Key Comics From 2005

January 13, 2017

2005

Key comics from 2005

[ Note: for this year, a newsstand rarity estimate of 2% 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 2005, 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 2005, 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 2005. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2005, top 50 D.C. comics of 2005, and more key comic books of 2005 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2005:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 1,948 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #1 9/05 D.C. Comics
2. 1,754 Walking Dead #19 6/05 Image Comics
3. 1,248 Ultimate Spider-Man 79 Wizard World 2005 Con Editi 9/05 Marvel Comics
4. 930 New Avengers 1 Variant Cover 1/05 Marvel Comics
5. 916 Supergirl #1 10/05 D.C. Comics
6. 871 New Avengers 1 Quesada Variant Cover 1/05 Marvel Comics
7. 860 Infinite Crisis #1 12/05 D.C. Comics
8. 727 Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Dying of the Light 3 Wi 11/05 Aspen
9. 722 Green Lantern #1 7/05 D.C. Comics
10. 642 New Avengers #1 1/05 Marvel Comics
11. 604 X-Men 175 Wizard World 2005 Con Edition 2005 Marvel Comics
12. 593 X-23 1 Limited Edition 4/05 Marvel Comics
13. 532 Wolverine v3 #26 Limited Edition 5/05 Marvel Comics
14. 530 X-23 #1 3/05 Marvel Comics
15. 492 Ultimate Iron Man #1 5/05 Marvel Comics
16. 491 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder 1 Retailer 9/05 D.C. Comics
17. 475 New Avengers 2 Variant Cover 2/05 Marvel Comics
18. 454 Fantastic Four 527 Wizard World 2005 Con Edition 2005 Marvel Comics
19. 448 New Avengers 4 Variant Cover 4/05 Marvel Comics
20. 436 New Avengers 3 Variant Cover 3/05 Marvel Comics
21. 413 Captain America #6 6/05 Marvel Comics
22. 385 Young Avengers 1 Wizard World 2005 Con Edition 4/05 Marvel Comics
23. 375 Batman #635 2/05 D.C. Comics
24. 360 Captain America 6 Variant Edition 6/05 Marvel Comics
25. 351 Supergirl 1 Second Printing 10/05 D.C. Comics
26. 341 JSA: Classified #1 9/05 D.C. Comics
27. 338 Ghost Rider 1 Retailer Incentive Edition 11/05 Marvel Comics
28. 338 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #2 11/05 D.C. Comics
29. 334 Walking Dead #15 1/05 Image Comics
30. 331 Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Dying of the Light 1 Wi 9/05 Aspen
31. 323 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #0 Wizard World 2005 Co 4/05 Aspen
32. 306 Grimm Fairy Tales #1 6/05 Zenescope Entertainment
33. 305 New Avengers #4 4/05 Marvel Comics
34. 305 Justice #1 10/05 D.C. Comics
35. 305 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #1 Wizard World VIP Edi 7/05 Aspen
36. 293 New Avengers 5 Variant Cover 5/05 Marvel Comics
37. 284 Young Avengers #1 4/05 Marvel Comics
38. 281 New Avengers 1 Second Printing 1/05 Marvel Comics
39. 272 House of M 1 Quesada Variant Cover 8/05 Marvel Comics
40. 271 Ultimates 2 1 Variant Cover 2/05 Marvel Comics
41. 265 Walking Dead #16 2/05 Image Comics
42. 264 Michael Turner’s Fathom v2 #4 Wizard World VIP Edi 11/05 Aspen
43. 259 DC Countdown #1 5/05 D.C. Comics
44. 259 Captain America #1 1/05 Marvel Comics
45. 251 House of M 1 Limited Edition 8/05 Marvel Comics
46. 249 Wonder Woman #219 9/05 D.C. Comics
47. 244 Infinite Crisis 1 Retailer Incentive Edition 12/05 D.C. Comics
48. 243 Wizard Ace Edition: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 2005 Marvel-Wizard Pub.
49. 243 Ultimate Iron Man 1 Variant Cover 5/05 Marvel Comics
50. 239 Walking Dead #17 3/05 Image Comics
 « 2004  2006 » 

More Key Comics From 2005

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2005, top 50 D.C. comics of 2005, more key comic books of 2005 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2005, 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! 🙂