Most Popular Golden Age Comic Books

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1
16
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
Batman #23
Joker cover; Joker story; Classic black cover
3
57
Batman #27
 
4
1
Batman #4
First appearance of Clayface; First appearance of Basil Karlo; Origin of Clayface; First Joker cover appearance;
5
279
Superboy #1
First Superboy title
6
826
Superman #30
First appearance of Mister Mxyzptlk; Origin of Mister Mxyzptlk
7
914
Superman #11
 
8
452
Superman #20
 
9
143
Superman #76
First Earth One Batman and Superman meeting or team up
10
254
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
11
N/A
Batman #59
First appearance of Deadshot
12
3
Mad #1
First issue in titled series; Wood, Davis, Elder start as regulars
13
5
Batman #2
Second appearance of The Joker; Second appearance of The Catwoman; First time character is called Catwoman
14
10
Batman #6
 
15
479
Tales From the Crypt #36
 
16
N/A
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #1
First issue of series
17
N/A
Batman #29
 
18
78
Batman #68
 
19
1019
Four Color #29
 
20
450
Action Comics #30
 
21
N/A
Batman #36
 
22
N/A
Tales From the Crypt #32
 
23
N/A
Batman #69
 
24
485
Superman #7
First appearance of Perry White
25
125
Batman #92
 
26
N/A
Batman #34
 
27
1041
Batman #52
 
28
26
Detective Comics #225
First appearance of Martin Manhunter; Origin of Martian Manhunter
29
133
Wonder Woman #39
 
30
154
Superman #38
 
31
591
Wonder Woman #23
 
32
92
All-Star Comics #20
 
33
N/A
Superman #32
 
34
886
Superman #13
Office Boy becomes Jimmy Olsen
35
22
Batman #5
First appearance of the Batmobile
36
101
Wonder Woman #1
First issue of titled series; Origin retold with more details; First appearance of Ares (Mars)
37
893
Detective Comics #140
First appearance of The Riddler; Origin of The Ridder; First appearance of Edward Nigma
38
240
Detective Comics #43
 
39
420
Superman #8
 
40
N/A
Mad #20
 
41
3
Superman #14
Classic cover
42
-
Batman #7
First time Batman and Superman appear together in a story; First time both Batman and Superman appear together with members of JSA
43
N/A
Haunt of Fear #17
 
44
912
Batman #38
 
45
40
Batman #24
 
46
771
Batman #13
 
47
580
Detective Comics #38
First appearance of Hugo Strange; Origin of Hugo Strange; First finned Batman gloves
48
45
Detective Comics #42
 
49
507
Weird Science-Fantasy #29
 
50
N/A
Batman #73
 
51
685
Chamber of Chills Magazine #23
 
52
57
Vault of Horror #34
 
53
453
Batman #9
 
54
84
Uncle Scrooge #8
 
55
27
Batman #28
 
56
853
Superman #36
 
57
96
Superman #12
 
58
N/A
Four Color #495
 
59
317
Superman #28
 
60
814
Action Comics #31
 
61
18
Batman #11
Classic Joker Cover by Ray/Robinson; Third Joker cover; Joker appearance; Penguin appearance
62
932
Action Comics #24
 
63
N/A
Wonder Woman #29
 
64
41
Superman #10
First bald Lex Luthor
65
N/A
Planet Comics #42
 
66
N/A
Crime SuspenStories #19
 
67
N/A
Marvel Mystery Comics #73
 
68
176
Archie Comics #19
 
69
634
Detective Comics #44
 
70
56
Superman #17
 
71
N/A
Adventure Comics #48
Introduction of The Hourman; First appearance of The Hourman; Story and Cover art by Bernard Baily
72
1002
The Thing #16
 
73
17
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
74
769
Batman #62
Origin Catwoman; Cover Catwoman
75
N/A
Action Comics #62
 
76
414
Adventure Comics #210
First appearance of Krypto (Superdog)
77
721
Four Color #328
 
78
380
Detective Comics #142
Second Riddler cover; Second Riddler story
79
N/A
Detective Comics #108
 
80
N/A
The Human Torch #24
 
81
N/A
The Marvel Family #1
 
82
N/A
Flash Comics #19
 
83
N/A
Ghost Comics #7
 
84
N/A
Action Comics #76
 
85
N/A
Mad #7
 
86
26
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #32
 
87
N/A
Thrilling Comics #63
 
88
N/A
Chamber of Chills Magazine #5
 
89
N/A
Startling Comics #47
 
90
N/A
Tales From the Crypt #40
 
91
N/A
Action Comics #78
 
92
592
Classic Comics #1
 
93
647
Batman #32
 
94
390
The Human Torch #14
 
95
N/A
Green Lantern #2
First book-length story
96
N/A
Batman #71
 
97
N/A
Sub-Mariner Comics #20
 
98
275
Wonder Woman #25
 
99
33
Batman #14
 
100
419
Superman #9
 

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