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List of Key Copper Age Comics

We’re currently building this timeline of Key Copper Age Comics…a work-in-progress!

Explanations / criteria:

- List is broken down by year, and then titles are listed alphabetically within each year.

- For titles where it isn’t completely obvious whom the publisher was — mostly independent titles — the publisher is noted in (parentheses).

- This is a hybrid list; criteria for inclusion is that each key comic was either highly sought after at some point back then (during the Copper Age), and / or has remained or emerged as a key since!

- Issues must have been published during the Copper Age years of 1984 – 1991. Example of exclusion: Omega Men #3 is Lobo’s first appearance. This issue became hot during the Copper Age, however, it was published in 1983, therefore is not included on the list.

- Select issues are linked to previous blogs we’ve had about them (eventually all will be linked).

Enjoy the memories!

1984

Albedo #2 (Thoughts and Images) – First appearance Usagi Yojimbo

Alpha Flight #13, 17 – Wolverine, John Byrne

Amazing Spider-Man #252 – Spidey in new black costume

Elementals #1 (Comico)

Flaming Carrot (Aardvark-Vanaheim / Renegade)

G.I. Joe #21 – “Silent Issue,” first Storm Shadow

G.I. Joe #26, 27 – Snake-Eyes Origin

G.I. Joe Yearbook #1

Gobbledygook #1 and #2 – Eastman & Laid fanzine, featuring TMNT teaser ads

Grimjack #1 (First)

Groo Special (Eclipse)

Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1 – 6

Love and Rockets (Fatagraphics)

Macross #1 (Comico) – Becomes Robotech: The Macross Saga with #2

Mage (Comico)

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8 – First Spidey symbiote / black costume

Marvel Team-Up #150 – Last issue, X-Men appearance

Megaton Man (Kitchen Sink)

Mister X (Vortex)

New Mutants #18 – Sienkiewicz begins run

New Mutants #21 – First Warlock

Omaha, The Cat Dancer (Steeldragon Press) – Adult series

Phoenix: The Untold Story

Power Pack #1

Rocketeer Special Edition (Eclipse)

Star Trek #1 (DC)

Superman #400

Tales of the Teen Titans #44 – First Nightwing, Deathstroke appearance

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage)

Transformers #1

West Coast Avengers #1 – Limited series

X-Men #186 – “Life and Death: Part 1″ Barry Windsor-Smith

Zot! (Eclipse)

1985

Avengers #263 – First appearance of X-Factor

Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 – 12

Critters #1 (Fantagraphics)

Dazzler #34 – X-Men appearance

Ewoks (Marvel / Star)

Fantastic Four #286 – X-Factor, continued from Avengers #263

Fish Police #1 (Fishwrap)

Fugitoid #1 (Mirage) – Early TMNT tie-in

Groo the Wanderer (Marvel / Epic)

Heroes for Hope starring the X-Men – Classic Art Adams cover

Hulk #314 – Byrne starts run

Longshot – Art Adams

Miracleman (Eclipse)

Mr. Monster (Eclipse)

Moonshadow (Marvel / Epic)

New Mutants Special Edition – Asgardian Wars, Art Adams

Nightcrawler

Power Pack #19 – Wolverine

Punisher (Limited Series) #1 – 5

Secret Wars II

Scout (Eclipse)

Shadow of the Batman -  Reprints of Englehart / Simonson / Marshall Rogers

Shatter (First)

Swamp Thing #37 – Alan Moore, first appearance of John Constantine

Thundercats #1 (Marvel / Star)

Web of Spider-Man #1 – Vess cover

Web of Spider-Man Annual #1 – Vess cover

X-Factor #1

X-Men #195 – Power Pack

X-Men #198 – “Life and Death: Part 2″ Barry Windsor-Smith

X-Men #200

X-Men Annual #9 – Asgardian Wars, Art Adams

X-Men / Alpha Flight – Asgardian Wars

1986

3-D Alien Terror (Eclipse)

3-D Alien Terror, Special “2-D” Edition (Eclipse)

Adolescent Radioactive Blackbelt Hamsters #1 (Eclipse)

