Most Popular Golden Age Comic Books

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1
11
Action Comics #1
First appearance of Superman; First appearance of Lois Lane; First appearance of Martha Kent; First appearance of Johnathan Kent; Origin of Superman
2
493
Detective Comics #225
First appearance of Martin Manhunter; Origin of Martian Manhunter
3
N/A
Batman #27
 
4
21
Superman #76
First Earth One Batman and Superman meeting or team up
5
N/A
Superman #30
First appearance of Mister Mxyzptlk; Origin of Mister Mxyzptlk
6
309
Batman #23
Joker cover; Joker story; Classic black cover
7
1
Batman #68
 
8
12
Batman #24
 
9
13
Batman #4
First appearance of Clayface; First appearance of Basil Karlo; Origin of Clayface; First Joker cover appearance;
10
N/A
Batman #5
First appearance of the Batmobile
11
4
Batman #6
 
12
233
Batman #69
 
13
N/A
Batman #38
 
14
N/A
Batman #29
 
15
N/A
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #1
First issue of series
16
468
Batman #92
 
17
33
Superboy #1
First Superboy title
18
16
All-Star Comics #20
 
19
49
Superman #38
 
20
5
Batman #2
Second appearance of The Joker; Second appearance of The Catwoman; First time character is called Catwoman
21
N/A
Tales From the Crypt #32
 
22
N/A
Batman #62
Origin Catwoman; Cover Catwoman
23
28
Batman #49
First appearance of Mad Hatter; First appearance of Vicki Vale
24
75
Detective Comics #42
 
25
N/A
Superman #11
 
26
N/A
Action Comics #19
 
27
N/A
Mad #20
 
28
N/A
Superman #14
 
29
N/A
The Thing #16
 
30
N/A
Marvel Mystery Comics #73
 
31
N/A
Tales From the Crypt #39
 
32
224
Superman #43
 
33
N/A
Tomb of Terror #15
S/F issue; Cover shows face exploding
34
125
Vault of Horror #34
 
35
N/A
Batman #28
 
36
356
Captain Marvel Adventures #50
 
37
N/A
Archie Comics #19
 
38
366
Wonder Woman #39
 
39
N/A
Crime SuspenStories #19
 
40
107
The Human Torch #14
 
41
N/A
Batman #47
First detailed origin of Batman; Batman tracks parent's killer; Reveals identity to killer of parents; First Batsignal on cover for this title
42
N/A
Batman #66
 
43
N/A
Detective Comics #108
 
44
276
Superman #8
 
45
10
Superman #2
Second self-titled issue
46
N/A
All-Flash #11
 
47
N/A
Detective Comics #140
First appearance of The Riddler; Origin of The Ridder; First appearance of Edward Nigma
48
N/A
Namora #2
 
49
N/A
Batman #34
 
50
N/A
Batman #7
First time Batman and Superman appear together in a story; First time both Batman and Superman appear together with members of JSA
51
N/A
Vault of Horror #36
 
52
N/A
Superman #49
 
53
277
Batman #35
 
54
N/A
Weird Science-Fantasy #29
 
55
N/A
Tales From the Crypt #36
 
56
3
Batman #3
First Catwoman in costume; First appearance of Puppet Master
57
N/A
Detective Comics #121
 
58
N/A
Superman #20
 
59
N/A
Detective Comics #85
 
60
N/A
Tales From the Crypt #40
 
61
N/A
Mad #7
 
62
N/A
Classic Comics #1
 
63
20
Batman #41
 
64
N/A
The Human Torch #5[b]
Human Torch battles Sub-Mariner
65
N/A
Batman #48
 
66
N/A
Mad #3
 
67
18
Crime SuspenStories #22
Used in Senate investigation of juvenile delinquency; Ax decapitation cover
68
N/A
The Atomic Thunderbolt #1
 
69
22
Action Comics #30
 
70
N/A
Batman #52
 
71
67
Adventure Comics #210
First appearance of Krypto (Superdog)
72
N/A
Detective Comics #142
Second Riddler cover; Second Riddler story
73
N/A
Two-Fisted Tales #38
 
74
458
Wonder Woman #23
 
75
N/A
Green Lantern #1
Origin retold; Classic Purcell cover
76
N/A
House of Mystery #1
DC's first horror comic; First issue of series
77
N/A
Superman #5
 
78
N/A
Action Comics #62
 
79
N/A
USA Comics #2
 
80
375
Batman #14
 
81
281
Batman #15
Catwoman gets new costume
82
390
Superman #17
 
83
N/A
Superman #28
 
84
N/A
Superman #12
 
85
80
Tales From the Crypt #33
Origin of The Crypt Keeper
86
N/A
World's Finest Comics #16
 
87
N/A
Roy Rogers Comics #1
 
88
324
Captain 3-D #1
 
89
N/A
Batman #72
 
90
N/A
Batman #59
First appearance of Deadshot
91
48
The Human Torch #36
 
92
185
Detective Comics #43
 
93
N/A
Adventure Comics #48
Introduction of The Hourman; First appearance of The Hourman; Story and Cover art by Bernard Baily
94
406
Shock SuspenStories #6
 
95
51
Batman #55
 
96
57
Batman #32
 
97
N/A
Batman #71
 
98
N/A
Superman #7
First appearance of Perry White
99
N/A
Crime SuspenStories #24
 
100
N/A
Batman #43
 

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