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Do You Own One of These Rare Comic Books?

Action Comics #23 is a rare comic book featuring a Superman cover

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns

Truly rare comic books may come along once or twice in a lifetime. Most collectors only dream of finding one.

If you've stumbled across a find of vintage comic books and recognize one or more of the ones on this page, then stop whatever you're doing and contact us immediately for a FREE comic book appraisal!

If you want to sell comic books for cash, then we can help you to get the most money for your rare comics.

We've arranged the rare comic books by main character: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern etc.

Simply click any of the links below to see more details of the rarest comics featuring that character, and the minimum they are worth.

Rare Adventure Comics

During its evolution from a funnies comic into a superhero title, via the transitional title New Adventure Comics, this DC title became very popular with buyers at the time.

However, some issues are considered among the rarest of all DC comics. Read our Adventure Comics article for more details.

New Adventure Comics #26: the rarest DC comic? Click for values

New Adventure #26
The rarest ever DC Comic?

So few of these have been discovered that it's hard to put a value on it. Have yours appraised today FREE!

Adventure Comics #40
First Sandman appearance

One of the really important key issues from this early Golden Age comic book series.

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Adventure Comics #40: first Sandman in title. Click for values

Rare All-Star Comics

You won't come across these too often, but if you happen to find one of these All-Star rare comic books, then you'll be very happy.

The series that launched the first super-team in the Justice Society of America, and debuted Wonder Woman in comics, is highly collectible.

Click to read our full article on All-Star Comics.

All-Star Comics #3: Origin and First Appearance of Justice Society of America. Click for values

All-Star Comics #3: Origin and First Appearance of Justice Society of America. Click for values
All-Star Comics #8: First Appearance of Wonder Woman. Click for values

All-Star Comics #8: First Appearance of Wonder Woman. Click for values

All-Star Comics ended with issue #57. In really nice condition, any issue of this rare comic book is worth good money. Have yours valued free!

Rare All-American Comics

Some of the most important and rare comic books to be published in the Golden Age appeared as part of All-American Comics (full article).

Key of all of them is All-American #16 (first Green Lantern).

All-American Comics #16: First Appearance of the Green Lantern. Click for values

All-American Comics #16: First Appearance of the Green Lantern. Click for values

All-American Comics #19: First Appearance of the Atom. Click for values

All-American Comics #19: First Appearance of the Atom. Click for values

Found some? Send us photos and we'll appraise them for you. Read more about All-American here.

Rare Ant-Man Comic Books

Compared with some of the Golden Age comics on this page, Ant-Man does not appear in any truly rare comic books.

However, there are a couple of valuable issues, notably his earliest appearances in Tales to Astonish. They are rare in high grade.

See our Ant-Man comic book price guide for more details of this character, who's set to hit the big time with a movie in 2015.

Tales to Astonish #27 (1962). Origin and first appearance of Ant-Man. Click for values

Tales to Astonish #35 (1962)
Second appearance of Ant-Man, first in costume

What's It Worth?
While not as valuable as the first appearance a few months earlier, high grade copies of TTA #35 are worth several thousand dollars, and sure to appreciate as more people speculate on the movie.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $50
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Tales to Astonish #27 (1962)
Origin and first appearance of Ant-Man

What's It Worth?
This character is due for an upswing, thanks to the movie release, so expect the prices of this first appearance issue to jump significantly in the next couple of years!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $325
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Tales to Astonish #35 (1962). Second appearance of Ant-Man, first in costume. Click for values

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Rare Batman Comics

When it comes to rare comic books, few are as important as the origin and first appearance of Batman. Detective Comics #27 is the big issue that any Batman comic collector dreams of owning.

Batman is one of the world's best-known and most-loved superheroes. Over the years, he has been through many incarnations, from the sublime Dark Knight, to the ridiculous Adam West era.

Here are the rare Batman comics to look for. If you've found one or more, get in touch immediately for a free appraisal of their value.

