Although when first published, most comic books were available for less than a dollar an issue, the value of some well-known issues have increased tremendously over the years. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one or even more of these issues, you could be the owner of a small fortune. Here is a list of the top ten most expensive comic books of all time.
10. Amazing Fantasy, No. 15
This 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. Spiderman was created by famous writer Stan Lee, and has since become one of the most well-known Marvel Comics characters. For more Marvel trivia, check out this graphic.
9. Flash Comics, No. 1
This comic series and issue debuted in January of 1940. It introduced the characters of both Flash and Hawkman into the comic world. The value of this first issue is estimated to be around 289,000 dollars.
8. More Fun Comics, No. 52
More Fun Comics ran only 12 years, from 1935 to 1947. The 52nd issue of this comic’s ephemeral lifetime marked the introduction of The Spectre to comic book fans. More Fun Comics, No. 52 is valued at nearly 316,000 dollars.
7. Batman, No. 1
After Batman’s popular series in Detective Comics, it received it’s own comic book in the spring of 1940. This issue was the first to include Robin, Batman’s sidekick. Robin was created in order to attract younger readers to the comic book world.
6. Marvel Comics, No. 1
The fact that the first issue of Marvel Comics is an immensely valuable issue should come as no surprise, since Marvel Comics is one of the most well-known comics of all time. This October issue featured characters such as The Human Torch, Submariner, and Masked Raider. Since this first issue, Marvel Comics has featured many superheroes including Spiderman, The Hulk, Wolverine, and Iron Man.
5. Detective Comics, No. 1
For numerous years, fans of Detective Comics have rivaled with fans of Marvel Comics over which comic sports the best group of superheroes and villians. 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
The 16th issue of All-American Comics 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
Althoug Superman first appeared in Action Comics, the popularity of this superhero led to a full comic book series to be dedicated to Superman. This first issue of the Superman comics is estimated at 671,000 dollars.
2. Detective Comics, No. 27
Detective Comics, issue number 27, is where Batman made his debut appearance. The comic was released in May of 1939, where it was sold for only 10 cents. Batman was originally referred to as “The Bat-Man”, and is known in the comic book world as “the world’s greatest detective”. Today, this issue is now valued at $1.38 million.
Value: $1.38 million
1. Action Comics, No. 1
Action Comics made its debut to the world in June of 1938. This comic book series was the first to introduce the famous superhero Superman. Stephen Fisher, a leading comic book expert, suggests that the first issue of Action Comics was a pivotal point for the comic book world. Before this first issue, comic books were not very popular, and there wasn’t even such a thing as a “superhero”. Superman is often recognized as the first American comic book superhero, and is still one of the most popular superheroes to date. Action Comics No. 1 is estimated to be valued at 1.5 million dollars.
Value: $1.5 million