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Top 50 Most Valuable Comic Books by Era: Part One, Golden Age

The 50 Most Valuable Comic Books from Each Age
Last updated October 3, 2016

This page will deal with the most valuable of all, Golden Age comic books.

We will say that the Golden Age begins in 1938 and ends in 1956, when the Silver Age began.

Here are links to the other eras:

50 Most Valuable Comic Books From the Golden Age

Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Origin and First Appearance of Superman. Marginally the world's most valuable comic book, just eclipsing Detective Comics #27 (first Batman).

1. Action Comics #1 (June 1938)
Origin and First Appearance of Superman

Record sale: $3.2m
Minimum value: $75,000
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Detective Comics #27: (May 1939): First Appearance of Batman. One of only two comic books to sell for more than $2m. Marginally beaten for the world record by a copy of Action Comics #1

2. Detective Comics #27 (May 1939)
First Appearance of Batman

Record sale: $2.1m
Minimum value: $70,000
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Batman #1 (April 1940), First Appearance, Joker; First Appearance, Catwoman. Record sale: $567,000. Click to have YOURS appraised!

3. Batman #1 (Apr 1940)
First Appearance, Joker, Catwoman

Record sale: $567,000
Minimum value: $12,000
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Flash Comics #1 (Jan 1940): Origin and First Appearance of The Flash (Jay Garrick), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Johnny Thunder. Click for values

4. Flash Comics #1 (Jan 1940): Origin and First Appearance of The Flash
(Jay Garrick), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Johnny Thunder

Record sale: $450,000
Minimum value: $5,000
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All-Star Comics #8 (December 1941): Origin and First Appearance, Wonder Woman. Record sale: $81,000. Click for values

5. All-Star Comics #8 (December 1941): Origin and First Appearance,
Wonder Woman

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Record sale: $411,000
Minimum value: $10,000
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Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941): Origin and First Appearance of Captain America. Record sale: $306,000. Click to have YOURS appraised!

6. Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941): Origin and First Appearance of Captain America

Record sale: $306,000
Minimum value: $15,000
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Superman #1 (June 1939), Record sale: $145,000. Click to have YOUR copy appraised!

7. Superman #1 (Jun 1939)
First Solo Comic

Record sale: $295,000
Minimum value: $15,000
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Whiz Comics #1 (#2) (February 1940): Origin and First Appearance, Captain Marvel

8. Whiz Comics #1 (#2) (February 1940): Origin and First Appearance,
Captain Marvel

Record sale: $281,000
Minimum value: $12,000
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Action Comics #10 (Mar 1939): Third Superman Cover Appearance. Click for values

9. Action Comics #10 (Mar 1939)
Third Superman Cover Appearance

Record sale: $258,000
Minimum value: $8,000
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Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939): Origin and First Appearance, Human Torch; First Appearance, The Angel. Click to have your copy appraised FREE!

10. Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939): Origin and First Appearance,
Human Torch, The Angel

Record sale: $227,000
Minimum value: $15,000
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All-American Comics #16 (July 1940): Origin and First Appearance, Green Lantern (Alan Scott). Click to have YOURS appraised!

11. All-American Comics #16 (July 1940): Origin and First Appearance, Green Lantern (Alan Scott)

Record sale: $203,000
Minimum value: $8,000
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Action Comics #13 (Jun 1939): Fourth Superman Cover Appearance. Click for values

12. Action Comics #13 (Jun 1939):
Fourth Superman Cover
Appearance

Record sale: $258,000
Minimum value: $5,000
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Suspense Comics #3 (1944): Rare, Controversial Cover with Nazis and human sacrifice. Click for values

13. Suspense Comics #3 (1944):
Rare, Controversial Cover

Record sale: $173,000
Minimum value: $3,000
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Archie Comics #1 (January 1942): Scarce First Issue. Record sale: $167,000. Click for appraisal

14. Archie Comics #1 (January 1942): Scarce First Issue

Record sale: $167,000
Minimum value: $10,000
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Pep Comics #22 (December 1941): First Appearance of Archie, Betty and Jughead. Record sale: $111,000. Click for appraisal

15. Pep Comics #22 (Dec 1941):
First Appearance of Archie,
Betty and Jughead

Record sale: $143,000
Minimum value: $15,000
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Action Comics #7 (December 1938): Second Superman cover. Record sale: $143,000. Click to have yours appraised!