Detective Comics #27 (1939), world's most expensive rare comic

Detective Comics #29 (1939)
2nd Batman cover

What's It Worth?
While Detective Comics #28 is the 2nd appearance of Batman, collectors prefer issues with him on the cover. Another nice one to find! Check LIVE prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $9,000

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Detective Comics #31 (1939), rare Batman comic

Detective Comics #33
Minimum Value: $5,000

Detective Comics #35
Minimum Value: $3,000

Detective Comics #36
Minimum Value: $1,000

Detective Comics #37
Minimum Value: $1,000

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While not as valuable as the earlier ones, these are still very rare comic books. Value yours!

Detective Comics #38 (1940). First appearance of Robin, the Boy Wonder. Rare!

Detective Comics #27 (1939)
Origin and 1st appearance of Batman

What's It Worth?
No matter what the condition, if you've found one of these rare comic books, then you have an exciting discovery! Find values here

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $25,000

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Detective Comics #29 (1939), second Batman cover

Detective Comics #31 (1939)
3rd Batman cover

What's It Worth?
This awesome early Batman is considered a classic cover illustration. Collectors love it! Check LIVE prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $10,000

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Detective Comics #33 (1939), rare Batman comic

Detective Comics #38 (1940)
First appearance of Robin, the Boy Wonder, a major character for the rest of the Batman run

What's It Worth?
Love him or loathe him, Robin has been a major part of Batman's life since April Fool's Day, 1940. Check LIVE prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $3,000

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Other issues of Detective Comics to look for:

While Detective #1 through #26 do not feature Batman, they are still rare comic books, especially in fine condition.

Pretty much any issue of Detective Comics featuring Batman up to #250 is well worth having appraised. Condition on the later ones is more important.

See our full Detective Comics price guide for more info.

Batman Comic: Detective Comics Spin-Off

If you have found rare comic books from the same era (1940s) with just the title Batman on the front, then you may be a little confused.

Batman was so popular that DC spun him off into his own series. Issue #1 was published on April 7th, 1940 (just a few days after Detective Comics #38 introduced Robin for the first time).

Let's look at some of the rare comic books from Batman's own series.

Batman #1 (1940)
First appearance The Joker and The Cat (Catwoman)

What's It Worth?
Batman #1 is a highly sought-after book. If you want a run, it won't be complete without it!

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Minimum value (in really bad shape): $10,000

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Batman #3 (1940). Another RARE early comic book featuring the Caped Crusader!

Batman #11 (1942)
Classic Joker cover

What's It Worth?
Comic collecting is a strange hobby. Earlier issues are not always worth more than later ones, as this issue proves. See what they're worth now.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $750

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Batman #1 (1940). One of the rare comic books everybody would love to discover!

Batman #3 (1940)
First appearance Puppetmaster

What's It Worth?
Not as much as you might imagine, actually, but no early Batman comics are worthless. Dark cover is hard to find in really fine condition. Check out live prices now.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $750

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Batman #11 (1942). A very early Joker cover

Other issues of Batman comic to look out for:

Pretty much any issue from Batman #1 to #100 are worth having an appraisal on. They are strongly collected by comic fans around the world, and never slow to sell.

For the later issues, condition is even more important. See our Batman comic book values article here.

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Rare Captain America Comics

While there are some valuable Silver Age comic books featuring Captain America, none are truly rare comic books in the way that the Golden Age issues are.

You'll come across Avengers comics much more often than the Captain America Comics of the 1940s and 50s.

Found some? Get in touch and we'll help you figure out their value. Here are some typical issues. You can read more about Captain America comic books here.

Captain America Comics #1 Patriotic cover to appeal to WW2 readership. Click for values

Captain America Comics #2
Another very rare early comic book, and a great one to find.

What's It Worth?
Not as much as issue #1, but the record for this comic is still in six figures. In any condition, it's worth a reasonable amount.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,500

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Captain America Comics #1
Patriotic cover to appeal to WW2 readership

What's It Worth?
Big bucks. The first appearance of any superhero is good news, but this one's a particularly great find if you have one.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $15,000

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Captain America Comics #2 Another very rare early comic book, and a great one to find. Click for values

Any Golden Age Captain America appearances are worth money, the condition being vital of course.

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Rare Captain Marvel Comic Books

One of the 'forgotten' heroes of the Golden Age, Captain Marvel (click for article) first appears in one of the rarest and most sought-after of all comics, Whiz Comics #2.

