Key Comics From 1987

January 13, 2017

1987 DC’s 1980’s newsstand cover price variant window continues!

Key comics from 1987
[ Note: a newsstand rarity estimate of 30% exists for this year for Marvel.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition versions 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 1987, 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 1987, 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 1987. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1987, top 50 D.C. comics of 1987, and more key comic books of 1987 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1987:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 1,642 Uncanny X-Men #221 9/87 Marvel Comics
2. 1,543 Batman #404
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/87 D.C. Comics
3. 1,413 Punisher #1 7/87 Marvel Comics
4. 1,371 Uncanny X-Men #213 1/87 Marvel Comics
5. 1,109 Legends #3
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/87 D.C. Comics
6. 995 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 1987 Marvel Comics
7. 856 Uncanny X-Men #222 10/87 Marvel Comics
8. 800 Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1 2/87 Marvel Comics
9. 750 Suicide Squad #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/87 D.C. Comics
10. 683 Amazing Spider-Man #289 6/87 Marvel Comics
11. 669 Wonder Woman #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/87 D.C. Comics
12. 646 Batman #405 3/87 D.C. Comics
13. 646 Batman #406 4/87 D.C. Comics
14. 548 Batman #407 5/87 D.C. Comics
15. 517 Amazing Spider-Man #293 10/87 Marvel Comics
16. 516 Watchmen #12 10/87 D.C. Comics
17. 495 Superman #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1/87 D.C. Comics
18. 480 Watchmen #6 2/87 D.C. Comics
19. 479 Watchmen #11 8/87 D.C. Comics
20. 477 Watchmen #5 1/87 D.C. Comics
21. 441 Watchmen #7 3/87 D.C. Comics
22. 413 Watchmen #8 4/87 D.C. Comics
23. 409 Justice League #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
5/87 D.C. Comics
24. 406 Flash #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/87 D.C. Comics
25. 392 Watchmen #9 5/87 D.C. Comics
26. 378 Watchmen #10 7/87 D.C. Comics
27. 378 Incredible Hulk #330 4/87 Marvel Comics
28. 363 Amazing Spider-Man #294 11/87 Marvel Comics
29. 316 Amazing Spider-Man #285 2/87 Marvel Comics
30. 308 Detective Comics #575 6/87 D.C. Comics
31. 290 Detective Comics #576
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
7/87 D.C. Comics
32. 289 Justice League 3 Logo Variant 7/87 D.C. Comics
33. 272 X-Factor #15 4/87 Marvel Comics
34. 259 Detective Comics #577
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/87 D.C. Comics
35. 258 Uncanny X-Men #214 2/87 Marvel Comics
36. 256 X-Factor #19 8/87 Marvel Comics
37. 256 Detective Comics #578
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/87 D.C. Comics
38. 245 Silver Surfer v3 #1 7/87 Marvel Comics
39. 230 Amazing Spider-Man #287 4/87 Marvel Comics
40. 228 Amazing Spider-Man #292 9/87 Marvel Comics
41. 224 Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge #219 7/87 Gladstone
42. 210 Uncanny X-Men #217 5/87 Marvel Comics
43. 206 Web of Spider-Man #32 11/87 Marvel Comics
44. 186 Uncanny X-Men #215 3/87 Marvel Comics
45. 181 Amazing Spider-Man #288 5/87 Marvel Comics
46. 179 Web of Spider-Man #29 8/87 Marvel Comics
47. 176 Web of Spider-Man #31 10/87 Marvel Comics
48. 172 Incredible Hulk #331 5/87 Marvel Comics
49. 171 Amazing Spider-Man #290 7/87 Marvel Comics
50. 167 Amazing Spider-Man #286 3/87 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1987

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1987, top 50 D.C. comics of 1987, more key comic books of 1987 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1987, 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! 🙂