More Key Comic Books of 1996

January 12, 2017

More Key Comic Books of 1996

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 1996 — 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 1996 — that’s it!

We should reveal key and otherwise interesting 1996 comics from this exercise, but we will not necessarily get an all-encompassing list.  For example, very-low-print-run rarities like Spawn / The Savage Dragon #1  will sort off the bottom because there are simply so few of them in existence.  So with that caveat stated, without further ado, here below is a list of the top 50 most-submitted comics from publishers other than Marvel or D.C. from 1996 (the census numbers are as of year-end 2016). [Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1996; top 50 D.C. comics of 1996; all key comics from 1996 ].

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 255 Witchblade #2 1/96 Image/Top Cow
2. 166 Darkness #1 12/96 Top Cow Publications
3. 164 Witchblade 10 Darkness #0 Variant Cover 11/96 Top Cow Publications
4. 164 Witchblade #3 3/96 Image/Top Cow
5. 158 Darkness 1 Variant Cover 12/96 Top Cow Publications
6. 117 Witchblade #10 11/96 Top Cow Publications
7. 99 Witchblade #1/2 2/96 Image/Top Cow
8. 90 Witchblade #4 4/96 Image/Top Cow
9. 84 Witchblade #5 5/96 Image/Top Cow
10. 79 Lady Death: The Crucible 1/2 Wizard Special Editio 7/96 Chaos-Wizard
11. 77 Witchblade #6 6/96 Image/Top Cow
12. 75 Witchblade 10 Darkness #0 Gold Foil Variant 11/96 Top Cow Publications
13. 70 Lady Death: The Crucible 1 Leather Edition 11/96 Chaos! Comics
14. 67 Witchblade #7 7/96 Image/Top Cow
15. 65 Purgatori: The Vampires Myth #1 8/96 Chaos! Comics
16. 64 Lady Death: The Crucible #1 11/96 Chaos! Comics
17. 62 Witchblade #9 9/96 Top Cow Publications
18. 60 Bettie Page Comics #1 3/96 Dark Horse Comics
19. 59 X-Files #1/2 1996 Topps-Wizard
20. 59 Witchblade #8 8/96 Image/Top Cow
21. 56 Dawn #1/2 1996 Sirius-Wizard
22. 56 X-O Manowar #68 9/96 Valiant
23. 55 Magnus Robot Fighter #64 2/96 Valiant
24. 52 Darkness 1 Platinum Edition 12/96 Top Cow Publications
25. 52 Darkness 1 Top Cow Fan Club Edition 12/96 Top Cow Publications
26. 51 Tales of the Witchblade #1 11/96 Top Cow Publications
27. 50 Darkness #1/2 1996 Top Cow-Wizard Pub.
28. 50 Lady Death: The Odyssey #1 4/96 Chaos! Comics
29. 49 Bloodshot #51 8/96 Valiant
30. 49 Curse of the Spawn 1 Black & White Edition 9/96 Image Comics
31. 46 Medieval Spawn/Witchblade #1 5/96 Image Comics
32. 46 Witchblade 10 Dynamic Forces Edition 11/96 Top Cow Publications
33. 43 Witchblade 9 Variant Cover 9/96 Top Cow Publications
34. 42 Dawn 1/2 Wizard Special Edition 1996 Sirius-Wizard
35. 40 Johnny the Homicidal Maniac 1 Special Edition 8/96 Slave Labor
36. 40 Spawn #50 6/96 Image Comics
37. 39 Purgatori: The Vampires Myth 1 Chromium Edition 8/96 Chaos! Comics
38. 38 Curse of the Spawn #1 9/96 Image Comics
39. 37 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 6/96 Image Comics
40. 36 Sin City: Lost, Lonely & Lethal #1 12/96 Dark Horse Comics
41. 32 Dawn 5 Limited Edition 9/96 Sirius Entertainment
42. 32 Legends of the Dark Claw #1 4/96 Amalgam
43. 31 Dawn 4 Limited Edition 1996 Sirius Entertainment
44. 29 Strangers in Paradise #1 10/96 Image/Homage Comics
45. 28 Solar, Man of the Atom #60 4/96 Valiant
46. 27 Dawn 6 Limited Edition 10/96 Sirius Entertainment
47. 27 Dawn 3 Limited Edition 1996 Sirius Entertainment
48. 26 Crypt of Dawn #1 10/96 Sirius Entertainment
49. 26 Darkness: Special Preview Edition #nn 7/96 Top Cow Publications
50. 25 Wizard Ace Edition: Bone #12 1996 Cartoon Books-Wizard
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Even More Key Comic Books of 1996

For even more key comic books of 1996, also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1996; top 50 D.C. comics of 1996; all key comics from 1996, 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! 🙂