More Key Comic Books of 1993

January 12, 2017

More Key Comic Books of 1993

As a newcomer to the comic book scene, Image Comics faced a challenge when it came to attaining newsstand distribution and competing with the industry heavyweights.  Some concluded Image was exclusively direct edition, but as it turns out, under the mountain of direct edition copies they sold, there was also a small sliver of copies that were distributed on newsstands — 1% by one insider’s estimate.  You’ll see a lot of CGC-recognized newsstand variants from among Image’s comics, as they quite often were manufactured differently, causing CGC to break them out as distinct from their direct edition counter-parts.

To repeat the caveat I gave on main 1990’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 1993 — 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 1993 — that’s it!

We should reveal key and otherwise interesting 1993 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 1993 (the census numbers are as of year-end 2016). [Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1993; top 50 D.C. comics of 1993; all key comics from 1993 ].

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 1,554 Spawn #9
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3/93 Image Comics
2. 1,385 John Byrne’s Next Men #21 12/93 Dark Horse Comics
3. 657 Simpsons Comics #1 1993 Bongo Comics Group
4. 412 San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 8/93 Dark Horse Comics
5. 409 X-O Manowar #0 8/93 Valiant
6. 380 Bloodshot #6 7/93 Valiant
7. 373 Pitt #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
1/93 Image Comics
8. 366 Bloodshot #1 2/93 Valiant
9. 296 Turok, Dinosaur Hunter #1 7/93 Valiant
10. 295 Spawn #8
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
2/93 Image Comics
11. 294 The Maxx #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3/93 Image Comics
12. 214 Archer & Armstrong #8 3/93 Valiant
13. 194 Deathmate Black #nn 9/93 Image-Valiant Comics
14. 185 Spawn #10
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
5/93 Image Comics
15. 179 Spawn #7 1/93 Image Comics
16. 174 Miracleman #24 8/93 Eclipse
17. 173 Sonic the Hedgehog #1 7/93 Archie Publications
18. 165 Simpsons Comics and Stories #1 1993 Welsh Publishing Group
19. 163 X-O Manowar 0 Gold Edition 8/93 Valiant
20. 160 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For #1 11/93 Dark Horse Comics
21. 156 Dime Press 4 Italy 5/93 Dime Press
22. 153 Bartman #1 1993 Bongo Comics Group
23. 130 Itchy & Scratchy Comics #1 1993 Bongo Comics Group
24. 129 Radioactive Man #1 1993 Bongo Comics Group
25. 128 Turok, Dinosaur Hunter 1 Gold Edition 7/93 Valiant
26. 125 The Maxx 1 Glow-in-the-Dark Cover 3/93 Image Comics
27. 123 Bloodshot #7 8/93 Valiant
28. 111 Darker Image 1 Black & White Edition

[See my post about a rare cover price variant of this issue]

3/93 Image Comics
29. 109 Spawn #11 6/93 Image Comics
30. 104 X-O Manowar 0 Printing Error 8/93 Valiant
31. 95 Spawn #12
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
7/93 Image Comics
32. 91 Strangers in Paradise #1 11/93 Antarctic Press
33. 91 Rai and the Future Force 9 Gold Edition 5/93 Valiant
34. 87 Image Zero #nn 1993 Image Comics
35. 84 X-O Manowar 15 Pink Variant 4/93 Valiant
36. 83 Deathblow #1 5/93 Image Comics
37. 81 Savage Dragon #1 6/93 Image Comics
38. 79 Sonic the Hedgehog #0 2/93 Archie Publications
39. 75 Magnus Robot Fighter #25 6/93 Valiant
40. 73 Magnus Robot Fighter 21 Gold Edition 2/93 Valiant
41. 68 X-O Manowar #14 3/93 Valiant
42. 66 Razor Annual #1 1993 London Night
43. 63 Second Life of Doctor Mirage 1 Gold Edition 11/93 Valiant
44. 62 Spawn #13 8/93 Image Comics
45. 62 Deathmate Black nn Gold Edition 9/93 Image-Valiant Comics
46. 57 Eternal Warrior #6 1/93 Valiant
47. 56 Shadowman #16 8/93 Valiant
48. 52 Spawn 9 Newsstand Edition 3/93 Image Comics
49. 50 Darker Image #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand variant is confirmed to exist
3/93 Image Comics
50. 50 Strangers in Paradise #2 12/93 Antarctic Press
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Even More Key Comic Books of 1993

For even more key comic books of 1993, also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1993; top 50 D.C. comics of 1993; all key comics from 1993, or jump to this list of important comics from the 1990s. Or explore Lists of Key Comic Books by Year. Or jump to my blog’s home page.

Happy Collecting! 🙂