Most Popular Golden Age Comic Books

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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
N/A
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
3
54
Batman #59
First appearance of Deadshot
4
44
Mad #1
First issue in titled series; Wood, Davis, Elder start as regulars
5
66
Superboy #1
First Superboy title
6
123
Batman #27
 
7
2
Batman #23
Joker cover; Joker story; Classic black cover
8
529
Superman #76
First Earth One Batman and Superman meeting or team up
9
876
Batman #69
 
10
750
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #1
First issue of series
11
N/A
Superman #28
 
12
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
13
104
Batman #2
Second appearance of The Joker; Second appearance of The Catwoman; First time character is called Catwoman
14
N/A
Superman #13
Office Boy becomes Jimmy Olsen
15
N/A
Batman #52
 
16
2
Wonder Woman #23
 
17
N/A
Batman #49
First appearance of Mad Hatter; First appearance of Vicki Vale
18
513
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
19
N/A
Superman #12
 
20
N/A
Batman #40
 
21
761
Batman #62
Origin Catwoman; Cover Catwoman
22
N/A
Superman #10
First bald Lex Luthor
23
N/A
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
24
N/A
Batman #36
 
25
441
Superman #9
 
26
24
Superman #20
 
27
387
Haunt of Fear #17
 
28
383
Wonder Woman #1
First issue of titled series; Origin retold with more details; First appearance of Ares (Mars)
29
766
Batman #79
 
30
47
Batman #4
First appearance of Clayface; First appearance of Basil Karlo; Origin of Clayface; First Joker cover appearance;
31
N/A
Superman #8
 
32
N/A
Detective Comics #109
 
33
170
Batman #48
 
34
18
Batman #6
 
35
88
Batman #68
 
36
88
Superman #11
 
37
N/A
Batman #41
 
38
N/A
Chamber of Chills Magazine #23
 
39
28
Superman #30
First appearance of Mister Mxyzptlk; Origin of Mister Mxyzptlk
40
N/A
Namora #2
 
41
N/A
Wonder Woman #75
 
42
793
Detective Comics #38
First appearance of Hugo Strange; Origin of Hugo Strange; First finned Batman gloves
43
N/A
World's Finest Comics #10
 
44
23
Detective Comics #225
First appearance of Martin Manhunter; Origin of Martian Manhunter
45
57
Mad #20
 
46
522
Batman #22
 
47
N/A
World's Finest Comics #5
Intro TNT; Intro Dan the Dyna-Mite; Last Crimson Avenger in title
48
206
Superman #7
First appearance of Perry White
49
N/A
Action Comics #24
 
50
520
Batman #9
 
51
62
Superman #14
Classic cover
52
848
Batman #65
 
53
N/A
Classic Comics #1
 
54
681
Detective Comics #42
 
55
N/A
Batman #44
 
56
N/A
Captain America Comics #45
 
57
N/A
Superman #36
 
58
55
Tales From the Crypt #36
 
59
47
Tales From the Crypt #32
 
60
N/A
Superman #41
 
61
272
True 3-D #1
 
62
N/A
Marvel Tales #96
 
63
64
Detective Comics #140
First appearance of The Riddler; Origin of The Ridder; First appearance of Edward Nigma
64
N/A
Superman #37
 
65
N/A
Captain America Comics #19
 
66
N/A
The Thing #16
 
67
N/A
Great Comics #1
 
68
14
Weird Science-Fantasy #29
 
69
N/A
Archie Comics #50
 
70
352
Action Comics #76
 
71
N/A
Batman #93
 
72
N/A
Four Color #16
Mikey Mouse (#1) by Gottfredson
73
N/A
Sensation Comics #13
Hitler, Tojo, & Mussolini cover
74
N/A
Batman #71
 
75
449
Batman #12
 
76
283
Superman #6
 
77
483
Superman #100
 
78
N/A
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #36
 
79
N/A
Superman #49
 
80
N/A
True 3-D #2
 
81
N/A
Action Comics #63
 
82
430
Superman #2
Second self-titled issue
83
56
Adventure Comics #48
Introduction of The Hourman; First appearance of The Hourman; Story and Cover art by Bernard Baily
84
N/A
Superman #39
 
85
52
Batman #13
 
86
N/A
Batman #28
 
87
N/A
Flash Comics #1
Origin of The Flash; First appearance of The Flash by Lambert; Origin of Hawkman; First appearance of Hawkman by Fox; Origin of The Whip and Johnny Thunder; First appearance of The Whip and Johnny Thunder by Asch; Cliff Cornwall by Moldoff begins
88
589
Detective Comics #171
 
89
N/A
Wonder Woman #19
 
90
651
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #98
 
91
N/A
Wonder Woman #20
 
92
N/A
Captain America Comics #35
 
93
N/A
Action Comics #78
 
94
N/A
Batman #34
 
95
N/A
Wonder Woman #10
 
96
863
Batman #66
 
97
697
Batman #5
First appearance of the Batmobile
98
73
Batman #38
 
99
N/A
Superman #4
 
100
N/A
Sub-Mariner Comics #41
 

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