Top 50 Marvel Comics Of 1981

January 13, 2017

Top 50 Marvel Comics Of 1981

[ Note: 1981 marked the third year of the existence of Direct Edition comics — if you are not already in-the-know about the difference between that type and the newsstand type, read this: Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference ]

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 Marvel comics published in 1981 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 Marvel comics from 1981 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 Marvel comics from 1981 (census numbers are as of year-end 2016). [Also see: top 50 D.C. comics of 1981; all key comics from 1981 ].

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 3,595 X-Men #141 1/81 Marvel Comics
2. 3,288 Uncanny X-Men #142 2/81 Marvel Comics
3. 3,234 Daredevil #168 1/81 Marvel Comics
4. 2,866 Avengers Annual #10 1981 Marvel Comics
5. 1,304 Uncanny X-Men #143 3/81 Marvel Comics
6. 1,228 Uncanny X-Men #150 10/81 Marvel Comics
7. 688 Uncanny X-Men #149 9/81 Marvel Comics
8. 668 Uncanny X-Men #145 5/81 Marvel Comics
9. 637 Uncanny X-Men #146 6/81 Marvel Comics
10. 632 Uncanny X-Men #148 8/81 Marvel Comics
11. 598 Uncanny X-Men #147 7/81 Marvel Comics
12. 550 Uncanny X-Men #151 11/81 Marvel Comics
13. 476 Daredevil #175 10/81 Marvel Comics
14. 465 Uncanny X-Men #144 4/81 Marvel Comics
15. 446 Dazzler #1 3/81 Marvel Comics
16. 439 Daredevil #174 9/81 Marvel Comics
17. 390 Amazing Spider-Man #212 1/81 Marvel Comics
18. 324 Daredevil #169 3/81 Marvel Comics
19. 316 Uncanny X-Men #152 12/81 Marvel Comics
20. 299 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 1981 Marvel Comics
21. 267 Amazing Spider-Man #214 3/81 Marvel Comics
22. 261 Daredevil #173 8/81 Marvel Comics
23. 260 Amazing Spider-Man #217 6/81 Marvel Comics
24. 259 Daredevil #170 5/81 Marvel Comics
25. 252 Amazing Spider-Man #215 4/81 Marvel Comics
26. 246 Daredevil #177 12/81 Marvel Comics
27. 237 Daredevil #176 11/81 Marvel Comics
28. 229 Amazing Spider-Man #213 2/81 Marvel Comics
29. 225 Amazing Spider-Man #218 7/81 Marvel Comics
30. 216 Daredevil #172 7/81 Marvel Comics
31. 212 Star Wars #44 2/81 Marvel Comics
32. 208 X-Men Annual #5 1981 Marvel Comics
33. 206 Fantastic Four #232 7/81 Marvel Comics
34. 204 Amazing Spider-Man #220 9/81 Marvel Comics
35. 202 Amazing Spider-Man #216 5/81 Marvel Comics
36. 200 Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends #1 12/81 Marvel Comics
37. 196 Iron Man #150 9/81 Marvel Comics
38. 192 Daredevil #171 6/81 Marvel Comics
39. 189 Star Wars #43 1/81 Marvel Comics
40. 186 Amazing Spider-Man #222 11/81 Marvel Comics
41. 174 Raiders of the Lost Ark #1 9/81 Marvel Comics
42. 174 Amazing Spider-Man #223 12/81 Marvel Comics
43. 173 Star Wars #50 8/81 Marvel Comics
44. 166 Amazing Spider-Man #221 10/81 Marvel Comics
45. 165 Amazing Spider-Man #219 8/81 Marvel Comics
46. 151 Fantastic Four #236 11/81 Marvel Comics
47. 143 Spider-Woman #38 6/81 Marvel Comics
48. 138 Rom #18 5/81 Marvel Comics
49. 126 What If? #27 7/81 Marvel Comics
50. 123 Fantastic Four #233 8/81 Marvel Comics
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More Top Comic Books of 1981

Also see: top 50 D.C. comics of 1981, more key comic books of 1981 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1981, 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! 🙂