny X-Men #145 5/81 Marvel Comics
9. 637 Uncanny X-Men #146 6/81 Marvel Comics
10. 632 Uncanny X-Men #148 8/81 Marvel Comics
11. 598 Uncanny X-Men #147 7/81 Marvel Comics
12. 550 Uncanny X-Men #151 11/81 Marvel Comics
13. 476 Daredevil #175 10/81 Marvel Comics
14. 465 Uncanny X-Men #144 4/81 Marvel Comics
15. 446 Dazzler #1 3/81 Marvel Comics
16. 439 Daredevil #174 9/81 Marvel Comics
17. 390 Amazing Spider-Man #212 1/81 Marvel Comics
18. 324 Daredevil #169 3/81 Marvel Comics
19. 316 Uncanny X-Men #152 12/81 Marvel Comics
20. 299 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 1981 Marvel Comics
21. 267 Amazing Spider-Man #214 3/81 Marvel Comics
22. 261 Daredevil #173 8/81 Marvel Comics
23. 260 Amazing Spider-Man #217 6/81 Marvel Comics
24. 259 Daredevil #170 5/81 Marvel Comics
25. 252 Amazing Spider-Man #215 4/81 Marvel Comics
26. 246 Daredevil #177 12/81 Marvel Comics
27. 237 Daredevil #176 11/81 Marvel Comics
28. 229 Amazing Spider-Man #213 2/81 Marvel Comics
29. 225 Amazing Spider-Man #218 7/81 Marvel Comics
30. 216 Daredevil #172 7/81 Marvel Comics
31. 213 Detective Comics #500 3/81 D.C. Comics
32. 212 Star Wars #44 2/81 Marvel Comics
33. 208 X-Men Annual #5 1981 Marvel Comics
34. 206 Fantastic Four #232 7/81 Marvel Comics
35. 204 Amazing Spider-Man #220 9/81 Marvel Comics
36. 202 Amazing Spider-Man #216 5/81 Marvel Comics
37. 200 Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1 12/81 Marvel Comics
38. 196 Iron Man #150 9/81 Marvel Comics
39. 192 Daredevil #171 6/81 Marvel Comics
40. 189 Star Wars #43 1/81 Marvel Comics
41. 186 Amazing Spider-Man #222 11/81 Marvel Comics
42. 174 Raiders of the Lost Ark #1 9/81 Marvel Comics
43. 174 Amazing Spider-Man #223 12/81 Marvel Comics
44. 173 Star Wars #50 8/81 Marvel Comics
45. 168 All-Star Squadron #1 9/81 D.C. Comics
46. 166 Amazing Spider-Man #221 10/81 Marvel Comics
47. 165 Amazing Spider-Man #219 8/81 Marvel Comics
48. 151 Fantastic Four #236 11/81 Marvel Comics
49. 143 Spider-Woman #38 6/81 Marvel Comics
50. 138 Rom #18 5/81 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1981

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1981, top 50 D.C. comics of 1981, more key comic books of 1981 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1981, 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! 🙂