There may be no other modern comic as intriguing as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. This comic book remains one of the most valuable modern comics, and essentially serves as the launchpad for the 1980’s to present Independent comic book movement.
Why it’s important
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of the first independent comic books to really hit the big time. Outside of the comic book itself it has spawned movies, television cartoons, toys and more licensed items than can be mentioned. This perpetual interest keeps the comic book in the limelight. The movie remake in 2014 is also helping push this comic to new heights.
The first issue is in black and white with a black cover prone to easy damage. High grade copies are more difficult to find. The big gotcha are the counterfeit copies in circulation. For that reason, unless you are an expert, I can highly recommend sticking to CGC copies for purchase.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Value
The 2o14 reboot of the movie franchise has pushed some copies up in value. A copy of TMNT #1 in CGC 9.8 (the highest known graded copy) has sold as high as $22,752 in 2011, although it has recently sold for $15,000. CGC 9.4 copies have moved from the $4,000 – $5,000 range a couple of years ago up to a new high of almost $7,500 in 2014 (only one copy sold for that amount, most went in the $5,000-$6,000 range)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 For Sale
Where to find copies of TMNT? Check the usual place such as Heritage, Comiclink, etc., but don’t forget to look on E-bay and use our Comic for Pennies System to score a copy at a discount.