Whiz Comics #2(#1) (1940). Origin and first appearance of Captain Marvel, who was later renamed Shazam! by DC Comics for legal reasons. Click to research values

Captain Marvel Adventures #1 (1941)
The first stand-alone Captain Marvel comic book. There were many more spin-offs from Whiz Comic: see our article for more information.

What's It Worth?
These do turn up more often than Whiz #2. Amazingly, the highest known graded copy is only 5.0 out of 10! Unrestored copies are rare. Research prices here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,000

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Whiz Comics #2(#1) (1940)
Origin and first appearance of Captain Marvel, who was later renamed Shazam! by DC Comics for legal reasons.

What's It Worth?
A very rare comic book. There are so few of these comic books on the market that it's very hard to say, but a LOT!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $2,600

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Captain Marvel Adventures #1 (1941). The first stand-alone Captain Marvel comic book. Click for values

Rare Fantastic Four Comics

The birth of the "Marvel Age of Comics" began with Fantastic Four #1, a classic cover that every collector would love to own.

There are not too many actually RARE comic books featuring the FF, but in nice condition, they can be very valuable.

Check out our Fantastic Four comic books article for more.

Fantastic Four #1 (1961). The book that began the Marvel age of comics. Rare in fine or better condition

Fantastic Four #5 (1962)
Origin and first appearance Doctor Doom

What's It Worth?
While this is not a mega-money book in low grade, very fine copies are getting very expensive. See how expensive here!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $350

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Fantastic Four #1 (1961)
Origin and first appearance the Fantastic Four, first appearance Mole Man

What's It Worth?
Condition is really vital, but this is such an iconic book that even in bad shape, it has value. Check out live prices now.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,000

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Fantastic Four #5 (1962). First Doctor Doom, key FF issue

Other issues of Fantastic Four:

Pretty much any issues from Fantastic Four #1 - 20 are highly collectible, though not really rare comic books.

A few later issues are now considered "key":

Fantastic Four #50, first full Silver Surfer cover. Click for values

Get in touch if you have any of those mentioned, and we'll help you to figure out what they're worth.

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Rare Flash Comics

There are plenty of rare comic books with Flash as the central character. The Flash is less popular amongst collectors than Superman, Spiderman and Batman.

However, you may still have a treasure or two if you've found some Flash comics. Let's have a look at the best of them.

Flash Comics #1 (1940). A very rare comic book!

All-Flash Quarterly #1 (1941)
Origin of The Flash retold

What's It Worth?
This is a pretty rare comic book from 1941. Even if your copy is beaten to heck, it's still got some value! See live prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,000

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Showcase #4 (1956). A key Flash comic book and rare in fine or better grade

Flash #105 (1959)
First Silver-Age dedicated Flash comic, first Mirror Master

What's It Worth?
It's a rare comic book in really top shape.

But even beat-up copies have some value with collectors.

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Minimum value (in really bad shape): $350

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Flash Comics #1 (1940)
Origin and first appearance The Flash, and other characters

What's It Worth?
This issue from 1940 is definitely one of the rare comic books that every collector wants to own!
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Minimum value (in really bad shape): $5,000

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All-Flash Quarterly #1 (1941). A very rare Flash comic book

Showcase #4 (1956)
First Silver-Age appearance of The Flash

What's It Worth?
Even in really poor condition, this is a KEY comic book and really great if you have happened to found one!

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Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,500

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Flash #105 (1959). Another key rare comic book featuring Flash

Other Flash comics to look for:

Pretty much any Flash comic from the 1940s is worth good money, and those early issues are truly rare comic books.

Anything later must be in better shape to be truly valuable.

If you have found a pile of old Flash comics, we'll help you figure out what they are, and what they're worth.

Rare Green Lantern Comics

There are some really rare comic books featuring the Green Lantern.

This Golden Age character was rather obscure, like The Flash, until the movie of 2011, when he suddenly became popular with a new generation.

Here are the big ones to watch for. See our articles for more detail:

Golden Age Green Lantern Comics

Silver Age Green Lantern Comics

All-American Comics #16 (1940). Origin and first appearance of The Green Lantern

All-American Comics #17 (1940)
Second appearance of the Green Lantern (1940)

What's It Worth?
Nowhere near as much as #16, but it's still a nice one to find by chance... Get today's prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $750

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Green Lantern (1st Series) #1 (1941). A superb, old and rare comic!

