Key Comics From 1996

January 13, 2017

1996

Key comics from 1996
[ 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 1996, 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 1996, but this will not necessarily be an all-encompassing list (if very few copies were created for a given key, such as Spawn/The Savage Dragon #1 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 1996. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1996, top 50 D.C. comics of 1996, and more key comic books of 1996 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1996:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 320 Wolverine 100 Hologram Cover 4/96 Marvel Comics
2. 302 Nightwing #1 10/96 D.C. Comics
3. 293 Preacher #13 4/96 D.C./Vertigo Comics
4. 268 Superman: The Wedding Album 1 Collector’s Edition 12/96 D.C. Comics
5. 255 Witchblade #2 1/96 Image/Top Cow
6. 218 Kingdom Come #1 1996 D.C. Comics
7. 166 Darkness #1 12/96 Top Cow Publications
8. 164 Witchblade 10 Darkness #0 Variant Cover 11/96 Top Cow Publications
9. 164 Witchblade #3 3/96 Image/Top Cow
10. 164 Kingdom Come #2 1996 D.C. Comics
11. 158 Darkness 1 Variant Cover 12/96 Top Cow Publications
12. 156 Fantastic Four v2 #1 11/96 Marvel Comics
13. 156 Amazing Spider-Man #410 4/96 Marvel Comics
14. 139 Kingdom Come #3 1996 D.C. Comics
15. 139 X-Men 50 Speckle Foil Edition 3/96 Marvel Comics
16. 136 Kingdom Come #4 1996 D.C. Comics
17. 129 X-Men 54 Special Collector’s Edition 1996 Marvel Comics
18. 126 Iron Man v2 #1 11/96 Marvel Comics
19. 122 Batman: The Long Halloween #1 10/96 D.C. Comics
20. 117 Witchblade #10 11/96 Top Cow Publications
21. 110 DC Versus Marvel #1 1996 D.C. Comics
22. 103 Captain America v2 #1 11/96 Marvel Comics
23. 99 Sensational Spider-Man #0 1/96 Marvel Comics
24. 99 Witchblade #1/2 2/96 Image/Top Cow
25. 97 X-Men 50 Variant Gold Cover 3/96 Marvel Comics
26. 92 X-Men #53 6/96 Marvel Comics
27. 90 Rise of Apocalypse #1 10/96 Marvel Comics
28. 90 Witchblade #4 4/96 Image/Top Cow
29. 89 Amazing Spider-Man #408 2/96 Marvel Comics
30. 89 Iron Man v2 #1 Variant Cover 11/96 Marvel Comics
31. 86 Batman: Black and White #1 6/96 D.C. Comics
32. 85 Avengers v2 #1 11/96 Marvel Comics
33. 84 Witchblade #5 5/96 Image/Top Cow
34. 82 Wolverine Special #102.5 1996 Marvel Comics
35. 80 Green Lantern v3 #81 Deluxe Edition 12/96 D.C. Comics
36. 79 Lady Death: The Crucible 1/2 Wizard Special Editio 7/96 Chaos-Wizard
37. 77 Witchblade #6 6/96 Image/Top Cow
38. 77 Amazing Spider-Man 408 Variant Cover 2/96 Marvel Comics
39. 75 Witchblade 10 Darkness #0 Gold Foil Variant 11/96 Top Cow Publications
40. 74 Onslaught: Marvel Universe 1 Gold Edition 10/96 Marvel Comics
41. 74 Fantastic Four v2 #1 Variant Cover 11/96 Marvel Comics
42. 73 Onslaught: X-Men 1 Gold Edition 8/96 Marvel Comics
43. 70 Lady Death: The Crucible 1 Leather Edition 11/96 Chaos! Comics
44. 68 Supergirl #1 9/96 D.C. Comics
45. 67 Witchblade #7 7/96 Image/Top Cow
46. 66 Preacher #12 3/96 D.C./Vertigo Comics
47. 65 Purgatori: The Vampires Myth #1 8/96 Chaos! Comics
48. 64 Lady Death: The Crucible #1 11/96 Chaos! Comics
49. 63 Preacher #10 1/96 D.C./Vertigo Comics
50. 63 Hitman #1 4/96 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 1996

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1996, top 50 D.C. comics of 1996, more key comic books of 1996 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1996, 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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