Key Comics From 2004

January 13, 2017

2004

Key comics from 2004

[ Note: for the year just prior, a newsstand rarity estimate of 4.25% exists 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 2004, 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 2004, 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 2004. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2004, top 50 D.C. comics of 2004, and more key comic books of 2004 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2004:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,739 NYX #3 2/04 Marvel Comics
2. 1,472 Superman #204 6/04 D.C. Comics
3. 987 Ultimate Fantastic Four #1 2/04 Marvel Comics
4. 908 Wolverine v3 #20 Wizard World 2004 Con Edition 12/04 Marvel Comics
5. 892 Superman/Batman #8 5/04 D.C. Comics
6. 845 Wolverine: The End 1 Wizard World 2003 Con Edition 1/04 Marvel Comics
7. 800 Walking Dead #4 1/04 Image Comics
8. 784 Walking Dead #6 3/04 Image Comics
9. 762 Secret War #1 4/04 Marvel Comics
10. 742 Walking Dead #9 6/04 Image Comics
11. 724 Walking Dead #5 2/04 Image Comics
12. 695 Walking Dead #7 4/04 Image Comics
13. 695 Walking Dead #10 7/04 Image Comics
14. 667 Astonishing X-Men 1 Cassaday Variant Cover 7/04 Marvel Comics
15. 642 Astonishing X-Men #1 7/04 Marvel Comics
16. 619 Walking Dead #8 5/04 Image Comics
17. 614 Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1 6/04 Marvel Comics
18. 613 Identity Crisis #1 8/04 D.C. Comics
19. 599 Astonishing X-Men 1 Variant Cover 7/04 Marvel Comics
20. 554 Astonishing X-Men 1 Director’s Cut Edition 7/04 Marvel Comics
21. 520 Superman 204 Retailer Incentive Edition 6/04 D.C. Comics
22. 513 Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 12/04 D.C. Comics
23. 491 Superman/Batman 8 Second Printing 5/04 D.C. Comics
24. 489 Superman/Batman #10 7/04 D.C. Comics
25. 462 Walking Dead #11 8/04 Image Comics
26. 448 NYX #4 7/04 Marvel Comics
27. 432 Wolverine: The End #1 1/04 Marvel Comics
28. 426 Walking Dead #12 9/04 Image Comics
29. 394 Wolverine v3 #20 Retailer Incentive Edition 12/04 Marvel Comics
30. 387 Superman #205 7/04 D.C. Comics
31. 385 Superman/Batman #9 6/04 D.C. Comics
32. 340 Secret War 1 Commemorative Edition 4/04 Marvel Comics
33. 332 Ultimate Spider-Man #50 2/04 Marvel Comics
34. 330 Astonishing X-Men 4 Variant Cover 10/04 Marvel Comics
35. 325 Daredevil: Father 1 Wizard World 2004 Con Edition 6/04 Marvel Comics
36. 320 Superman #203 5/04 D.C. Comics
37. 313 Secret War #2 7/04 Marvel Comics
38. 301 Ultimate Spider-Man #60 8/04 Marvel Comics
39. 296 Action Comics #812 4/04 D.C. Comics
40. 284 Action Comics 812 Second Printing 4/04 D.C. Comics
41. 273 Superman/Batman #13 10/04 D.C. Comics
42. 268 Walking Dead #13 10/04 Image Comics
43. 264 Walking Dead #14 11/04 Image Comics
44. 263 Flash #207 4/04 D.C. Comics
45. 256 Adventures of Superman #625 4/04 D.C. Comics
46. 253 Avengers/JLA #4 2004 D.C.-Marvel
47. 252 Identity Crisis 1 Retailer Incentive Edition 8/04 D.C. Comics
48. 251 Cable/Deadpool #1 5/04 Marvel Comics
49. 246 Ultimate X-Men 50 Wizard World 2004 Con Edition 2004 Marvel Comics
50. 237 Conan #1 2/04 Dark Horse Comics
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More Key Comics From 2004

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2004, top 50 D.C. comics of 2004, more key comic books of 2004 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2004, 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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