Key Comics From 1994

January 13, 2017

1994

Key comics from 1994
[ 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 ]

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 1994, 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 1994, 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 1994. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1994, top 50 D.C. comics of 1994, and more key comic books of 1994 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1994:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 920 Batman Adventures: Mad Love #nn 2/94 D.C. Comics
2. 468 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #155 12/94 Marvel Comics
3. 392 Green Lantern v3 #48 1/94 D.C. Comics
4. 354 Green Lantern v3 #50 3/94 D.C. Comics
5. 338 Batman Adventures Annual #1 1994 D.C. Comics
6. 333 Gen 13 Limited Series #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
2/94 Image Comics
7. 308 Uncanny X-Men 317 Foil Edition 10/94 Marvel Comics
8. 295 Lady Death Limited Series #1 1/94 Chaos! Comics
9. 282 Marvels #1 1/94 Marvel Comics
10. 279 Deadpool #1 8/94 Marvel Comics
11. 276 Spawn-Batman #nn
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
5/94 Image Comics
12. 267 Flash #92 7/94 D.C. Comics
13. 257 Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1 3/94 Dark Horse Comics
14. 232 Marvels #4 4/94 Marvel Comics
15. 200 Generation X #1 11/94 Marvel Comics
16. 192 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #60 3/94 Marvel Comics
17. 176 Marvels #3 3/94 Marvel Comics
18. 172 Spawn #21 5/94 Image Comics
19. 165 Web of Spider-Man #118 11/94 Marvel Comics
20. 159 Marvels #2 2/94 Marvel Comics
21. 156 Drama #1 6/94 Sirius Entertainment
22. 154 X-Men #30 3/94 Marvel Comics
23. 152 Incredible Hulk vs. Venom #1 4/94 Marvel Comics
24. 151 Bloodshot #0 3/94 Valiant
25. 149 Beavis and Butt-head #1 3/94 Marvel Comics
26. 147 Shi: The Way of the Warrior #1 3/94 Crusade Comics
27. 142 Bloodshot 0 Gold Edition 3/94 Valiant
28. 142 Ninjak #1 2/94 Valiant
29. 130 Green Lantern v3 #51 5/94 D.C. Comics
30. 127 Green Lantern v3 #49 2/94 D.C. Comics
31. 123 Angela #1 12/94 Image Comics
32. 119 Preacher Preview #nn 1994 D.C./Vertigo Comics
33. 118 Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #0 9/94 D.C. Comics
34. 117 Uncanny X-Men 316 Foil Edition 9/94 Marvel Comics
35. 107 Ninjak 1 Gold Edition 2/94 Valiant
36. 103 Wolverine #80 4/94 Marvel Comics
37. 101 Batman-Spawn: War Devil #nn 1994 D.C. Comics
38. 101 Amazing Spider-Man 388 Collector’s Edition 4/94 Marvel Comics
39. 97 Psi-Lords 1 Gold Edition 9/94 Valiant
40. 96 Spawn #18 2/94 Image Comics
41. 93 Amazing Spider-Man #386 2/94 Marvel Comics
42. 93 Iron Man 300 Collector’s Edition 1/94 Marvel Comics
43. 92 War Machine 1 Collector’s Edition 4/94 Marvel Comics
44. 88 Amazing Spider-Man #395 11/94 Marvel Comics
45. 87 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #152 9/94 Marvel Comics
46. 86 Uncanny X-Men #311 4/94 Marvel Comics
47. 86 Uncanny X-Men #318 11/94 Marvel Comics
48. 85 G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #150 7/94 Marvel Comics
49. 85 Wolverine 85 Foil Edition 9/94 Marvel Comics
50. 84 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #58 1/94 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1994

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1994, top 50 D.C. comics of 1994, more key comic books of 1994 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1994, 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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