Key Comics From 2016

January 13, 2017

2016

Key comics from 2016

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 2016, 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 2016, 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 2016. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 2016, top 50 D.C. comics of 2016, and more key comic books of 2016 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 2016:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 595 Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 1/16 D.C. Comics
2. 515 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Miller Variant 1/16 D.C. Comics
3. 467 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Sketch Edition 1/16 D.C. Comics
4. 412 Walking Dead 150 Moore Variant Cover 1/16 Image/Skybound
5. 409 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Dynamic Forces 1/16 D.C. Comics
6. 379 Batman #1 8/16 D.C. Comics
7. 333 Batman 1 Aspen Comics Edition 8/16 D.C. Comics
8. 321 DC Universe: Rebirth #1 7/16 D.C. Comics
9. 320 Amazing Spider-Man 15 JScottCampbell.com Edition 9/16 Marvel Comics
10. 301 Batman 1 Convention Edition 8/16 D.C. Comics
11. 297 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Lee Variant Cov 1/16 D.C. Comics
12. 294 Harley Quinn 1 Aspen Comics Edition 10/16 D.C. Comics
13. 289 Walking Dead #154 5/16 Image/Skybound
14. 282 Deadpool #1 1/16 Marvel Comics
15. 276 DC Universe: Rebirth 1 Reis Variant Cover 7/16 D.C. Comics
16. 275 Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad April Fools’ Special 6/16 D.C. Comics
17. 274 Civil War 1 Wizard World Comic Con Edition 2/16 Marvel Comics
18. 272 Batman 1 Aspen Comics Sketch Edition 8/16 D.C. Comics
19. 267 Han Solo 1 Bespin Variant Cover 8/16 Marvel Comics
20. 261 Batman Adventures 12 Special Convention Edition 5/16 D.C. Comics
21. 257 Harley Quinn #1 10/16 D.C. Comics
22. 255 Walking Dead 150 Retailer Appreciation Edition 1/16 Image/Skybound
23. 247 Batman 1 Variant Cover 8/16 D.C. Comics
24. 245 Black Panther 1 Stan Lee Collectibles/MEFCC Ed 6/16 Marvel Comics
25. 231 Black Panther #1 6/16 Marvel Comics
26. 230 Harley Quinn 1 Aspen Comics Sketch Edition 10/16 D.C. Comics
27. 225 Batman: Rebirth #1 8/16 D.C. Comics
28. 224 All-New Wolverine #1 1/16 Marvel Comics
29. 224 Batman Adventures 12 Special Convention Foil Editi 5/16 D.C. Comics
30. 222 Walking Dead 157 Variant Cover 8/16 Image/Skybound
31. 221 X-Men ’92 1 Stan Lee Edition 5/16 Marvel Comics
32. 221 Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 10/16 Boom! Studios
33. 217 Walking Dead #156 7/16 Image/Skybound
34. 213 Harley Quinn 1 Legacy Edition Edition 10/16 D.C. Comics
35. 213 Walking Dead 150 Sketch Edition 1/16 Image/Skybound
36. 211 Amazing Spider-Man 15 Aspen Comics Edition 9/16 Marvel Comics
37. 208 Spider-Man/Deadpool #3 5/16 Marvel Comics
38. 207 Harley Quinn 1 Aspen Comics Ultimate Edition 10/16 D.C. Comics
39. 207 Detective Comics 49 Variant Cover 4/16 D.C. Comics
40. 207 All Star Batman 1 Jock Variant Cover 10/16 D.C. Comics
41. 205 Justice League 47 Poly-Bagged Edition 2/16 D.C. Comics
42. 203 All Star Batman #1 10/16 D.C. Comics
43. 196 Amazing Spider-Man #15 9/16 Marvel Comics
44. 193 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation 5 Action F 12/16 Marvel Comics
45. 188 All-New Wolverine 1 Cargo Hold Edition 1/16 Marvel Comics
46. 187 Walking Dead #150 1/16 Image/Skybound
47. 182 Invincible Iron Man #7 5/16 Marvel Comics
48. 176 Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 7/16 Marvel Comics
49. 174 Amazing Spider-Man 15 JScottCampbell.com Sketch Ed 9/16 Marvel Comics
50. 173 Harley Quinn 1 Bulletproof Pink Edition 10/16 D.C. Comics
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More Key Comics From 2016

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 2016, top 50 D.C. comics of 2016, more key comic books of 2016 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 2016, 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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