Key Comics From 1985

January 13, 2017

1985 75 cent variants continue!

Key comics from 1985

Around this time, direct edition sales began to surpass newsstand sales. [ If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between these types, see the following: Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference ]

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 1985, 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 1985, 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 1985. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1985, top 50 D.C. comics of 1985, and more key comic books of 1985 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1985:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,787 Web of Spider-Man #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/85 Marvel Comics
2. 1,275 Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/85 D.C. Comics
3. 1,222 Crisis on Infinite Earths #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/85 D.C. Comics
4. 1,174 Saga of the Swamp Thing #37
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/85 D.C. Comics
5. 1,061 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 1985 Mirage Studios
6. 940 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 1985 Mirage Studios
7. 896 Crisis on Infinite Earths #8
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/85 D.C. Comics
8. 681 Miracleman #1 8/85 Eclipse
9. 648 Amazing Spider-Man #265
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/85 Marvel Comics
10. 486 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Third Printing 2/85 Mirage Studios
11. 459 Longshot #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/85 Marvel Comics
12. 456 Uncanny X-Men #193 5/85 Marvel Comics
13. 436 Raphael #1 1985 Mirage Studios
14. 391 Amazing Spider-Man #268 9/85 Marvel Comics
15. 367 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Second Printing 1/85 Mirage Studios
16. 367 Batman #386 8/85 D.C. Comics
17. 366 Rocket Raccoon #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/85 Marvel Comics
18. 363 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #10
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/85 Marvel Comics
19. 357 Transformers #3
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/85 Marvel Comics
20. 350 Uncanny X-Men #200
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/85 Marvel Comics
21. 341 Amazing Spider-Man #260
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/85 Marvel Comics
22. 337 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 1985 Mirage Studios
23. 333 Avengers #257
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/85 Marvel Comics
24. 333 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #9
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/85 Marvel Comics
25. 331 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/85 Marvel Comics
26. 330 Amazing Spider-Man #261
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/85 Marvel Comics
27. 328 Transformers #4
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
3/85 Marvel Comics
28. 295 Uncanny X-Men #197
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/85 Marvel Comics
29. 292 Uncanny X-Men #191 3/85 Marvel Comics
30. 290 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #11
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
3/85 Marvel Comics
31. 287 Amazing Spider-Man #264 5/85 Marvel Comics
32. 287 Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 7/85 D.C. Comics
33. 279 Crisis on Infinite Earths #2 5/85 D.C. Comics
34. 267 Uncanny X-Men #198 10/85 Marvel Comics
35. 261 Amazing Spider-Man #267 8/85 Marvel Comics
36. 259 Uncanny X-Men #192 4/85 Marvel Comics
37. 258 Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 9/85 D.C. Comics
38. 256 Transformers #5
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/85 Marvel Comics
39. 248 Uncanny X-Men #196
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/85 Marvel Comics
40. 240 Amazing Spider-Man #269 10/85 Marvel Comics
41. 238 Amazing Spider-Man #262 3/85 Marvel Comics
42. 232 Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 8/85 D.C. Comics
43. 231 Thundercats #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/85 Marvel Comics
44. 226 Uncanny X-Men #199 11/85 Marvel Comics
45. 224 Crisis on Infinite Earths #9 12/85 D.C. Comics
46. 218 DC Comics Presents #87
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/85 D.C. Comics
47. 216 Uncanny X-Men #194 6/85 Marvel Comics
48. 214 Transformers #8
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/85 Marvel Comics
49. 210 Uncanny X-Men #195
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/85 Marvel Comics
50. 208 New Mutants #26
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/85 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1985

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1985, top 50 D.C. comics of 1985, more key comic books of 1985 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1985, 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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