Top 50 Marvel Comics Of 1988

January 13, 2017

Top 50 Marvel Comics Of 1988

[ Note: the newsstand rarity estimates dwindle to a very small newsstand percentage towards the end of the 1980’s for Marvel.  If you are not already in-the-know about the difference between newsstand and direct edition comics see the following: Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference ]

With sales of comics melting away into the much more efficient Direct Market specialty stores, only the most dedicated newsstands chose to keep comics available after 1987.” — Chuck Rozanski, Modifications to the Distribution System

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 1988 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 1988 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 1988 (census numbers are as of year-end 2016). [Also see: top 50 D.C. comics of 1988; all key comics from 1988 ].

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 12,690 Amazing Spider-Man #300 5/88 Marvel Comics
2. 7,108 Wolverine #1 11/88 Marvel Comics
3. 3,997 Amazing Spider-Man #298 3/88 Marvel Comics
4. 3,794 Incredible Hulk #340 2/88 Marvel Comics
5. 3,011 Amazing Spider-Man #299 4/88 Marvel Comics
6. 2,060 X-Factor #24 1/88 Marvel Comics
7. 1,344 Amazing Spider-Man #301 6/88 Marvel Comics
8. 1,089 Wolverine #2 12/88 Marvel Comics
9. 587 Amazing Spider-Man #303 8/88 Marvel Comics
10. 581 Amazing Spider-Man #306 10/88 Marvel Comics
11. 460 Amazing Spider-Man #305 9/88 Marvel Comics
12. 457 Punisher War Journal #1 11/88 Marvel Comics
13. 387 Amazing Spider-Man #307 10/88 Marvel Comics
14. 387 Amazing Spider-Man #302 7/88 Marvel Comics
15. 376 Amazing Spider-Man #304 9/88 Marvel Comics
16. 364 Amazing Spider-Man #310 12/88 Marvel Comics
17. 362 Marvel Comics Presents #1 9/88 Marvel Comics
18. 335 Amazing Spider-Man #309 11/88 Marvel Comics
19. 306 Amazing Spider-Man #308 11/88 Marvel Comics
20. 289 Excalibur #1 10/88 Marvel Comics
21. 289 Amazing Spider-Man #297 2/88 Marvel Comics
22. 275 Daredevil #254 5/88 Marvel Comics
23. 230 Uncanny X-Men #234 9/88 Marvel Comics
24. 229 Akira #1 9/88 Marvel/Epic Comics
25. 215 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 1988 Marvel Comics
26. 209 Punisher #10 8/88 Marvel Comics
27. 185 Uncanny X-Men #228 4/88 Marvel Comics
28. 176 Uncanny X-Men #227 3/88 Marvel Comics
29. 176 Amazing Spider-Man #296 1/88 Marvel Comics
30. 164 Daredevil #257 8/88 Marvel Comics
31. 149 Uncanny X-Men #232 8/88 Marvel Comics
32. 145 Uncanny X-Men #225 1/88 Marvel Comics
33. 144 Uncanny X-Men #239 12/88 Marvel Comics
34. 140 Incredible Hulk #345 7/88 Marvel Comics
35. 138 Uncanny X-Men #236 10/88 Marvel Comics
36. 133 Uncanny X-Men #226 2/88 Marvel Comics
37. 133 Uncanny X-Men #233 9/88 Marvel Comics
38. 126 Uncanny X-Men #229 5/88 Marvel Comics
39. 117 Incredible Hulk #344 6/88 Marvel Comics
40. 117 Uncanny X-Men #238 11/88 Marvel Comics
41. 107 Silver Surfer Limited Series #1 12/88 Marvel/Epic Comics
42. 105 X-Factor #25 2/88 Marvel Comics
43. 102 Uncanny X-Men #230 6/88 Marvel Comics
44. 101 Uncanny X-Men #237 11/88 Marvel Comics
45. 100 X-Men Annual #12 1988 Marvel Comics
46. 93 Uncanny X-Men #235 10/88 Marvel Comics
47. 92 Uncanny X-Men #231 7/88 Marvel Comics
48. 85 Incredible Hulk #341 3/88 Marvel Comics
49. 83 Incredible Hulk #343 5/88 Marvel Comics
50. 78 Incredible Hulk #346 8/88 Marvel Comics
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More Top Comic Books of 1988

Also see: top 50 D.C. comics of 1988, more key comic books of 1988 outside of Marvel and DC, 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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