More Key Comic Books of 1988

January 12, 2017

More Key Comic Books of 1988

To repeat the caveat I gave on main 1980’s page [which has links to see other years within the decade], the list you are about to see involves no judgment or pricing data, but rather simply ranks the universe of comics published in 1988 — by publishers other than Marvel or D.C. for this particular page — according to how many copies have passed through CGC’s doors to date, to tease out a list of more key comic books of 1988 — that’s it!

We should reveal key and otherwise interesting 1988 comics from this exercise, but we will not necessarily get an all-encompassing list. So without further ado, here below is a list of the top 50 most-submitted comics from publishers other than Marvel or D.C. from 1988 (the census numbers are as of year-end 2016). [Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1988; top 50 D.C. comics of 1988; all key comics from 1988 ].

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 702 Miracleman #15 11/88 Eclipse
2. 190 The Tick #1 6/88 New England Comics
3. 152 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
8/88 Archie Publications
4. 149 Miracleman #14 4/88 Eclipse
5. 147 Aliens #1 5/88 Dark Horse Comics
6. 134 Dark Horse Presents #24 11/88 Dark Horse Comics
7. 127 The Tick Special Edition #1 3/88 New England Comics
8. 114 Vampirella #113
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1988 Harris
9. 70 The Tick Special Edition #2 6/88 New England Comics
10. 59 Planet Comics #1 4/88 Blackthorne
11. 57 Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1 7/88 Comico
12. 51 The Tick #2 9/88 New England Comics
13. 42 Terminator #1 9/88 Now Comics
14. 41 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Fifth Printing 8/88 Mirage Studios
15. 37 Aliens #2 9/88 Dark Horse Comics
16. 32 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 Second Printing 11/88 Mirage Studios
17. 30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #17 11/88 Mirage Studios
18. 28 Continum #1 10/88 Continum Comics
19. 26 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14 2/88 Mirage Studios
20. 23 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15 1988 Mirage Studios
21. 19 Jungle Comics #1 5/88 Blackthorne
22. 17 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #13 2/88 Mirage Studios
23. 17 Faust Premier Edition #1 1988 Northstar Publishing
24. 15 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #16 9/88 Mirage Studios
25. 15 Real Ghostbusters #1 8/88 Now Comics
26. 13 The Tick #3 12/88 New England Comics
27. 13 The Tick 2 Error Version 9/88 New England Comics
28. 12 Cherry #6 1988 Last Gasp
29. 12 Last of the Viking Heroes #5 6/88 Genesis West Comics
30. 12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #2
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/88 Archie Publications
31. 11 Xenozoic Tales #7 10/88 Kitchen Sink Press
32. 11 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #3
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized cover price variant is confirmed to exist
12/88 Archie Publications
33. 11 Battle Beasts #1 2/88 Blackthorne
34. 10 Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 8/88 Mirage Studios
35. 10 Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 1/88 Mirage Studios
36. 10 Comico Christmas Special #1 12/88 Comico
37. 10 Eclipse Extra #44 8/88 Eclipse
38. 10 Black Kiss #1 6/88 Vortex Comics
39. 9 Usagi Yojimbo #10 8/88 Fantagraphics Books
40. 9 Cherry #7 1988 Last Gasp
41. 9 Gumby’s Winter Fun Special #1 12/88 Comico
42. 9 Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge Adventures #5 6/88 Gladstone
43. 9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures 1 Canadian 8/88 Archie Publications
44. 9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 1988 Mirage Studios
45. 8 Cerebus the Aardvark #108 3/88 Aardvark-Vanaheim
46. 8 Cerebus the Aardvark #109 4/88 Aardvark-Vanaheim
47. 8 Blackthorne 3-D Series #35 Spring 1988 Blackthorne
48. 8 Nexus v2 ##50 11/88 First Comics
49. 8 Omega 1 Limited Edition 1988 Northstar Publishing
50. 7 Cerebus the Aardvark #106 1/88 Aardvark-Vanaheim
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Even More Key Comic Books of 1988

For even more key comic books of 1988, also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1988; top 50 D.C. comics of 1988; all key comics from 1988, or jump to this list of important comics from the 1980s. Or explore Lists of Key Comic Books by Year. Or jump to my blog’s home page.

Happy Collecting! 🙂

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