Comic books have really come into their own as a collectible commodity as rare and vintage comic books are going for astronomical amounts to collectors the world over. The better the grade of these comics, the higher the price will be with some going for over one million dollars apiece. These comic books contain some of the most recognizeable characters with an emphasis on their first appearances. They are very hard to find in decent condition so when one does come to light with a high grade, all bets are off in terms of its value as collectors dig deep to score the item as their prized possession.
1. Action Comics #1
This comic book is undoubtedly the most valuable comic book in the world. Two different comics have sold for one million dollars recently and even lower grades of this comic book sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Action Comics #1 is the birth of superhero comic books and contains the first appearance of the worlds best known hero, Superman. This makes it the one item that serious Golden Age collectors must have.
2. Amazing Fantasy #15
Marvel Comics top characters is no slouch when it comes to being valuable. His first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 makes this comic another must have item. It also has sold for over one million dollars making it one of the most expensive comic books in the world. This character is one that so many people can relate to it is no wonder Spider-Man has become the powerhouse that he is. It is doubtful that it will become as valuable as Action Comics #1 though as only the top graded copies of Amazing Fantasy #15 will sell above one million, while Action Comics #1 has much lower graded versions selling in that top tier.
3. Detective Comics #27
DC Comics Batman is another iconic character that has a comic book in the million dollar market. Detective Comics #27 is his first appearance and shows the Dark Knight in his black and grey costume solving the murder of a wealthy businessman. This is another top character known throughout the world and is one comic book that many strive to have as the pinnacle of their collection.
4. Superman #1
The second comic from Superman to make the list, this comic is rumored to have been sold for over five hundred thousand dollars in a private sale and is the first issue of the popular Superman series. Although it is not the first appearance of the character, the fact that it is the first issue of his own title makes it a prize worth having.
5. Fantastic Four #1
This fantastic comic book comes with one of the best classic Golden Age covers in the market. Fantastic Four #1 is so easily recognizable with the four heroes battling a monster rising form under the ground. Their debut issue is another contender for most valuable comic book having sold for nearly half a million dollars. This price came a few years back so it could be argued that a current sale could easily go for higher amounts.
6. Marvel Comics #1
The first appearance of the Human Torch is also one of the most valuable comics in existence. It might be that this was published by Timely Comics who later became Marvel Comics, or it might also be that the second issue had its name changed, making it the only of its kind. Either way, this is a great piece of comics history.
7. Batman #1
This is the first comic on the most valuable list that is not a first appearance of the title character! Batman #1 was released about a year after Detective Comics #27 and the main reason it is so valuable, other than being Batman's first title comic is that it is the first appearance of The Joker. This character has gone on to be almost synonymous with Batman and one can see why it is such a sought after comic book.
8. Captain America Comics #1
I'm glad to see the first appearance of my favorite character, Captain America, make this list. Released in 1941, the issue starts out with the creation of Captain America himself, seeing Professor Reinstein injecting weak Steve Rogers with the super soldier serum, transforming him into a battle ready hero in a blink of an eye. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America has gone on to become one of Marvel Comics flagship characters.
9. Action Comics #10
This comic from the Action Comics line broke records in 2011 when a CGC graded copy of this comic with a rating of 9 sold for two-hundred and fifty-eight thousand dollars. The fact that this comic does not contain first appearances of any major character shows just how valuable these old, well kept comic books are. Any of these classic comics in great condition can be worth a small fortune.
10. All-American Comics #16
This comic is the first appearance of the Golden Age Green Lantern and continues to exist in DC Comics today. Although different in origin from the current Green Lantern, this one is still widely sought after by collectors the world over.
11. More Fun Comics #52
The first appearance of the Spectre would seem to be an odd comic to be on this list since the Spectre is a much lesser known character. One reason it is so widely sought after is that many comics before contained reprinted material from the newspaper and this comic contains completely original material and paved the way for how comics are written and published today.