Top 50 DC Comics Of 1986

January 13, 2017

Top 50 D.C. Comics Of 1986

[ Note: DC’s 1980’s newsstand cover price variant window continues in this year. ]

To repeat the caveat I gave on the 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 D.C. comics published in 1986 by how many copies have passed through CGC’s doors to date — that’s it!

This exercise should tease out a very interesting list of “key” or otherwise interesting D.C. comics from 1986 but not necessarily an all-encompassing list (if very few copies were created for a given key, that restricted supply could keep the count of CGC submissions low). So without further ado, here below is a list of the top 50 most-submitted D.C. comics from 1986 (census numbers are as of year-end 2016). [Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1986; all key comics from 1986 ].

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 2,296 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 3/86 D.C. Comics
2. 2,034 Watchmen #1 9/86 D.C. Comics
3. 1,745 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #4 1986 D.C. Comics
4. 1,547 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #3 1986 D.C. Comics
5. 1,466 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 1986 D.C. Comics
6. 681 Watchmen #2 10/86 D.C. Comics
7. 543 Watchmen #3 11/86 D.C. Comics
8. 541 Watchmen #4 12/86 D.C. Comics
9. 505 Booster Gold #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
2/86 D.C. Comics
10. 415 Batman #400
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
10/86 D.C. Comics
11. 383 Legends #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
11/86 D.C. Comics
12. 354 Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 3/86 D.C. Comics
13. 280 Superman #423 9/86 D.C. Comics
14. 264 Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 2/86 D.C. Comics
15. 263 Crisis on Infinite Earths #10 1/86 D.C. Comics
16. 232 Man of Steel 1 Special Collector’s Edition 1986 D.C. Comics
17. 127 Swamp Thing #50 7/86 D.C. Comics
18. 119 Action Comics #583 9/86 D.C. Comics
19. 90 Green Lantern #201 6/86 D.C. Comics
20. 83 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 1 Third Printing 3/86 D.C. Comics
21. 80 Man of Steel #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1986 D.C. Comics
22. 75 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 1 Second Printing 3/86 D.C. Comics
23. 74 Blue Beetle #1
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
6/86 D.C. Comics
24. 67 Swamp Thing #49 6/86 D.C. Comics
25. 63 Legends #2 12/86 D.C. Comics
26. 61 Man of Steel #5 1986 D.C. Comics
27. 61 Wonder Woman #329 2/86 D.C. Comics
28. 60 Detective Comics #569 12/86 D.C. Comics
29. 60 Detective Comics #566 9/86 D.C. Comics
30. 59 Swamp Thing #53 10/86 D.C. Comics
31. 58 Man of Steel #2
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1986 D.C. Comics
32. 50 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 2 Third Printing 1986 D.C. Comics
33. 46 Man of Steel #6 1986 D.C. Comics
34. 46 Man of Steel #3
CGC variant confirmed Rare CGC-recognized newsstand cover price variant is confirmed to exist
1986 D.C. Comics
35. 45 Man of Steel #4 1986 D.C. Comics
36. 45 Heroes Against Hunger #nn 1986 D.C. Comics
37. 44 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 2 Second Printing 1986 D.C. Comics
38. 43 Swamp Thing #46 3/86 D.C. Comics
39. 43 Saga of the Swamp Thing #44 1/86 D.C. Comics
40. 39 Secret Origins #1 4/86 D.C. Comics
41. 33 History of the DC Universe #1 1986 D.C. Comics
42. 32 Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 1986 D.C. Comics
43. 32 Batman #396 6/86 D.C. Comics
44. 31 Batman #401 11/86 D.C. Comics
45. 28 Batman #398 8/86 D.C. Comics
46. 26 Batman #394 4/86 D.C. Comics
47. 25 Elvira’s House of Mystery #1 1/86 D.C. Comics
48. 25 Teen Titans Spotlight #1 8/86 D.C. Comics
49. 25 Swamp Thing #47 4/86 D.C. Comics
50. 25 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 3 Second Printing 1986 D.C. Comics
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More Top Comic Books of 1986

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1986, more key comic books of 1986 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1986, 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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