Comics Worth the Most Money

Got some old comics in your attic or basement? Check them before you throw them out–if they are the right issues and in good condition, they could be worth a not-so-small fortune. You may be in possession of one of the rare comics worth the most money.

Prices available at auction for comics differ from the perceived market value, which is based on rarity and difficulty of replacement as well as the issue and the condition. For example, a copy of the top listed comic is valued at $397.5 million, but only fetched a fraction of that on sale in 2010.

Check out these comics worth the most money. 

25.) All American Comics #19

all american comics #19

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $36,000
  • Issue Date: 1940

The cover art, featuring Green Lantern, is by Sheldon Moldoff.

An important book, with only 17 unrestored examples known to exist. And it is the first and origin of Atom.

24.) Adventure Comics #40

adventure comics #40

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $63,000
  • Issue Date: 1939

Adventure Comics is a collection of comics and stories, including “The Tarantula Strikes,” featuring the Sandman.

In this story, the Sandman, a masked vigilante, investigates the disappearance of actress Vivian Dale at her estate.

23.) Suspense Comics #3

suspense comics #3

© Golden Age

  • Value: $175,000
  • Issue Date: 1944

The cover artwork for this Suspense Comics issue 3 was done by the infamous Alex Schomburg and is named as one of the Top 100 Golden Age books.

One of the most recognizable Golden Age covers and it’s easy to see why with an image of a hooded Nazi holding a sword, ready to plunge it into a captive woman’s chest.

22.) Showcase #4

showcase #4

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $179,250
  • Issue Date: 1956

Follow the first adventure of the fastest man alive. Showcase #4 is the debut of a brand new superhero, Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash.

The comic sold for $179,250 in 2009.

21.) Action Comics #13

action comics #13

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $185,000
  • Issue Date: 1939

Featuring Superman’s first battle with the villain Ultra Humanite and used as a launch-pad for the soon to be released Superman comic.

Action Comics #13 sold for $185,000 in 2001.

20.) All-Star Comics #3

all-star comics #3

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $200,00
  • Issue Date: 1940

All-Star Comics #3 features the appearance of the first super-team, the Justice Society of America.

Featuring the first group meeting between Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, The Spectre, Hourman, Sandman, Dr. Fate, and the Atom, with Johnny Thunder. Making this a highly sought after issue.

19.) All American Comics #16

all american comics #16

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $200,000
  • Issue Date: 1940

All American Comics #16 features the first appearance and origin story of the Golden Age Green Lantern otherwise known as Alan Scott.

A copy of All American Comics #16 sold for a massive $203,150 In August 2013.

18.) Action Comics #10

action comics #10

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $258,000
  • Issue Date: 1939

Featuring a story called Superman Goes to Prison.

This copy of Action Comics £10 sold for $258,000 in 2011.

17.) Avengers #1

avengers #1

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $274,000
  • Issue Date: 1963

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you would have heard of the Avengers. The Marvel Universe had grown quite dramatically since the reals of Avengers #1 back in 1963.

Featuring Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp battle Thor’s rascal of a brother, Loki in the first issue of Avengers.

16.) Journey into Mystery #83

journey into mystery

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $275,000
  • Issue Date: 1952

Marvel’s Journey into Mystery issue 83 saw the first appearance of the God of Thunder, Thor.

It sold for $275,000 on February 2014.

15.) Whiz Comics #2

whiz comics #2

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $281,000
  • Issue Date: 1940

Although listed at Whiz Comics #2 the issue never actually got released. It was, however, used in promotions.

Featuring the first appearance of Captain Marvel, or otherwise known today as Shazam to avoid confusion with Marvel’s own Captain Marvel!

14.) Fantastic Four #1

fantastic four #1

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $300,000
  • Issue Date: 1961

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created fantastic Four #1 and feature a team of four superhuman heroes.

One of the most important comics books out there as without the Fantastic Four the Marvel Universe would not exist as we know it.

13.) The Incredible Hulk #1

the incredible hulk #1

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $320,000
  • Issue Date: 1962

Believe it or not but the Incredible Hulk started off as grey in his first appearance and not a big green guy as we would all recombine today.

Another masterpiece that was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby.

12.) Captain America Comics #1

captain america comics #1

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $343,000
  • Issue Date: 1941

Captain America Comics features the very first appearance of the man himself.

