With the huge number of comic books printed through the years, it can be hard to know which ones are truly valuable. How do you know if you’re one holding even has value? When you have tons of publishers, series and versions of each original, the whole idea just becomes more intimidating.
The good news is, there are specific things you can look into, to help you make a reasonable judgment. Note, however, that the market can be very fickle, with comic book values soaring and crashing any minute without warning. This is true for newer comic books in most cases, but older ones aren’t exactly exempt.
To get a picture of a comic book’s value, consider the following indicators:
Date of Publication
First off, look at the date of publication. If the comic book is from the 70s or earlier, it is more likely valuable.. Age alone can cause the item’s value to rise.
While this is not an absolute rule, lower issue number comics are usually more valuable than the rest. First issues are the most valuable in general, with exceptions. For example, Amazing Fantasy #15, where Spiderman first appeared, sold for above a million dollars. However, be careful with relaunches that aim to capture new interest, such as DC Comics’ The New 52, where they totally rebooted their franchise. The Action Comics from that launch is less in value compared to the Action Comics #1, which first came out in 1938.
The grade of a comic book, given by the Comic Book Certification Service, is a measure of its condition. The better the condition of a comic book, the higher its grade, though some exceptions still apply. For instance, even if an Action Comics#1 copy gets a low grade, its value can still range in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Obviously, phenomenal characters in the likes of Superman, Batman and Spiderman are worth huge. The prices of Detective Comics #26 and Detective Comics #27 differ by a little over $1 million. In simple terms, the more popular the characters in a comic book are, the higher its value in most cases.
A comic book where a character, whether hero or villain, was first introduced, is usually priced very high. Of course, the more popular that character is, the higher the comics’ value.
To summarize, the value of a comic book is mainly dependent on its present condition, its characters and its rarity. There’s a misconception that an old item is automatically worth something. By now, you should know that there are several other factors that need to be considered if you want to come up with a real estimate of the comic book’s value.