Key Comics From 1999

January 13, 2017

1999 Marvel walks away from the newsstand model!

Key comics from 1999

[ Note: in 1999 Marvel made a conscious decision to walk away from the newsstand model and a newsstand rarity estimate of 14% exists for this year for Marvel.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition comics 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 1999, 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 1999, 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 1999. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1999, top 50 D.C. comics of 1999, and more key comic books of 1999 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1999:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 1,175 Batman: Harley Quinn #nn 1999 D.C. Comics
2. 467 Wolverine 145 Nabisco Variant Cover 12/99 Marvel Comics
3. 349 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #1 1/99 Marvel Comics
4. 300 Tomb Raider #1 12/99 Image/Top Cow
5. 289 Birds of Prey #8 8/99 D.C. Comics
6. 289 100 Bullets #1 8/99 D.C./Vertigo Comics
7. 266 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #1 Sunburst Variant Cover 1/99 Marvel Comics
8. 254 Wolverine 145 Foil Cover 12/99 Marvel Comics
9. 219 Hulk #8 11/99 Marvel Comics
10. 215 Incredible Hulk 181 German Edition 1999 Marvel Comics
11. 201 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #1 Dynamic Forces Edition 1/99 Marvel Comics
12. 185 Fathom 9 Holofoil Edition 10/99 Image/Top Cow
13. 177 Peter Parker: Spider-Man 1 Dynamic Forces Edition 1/99 Marvel Comics
14. 173 Goon #1 3/99 Avatar Press
15. 149 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1 3/99 America’s Best Comics
16. 149 Batman Beyond #1 11/99 D.C. Comics
17. 140 Elseworlds 80 Page Giant #1 8/99 D.C. Comics
18. 139 Peter Parker: Spider-Man 1 Sunburst Variant Cover 1/99 Marvel Comics
19. 131 Authority #1 5/99 D.C./Wildstorm
20. 130 The Matrix: Comic Book Preview #nn 3/99 Warner Brothers
21. 121 Planetary #1 4/99 D.C./Wildstorm
22. 119 Liberty Meadows #1 1999 Insight Studios
23. 118 Hulk #1 4/99 Marvel Comics
24. 115 Batman #567 7/99 D.C. Comics
25. 110 Daredevil v2 #5 Variant Cover 3/99 Marvel Comics
26. 109 Hulk 1 Sunburst Variant Cover 4/99 Marvel Comics
27. 107 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83 3/99 D.C. Comics
28. 104 Peter Parker: Spider-Man #1 1/99 Marvel Comics
29. 101 Wolverine 145 Gold Foil Edition 12/99 Marvel Comics
30. 98 Fathom #9 10/99 Image/Top Cow
31. 97 Daredevil v2 #3 1/99 Marvel Comics
32. 95 Daredevil #1/2 1999 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
33. 84 Daredevil v2 #9 12/99 Marvel Comics
34. 84 Batman #570 10/99 D.C. Comics
35. 83 Tomb Raider 1 Holochrome Edition 12/99 Image/Top Cow
36. 81 Goon #3 7/99 Avatar Press
37. 81 Hulk 1 Dynamic Forces Gold Foil 4/99 Marvel Comics
38. 79 Marvel Authentix: Spider-Woman 1 Marvel Authentix 4/99 Marvel Comics
39. 78 Goon #2 5/99 Avatar Press
40. 74 Preacher #51 7/99 D.C./Vertigo Comics
41. 72 Wolverine 145 Dynamic Forces Holofoil 12/99 Marvel Comics
42. 72 Rising Stars #1 8/99 Image/Top Cow
43. 69 Marvel Authentix: Astonishing X-Men 1 Marvel Authe 8/99 Marvel Comics
44. 69 Darkness 25 Holofoil Edition 9/99 Image/Top Cow
45. 67 JSA #1 8/99 D.C. Comics
46. 65 Dreams of Dawn #1/2 1999 Sirius-Wizard
47. 64 Daredevil v2 #4 2/99 Marvel Comics
48. 64 Superman Masterpiece Edition #1 1999 D.C. Comics
49. 62 Birds of Prey #1 1/99 D.C. Comics
50. 59 Daredevil v2 #5 3/99 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1999

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1999, top 50 D.C. comics of 1999, more key comic books of 1999 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1999, 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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