List Of Important Comic Books From The 2010s

March 1, 2021

A List Of Important Comic Books From the 2010s

By the middle of the prior decade, we saw a newsstand rarity sales estimate of 2% for Marvel, and by sometime around 2011 Marvel starts to end newsstand sales in stages, with certain bookstore partners being the last to carry them. Against this backdrop, we see newsstand cover price variants including an entire CGC-recognized “window” during which their newsstand comics were priced $1 higher than their direct edition counter-parts (Venom/Deadpool: What If is among Marvel’s 2010’s keys where such newsstand-exclusive price variants exist). And then Marvel’s newsstand distribution finally reaches its “end of life” stage in 2013; and DC winds down their own newsstand distribution as well, with “newsstand end of life” for DC happening in 2017
(but not before some great DC Rebirth newsstand-exclusive price variants are published!).

There are many “top lists” out there covering important or “key” comic books from the 2010s, but the ones I’ve seen are all either based upon individual judgment calls or the high sale prices observed in the marketplace. Judgment calls are great, but not necessarily comprehensive. Meanwhile, high sale prices could just as easily be reflective of, say, a CGC 10 Gem Mint Signature Series copy signed by Stan Lee, versus reflective of the underlying comic being of any great importance.

One surefire way to “tease out” a list of important comic books is to consider how many copies have been sent in to CGC to be graded — the more important the comic book, the more likely its owner will want to have it graded and slabbed, right? So by ranking comics simply by the number of copies submitted to CGC — removing any judgment call or sales price information — I’d argue we can get to a pretty good list of important key comics! Of course, there are flaws to this exercise which should be kept in mind: for one thing, this submission data is from one snapshot in time (January 19, 2021) and there could be plenty of important 2010’s comic books that aren’t recognized as such until some future development gives them renewed attention. And another flaw is that any very-high-value comics that simply didn’t have many copies printed, will naturally sort themselves off of the bottom of a list like this as well.

So please don’t anybody think of this top 100 list as a “rank” of importance or as being an all-encompassing list… all we’re ranking here is the sheer number of copies that have passed through CGC’s doors as of January 2021 and presenting the top 100. That’s it! This data should give us a very interesting list, but this list is no replacement for judgement and no replacement for pricing data — it is simply one more tool for our tool-belt as we study interesting and rare comics like the ones I enjoy writing about on this blog! With that caveat stated, without further ado, here is a list of 100 important comic books from the 2010s. [ I’ve also posted more lists of key comics by year/decade including other decades; special thanks goes to Greg Holland whose research website was the tool that made these pages possible to assemble ].

Top 100 List: Important Comic Books From The 2010s:

