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Value of Key Issue Harley Quinn Comics

Which Harley Quinn Comics Are Worth Money?

Since the announcement of DC’s Suicide Squad movie, Harley Quinn's popularity has grown to new heights.

This recent rise isn't unwarranted – Suicide Squad is violent, raw, and sexy, but with a lot of heart, everything you would expect from Harley Quinn.

For those who aren’t as familiar with Harley and how she got her start, let’s explore some of the classic Harley Quinn comics that got us to this point.

Batman Adventures #12 (1993)
First Appearance of Harley Quinn

Batman Adventures #12
1st Appearance of Harley Quinn

Record Sale: $2,400

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Who would have thought that a comic book based on Batman: The Animated Series would ever become one of the most valuable modern comics?

Selling for up to $2,000, Batman Adventures #12 is the first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn. In this issue, Barbara Gordon is terrorized by a supervillain team-up of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

Before Batman Adventures #12, Harley Quinn’s actual first appearance in the DC Universe was in the 1992 TV show Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor”.

Batman Adventures: Mad Love (1994)
Harley Quinn Origin Story

Two versions exist, original and prestige format

Batman Adventures: Mad Love
Origin of Harley Quinn

Record Sale: $550

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Batman Adventures: Mad Love was written by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, the creators of Harley Quinn and Batman: The Animated Series.

Mad Love details Harley Quinn’s origins as a psychologist at Arkham Asylum, where she fell in love with Joker, and their ensuing romantic struggle.

Illustrated in the same style as the animated show and Batman Adventures, Batman: Mad Love is a must-read Harley Quinn comic.

Batman: Harley Quinn (1999)
Harley Quinn Joins the "Real" DC Universe (and it's a great starting point)

Batman: Harley Quinn
1st "true" DC Universe Appearance

Record Sale: $450

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Up until the 1999 graphic novel, Batman: Harley Quinn, Harley existed only in DC’s Animated Universe. Written by Harley Quinn creator Paul Dini, the Batman: Harley Quinn graphic novel finally brings Mr. J’s demented lover to the Main DC Universe.

Batman: Harley Quinn contains a piece of the “No Man’s Land” storyline, taking place after a massive earthquake leaves Gotham city crippled.

This graphic novel tweaks some of Harley Quinn’s origins, and for continuity purposes, this is how Harley Quinn gets her start as a villain. For those just getting into Harley Quinn comics, this is a great place to begin.

The iconic Batman: Harley Quinn cover art, masterfully painted by Alex Ross, is alone worth the cost of picking up this issue.

Harley Quinn #1 (2000)
Harley’s solo debut!

Harley Quinn #1 (2000)
1st Solo Title

Record Sale: $800

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Giving a side character a full solo series is a risky bet – one DC was willing to take with 2000’s Harley Quinn #1.

Telling Harley Quinn’s continued obsession with Joker and her further descent into madness, Harley Quinn #1 is a great modern comic. Also, this could be an undervalued issue and overall, Harley Quinn comics have a lot of collector’s potential.

In total, there are 38 volume 1 Harley Quinn comics, with the series coming to an end in 2004 when Harley is locked away in Arkham Asylum. The run is very collectible.

Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War (2001)
Super-Villains Team Up!

Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War

Record Sale: $140

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Who would have thought that Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen would team up with Harley Quinn?

Taking place during the alien invasion storyline Our Worlds at War (and presumably during Harley Quinn’s solo series), Harley helps Jimmy Olsen make it back to Metropolis.

While not incredibly important to Harley’s background, Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War shows her "soft" caring side and slow descent into anti-hero vigilantism. For collectors of Harley Quinn comics, this is an affordable title to pick up.

Harley & Ivy: Love on the Lam #1 (2001)

Harley and Ivy: Love on the Lam

Record Sale: $150

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Just two girls out having fun, Harley & Ivy: Love on the Lam #1 documents an incredible night had by Harley Quinn and her best frenemy Poison Ivy.

Again, while not very significant to Harley Quinn’s overall story, Harley & Ivy is a hard to find one-shot. If you’re into obscure comics, collectible modern comics, or you’re just a Harley Quinn comics completionist, Harley & Ivy: Love on the Lam deserves to be on your shelf.

Gotham Girls #3 (2002)
Super-Hot Issue; Classic Cover

Gotham Girls #3

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Based on the animated show of the same name, Gotham Girls was a five-part comic series that starred Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Batgirl, and Renee Montoya. Gotham Girls #3 is specifically dedicated to Harley Quinn.

Set in the Batman Animated Universe, Gotham Girls #3 is intrinsically collectible because of its obscurity and Harley Quinn-centered story.

Batman Adventures 16 (2004)
Harley Quinn marries Joker!

Batman Adventures V.2 #16

Record Sale: $230

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Say what you want about Joker and Harley Quinn’s relationship, but you’ve got to admit that it has spark. 

Published a few months after her solo title ended, Batman Adventures #16 (vol. 2) tells the tale of Joker and Harley Quinn’s epic wedding. Batman Adventures #16 is set in the Batman Animated Universe, so it doesn’t really tie in with the rest of the Harley Quinn comics.

Batman Adventures #16 is the most valuable comic of Batman Adventures volume 2, only because of this historic wedding, and is currently a hot comic.

Gotham City Sirens #1 (2009)
Rare, mature, sexy, and important to Harley's development

Gotham City Sirens #1

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After Batman's "death" (yeah, right), Harley and her girl squad are rich and doing whatever they want in Gotham City. Gotham City Sirens #1 was a female-driven series that puts the villains first. Several issues were written by Paul Dini (Harley's creator).

Gotham City Sirens ended after 28 issues to make way for the New 52.

Joker’s Asylum: Harley Quinn #1 (2010)
Rare one-shot told from Joker's point of view

Joker's Asylum

Record Sale: $150

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It’s Valentine’s Day and Harley Quinn is determined to have an insanely romantic evening with Mr. J – but she has to find him first.

Of course this doesn’t go as planned and as the day is coming to an end, Harley’s madness turns her frantic search into all-out mayhem.

Suicide Squad V.4/New 52 #1 (2011)
Harley finally joins the Suicide Squad

New 52 Suicide Squad #1 (v.4)

Record Sale: $360

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After Gotham City Sirens ended (and all of DC's other titles), the New 52 was rolled out and Harley Quinn was welcomed into the Suicide Squad. In terms of DC cannon and continuity, this is the first Suicide Squad ever.

The New 52 relaunch marks Harley Quinn's redesign, ditching her classic jester outfit for an edgier and sexier costume. Her hair is dyed red and black – no more silly cap.

Since the Suicide Squad movie is the first time many have heard of Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad #1 is becoming a very valuable modern comic.

Harley Quinn V.2 #1 (2014)
Harley's second solo series

Harley Q. #1 (v.2)

Record Sale: $360

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Further revamping Harley Quinn for modern comics, this 2014 solo series portrays Harley as an anti-hero vigilante. She has distanced herself from Batman and Joker, instead living on Coney Island and working as a psychologist.

Since its launch, Harley Quinn has been well received and is notably different from other New 52 titles. The 2015 Harley Quinn Annual #1 features scratch-and-sniff panels.

New Suicide Squad #1 (2014)
New-Look Squad, Movie Coming

New Suicide Squad #1

Record Sale: $150

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Still a valuable member of the world’s most dysfunctional team, Harley Quinn continues to operate as an unhinged vigilante.

New Suicide Squad picks up where the 2011 series ended. In their new role, the squad is detailed to various parts of the world to fight militarized superheroes, former Suicide Squad members, and unravel the conspiracy behind the team’s creation.

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