Top 10 Marvel Comics Characters With Comic Book Price Guides

Top 10 Marvel Comics Characters With Comic Book Price Guides

There's no doubt that Marvel Comics characters are the world's most popular.

Here are the top Marvel Comic superheroes, and the comics you should watch for.

Detailed Comic Book Price Guides

Here are links to each Marvel price guide we've published. These take you to a new page on our site, with a detailed breakdown of values.

#1: The Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man: #1 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

Leading the pack of Marvel superheroes is Spider-Man. With the original Amazing Spider-Man comic series being the world's most popular single title, comic book collecting would not be the same without Spidey.

This phenomenon has led to the introduction of numerous spin-off series. None are as appealing as the original, but the relative affordability of Spectacular Spider-Man has seen prices increase in recent years.

If you've dug out your old comic books and found a run of early Spider-Man comics, then you are in good shape. Send us details for a free valuation.

Titles to Watch For

Amazing Fantasy

Amazing Spider-Man

Spectacular Spider-Man
(magazine)

Spectacular Spider-Man (comic)

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#15

#1-129, #238, #282-328

#1 and #2
(published in 1968 only)

#1, #2, #27, #28

Amazing Spider-Man: #1 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Amazing Spider-Man: #1 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

We break them down issue by issue below:

#2: The X-Men

While Fantastic Four #1 launched the 'Marvel Age of Comics', it's the X-Men who have ingrained themselves in the collective consciousness.

X-Men: #2 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

This is in part due to the fact that (broadly speaking) the FF movies were pretty poorly received, while the X-Men movies were much more popular. But to us, the roots go deeper.

The X-Men is a way more varied comic book series. The characters seem more real and human, as well as inhuman/mutant, and as characters have come and gone, the series has evolved more than FF.

Fantastic Four, of all the Marvel Comics characters, seldom appear in other comic book series, while X-Men cross over all the time.

A mint copy of X-Men #1 broke all records in summer 2012, and values are strong for the Silver Age and other key issues.

You should have us appraise your X-Men comics if you have lots of older ones in your comic book collection.

We have published a full article on X-Men comics values here.

There are also some very collectible Wolverine comics.

Titles to Watch For

The X-Men

The Uncanny X-Men

Giant-Size X-Men

Incredible Hulk

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#1 through #20, #35, #94,
#100, #141

#142, #143, #266

#1 and #2

#180, #181, #182 (first appearances Wolverine)

X-Men: second most popular of Marvel Comics characters
X-Men: #94 launched the new-look team

See our X-Men Villains Guide   |   X-Men Comic Price Guide

Top 10 Marvel Comics Characters #3: Iron Man

You could make a case for putting The Avengers Comics (click for full article) at #3, because there are so many different characters represented and so many collectors love the series.

Iron Man: #3 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

But, as most of them will appear separately in the top 10 anyway, it makes sense to put Iron Man here.

The movies, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, have done wonders for the resale value of old Iron Man comics. There are plenty of appearances, the most famous being Tales of Suspense #39.

Iron Man's famous red and gold armor was first seen in Tales of Suspense #48. By then, he had been in silver armor (ToS #39) and golden armor (Tales of Suspense #40).

#48 is going to achieve "key" status, as the red and gold look is the way he's known in the movies.

Other key books include Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1, and the stand-alone series, Iron Man #1. There are also Avengers appearances worth finding.

See our Iron Man comic books article for more details.

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Titles to Watch For

Tales of Suspense

Iron Man and Sub-Mariner

Iron Man

The Avengers

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#39, #40, #41, #48

#1

#1 to #10, #55

#1 to #20, #57, #100

Iron Man: #3 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Iron Man: #3 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

#4: Captain America

Another of the Marvel Comics characters which has benefited from the Marvel superhero movie effect, the Cap' has been catapulted to the front of many collectors' minds.

Captain America: #4 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

Although a lot of younger comic book collectors only know the Silver Age to modern Captain America, this Marvel Comics character's roots go much further back.

In addition to plenty of very collectible comics from the 1960s, you should also be on the lookout for the original, Golden Age (10c cover price) Captain America Comic books. (Click for article.)

The 10c cover price is all the indication you need that you have some of these rare comic books.

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Titles to Watch For

Captain America Comics (10c)

All-Select Comics (10c)

All Winners Comics (10c)

Captain America (12c)

The Avengers (12c)

Marvel Mystery Comics (10c)

Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos (12c)

Best Issue Numbers to Find

Any

#1 to #10

#1 to #21

#1 to #10, #55

#4

#80 to #92

#13

Captain America: #4 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Captain America: #4 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

#5: Incredible Hulk

Since his exposure to gamma radiation, the Incredible Hulk has been a "smash" with collectors!

Incredible Hulk: #5 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

The very early issues are prone to the dreaded Marvel chipping, and are among the most difficult Marvel comics to find in great shape.