Adventurers #1 Limited Edition Cover Variant (Aircel)

Alpha Flight #33, 34 – Wolverine guest stars, Mignola covers

Amazing Spider-Man #285 – Punisher appearance, Zeck Punisher cover

Batman #400 – Anniversary issue, Sienkiewicz cover

Batman #404 – 408 – Batman: Year One, Script by Frank Miller, art by David Mazzucchelli

Dark Knight #1 – 4

Captain America Annual #8 – Versus Wolverine, Zeck cover and interiors

Captain Confederacy #1 (Steeldragon)

Classic X-Men #1

Daredevil #277 – 233 – “Born Again” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

Dark Horse Presents #1 – First Concrete

Eagle #1 (Crystal)

Elektra: Assassin

Elflord #1 (Aircel)

Ex-Mutants #1 (Eternity) – Ron Lim

Firestar #2 – Wolverine cover

G.I. Joe Special Missions #1

G.I. Joe and the Transformers #1 – 4

Grendel (Comico) – Ongoing series

Grimjack #26 (First) – TMNT back-up story in color

Grips #1 (SilverWolf) – Tim Vigil

Hulk and Wolverine – Reprints Wolvie’s first appearances in Hulk #180-181

Legends #1 – 6

Man of Steel – Byrne limited series

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale GN (Pantheon)

Megaton #3 – First full appearance of Savage Dragon

‘Nam

New Mutants Annual #2 – First Psylocke

New Universe

Power Pack #27 – Wolverine

Rip in Time (Fantagor) – Richard Corben

Roachmill (Blackthorne)

Samurai (Aircel)

Swamp Thing #52, 53 – Alan Moore, Arkham Asylum

The Shadow – Limited Series, Chaykin

Spectacular Spider-Man #116, 119 – Sabretooth

Spider-Man vs. Wolverine – One-shot

Star Wars #106, 107 – Final issues, low print runs

(Adventures of) Superman #422 – Bolland “monster” cover

Superman #1 – Byrne new series

TMNT one-shots: Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael (Mirage)

Thor #374 – Mutant Massacre tie-in

Trollords #1 (Tru Studios)

Warlock 5 #1 (Aircel)

Watchmen

Web of Spider-Man Annual #2 – Art Adams interiors, Vess cover

Wonder Woman #1

X-Factor #6 – First full appearance of Apocalypse

X-Men #205 – Wolverine cover, Barry Windsor-Smith

X-Men #207 – Classic Wolverine “rip through” cover, JRJR

X-Men #210, 211 – Mutant Massacre issues

X-Men #212, 213 – Wolverine vs. Sabretooth

1987

Action Force #1 (Marvel) – British G.I. Joe magazine

Alpha Flight #52, 53 – Wolverine guest stars, Kevin Nowlan and Jim Lee covers

Amazing Spider-Man #289 – Hobgoblin origin

Kraven’s Last Hunt – Amazing Spider-Man #293, 294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131, 132, Web of Spider-Man #31, 32

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 – Wedding issue, with variant covers for newsstand and direct market

The American (Dark Horse)

Animal Man – Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland Covers

Batman: Son of the Demon – Original Hardcover Graphic Novel

Captain America #332 – Cap resigns

Captain EO (Eclipse)

Concrete #1 (Dark Horse)

Daredevil #241 – McFarlane

Daredevil #248, 249 – Wolverine

Detective #574 – Origin retold, Jason Todd

Detective #575 – 578 – Batman: Year Two, McFarlane

Firestorm #61 Variant – Superman logo

Flash #1

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters

Hulk #330 – McFarlane starts

Hulk #340 – McFarlane, Wolverine

Iron Man #225 – Armor Wars begins

Justice League#1 – New team, Kevin Maguire

Justice League #3 Variant – Superman logo

Justice League #5 – “One punch!” issue

Justice League #7 – Becomes “Justice League International”

Lone Wolf and Cub (First)

Marshal Law (Marvel / Epic)

Marvel Fanfare #34 – 37 – Charles Vess, Asgardian heroes

Tales of the TMNT #1 (Mirage)