Showcase #22 (1959)
First Silver Age appearance of the Green Lantern

What's It Worth?
Due to the rarity of the Golden Age key books, this Silver Age comic has rocketed in value!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $500

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All-American Comics #16 (1940)
Origin and first appearance of the Green Lantern

What's It Worth?
This is one of the big rare comic books that is a dream if you find one! In top condition, the sky's the limit. Get prices now.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $6,500

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All-American Comics #17 (1940). Second Green Lantern in comics, a rare comic book!

Green Lantern (1st Series) #1 (1941)
Origin of the Green Lantern retold

What's It Worth?
While not as knockout as All-American #16, the first dedicated Green Lantern comic is very desirable. Check out prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,500

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Showcase #22 (1959) is a rare comic book that has rocketed in value!

Here are lots of Green Lantern comics in live auctions. Use them to research prices of your rare comic books.

Rare Hulk Comics

Hulk SMASH! Yes, he's green, he's mean, and if you have one of these rare Hulk comics, you won't need to be 'mean with the green' any more.

Like the Fantastic Four, these Hulk comics are not really that rare, but you seldom see them in fine condition.

"Marvel chipping" (scoop-shaped bits of color loss at the edges) is common on these comics. See our article on Incredible Hulk comics for more detail on the value of these popular comics.

Incredible Hulk #1 (1962). Origin and first appearance of The Hulk (with gray skin)

Incredible Hulk #2 (1962)
First green-skinned Hulk

What's It Worth?
We've all known him as green, so you were probably surprised to discover that Hulk was gray in the first place! Want to discover its value? Check out live items on eBay now.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $250

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Incredible Hulk #181 (1974). First full Wolverine story in comics

Incredible Hulk #1 (1962)
Origin and first appearance The Hulk (with gray skin)

What's It Worth?
The majority of Hulk #1s coming to market are creased and chipped. If yours is in fine condition or better, then you're in the money!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,000

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Incredible Hulk #2 (1962). First green-skinned Hulk appearance

Incredible Hulk #181 (1974)
First full Wolverine story (later with the X-Men)

What's It Worth?
Here's where supply and demand work their magic! There are thousands out there, but they're hot property. Find out just how hot here...

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $200

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Other Hulk comics to look out for:

Pretty much any of issues #1 to #6 are highly sought-after. There is then a five-year gap, with Incredible Hulk #102 being the "next" issue in 1968.

Hulk appears in the last issues of Tales to Astonish. He also battles the Thing in Fantastic Four #112, the entire Fantastic Four team in Fantastic Four #12, and Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #119 and Amazing Spider-Man #120.

Hulk even makes an appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #14, which is more famous for the first appearance of the Green Goblin.

There are many other Hulk appearances for collectors to seek out, but the ones pictured above are the only really rare comic books with Hulk.

Rare Iron Man Comics

Thanks to Robert Downey Jr. and the movie franchise, Iron Man has become one of the hottest comic characters.

Just like Hulk, there are few really rare Iron Man comics, but the key is to get them in top condition.

Here are the ones to really look for. See our Iron Man comic books article for more details.

Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)
Origin and first appearance, Iron Man (silver suit)

What's It Worth?
This has been one of the hottest books around for a long time. Often found with the pale olive green color faded out. Check live prices here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $650

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Iron Man comic #1 (1968). First Iron Man in his own comic and first red and gold suit, classic cover too!

Iron Man #55 (1973)
First appearance Thanos (villain in Iron Man 3 movie)

What's It Worth?
A bafflingly large amount! This 1973 book is only truly rare in top condition, but speculators have pushed up its value. See how much it would cost you with these live auctions.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $100

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Tales of Suspense #39 (1963). Origin and first appearance of Iron Man (silver suit)

Iron Man #1 (1968)
First Iron Man in red and gold suit

What's It Worth?
Relative peanuts compared to Tales of Suspense #39. But it's still a great find in top shape. Prices have risen this year. Find out how much here!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $100

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Iron Man #55 (1973), first appearance of Thanos. Not rare, but a HOT comic book!

