Top 10 MOST EXPENSIVE Comic Books


Welcome to Top10Archive! Anything is only
worth what someone is willing to pay for it, the question here is, just how much is one
willing to pay for a comic book? From the first appearance of the Amazing Spiderman
to the first ever X-men comic book, we’re taking a look at the Top 10 Most Expensive
Comic Books Ever Sold to the public. 10. The Avengers #1 ($275,000)
The first of many first issues on our list, The Avengers issue #1, written by Stan Lee
and penciled by Jack Kirby, puts a list of then Marvel favorite characters, Ant-Man,
Wasp, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor together as The Avengers for the first time. The first
edition prints of The Avengers #1, first sold on September 10th, 1963, for 12¢. It wasn’t
for some years later, after the “silver age” of comics had come and gone that the issue
would bring in the money to place it on our list. On July, 26th, 2012, a grade 9.6 copy
sold for an astounding $275,000 through Heritage Auctions.
9. Fantastic Four #1 ($300,000) In November of 1961, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
would create one of the most important comics ever created, a story about four scientists
traveling into space, then meeting with cosmic radiation, turning them into the Fantastic
Four that would begin a mighty empire. With an original cover price of 10¢, today it
is worth a small fortune, as a 9.4 grade copy would get its record sale through Metropolis
Collectibles in 2011, for an outstanding sum of $300,000. This issue is one of four known
copies to have obtained a 9.4 grade, making it a highly sought after valuable amongst
collectors. 8. The Incredible Hulk #1 ($320,000)
Even in a time when vintage comics frequently garner high value, very few of them will reach
hundreds of thousands; in the case of Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s The Incredible Hulk
#1, published in May of 1962, a 9.2 grade copy sold through ComicConnect, an online
vintage comic auction house, for a pricetag of $320,000 in 2014, an impressive markup
from the original cover price of 12¢. This sale places the first appearance of the Hulk
up near the upper echelon of the silver age comic book values.
7. Captain America Comics #1 ($340,000) Another record setting sale from online vintage
comic book auction house, Commicconnect.com, this time bringing in an impressive $343,000
for a 9.2 grade copy of Captain America Comics #1, the title character’s first appearance,
created by the combined talents of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, published originally on March
1st, 1941, and holding an original cover price of a mere 10¢. This issue came from a private
collection; he kept such good care of it, it obtained the 2nd highest known grade for
this comic. 6. Tales of Suspense #39 ($375,000)
1963’s Tales of Suspense #39 by Stan Lee and Don Heck, with cover art by, you guessed it,
Jack Kirby, with an original cover price of 12¢, setting its record sale in 2012 with
a 9.6 grade copy, sold for $375,000 through ComicLink. This comic is of great value to
any marvel comic collector, marking the first appearance of Iron-Man, the beloved character
now immortalized by Rober Downy Jr. The new record for this comic takes leaps and strides
from its previous record sale price of $147,000 for a 9.4 grade copy.
5. X-Men #1 ($492,000) As one of Marvel Comics most iconic teams
ever, it comes as little surprise that a 9.8 graded copy of X-Men #1 would sell just shy
of $500,000, making its 12¢ original cover price pretty heartbreaking for all those old
folk out there that thought comics were stupid in the 1960’s. This, being one of just two
copies so far with a 9.8 grade, Heritage Comics online auctions sold a copy for $492,000 in
2012, surpassing the previous record of $200,000 for a 9.6 grade copy. The 1963 comic by the
ever famous duo, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, would start one of the most successful comic
book titles in the world; starting with the original teams first appearances of Professor
Xavier, Marvel Girl, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Angel, against their foe Magneto.
4. Batman #1 ($567,000) The highest graded copy of 1940’s, Batman
#1, featuring the first appearances of both Catwoman and the clown prince of terror, the
Joker. This 10¢ cover-priced comic was graded at 9.2 and sold through Heritage Comics on
behalf of the Tadano America Corporation for an impressive $567,000. This comic though
comes with one of the more interesting stories behind it; the comic originally sold for an
astounding $850,000 in a private sale in May of 2012, but the “purchaser” at the time,
Anthony Chiofalo, would be found guilty of embezzling funds to purchase his high-cost
collectables. A little under $300,000 dollars later, this comic by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
would finally go on and set a new precedence for the value of vintage comics.
3. Detective Comics #27 ($1,000,000) Another comic by Bob Kane and Bill Finger,
1939’s Detective Comics #27 would reach record numbers through Heritage Auctions, turning
over one of the largest sales for a Golden Age comic, selling for an astounding $1,000,000.
On February 25th, 2010, the 8.0 graded comic, which first appeared Batman, became one of
the most expensive comic books to date. The comic was targeted to reach a much smaller
sum of $100,000, but a bid-war ensued, finally ending when an anonymous buyer would pay a
grand total of $1,075,000, after a buyer’s premium had factored in. Some argue that due
to its high sale price and poorer condition, that it could possibly be a more valuable
comic book than Action Comics #1. 2. Amazing Fantasy #15 ($1.1 Million)
With a 12¢ original cover price, Amazing Fantasy #15, written and penciled by Stan
Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko in 1962, introduced us to the ever popular Spider-Man. A 9.6 graded
copy of it would be sold through CommicConnect.com, then went on to become the largest, ever,
all cash sale of a comic book, a deal that was worth a spectacular $1,100,000. This near
pristine copy is said to be the “Silver Age equivalent of the Golden Age Action Comics
#1” and has become a vital and key issue in the defining factor of comic book value by
era. 1. Action Comics #1 ($3.2m)
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s, it’s, Superman! Coming in at our number
one spot with a ground-breaking, shattering sale of a 9.0 grade copy of Action Comics
#1, sold through Ebay of all places, by Darren Adams, owner of Pristine Comics, for a whopping
$3,207,852! No individual comic book sale has even come close to this one. Action Comics
#1, first printed in June of 1938 with a limited 200,000 copies, sporting a cover price of
just 10¢, compiles a telling of multiple stories, most notably being the first ever
appearance of Superman, told through pages 1-13, created by Jerry Siegel, and Joe Shuster.
This is one of two issues graded this high, the other from actor Nicholas Cage was sold
at auction for just over $2.1 million. Why such a large price difference, you ask? Well,
even though they share the same grade, the copy sold by Adam is considered to be the
“better looking” book, boasting a whiter cover.

