Key Comics From 1982

January 13, 2017

1982 75 cent variants begin!

Key comics from 1982

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 1982, 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 1982, 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… an example that comes to mind would be Graphic Fantasy #1, which features the lowest print run for a key first appearance of any major modern superhero).

So essentially, you should think of this list as just one more tool in your tool-belt of researching key comics from 1982. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1982, top 50 D.C. comics of 1982, and more key comic books of 1982 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1982:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 11,050 Wolverine Limited Series #1 9/82 Marvel Comics
2. 3,645 Wolverine Limited Series #2
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/82 Marvel Comics
3. 3,455 Daredevil #181 4/82 Marvel Comics
4. 3,317 Wolverine Limited Series #3
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/82 Marvel Comics
5. 3,014 Wolverine Limited Series #4
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/82 Marvel Comics
6. 2,034 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #1 6/82 Marvel Comics
7. 1,683 Incredible Hulk #271 5/82 Marvel Comics
8. 892 Daredevil #184 7/82 Marvel Comics
9. 880 Daredevil #183 6/82 Marvel Comics
10. 874 Spectacular Spider-Man #64 3/82 Marvel Comics
11. 776 Daredevil #182 5/82 Marvel Comics
12. 670 Uncanny X-Men #158 6/82 Marvel Comics
13. 606 Silver Surfer v2 #1 6/82 Marvel Comics
14. 561 Daredevil #180 3/82 Marvel Comics
15. 557 Daredevil #186 9/82 Marvel Comics
16. 526 DC Comics Presents #47 7/82 D.C. Comics
17. 500 Marvel & DC Present Featuring X-Men & Teen Titans 1982 D.C.-Marvel
18. 490 Uncanny X-Men #157 5/82 Marvel Comics
19. 483 Uncanny X-Men #160 8/82 Marvel Comics
20. 457 Uncanny X-Men #156 4/82 Marvel Comics
21. 442 Primer #2 1982 Comico
22. 433 Daredevil #188
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/82 Marvel Comics
23. 413 Daredevil #187
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/82 Marvel Comics
24. 400 Marvel Graphic Novel #4
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1982 Marvel Comics
25. 398 Uncanny X-Men #154 2/82 Marvel Comics
26. 395 What If? #31 2/82 Marvel Comics
27. 394 Daredevil #189 12/82 Marvel Comics
28. 367 Uncanny X-Men #153 1/82 Marvel Comics
29. 360 Uncanny X-Men #162 10/82 Marvel Comics
30. 356 Uncanny X-Men #164
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/82 Marvel Comics
31. 350 Daredevil #185 8/82 Marvel Comics
32. 331 Uncanny X-Men #155 3/82 Marvel Comics
33. 315 Daredevil #179 2/82 Marvel Comics
34. 310 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #2 8/82 Marvel Comics
35. 283 Uncanny X-Men #161 9/82 Marvel Comics
36. 279 Amazing Spider-Man #229 6/82 Marvel Comics
37. 267 Marvel Fanfare #1 3/82 Marvel Comics
38. 264 Daredevil #178 1/82 Marvel Comics
39. 260 Tales of the New Teen Titans #1 6/82 D.C. Comics
40. 238 Fury of Firestorm #1 6/82 D.C. Comics
41. 234 Amazing Spider-Man #230 7/82 Marvel Comics
42. 233 Uncanny X-Men #163 11/82 Marvel Comics
43. 227 Amazing Spider-Man #226 3/82 Marvel Comics
44. 224 Groo the Wanderer #1 12/82 Pacific Comics
45. 219 Starslayer #2 4/82 Pacific Comics
46. 216 Amazing Spider-Man #225 2/82 Marvel Comics
47. 214 Masters of the Universe #1 12/82 D.C. Comics
48. 208 Uncanny X-Men #159 7/82 Marvel Comics
49. 204 Marvel Team-Up #117 5/82 Marvel Comics
50. 202 Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1 11/82 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 1982

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1982, top 50 D.C. comics of 1982, more key comic books of 1982 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1982, 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! 🙂