Key Comics From 1989

January 13, 2017

1989

Key comics from 1989

[ Note: the newsstand rarity estimates dwindle to a very small newsstand percentage towards the end of the 1980’s for Marvel.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition comics 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 1989, 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 1989, 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 1989. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1989, top 50 D.C. comics of 1989, and more key comic books of 1989 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1989:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,363 Wolverine #10 8/89 Marvel Comics
2. 1,727 Uncanny X-Men #244 5/89 Marvel Comics
3. 1,655 Sandman #1 1/89 D.C./Vertigo Comics
4. 1,559 Amazing Spider-Man #316 6/89 Marvel Comics
5. 1,299 Uncanny X-Men #248 9/89 Marvel Comics
6. 1,162 Amazing Spider-Man #312 2/89 Marvel Comics
7. 880 Amazing Spider-Man #315 5/89 Marvel Comics
8. 774 Amazing Spider-Man #317 7/89 Marvel Comics
9. 693 Batman #429 1/89 D.C. Comics
10. 683 Sandman #8 8/89 D.C./Vertigo Comics
11. 676 Amazing Spider-Man #313 3/89 Marvel Comics
12. 663 Uncanny X-Men #256 12/89 Marvel Comics
13. 551 Amazing Spider-Man #311 1/89 Marvel Comics
14. 537 Amazing Spider-Man #314 4/89 Marvel Comics
15. 522 Wolverine #3 1/89 Marvel Comics
16. 514 Amazing Spider-Man #323 11/89 Marvel Comics
17. 490 Wolverine #8 6/89 Marvel Comics
18. 486 Amazing Spider-Man #322 10/89 Marvel Comics
19. 467 Amazing Spider-Man #318 8/89 Marvel Comics
20. 459 Batman #442 12/89 D.C. Comics
21. 456 Amazing Spider-Man #319 9/89 Marvel Comics
22. 433 Captain America #360 10/89 Marvel Comics
23. 391 Amazing Spider-Man #324 11/89 Marvel Comics
24. 362 Punisher War Journal #6 6/89 Marvel Comics
25. 351 Caliber Presents #1 1/89 Caliber Press
26. 349 Wolverine #4 2/89 Marvel Comics
27. 344 Amazing Spider-Man #321 10/89 Marvel Comics
28. 334 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1 11/89 D.C. Comics
29. 306 Amazing Spider-Man #320 9/89 Marvel Comics
30. 298 Wolverine #5 3/89 Marvel Comics
31. 287 Batman #436 8/89 D.C. Comics
32. 280 Amazing Spider-Man #325 11/89 Marvel Comics
33. 267 The Crow #1 2/89 Caliber Press
34. 263 Punisher War Journal #7 7/89 Marvel Comics
35. 254 Sandman #4 4/89 D.C./Vertigo Comics
36. 251 Predator #1 6/89 Dark Horse Comics
37. 248 Wolverine #6 4/89 Marvel Comics
38. 228 Cry For Dawn #1 4/89 CFD Publications
39. 222 Wolverine #7 5/89 Marvel Comics
40. 209 Uncanny X-Men #251 11/89 Marvel Comics
41. 206 Wolverine #9 7/89 Marvel Comics
42. 199 Thor #412 12/89 Marvel Comics
43. 196 Uncanny X-Men #247 8/89 Marvel Comics
44. 170 Suicide Squad #23 1/89 D.C. Comics
45. 167 Sandman #2 2/89 D.C./Vertigo Comics
46. 164 Uncanny X-Men #245 6/89 Marvel Comics
47. 156 Uncanny X-Men #249 10/89 Marvel Comics
48. 151 Wolverine #17 11/89 Marvel Comics
49. 147 Uncanny X-Men #246 7/89 Marvel Comics
50. 144 Amazing Spider-Man #327 12/89 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1989

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1989, top 50 D.C. comics of 1989, more key comic books of 1989 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1989, 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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