The Pitt (Marvel) – New Universe one-shot, Pittsburgh destroyed

Punisher #1 (Regular Series)

Silver Surfer #1

Star Trek: The Next Generation #1

Transformers 3-D (Blackthorne)

Turtle Soup (Mirage)

Usagi Yojimbo (Fantagraphics)

Web of Spider-Man #29 – Wolverine

Xenozoic Tales (Kitchen Sink)

X-Factor #14 – Angel loses wings, Simonson

X-Factor #24 – First appearance of Archangel, Simonson

X-Men #222 – Wolverine vs. Sabretooth

1988

Action Comics #600 – Superman 50th Anniversary Issue

Amazing Spider-Man #298 – McFarlane’s first issue

Amazing Spider-Man #300 – McFarlane, first Venom

Akira #1 (Marvel / Epic)

Alf #1 (Marvel)

Aliens (Dark Horse) – BW series

Batgirl Special -Batgirl’s final case, before being host in The Killing Joke

Batman #417 – 420 – Ten Nights of the Beast

Batman #423 – McFarlane cover

Batman #426 – 428 – A Death in the Family

Batman: The Cult

Batman: The Killing Joke

Beauty and the Beast (First) – TV adaptation

Black Orchid

Black Kiss (Vortex)  – Adult, Howard Chaykin

Blackhawk – Chaykin

Cosmic Odyssey

Daredevil #254 – Typhoid Mary

Daredevil #257 – Punisher

Dark Horse Presents #24 – Aliens

Den (Fantagor) – Richard Corben

Excalibur (Special Edition) “The Sword Is Drawn”

Excalibur #1 (Regular Series)

G.I. Joe European Missions #1 (Marvel UK)

G.I. Joe 3-D (Blackthorne)

Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told HC

Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told HC

Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown

Hawk & Dove

Hellblazer #1

Independent Comic Book Sampler #1 and #2

Invasion

Marvel Comics Presents #1

Marvel Tales #209 – Reprints first app. Punisher, Zeck cover

Maze Agency #1 (Comico) – Adam Hughes

New Titans #50 – Perez returns to book

Nick Fury vs. Shield

Sandman #1

Star Wars 3-D (Blackthorne)

Punisher #10 – Dardevil, Portacio

Punisher War Journal #1

Rocketeer Adventure Magazine (Comico / Dark Horse)

Silver Surfer: Parable – Stan Lee and Moebius

Spectacular Spider-Man #141 – 143 – Punisher

Terminator (Now Comics)

The Tick #1, 2 (New England Comics)

V for Vendetta

The Weird

Wolverine #1 -  Regular Series

1989

Aliens (Dark Horse) – Color series

Avengers West Coast #42 – Byrne

Arkham Asylum HC GN

Batman #436 – 439 – Batman: Year Three

Batman Movie Adaptation

Complete Frank Miller Batman (Longmeadow Press)

Catwoman #1 – 4

Cheval Noir #1 (Dark Horse)

The Crow (Caliber)

Cry for Dawn (Cry for Dawn)

Dark Horse Presents #34 – 36 – Aliens vs. Predator

Detective #598 – 600 – Blind Justic 50th Anniversary arc

Doom Patrol #19 – Grant Morrisson starts writing

Fantastic Four #334 – Walt Simonson takes over

Faust (Northstar / Rebel Studios) – Tim Vigil

Gotham by Gaslight – Batman, Mignola

Green Hornet (Now Comics)

Hawkworld

The Hobbit (Eclipse)

Justice League Europe #1

Legends of the Dark Knight #1 – Blue, yellow, orange, pink variants

Moonwalker (Michael Jackson) in 3-D (Blackthorne)

New Mutants #86, 87 – Cameo and First Appearance of Cable, Rob Liefeld

Predator (Dark Horse)

Punisher War Journal #6, 7 – Wolverine

Punisher: Return to Big Nothing HC GN

Ring of the Nibelung (DC)

Rock n’ Roll Comics #1 (Revolutionary) – Guns ‘N Roses

Secret Origins Special #1 – Batman villains, Bolland cover

Tapping the Vein (Eclipse) – Clive Barker

Thor #411, 412 – First New Warriors

Uncensored Mouse (Eternity)

