Silver Age Captain America Comic Book Price Guide
by Brock Swinson and Ashley Cotter-Cairns
Created by ink jockeys Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America first crashed the pages of Marvel in 1941. Scrawny boy turned muscle-bound hero, Captain America fought the Nazis and Red Skull for years and then started to fight Communism in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
In terms of story, Captain America was somewhat out of commission during the mid-1950s. There were some character changes that original fans didn't necessary agree with.
In order to answer this concern, the post WWII versions were said to be successors of the Steve Rogers legacy, rather than the original, All-American do-gooder. These follow-ups are listed as Jeffrey Mace, William Naslund, and William Burnside.
Record sale: $13,000
Minimum value (poor but complete condition): $40
When Stan Lee developed the Fantastic Four, many comic book fans couldn't help but recognize the resemblance between Johnny Storm and a previous hero often featured in the Golden Age Captain America comics: The Human Torch.
In Fantastic Four #4, Stan Lee decided to include the Narmor Sub-Mariner as a villain to battle his new characters. Realizing that old characters could be reborn, fan mail poured in begging the humble Marvel man to bring back the Captain.
Somewhat hesitant, Stan Lee eventually put Captain America on the cover of Strange Tales #114 in November of 1963. In the letter pages of the comic, Stan Lee asked his readers if they would be interested in seeing the real Captain return to the pages of Marvel. Piles of mail poured in to form an outstanding Yes.
Record sale: $120,000
Minimum value (poor but complete condition): $50
In Avengers #4, the true-blue Captain America came back to the pages of Marvel as if the post WWII years never happened (1945-1964).
Featuring Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, and the Wasp, the Captain officially joined The Avengers in this issue that was published in March of 1964. Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman designed the cover, while Stan Lee did the writing.
When the 1960s rolled around, The Avengers found a soldier's frozen body lying next to Captain America's shield in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Underneath the military issued suit, the crusaders found the Captain's real uniform. Apparently, the real Captain America had been frozen since 1945 and the serum that birthed him kept him alive despite the harsh conditions.
Set in New York, Europe, and even Atlantis, this issue also features the Teen Brigade, Rick Jones, Namor, Atlantean Warriors and mentions Bucky and the Hulk.
Record sale: $6,800
Minimum value (poor but complete condition): $5
After customers bombarded Marvel with fan mail, the head honchos couldn't help but consider giving the Captain his own book.
Various other characters had been given their own books, or at least shared book covers with other classic characters. Eventually, Tales of Suspense #59 in November of 1964 featured Iron Man and Captain America.
The main villain in the issue was The Black Knight and Tony Stark's trusted friends Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts were featured, along with Thor, The Wasp, and Giant-Man from The Avengers.
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Record sale: $5,600
Minimum value (poor but complete condition): $5
Around 1966, superheroes were all the craze (much like today's box office). Mainly because of the Batman TV show, America had fallen in love with heroes once again.
Milton Bradley even designed a Captain America-themed board game, while other companies started making G.I. Joe-like action figures, Halloween costumes and other collectibles. Captain America even got his own cartoon series that same year.
In his Big Premiere Issue!, the Captain punches forward to delight fans of the series with his own comic. "As long as freedom may be threatened—Captain America must follow his destiny—wherever it may lead!" exclaimed the American hero.
In this issue, he battles Franz Gruber and The Destruction. Supporting characters include the Black Panther, Agent 13, Dum-Dum Dugan, Nick Fury and mention of Sub-Mariner and The Avengers in a flashback scene.
This is the first of the Silver Age Captain America comic book series, despite being listed as the 100th issue. The numbering picked up from the Tales of Suspense #99 issue, which featured Captain America and Iron Man. (Values of the Golden Age series can be found here.)
Captain America went on to partner with some of the most notable comic book characters in history, including the following:
Golden Age: Cap Battles Hitler, Pointed Shield
Silver Age: Round Shield, Joins Avengers
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