Key Comics From 1995

January 13, 2017

1995

Key comics from 1995
[ 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 1995, 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 1995, 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 1995. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1995, top 50 D.C. comics of 1995, and more key comic books of 1995 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1995:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 1,958 Preacher #1 4/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
2. 1,189 Witchblade #1 11/95 Image/Top Cow
3. 511 Amazing Spider-Man 400 Die-Cut Cover 4/95 Marvel Comics
4. 474 X-Men: Alpha #1 2/95 Marvel Comics
5. 433 Preacher #2 5/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
6. 366 X-Men: Omega #1 6/95 Marvel Comics
7. 347 X-Men: Prime #1 7/95 Marvel Comics
8. 309 G.I. Joe: Special #1 2/95 Marvel Comics
9. 259 Preacher #3 6/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
10. 252 Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe #1 11/95 Marvel Comics
11. 211 X-Files #1 1/95 Topps Comics
12. 208 Batman Adventures #28 1/95 D.C. Comics
13. 195 Absolute Vertigo #nn Winter 1995 D.C./Vertigo Comics
14. 193 Amazing Spider-Man 400 Die-Cut Variant Cover 4/95 Marvel Comics
15. 185 Dawn #1 6/95 Sirius Entertainment
16. 175 Cyblade/Shi: The Battle for Independents #1 1995 Crusade-Image Comics
17. 169 Dawn 1 Black Light Edition 6/95 Sirius Entertainment
18. 161 Preacher #4 7/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
19. 158 Lady Death II: Between Heaven & Hell #1 3/95 Chaos! Comics
20. 144 X-Men: Omega 1 Gold Edition 6/95 Marvel Comics
21. 139 Spider-Man Maximum Clonage: Omega #1 8/95 Marvel Comics
22. 137 Preacher #5 8/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
23. 125 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 8/95 Marvel Comics
24. 120 Uncanny X-Men #325 10/95 Marvel Comics
25. 118 Cyblade/Shi: The Battle for Independents 1 Variant 1995 Crusade-Image Comics
26. 118 Ghost in the Shell #1 3/95 Dark Horse Comics
27. 111 Spider-Man & Batman: Disordered Minds #nn 9/95 D.C.-Marvel
28. 109 Gen 13 1 Variant Cover G 3/95 Image Comics
29. 105 Gen 13 1 Variant Cover H 3/95 Image Comics
30. 104 Witchblade 1 Top Cow Collection 11/95 Image/Top Cow
31. 103 Sabretooth Special #1 1995 Marvel Comics
32. 101 X-Men: Alpha 1 Gold Edition 2/95 Marvel Comics
33. 100 Preacher #6 9/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
34. 99 Amazing Spider-Man #400 4/95 Marvel Comics
35. 99 Green Arrow #101 10/95 D.C. Comics
36. 98 Rogue Limited Series #1 1/95 Marvel Comics
37. 90 Preacher #8 11/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
38. 87 Astro City #1 8/95 Image Comics
39. 85 Amazing Spider-Man #399 3/95 Marvel Comics
40. 84 Lady Death In Lingerie 1 Leather Edition 8/95 Chaos! Comics
41. 83 Wizard Ace Edition: Witchblade #9 12/95 Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
42. 80 Uncanny X-Men #320 1/95 Marvel Comics
43. 75 Amazing Spider-Man #402 6/95 Marvel Comics
44. 75 Preacher #9 12/95 D.C./Vertigo Comics
45. 74 Batman: Vengeance of Bane II #1 1995 D.C. Comics
46. 72 Uncanny X-Men #323 8/95 Marvel Comics
47. 72 Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 8/95 Slave Labor
48. 71 Uncanny X-Men #322 7/95 Marvel Comics
49. 70 Dawn 1 White Trash Edition 6/95 Sirius Entertainment
50. 69 Astonishing X-Men #1 3/95 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1995

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1995, top 50 D.C. comics of 1995, more key comic books of 1995 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1995, 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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