Other Iron Man comics:

There are lots of other Iron Man comics, and you should definitely have us appraise them if they are in REALLY nice shape (look like they have hardly been read).

Most are not rare comic books, but still collected.

Rare Justice League of America Comics

Justice League of America comics (click for main article) have increased in value as speculation of a JLA movie intensifies. Even if they're not rare comic books, they are collectible.

The key JLA comic books to find are:

Brave and the Bold #28: rare comic book with JLA

Brave and the Bold #28
First appearance of the JLA

Minimum price (poor):
$300

Record sale (CGC 9.4):
$60,000

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Brave and the Bold #30: rare comic book with JLA

Justice League of America #1
First appearance in own comic

Minimum price (poor):
$300

Record sale (CGC 9.6):
$75,000

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Brave and the Bold #29
Second appearance of the JLA

Minimum price (poor):
$75

Record sale (CGC 9.0):
$7,000

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Brave and the Bold #29: rare comic book with JLA

Brave and the Bold #30
Third appearance of the JLA

Minimum price (poor):
$60

Record sale (CGC 9.2):
$9,500

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Justice League of America #1: rare comic book with JLA

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Rare Marvel Mystery Comics

Back in the Golden Age, Marvel Mystery Comics (click for full article) (initially called Marvel Comics) heralded the creation of the world's most famous comic book brand.

There are some REALLY rare comic books in this run!

Marvel Mystery Comics #2
Second in the series, renamed

Minimum price (poor):
$2,000

Record sale (CGC 9.2):
$38,000

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Marvel Comics #1
Third appearance of the JLA

Minimum price (poor):
$20,000

Record sale (CGC 9.0):
$161,000

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Pretty much any issues of Marvel Mystery Comics have value. They are rare comic books in high grade, but in lower grades, are still worth decent money. Have yours appraised today.

Rare Planet Comics

From the era of Pulps, Planet Comics emerged. With their campy sexy sci-fi covers featuring a lot of bare skin and bug-eyed monsters, these are highly sought-after and rare comic books.

The cover condition is more important than the interior.

Issue #1 is the big one.

Planet Comics #1 is a really rare comic book. Click for values from this series

Planet Comics #2
The second in the series is definitely not as exciting a find as #1, but still cool.

Minimum price (poor):
$120

Record sale (CGC 9.2):
$2,000

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Planet Comics #1
The first cover is quite tame by later standards, but this is a truly rare comic.

Minimum price (poor):
$420

Record sale (CGC 9.2):
$36,800

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Planet Comics #2 The second in the series is definitely not as exciting a find as #1, but still cool. Click for values

Other Planet Comics: pretty much anything in the series with a great condition front cover will do well.

This is a very niche market, so don't expect the prices to match Superhero comics of the same era. Click for more on this series.

Rare Spider-man Comics

Fact. Spider-Man is the world's most collected comic book hero.

Fact. There are NO truly rare Spider-Man comics.

Fact. This doesn't matter -- Amazing Spider-Man comic early issues and Amazing Fantasy #15 continue to rise and rise in value!

Here are the best comics to look for featuring the web-spinner.

Amazing Fantasy #15, origin and first appearance of Spider-Man. A VERY rare comic in higher grade!

Amazing Fantasy #15 (click for full article)
Origin and first appearance of Spider-Man

What's It Worth?
This is the most valuable Spider-Man comic. In any condition, it's a good one to find. Well done! Don't wait. Find out the current market values here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $2,000

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963)
Second appearance of Spider-Man

What's It Worth?
Much less than Amazing Fantasy #15, but still a great comic if you've found one! See the live market value here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,200

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Amazing Spider-Man #1. A super find in higher grade!
Amazing Spider-Man #14. First appearance of The Green Goblin, and Hulk crossover

Amazing Spider-Man #14 (1964)
First appearance The Green Goblin

What's It Worth?
Spider-Man's most famous foe drives up the price of this early issue. Check out the current values here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $100

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Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)
First appearance The Punisher and The Jackal

What's It Worth?
This is one of the "key" bronze age (1970s) comic books. Though not in the least rare, demand drives the price.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $150

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Amazing Spider-Man #129. First appearance of The Punisher

Other Spider-Man comics worth looking for:

Pretty much any early issue of Amazing Spider-Man, from #1 to #150. This especially applies to #1 to #50. They sell no matter what the condition, though the nicer the shape, the better.

