Top 10 Most Expensive Comic Books in the World
So what is the most expensive comic? We sat down with some collectors, conducted some research and came up with the following list. All titles are based on a CGC 9.0. Note: Auctions are fickle things. The right buyer might bring a much higher price than anticipated, whereas market forces could also cause a title to sell for less. Here are the top 10 most expensive comic books in the world.
10. Amazing Fantasy, No. 15 – $280,000
This most expensive comic is August 1960′s 15th issue of Amazing Fantasy marked the debut of Spiderman. The comic book series was scheduled for cancellation, but when Marvel received high reviews and sales went skyrocketing, The Amazing Spiderman was released as a full-time comic series.
9. Flash Comics, No. 1 – $289,000
The Flash as the most expensive comic is arguably the clearest early example of American comics lifting from Greek and Roman mythology–something that later became so common many scholars, critics and comics professionals will still refer to comics as modern American mythology.
8. More Fun Comics, No. 52 – $316,000
The character of this most expensive comic, co-created (or, depending on whose version you believe, solely created) by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, is the longest-lived of any of Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creations, Superman himself notwithstanding. A fan favorite character who has headlined his own title time after time, and been written and drawn by some of the top talent in the history of the American comics industry, there’s something really enduring about The Spectre that transcends other characters of the Golden Age, many of whom haven’t been seen since the Comics Code Crunch of the ’50s.
7. Batman, No. 1 – $359,000
Since the Superman and Batman titles have historically been immune to renumberings and reboots, the series was one of the longest-running ongoing monthly titles in American comics, running from this 1940 issue until it was wrapped up in August of 2011 to make way for the New 52. This most expensive comic also featured one of the earliest appearances of Robin, who not only has become an inseparable part of the Batman mythology in his own rite but also kicked off the “kid sidekick” trend that would give birth to characters like Sandy, Bucky, Speedy and more.
6. Marvel Comics, No. 1 – $367,000
This most expensive comic published in 1939, this issue featured the debut of The Human Torch. When this comic was published in 1939, the company was called Timely. The Human Torch, dramatically different, was the only character from this book to make the jump to the Fantastic Four, although it also introduced characters with familiar names like The Angel and Sub-Mariner.
5. Detective Comics, No. 1 – $405,000
The first issue of Detective Comics was debuted in March of 1937. Since then, Detective Comics has gone on to publish 888 issues, and is the longest publiched American comic book. Detective Comics is best known for its introduction of iconic superheroes such as Batman and Superman.
4. All-American Comics, No. 16 – $430,000
The most expensive comic marked the initial appearance of the well-known comic book character The Green Lantern. The Green Lantern was the result of a collaboration of Bill Finger, the inventor of Batman, and artist Martin Nodell.
3. Superman, No. 1 – $671,000
As you can see from the image at top, CGC brought two copies of Superman #1 to the New York Comic Con this year to display with other highly-graded, valuable comics–but the photograph doesn’t capture what grade the issue on the top shelf received and the lower comics are barely visible at all.
2. Detective Comics, No. 27 – $1.38 million
The first comic book to feature Batman, Detective Comics #27 was published in May 1939 is the most expensive comic. In addition to being the first appearance of the beloved character, Batman’s early Detective Comics appearances are notable for giving readers a rare look at a more brutal Batman, willing to use deadly force and even firearms (his hatred of guns, which goes hand-in-hand with his origin, was not established until later).
1. Action Comics, No. 1 – $1.5 million
This most expensive comic published in June 1938, this is the mother of all comics. The original appearance of Superman (also, the wizard Zatara) started a wave of superhero comic books. The previous high for this issue was a CGC 8.5. A 9.0 should fetch a better price. This comic has not only most expensive comic, but perceived value as well almost everyone knows that Superman is the first superhero, and so his first appearance is recognized even by people who know nothing or almost nothing about comics as the beginning of something remarkable.