Key Comics From 1997

January 13, 2017

1997

Key comics from 1997
[ 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 1997, 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 1997, 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 1997. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1997, top 50 D.C. comics of 1997, and more key comic books of 1997 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1997:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 1,171 Deadpool #1 1/97 Marvel Comics
2. 520 Spawn 1 Black & White Edition 9/97 Image Comics
3. 359 Superman Adventures #5 3/97 D.C. Comics
4. 355 Incredible Hulk #449 1/97 Marvel Comics
5. 314 JLA #1 1/97 D.C. Comics
6. 247 Uncanny X-Men 350 Prism Foil Cover 12/97 Marvel Comics
7. 154 Uncanny X-Men 342 Variant Cover 3/97 Marvel Comics
8. 140 Transmetropolitan #1 9/97 D.C./Helix
9. 95 Wolverine #1/2 1997 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
10. 90 Deadpool #2 2/97 Marvel Comics
11. 89 Superman 123 Glow-in-the-Dark Cover 5/97 D.C. Comics
12. 80 Thunderbolts #1 4/97 Marvel Comics
13. 73 Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #1/2 2/97 Dark Horse-Wizard Pub.
14. 73 Wolverine/Witchblade #1 3/97 Image/Top Cow-Marvel
15. 72 Deadpool #11 12/97 Marvel Comics
16. 71 Star Wars: Boba Fett #1/2 12/97 Dark Horse-Wizard Pub.
17. 66 Deadpool #-1 7/97 Marvel Comics
18. 63 Uncanny X-Men #345 6/97 Marvel Comics
19. 56 Deadpool #4 4/97 Marvel Comics
20. 55 Amazing Spider-Man #424 6/97 Marvel Comics
21. 54 Spectre #54 6/97 D.C. Comics
22. 54 Deadpool #3 3/97 Marvel Comics
23. 53 Uncanny X-Men #346 8/97 Marvel Comics
24. 51 Sin City: Just Another Saturday Night #1/2 8/97 Dark Horse-Wizard Pub.
25. 50 Amazing Spider-Man #425 8/97 Marvel Comics
26. 49 American Entertainment: Encore Edition Witchblade 4/97 Image/Top Cow
27. 47 Uncanny X-Men #344 5/97 Marvel Comics
28. 46 Amazing Spider-Man #427 10/97 Marvel Comics
29. 46 Tales of the Witchblade 1/2 Chromium Edition 1997 Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
30. 45 Amazing Spider-Man #422 4/97 Marvel Comics
31. 45 Wizard Ace Edition: The Darkness #21 1997 Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
32. 44 Uncanny X-Men #350 12/97 Marvel Comics
33. 44 JLA #2 2/97 D.C. Comics
34. 44 Wolverine 1/2 Wizard Special Edition 1997 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
35. 42 Amazing Spider-Man #426 9/97 Marvel Comics
36. 42 Witchblade #18 11/97 Image/Top Cow
37. 42 Amazing Spider-Man #421 3/97 Marvel Comics
38. 41 Darkness #2 1/97 Top Cow Publications
39. 41 Amazing Spider-Man #423 5/97 Marvel Comics
40. 40 Witchblade #13 4/97 Image/Top Cow
41. 40 Amazing Spider-Man #419 1/97 Marvel Comics
42. 40 Tomb Raider/Witchblade #1 12/97 Image/Top Cow
43. 39 Batman: Special Replica Edition #121 1997 D.C. Comics
44. 38 Darkness #3 3/97 Image/Top Cow
45. 38 Danger Girl Preview nn American Entertainment Edit 12/97 Image/Cliffhanger
46. 38 Uncanny X-Men #343 4/97 Marvel Comics
47. 38 Deadpool #6 6/97 Marvel Comics
48. 38 Deadpool #5 5/97 Marvel Comics
49. 37 Preacher #21 1/97 D.C./Vertigo Comics
50. 37 Devil’s Reign #1/2 3/97 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
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More Key Comics From 1997

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1997, top 50 D.C. comics of 1997, more key comic books of 1997 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1997, 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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