Key Comics From 1990

January 13, 2017

1990

Key comics from 1990

[ Note: a newsstand rarity estimate of 15% 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 1990’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 1990, 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 1990, 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 1990. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1990, top 50 D.C. comics of 1990, and more key comic books of 1990 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1990:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 8,475 Uncanny X-Men #266 8/90 Marvel Comics
2. 5,199 Spider-Man 1 Silver Edition 8/90 Marvel Comics
3. 5,043 New Mutants #87 3/90 Marvel Comics
4. 3,510 Spider-Man #1 8/90 Marvel Comics
5. 1,925 Spider-Man 1 Gold Edition 8/90 Marvel Comics
6. 1,294 Spider-Man 1 Platinum Edition 8/90 Marvel Comics
7. 1,251 Amazing Spider-Man #328 1/90 Marvel Comics
8. 1,131 Uncanny X-Men #268 9/90 Marvel Comics
9. 1,087 X-Men Annual #14 1990 Marvel Comics
10. 693 Spider-Man 1 Poly-Bagged Silver Edition 8/90 Marvel Comics
11. 579 New Mutants 87 Second Printing 3/90 Marvel Comics
12. 566 Ghost Rider v2 #1 5/90 Marvel Comics
13. 546 Thanos Quest #1 1990 Marvel Comics
14. 534 Uncanny X-Men #267 9/90 Marvel Comics
15. 457 Spider-Man 1 UPC Gold Edition 8/90 Marvel Comics
16. 449 Spider-Man 1 Poly-Bagged Edition 8/90 Marvel Comics
17. 447 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 6/90 Marvel Comics
18. 367 Green Lantern v3 #1 6/90 D.C. Comics
19. 338 Spider-Man #2 9/90 Marvel Comics
20. 333 Uncanny X-Men #257 1/90 Marvel Comics
21. 307 Amazing Spider-Man #330 3/90 Marvel Comics
22. 300 Silver Surfer v3 #44 12/90 Marvel Comics
23. 299 Batman #457 12/90 D.C. Comics
24. 297 Thanos Quest #2 1990 Marvel Comics
25. 291 Lobo #1 11/90 D.C. Comics
26. 261 Sandman 19 Error Version 9/90 D.C./Vertigo Comics
27. 232 Silver Surfer v3 #34 2/90 Marvel Comics
28. 209 Amazing Spider-Man #333 6/90 Marvel Comics
29. 197 Amazing Spider-Man #331 4/90 Marvel Comics
30. 195 Spider-Man #4 11/90 Marvel Comics
31. 189 Uncanny X-Men #258 2/90 Marvel Comics
32. 186 Spider-Man #3 10/90 Marvel Comics
33. 179 Uncanny X-Men #270 11/90 Marvel Comics
34. 174 New Mutants #93 9/90 Marvel Comics
35. 172 Aliens vs. Predator #1 6/90 Dark Horse Comics
36. 166 New Warriors #1 7/90 Marvel Comics
37. 165 Amazing Spider-Man #332 5/90 Marvel Comics
38. 157 Uncanny X-Men #271 12/90 Marvel Comics
39. 153 Spider-Man #5 12/90 Marvel Comics
40. 148 Uncanny X-Men #269 10/90 Marvel Comics
41. 144 New Mutants #86 2/90 Marvel Comics
42. 136 Amazing Spider-Man #336 8/90 Marvel Comics
43. 127 Uncanny X-Men #259 3/90 Marvel Comics
44. 125 Uncanny X-Men #261 5/90 Marvel Comics
45. 120 New Mutants #88 4/90 Marvel Comics
46. 119 Uncanny X-Men #260 4/90 Marvel Comics
47. 114 Fantastic Four #347 12/90 Marvel Comics
48. 114 Amazing Spider-Man #340 10/90 Marvel Comics
49. 106 Amazing Spider-Man #334 7/90 Marvel Comics
50. 106 Silver Surfer v3 #35 3/90 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1990

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1990, top 50 D.C. comics of 1990, more key comic books of 1990 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1990, or jump to this list of important comics from the 1990s. Or explore Lists of Key Comic Books by Year. Or jump to my blog’s home page.

Happy Collecting! 🙂

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