The most expensive comic book in the world was sold for millions of dollars! Want to know the exact price? Then join us on our countdown of the most valuable comic books ever sold…
Comic books are one of those few special things, that people from all walks of life, like to enjoy.
The old and the young, the rich and the poor, the nerds and the jocks, all read comic books.
Comic books have a special connection to our childhood and makes us feel like little children again every time we open one up, and flip through its pages.
Before we delve deep into this list of the most valuable comic books, lets take a trip back to the 1900’s.
Back in the late 1930’s, when comic books were starting to become popular, they were selling for 10 cents a pop.
Imagine that same comic that was bought for 10 cents in 1938, now worth over $1 million US dollars today!
The comic book collection niche is big business and rare comic books in mint condition are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions.
The list below, of the top 10 most valuable comic books ever sold, contains comics that birthed your favorite superheroes into existence.
It’s these comic book citadels such as DC and Marvel Comics, who you have to thank, for bringing the likes of…
…Superman, Batman, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk…
…To the silver screen.
They’re the ones responsible for peppering you with more superhero action movies than you can handle.
Without any further delay…let’s get started with our countdown and find out the exact cost of the most expensive comic book in the world.
The Incredible Hulk – #1 – (1962) – US$326,000
The Incredible Hulk, issue 1, is the 10th most expensive comic book ever sold.
It fetched a price of $326,000 US dollars at auction in 2014.
The ongoing comic book series was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962.
The Incredible Hulk, issue 1, contains the very first appearance of Dr. Bruce Banner and his alter ego, the Hulk.
The original comic book series was canned in March 1963, only after 6 issues.
The story goes…a gamma-radiation experiment gone wrong, turns Dr. Bruce Banner into a colossal green muscle-cake every time he loses his short temper.
The Hulk with his stereotypical imbecile nature of a muscle-head and his overly aggressive persona, makes him seem like a villain…
But he’s actually one of the good guys and is part of The Avengers.
That particular copy which sold for $326,000 US dollars has a…
…Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) grade of 9.2…
…Meaning it’s in very mint condition and practically looks brand new.
Captain America Comics – #1 – (1941) – US$343,057
Captain America Comics – #1, is the 9th most expensive comic book in the world.
In 2011, it was bought for $343,057 US dollars.
It was printed in 1941 and has a CGC grade of 9.2.
Captain America Comics – #1, features the very first appearance of Captain Steven Rogers.
Steve Rogers is a super soldier created by the United States government using gamma radiation.
In the 1st issue of Captain America, Steve Rogers with his nearly indestructible vibranium-steel shield…
…Is introduced beating the crap out of Adolf Hitler on the comic book cover.
The American actor, Chris Evans, portrays Captain America in all the Hollywood movies that have since been released.
According to Wikipedia, Chris Evans starred in the following blockbusters…
“Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and the 4th Avengers film.”
Marvel Comics – #1 – (1939) – US$367,000
The 1st issue of Marvel Comics was printed in 1939 and it’s the 8th most expensive comic book ever sold.
In 2003, this 9.0 CGC grade comic book, was sold for a staggering $367,000 US dollars.
The first release of the comic book was a huge success…
And a 2nd reprint was needed to cater for the demand…
Marvel eventually totaled 900,000 copies in sales.
Marvel Comics #1, sees the first appearance of Jimm Hammond…
The Human Torch of Fantastic Four fame.
It also introduces Namor…
A villain whose alter-ego goes by the name of the Sub-Mariner.
Tales of Suspense – #39 – (1963) – US$375,000
The 39th issue of Tales of Suspense, is the 7th most expensive comic book in the world.
This 9.6 CGC graded comic sold for a eye watering $375,000 US dollars in 2012.
Tales of Suspense is an American comic book anthology series, that was primarily written by two brothers, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber.
Tales of Suspense was published by Marvel Comics and ran from 1959 to 1968.
The 39th issue introduces Iron Man to the world…
…A widely popular superhero without any actual superpowers.
Apart from his technologically advanced iron bodysuit…
…The only other powers that Tony Stark may seem to possess is an exceptionally high IQ and painfully sharp sarcasm.
