Find One of These in Your Relatives Attic and You’re Sitting Pretty!
You’ve probably heard the stories about someone’s great aunt passing away and her family finding a trunk full of comics worth millions in her attic, right? Truth is, it does happen. A good quality copy of Action Comics #1 was recently found in the insulation between the walls of an old house that was being restored. Before you go knocking hols in your grandparent’s kitchen wall or ransacking their storage closets, take a look at this list of the 10 most valuable comic books based on recent auctions.
10) Amazing Fantasy No.15 – $280,000
Spider-Man debuted on the cover in August 1962, with the comic book series scheduled for cancellation, but sales proved to be one of Marvel’s highest at the time and The Amazing Spider-Man comic book was launched soon after.
9) Flash Comics No.1 – $289,000
Many DC Comics characters make their first appearances in Flash Comics, including the Flash, Hawkman. Issue #1 was published in 1940.
8) More Fun Comics No.52 – $316,000
More Fun was a 1935-1947 American comic book anthology. The No.52 issue introduced The Spectre for the first time.
7) Batman No.1 – $359,000
Batman had first appeared in the Detective Comics series. The first comic book in his self-titled series, and the first in which Robin appeared, was released in the spring of 1940.
6) Marvel Comics No.1 – $367,000
Published in October 1939, the first-ever Marvel Comic included the first appearance of Carl Burgos’ android superhero the Human Torch.
5) Detective Comics No.1 – $405,000
Originally an anthology comic, Detective Comics #1 (March 1937) featured stories in the “hard-boiled detective” genre popular. The series went on to feature Batman and Superman.
4) All-American Comics No.16 – $430,000
Published in 1939, this edition was the first comic book to feature Green Lantern.
3) Superman No.1 – $671,000
The first comic book dedicated to Superman was published in 1939. Action Comics, in which he previously featured, was an anthology.
2) Detective Comics No.27 – $1,380,000
The first book to feature Batman. It sold for 10 cents when it was published in 1939.
1) Action Comics No.1 – $1,390,000
This 1938 issue was the comic book featured the world’s first superhero– his name was Superman.
So there you have; a handy guide for what to look for when you’re rummaging through your relatives houses over Thanksgiving. Good luck!