(Top 100 list based on census data as of January 19, 2021)
Rank CGC Count Issue Publisher/
Date
1. 8,814 Ultimate Fallout #4 Marvel
10/11
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales). Poly-bag removed.
Note: Newsstand copies of this issues are “mis-identified” by their UPC code as the “Black Panther” title, and therefore by precedent CGC should be willing to “break out” newsstand copies as distinct census variants, if someone were to submit one and ask!
2. 4,956 Edge of Spider-Verse #2 Marvel
11/14
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy).
3. 4,272 Outcast #1 Image/Skybound
6/14
  1st appearance of Kyle Barnes.
4. 4,250 Saga #1 Image
3/12
  1st appearance of Marko, Alana, Hazel, Prince Robot IV, Special Agent Gale, Vez, The Will & Lyin
5. 4,030 Amazing Spider-Man #700 Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
6. 3,255 Batman: Damned #1 D.C.
11/18
  1st DC Black Label title.
7. 2,860 Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 D.C.
4/20
  1st full appearance of Punchline (Alexis Kaye).
8. 2,696 Darth Vader #3 Marvel
5/15
  1st appearance of Doctor Chelli Aphra, Triple Zero (0-0-0) & BT-1.
9. 2,433 Walking Dead #193 Image/Skybound
7/19
  Last issue.
10. 2,421 X-Men 1 Sketch Cover Marvel
9/10
  Partial blank cover.
11. 2,354 Avengers #684 Marvel
5/18
  Hulk gains new powers and becomes “Immortal Hulk”.
12. 2,340 Teen Titans #12 D.C.
11/17
  1st full appearance of the Batman Who Laughs.
13. 2,280 Batman: Damned 1 Variant Cover D.C.
11/18
  1st DC Black Label title.
14. 2,274 Totally Awesome Hulk #22 Marvel
10/17
  1st full appearance of Weapon H. Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath & Lady Deathstrike a
15. 2,242 Batman 92 Variant Cover D.C.
6/20
  Punchline appearance.
16. 2,184 Avenging Spider-Man #9 Marvel
9/12
  1st Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, predates Captain Marvel #1 (9/12)
17. 2,156 Walking Dead #108 Image/Skybound
3/13
  1st appearance of Ezekiel & Shiva.
18. 2,050 Dark Nights: Death Metal LOTDK #1 D.C.
10/20
  Tony Daniel cover. Origin & 1st app. of the Robin King.
19. 2,036 Amazing Spider-Man #798 Marvel
6/18
  1st Norman Osborn as the Red Goblin.
20. 1,971 Spider-Gwen #1 Marvel
4/15
  Jason Latour story. Robbi Rodriguez cover & art.
21. 1,895 Batman #89 D.C.
4/20
  1st appearance of Punchline in cameo (face not revealed).
22. 1,892 Thief of Thieves #1 Image
2/12
  Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer story. Shawn Martinbrough cover & art.
23. 1,873 Detective Comics #880 D.C.
9/11
  Scott Snyder story. Jock cover & art.
24. 1,869 Thanos #13 Marvel
1/18
  1st app. of the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Marvel Value Stamp #36 “Storm”
25. 1,778 Thor #5 Marvel
6/20
  Thor #731
26. 1,751 Amazing Spider-Man 4 Ramos Variant Cover Marvel
9/14
  Cindy Moon becomes Silk. Black Cat & Morlun cameo.
27. 1,663 Walking Dead #100 Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
28. 1,611 Venom 3 Third Printing Marvel
11/18
  Venom #168 1st full appearance of Knull. Spider-Man (Miles Morales) appearance.
29. 1,589 Walking Dead 100 Chromium Edition Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn. Wraparound cover.
30. 1,562 Paper Girls #1 Image
10/15
  1st app. of Erin Tieng, Karina “KJ”, MacKenzie “Mac” Coyle & Tiffany Quilkin. Wraparound cover.
31. 1,553 East of West #1 Image
3/13
  Jonathan Hickman story. Nick Dragotta cover & art.
32. 1,547 War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1 Marvel
7/19
  1st appearance of Luna Snow (Seol Hee), Wave (Pearl Pangan) Crescent (Dan Bi) & Io. 1st U.S. app
33. 1,466 Walking Dead #192 Image/Skybound
6/19
  “Death” of Rick Grimes.
34. 1,464 Ultimate Fallout 4 Second Printing Marvel
10/11
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales).
35. 1,434 Amazing Spider-Man 648 Sketch Edition Marvel
1/11
  Partial blank cover. Fantastic Four, Avengers, Sinister Six, Kingpin & Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) appearance
