100 Most Valuable Comic Books
In my previous articles about valuable comic books, I have primarily focused on comic books that have sold at auction for hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars. So, in this list of the 100 most valuable comic books, I have focused on comic books that stand to gain more value in the next decades.
This list will be segregated via the four eras of comic books: The Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, and the Modern Age of Comic Books.
The Golden Age of Comic Books
This an era of comic book production that spans between the years 1938 to 1956.
100. More Fun Comics #101 (January 1945) DC Comics
This comic features the first appearance and origin of Superboy. Two characters, Dover and Clover, are mistakenly advertised on the cover instead of Superboy.
A copy of this comic with a CGC grade of 9.6 sold for $66,000 in November 2010.
99. Jumbo Comics #1 (August 1938) Fiction House
This comic features the first commissioned artwork by legendary artist Jack “King” Kirby. It also features the first appearance by Sheena Queen of the Jungle.
98. Jackpot Comics #4 (Spring 1941) MLJ
An ultra-rare comic that features the first cover appearance of Archie Andrews. An aesthetically imperfect copy with a CGC grade of 2.0 sold for $4,500 in September 2017.
97. Double Action Comics #2 (December 1939) DC Comics
This comic is exceptional for its ultra-rarity. Only 6 copies are known to exist. Two copies sold for $80,000 in December 2016.
96. Detective Comics #40 (June 1940) DC Comics
This issue features the first ever cover appearance of the Joker. Additionally, this comic features the first appearance and origin of Clayface.
95. Detective Comics #30 (August 1939) DC Comics
Batman’s fourth-ever appearance occurred in this issue.
94. All-American Comics #61 (October 1944) DC Comics
This issue contains the first appearance and origin of Solomon Grundy.
93. Batman #3 (October 1940) DC Comics
The cover of this issue was allegedly the inspiration for the animated, opening credits sequence for Adam West’s 1966 Batman TV show.
Batman #3 features the first appearances of the Puppet Master and of Catwoman in full costume. A copy of this issue, CGC graded 9.4, was sold for $210,000.
92. Detective Comics #140 (October 1948) DC Comics
Edward Nygma, AKA, “The Riddler,” made his first appearance in this issue. A copy of this issue, CGC graded 9.4, sold for $160,000 in 2003.
91. Silver Streak Comics #6 (September 1940)
The Golden Age version of Daredevil, now known as the Death-Defying Daredevil at Dynamite Comics, first appeared in this issue.
90. Famous Funnies #1 (July 1934) Eastern Color
This anthology comic is arguably the first, “comic book,” ever sold via newsstands during the Great Depression.
The modern comic book format as we know it, especially how it is produced and sold, was born with this issue.
89. New Comics #1 (December 1935) DC Comics
This is the first DC Comic ever published.
88. Detective Comics #168 (February 1951) DC Comics
The Joker’s origin is depicted in this issue. Also, this issue marks the first appearance of the Red Hood. A copy of this issue with a CGC grade of 8.0 sold for $11,200 in June 2014.
87. All Winners Comics #1 (June 1941) Timely Comics
Timely Comics would eventually become Marvel Comics.
This comic featured the All-Star Squad, the first team of comic book characters of the era that served as creative template for the X-Men, Avengers, and other Marvel team comics to follow.
86. Batman #2 (July 1940) DC Comics
The Joker and Catwoman make their full second appearances in this issue. This is the first issue where Catwoman is first referred to as, “Catwoman.”
Two copies of this issue with a CGC grade of 9.2 sold for $140,000 September 2010.
85. Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (1939) First Funnies
Namor the Sub-Mariner made his true first appearance in this comic, a fact that wouldn’t be revealed until 1974. This comic was given away free as a promotion in movie theaters.
The marketing ploy failed, and the Sub-Mariner story was then reused in Marvel Comics #1, which was also published that year from Timely Comics.
Less than 9 copies of this comic exist. A copy of this issue sold for $16,000 in December 2016.
84. Captain America Comics #3 (April 1941) Timely Comics
This comic features Stan Lee’s first commissioned work as a writer.
83. Action Comics #23 (April 1940) DC Comics
In this issue, the Daily Planet is mentioned for the first time and Lex Luthor makes his first appearance.
82. Detective Comics #32 (October 1939) DC Comics
First comic ever where a costumed superhero, Batman, brandishes a gun and kills two criminals.
81. Detective Comics #38 (April 1940) DC Comics
Robin the Boy Wonder and Hugo Strange make their first appearances in this issue. This was the first issue where Batman’s gloves featured aesthetically finned spikes.
80. Detective Comics #225 (November 1955) DC Comics
This issue featured the first appearance of the Martian Manhunter. A copy of this comic with a CGC grade of 9.2 sold for $86,000 in November 2008.
79. More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941) DC Comics
Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Speedy all make their first appearances in this one issue. A copy of this issue sold for $99,000 in June 2015.
78. Adventure Comics #40 (July 1939) DC Comics
The Golden Age, crime fighting version of the Sandman made his first appearance in this issue.
77. Archie Comics #1 (November 1942) MLJ
Veronica, Jughead, and Mrs. Andrews make their first appearances in this issue. Copies of this issue are extremely rare. One copy reportedly sold for $167,000.
