The Top 10 Comics of the 1980s and 90s

Anyone who grew up collecting Comics in the late 1980s or 90s remembers that the collectible market was on fire. There were tons of baseball card shows and comic book shops in every town. Many of us bought stacks upon stacks of The Death of Superman in hopes that we would one day get rich. Sadly, everything was over-produced and for the past few decades was barely worth more than the cover price. But the recent success of Marvel’s super-hero movies has brought the industry to new highs and finally 30+ years later some of these books finally are worth a pretty penny!

Here are the Top 10 Comics to see if you’re lucky enough to have bought and saved all these years later.

  1. Amazing Spiderman #300 – One of the most iconic covers in the history of comics. Todd McFarlane’s Spiderman cover has been homaged hundreds of times. It’s the intro of the Venom storyline which gained even more popularity with Tom Hardy’s role in the movies.
  2. The New Mutants #98 – The first appearance of Deadpool. Deadpool was always popular but Ryan Reynolds brought the character to a whole new level.
  3. Spawn #1 – Todd McFarlane is possibly the most famous comic book artist/writer after Stan Lee. His unique style was immediately loved by all comic book lovers. Spawn #1 helped launch Image Comics to be a major industry player only behind Marvel & DC. It’s currently at over 300 issues!
  4. Amazing Spiderman #361 – Following in the footsteps of Venom’s villainous success, issue 361 introduces Carnage. Carnage will be played by Woody Harrelson in the Venom 2 movie.
  5. Ultimate Fallout #4 – Who would ever expect anyone besides Peter Parker to be the Amazing Spiderman? But in 2011, Marvel introduced a younger generation to Miles Morales. Miles gained stardom in the hugely successful Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse
  6. Nyx #3 – A rare comic book featured an early appearance of the next Wolverine… X-23. The young X-23 made her movie intro in the movie Logan and the rest is history.
  7. Batman Adventures #12 – Everyone loves a crazy person and especially the Joker’s insane girlfriend Harley Quinn. Harley was actually created for the TV animated show and thus made her first appearance in the comic book version of this series.
  8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 – TMNT was everywhere in the late 80s/90s and still today has a major following. Their original comics had extremely low print runs and a perfect copy of this book sold for $90,000 in 2019!
  9. The Walking Dead #1 – A cult phenomenon TV show but many don’t know that it all started as a comic book published by Image Comics.
  10. Watchmen #1 – Written by the famed Alan Moore, Watchmen was one of the first graphic novel series to touch society issues. A movie adaption in 2009 was relatively well received and just recently the HBO series was actually really good and not only continued the storyline but built on it successfully.

2 thoughts on “The Top 10 Comics of the 1980s and 90s

  1. I have spawn 1 and all image #1’s from the 90’s Spider-Man #361 and 300 what are they worth just curious ty

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    1. Hi Scott. Of the Image comics its basically Spawn #1 that holds any decent value. Its around a $20 book. Spawn #9 is also a nice one. The Spiderman 300 is worth around $200-250. The Spiderman 361 is worth around $100. There are tons of variables which could make them worth significantly more or less but the pricing I mentioned should give you an approximate value. Condition is extremely important and of course what they are “worth” and what someone is willing to pay you immediately are always two different things. Good luck and shoot us an email if you want to sell those or any others.

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