Key Comics From 2008

January 13, 2017

2008

Key comics from 2008

[ Note: three years prior, 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 2008, 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 2008, 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 2008. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2008, top 50 D.C. comics of 2008, and more key comic books of 2008 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2008:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 909 Captain America #34 3/08 Marvel Comics
2. 874 Hulk 1 Wizard World 2008 Con Edition 3/08 Marvel Comics
3. 873 All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder 10 Recalle 8/08 D.C. Comics
4. 858 Secret Invasion 1 Sketch Edition 6/08 Marvel Comics
5. 814 Walking Dead #53 10/08 Image Comics
6. 790 Hulk #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3/08 Marvel Comics
7. 756 Invincible Iron Man 1 Wizard World 2008 Con Editio 7/08 Marvel Comics
8. 550 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 7/08 Marvel Comics
9. 509 Wolverine v3 #66 8/08 Marvel Comics
10. 499 Walking Dead #48 4/08 Image Comics
11. 435 Hulk 1 Variant Edition 3/08 Marvel Comics
12. 417 Locke & Key #1 2/08 IDW Publishing
13. 393 Hulk 1 Hero Initiative/Atomic Comics 3/08 Marvel Comics
14. 381 Secret Invasion 1 Dynamic Forces Edition 6/08 Marvel Comics
15. 368 Kick-Ass #1 4/08 Marvel/Icon
16. 343 Amazing Spider-Man 569 Variant Edition
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant for issue #569 is confirmed to exist
10/08 Marvel Comics
17. 343 Secret Invasion #1 6/08 Marvel Comics
18. 337 Captain America 34 Dynamic Forces Edition 3/08 Marvel Comics
19. 305 Amazing Spider-Man 568 Sketch Cover 10/08 Marvel Comics
20. 288 Uncanny X-Men 500 Variant Edition 9/08 Marvel Comics
21. 285 Deadpool #1 11/08 Marvel Comics
22. 281 Uncanny X-Men #500 9/08 Marvel Comics
23. 275 Walking Dead 50 Variant Cover 6/08 Image Comics
24. 269 Secret Invasion 1 Variant Edition 6/08 Marvel Comics
25. 267 Invincible Iron Man #1 7/08 Marvel Comics
26. 246 Hulk 1 Dynamic Forces Edition 3/08 Marvel Comics
27. 244 Hulk 7 Variant Edition 12/08 Marvel Comics
28. 243 Amazing Spider-Man 573 Colbert Variant Edition 12/08 Marvel Comics
29. 235 Uncanny X-Men 500 Sketch Cover 9/08 Marvel Comics
30. 234 Avengers/Invaders 1 Dynamic Forces Sketch Edition 7/08 Marvel Comics
31. 233 Secret Invasion 1 Sketch Cover 6/08 Marvel Comics
32. 231 Wolverine v3 #66 Dynamic Forces Edition 8/08 Marvel Comics
33. 217 Amazing Spider-Man 568 Variant Edition 10/08 Marvel Comics
34. 216 Action Comics 869 Recalled Edition 11/08 D.C. Comics
35. 214 Walking Dead #46 2/08 Image Comics
36. 206 X-Force #1 4/08 Marvel Comics
37. 201 Avengers/Invaders 3 Dynamic Forces Edition 9/08 Marvel Comics
38. 200 Amazing Spider-Man 568 Negative Edition 10/08 Marvel Comics
39. 197 Astonishing X-Men 25 San Diego Comic Con Edition 9/08 Marvel Comics
40. 184 Captain America 34 Director’s Cut Edition 2008 Marvel Comics
41. 184 Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? 1 Wizard World 8/08 Marvel Comics
42. 178 Hulk 2 Sketch Cover 4/08 Marvel Comics
43. 175 Amazing Spider-Man 546 Sketch Edition 2/08 Marvel Comics
44. 174 Walking Dead #47 3/08 Image Comics
45. 172 Avengers/Invaders 1 Dynamic Forces Edition 7/08 Marvel Comics
46. 170 Wolverine v3 #66 Sketch Cover 8/08 Marvel Comics
47. 169 Final Crisis #1 7/08 D.C. Comics
48. 168 Astonishing X-Men 25 Dynamic Forces Edition 9/08 Marvel Comics
49. 165 Invincible Iron Man 1 Variant Edition 7/08 Marvel Comics
50. 163 Walking Dead #50 6/08 Image Comics
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More Key Comics From 2008

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2008, top 50 D.C. comics of 2008, more key comic books of 2008 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2008, 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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