76. All-Star Comics #3 (January 1941) DC Comics
The Justice Society of America made their first appearance in this issue.
75. Detective Comics #33 (November 1939) DC Comics
Bruce Wayne’s full origin is revealed in this issue. Joe Chill, the criminal who murdered Bruce Wayne’s parents, made his first appearance in this issue.
The Silver Age of Comic Books
This era of comic book entertainment encompasses the years between 1956 and 1970.
74. Batman #181 (June 1966) DC Comics
Poison Ivy made her comic book debut in this comic.
73. Flash #106 (May 1959) DC Comics
The Flash villains Gorilla Grodd and Pied Piper made their first appearances in this issue.
72. Our Army at War #83 (June 1959) DC Comics
Features the first appearance of Sgt. Rock.
71. Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958) DC Comics
The Legion of Super Heroes appear for the first time in this issue.
70. Marvel Super Heroes #18 (January 1969) Marvel Comics
The first iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy (no, not the current ones you know from the Marvel cinematic universe films) appear in this issue.
69. Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966) Marvel Comics
The Silver Surfer and Galactus both made their first appearances in this comic.
68. Brave the Bold #25 (September 1959) DC Comics
The Suicide Squad made their first appearance in this comic.
67. Sgt. Fury #1 (May 1963) Marvel Comics
This comic features the first appearance of Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos.
66. Action Comics #242 (July 1958) DC Comics
This issue features the first appearance of Brainiac.
65. Tales of Suspense #40 (April 1963) Marvel Comics
This comic marked the first appearance of Iron Man’s gold-colored armor.
64. Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962) Marvel Comics
Loki, the god of mischief, makes his debut in this issue.
63. Daredevil #1 (April 1964) Marvel Comics
Blind lawyer Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil, makes his first appearance in this issue. Karen Page and Foggy Nelson also make their first appearances in this issue.
62. Fantastic Four #3 (March 1962) Marvel Comics
The Fantastic Four receive their iconic costumes for the first time in this issue. Also, their first headquarters, the Baxter Building, is introduced in this issue.
61. Incredible Hulk #2 (July 1962) Marvel Comics
The Hulk was gray-colored in issue #2: he is green-colored for the first time in this issue.
60. Amazing Spider-Man #3 (July 1963) Marvel Comics
This issue features the debut of Dr. Octopus as a Spider-man villain.
59. Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964) Marvel Comics
The Green Goblin makes his first appearance in this issue.
58. Strange Tales #110 (July 1963) Marvel Comics
Doctor Strange made his character debut in this issue.
57. Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962) Marvel Comics
This issue features the first appearance of Doctor Doom.
56. Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966) Marvel Comics
T’Challa, King of Wakanda, and the Black Panther, makes his debut in this issue.
55. Brave and the Bold #28 (March 1960) DC Comics
The Justice League make their first appearance in this issue.
54. Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962) Marvel Comics
Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, makes his debut in this issue.
53. Journey Into Mystery #83 (August 1962) Marvel Comics
The Mighty Thor makes his first appearance in this issue.
52. Fantastic Four #2 (January 1961) Marvel Comics
The Skrulls, who made their Marvel cinematic universe debut in the recent Captain Marvel film, made their comic book debut here.
51. Justice League of America #1 (November 1960) DC Comics
First JLA team comic.
50. Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963) Marvel Comics
The Lizard makes his debut in this issue.
The Bronze Age of Comic Books
The Bronze Age era of comic books is between the years of 1970 and 1985.
49. New Teen Titans #2 (December 1980) DC Comics
Fan-favorite Deathstroke the Terminator made his debut in this issue.
48. Detective Comics #411 (May 1971) DC Comics
Talia al Ghul makes her first appearance in this comic.
47. Daredevil #168 (December 1981) Marvel Comics
Elektra debuts in this issue.
48. Strange Tales #180 (June 1975) Marvel Comics
Gamora makes her first appearance in this issue.
47. Green Lantern #85 (July 1971) DC Comics
This was a controversial comic that highlighted drug addiction issues. Speedy was revealed to be a drug addict in this issue.
46. Marvel Preview #4 (December 1975) Marvel Comics
Star-Lord makes his debut in this comic.
45. Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977) Marvel Comics
Carol Danvers makes her first appearance in a Marvel comic.
44. X-Men #101 (October 1976) Marvel Comics
The Phoenix Force debuts in this issue.
43. Iron Fist #14 (August 1977) Marvel Comics
Perennial X-Men villain and sometime antihero Sabretooth debuts in this issue.
42. Amazing Spider-Man #121 (June 1973) Marvel Comics
Gwen Stacy dies in this issue. This moment was a big deal in 1973.
41. The Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974) Marvel Comics
Wolverine makes his first appearance in a single and final panel of this comic.
40. All-Star Western #10 (March 1972) DC Comics
Jonah Hex makes his debut in this issue.
39. Marvel Preview #7 (June 1976) Marvel Comics
This issue marks the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon.
38. Batman #232 (June 1971) DC Comics
Ra’s Al Ghul makes his debut in this issue.