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  3. Just found about 300 comics, found a deadpool comic, worth over 2000. Not getting rid of it unless someone gives me a good offer though.

  4. At my old house we found lots of old.school comic book that includes many on the list but we didn't know it was this rare so we just threw it away. But I'm not sure if they were real😓

  5. My grandfather had the tales of suspense iron man although it is in very bad shape. still costs around 50,000 dollars tops. It is now owned by my dad

  6. i had the the batman issue no.1 but sold it for $50 thinking its too old for my collection but i still have the issue no.2 is that worth
    something

  7. I sell the avengers 1st issue signed by jack kirby legit back in the day my grandpa was still alive and loved the comics ps.he was already middle age to adult when it was signed and released

  8. Comic books aren't just stupid in the 1960s, they're stupid for all time. And people who'd pay $100s of thousands are the stupidest of all.

  9. Well… I'm a little sick. Been many decades but I believe I owned four of these.
    Because of condition my four would probably be about $300,000. My total
    collection would be a little over $375,000 – $400,000. And I thought it was time
    to grow-up and sell my collection! At least I doubled my money on Fantastic
    Four #1. Got $30 for it.

  10. How do they 'deliver' these?
    They must have like an ARMED guard travel with them to their destination. DAMN!

    I guess if you can afford that money a plane/bus/train ticket is nothing.

  11. I always dream I come upon an abandoned prestige collection of comics and my life is changed forever. Why changed??? because there are 2 of each copy. One to keep and one to sell!

