Key Comics From 2010

January 13, 2017

2010

Key comics from 2010

[ Note: five 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 2010, 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 2010, 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 2010. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2010, top 50 D.C. comics of 2010, and more key comic books of 2010 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2010:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,095 X-Men 1 Sketch Cover 9/10 Marvel Comics
2. 1,463 Avengers 1 Sketch Cover 7/10 Marvel Comics
3. 540 Wolverine 1 Sketch Edition 11/10 Marvel Comics
4. 441 Uncanny X-Force 1 Sketch Edition 12/10 Marvel Comics
5. 358 I, Zombie #1 7/10 D.C./Vertigo Comics
6. 353 Amazing Spider-Man 638 Convention Edition 8/10 Marvel Comics
7. 332 New Avengers 1 Sketch Cover 8/10 Marvel Comics
8. 331 Walking Dead 75 Convention Edition 7/10 Image Comics
9. 298 Morning Glories #1 8/10 Image Comics
10. 290 Avengers 1 Convention Edition 7/10 Marvel Comics
11. 257 Avengers 1 Second Printing 7/10 Marvel Comics
12. 238 The Sixth Gun #1 7/10 Oni Press
13. 231 Walking Dead 75 Variant Cover 7/10 Image Comics
14. 212 Walking Dead #69 1/10 Image Comics
15. 203 Walking Dead 80 Convention Edition 12/10 Image/Skybound
16. 201 Amazing Spider-Man #611
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
1/10 Marvel Comics
17. 198 X-Men Origins: Deadpool #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
9/10 Marvel Comics
18. 177 Walking Dead 75 Ultimate Comics Edition 7/10 Image Comics
19. 172 Ultimate Thor 1 LBCC/UniversalOutpost.com Edit 12/10 Marvel Comics
20. 167 Siege 1 Quesada Sketch Cover 3/10 Marvel Comics
21. 165 Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #7 3/10 Marvel Comics
22. 148 Wolverine 1 Campbell Variant Cover 11/10 Marvel Comics
23. 146 American Vampire #1 5/10 D.C./Vertigo Comics
24. 133 Image Firsts: Walking Dead #1 3/10 Image Comics
25. 130 Walking Dead 78 Convention Edition 10/10 Image/Skybound
26. 129 Uncanny X-Force 1 Campbell Variant Cover 12/10 Marvel Comics
27. 127 Avengers 4 Convention Edition 10/10 Marvel Comics
28. 122 Batman: Odyssey #1 9/10 D.C. Comics
29. 120 Amazing Spider-Man 623 Planet Comicon Edition 5/10 Marvel Comics
30. 119 Walking Dead #75 7/10 Image Comics
31. 117 Carnage 1 Convention Edition 12/10 Marvel Comics
32. 113 X-23 #1 5/10 Marvel Comics
33. 113 Batman #700 8/10 D.C. Comics
34. 112 Siege 3 Campbell Variant Cover 5/10 Marvel Comics
35. 107 Amazing Spider-Man 640 Kevic-Djurdjevic Variant Co 10/10 Marvel Comics
36. 106 New Avengers 1 Hero Initiative Edition 8/10 Marvel Comics
37. 106 Walking Dead #72 5/10 Image Comics
38. 106 Superman 700 Celebrity Authentics Edition 8/10 D.C. Comics
39. 106 Thor: First Thunder 1 Celebrity Authentics Edition 11/10 Marvel Comics
40. 105 Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War 1 Celebrity A 1/10 Dark Horse Comics
41. 102 Walking Dead #74 7/10 Image Comics
42. 102 Iron Man vs. Whiplash 1 Celebrity Authentics Editi 1/10 Marvel Comics
43. 101 Grimm Fairy Tales 52 Variant Cover 10/10 Zenescope Entertainment
44. 101 Wolverine 1 Sketch Cover 11/10 Marvel Comics
45. 98 Walking Dead #79 11/10 Image/Skybound
46. 98 Amazing Spider-Man 642 New York Comic Con Edition 11/10 Marvel Comics
47. 96 Amazing Spider-Man #617
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3/10 Marvel Comics
48. 93 Siege 1 Quesada Variant Cover 3/10 Marvel Comics
49. 92 Wolverine #1 11/10 Marvel Comics
50. 91 Amazing Spider-Man #641 10/10 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 2010

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2010, top 50 D.C. comics of 2010, more key comic books of 2010 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2010, 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! 🙂