Key Comics From 2011

January 13, 2017

2011

Key comics from 2011

[ Note: Marvel begins winding down its newsstand distribution in steps around this time. Six 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 2011, 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 2011, 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 2011. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2011, top 50 D.C. comics of 2011, and more key comic books of 2011 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2011:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,704 Batman #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
2. 1,320 Amazing Spider-Man 648 Sketch Edition 1/11 Marvel Comics
3. 1,053 Ultimate Fallout #4 10/11 Marvel Comics
4. 1,037 Detective Comics #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
5. 1,016 Justice League #1 10/11 D.C. Comics
6. 976 Batman 1 Variant Cover 11/11 D.C. Comics
7. 695 Walking Dead #92 12/11 Image/Skybound
8. 606 Suicide Squad #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
9. 475 Action Comics #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
10. 449 Batman 1 Sketch Cover 11/11 D.C. Comics
11. 438 Superman #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
12. 422 Avengers 7 Sketch Cover 1/11 Marvel Comics
13. 419 Batman #2 12/11 D.C. Comics
14. 413 Fantastic Four #587 3/11 Marvel Comics
15. 409 Action Comics 1 Variant Cover 11/11 D.C. Comics
16. 407 Captain America 1 Sketch Cover 9/11 Marvel Comics
17. 388 The Strain #1 12/11 Dark Horse Comics
18. 370 Venom/Deadpool: What If? #1 4/11 Marvel Comics
19. 360 Batman 2 Variant Cover 12/11 D.C. Comics
20. 357 Justice League 1 We Can Be Heroes Edition 10/11 D.C. Comics
21. 355 FF 1 Sketch Cover 5/11 Marvel Comics
22. 346 Flash #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
23. 339 Batman: The Dark Knight #1 1/11 D.C. Comics
24. 321 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 Sketch Edition 8/11 Marvel Comics
25. 295 Detective Comics #880 9/11 D.C. Comics
26. 292 Justice League 1 Sketch Cover 10/11 D.C. Comics
27. 290 Walking Dead 87 Convention Edition 7/11 Image/Skybound
28. 274 Rachel Rising #1 2011 Abstract Studio
29. 250 Dallas Comic Con/Amazing Spider-Man #1 3/11 Marvel Comics
30. 247 Incredible Hulk 1 Sketch Edition 12/11 Marvel Comics
31. 243 Ultimate Spider-Man #160 8/11 Marvel Comics
32. 241 Justice League 1 Variant Cover 10/11 D.C. Comics
33. 241 Aquaman #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
34. 238 Batgirl #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
35. 237 Walking Dead Weekly #1 1/11 Image Comics
36. 234 Wonder Woman #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
37. 232 Punisher 1 Sketch Cover 10/11 Marvel Comics
38. 230 Action Comics 1 Sketch Cover 11/11 D.C. Comics
39. 230 Batman 2 Sketch Cover 12/11 D.C. Comics
40. 229 Walking Dead 85 Infinity & Beyond Edition 5/11 Image/Skybound
41. 228 Venom #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
5/11 Marvel Comics
42. 225 Justice League 1 Retailer Incentive Edition 10/11 D.C. Comics
43. 202 Daredevil 1 Sketch Cover 9/11 Marvel Comics
44. 199 Flash 1 Variant Cover 11/11 D.C. Comics
45. 198 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 Quesada Variant Cover 8/11 Marvel Comics
46. 198 X-Men 7 Sketch Edition 3/11 Marvel Comics
47. 198 Ultimate Fallout 4 Variant Edition 10/11 Marvel Comics
48. 197 Amazing Spider-Man #650
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
2/11 Marvel Comics
49. 188 Nightwing #1 11/11 D.C. Comics
50. 185 Flash 1 Sketch Cover 11/11 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 2011

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2011, top 50 D.C. comics of 2011, more key comic books of 2011 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2011, 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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