Key Comics From 1998

January 13, 2017

1998

Key comics from 1998
[ 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 1998, 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 1998, 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 1998. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1998, top 50 D.C. comics of 1998, and more key comic books of 1998 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1998:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 580 Daredevil v2 #1 11/98 Marvel Comics
2. 566 Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-Man #1 12/98 Marvel Comics
3. 480 Marvel Authentix: Amazing Spider-Man #1 10/98 Marvel Comics
4. 394 Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-Man #2 1/98 Marvel Comics
5. 392 What If… #105 2/98 Marvel Comics
6. 359 300 #1 5/98 Dark Horse Comics
7. 278 Marvel Authentix: Daredevil #1 11/98 Marvel Comics
8. 269 Wolverine 131 Recalled Edition 11/98 Marvel Comics
9. 221 Amazing Spider-Man #430 1/98 Marvel Comics
10. 201 Amazing Spider-Man #431 2/98 Marvel Comics
11. 200 Danger Girl 1 Chromium Edition 3/98 Image/Cliffhanger
12. 195 Witchblade 25 Speckle Holofoil Edition 8/98 Image/Top Cow
13. 188 Amazing Spider-Man #441 11/98 Marvel Comics
14. 183 Danger Girl #1 3/98 Image/Cliffhanger
15. 171 Battle Chasers 1 Chromium Edition 4/98 Image/Cliffhanger
16. 164 Alpha Flight v2 #17 12/98 Marvel Comics
17. 160 Daredevil v2 #1 Dynamic Forces Edition 11/98 Marvel Comics
18. 158 Sunfire & Big Hero Six #1 9/98 Marvel Comics
19. 156 Thor v2 #1 White Sketch Cover 7/98 Marvel Comics
20. 131 Encyclopaedia Deadpoolica #1 10/98 Marvel Comics
21. 130 Avengers v3 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover 2/98 Marvel Comics
22. 129 Thor v2 #1 7/98 Marvel Comics
23. 128 Danger Girl 2 Smoking Gun Cover 5/98 Image/Cliffhanger
24. 128 Batgirl Adventures #1 2/98 D.C. Comics
25. 123 Darkness 11 Chromium Edition 1/98 Image/Top Cow
26. 121 Witchblade/Tomb Raider 1 Speckle Holofoil Edition 12/98 Image/Top Cow
27. 120 Witchblade vs. Darkness #1/2 1998 Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
28. 117 Uncanny X-Men 354 Variant Cover 4/98 Marvel Comics
29. 116 Captain America v3 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover 1/98 Marvel Comics
30. 114 Fantastic Four v3 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover 1/98 Marvel Comics
31. 113 300 #2 6/98 Dark Horse Comics
32. 112 Marvel Collectible Classics: Avengers #1 11/98 Marvel Comics
33. 110 300 #3 7/98 Dark Horse Comics
34. 108 Battle Chasers 1 Another Universe Edition 4/98 Image/Cliffhanger
35. 105 Daredevil v2 #2 Variant Cover 12/98 Marvel Comics
36. 105 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men #4 10/98 Marvel Comics
37. 104 Marvel Authentix: Gambit 1 Marvel Authentix Sketch 12/98 Marvel Comics
38. 101 Baby’s First Deadpool Book #1 12/98 Marvel Comics
39. 99 300 #4 8/98 Dark Horse Comics
40. 98 Fathom #1 8/98 Image/Top Cow
41. 97 Fantastic Four v3 #1 1/98 Marvel Comics
42. 97 Iron Man v3 #1 2/98 Marvel Comics
43. 95 Avengers v3 #1 2/98 Marvel Comics
44. 95 Fathom 1 Killian Variant Cover 8/98 Image/Top Cow
45. 94 Deadpool #14 3/98 Marvel Comics
46. 93 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men #1 8/98 Marvel Comics
47. 93 Inhumans v2 #1 11/98 Marvel Comics
48. 90 300 #5 9/98 Dark Horse Comics
49. 89 Danger Girl 2 Dynamic Forces Holofoil 5/98 Image/Cliffhanger
50. 87 Superman Forever 1 Lenticular Cover 6/98 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 1998

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1998, top 50 D.C. comics of 1998, more key comic books of 1998 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1998, 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! 🙂