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Copper Age (1981-91)

The Copper Age 60 Most Expensive Comic Book List
Last updated October 17, 2016

Find record sales and minimum values for Copper Age books.

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Top 60 Copper Age Most Expensive Comic Book List

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984): Origin and First Appearance,  TMNT. Click for values

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984):
Origin and First Appearance, TMNT

Record sale: $27,000
Minimum value: $100

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Original TMNT Comics #1 Breaks New Ground

It's long been the most expensive comic book published in the 1980s.

But the April 2016 sale of a CGC 9.8 for $27,000 sets this incredibly popular book even further apart from the rest of the field.

If the one copy of New Mutants #98 in 10.0 comes to market, then the order might change.

Wolverine v2 #1 (1988): 1st in Series. A CGC 10.0 sold for $17,000 but typical examples fetch in the $20-50 range. Click for value

2. Wolverine v2 #1 (1988):
1st in Series

Record sale: $17,000
Minimum value: $1

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Of All The Books in All The World... Wolverine #1?

You'd have put big money on #2 being a copy of New Mutants #98. But you'd have lost.

In June 2016, somebody was crazy enough to buy the only CGC 10.0 copy of this book for more than $17,000, so it's now the second most expensive comic book of the 80s.

To put that into perspective, you could have bought a copy of Incredible Hulk #181 in CGC 9.8 AND a copy of New Mutants #98 in CGC 9.9 for about the same money!

Important Note About Most Valuable
Comic Books of Copper Age

While the dreaded curse of variant covers didn't really catch on during this period (there are a couple below, but they are the exception not the rule), this is an important note about CGC 9.9 and 10.0 sales.

CGC 9.9 and 10.0 grades distort the record sale prices, but we include them for completeness

CGC 9.9 and 10.0 grades distort the record sale prices, but we include them for completeness. There's no doubting the headline nature of, say, Wolverine #1 from 1988 selling for $17,000.

Is that really so different from a CGC 9.8 of TMNT #1 selling for $27,000? In both cases, the only reason for the sale is their exceptional grade.

Yes, 10s and 9.9s mess with sales data, and create unrealistic expectations of value in the process. But these sales are important milestones, so we made the editorial decision to include them on this page.

3. Wolverine Ltd Series #1 (1982):
Classic Cover, 1st Solo Book

Record sale: $14,000
Minimum value: $10

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The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (988): First Appearance, Venom. Click for values

4. The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (1988):
First Appearance, Venom

Record sale: $12,000
Minimum value: $20

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New Mutants #98 (1991): First Appearance, Deadpool. Click for values

5. New Mutants #98 (1991): First Appearance, Deadpool

Record sale: $7,500
Minimum value: $80

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Gobbldygook #1 (1984): Rare Eastman and Laird Book, Photocopied and Stapled; Forgeries are Common. Click for value

6. Gobbldygook #1 (1984):
Rare Eastman and Laird Book, Photocopied and Stapled;
Forgeries are Common

Record sale: $6,000
Minimum value: $??

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Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984): First Appearance, Symbiote (Black Spider-Man Suit). Click for values

7. Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984):
First Appearance, Symbiote
(Black Spider-Man Suit)

Record sale: $6,000
Minimum value: $5

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Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 (December 1984): First Appearance, Black Spider-Man Suit. Click for values

8. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 (1984): First Encounter Between
Symbiote and Spider-Man

Record sale: $5,300
Minimum value: $5

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What is the TRUE 1st Appearance of the Symbiote?

While ASM #252 gets all the attention and the love, there are two other simultaneous first appearances which do not appear on the most expensive comic book list.

  • Spectacular Spider-Man #90
  • Marvel Team-Up #141

Team-Up routinely sells in the $200 for CGC 9.8. Spectacular struggles to break the $80 mark.

ASM #252 is the most expensive comic book of the three largely because of the cool cover, and the fact that there are more Amazing Spider-Man collectors out there.

