Key Comics From 1992

January 13, 2017

1992 Image Comics bursts onto the scene!

Key comics from 1992
[ Note: newsstand rarity estimates show that newsstand comics are dramatically more rare than direct edition comics by this point in time. 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 ]

The year 1992 saw the emergence of Image Comics onto the scene.  Some concluded Image was exclusively direct edition, but as it turns out, under the mountain of direct edition copies they sold, there was also a small sliver of copies that were distributed on newsstands — 1% by one insider’s estimate.  You’ll see a lot of CGC-recognized newsstand variants from among Image’s comics, as they quite often were manufactured differently, causing CGC to break them out as distinct from their direct edition counter-parts.

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 1992, 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 1992, 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 1992. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1992, top 50 D.C. comics of 1992, and more key comic books of 1992 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1992:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 5,855 Amazing Spider-Man #361
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
4/92 Marvel Comics
2. 5,599 Spawn #1 5/92 Image Comics
3. 2,484 Superman: The Man of Steel #18 12/92 D.C. Comics
4. 1,991 Amazing Spider-Man #362 5/92 Marvel Comics
5. 1,470 Amazing Spider-Man #363 6/92 Marvel Comics
6. 1,458 Rai #0 11/92 Valiant
7. 1,254 Harbinger #1 1/92 Valiant
8. 1,136 X-Men #4 1/92 Marvel Comics
9. 1,084 X-Force #11
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/92 Marvel Comics
10. 1,037 Eternal Warrior #4 11/92 Valiant
11. 964 X-O Manowar #1 2/92 Valiant
12. 915 Amazing Spider-Man #365 8/92 Marvel Comics
13. 806 Iron Man #282 7/92 Marvel Comics
14. 622 Spawn #2 6/92 Image Comics
15. 621 Solar, Man of the Atom #10 6/92 Valiant
16. 602 Spider-Man 2099 #1 11/92 Marvel Comics
17. 601 Harbinger 0 Pink Variant 1992 Valiant
18. 595 Wolverine #50 1/92 Marvel Comics
19. 554 Superman: The Man of Steel #17 11/92 D.C. Comics
20. 546 Shadowman #1 5/92 Valiant
21. 465 Rai #1 3/92 Valiant
22. 417 Magnus Robot Fighter #12 5/92 Valiant
23. 415 Spawn #4 9/92 Image Comics
24. 411 Infinity War #1 6/92 Marvel Comics
25. 410 Punisher: War Zone #1 3/92 Marvel Comics
26. 397 Rai #3 5/92 Valiant
27. 385 Batman: Sword of Azrael #1 10/92 D.C. Comics
28. 380 Archer & Armstrong #0 7/92 Valiant
29. 356 WildC.A.T.S. #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
8/92 Image Comics
30. 355 Spider-Man #26 9/92 Marvel Comics
31. 347 Marvel Super-Heroes v2 #8 1/92 Marvel Comics
32. 344 Rai #4 6/92 Valiant
33. 333 Spawn #3 8/92 Image Comics
34. 329 Shadowman #8 12/92 Valiant
35. 316 X-O Manowar #4 5/92 Valiant
36. 313 Superman #74 12/92 D.C. Comics
37. 296 Amazing Spider-Man 361 Second Printing 4/92 Marvel Comics
38. 270 X-Men #5 2/92 Marvel Comics
39. 262 Spider-Man Special Edition #1 12/92 Marvel Comics
40. 258 Adventures of Superman #497 12/92 D.C. Comics
41. 254 Unity 1 Gold Edition 10/92 Valiant
42. 252 Unity 0 Red Logo Variant 8/92 Valiant
43. 249 Uncanny X-Men #284 1/92 Marvel Comics
44. 242 Magnus Robot Fighter 0 Mail-order Edition 1992 Valiant
45. 241 Harbinger #2 2/92 Valiant
46. 239 Magnus Robot Fighter #0 1992 Valiant
47. 236 Action Comics #684 12/92 D.C. Comics
48. 232 Eternal Warrior 1 Gold Edition 8/92 Valiant
49. 223 Uncanny X-Men #288 5/92 Marvel Comics
50. 217 Youngblood #1 4/92 Image Comics
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More Key Comics From 1992

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1992, top 50 D.C. comics of 1992, more key comic books of 1992 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1992, 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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