Key Comics From 2001

January 13, 2017

2001

Key comics from 2001

[ Note: in 1999 Marvel made a conscious decision to walk away from the newsstand model and a newsstand rarity estimate of 5% exists for the year 2000 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 2000’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 2001, 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 2001, 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 2001. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2001, top 50 D.C. comics of 2001, and more key comic books of 2001 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2001:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 4,963 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #36 12/01 Marvel Comics
2. 2,900 Wolverine: The Origin #1 11/01 Marvel Comics
3. 1,619 Wolverine: The Origin #2 12/01 Marvel Comics
4. 1,224 Ultimate Spider-Man #5 3/01 Marvel Comics
5. 1,028 Alias #1 11/01 Marvel Comics
6. 972 Ultimate Spider-Man #3 1/01 Marvel Comics
7. 874 Ultimate X-Men #1 2/01 Marvel Comics
8. 805 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #30 6/01 Marvel Comics
9. 711 Ultimate Spider-Man #4 2/01 Marvel Comics
10. 581 Green Arrow #1 4/01 D.C. Comics
11. 534 Ultimate Spider-Man #6 4/01 Marvel Comics
12. 507 Tomb Raider/Darkness Special 1 Topcowstore.com Edi 2001 Image/Top Cow
13. 496 Dark Knight Strikes Again #1 2001 D.C. Comics
14. 474 Ultimate Spider-Man #7 5/01 Marvel Comics
15. 460 Ultimate Spider-Man #13 11/01 Marvel Comics
16. 433 Ultimate Spider-Man #9 7/01 Marvel Comics
17. 392 Ultimate Spider-Man 1 K-B Toys Reprint 6/01 Marvel Comics
18. 383 Ultimate Spider-Man #8 6/01 Marvel Comics
19. 377 G.I. Joe #1 9/01 Image Comics
20. 326 Ultimate Spider-Man #10 8/01 Marvel Comics
21. 323 Ultimate Spider-Man #14 12/01 Marvel Comics
22. 314 Ultimate Spider-Man #12 10/01 Marvel Comics
23. 286 Ultimate X-Men 1 Dynamic Forces Sketch Edition 2/01 Marvel Comics
24. 284 Ultimate X-Men 1 Dynamic Forces Edition 2/01 Marvel Comics
25. 266 Ultimate Spider-Man #11 9/01 Marvel Comics
26. 254 Ultimate X-Men #2 3/01 Marvel Comics
27. 254 Deadpool #54 7/01 Marvel Comics
28. 231 New X-Men #114 7/01 Marvel Comics
29. 215 Elektra v2 #1 9/01 Marvel Comics
30. 210 Tomb Raider/Darkness Special 1 Topcowstore.com Foi 2001 Image/Top Cow
31. 208 Uncanny X-Men #394 6/01 Marvel Comics
32. 190 Deadpool #55 8/01 Marvel Comics
33. 187 Wizard Ace Edition: Hulk #181 9/01 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
34. 171 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #31 7/01 Marvel Comics
35. 169 Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1 4/01 Marvel Comics
36. 164 Ultimate X-Men #3 4/01 Marvel Comics
37. 158 Uncanny X-Men #390 2/01 Marvel Comics
38. 155 Sojourn #1 8/01 CrossGen Comics
39. 149 Daredevil: Yellow #1 8/01 Marvel Comics
40. 122 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #32 8/01 Marvel Comics
41. 117 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #34 10/01 Marvel Comics
42. 115 Ultimate X-Men #4 5/01 Marvel Comics
43. 114 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #25 Speckle Foil Edition 1/01 Marvel Comics
44. 110 Amazing Spider-Man v2 #35 11/01 Marvel Comics
45. 101 Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Batman #nn 2001 D.C. Comics
46. 101 Punisher v4 #1 8/01 Marvel Comics
47. 98 Ultimate X-Men #7 8/01 Marvel Comics
48. 96 Green Arrow #2 5/01 D.C. Comics
49. 95 Action Comics #775 3/01 D.C. Comics
50. 90 X-Force #116
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
5/01 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 2001

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2001, top 50 D.C. comics of 2001, more key comic books of 2001 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2001, or jump to this list of important comics from the 2000s. Or explore Lists of Key Comic Books by Year. Or jump to my blog’s home page.

Happy Collecting! 🙂

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