Written by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, the cover shows an image of the beloved hero slapping Adolf Hitler.

11.) Tales of Suspense #39

tales of suspense #39

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $375,000
  • Issue Date: 1963

Another of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creations is Iron Man who makes his debut appearance in Tales of Suspense #3.

Not quite the stylish and super high tech version that Robert Downey Jr. brings to the big screen. But you’ve got to start somewhere, right

10.) Action Comics #7

action comics #7

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $414,000
  • Issue Date: 1938

Action Comics #7 features Superman and is only his second appearance in a comic.

Every comic book collector will want this issue to add to their collation and coming in at a bargain price of $414,00.

9.) Flash Comics #1

flash comics #1

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $450,000
  • Issue Date: 1940

Written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Harry Lampert, the first issue of Flash Comics features the first appearances of both the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, and the Golden Age Hawkman.

Such a classic!

8.) Marvel Comics #1

marvel comics #1

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: between $330,000 to $491,000
  • Issue Date: 1939

According to Nostomania’s top 100 most valuable comics is Marvel Comics’ first issue. It was published in 1939 and was also prompted by the success of the other superhero comics.

The issue introduced three Marvel characters who would become legends – the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner of Atlantis, and Ka-Zar the Great. Values range from $330,000 to around $491,000, with a 2010 copy fetching $367,000 at auction.

7.) X-Men #1

x-men #1

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $492, 937
  • Issue Date: 1968

The very first issue of X-Men fears the crime-fighting mutants Cyclops, Beast and the rest of the team take on the powerful Magneto.

A copy of this issue sold for almost half a million dollars in 2012.

6.) Batman #1

batman #1

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: between $359,000 to $850,000
  • Issue Date: 1940

Batman, who by then had been around for almost a year, became the second superhero to get his own comic. For the first time, readers were introduced to Robin, his intrepid sidekick.

Valued at $359,000 in 2010, a near-mint condition copy sold in early 2012 for $850,000 at auction. This gives it the honor of being the highest sale price ever realized for a comic book in history. As with other valuable comics, the actual sales price depends on the demand for the book as much as the condition.

5.) All-Star Comics #8

all-star comics #8

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: $936,223
  • Issue Date: 1942

All-Star Comics #8 features the Justice Society of America.

Most importantly includes the very first appearance of Wonder Woman which makes this issue value.

4.) Amazing Fantasy #15

amazing fantasy #15

© Marvel Comics

  • Value: $1.1 million
  • Issue Date: 1962

Amazing Fantasy #15 includes the very first appearance of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man.

Spider-Man is one of the world most loved superheroes, so its no wonder that an issue sold for a cool $1.1 million in 2011.

3.) Detective Comics #27

detective comics #27

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: between $375,000 to $1.2 million
  • Issue Date: 1939

Published on May 1939, the 27th issue of Detective Comics was the first to feature Batman in “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate.” Originally known as The Bat-man, the character was created in response to the success of Superman the year before.

The reported value for a near-mint condition copy of the comic ranges from $375,000 to $1.2 million, according to the Comics Price Guide, although no records exist of actual sale prices paid after 2006.

2.) Action Comics #1

action comics #1

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: between $250,000 and $1.5 million
  • Issue Date: 1938

Superman, the last survivor of the planet Krypton, is born on paper. Devoting his life to those in need, he appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1. The publication sold for 10 cents and carried a drawing of the superhero smashing a car against a rock.

As of August 2010, approximately 100 copies of the comic were known to be in existence, according to an ABC News story about a family who discovered a copy in their basement that saved their home from foreclosure. Copies are valued at between $250,000 and $1.5 million, depending on the demand and condition. Actor Nicholas Cage sold a copy in 2011 for $2.1 million.

1.) Superman #1

superman #1

© DC Entertainment

  • Value: between $25,500 to $68 million
  • Issue Date: 1939

Superman was the first character to get his very own comic book. In the summer of 1939, Superman #1 hit the newsstands with an illustration of the superhero in his iconic costume with the triangle on his chest and the recognizable logo.

Also selling for 10 cents, the estimated value in 2006 was $210,000. In 2013, however, the value ranged from $25,500 for a copy in good condition to $68 million for a copy in mint condition, according to Nostomania, an online pricing guide based on actual sales that reflects current market conditions.

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