Key Comics From 2014

January 13, 2017

2014

Key comics from 2014

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 2014, 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 2014, 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 2014. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2014, top 50 D.C. comics of 2014, and more key comic books of 2014 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2014:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 4,080 Outcast #1 6/14 Image/Skybound
2. 2,249 Edge of Spider-Verse #2 11/14 Marvel Comics
3. 1,704 Amazing Spider-Man #1 6/14 Marvel Comics
4. 1,214 Amazing Spider-Man #4 9/14 Marvel Comics
5. 1,145 Walking Dead #127 5/14 Image/Skybound
6. 1,037 Death of Wolverine #1 11/14 Marvel Comics
7. 868 Harley Quinn #1 2/14 D.C. Comics
8. 821 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
9. 790 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Ramos Variant Cover 9/14 Marvel Comics
10. 782 Wytches #1 10/14 Image Comics
11. 701 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Expert Comics Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
12. 543 Death of Wolverine #4 12/14 Marvel Comics
13. 517 Harley Quinn 1 Variant Cover 2/14 D.C. Comics
14. 493 Harley Quinn 0 We Can Be Heroes Edition 1/14 D.C. Comics
15. 490 Thor #1 12/14 Marvel Comics
16. 469 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Game Stop Fade Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
17. 421 Harley Quinn #0 1/14 D.C. Comics
18. 412 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Campbell Variant Cover 6/14 Marvel Comics
19. 411 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Midtown Comics Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
20. 400 Southern Bastards #1 4/14 Image Comics
21. 392 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Campbell Variant Cover 9/14 Marvel Comics
22. 390 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Ross Sketch Cover 6/14 Marvel Comics
23. 385 Harley Quinn: Futures End #1 11/14 D.C. Comics
24. 370 Edge of Spider-Verse 2 Variant Edition 11/14 Marvel Comics
25. 369 Amazing Spider-Man 1 C.O.B.R.A. Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
26. 367 Ms. Marvel #1 4/14 Marvel Comics
27. 361 Outcast #2 7/14 Image Comics
28. 360 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Ross Variant Cover 6/14 Marvel Comics
29. 353 New Suicide Squad #1 9/14 D.C. Comics
30. 325 Death of Wolverine #2 11/14 Marvel Comics
31. 324 Superior Spider-Man 31 Midtown Comics Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
32. 321 Death of Wolverine 1 Desert Wind Edition 11/14 Marvel Comics
33. 318 Nailbiter #1 5/14 Image Comics
34. 315 Harley Quinn 7 Lucia Variant Cover 8/14 D.C. Comics
35. 314 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Ramos Variant Cover 6/14 Marvel Comics
36. 303 Walking Dead #132 10/14 Image/Skybound
37. 293 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Jesse James Celestial Comics 6/14 Marvel Comics
38. 284 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Game Stop Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
39. 281 Spread #1 7/14 Image Comics
40. 269 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Young Variant Cover 6/14 Marvel Comics
41. 268 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Campbell Sketch Cover 9/14 Marvel Comics
42. 264 Death of Wolverine #3 11/14 Marvel Comics
43. 257 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Variant Edition 6/14 Marvel Comics
44. 254 Walking Dead 129 Convention Edition 7/14 Image/Skybound
45. 250 Crossed +100 2 CGC Numbered Edition 12/14 Avatar Press
46. 250 Crossed +100 1 CGC Numbered Edition 11/14 Avatar Press
47. 250 Wytches 1 Convention Edition 10/14 Image Comics
48. 249 Crossed +100 Taste Test nn CGC Numbered Edition 9/14 Avatar Press
49. 246 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Campbell Negative Edition 9/14 Marvel Comics
50. 246 Batman 29 Sketch Edition 5/14 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 2014

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2014, top 50 D.C. comics of 2014, more key comic books of 2014 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2014, 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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