Amazing Spider-Man #121 (death of Gwen Stacey) and #122 (death of Green Goblin) are hot comics right now.

Also, Spider-Man annuals #1 to #5 are very collectible.

Later "good" issues are not rare comic books, but well worth having valued if in nice shape: Amazing Spider-Man #238 (first Hobgoblin); Amazing Spider-Man #298 (Todd McFarlane covers begin), Amazing Spider-Man #299, and Amazing Spider-Man #300.

You can learn more about collectible Amazing Spider-Man comics in our full article.

Rare Superman Comics

Superman may not be everybody's cup of tea, but you can't argue with history.

The world's most famous comic is Action Comics #1. It currently holds the world record for most expensive, at a shade over $3.2m.

Most copies are worth much less, but the good news is, if you have one of these truly rare comic books, then you're certainly sitting on a prized asset that any comic book collector would be envious of.

See our Superman comic books article for more details.

Action Comics #1 (1938)
Origin and first appearance of Superman

What's It Worth?
The sky's the limit for this comic book! No matter what shape it's in, you will be glad you found it.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $50,000

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Action Comics #1 (1938) Origin and first appearance of Superman, and a truly RARE comic book!
Action Comics #7 (1938), second Superman cover

Action Comics #7 (1938)
Second Superman cover

What's It Worth?
The early Action Comics sell much better with Supes on the cover. This one is worth more than #2 to #6. Find out the current prices here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $8,000

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Action Comics #10 (1939)
Third Superman cover

What's It Worth?
Another cover with Superman on it, and again, worth more than the issues around it. Check LIVE prices now!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $5,000

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Action Comics #10 (1939) third superman cover
Action Comics #23 (1940), first appearance of Lex Luthor, rare!

Action Comics #23 (1940)
First appearance of Lex Luthor, first mention of Daily Planet

What's It Worth?
Superman's greatest foe over the years makes his bow. Check LIVE prices now!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,500

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Superman #1 (1940)
First in new dedicated Superman series

What's It Worth?
While not as spectacular as Action #1, Superman #1 is still a 'super' find if you come across one. Check values here!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $15,000

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Superman #1 (1940), key Golden Age rare comic book
New York World's Fair Comic (1939), rare comic book featuring Superman and Sandman
New York World's Fair Comic (1940). Rare comic with Superman and Batman on the cover

New York World's Fair Comic (1939 and 1940)

What's It Worth?
Very rare in great condition, these comics are both really tough for collectors to add to their Superman run.

Remember, comics only cost 10c, right from the earliest days into the early 1960s.

1939's cover price of 25c must have been a shocker, and even 1940's cost 15c!

This is good news if you own copies of these rare comic books today. Even in rough shape, they fetch good money.

Minimum value for 1939 (in really bad shape): $1,000
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Minimum value for 1940 (in really bad shape): $500
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Other Superman comics to look for:

All early Superman and Action Comics are worth money, no matter what their condition. In better shape, unrestored, you are likely to get serious cash for your find.

Action Comics #1 through #200, #242, #252 (first Supergirl comic), #253.

Superman #1 through #100, #123, #199, and annuals #1 to #4.

Read more about collectible Superman comics here.

Rare Thor Comics

There really are not too many truly rare Thor comic books.

However, the interest in the character ramped up by the Avengers movies has made the early appearances of Thor very hot property.

See our Thor comic books article for more.

