Key Comics From 1983

January 13, 2017

1983 75 cent variants continue!

Key comics from 1983

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 1983, 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 1983, 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 1983. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1983, top 50 D.C. comics of 1983, and more key comic books of 1983 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1983:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,944 Amazing Spider-Man #238
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
3/83 Marvel Comics
2. 2,349 Omega Men #3 6/83 D.C. Comics
3. 1,720 Thor #337
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/83 Marvel Comics
4. 1,582 Amazing Spider-Man #239
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/83 Marvel Comics
5. 1,527 New Mutants #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
3/83 Marvel Comics
6. 852 Alpha Flight #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/83 Marvel Comics
7. 768 Star Wars #68
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/83 Marvel Comics
8. 741 Batman #357
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
3/83 D.C. Comics
9. 735 Uncanny X-Men #171
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/83 Marvel Comics
10. 513 Daredevil #190
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/83 Marvel Comics
11. 478 Uncanny X-Men #172 8/83 Marvel Comics
12. 461 Daredevil #196
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/83 Marvel Comics
13. 448 Uncanny X-Men #173
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/83 Marvel Comics
14. 417 Brave and the Bold #200
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/83 D.C. Comics
15. 401 Amazing Spider-Man #245
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/83 Marvel Comics
16. 401 Uncanny X-Men #166 2/83 Marvel Comics
17. 380 Uncanny X-Men #165 1/83 Marvel Comics
18. 376 Uncanny X-Men #167 3/83 Marvel Comics
19. 366 Uncanny X-Men #175 11/83 Marvel Comics
20. 364 Uncanny X-Men #168
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/83 Marvel Comics
21. 362 Ronin #1 7/83 D.C. Comics
22. 362 Uncanny X-Men #169 5/83 Marvel Comics
23. 354 Thor #338
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/83 Marvel Comics
24. 353 Batman #366 12/83 D.C. Comics
25. 337 Uncanny X-Men #176 12/83 Marvel Comics
26. 336 Thing #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/83 Marvel Comics
27. 300 Amazing Spider-Man #244
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/83 Marvel Comics
28. 269 Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/83 Marvel Comics
29. 267 Judge Dredd #1 11/83 Eagle Comics
30. 260 Daredevil #191
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/83 Marvel Comics
31. 250 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/83 Marvel Comics
32. 236 Uncanny X-Men #174
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/83 Marvel Comics
33. 235 Amazing Spider-Man #240
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/83 Marvel Comics
34. 231 Uncanny X-Men #170 6/83 Marvel Comics
35. 225 Grendel #1 3/83 Comico
36. 218 Amazing Spider-Man #236
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/83 Marvel Comics
37. 217 Amazing Spider-Man #241
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/83 Marvel Comics
38. 207 Fantastic Four #250
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/83 Marvel Comics
39. 193 Amazing Spider-Man #243
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/83 Marvel Comics
40. 192 Amazing Spider-Man #246 11/83 Marvel Comics
41. 185 Daredevil #200 11/83 Marvel Comics
42. 183 Iron Man #170
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/83 Marvel Comics
43. 177 Detective Comics #526 5/83 D.C. Comics
44. 169 New Teen Titans Annual #2 1983 D.C. Comics
45. 162 Amazing Spider-Man #237
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/83 Marvel Comics
46. 153 Iron Man #169
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/83 Marvel Comics
47. 149 Hawkeye Limited Series #1 9/83 Marvel Comics
48. 146 Special Edition X-Men #1 2/83 Marvel Comics
49. 146 Batman and the Outsiders #1 8/83 D.C. Comics
50. 140 Batman #359 5/83 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 1983

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1983, top 50 D.C. comics of 1983, more key comic books of 1983 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1983, 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! 🙂

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