Flash Comics – #1 – (1940) – US$450,000
Flash Comics – #1, is the 6th most expensive comic book ever sold.
It was published by DC Comics in 1940 and a 9.6 CGC graded copy was sold for $450,000 US dollars in 2010.
This 1st issue introduces the appearance of the Golden Age Flash and Hawkman for the very first time.
The Flash is one of DC Comics’ most popular characters…
…And all his multiple reiterations possess superhuman speed.
Originally, the classical Flash story tells us how he was bestowed with superhuman powers after a laboratory accident in which he inhaled DNA altering vapor.
X-Men – #1 – (1963) – US$492,937
The first issue of X-Men, is the first ever comic book…
…To introduce the idea of super human powers being part of the evolutionary process, through the mutation of DNA…
…As opposed to be obtained in some freak lab accident.
The 1st issue of X-Men was published in 1963 and it’s the 5th most expensive comic book ever sold.
It was scooped up for a pretty sum of $492,937 US dollars in 2012.
This first issue, written by Stan Lee and artwork done by the legendary Jack Kirby…
…Brings us the first appearance of Magneto, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, Ice-Man, Cyclops and of course Professor X.
This particular copy has a CGC grade of 9.8 and its value is set to rise even more, as the X-Men franchise gains more and more momentum in the mainstream media.
Batman – #1 – (1940) – US$567,625
Batman – #1, is the 4th most expensive comic book ever sold.
It was published in 1940 and it’s among a handful of comic books to be sold over $500,000 US dollars.
This 9.2 CGC graded copy, fetched a price of $567,625 US dollars, during a bidding war in 2013.
Published by DC Comics, the first issue of the Batman comic book…
…Brings us the very first appearance of two of Batman’s foes, the Joker and Catwoman.
Batman’s first solo comic introduces him as an anti-social wealthy billionaire and it also iterates how he lost both his parents in a mugging when he was young.
This superhero who possesses no actual superpowers…
…Trolls the streets of Gotham City in a bat bodysuit…
…Looking for criminals to thrash and batter.
Detective Comics – #27 – (1939) – US$1,075,000
Detective Comics – #27, is the 3rd most expensive comic book in the world.
The very first iconic appearance of the Dark Knight…
…Occurred in the 27th issue of Detective Comics and was published in 1939.
In February 2010, this 8.0 CGC graded copy sold at an auction for a jaw-dropping amount of $1,075,000 US dollars!
Theoretically speaking, if a (9.2 and above) graded copy were ever to be auctioned…
…It would be the most expensive comic book in existence and would take the number-1 spot on this top ten list of the most valuable comics books ever sold.
Amazing Fantasy – #15 – (1962) – US$1.1 Million
Amazing Fantasy – #15, is the 2nd most expensive comic book ever sold!
The comic book issue that brings us…
…The first appearance of Spider-Man…
…Introduces Peter Parker to us as a nerdy teenager…
…Who is bitten by a radioactive spider…
…Thus developing superhuman abilities that he uses to fight the bad guys.
This 9.6 CGC graded copy of Amazing Fantasy…
…Fetched a shocking $1.1 million US dollars…
…Which is unheard of for a Silver Age comic book.
Mint condition comic books from the Sliver Age era usually fetch no more than $300,000 at auction.
Amazing Fantasy, formerly known as Amazing Adult Fantasy…
…Is an American comic book anthology series that was published by Marvel Comics, from 1961 to 1962.
Action Comics – #1 – (1938) – US$3.2 million
Considered by many to be the holy grail of comic book collectibles, Action Comics – #1, is officially the world’s most expensive comic book ever sold!
Published in 1938, it brings us the very first appearance of Superman.
It ignited the superhero genre and launched the Golden Age of comics…
…Forever changing pop culture.
There are two original copies of this issue currently on the market…
…One sold for $2.1 million US dollars, while the other, a 9.0 CGC graded copy…
…Sold on eBay for $3.2 million US dollars on the 24th August, 2014.
Action Comics #1, created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, tops this top ten list of the most valuable comic books ever sold!
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