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Identifying vintage comic books can be REALLY tough. We have created this page to help you figure out what you have.

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Golden Age Comics

So-called "Golden Age" comics date from the 1930s to the late 1950s.

They always had a cover price of 10c.

Covers of typical vintage comic books from this period are shown below.

typical vintage comic books from the golden age
typical vintage comic books from the golden age
typical vintage comic books from the golden age
typical vintage comic books from the golden age
typical vintage comic books from the golden age
typical vintage comic books from the golden age

You may find these titles:

Many of the above characters continued to be published right from 1930s and 40s to the present day.

So just because you have a Batman comic, it doesn't mean it's Golden Age. Look inside for the copyright date. You're looking for 1958 or earlier to have Golden Age comic books.

What a Golden Age Comic Book Looks and Feels Like

Unlike the comic books you have grown up with, which are flexible, almost flimsy, glossy paper covers, golden age comic books often came with thicker covers.

Not quite cardboard, but less flexible paper. If you have something this old, DO NOT BEND THE COVERS! They will crack and split far more easily than modern comic books do.

Remember, the 10c cover price means you have probably got a golden age comic book.

I Have Some Golden Age Comics. Now What?

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Silver Age Comics

The very late 1950s saw the start of the so-called Silver Age of comics.

The most famous Silver Age characters will be very familiar to anybody who's seen comics.

Silver Age prices started at 12c. (Some late Silver Age comics still had 10c cover prices.)

During the Silver Age, comic cover prices ranged from 12c through 15c to 20c. (Most 20c comics were published from 1970 onwards: see Bronze Age Comics, below.)

A typical vintage comic book from the silver age
A typical vintage comic book from the silver age
A typical vintage comic book from the silver age
A typical vintage comic book from the silver age
A typical vintage comic book from the silver age
A typical vintage comic book from the silver age
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Here are the most common characters from the Silver Age:

Covers of typical comic books from this period are shown below.

What a Silver Age Comic Looks and Feels Like

Comic books have not changed much since the Silver Age, so you will be quite familiar with the Silver Age look.

Even though comics were more flexible, they can be VERY fragile (they were printed on poor paper stock, and are now up to 50 or more years old!), so handle them with extreme care.

If you have comics from 1970 or later, then they are Bronze Age to Modern.

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Bronze Age Comic Books

So-called Bronze Age vintage comic books began being published in 1970 and end at around 1986.

Anything newer than 1986 is Modern.

Cover prices ranged from 20c in 1970 to 75c in the mid-1980s.

As well as continuing runs of comics started in the Silver Age, there are plenty of titles that began in the Bronze Age:

  • Green Lantern and Green Arrow
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Red Sonja
  • Amazing Spider-Man (from issue #90)
  • Swamp Thing
  • Ghost Rider
  • Tomb of Dracula
  • Monster of Frankenstein
  • Black Panther
  • Power Man and Iron Fist
  • Giant Size X-Men
  • Amazing Adventures
  • Astonishing Tales
  • Marvel Team-Up
  • Marvel Premiere
  • Star Wars

Here are some typical comic book covers from the Bronze Age.

vintage comic books from the Bronze age: ASM 121
vintage comic books from the Bronze age: Marvel Spotlight 8
vintage comic books from the Bronze age: Monster of Frankenstein 1
vintage comic books from the Bronze age: X-Men 141
vintage comic books from the Bronze age: Power Man and Iron Fist
vintage comic books from the Bronze age: Green Lantern and Green Arrow

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Modern Comics

While some people recognize a "Copper Age" of comics, it's far easier to simply call everything published since 1986 as modern.

Modern age comic books include these titles:

There are so many modern comic books that it's hard to show "typical" covers, but here are some examples.

modern age comics: Batman Dark Knight Returns
modern age comics: Wolverine 1988 #1
modern age comics: Spawn 1
modern age comics: Watchmen
modern age comics: The Walking Dead 1
modern age comics: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, first Spiderman black costume

Do You Buy Modern Comics?

Usually not. They are quite common for the most part. We will buy Walking Dead issues.

Some issues are collectible, and we will offer you cash for them if you have them in REALLY nice condition.

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