36. 1,388 Venom #9 Marvel
2/19
  Venom #174 1st full appearance of Dylan Brock.
37. 1,311 Batman 0 We Can Be Heroes Edition D.C.
11/12
  Back-up story by James Tynion IV with art by Andy Clarke. Partial blank cover.
38. 1,310 Invincible Iron Man #7 Marvel
5/16
  1st appearance of Tomoe. 1st appearance of Riri Williams in cameo on last page. Spider-Man & War
39. 1,304 Death of Wolverine #1 Marvel
11/14
  Holofoil cover.
40. 1,293 Walking Dead #127 Image/Skybound
5/14
  1st appearance of Magna, Luke, Kelly, Connie, Yumiko, Annie, Siddiq & Bernie. “Outcast” preview
41. 1,291 Batman #21 D.C.
6/17
  Lenticular cover.
42. 1,280 Venom #26 Marvel
9/20
  1st distributed app. of Virus (intended as 2nd app. but distributed before FCBD 2020 due to COVI
43. 1,279 Immortal Hulk #1 Marvel
8/18
  Incredible Hulk #718 Incredible Hulk #105 cover homage.
44. 1,198 Detective Comics #1 D.C.
11/11
  Joker appearance.
45. 1,173 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Sketch Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art. Partial blank cover.
46. 1,156 Revival #1 Image
7/12
  Tim Seeley story, Mike Norton art
47. 1,149 All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1 Marvel
3/14
  Salvador Larroca cover. 1st full appearance of the new Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan).
48. 1,145 Venom 25 Second Printing Marvel
9/20
  Venom #190 Wraparound cover.
49. 1,124 Naomi #1 D.C.
3/19
  1st appearance of Naomi McDuffie.
50. 1,111 Immortal Hulk #2 Marvel
9/18
  Incredible Hulk #719 1st appearance of Doctor Frye.
51. 1,068 Strange Academy #1 Marvel
5/20
  1st app of Emily Bright, Doyle Dormammu, Shaylee Moonpeddle, Calvin Morse, Dessy, German, Guslau
52. 1,059 Batman 92 Jimenez Variant Cover D.C.
6/20
  Punchline appearance.
53. 1,046 Thanos 13 Lenticular Cover Marvel
1/18
  1st app. of the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12 cover homage.
54. 1,014 Batgirl 23 Variant Cover D.C.
7/18
  Hope Larson story. Minkyu Jung & Jose Marzan Jr. art. Joshua Middleton cover.
55. 1,006 Ultimate Fallout 4 Pichelli Variant/Second Printi Marvel
10/11
  1st appearance of the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales).
56. 1,005 Venom/Deadpool: What If? #1 Marvel
4/11
  Rick Remender story. Shawn Moll art. Skottie Young cover.
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized $3.99 cover price newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
57. 999 Oblivion Song #1 Image/Skybound
3/18
  1st appearance of Nathan Cole, Bridget & Duncan.
58. 972 All Star Batman #1 D.C.
10/16
  Scott Snyder story. Declan Shalvey art. John Romita Jr. cover & art.
59. 964 Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1 D.C.
1/18
  Origin of the Batman Who Laughs. Foil cover.
60. 947 Walking Dead 100 McFarlane Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn.
61. 947 Seven to Eternity #1 Image
9/16
  1st appearance of Adam Osidis.
62. 938 Negan Lives! #1 Image/Skybound
7/20
  Robert Kirkman story. Charlie Adlard cover & art.
63. 937 Redneck #1 Image/Skybound
4/17
  Donny Cates story. Lisandro Estherren cover & art.
64. 932 Walking Dead 100 Second Printing Image/Skybound
8/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille.” “Death” of Glenn.
65. 926 God Country #1 Image
1/17
  Donny Cates story. Geoff Shaw cover & art.
66. 915 Wytches #1 Image
10/14
  Scott Snyder story. Jock cover & art.
67. 906 Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 D.C.
1/16
  Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1” mini comic glued to insert.
68. 902 Walking Dead #92 Image/Skybound
12/11
  1st full appearance of Paul “Jesus” Monroe.
69. 897 All Star Batman 1 Jock Variant Cover D.C.
10/16
  Scott Snyder story. John Romita Jr. & Declan Shalvey art. Jock cover.
70. 891 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Sketch Edition D.C.
1/16
