10. Captain America Comics No. 1 ($353,000)
Published on March 10, 1941, Captain America became an instant hit. How could a nation resist a flag-covered hero punching Hitler in the kisser during World War II? The first appearance of the Star-Spangled Avenger by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is one for the ages.
9. Action Comics No. 7 ($405,000)
He looks great on the cover in one of his very early appearances, but there is nothing particularly unique in this issue that helps it make the list. Lois Lane gets rescued, Clark Kent gets bullied, Jimmy Olsen takes pictures ... the usual stuff.
8. Amazing Fantasy No. 15 ($442,000)
One of the biggest creations of Stan “The Man” Lee and Steve Ditko’s storied careers came in the last issue of a title that was being canceled. Seven months later, The Amazing Spider-Man would get his own title, but this is where it all began for the Wall-Crawler.
7. All-American Comics No. 16 ($497,000)
Probably not the Green Lantern you’re more familiar with, but the original Green Lanter (with a cape!) nonetheless. In July 1940, it was Alan Scott who wore the ring in Green Lantern’s first appearance.
6. Detective Comics No. 1 ($529,000)
No real value in and of itself other than being the first issue of the series that would debut Batman 26 issues later and having a vaguely un-PC Asian character on the cover. Like number four on this list though, it is the flagship title its publisher would take it’s name from.
5. Batman No. 1 ($530,000)
Not Batman’s first appearance (that’s further down the list), but it is the debut of The Joker and Catwoman (called “ The Cat” here). Bob Kane’s Dark Knight got his own title in Spring 1940.
4. Marvel Comics No. 1 ($578,000)
There’s a Human Torch here, just not the one from the Fantastic Four. Namor? That’s the same guy making his first appearance, as well as Kazar and Angel (again, not the same one you’re thinking of). So why all the fuss and money on this issue? It’s the first title launched by the one and only Marvel Comics.
3. Superman No. 1 ($712,000)
Recycled story aside, it is the first solo comic for the Man of Steel. Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster’s Superman title would run uninterrupted for almost 50 years.
2. Detective Comics No. 27 ($2,220,000)
Batman begins. In May 1939 The Crimson Avenger, Fu Manchu. and detective Slam Bradley went about their business not realizing their title was about to be stolen by The Batman. Bob Kane’s creation would forever change superhero comics.
1. Action Comics No. 1 ($3,207,852)
It’s believed no more than 100 issues of Superman’s debut still exist. Even without the supply and demand factor, this is the one that started it all. Capes, super-powers, truth, justice and the American way ... Creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s Man of Steel is the key comic book of the last 75 years.