Key Comics From 2002

January 13, 2017

2002

Key comics from 2002

[ 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 2002, 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 2002, 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 2002. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2002, top 50 D.C. comics of 2002, and more key comic books of 2002 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2002:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,041 Batman #608 12/02 D.C. Comics
2. 1,326 Wolverine: The Origin #3 1/02 Marvel Comics
3. 1,285 Ultimate Spider-Man #1/2 2002 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
4. 1,032 Ultimates #1 3/02 Marvel Comics
5. 1,020 Wolverine: The Origin #4 2/02 Marvel Comics
6. 962 Wolverine: The Origin #5 5/02 Marvel Comics
7. 899 Batman 608 Second Printing 12/02 D.C. Comics
8. 857 Transformers: Generation 1 #1 4/02 Dreamwave Productions
9. 812 Y: The Last Man #1 9/02 D.C./Vertigo Comics
10. 780 Transformers: Generation 1 1 Holofoil Edition 4/02 Dreamwave Productions
11. 776 Wolverine: The Origin #6 7/02 Marvel Comics
12. 625 New X-Men #128 8/02 Marvel Comics
13. 518 Captain America v4 #1 6/02 Marvel Comics
14. 505 Incredible Hulk #34 1/02 Marvel Comics
15. 452 Fables #1 7/02 D.C./Vertigo Comics
16. 405 Transformers: Generation 1 1 Retailer Incentive Ed 4/02 Dreamwave Productions
17. 375 Wizard Ace Edition: Amazing Spider-Man #129 4/02 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
18. 351 Ultimate Spider-Man 1 Free Comic Book Day Edition 5/02 Marvel Comics
19. 337 Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #1 8/02 Marvel Comics
20. 292 Batman 608 Retailer Incentive Edition 12/02 D.C. Comics
21. 271 Ultimate Spider-Man #15 1/02 Marvel Comics
22. 266 Ultimate Spider-Man 1/2 Wizard World East Con Edit 2002 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
23. 257 30 Days of Night #1 6/02 IDW Publishing
24. 255 Transformers Armada 1 Holofoil Edition 7/02 Dreamwave Productions
25. 253 Ultimate Spider-Man #25 10/02 Marvel Comics
26. 225 Ultimate Spider-Man #16 2/02 Marvel Comics
27. 220 Ultimate Spider-Man #27 11/02 Marvel Comics
28. 214 Ultimate Spider-Man #24 9/02 Marvel Comics
29. 208 Ultimate Spider-Man #18 4/02 Marvel Comics
30. 207 Battle of the Planets 1 Holofoil Edition 8/02 Image/Top Cow
31. 197 Ultimate Spider-Man #20 6/02 Marvel Comics
32. 193 Dark Knight Strikes Again #2 2002 D.C. Comics
33. 192 Ultimate Spider-Man #17 3/02 Marvel Comics
34. 189 Y: The Last Man #2 10/02 D.C./Vertigo Comics
35. 189 Catwoman #1 1/02 D.C. Comics
36. 188 Incredible Hulk: The End #1 8/02 Marvel Comics
37. 188 Ultimate Spider-Man #1 3/02 Marvel Comics
38. 183 Ultimate Spider-Man #19 5/02 Marvel Comics
39. 183 Ultimate Spider-Man #29 12/02 Marvel Comics
40. 177 Ultimate Spider-Man #21 6/02 Marvel Comics
41. 173 Ultimate Spider-Man #22 7/02 Marvel Comics
42. 171 Ultimate Spider-Man #23 8/02 Marvel Comics
43. 164 Ultimate Spider-Man #26 11/02 Marvel Comics
44. 164 Ultimate X-Men #1/2 2002 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
45. 163 Ultimate Spider-Man Special #1 7/02 Marvel Comics
46. 152 Ultimates #2 4/02 Marvel Comics
47. 145 Wizard Ace Edition: Uncanny X-Men #94 6/02 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
48. 143 Ultimate Spider-Man #28 12/02 Marvel Comics
49. 138 Peter Parker: Spider-Man #44 8/02 Marvel Comics
50. 138 Spider-Man: Blue #1 7/02 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 2002

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2002, top 50 D.C. comics of 2002, more key comic books of 2002 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2002, 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! 🙂