Albedo #2 (1984): Origin and first appearance, Usagi Yojimbo. Click for values

9. Albedo #2 (1984):
Origin and first appearance,
Usagi Yojimbo

Record sale: $4,000
Minimum value: $50

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Vampirella #113: Rare as most returns were destroyed. Click for values

10. Vampirella #113 (1988):
Rare Final Issue; most returns
were reported to be destroyed

Record sale: $4,000
Minimum value: $10

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Batman the Killing Joke (1988):Joker Origin Retold; Paralyzes Barbara Gordon. Click for value

11. Batman the Killing Joke (1988):
Joker Origin Retold;
Paralyzes Barbara Gordon

Record sale: $3,800
Minimum value: $1

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Sandman #8 (1989): 1st Appearance of Death; Rare Recalled Editorial Variant. Click for value

12. Sandman #8 (1989):
1st Appearance of Death; Rare
Recalled Editorial Variant

Record sale: $3,300
Minimum value: $50

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (1985): Laird's Photo Comic Con Variant. Click for value

13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (1985):
Laird's Photo Comic Con Variant

Record sale: $3,250
Minimum value: $50

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Uncanny X-Men #266 (1990): First Appearance, Gambit. Click for value

14. Uncanny X-Men #266 (1990):
First Appearance, Gambit

Record sale: $3,200
Minimum value: $10

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Bone #1 (1991): First issue. Very collectible. Click for values

15. Bone #1 (1991):
First issue

Record sale: $3,200
Minimum value: $10

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Captain America Annual #8 (1986): First Cap vs Wolverine; 1st Appearance of Tess-One and Overrider. Click for value

16. Captain America Annual #8 (1986):
First Cap vs Wolverine; 1st Appearance
of Tess-One and Overrider

Record sale: $3,000
Minimum value: $1

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Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983): First appearance, Hobgoblin. Click for values

17. Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983):
First appearance, Hobgoblin

Record sale: $2,600
Minimum value: $5

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Miracleman #1 Gold Edition (August 1985): First Appearance, Miracleman. Click for values

18. Miracleman #1 Gold Edition
(August 1985): First Appearance, Miracleman

Record sale: $2,200
Minimum value: $30

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Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #320: 1st Cheryl Blossom. Click for value

NEW ENTRY! Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #320
1st Cheryl Blossom

Record sale: $2,000
Minimum value: $50

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The Amazing Spider-Man #299 (1988): First Todd McFarlane art, first brief Venom appearance. Click for values

19. The Amazing Spider-Man #299 (1988): Second Todd McFarlane art,
first brief Venom appearance

Record sale: $2,000
Minimum value: $5

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New Mutants #87 (1990): First Full Appearance, Cable. Click for values

20. New Mutants #87 (1990):
First Full Appearance, Cable

Record sale: $2,000
Minimum value: $20

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Superman (1988): Private Commission by Bradman For Son's Bar Mitzvah. Click for full back story

21. Superman (1988):
"This Island Bradman"
Private Commission by Bradman
For Son's Bar Mitzvah

Record sale: $2,000
Minimum value: $20

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Star Wars #107 (1986): Last Issue, Scarce in High Grade. Click for value

22. Star Wars #107 (1986):
Last Issue, Scarce in High Grade

Record sale: $2,000
Minimum value: $20

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Love and Rockets #1 (1981): Rare Self-Published Indie Comic. Click for value

23. Love and Rockets #1 (1981):
Rare Self-Published Indie Comic

Record sale: $1,600
Minimum value: $100

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Amazing Spider-Man #316 (1989): Classic McFarlane Venom Cover. Click for value

24. Amazing Spider-Man #316 (1989):
Classic McFarlane Venom Cover

Record sale: $1,600
Minimum value: $1

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The Transformers #1 (1984): Origin and First Appearance. The Transformers. Click for value

NEW ENTRY! The Transformers #1 (1984):
Origin and First Appearance. The Transformers

Record sale: $1,500
Minimum value: $5

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Incredible Hulk #340 (1988): Classic McFarlane Wolverine Cover. Click for value

25. Incredible Hulk #340 (1988):
Classic McFarlane Wolverine Cover

Record sale: $1,500
Minimum value: $5

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Daredevil #181 (1981): Death of Elektra. Click for value