First appearance was Incredible Hulk #1 through #6. In #1, Hulk had gray skin, but #2 saw his first green skin comic appearance. He's been green more or less ever since.

Hulk is very popular with collectors of other series, and he often appears in crossover titles, fighting with other Marvel Comics characters like the Thing and Spider-Man.

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See our full article on the value of Incredible Hulk comic books.

Titles to Watch For

The Incredible Hulk
(gray skin in #1)

The Avengers (12c)

Fantastic Four

Amazing Spider-Man

Tales to Astonish

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#1 through #6, #102, #180 to #182

#1 through #3, #5

#12, #25 and #26, #112

#14, #119 and #120

#59 through #101

Incredible Hulk: #5 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Incredible Hulk: #5 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

See our Incredible Hulk Comic Book Price Guide
for more key issue values

#6: The Mighty Thor

It's not easy being a demi-god! Thor brought the pantheon of ancient Norse gods to the Marvel comics character universe.

The likes of Odin and Loki make appearances throughout the series.

Thor: #6 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

While you may find his attitude a little arrogant, there's no doubting that Thor is a mighty Marvel Comics character, and a great addition to The Avengers team.

The first and second appearances of this character in Journey into Mystery #83 and #84 are sky-high right now, so if you have either of those comics, get in touch immediately!

There are plenty more Thor Marvel comics worth having, including his key Avengers appearances, and Journey Into Mystery comics.

Titles to Watch For

Journey into Mystery

Thor

The Avengers (12c)

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#83 through #100, #109, #112

#126

#1 through #20, #57

Thor: #6 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Thor: #6 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

#7: The Fantastic Four

Once the most popular comic book series, the original Marvel Comics characters team-up of the Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Girl and the Thing have slipped down in popularity in the last decade or so.

See our full article on The Fantastic Four comic books.

Fantastic Four: #7 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

This is in part due to their movies not being well-received, and in part due to the fact that the Fantastic Four almost never cross over into other comic books as a team.

That doesn't mean the early issues are not collected. Far from it. Just that a run of FF comics would be more affordable to put together now.

First appearance of Fantastic Four #1, and the first Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four #5, are among the key issues.

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Titles to Watch For

Fantastic Four


Amazing Spider-Man

The Avengers

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#1 through #30, #48 to #50, #55 to #60, #72, #100, #112
Annual #1, #2 and #3

#1, #5, #8

#1

Fantastic Four: #7 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Fantastic Four: #7 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

#8: The Silver Surfer

First appearing in Fantastic Four #48, #49 and #50 (#50 being the first full Silver Surfer cover -- see image above), this otherwordly surfer is a very popular character that has been long tipped for big movie roles.

Silver Surfer: #8 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

The bad news is that this incredible character is really one of the most under-used Marvel Comics characters.

He had one series, and a handful of crossover appearances, only.

The good news is, if you have Silver Surfer comics in your collection, that the values of classic issues have spiked up in recent years.

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Titles to Watch For

Fantastic Four

Silver Surfer

Tales to Astonish

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#48 to #50, #55 to #60, #72

#1 to #10, #14

#92 and #93

Silver Surfer: #8 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Silver Surfer: #8 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

#9: Daredevil

If you have a good condition, early run of Daredevil comics, then you have a nice little asset.

Daredevil: #9 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

The blind superhero starred in a poorly-rated superhero movie a few years back, but this is still one of the most collected series of Marvel Comics characters.

Origin and first appearance in Daredevil #1, plus plenty of crossovers and cameo appearances in popular series like Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the Avengers.

See values of Daredevil comics here.

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Titles to Watch For

Daredevil

Amazing Spider-Man

The Avengers

The Defenders

Fantastic Four

Journey into Mystery

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#1 through #20, #27, #38, #43, #131, #158, #168 and #169, #181

#16

#60

#24 and #25

#39 and #40

#116

Daredevil: #9 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Daredevil: #9 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

See our Daredevil price guide here.

#10: Nick Fury

Originally an army character, Nick Fury began in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1, a very collectible comic book.

Nick or Sgt Fury: #10 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

Nick began a new role when he became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. This starting with Strange Tales #135, and appeared in many issues of this comic book.

He also shows up in Tales of Suspense #78, and others in the series.

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Titles to Watch For

Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos

Strange Tales

Tales of Suspense

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best Issue Numbers to Find

#1-20 (especially #1, #2, #13)
Annual #1

#135

#78

#1 to #7, #15

Nick or Sgt Fury: #10 most popular of Marvel Comics characters
Nick or Sgt Fury: #10 most popular of Marvel Comics characters

Any More Marvel Characters?

There are plenty more Marvel Comics characters that are not on this top 10 list. That doesn't mean they are not of interest to collectors!

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