Vampire Lestat (Innovation)

What If…? #7 – Liefeld Wolverine

What If…? #10 – Punisher, Zeck cover

Wolverine (Regular Series) #10 – Sabretooth

Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure – Mignola

X-Factor #41, 42 – Art Adams

X-Factor #50 – Liefeld / McFarlane cover

X-Men #244 – First Jubilee

X-Men #245 – Liefeld cover

X-Men #248 – Jim Lee issue

X-Men #251 – Wolverine crucified

X-Men #256 – 258 – Jim Lee

1990

Action Comics #662 – Clark Kent reveals identity to Lois Lane

Aliens: Earth War (Dark Horse)

Aliens vs. Predator (Dark Horse)

Alpha Flight #87 – 90 – Wolverine, Jim Lee covers

Amazing Spider-Man #331-333 – Punisher and Venom, Erik Larson

Dark Horse Presents #42, 43 – Aliens

Darkhawk #1

Batman #457 – New Robin in costume

Books of Magic (DC)

Fantastic Four #347 – 349 – Art Adams, Spider-Man / Wolverine / Hulk / Ghost Rider

Foolkiller #1

Ghost Rider #1 – Texiera

Ghost Rider #5, 6 – Punisher

Give Me Liberty (Dark Horse)

Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Hard Boiled (Dark Horse)

Hulk #369 – Start of Dale Keown run

Hulk #376, 377 – Personality merger, florescent green cover, Dale Keown

Legends of Nascar (Vortex)

Lobo

Married…With Children (Now Comics)

Marvel Comics Presents #48 – 50 – Spidey and Wolverine, Erik Larsen

Men in Black (Aircel)

Moon Knight #19 – 21 – Spider-Man, Punisher

New Mutants #98 – First Appearance of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld

New Warriors #1, 2

Nomad

NFL SuperPro (Marvel)

Planet of the Apes #1 (Adventure) – Dale Keown cover

Robin #1

Robocop #1 (Marvel)

Rocky Horror Picture Show #1 (Caliber)

Shade, The Changing Man #1

Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 – McFarlane “Spawn-esque” Prowler back-up story

Spider-Man #1 – McFarlane, bagged editions, gold reprint

Spider-Man #6, 7 – Ghost Rider

Superman #50 – Marriage proposal issue

Terminator: The Burning Earth (Now Comics)

Terminator (Dark Horse)

The Tick #8 (New England Comics) – No logo “error” variant

Twilight Zone (Now Comics)

World’s Finest – Steve Rude

X-Factor #52 – Sabretooth, Liefeld cover

X-Tinction Agenda – X-Men #270 – 272, X-Factor #60 – 62, New Mutants #95 – 97

X-Factor #63 – Start of Portacio run

X-Men #266 – First Gambit

X-Men #267 – Start of Jim Lee run

X-Men #268 – Captain America, Jim Lee

X-Men Annual #14 – Brief Gambit appearance, pre-X-Men 266

1991

Amazing Spider-Man #346, 347 – Venom, Erik Larson

Bone #1 (Cartoon Books)

Conan #241 – McFarlane cover

Deathlok #1

Deathstroke the Terminator (DC)

Detective #627 – Anniversary of Batman’s 600th appearance in title

Ghost Rider #15 – Glow-in-the-dark cover

Infinity Guantlet

Magnus: Robot Fighter (Valiant)

Marvel Comics Presents #72 -84 – Wolverine Weapon X

New Mutants #100 – Last Issue, before relaunching as X-Force, Rob Liefeld

Silver Surfer #50 – Foil-stamped  / embossed cover

Solar: Man of the Atom (Valiant)

Spider-Man #8 – 12 – Wolverine

Superman: Man of Steel #1 – Regular series

Wolverine #50 – Die-cut cover

Wonder Man #1

X-Factor #72 – New team, start of Stroman run

X-Force #1 – Five bagged variants, Liefeld

(Uncanny) X-Men #281 – Start Portacio run

X-Men #1 – Five variants, Jim Lee