16. Action Comics #7 (December 1938): Second Superman cover

Record sale: $143,000
Minimum value: $15,000
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More Fun Comics #53 (Mar 1940): Second Appearance of Spectre. One of the most valuable comic books of the Golden Age. Click for values

17. More Fun Comics #53 (Mar 1940)
Second Appearance of Spectre

Record sale: $141,000
Minimum value: $1,000

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All-Star Comics #3 (November 1940): Origin and first appearance, Justice Society of America. Record sale: $126,000. Click for values

18. All-Star Comics #3 (November 1940): Origin and first appearance,
Justice Society of America

Record sale: $126,000
Minimum value: $3,000
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More Fun Comics #73 (Nov 1941): Origin and First Appearance, Dr. Fate. Click for values

19. More Fun Comics #73 (Nov 1941)
Origin and First Appearance, Dr. Fate

Record sale: $99,000
Minimum value: $3,000

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Superman Comic #2 (Sep 1939): Second in Series. Click for values

20. Superman Comic #2 (Sep 1939)
Second in Series

Record sale: $94,000
Minimum value: $1,000

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Human Torch Comics #2 (Fall 1940): First Solo Comic. Click for values

21. Human Torch Comics #2 (Fall 1940)
First Solo Comic

Record sale: $92,000
Minimum value: $1,000

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Action Comics #2 (Jul 1938): Second Appearance of Superman. Click for values

22. Action Comics #2 (Jul 1938)
Second Appearance of Superman

Record sale: $92,000
Minimum value: $5,000

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Detective Comics #29 (Jul 1939): Second Cover Appearance of Batman, Third Total Appearance. Click for values

23. Detective Comics #29 (Jul 1939)
Second Cover Appearance of Batman,
Third Total Appearance

Record sale: $90,000
Minimum value: $5,000

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Detective Comics #31 (Sep 1939): Third Cover Appearance of Batman, Fifth Total Appearance. One of the Golden Age's most valuable comic books. Click for values

24. Detective Comics #31 (Sep 1939)
Third Cover Appearance of Batman,
Fifth Total Appearance

Record sale: $90,000
Minimum value: $18,000

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More Fun Comics #52 (Feb 1940): First Appearance of Spectre. Rare! Click for values

25. More Fun Comics #52 (Feb 1940)
First Appearance of Spectre

Record sale: $89,000
Minimum value: $4,000

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Sensation Comics #1 (Jan 1942): Second Appearance of Wonder Woman, First Cover. Click for values

26. Sensation Comics #1 (Jan 1942)
Second Appearance of
Wonder Woman, First Cover

Record sale: $83,000
Minimum value: $5,000

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Detective Comics #33 (Nov 1939): Origin of Batman. Click for values

27. Detective Comics #33 (Nov 1939)
Origin of Batman

Record sale: $83,000
Minimum value: $5,000

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Wonder Comics #1 (Mar 1939): Origin and First Appearance, Wonder-Man (Only Appearance). Very rare. Click for values

28. Wonder Comics #1 (Mar 1939)
Origin and First Appearance,
Wonder-Man (Only Appearance)

Record sale: $68,000
Minimum value: $1,500

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Daring Mystery Comics #1 (Jan 1940): First in Series. Rare book. Click for values

29. Daring Mystery Comics #1 (Jan 1940)
First in Series

Record sale: $67,000
Minimum value: $1,000

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Adventure Comics #40 (Jul 1939): First Appearance, Sandman. Click for values

30. Adventure Comics #40 (Jul 1939)
First Appearance, Sandman

Record sale: $63,000
Minimum value: $3,000

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Amazing-Man Comics #5 (Sep 1939): First Appearance, Amazing-Man. One of the most valuable comics of the Golden Age. Click for values

31. Amazing-Man Comics #5 (Sep 1939)
First Appearance, Amazing-Man

Record sale: $56,000
Minimum value: $800

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Adventure Comics #48 (Mar 1940): First Appearance, Hour-Man. Rare! Click for values

32. Adventure Comics #48 (Mar 1940)
First Appearance, Hour-Man

Record sale: $55,000
Minimum value: $1,000

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Wonder Woman #1 (Jun 1942): First Solo Comic, Origin of Wonder Woman. Click for values

 33. Wonder Woman #1 (Jun 1942)
First Solo Comic, Origin of
Wonder Woman

Record sale: $54,000
Minimum value: $1,500

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Detective Comics #36 (Feb 1940): First Appearance, Hugo Strange. Click for values

34. Detective Comics #36 (Feb 1940)
First Appearance, Hugo Strange

Record sale: $54,000
Minimum value: $2,000

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Batman #2 (Jul 1940): Second Appearance of Joker, Catwoman. Click for values