  Partial blank cover. Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1” mini comic g
71. 889 Walking Dead 109 Sketch Edition Image/Skybound
4/13
  Partial blank cover.
72. 886 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Ditko Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
73. 885 Wolverine 1 Christopher Variant Cover Marvel
4/20
  “Negative Space” variant cover. “Virgin” cover.
74. 876 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Martin Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
75. 871 All-New Wolverine #2 Marvel
1/16
  1st appearance of Gabby, Bellona & Zelda Kinney. Taskmaster cameo on last page.
76. 870 Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars 2 Bachalo Variant Cover Marvel
8/15
  “Gwen Stacy” variant cover. Gwenpool cover. Predates Howard the Duck #1 (1/16)
77. 869 Monstress #1 Image
11/15
  Marjorie Liu story. Sana Takeda cover & art.
78. 858 Amazing Spider-Man 800 JScottCampbell.com “Virgin” Ed Marvel
7/18
  Back cover reads “Third Printing.” “Death” of Flash Thompson.
79. 841 All-New Wolverine #1 Marvel
1/16
  1st Laura Kinney as the new Wolverine.
80. 839 Amazing Spider-Man 800 Dell’Otto Variant Cover Marvel
7/18
  “Death” of Flash Thompson.
81. 830 Walking Dead 193 Convention Edition Image/Skybound
7/19
  San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive. Last issue.
82. 826 Thor 5 Third Printing Marvel
11/20
  Thor #731
83. 825 Batman #23.1 D.C.
11/13
  “Joker #1” 3-D lenticular cover.
84. 823 Superman Unchained #1 D.C.
8/13
  Manufactured with fold-out story pages glued to insert.
85. 818 Harley Quinn 1 Variant Cover D.C.
2/14
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Adam Hughes cover.
86. 805 Batman #92 D.C.
6/20
  Punchline appearance.
87. 801 Spawn 300 Variant Cover J Image
9/19
  Amazing Spider-Man #300 cover homage.
88. 800 Walking Dead 100 Adlard Variant Cover Image/Skybound
7/12
  1st appearance of Negan & “Lucille”. “Death” of Glenn. Wraparound cover.
89. 790 X-Men: Red 1 Unknown Comics Edition Marvel
4/18
  Black Panther & Cassandra Nova appearance. “Virgin” cover.
90. 788 Kanan – The Last Padawan #1 Marvel
6/15
  1st app. of Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Chopper (C1-10P), Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren & Garazeb “
91. 774 Detective Comics 880 Foil Edition D.C.
11/18
  “Virgin” cover.
92. 771 Amazing Spider-Man 700 Campbell Variant Cover Marvel
2/13
  Midtown Comics exclusive. “Death” of Peter Parker. Last issue.
93. 771 Rick and Morty #1 Oni Press
4/15
  Zac Gorman story. Marc Ellerby art. CJ Cannon cover & art.
94. 770 Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1 Miller Variant Cover D.C.
1/16
  Wraparound cover. Manufactured with “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1” mini comic glue
95. 769 Saga #2 Image
4/12
  1st appearance of The Stalk. 1st appearance of Izabel in cameo on last page.
96. 766 Star Wars 4 Boba Fett Variant Cover Marvel
6/15
  “Action Figure” variant cover. JohnTylerChristopher.com exclusive.
97. 765 Harley Quinn 1 Sienkiewicz Variant Cover D.C.
10/16
  Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti story. Chad Hardin art. Bill Sienkiewicz cover.
98. 754 Amazing Spider-Man 1 Expert Comics Edition Marvel
6/14
  Perez art, Neal Adams cover
99. 741 Teen Titans 12 Convention Edition D.C.
5/18
  NC Oak City Comic Con 2018 exclusive. 1st full appearance of The Batman Who Laughs. Foil cover.
100. 739 Batman: Damned #2 D.C.
2/19
  Brian Azzarello story. Lee Bermejo cover & art.
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More Important Comic Books Of The 2010s:

Separate top 100 lists for each individual year in the decade:

Key Comic Books From 2010
Key Comic Books From 2011
Key Comic Books From 2012
Key Comic Books From 2013
Key Comic Books From 2014
Key Comic Books From 2015
Key Comic Books From 2016
Key Comic Books From 2017
Key Comic Books From 2018
Key Comic Books From 2019
Key Comic Books From 2020