Children buy comics to read, and it’s easy to see why mass produced books have difficulty surviving the tests of time. Comic books are thin and tear easily, but in mint condition, adults are willing to pay top dollar for them.
Amazing Fantasy Spider Man
Stan Lee’s classic creation was first introduced in this series as part of a different storyline, but it was so popular, the superhero had its own series The Amazing Spider-Man. Originally published in 1960, the issue is valued at $280,000. The mutant spider/teenager is so captivating that several spin-offs and reboots in the form of other comic books, movies, and TV shows have taken off in the 50 years since its birth.
The speedy superhero was first introduced in 1940, making its most collectible issue more than 70 years old. The first comic in this series is now valued at $289,000 when its original selling price was 10 cents.
Another First Appearance
Much like Spider Man’s introduction to the comic book world, the Spectre first made an appearance in issue 52 of More Fun Comics worth $316,000. He made his debut the same year as Flash as a ghoulish figure towering over innocent bystanders on the street.
Batman was introduced in the Detective Comics series, but that is nowhere near as valuable as the first issue of Batman. On the cover is his trusty sidekick Robin as they swing through the air grappled to the title. This issue can be purchased for $359,000.
The Birthplace of Marvel’s Characters
Marvel Comics was so successful that many of its characters developed enough of a following to have a series and storyline of their own, such as Iron Man, X-Men, and Wolverine. The first of this comic was sold at auction for $367,000.
As mentioned, Batman originated from this iconic series, as did Superman. The earliest in publication on this list so far, the first issue ran in 1937 and is currently valued at $405,000.
Introducing the Green Lantern
All-American Comics first showed us Green Lantern’s penchant for justice in issue 16 that’s currently going for $430,000.
The Classic Issue of the Classic Superhero
The first issue of Superman isn’t his first appearance in comics, but it marks the first issue centered completely on the character. The 64 page long issue is valuable enough for someone to pay $671,000.