Key Comics From 2012

January 13, 2017

2012

Key comics from 2012
[ Note: Marvel newsstand comics are ending the final end-of-life stage by this time.  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 2012, 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 2012, 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 2012. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2012, top 50 D.C. comics of 2012, and more key comic books of 2012 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2012:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,555 Saga #1 3/12 Image Comics
2. 1,774 Thief of Thieves #1 2/12 Image Comics
3. 1,236 Walking Dead 100 Chromium Edition 7/12 Image/Skybound
4. 1,166 Walking Dead #100 7/12 Image/Skybound
5. 1,125 Batman 0 We Can Be Heroes Edition 11/12 D.C. Comics
6. 1,091 Revival #1 7/12 Image Comics
7. 760 Walking Dead 100 Second Printing 8/12 Image/Skybound
8. 753 Walking Dead 100 McFarlane Variant Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
9. 685 Walking Dead 100 Adlard Variant Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
10. 670 Walking Dead 100 Convention Edition 7/12 Image/Skybound
11. 629 Peter Panzerfaust #1 2/12 Image Comics
12. 603 Walking Dead 100 Ottley Variant Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
13. 591 Walking Dead 100 Sketch Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
14. 575 Walking Dead 100 Silvestri Variant Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
15. 533 Batman #13 12/12 D.C. Comics
16. 530 Saga #2 4/12 Image Comics
17. 522 Walking Dead 100 Quitely Variant Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
18. 512 Avengers vs. X-Men 1 Diamond Select Toys Edition 6/12 Marvel Comics
19. 489 Nowhere Men #1 11/12 Image Comics
20. 460 Walking Dead 100 Phillips Variant Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
21. 457 Walking Dead 101 Ghost Variant Cover 8/12 Image/Skybound
22. 450 Deathmatch 1 Limited Edition 12/12 Boom! Studios
23. 439 Thief of Thieves #2 3/12 Image Comics
24. 393 Walking Dead 100 Escape Edition 7/12 Image/Skybound
25. 393 Justice League #12 10/12 D.C. Comics
26. 385 Walking Dead 103 Variant Cover 10/12 Image/Skybound
27. 366 Clone #1 11/12 Image Comics
28. 355 Walking Dead 100 Hitch Variant Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
29. 324 Amazing Spider-Man 692 Convention Edition 10/12 Marvel Comics
30. 324 Walking Dead #98 5/12 Image/Skybound
31. 323 Hawkeye #1 10/12 Marvel Comics
32. 320 The Manhattan Projects #1 3/12 Image Comics
33. 294 Saga #3 5/12 Image Comics
34. 293 Saga #4 6/12 Image Comics
35. 292 Walking Dead #99 6/12 Image/Skybound
36. 291 Walking Dead 94 Convention Edition 2/12 Image/Skybound
37. 284 Batman #3 1/12 D.C. Comics
38. 277 Avenging Spider-Man 1 Sketch Cover 1/12 Marvel Comics
39. 277 Avenging Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition 1/12 Marvel Comics
40. 273 Thief of Thieves #3 4/12 Image Comics
41. 263 Bedlam #1 10/12 Image Comics
42. 263 Avenging Spider-Man #9 9/12 Marvel Comics
43. 262 Avengers 1: Coming of the Avengers 1 El Capitan Th 2012 Marvel Comics
44. 261 Uncanny X-Men 1 Sketch Edition 1/12 Marvel Comics
45. 261 Walking Dead #101 8/12 Image/Skybound
46. 252 Clone 1 Variant Cover 11/12 Image Comics
47. 251 Walking Dead 100 Ottley Sketch Cover 7/12 Image/Skybound
48. 250 Saga 7 Ghost Variant Cover 11/12 Image Comics
49. 247 Walking Dead #97 5/12 Image/Skybound
50. 233 Batman #0 11/12 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 2012

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2012, top 50 D.C. comics of 2012, more key comic books of 2012 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2012, 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! 🙂