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How to Know If a Comic Book Is High-Value

With countless comic books being printed through the years, knowing the valuable can be a tough task. How do you know if you’re one holding even has value? With the large number of comic book publishers, series and versions out there, the whole idea just seems overwhelming.

The good news is there are indicators you can specifically check to help you make a sensible judgment. Remember though that the market can be rather fickle, and the values of comic books can rise and fall without warning. 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. Comic books that came out in the 70s or earlier are most probably high-value. 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 with relaunches that aim to capture new interest, such as DC Comics’ The New 52, where they totally rebooted 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. The better the condition of a comic book, the higher its grade, though some exceptions still apply. For example, a very low-graded Action Comics #1 copy can still be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Popularity of Characters

Needless to say, phenomenal characters like Batman, Spiderman, Superman, etc. are worth the big time. The difference in the prices of Detective Comics #26 and #27 is a little more than $1 million. Simply put, the popularity of the characters in a comic book have a tremendous effect on its price.

Character Introduction

A comic book where a character, whether hero or villain, was first introduced, is usually priced very high. Of course, the more popular the introduced character has turned out to be, the greater the comics’ value.

To sum up, a comic book’s value depends on its current condition, rarity and its characters. Some people think that just because an item is old, it is automatically high value. As you can see, many other parameters come into play, and you have to consider them all to come up with a realistic estimate of the comic book’s worth.

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