Journey Into Mystery #83 (1962)
Origin and first appearance of Thor

What's It Worth?
This is not a really rare comic book. However, it is rare, and very valuable, in truly fine condition. Click to check LIVE prices today!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $700

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Journey Into Mystery #83. Origin and first appearance of Thor in comics
Journey Into Mystery #84 (1962). Second appearance of Thor

Journey Into Mystery #84 (1962)
Second appearance of Thor

What's It Worth?
Again, a really beaten up copy of this comic is not going to command big bucks, but it's a nice find in top condition. Click to see LIVE prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $150

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Avengers #1 (1963)
First appearance of The Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp)

What's It Worth?
Another hot, hot comic, worth money in any shape. The appeal comes from so many major characters in one team. See current prices LIVE!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $500

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Rare comic books: Avengers Comic #1 (1963)
Rare comics: Avengers #4 (1963)

Avengers #4 (1963)
Captain America is revived and joins the Avengers

What's It Worth?
Not a rare comic book as such, but hard to find in top condition, and sought-after. Welcome back, Cap! Check current prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $300

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Other Thor comic books worth looking for:

This is a very popular character, and any comics in really fine shape will find an appreciative home with collectors.

Journey Into Mystery #85 through #120

Avengers #1 through #20, #57

Tales of Suspense #49 (click for LIVE prices!)

See our full Thor comic books article for more about this character.

Rare Wonder Woman Comics

The principal difference between Marvel and DC comics is that DC have characters who have appeared in unbroken runs since the Golden Age (1930s-50s).

Wonder Woman is one of them, and as you'd imagine, some of the early issues are among the most rare comic books.

All-Star Comics #8 (1941)
Origin and first appearance of Wonder Woman

What's It Worth?
Any true collector of Wonder Woman comics would want a copy of All-Star #8. It's the crown jewels of WW. Check LIVE prices here now!

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $2,000

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All-Star Comics #8 (1941) is a rare comic book: first appearance of Wonder Woman!
Sensation Comics #1 (1942) Rare comic book

Sensation Comics #1 (1942)
Origin of Wonder Woman continues from All-Star #8

What's It Worth?
Another great comic to find, as collectors will want a complete set of WW comics. Check current prices here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,500

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Wonder Woman #1 (1942)
More detailed origin story retold

What's It Worth?
A collector who can't afford the first two rarities will still want a copy of WW #1 in their collection. Find one today.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $1,500

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Wonder Woman #1 (1942). A rare comic book any collector would like to own!
Wonder Woman #105 (1959)

Wonder Woman #105 (1959)
Wonder Girl appears (Wonder Woman as a child)

What's It Worth?
This "secret origin" story launches Wonder Girl as a character in her own right. A minor "key" issue.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $150

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Other rare Wonder Woman comics:

Any of the early issues of Sensation Comics featuring the lasso-toting lass are worth money, especially in nicer condition.

All-Star Comics #11 sees Wonder Woman return, and she appears in several issues. All are collectible.

Wonder Woman comic issues #1 through #107, though in bad shape they are worth just a few bucks each. Fine condition is worth much more.

See our Wonder Woman comics article here.

Rare X-Men Comics

Again, there are no truly rare X-Men comics (click for full article), but condition is vital.

With the exception of a few issues, which have value no matter what their shape, when you get into late 1960s and even 1970s comics, only top condition examples are worth big bucks.

X-Men #1 (1963)
Origin and first appearance of the X-Men

What's It Worth?
One of the few X-Men comics that is worth decent money in poor shape. It's a must-have for collectors. The white cover is seldom found clean. Check out live auction prices here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $650

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X-Men #1 (1963), origin and first appearance of the original X-Men team
X-Men #94 (1975). Origin and first appearance of the new X-Men team

X-Men #94 (1975)
Origin and first appearance of the new X-Men team

What's It Worth?
You'll need to find one in near mint condition before you get very excited. Another must-have for X-Men fans. Check out the current market prices.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $50

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Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)
First appearance new X-Men, second appearance Wolverine

What's It Worth?
Another comic that you really want to find in top condition. "Key" 1970s comics are in high demand, but there are plenty around. Check out the current going rate here.

Minimum value (in really bad shape): $100

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Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975). First appearance of the New X-Men, second appearance Wolverine after Hulk #181

Are there any other rare comic books featuring the X-Men?

None really, but the most exciting find is a "run" of 1960s to 1970s comics. Some Wolverine comics are worth serious money too.

If you have an old collection featuring plenty of the earlier issues of X-Men, say from #1 through #40, then you have a nice, valuable asset there. If they're in great shape, all the better.

The early X-Men Specials or Annuals are a nice find too, but only worth big money in near mint condition.

Questions About Rare Comic Books?

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