Everyone loves a comic book, right? For many people comic books can arouse that sense of pocket money nostalgia – back in the day when you saved up all week to buy your favourite title. Nowadays, comic books and graphic novels are more popular and well-known throughout the world, especially since most of the titles you’ve grown up with are now big budget movies that are dominating the cinema. You can even click here to see the top high-grossing comic book movies in box office sales. How great would it be to not only see your favourite character on the big screen but also discover that your copy of their comic from your childhood is priceless? There are people that have treasured their copies since childhood, vowing to never part with them. But there are some folks opting to find value in rare first issues of a series. Here’s our guide to some of the most valuable first issues out there (as long as the condition of the comic is impeccable!) – could you be harboring one in your attic? Take a read below and find out.
Avengers #1, 1963 – 210,486
Avengers series had quite the humble beginning, and these once glossy pages
feature the likes of Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Ant-Man. If you could
uncover one of these from your own collection, it could do as well at auction
as the staggering price tag it currently has.
Fantastic Four #1, 1961- 230,460
There’d be no
Marvel if there hadn’t been a Fantastic Four to pave the way! This one was
created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and it sets a precedent of hundreds more
adventures to follow. It was sold for a staggering 230,460 in 2011.
Incredible Hulk #1, 1962 –
Did you know that
due to ink issues, the Hulk was grey before he was green? Written by Stan Lee
and illustrated by Jack Kirby, this duo created one of the most prolific comic
book figures, a first edition copy was sold for 250,433 in 2014.
Captain America Comics #1, 1941
Jack Kirby teamed
up with Joe Simon to produce this masterpiece, and it certainly stood out on
the newsagent shelves; the cover features Captain America swinging a punch
towards Adolf Hitler?! It sold for a huge 263,536, so it’s definitely worth unearthing
from the depths of your collection!
Beano #1, 1938- 17,300
A true British
icon, the first ever issue was just 28 pages long and there are only 25 known
copies known to still exist. It was sold for 2 pence originally, but it fetched
a startling 17,300 at auction in 2015.
Marvel Comics #1, 1939 –
This first issue created
the Marvel that is loved globally nowadays. In the comic we were introduced to The
Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner for the first time.
7. Flash Comics #1, 1940 – 345,690
This icon was
written by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, and readers were introduced to the
likes of the Golden Age Flash and the Golden Age Hawkman. It auctioned for a
six-figure total in 2010, and at the time it was the second most-expensive
comic in all time.
X-Men #1, 1963 – 378,674
crime-fighting mutants took on Magento in this issue, another Stan Lee and Jack
Kirby collaboration, which sold for an enormous fee of 378,674 in 2012.
Superman #1, 1939 – 389,861
Superman would make an appearance on this list! Nowadays known as a
star-studded role to portray in his various blockbuster films, this self-titled
debut broke away from Action Comics where he had originally appeared. Early in
2018, it sold for an impressive figure which is just as impressive as his
fictional crime-fighting career.
10. Batman #1, 1939 – 436, 049
standalone career in comic book fame began in this issue, and his prolific
counterparts the Joker and Catwoman were in tow. A well-kept copy sold for
436,049 in 2013.
So, if you can get
your hands on one of these, you could be in for a heathy profit, up to as much
as six figures!
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