26. Daredevil #181 (1981):
Death of Elektra

Record sale: $1,500
Minimum value: $5

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Batman, The Dark Knight Returns #1 (1986): First Issue; Classic Frank Miller Cover. Click for values

27. Batman, The Dark Knight Returns #1 (1986): First Issue;
Classic Frank Miller Cover

Record sale: $1,500
Minimum value: $5

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The Amazing Spider-Man #298 (1988): First Todd McFarlane art. Click for value

28. The Amazing Spider-Man #298 (1988): First Todd McFarlane art

Record sale: $1,400
Minimum value: $1

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Thor #337 (1983): First Appearance of Beta Ray Bill. Click for value

29. Thor #337 (1983):
First Appearance of Beta Ray Bill

Record sale: $1,300
Minimum value: $5

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Primer #2 (1982): First appearance, Grendel. Click for values

30. Primer #2 (1982):
First appearance, Grendel

Record sale: $1,300
Minimum value: $25

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The Crow #1 (1989): First Solo Comic Book. Rare in high grade due to black cover. Click for value

NEW ENTRY! The Crow #1 (1989):
First Solo Comic Book

Record sale: $1,200
Minimum value: $50

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Amazing Spider-Man #239 (1983): First Spidey vs Hobgoblin Battle. Click for value

31. Amazing Spider-Man #239 (1983):
First Spidey vs Hobgoblin Battle

Record sale: $1,200
Minimum value: $5

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X-Factor #6 (1986): First Appearance, Apocalypse. Click for value

32. X-Factor #6 (1986):
First Appearance, Apocalypse

Record sale: $1,100
Minimum value: $5

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Amazing Spider-Man #256 (1984): First Appearance, Puma. Click for value

33. Amazing Spider-Man #256 (1984):
First Appearance, Puma

Record sale: $1,100
Minimum value: $1

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #1 (1982): First Issue. Click for values

34. G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #1 (1982): First Issue

Record sale: $800
Minimum value: $5

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Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985): First Appearance, Hellblazer (John Constantine). Click for value

35. Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985):
First Appearance, Hellblazer
(John Constantine)

Record sale: $800
Minimum value: $10

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Incredible Hulk #377 (1991): Rare Third Printing. Click for values

36. Incredible Hulk #377 (1991):
Rare Third Printing

Record sale: $775
Minimum value: $20

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Hellblazer Blazing the TV Trail

The announcement of a TV deal for Hellblazer has cemented John Constantine's first full appearance on this most expensive comic book list.

You might want to snap up a copy of Saga of the Swamp Thing #25, which reportedly has a cameo of the character.

Amazing Spider-Man #301 (1988): Classic McFarlane Cover; Tough in 9.8 Shape. Click for value

37. Amazing Spider-Man #301 (1988):
Classic McFarlane Cover;
Tough in 9.8 Shape

Record sale: $770
Minimum value: $5

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Caliber Presents #1 (1989): 1st Appearance of the Crow in Comics; Scarce. Click for value

38. Caliber Presents #1 (1989):
1st Appearance of the Crow
in Comics; Scarce

Record sale: $750
Minimum value: $25

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Macross #1 (1984): Rare, low print run; Precursor to the Robotech Series. Click for value

39. Macross #1 (1984):
Rare, low print run; Precursor
to the Robotech Series

Record sale: $700
Minimum value: $15

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G. I. Joe #21 (1984): First Appearance of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow; So-called

40. G. I. Joe #21 (1984):
First Appearance of Snake Eyes
and Storm Shadow; So-called
"Silent Issue"

Record sale: $660
Minimum value: $15

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Batman #357 (1983): 1st Appearance of Jason Todd and Killer Croc. Click for values

41. Batman #357 (1983):
1st Appearance of Jason Todd
and Killer Croc

Record sale: $660
Minimum value: $25

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X-Force #2 (1991): 2nd Appearance of Deadpool

42. X-Force #2 (1991):
2nd Appearance of Deadpool

Record sale: $660
Minimum value: $25

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (1984): 2nd Appearance of Turtles. Click for value

43. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
(1984): 
2nd Appearance of Turtles

