What’s Your Birthday Comic Collection?

by Ryan Kirksey
Birthday Comic The Amazing Spider-Man

ASM197-201x300 What's Your Birthday Comic Collection?One of my favorite parts of comic book collecting has become procuring the Marvel comic books that were published in the month that I was born. Whether you are a Marvel fan, a DC fan, or love any and all types of comics, I would encourage you to join me in hunting down your specific Birthday Comic List.

Now, if you were born in the Silver Age, this might be moderately difficult to accomplish. The combination of age, scarcity, price, and a sheer number of major keys from that time period might prove prohibitive. If you were born in the early modern age it should be relatively easy to accomplish. The books should be plentiful and cheap. Your greatest obstacle might be the sheer volume of titles, variant covers, and bi-monthly releases that could stand in your way.

My Birthday Comic Month List

As for me, I fall somewhat in the middle of two ages. I was born in October 1979, as the Bronze Age was winding down. Still not quite to the Copper Age, which would come along a few years later. My first thought when I started this challenge was, “what keys do I have to start preparing to buy?” Well, Hulk240-194x300 What's Your Birthday Comic Collection?fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), there are no major – or even semi-major – keys from my birth month, at least from those listed in the Marvel wiki from that month.

Over the past many months, I have been able to find Amazing Spider-Man #197, a classic battle versus Kingpin. I located Incredible Hulk #240, the really cool Flames of Fear cover. And my local comic shop recently had for sale Fantastic Four #211, where the team is introduced to Terrax the Tamer – someone who hasn’t quite made it to famous status yet. This book is one of my favorites. It features a collaboration between John Byrne and Joe Sinnott – two famous Marvel artists.

Several others have found their way to my collection as well, but I am nowhere close to done. Next on my list to find are Iron Man #127, which has a bad-ass cover, and X-Men 126, which features the famous “In Search of Mutant X” cover with the new team. These aren’t major keys by any means but have alluded me to this point.

My Favorite Birthday Comic

One of the best things about this hunt is that it can become instantly personal and shareable. One of the most cherished comics I have in my collection is Captain America #238. There is nothing special about CA238-194x300 What's Your Birthday Comic Collection?the comic itself or its contents, but a friend of mine knew I had been looking for it and bought one and gave it to me on my 40th birthday. If you have a list you are hunting and also know what your friends are seeking, it becomes an easy way to earn some good comic karma on behalf of those you know.

But it also comes with disappointment from time to time. Many of you know my favorite character of all time is Daredevil. Does anyone know what issue of Daredevil was released in October 1979? I assure you that you don’t because there was no issue released that month! I was heartbroken!

Make it Tougher

I concluded before I started this project that I wouldn’t search the comics I needed on eBay and buy them the easy way. The best part of this search has been the hunt. Anytime I am in a shop or looking through a collection, I have my list handy. I challenge you to do the same.

Needless to say, the hunt has been put on hold for a few months. I will be back in full force as soon as I can get back into shops for hours on end.

Some of you are going to run into problems with this approach. One of my close contacts on Instagram – Jason, who owns Certified Comic Shop – told me his birth month includes Ghost Rider #1 AND Strange Tales #169 (the first Brother Voodoo). That’s quite a bit tougher than mine, but if you’re in a similar boat, it will give you a closer connection to some major keys that you might not have had before.

What’s Your Birthday Comic List?

I admit I have not spent much time looking into what comics have come out in other months throughout history. My memory just isn’t that robust and I have a hard enough time remembering that I need Marvel Team-Up #86 and Marvel Two In One #56.

So what’s your specific birthday list? Have you ever tried to find them? Let me know in the comments what books were released in the month you were born.

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22 comments

Dwight Whitfield May 31, 2020 - 7:39 am

I want to join you in your quest to find our birth month books. Dude. I’m ecstatic. Dwight W.

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Ryan Kirksey May 31, 2020 - 8:28 am

Awesome! What’s your birth month?

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macbobpayne May 31, 2020 - 8:45 am

This is an awesome idea, November 1960 makes the year tough (expensive), but I think just looking for cool November issues would be fun, especially since I just got back into comic books in January after being gone for about 20 years! This would give me a theme, something I have been struggling to try to come up with!

