Most Popular Golden Age Comic Books

This is a snapshot of the most actively sold comic books in the marketplace that have been graded by either CGC or CBCS. It's important to note that raw comic sales are not considered within this set. You can adjust the dates to analyze using the controls below. A few pre-configured examples include most popular golden age comics, most popular silver age comics, most popular bronze age comics, most popular modern age comics and recently released comics.

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1
1207
Mad #1
First issue in titled series; Wood, Davis, Elder start as regulars
2
1341
Superman #100
 
3
N/A
Four Color #29
 
4
1386
Detective Comics #225
First appearance of Martin Manhunter; Origin of Martian Manhunter
5
7
All-Star Comics #8
Origin of Wonder Woman; First appearance of Wonder Woman; Dr. Fate dons new helmet; Hop Harrigan text stories & Starman begins; Shiera appearance; Hop Harrigan JSA guest; Starman & Dr. Mid-Nite becomes member
6
64
Superman #6
 
7
N/A
Tales From the Crypt #33
Origin of The Crypt Keeper
8
77
Superman #8
 
9
96
Superman #10
First bald Lex Luthor
10
N/A
Superman #30
First appearance of Mister Mxyzptlk; Origin of Mister Mxyzptlk
11
49
Batman #40
 
12
N/A
Action Comics #19
 
13
N/A
Detective Comics #62
Classic Joker cover; Joker story
14
N/A
The Thing #16
 
15
N/A
Batman #17
 
16
2295
Superman #28
 
17
N/A
Batman #1
First ongoing Batman comic series; First appearance of The Joker; First appearance of Catwoman; Origin reprinted
18
N/A
Archie Comics #1
Jughead, Veronica appearance, First appearance Mrs. Andrews
19
2309
The Phantom Stranger #1
 
20
1724
Superman #53
Third retelling of Origin; Classic origin cover by Wayne Boring; Tenth anniversary issue
21
73
Action Comics #27
 
22
670
Superman #4
 
23
59
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
24
23
All-Star Comics #3
First appearance of Justice Society of America; G.A. Flash joins the team; Origin of Justice Society of America; Dr. Fate and The Atom begins; Cameo by Red Tornado
25
1635
Superman #36
 
26
N/A
Batman #69
 
27
N/A
Action Comics #32
 
28
23
Vault of Horror #28
 
29
427
Batman #3
First Catwoman in costume; First appearance of Puppet Master
30
418
Weird Science-Fantasy #29
 
31
15
Detective Comics #109
 
32
71
Batman #66
 
33
N/A
Superman #57
 
34
N/A
Batman #39
 
35
N/A
Batman #42
Second Catwoman cover (first in batman); Catwoman story
36
N/A
Action Comics #45
 
37
N/A
Batman #49
First appearance of Mad Hatter; First appearance of Vicki Vale
38
807
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #31
New Donald Duck stories by Carl Barks begin
39
N/A
Batman #26
 
40
N/A
Batman #2
Second appearance of The Joker; Second appearance of The Catwoman; First time character is called Catwoman
41
N/A
Action Comics #55
 
42
540
The Brave and the Bold #1
First appearance of Golden Gladiator; First appearance of Viking Prince; First appearance of Silent Knight
43
N/A
Superman #33
 
44
N/A
Superman #12
 
45
278
Captain Marvel Adventures #18
Origin First appearance of Mary Marvel & Marvel Family; Painted cover
46
1040
Detective Comics #36
First appearance of Hugo Strange; Origin of Hugo Strange; First finned Batman gloves
47
N/A
Superman #40
 
48
369
Batman #23
Joker cover; Joker story; Classic black cover
49
N/A
Planet Comics #39
 
50
941
Action Comics #29
First Lois Lane on cover
51
N/A
Batman #8
 
52
N/A
Batman #11
Classic Joker Cover by Ray/Robinson; Third Joker cover; Joker appearance; Penguin appearance
53
N/A
Superman #5
 
54
N/A
Superman #24
 
55
1573
Strange Adventures #1
First issue of series; Adaptation of "Destination Moon"; Darwin Jones begins
56
N/A
Action Comics #40
 
57
N/A
Flash Comics #86
Introduction of The Black Canary in Johnny Thunder
58
N/A
Batman #13
 
59
N/A
Detective Comics #42
 
60
N/A
Mad #2
 
61
1857
Batman #92
 
62
N/A
Batman #24
 
63
N/A
Batman #22
 
64
N/A
Superman #48
 
65
N/A
Superman #1
First self titled series for Superman; First self titled series for a comic book superhero ever
66
N/A
Batman #55
 
67
N/A
Archie Comics #50
 
68
25
Superman #9
 
69
N/A
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1
First issue of spin-off series
70
N/A
Detective Comics #71
 
71
N/A
Shock SuspenStories #6
 
72
240
Superman #2
Second self-titled issue
73
212
Detective Comics #140
First appearance of The Riddler; Origin of The Ridder; First appearance of Edward Nigma
74
N/A
Detective Comics #107
 
75
N/A
Superman #23
 
76
N/A
Superman #44
 
77
N/A
Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders #14
 
78
1313
Superman #27
 
79
N/A
Batman #10
 
80
N/A
Batman #37
 
81
N/A
Wonder Woman #2
First appearance of Duke of Deception; Earl of Greed; Count of Conquest
82
68
Batman #7
First time Batman and Superman appear together in a story; First time both Batman and Superman appear together with members of JSA
83
N/A
World's Finest Comics #19
 
84
N/A
Strange Tales #3
Atom bomb panels
85
1954
Superman #76
First Earth One Batman and Superman meeting or team up
86
N/A
Buck Rogers #1
 
87
N/A
Action Comics #20
Ongoing Superman covers begin
88
1430
Batman #6
 
89
30
Superman #39
 
90
1407
Superman #26
 
91
N/A
Four Color #596
 
92
1705
Batman #4
First appearance of Clayface; First appearance of Basil Karlo; Origin of Clayface; First Joker cover appearance;
93
84
Superman #41
 
94
N/A
Four Color #108
 
95
369
All Select Comics #1
 
96
N/A
World's Finest Comics #44
 
97
N/A
Superman #51
 
98
N/A
Batman #21
 
99
N/A
Superman #74
 
100
N/A
Vault of Horror #22
 

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