Key Comics From 1984

January 13, 2017

1984 75 cent variants continue!

Key comics from 1984

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 1984, 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 1984, 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 1984. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1984, top 50 D.C. comics of 1984, and more key comic books of 1984 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1984:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 8,834 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/84 Marvel Comics
2. 7,346 Amazing Spider-Man #252
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/84 Marvel Comics
3. 2,375 Tales of the Teen Titans #44
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/84 D.C. Comics
4. 1,812 Transformers #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/84 Marvel Comics
5. 1,499 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/84 Marvel Comics
6. 867 Marvel Team-Up #141
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/84 Marvel Comics
7. 853 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 1984 Mirage Studios
8. 743 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #21
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
3/84 Marvel Comics
9. 704 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 1984 Mirage Studios
10. 577 Detective Comics #27 1984 D.C. Comics
11. 479 Batman #368
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/84 D.C. Comics
12. 474 Uncanny X-Men #186 10/84 Marvel Comics
13. 459 Amazing Spider-Man #259
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/84 Marvel Comics
14. 452 Uncanny X-Men #184 8/84 Marvel Comics
15. 440 Transformers #2
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/84 Marvel Comics
16. 406 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3 7/84 Marvel Comics
17. 383 Amazing Spider-Man #250
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
3/84 Marvel Comics
18. 375 New Teen Titans v2 #1 8/84 D.C. Comics
19. 371 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #5 9/84 Marvel Comics
20. 366 Amazing Spider-Man #253
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/84 Marvel Comics
21. 365 Amazing Spider-Man #258
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/84 Marvel Comics
22. 358 Thor #344
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/84 Marvel Comics
23. 354 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #7
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/84 Marvel Comics
24. 350 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6 10/84 Marvel Comics
25. 350 Amazing Spider-Man #256 9/84 Marvel Comics
26. 343 Uncanny X-Men #179 3/84 Marvel Comics
27. 341 Uncanny X-Men #188
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/84 Marvel Comics
28. 338 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #4
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/84 Marvel Comics
29. 329 Amazing Spider-Man #254
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/84 Marvel Comics
30. 325 Amazing Spider-Man #251
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/84 Marvel Comics
31. 316 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #2 6/84 Marvel Comics
32. 306 New Mutants #16
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/84 Marvel Comics
33. 303 Amazing Spider-Man #255
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/84 Marvel Comics
34. 295 Saga of the Swamp Thing #20 1/84 D.C. Comics
35. 288 Thor #339
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/84 Marvel Comics
36. 274 Uncanny X-Men #183 7/84 Marvel Comics
37. 248 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Second Printing 6/84 Mirage Studios
38. 243 Macross #1 12/84 Comico
39. 238 Uncanny X-Men #180 4/84 Marvel Comics
40. 233 Uncanny X-Men #181 5/84 Marvel Comics
41. 230 Uncanny X-Men #185 9/84 Marvel Comics
42. 230 Amazing Spider-Man #257 10/84 Marvel Comics
43. 228 Uncanny X-Men #178 2/84 Marvel Comics
44. 225 Incredible Hulk #300
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/84 Marvel Comics
45. 211 Amazing Spider-Man #249
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/84 Marvel Comics
46. 211 New Mutants #18
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/84 Marvel Comics
47. 206 Uncanny X-Men #177 1/84 Marvel Comics
48. 202 Amazing Spider-Man #248
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/84 Marvel Comics
49. 199 Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 2/84 D.C. Comics
50. 187 Spectacular Spider-Man #90
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/84 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1984

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1984, top 50 D.C. comics of 1984, more key comic books of 1984 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1984, 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! 🙂