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Ryan Kirksey May 31, 2020 - 9:19 am

November 1960 – that’s Tales to Astonish #13! First appearance of Groot. That’s a crazy expensive book right there, but there are also some cool issues of Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense, Superman, and Detective Comics books. Good luck!

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Michael Reed May 31, 2020 - 10:40 am

I’ve wanted to do this my self! For my son’s, wife, & myself. I’m relatively new to the hobby, so what’s the best approach to finding exact months or even week of birthday comics?

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Michael Reed May 31, 2020 - 11:27 am

I’ve been wanting to collect birthday issues for my sons & myself. Where is the best place to search for those issues? Wki?

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Ryan Kirksey May 31, 2020 - 12:00 pm

I know that both Marvel and DC have their own wiki sites where you can search comics by month. Also, mycomicshop.com has a filter where you can buy comics by the month they came out. Hope this helps.

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Christopher Richmond May 31, 2020 - 12:11 pm

I would love to acquire the keys from my birth year…1968…imagine that 🙂

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Ryan Kirksey May 31, 2020 - 12:17 pm

Oh man, you are talking about Sub Mariner #1, Iron Man #1, Hulk #102, Captain America #100, Silver Surfer #1, Nick Fury #1, and that’s just some of the Marvel books!

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Rob Swiston May 31, 2020 - 1:15 pm

Fun topic! I was born in March 1966 … Silver Surfer and Galactus. I remember dropping a fortune ($10) on a beat-up copy of FF 48 when I was maybe 9 years old, and then loving it even more when I realized the connection. Thanks for your posts!

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Ryan Kirksey May 31, 2020 - 1:18 pm

Wow, that’s a great one. You’ve also got classic covers for Spider-Man vs. Kraven and Thor vs. Hercules.

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Roberto F May 31, 2020 - 1:48 pm

Good read and its a great Idea.
Been doing this myself for a number of years, but gotta say havent added many. May 1970.
Action Comics #388, avengers #76, silver surfer #16, iron man #25, daredevil #64, fantastic four #98, thor # 176, amazing spiderman # 84.
Some nice keys in 1970 to add also, Conan #1 GreenLantern #76 ( this one I added)
Will also be putting a collection together for my Grand daughter.
thanks for the read!

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Ryan Kirksey May 31, 2020 - 3:09 pm

I have heard of several people doing this as well. Collecting all the keys from the year they were born. Good idea.

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James June 1, 2020 - 12:14 am

Awesome idea! Thanks for the post

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Chad Bellamy June 1, 2020 - 7:17 am

Great article! I have done this with my kids and friends. My daughter and i collect Batman but unfortunately there isn’t one for the month I was born, April 1970. But I can pick up Detective Comics 398, a great Neal Adams cover.

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Michael June 1, 2020 - 3:54 pm

So with a birthday list are you going for comic with cover dates or the actual month they were in fact released

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Ryan Kirksey June 1, 2020 - 4:25 pm

Good question – I am collecting comics have have the “Oct” cover from 1979. If they were released on Oct. 30, but had a “Nov.” cover, they aren’t presently on my list.

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Michael June 1, 2020 - 5:29 pm

Only one problem date on cover is not when comic hit stores usually the comic came out 2 months before

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Chuck McC. June 1, 2020 - 5:41 pm

I’ve been collecting my birth month/year (March 1962) for awhile now. Around 280 books at last count (all publishers) and have about half of them. The 2 biggies are Fantastic Four #3 and Aquaman #2

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Ryan Kirksey June 1, 2020 - 6:48 pm

Wow, that’s incredible! I don’t know that I will ever get there. Good luck on getting those big ones!

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Scott June 7, 2020 - 1:44 pm

Hey Ryan, how do I find out what comics came out in May 1966?

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Ryan Kirksey June 7, 2020 - 2:49 pm

I used two places: 1. Both the Marvel and DC wiki sites. You can search any month and year on those sites and it gives you a list of what came out. 2. For a massive list, mycomicshop.com has a filter where you can search for comics to buy by the month and year they came out. I used both of those to find mine.

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