37. Tomb of Dracula #10 (July 1973) Marvel Comics
This issue marks the first appearance of Blade.
36. Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974) Marvel Comics
Iron Fist makes his debut in this issue.
35. Iron Man #55 (February 1973) Marvel Comics
Thanos the Mad Titan, Drax the Destroyer, Starfox, and the Mentor all make their debuts in this issue.
34. Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (December 1970) DC Comics
Darkseid debuted in this very issue.
33. The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974) Marvel Comics
Frank Castle, the Punisher, appeared for the first time in this issue.
32. Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972) Marvel Comics
Luke Cage and Diamondback make their debuts in this issue.
31. Incredible Hulk #181 (November 1974) Marvel Comics
Wolverine makes his first full appearance in this issue.
30. Marvel Spotlight #5 (August 1972) Marvel Comics
Johnny Blaze, AKA Ghost Rider, debuts in this issue.
29. Batman #357 (March 1983) DC Comic
Jason Todd, the second Robin, and Killer Croc debut in this issue.
28. Amazing Spider-Man #238 (March 1983) Marvel Comics
The Hobgoblin makes his first appearance in this issue.
27. Wolverine #1 (September 1982) Marvel Comics
Wolverine’s first solo comic books series; limited issue series.
26. Daredevil #181 (April 1981) Marvel Comics
This issue features the death of Elektra.
The Modern Age of Comic Books
This era covers comic books produced from 1985 until the present day.
25. Caliber Presents #1 (January 1989) Caliber Press
The Crow debuts in this issue.
24. Batman #428 (December 1988) DC Comics
Jason Todd, the second Robin, dies in this issue.
23. Silver Surfer #44 (December 1990) Marvel Comics
The Infinity Gauntlet debuts in this comic.
22. Sandman #1 (January 1989) DC
This comic features the first appearance of Morpheus, the Modern Age Sandman.
21. Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (June 1985) DC Comics
John Constantine makes his debut in this issue.
20. X-Factor #6 (July 1986) Marvel Comics
X-Men villain and current antihero Apocalypse made his debut in this issue.
19. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 (December 1985) DC Comics
Legendary alternative continuity comic where an older, battle weary Batman takes on Superman.
18. New Mutants #87 (March 1990) Marvel Comics
Cable makes his first appearance in this issue.
17. Miracleman #1 (August 1985) Eclipse Comics
First appearance of Miracleman. This series was one of the first comics to feature depictions of ultra-violence in superhero comics.
16. Batman the Killing Joke (1988) DC Comics
The Joker’s origin is reimagined in this issue. Also, the Joker tortures Commissioner Gordon and cruelly paralyzes his daughter, Barbara Gordon.
15. Vengeance of Bane Special (January 1993) DC Comics
Bane debuts in this issue.
14. Walking Dead #19 (June 2005) Image Comics
Michonne makes her first appearance here.
13. Solar Man of the Atom #10 (May 1992) Valiant Comics
This issue features the first appearance of the Eternal Warrior.
12. Invincible #1 (January 2003) Image Comics
This is the other smash hit comic, about a young Superman analogue character, created by Robert Kirkman. Kirkman also created The Walking Dead.
11. Malibu Sun #13 (May 1992)
Todd McFarlane’s Spawn character made it’s first promotional appearance in this issue.
10. Spawn #1 (May 1992) Image Comics
First appearance of Spawn in an Image Comic.
9. Harbinger #1 (January 1992) Valiant Comics
This issue is the first appearance of the Eggbreakers and Peter Stanchek. These comics also usually feature rectangular hole in them; Valiant would issue redeemable coupons for promotions in these early issues.
8. Strangers in Paradise #1 (November 1993) Antarctic Press
This is the first comic book written and drawn by Terry Moore.
7. Walking Dead #2 (October 2003) Image Comics
This issue features the first appearances of Lori and Carl Grimes and Glenn. The first edition printing run of this second issue is scarcer than issue #1.
6. Walking Dead #27 (March 2006) Image Comics
The Governor, Bruce, Gabriel, and Martinez all make their first appearances in this issue.
5. NYX #3 (February 2004) Marvel Comics
Laura Kinney, a clone of Wolverine, makes her code name debut as, “X-23,” in this issue.
4. Saga #1 (February 2012) Image Comics
This comic is a classic in the making and first edition copies are scarce. It’s a about a couple trying to raise their child in the middle of an intergalactic war.
3. Rai #0 (October 1992) Image Comics
Bloodshot makes his debut in this issue. Vin Diesel will portray the character in 2020 on the big screen. This issue may become in demand in the future.
2. Avenging Spider-Man #9 (September 2012) Marvel Comics
Carol Danvers makes her debut as Captain Marvel in this issue. This is an issue to watch in the future for collectors.
1. The Walking Dead #1 (October 2003) Image Comics
Rick Grimes makes his debut in this issue. This was the issue that kicked off a global fanbase phenomenon only 7 years later when the TV show adaptation premiered.
Make Strategic Investments When It Comes to Comic Book Investments
You shouldn’t make comic book investments with an intent to make an overnight profit. The comic books on this list will pay off in value in the long-term future.
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