Key Comics From 1988

January 13, 2017

1988 DC’s 1980’s newsstand cover price variant window closes!

Key comics from 1988
[ Note: a newsstand rarity estimate of 30% exists for the prior 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 1988, 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 1988, 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 1988. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1988, top 50 D.C. comics of 1988, and more key comic books of 1988 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1988:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 12,690 Amazing Spider-Man #300 5/88 Marvel Comics
2. 7,108 Wolverine #1 11/88 Marvel Comics
3. 4,142 Batman: The Killing Joke #nn 1988 D.C. Comics
4. 3,997 Amazing Spider-Man #298 3/88 Marvel Comics
5. 3,794 Incredible Hulk #340 2/88 Marvel Comics
6. 3,011 Amazing Spider-Man #299 4/88 Marvel Comics
7. 2,060 X-Factor #24 1/88 Marvel Comics
8. 1,344 Amazing Spider-Man #301 6/88 Marvel Comics
9. 1,089 Wolverine #2 12/88 Marvel Comics
10. 989 Batman #428 12/88 D.C. Comics
11. 702 Miracleman #15 11/88 Eclipse
12. 623 Batman #426 12/88 D.C. Comics
13. 587 Amazing Spider-Man #303 8/88 Marvel Comics
14. 581 Amazing Spider-Man #306 10/88 Marvel Comics
15. 577 Hellblazer #1 1/88 D.C. Comics
16. 560 Action Comics #1 1988 D.C. Comics
17. 528 Batman #427 12/88 D.C. Comics
18. 460 Amazing Spider-Man #305 9/88 Marvel Comics
19. 457 Punisher War Journal #1 11/88 Marvel Comics
20. 416 V for Vendetta #1 9/88 D.C. Comics
21. 387 Amazing Spider-Man #307 10/88 Marvel Comics
22. 387 Amazing Spider-Man #302 7/88 Marvel Comics
23. 376 Amazing Spider-Man #304 9/88 Marvel Comics
24. 374 Batman: The Cult #1 1988 D.C. Comics
25. 364 Amazing Spider-Man #310 12/88 Marvel Comics
26. 362 Marvel Comics Presents #1 9/88 Marvel Comics
27. 335 Amazing Spider-Man #309 11/88 Marvel Comics
28. 306 Amazing Spider-Man #308 11/88 Marvel Comics
29. 289 Excalibur #1 10/88 Marvel Comics
30. 289 Amazing Spider-Man #297 2/88 Marvel Comics
31. 275 Daredevil #254 5/88 Marvel Comics
32. 239 Batman #423
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
9/88 D.C. Comics
33. 230 Uncanny X-Men #234 9/88 Marvel Comics
34. 229 Akira #1 9/88 Marvel/Epic Comics
35. 215 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 1988 Marvel Comics
36. 209 Punisher #10 8/88 Marvel Comics
37. 203 Green Arrow #1 2/88 D.C. Comics
38. 190 The Tick #1 6/88 New England Comics
39. 185 Uncanny X-Men #228 4/88 Marvel Comics
40. 176 Uncanny X-Men #227 3/88 Marvel Comics
41. 176 Amazing Spider-Man #296 1/88 Marvel Comics
42. 164 Daredevil #257 8/88 Marvel Comics
43. 161 Batman #417 3/88 D.C. Comics
44. 155 Batman: The Cult #2 1988 D.C. Comics
45. 152 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/88 Archie Publications
46. 149 Uncanny X-Men #232 8/88 Marvel Comics
47. 149 Miracleman #14 4/88 Eclipse
48. 147 Aliens #1 5/88 Dark Horse Comics
49. 145 Uncanny X-Men #225 1/88 Marvel Comics
50. 144 Uncanny X-Men #239 12/88 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1988

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1988, top 50 D.C. comics of 1988, more key comic books of 1988 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1988, 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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