Key Comics From 1991

January 13, 2017

1991 newsstand AUS cover price variants exist!

Key comics from 1991
[ Note: a newsstand rarity estimate of 15% 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 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 1991, 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 1991, 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 1991. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1991, top 50 D.C. comics of 1991, and more key comic books of 1991 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1991:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 11,846 New Mutants #98
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/91 Marvel Comics
2. 3,083 Infinity Gauntlet #1 7/91 Marvel Comics
3. 2,640 X-Men #1 10/91 Marvel Comics
4. 2,287 X-Force #2 9/91 Marvel Comics
5. 1,836 Uncanny X-Men #282
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/91 Marvel Comics
6. 1,633 X-Men 1 Special Collectors Edition 10/91 Marvel Comics
7. 1,423 New Mutants #100 4/91 Marvel Comics
8. 1,166 Uncanny X-Men #283 12/91 Marvel Comics
9. 906 Uncanny X-Men #281 10/91 Marvel Comics
10. 740 Amazing Spider-Man #344 2/91 Marvel Comics
11. 721 Magnus Robot Fighter #1 5/91 Valiant
12. 612 Solar, Man of the Atom #1 9/91 Valiant
13. 524 Spider-Man #13 8/91 Marvel Comics
14. 520 Infinity Gauntlet #2 8/91 Marvel Comics
15. 488 Infinity Gauntlet #3 9/91 Marvel Comics
16. 484 Marvel Comics Presents #72 1991 Marvel Comics
17. 481 Incredible Hulk #377 1/91 Marvel Comics
18. 467 Silver Surfer v3 #50 6/91 Marvel Comics
19. 449 Amazing Spider-Man #345 3/91 Marvel Comics
20. 432 Infinity Gauntlet #4 10/91 Marvel Comics
21. 431 Darkhawk #1 3/91 Marvel Comics
22. 402 Magnus Robot Fighter #5 10/91 Valiant
23. 375 Infinity Gauntlet #5 11/91 Marvel Comics
24. 367 Infinity Gauntlet #6 12/91 Marvel Comics
25. 365 X-Men #2 11/91 Marvel Comics
26. 361 X-Force #1 8/91 Marvel Comics
27. 356 Uncanny X-Men #275 4/91 Marvel Comics
28. 354 Solar, Man of the Atom #3 11/91 Valiant
29. 333 Evil Ernie #1 12/91 Malibu/Eternity
30. 318 Ghost Rider v2 #15 7/91 Marvel Comics
31. 315 Transformers #80 7/91 Marvel Comics
32. 274 Deathstroke: The Terminator #1 8/91 D.C. Comics
33. 269 Spider-Man #9 4/91 Marvel Comics
34. 257 Amazing Spider-Man #346 4/91 Marvel Comics
35. 252 Bone #1 7/91 Cartoon Books
36. 244 Sleepwalker #1 6/91 Marvel Comics
37. 239 Amazing Spider-Man #347 5/91 Marvel Comics
38. 239 Star Wars: Dark Empire #1 12/91 Dark Horse Comics
39. 229 X-Men #3 12/91 Marvel Comics
40. 228 Uncanny X-Men #274 3/91 Marvel Comics
41. 217 Amazing Spider-Man #350 8/91 Marvel Comics
42. 211 Uncanny X-Men #272 1/91 Marvel Comics
43. 211 Spider-Man #10 5/91 Marvel Comics
44. 210 Spider-Man #7 2/91 Marvel Comics
45. 206 Spider-Man #6 1/91 Marvel Comics
46. 201 Uncanny X-Men #273 2/91 Marvel Comics
47. 194 Spider-Man #16 11/91 Marvel Comics
48. 191 Magnus Robot Fighter #7 12/91 Valiant
49. 189 Amazing Spider-Man #353 11/91 Marvel Comics
50. 184 Magnus Robot Fighter #2 7/91 Valiant
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More Key Comics From 1991

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1991, top 50 D.C. comics of 1991, more key comic books of 1991 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1991, 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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