Key Comics From 2013

January 13, 2017

2013

Key comics from 2013
[ Note: this marks the final year of Marvel newsstand edition comics. 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 2013, 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 2013, 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 2013. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2013, top 50 D.C. comics of 2013, and more key comic books of 2013 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2013:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,022 Amazing Spider-Man #700 2/13 Marvel Comics
2. 1,689 Walking Dead #108 3/13 Image/Skybound
3. 1,367 East of West #1 3/13 Image Comics
4. 1,113 Superior Spider-Man #1 3/13 Marvel Comics
5. 785 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World Philadelphia Edit 5/13 Image Comics
6. 748 Walking Dead 109 Sketch Edition 4/13 Image/Skybound
7. 684 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Campbell Variant Cover 2/13 Marvel Comics
8. 677 Superman Unchained #1 8/13 D.C. Comics
9. 658 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Martin Variant Cover 2/13 Marvel Comics
10. 650 Manifest Destiny #1 11/13 Image Comics
11. 646 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Ditko Variant Cover 2/13 Marvel Comics
12. 644 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World St. Louis Edition 3/13 Image Comics
13. 641 Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Edition #1 10/13 Image Comics
14. 577 Batman #23.1 11/13 D.C. Comics
15. 556 Superior Spider-Man 29 La Mole Comic Con Edition 5/14 Marvel Comics
16. 534 Age of Ultron #1 5/13 Marvel Comics
17. 530 Star Wars #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
1/13 Dark Horse Comics
18. 530 Superior Spider-Man 1 Campbell Variant Cover 3/13 Marvel Comics
19. 512 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Second Printing 4/13 Marvel Comics
20. 507 Detective Comics #23.2 11/13 D.C. Comics
21. 503 Sex Criminals #1 9/13 Image Comics
22. 500 Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 11/13 D.C. Comics
23. 491 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World NY Sketch Edition 6/13 Image Comics
24. 465 Walking Dead 115 Variant Cover O 10/13 Image/Skybound
25. 463 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Ramos Variant Cover 2/13 Marvel Comics
26. 461 Lazarus #1 6/13 Image Comics
27. 460 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 5/13 Marvel Comics
28. 452 Rat Queens #1 9/13 Image Comics
29. 451 Detective Comics 20 We Can Be Heroes Edition 7/13 D.C. Comics
30. 419 Batman Incorporated #8 4/13 D.C. Comics
31. 386 Superior Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition 3/13 Marvel Comics
32. 378 Justice League 16 We Can Be Heroes Edition 3/13 D.C. Comics
33. 369 Manifest Destiny 1 Variant Cover 11/13 Image Comics
34. 364 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World New York Edition 6/13 Image Comics
35. 362 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Coipel Variant Cover 2/13 Marvel Comics
36. 360 Batman #21 8/13 D.C. Comics
37. 353 East of West 1 Ghost Variant Cover 3/13 Image Comics
38. 351 Batman/Superman #1 8/13 D.C. Comics
39. 351 Walking Dead 1 Wizard World Chicago Edition 8/13 Image Comics
40. 347 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Quesada Variant Cover 2/13 Marvel Comics
41. 327 Forever Evil 1 3-D Variant Cover 11/13 D.C. Comics
42. 326 Amazing Spider-Man 700 50th Anniversary Variant Co 2/13 Marvel Comics
43. 322 Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth #1 1/13 Image Comics
44. 318 Walking Dead 115 Variant Cover L 10/13 Image/Skybound
45. 314 Guardians of the Galaxy 1 Phantom Variant Cover 5/13 Marvel Comics
46. 310 Walking Dead 115 Variant Cover M 10/13 Image/Skybound
47. 299 Deadpool #1 1/13 Marvel Comics
48. 296 All-New X-Men #1 1/13 Marvel Comics
49. 294 Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Edition 1 Convention 10/13 Image Comics
50. 290 Superior Spider-Man 1 Young Variant Cover 3/13 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 2013

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2013, top 50 D.C. comics of 2013, more key comic books of 2013 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2013, 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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