Key Comics From 1993

January 13, 2017

1993

Key comics from 1993
[ 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 ]

As a newcomer to the comic book scene, Image Comics faced a challenge when it came to attaining newsstand distribution and competing with the industry heavyweights.  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 1993, 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 1993, 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 1993. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1993, top 50 D.C. comics of 1993, and more key comic books of 1993 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1993:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,010 Batman Adventures #12 9/93 D.C. Comics
2. 1,860 Venom: Lethal Protector #1 2/93 Marvel Comics
3. 1,818 Batman #497 7/93 D.C. Comics
4. 1,688 Batman: Vengeance of Bane Special #1 1/93 D.C. Comics
5. 1,599 Superman #75 1/93 D.C. Comics
6. 1,554 Spawn #9
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3/93 Image Comics
7. 1,538 Deadpool #1 8/93 Marvel Comics
8. 1,385 John Byrne’s Next Men #21 12/93 Dark Horse Comics
9. 981 Amazing Spider-Man #375 3/93 Marvel Comics
10. 919 Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Edition 1/93 D.C. Comics
11. 657 Simpsons Comics #1 1993 Bongo Comics Group
12. 545 Uncanny X-Men #300 5/93 Marvel Comics
13. 523 Superman: The Man of Steel #19 1/93 D.C. Comics
14. 514 Venom: Lethal Protector 1 Gold Edition 2/93 Marvel Comics
15. 498 Wolverine #75
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/93 Marvel Comics
16. 430 Spectacular Spider-Man #200 5/93 Marvel Comics
17. 426 X-Men #25 10/93 Marvel Comics
18. 412 San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 8/93 Dark Horse Comics
19. 409 X-O Manowar #0 8/93 Valiant
20. 380 Bloodshot #6 7/93 Valiant
21. 375 Batman 500 Collector’s Edition 10/93 D.C. Comics
22. 373 Pitt #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
1/93 Image Comics
23. 371 Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition 1/93 D.C. Comics
24. 366 Bloodshot #1 2/93 Valiant
25. 366 Adventures of Superman 500 Collector’s Edition 6/93 D.C. Comics
26. 352 Gambit #1 12/93 Marvel Comics
27. 349 Spider-Man Unlimited #1 5/93 Marvel Comics
28. 314 Catwoman #1 8/93 D.C. Comics
29. 296 Turok, Dinosaur Hunter #1 7/93 Valiant
30. 295 Spawn #8
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
2/93 Image Comics
31. 294 The Maxx #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3/93 Image Comics
32. 277 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #55 10/93 Marvel Comics
33. 271 X-Men 25 Gold Edition 10/93 Marvel Comics
34. 268 Cable #1 5/93 Marvel Comics
35. 260 Uncanny X-Men #304 9/93 Marvel Comics
36. 246 Amazing Spider-Man #374 2/93 Marvel Comics
37. 226 Amazing Spider-Man #378 6/93 Marvel Comics
38. 219 Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #1 10/93 Marvel Comics
39. 218 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #57 12/93 Marvel Comics
40. 214 Archer & Armstrong #8 3/93 Valiant
41. 212 Web of Spider-Man #100 5/93 Marvel Comics
42. 207 X-Men 25 Variant Cover 10/93 Marvel Comics
43. 194 Deathmate Black #nn 9/93 Image-Valiant Comics
44. 185 Spawn #10
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
5/93 Image Comics
45. 184 X-Factor #92 7/93 Marvel Comics
46. 181 Sabretooth #1 8/93 Marvel Comics
47. 179 Spawn #7 1/93 Image Comics
48. 177 Amazing Spider-Man #382 10/93 Marvel Comics
49. 174 Miracleman #24 8/93 Eclipse
50. 173 Sonic the Hedgehog #1 7/93 Archie Publications
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More Key Comics From 1993

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1993, top 50 D.C. comics of 1993, more key comic books of 1993 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1993, 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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