  12. if you think about both spider man and superman were everybody most favorite and beloved character i mean look both spider man and superman cost even more then the other superheroes spiderman comes at second place while Superman comes first places

  13. I used to have a comic book but I can't remember the name of it. The comic book had a guy in blue tights with 2 vertical white lines that come to a circular design in the middle of his chest. I've google searched about it but can't find what character he is. The Closest that look like him are The Fantastic 4 members and Animal Man. Also in the book there's a guy who wears a long trench coat or blazer sports coat and I think he's abducting children or something and is holding a screw driver at 1 point. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I'd appreciate it.

  14. I had no idea comic books now sell for a million dollars or more? Now I wish mom never got ride of my comic books? I might be rich by now?

  15. Not to be a nit picker but it was JOE SMION not JOE SINNOT who drew the First issue of Captain America #1

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  17. I think I have the spider man I'm rich oh when I was cometing I saw action comics and I have it $$$$$$///$$$$$$$$

  18. stupid videos like this only helps to increase the prices and alert people and feed scalpers!!! social media are destroying collecting! youtube sucks.

  19. If they can make thanos look fantastic in the infinity war film then there was really no reason that fox can't do the same

  20. I dig the fact that Nicholas Cage is a comic book collector! That’s cool that he had an Action Comics No.1….I wonder what other (comic) gems he has in his collection?

  21. Value of Action Comics # 1: US$2,890,000.00 or AUD$4,022,995.60 or Yen320,658,505.00 or £2,229,057.00 or EGP51,530,145.00 or HK$22,683,147.60!!

  22. I purchased a copy of Amazing Fantasy 15 in Leeds Kirkgate Market in the UK in 1965 for 4 old pennies.It was second hand but in good condition.I would say grade 5 or 6.I had it taken away from me for a minor mischief and it was given to my cousin along with all my other Marvel comics (about 100).I saw them all ripped to bits at his home a few weeks later.It has taken me 52 years to get over it.I am kidding.I am still not over it.

  23. Oh no! I had a chance to buy Tales Of Suspense with the first appearance of Iron Man! In 1980 , I was going to a place that sold old back issues of comic books. TOS was being sold for $10.00 and it was in good condition. I was a DC loyalist and didn't buy it. Whoever bought that comic must be rich now!

  24. Rats! I had the chance to buy the issue of Amazing Fantasy! In 1985 , the owners of the comic book shop was selling Amazing Fantasy with the first appearance of Spiderman for $300.00 It wasn't a reprint ,the comic book was in good condition. The owners turned the pages for me and said it would be a good investment. I was loyal to DC and didn't buy it. I was a struggling student and $300.00 could have paid my tuition for a semester. Now , I wish I bought that comic book!😥😥😥😥😥😥

  25. Like a John Carpenter film, if you look on the right of the screen for a split second in the first quarter of the video you see a "Action Comics 1 sold for 3.2 million" article. Spoiling the end with a hidden message, or bad editing but I'll give you guys the benefit of the doubt haha

  26. How is detective comics 27 #3 when amazing fantasy 15 sells for like 275k and detective comics #27 has sold for 1.5 million

  27. My parents screwed me over by throwing out my DC and Marvel collection when I was nine as punishment for leaving the house without permission to go play with friends. I'm in my sixties now and know that just 20 or 30 of the titles I had, which included the very first appearance of the Green Goblin in Spider man, would be worth over a million today.

  28. Anybody else buying from the 80s and 90s and keeping them in mint condition hoping they will be worth anything in the future cause I know I am!

  29. I would love to see what the Edgar Church Action #1 would sell for should Anderson ever sell it. It's rumored to be a 9.4 or 9.6 WHITE pages

  30. Daddy tube from evantube has Amazing fantasty tales of suspense the incrideble Hulk the Avengers and fantastic four

  31. Imagine going through your grandpas collection and seeing one of these…

    Only later to find out the insides were ripped off and the cover remains.

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