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Ten Most Valuable Golden Age Comics

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Action Comics #1 — $3.2 million

Action Comics #1 tops every list because it sold for the highest price tag of any comic book ever in August 2014.

No other comic book broke the $3 million threshold before that day, and as of 2018, no sale tops it.

Why is Action Comics #1 so expensive? Superman and Lois Lane made their first ever debut within its page. It’s the comic book that started all comic books.

When Action Comics #1 hit newsstands in June 1938, it arrived on a run of 200,000 copies. Over the last 80 years, almost all disappeared or suffered from age. Only 50-100 of the original series remain, and few feature a sell-able condition.

Even the most dedicated collectors are unlikely to ever see an original print of Action Comics #1 much less own one. But its rarity sells it.

What’s the lowest price available for one of these prints? Expect to see a value of at least $75,000.

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Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition
  • Various
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Edition no. 0 (04/17/2018)

Detective Comics #27 — $2.1 million

In May 1939, Detective Comics introduced a new character who would live for nearly a century.

“Bruce Wayne is a nice young chap — but he must certainly lead a boring life…seems disinterested in everything.”

Detective Comics #27 was Batman’s debut, and the combination of the first appearance with the rarity of Golden Age comics adds to its value. The record selling price for an original print of this comic is $2.1 million. The minimum value sits at $70,000.

Detective Comics #27 Batman Vintage Comic Cover 2 x3" MAGNET Refrigerator Locker
  • Detective Comics #27 Batman Vintage Comic Cover 2 x3" MAGNET Refrigerator Locker
  • Brand New

​All-Star Comics #8 — $936,000

The origin story and first appearance of Wonder Woman is the newest entrant to the most valuable Golden Age comic books thanks to the release of films. It is also the most expensive female-led issue to

A customer bought an original copy of this December 1941 comic for $936,000. The deal went down on eBay, and the customer bought it from Pristine Comics. Pristine is also the seller who arranged the $3.2 million sale of Action Comics #1 back in 2014.

Do you have a first-edition copy of Wonder Woman’s origin story? Some suggest that the approximate value of a “very fine” print of this comic is worth a minimum of $31,500, but a mint copy could fetch over $100,000.

All Star Comics - Archives, Volume 8 (Archive Editions (Graphic Novels))
  • Gardner Fox, John Broome, Bob Kanigher
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Edition no. 0 (08/01/2002)

​Batman #1 — $567,000

Eleven months after Batman arrived on the scene in Detective Comics #27, the legendary hero met his match in Batman #1.

The April 1940 comic featured the introduction of the ultimate archnemesis: Joker. It also introduced a character who would go on to dominate her own series — a little character called Catwoman.

An issue of Batman #1 sold for a record $567,000. Your copy may sell for a minimum of $12,000.

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Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham (Rebirth)
  • DC Comics
  • Tom King
  • Publisher: DC Comics

​Superman #1 — $507,000

Superman #1 deviates from almost every comic on this list because it isn’t a first appearance. Instead, the pages detail Superman’s first solo outing.

The highest recorded sale of Superman #1 is $507,000. Own a copy? It likely features a minimum value of $15,000.

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Superman Vol. 1: The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth
  • Brian Michael Bendis
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Hardcover: 168 pages

​Flash Comics #1 — $450,000

Flash Comics #1 falls in line with the other high-value comics. It records both the origin story and first appearance of three important comic characters: The Flash, Hawkman, and Johnny Thunder.

The comic boasts one of the highest ever recorded sales at $450,00. However, its minimum sale value is significantly less than other comics at only $5,000.

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The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice (Rebirth)
  • DC Comics
  • Joshua Williamson
  • Publisher: DC Comics

​Sensation Comics #1 — $399,000

The creep of Sensation Comics #1 into the list of the most valuable comics of the Golden Age is a testament in part to Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman.

Fan’s newfound and rekindled love affair with the adventures of Woman Woman fuelled three of her comics to reach the top ten most valuable Golden Age comics — more than any other character.

Additionally, it is one of only two comics on this list that doesn’t feature the original debut of a character. Sensation Comics #1 is Wonder Woman’s second outing. It was, however, her first comic cover, which lends to the value when combined with the rarity.

A copy of this comic sold for a record $399,000. The minimum value is quite low. It sells for around $5,000 as a baseline.

​Captain America Comics #1 — $306,000

Captain America Comics #1 hit newsstands on March 1, 1941, and it introduced readers to a character who would resurge seventy years later in a blockbuster film. The comic’s plot also happens to be Captain America’s debut.

Captain America would become the quintessential America hero — a savior wrapped in the American flag and poised to punch Hitler.

Although the comic originally retailed at $0.10 a copy, the importance of the issue meant that one well-kept copy would sell for $306,000.

​Wonder Woman #1 — $291,000

The placement of Wonder Woman’s official debut before her second adventure and cover story is a curious one. It is, however, her first solo comic and tells her origin story.

You’ll also notice that this is Wonder Woman’s third entry on our list. Published in June 1942, Wonder Woman continues to resonate today as her fame only continues to grow.

Do you have a copy of this comic? Estimates value this edition at around $1,500 as a minimum.

​All-American Comics #16 — $203,000

Most issues of the All-American Comics series sell for a tidy sum on the market. Though it is the tenth on this list, these comics, including #16, tend to be scarce, which drives up the price of even a low-quality condition.

All hail the Green Lantern, who All-American Comics debuted in issue #16 in July 1940. A copy of this unforgettable comic sold for $203,000.

Those who have a copy in their possession may sell up for as little as $3,000 even for a poor but complete copy of the comic.

All American Comics 16 1st Green Lantern DC Golden Age CGC 8.0

Valuing Comic Books: A Buyer and Seller’s Guide

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Do you have a copy of these Golden Age Comics? Do you have the cash and want to invest in one of these valuable pieces of art history?

We put together a guide that caters to both buyers and sellers. You’ll find that what benefits buyers also benefits sellers because it ensures a smooth transaction with prices that match the value of the pieces.

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