35. Batman #2 (Jul 1940)
Second Appearance of Joker,
Catwoman

Record sale: $48,500
Minimum value: $500

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Sub-Mariner Comics #1 (Fall 1941): First Solo Comic. Rare! Click for values

36. Sub-Mariner Comics #1 (Fall 1941)
First Solo Comic

Record sale: $47,000
Minimum value: $1,500

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Detective Comics #1 (Mar 1937): First Issue in Series, very early comic book. Click for value

37. Detective Comics #1 (Mar 1937)
First Issue in Series

Record sale: $45,000
Minimum value: $5,000

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Detective Comics #28 (Jun 1939): Second Appearance of Batman. Click for values

38. Detective Comics #28 (Jun 1939)
Second Appearance of Batman

Record sale: $45,000
Minimum value: $4,000

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Green Lantern #1 (Sep 1941): 1st Solo Comic. Click for values

39. Green Lantern #1 (Sep 1941)
1st Solo Comic

Record sale: $45,000
Minimum value: $1,000

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Marvel Mystery Comics #2 (Dec 1939): Second Appearance of Human Torch, Namor and Angel. Click for values

40. Marvel Mystery Comics #2 (Dec 1939)
Second Appearance of Human Torch, Namor and Angel

Record sale: $45,000
Minimum value: $1,000

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More Fun Comics #54 (Apr 1940): Spectre Story and classic cover. Click for values

41. More Fun Comics #54 (Apr 1940)
Spectre Story

Record sale: $38,000
Minimum value: $800

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Captain Marvel Adventures #1 (Mar 1940). First Solo Comic. Click for values

42. Captain Marvel Adventures #1
(Mar 1940). 
First Solo Comic

Record sale: $38,000
Minimum value: $800

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Marvel Mystery Comics #5 (Mar 1940): Timely, Human Torch Cover. Click for values of this rare comic book

43. Marvel Mystery Comics #5 (Mar 1940)
Timely, Human Torch Cover

Record sale: $33,000
Minimum value: $1,500

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MAD Comics #1 (Oct 1952): EC, First Issue in Series of comic run pre-magazine. Click for values

44. MAD Comics #1 (Oct 1952)
EC, First Issue in Series

Record sale: $32,000
Minimum value: $200

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Vault of Horror #12 (Apr 1950): EC Comics, Bondage Cover. Click for values

45. Vault of Horror #12 (Apr 1950)
EC Comics, Bondage Cover

Record sale: $29,000
Minimum value: $200

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All-Select Comics #1 (Fall 1943): Timely, First Issue in Series. Click for values

46. All-Select Comics #1 (Fall 1943)
Timely, First Issue in Series

Record sale: $29,000
Minimum value: $800

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More Fun Comics #101 (Jan 1945): Origin and First Appearance, Superboy. Click for values

47. More Fun Comics #101 (Jan 1945)
Origin and First Appearance, Superboy

Record sale: $28,000
Minimum value: $300

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Action Comics #4 (Sep 1938): Fourth Appearance of Superman (Plays Football in the Story). Click for values

48. Action Comics #4 (Sep 1938)
Fourth Appearance of Superman
(Plays Football in the Story)

Record sale: $25,000
Minimum value: $1,500

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Mystic Comics #1 (Mar 1940): First Appearance of Flexo and Blue Blaze. Click for values

49. Mystic Comics #1 (Mar 1940)
First Appearance of Flexo
and Blue Blaze

Record sale: $25,000
Minimum value: $400

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Marvel Mystery Comics #8 (June 1940): Classic Timely Comic. Click for values

50. Marvel Mystery Comics #8 (June 1940)
Classic Timely Comic

Record sale: $22,000
Minimum value: $400

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Action Comics #3 (Aug 1938): 3rd Superman Appearance. Click for values

51. Action Comics #3 (Aug 1938)
3rd Superman Appearance

Record sale: $20,000
Minimum value: $1,500

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Four Color Comics V1 #4 (Mar 1940): 1st Donald Duck in Title. Click for values

52. Four Color Comics V1 #4 (Mar 1940)
1st Donald Duck in Title

Record sale: $20,000
Minimum value: $500

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New Book of Comics #1 (1936): Rare Early DC Annual. Click for values

53. New Book of Comics #1 (1936)
Rare Early DC Annual

Record sale: $19,000
Minimum value: $500

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All-Winners Comics #19 (Fall 1946): First Appearance of the All-Winners Squad. Click for values

54. All-Winners Comics #19 (Fall 1946)
First Appearance of the
All-Winners Squad

Record sale: $13,000
Minimum value: $500

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