The Holy Grails of any collection … The Top 10 most expensive comic books. Ever.
10. Marvel Comics (1939) No. 1 ($350,000)
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.
8. Amazing Fantasy (1961) No. 15 ($454,000)
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 (1939) No. 16 ($497,000)
Probably not the Green Lantern you’re more familiar with, but the original Green Lantern (with a cape!) nonetheless. In July 1940, it was Alan Scott who wore the ring in Green Lantern’s first appearance.
6. Batman No. 1 (1940) ($550,000)
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.
5. Superman No. 1 (1938) ($750,000)
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.
4. Captain America Comics (1941) No. 1 ($915,000)
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.
3. All-Star Comics No. 8 (1940) ($936,223)
The second appearance on this list by this heroine, Wonder Woman’s debut in 1941 sold for big bucks on eBay in August 2017.
2. Detective Comics No. 27 (1937) ($1,075,500)
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 (1938) ($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 85 years.