Among all the world categories of collectibles, comics are relatively new. At one time, only children were interested in reading them for fun. In June 1938, Superman, the first superhero to appear in Action Comics # 1, most children are attracted to the man dressed in blue and red who holds and pushes a car over his head. Suddenly, with a series of other types of superheroes, most children paid a penny to buy. If they had a dollar, they could buy ten books with zero tax. However, children read them until a certain age and their mothers usually throw them away, which is unfortunate because they would be valuable.
So, can comics still be a profitable investment? Absolutely. That’s why so many serious collectors want to have time machines so they can go back in time to buy those good old women. They could imagine getting Action Comics # 1 or Detective Comics # 27 (Batman’s first appearance) and selling them for millions of dollars today. However, collectors need to put their imagination aside and look at more recent and possibly cheaper perspectives.
What kind (genre) of comics is it? In this article I refer to the most popular superheroes. Although they usually cost more than other genres, which include: Cowboy; Romance; Famous cartoon characters like Disney, Warner Brothers; War; Comedy and others.
Period: Comics belong to different “ages”: “Platinum Age” (printed on or before 1938); The Golden Age (1938-1955); “Silver Age (1956-1969);” Bronze Age “(1970-1981);” Copper Age “(1981-1991).
Is the book “DC” “Marvel”? Some of DC’s more famous superheroes include Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Lightning, and Green Lantern. Marvel Comics began in 1939 with Captain America, Human Torch and Submariner. Before 1961, Marvel comics were originally called “Time Comics.” Some titles became popular, such as: “Tales to Astonish”; “Amazing fantasy”; “Tales of Suspense.” These titles featured some of the famous characters that the films widely present today: Tales to Astonish 27 featured Antman; Amazing Fantasy # 15 introduced the world to Spider-Man; Tales of Suspense # 39 showed the first appearance of Ironman. Other famous comics led groups of superheroes: Fantastic Four # 1 (1961); The Avengers # 1 (1963), Xmen # 1 (1963).
Edition number: The lower the edition number, the more the book will cost. As you know from the last paragraph, the first appearance of many characters did not occur in issue # 1. Superman comes from Action Comics # 1, but a year later he has his own comic book – Superman # 1 (1939). Batman also first appeared in Detective Comics # 27, but soon had his own comic book with Robin’s first appearance as Batman’s assistant in Batman # 1 (1940). Wonder Woman’s first appearance was in Sensational Comics # 1, which later became “Wonder Woman.”
Original price: Comics are gradually increasing the prices of their newspapers. The lower the original selling price, the older they are and in most cases they cost more: $ .10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75 (from 1938-1988) .). Today, the comics with the lowest prices cost around $ 3.99 – $ 4.99.
Condition: If your book has tears, a partially separated spine or missing pages – it will cost significantly less. They can be refunded, but their repair costs more money and will sell for less. The more virgin the condition, the more it will be worth, of course. All books must be placed in Mylar sleeves with cardboard pads. The ultimate protection for comics would be to seal them in a hard plastic display case provided by CGC or the Certified Warranty Company. CGC is one of the only organizations that can really give the collector peace of mind that the book is ranked correctly and can almost never be damaged.
Recommended: Buy the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, which comes out every year.