Lists of Key Comics by Year/Decade

March 1, 2021

Lists of key comics by year
Any newsstand-focused collector looking to build out their rare comics collection will benefit from a toolkit of research resources — and my goal in setting up this section of the blog is to be your go-to tool for researching lists of key comics by year (starting with the silver age).

I did a project just like this in 2016, and what you’re reading now is my “2021 update” to the lists; and this time around, CGC label note information is included, any 1980’s CPVs link directly to the 2021 edition of the CPV price guide, and pence price variants are included/notated now as well — making this 2021 version of the key comics lists a major upgrade from the version I first published here five years ago! Enjoy! 🙂

Explore lists of key comics by decade: Click any link below to browse my lists of key comics by decade or year by year.

• A List of Important Comic Books From the 1960’s
     [ By year: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 ]

• A List of Important Comic Books From the 1970’s
     [ By year: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 ]

• A List of Important Comic Books From the 1980’s
     [ By year: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 ]

• A List of Important Comic Books From the 1990’s
     [ By year: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 ]

• A List of Important Comic Books From the 2000’s
     [ By year: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 ]

• A List of Important Comic Books From the 2010’s
     [ By year: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020]

Explore lists of key comics by age:

• Silver Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1956-1969)
• Bronze Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1970-1983)
• Copper Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1984-1991)
• Modern Age Comic Books: Key Issues (1992-2020)

Explore CGC-recognized variant lists:

• List of Newsstand Variants Recognized by CGC
• List of CGC Graded 30 Cent Cover Price Variants
• List of CGC Graded 35 Cent Cover Price Variants
• List of CGC-Recognized 1980’s Cover Price Variants

It is interesting to compare how things have changed over the past five years, both in terms of the CGC counts of key comics, and which comics filter to the tops of these key comic lists! For anyone who wants to compare 2021 vs. 2016, my old 2016 version of lists of key comics by year, can be found here.

Special thanks to Greg Holland, whose great research website was an invaluable tool in helping me assemble these lists!