Learning The “Secrets” of Books

How to Know Comic Books that are Valuable

With countless comic books being printed through the years, knowing the valuable can be a tough task. How can you tell whether the one in your hands 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. But remember that the market can be quite fickle, and there are times when comic book values soar in value and then suddenly drop. This is true for newer comic books in most cases, but older ones aren’t exactly exempt.

To know whether a comic book is of considerable value or just everyday stuff, look into the following:

Date of Publication

First of all, check the date of publication. If the comic book is from the 70s or earlier, it is more likely valuable.. Age alone can usually drive up the value of an item.

Issue Number

Though not an absolute rule, comics with a lower issue number have greater value than the others. First issues are the most valuable in general, with exceptions. For instance, Amazing Fantasy #15, Spiderman’s first appearance ever, sold for more than one million dollars. However, be careful of publishers relaunching an item to get new interest, like DC Comics did in The New 52, which was meant to reboot their franchise. The Action Comics from that launch is less in value compared to the Action Comics #1, which first came out in 1938.


A comic book’s grade, given by the Comic Book Certification Service, is a reflection of its condition. A comic book in better condition than another will have a higher grade, but still, there are exceptions. For example, a very low-graded Action Comics #1 copy can still be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Characters

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. Simply put, the popularity of the characters in a comic book have a tremendous effect on its price.

First Release

The value of a comic book with the first appearance of a character, protagonist or antagonist, can skyrocket. Of course, the more popular that character is, the higher the comics’ value.

In summary, the value of a comic book is determined by its current condition, its rarity and the popularity of its characters. Some people think that just because an item is old, it is automatically high value. As you can see, many other factors are involved, and all of them must be considered so that a realistic estimate of the comic book’s value can be made.

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