Record sale: $650
Minimum value: $25

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Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982): 1st Appearance of Cloak and Dagger. Click for value

44. Spectacular Spider-Man #64
(1982): 
1st Appearance of
Cloak and Dagger

Record sale: $640
Minimum value: $5

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Web of Spider-Man #1 (1985): 1st Issue of Series. Click for value

45. Web of Spider-Man #1 (1985):
1st Issue of Series

Record sale: $600
Minimum value: $1

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DC Comics presents #47 (1982): 1st Appearance of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in comics. Click for values

46. DC Comics presents #47 (1982):
1st Appearance of He-Man and the
Masters of the Universe

Record sale: $550
Minimum value: $10

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Batman #404 (1987): Year One by Miller Begins. Click for values

47. Batman #404 (1987):
Year One by Miller Begins

Record sale: $520
Minimum value: $5

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Aliens #1 (1988): 1st Solo Aliens Comic. Click for value

48. Aliens #1 (1988):
1st Solo Aliens Comic

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $1

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Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984): 1st Appearance of Nightwing. Click for values

49. Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984):
1st Appearance of Nightwing

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $15

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Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 (1985): First issue in series. Click for value

50. Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 (1985):
First issue in series

Record sale: $460
Minimum value: $1

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New Mutants Annual #2 (1986): 1st Appearance of Psylocke. Click for value

51. New Mutants Annual #2 (1986):
1st Appearance of Psylocke

Record sale: $450
Minimum value: $10

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Sandman #1 (1989): 1st Appearance. Click for value

52. Sandman #1 (1989):
1st Appearance

Record sale: $440
Minimum value: $15

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Sonic the Hedgehog #1 (1991): Rare, 1st Appearance Sega. Click for value

53. Sonic the Hedgehog #1 (1991):
Rare, 1st Appearance Sega

Record sale: $420
Minimum value: $25

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Silver Surfer v3 #44 (1990): 1st Appearance of Infinity Gauntlet. Click for value

54. Silver Surfer v3 #44 (1990):
1st Appearance of
Infinity Gauntlet

Record sale: $400
Minimum value: $1

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Thanos Strikes!

Silver Surfer #44 is a new appearance on the most expensive comic book list, thanks to Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet being huge in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Incredible Hulk #271 (1981): 1st Appearance of Rocket Raccoon in comics continuity. Click for value

55. Incredible Hulk #271 (1981):
1st Appearance of Rocket Raccoon
in comics continuity

Record sale: $400
Minimum value: $25

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Omega Men #3 (1983): 1st Appearance of Lobo. Click for value

56. Omega Men #3 (1983):
1st Appearance of Lobo

Record sale: $400
Minimum value: $25

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Batman #386 (1985): 1st Appearance of Black Mask. Click for values

57. Batman #386 (1985):
1st Appearance of Black Mask

Record sale: $300
Minimum value: $5

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Avengers Annual #10 (1981): 1st Appearance of Rogue. Click for value

58. Avengers Annual #10 (1981):
1st Appearance of Rogue

Record sale: $300
Minimum value: $5

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Batman #428 (1989): A Death in the Family Pt. 3, Robin Dies. Click for value

59. Batman #428 (1989):
A Death in the Family Pt. 3,
Robin Dies

Record sale: $300
Minimum value: $5

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Predator #1 (1989): 1st Appearance of Predator in comics. Click for value

60. Predator #1 (1989):
1st Appearance of Predator

Record sale: $300
Minimum value: $5

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What is the Copper Age Anyway?

The Copper Age is disputed. Some comics people would dismiss it entirely, saying the Modern Age begins as the Bronze Age ends.

For those who buy in, we can say that it begins with Marvel's Secret Wars and DC's Crisis, and ends with the mass defection of Marvel staff to Image Comics.

So, let us say the Copper Age runs from 1981, 82, 83, 84 or 85 to 1991 or 1992. For the purposes of this article, we'll call it 1981 to 1991.

The most expensive comic book list is influenced by 80s kids in the workplace, now able to afford to indulge in their nostalgia.

Speculators are also driving up prices on the most expensive comic book list, as 60s and 70s books become unaffordable for many.

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