Here's a quick list in which the leader is no surprise, but many of the runner-ups are.
Since 1954, 20 players have hit 35 or more home runs in their first 162 career games. (You can find them by using "Player Batting" Game Finder, selecting "Find Players with Most Matching Games in Multiple Years", setting the criteria at HR>=1 and limiting to player's first 162 games. Complete the search and sort by HR.) Here are the leaders.
|1||Mark McGwire||Ind. Games||51|
|2||Ryan Braun||Ind. Games||47|
|3||Ryan Howard||Ind. Games||43|
|4||Bob Horner||Ind. Games||42|
|5||Tony Clark||Ind. Games||41|
|6||Frank Robinson||Ind. Games||40|
|7||Evan Longoria||Ind. Games||38|
|8||Josh Hamilton||Ind. Games||38|
|9||Chris Duncan||Ind. Games||37|
|10||Adam Dunn||Ind. Games||37|
|11||Albert Pujols||Ind. Games||37|
|12||Cory Snyder||Ind. Games||36|
|13||Matt Nokes||Ind. Games||36|
|14||Tony Conigliaro||Ind. Games||36|
|15||Dick Stuart||Ind. Games||36|
|16||Jay Bruce||Ind. Games||35|
|17||Jonny Gomes||Ind. Games||35|
|18||Richie Sexson||Ind. Games||35|
|19||Kevin Maas||Ind. Games||35|
|20||Ron Kittle||Ind. Games||35|
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