Most Valuable Comic Books

Comic Books have increasingly become a mainstream collectible investment. Copies of Action Comics #1, Detective #27 and Amazing Fantasy #15 have sold for $1 million or more. Not too bad for a 10-12 cent funny books! Each age and genre has generated their fair share of “must have” blue chip comic books. As they are uploaded to Comic Book Secrets, each title is linked to the investment survey for the specific comic so you can see why they are important, the price range, outlook, and current issues for sale.

Most Valuable Key Golden Age Comics

Action Comics 1 – Origin/First Superman
All-American Comics 16 – First Green Lantern
Batman 1 – First self titled Batman
Captain America Comics 1 – Origin/First Captain America
Captain Marvel Adventures 1 – First self titled Captain Marvel
Detective Comics 27 -Origin/First Appearance Batman
Flash Comics 1 – Origin/First Appearance Golden Age Flash
Marvel Comics 1 – The first Marvel/Timely comic with Human Torch, Sub-mariner
Superman 1 – First self titled Superman
Whiz 2 (#1) – Origin/First Appearance Captain Marvel

Most Valuable Silver Age Comic Books

Amazing Fantasy #15
Fantastic Four #1
Incredible Hulk #1
Showcase #4
Amazing Spider-man #1
X-men #1
Journey into Mystery #83
Tales of Suspense #39
Showcase #8
Brave and the Bold #28
The Flash #105
Justice League of America #1
Showcase #9
Adventure Comics #247
Fantastic Four #5
Tales to Astonish #27
Avengers #1
Showcase #22
Green Lantern #1

Most Valuable Key Bronze Age Key Comic Books
All Star Western #10 – First Jonah Hex
Amazing Adventures 11 – First New Beast
Amazing Spider-Man 121 – Death of Gwen Stacy
Amazing Spider-Man 122 – Death of Green Goblin
Amazing Spider-Man 129 – First Punisher
Batman 232 – First Ras Al Ghul
Batman 234 – First Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the modern age
Cerebus 1 – First Cerebus and widely successful independent comic book
Conan 1 – First Appearance Conan
Daredevil 131 – First New Bullseye
Daredevil 158 – First Frank Miller on Daredevil
Daredevil 168 – First Elektra
Daredevil 181 – Death of Elektra
Fear 10 First Man -Thing in his own series
Giant Sized X-Men 1 – New X-Men
Green Lantern 76 – First Neal Adams
House of Secrets 92 – First Swamp Thing
Hulk 181 – First Full Wolverine
Iron Fist 14 – First Sabretooth
Iron Man 55 – First Thanos
Marvel Feature 1 – Origin/First Appearance Defenders
Marvel Premiere 15 – Origin/First Appearance Iron Fist
Marvel Spotlight 2 – First Werewolf By Night
Marvel Spotlight 5 – Origin/First Appearance Ghost Rider
Special Marvel Edition 15 – First Master of Kung-Fu (Shang -Chi)
Superman 233 – Classic Neal Adams Cover
X-Men 94 – New X-Men series begins
X-Men 101 – First Phoenix
X-Men 137 – Death of Phoenix/Dark Phoenix

Think about this, according to the first edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, a collector could have picked up a near mint copy of Detective Comics #27 for about $275, a book that sold in February 2010 for over $1 million.

Take a look below and see what these comics are currently fetching at auction (if you can even find them for sale!).

18 Responses to “Most Valuable Comic Books”

  1. Shannon Murray says:

    I have a collection of old comic books ranging from superman to iron man, years ranging from 1967 to 1990..I am needing to know how much they are worth…I also have a Marvel Transformers Head Masters Vol. 1 No. 1 dated in 1987…I also have a whole collection of Alf Comic books that are still in the plastic…I have more but too much to enter..If you would like to know more send me an email and let me know..

  2. Cardell Landis says:

    i have a question to ask about my superboy comic book i have not superman but superboy and i was wondering do that have any value to it can someone let me no it’s in very good condition my email is landiscardell@yahoo.com

    Thank You

  3. Michele Sivadas says:

    Interested in Golden Age comics that were published during WarII. Like The Green Lama.

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  11. tina saunders says:

    i have a 1979 marvel comics avengers post card book would like to know what its worth its in cherry condition

    • admin says:

      Your best bet is to find the same item or something similar on E-bay. Unique items like your post card book sell for all different prices, it depends on finding a collector who is interested and coming to a mutually agreeable price.

  12. Uni says:

    I have. Collection of signed comics.. With pictures of them being signed. I read your notes about the value it makes or breaks in these comic books. My question is how do I find out what each o e is worth. I inherited these old comic books however I know the value before they were signed. Is there a site you can send me to so I do not get ripped off in the event I wish to sell them.

    Best,
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  13. Heather Wilson says:

    Hi,

    I have one book ” Puck’s Opper Book” 1888. by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Drawings by Frederick Opper, reprinted from ” Puck”

    This is a Green hard backed book with ” Pucks Opper Book” printed in gold on the front cover. The book has 62 pages. With black and white sketches. using the Overstreet Guide I would say that the books condition is VG 4.0.

    All information during my research refers to this book having a soft cover. The hardback cover on my book is original, to this end I would welcome your expertise. For information purposes the cover measures WXH: 335mm x 280mm.

    During my research I found a ” Pucks Opper Book” 1888, which sold for €500. However, this book had a soft cover that had been rebound with a hardback cover. I have attached a link below. Could I ask whether you are able to assist with a guide price. I only have the one book and buying the overstreet guide would simply eat into any potential profit.

    http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?ItemID=22953603

    Thank you in anticipation of your kind reply.

    • admin says:

      Heather,
      I researched the book also and looked it up in Overstreet. The only mention of this book is the softcover edition. The only hardcover “Puck” books mentioned are rebound English language sets printed in several volumes. Each volume had 26 issues printed over 6 months. This may be one issue of those. I’m not familiar enough with this series to give you a complete answer. You may also try posting this information over on the CGC boards as there are collectors there that specialize in Victorian Age comics.

  14. Terry says:

    Hi Heather,
    Hope you get this message. I have never heard of a Hardcover “Puck’s Opper Book” but I am interested in it. Do you want to sell it?

  15. Andrew says:

    Will there ever be a Copper Age Most Valuable Comic Book List advertised/published? I know they won’t be worth a whole lot but I’m sure there are some books that should be on the rise. Thanks!

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