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100 Most Expensive Comic Book List:
Copper Age (1981-91) 2021 UPDATE!

The Copper Age 100 Most Expensive Comic Book List
FRESH UPDATE FOR 2021 PRICES

Find record sales and minimum values for Copper Age comics. That is the period from 1981 through 1991.

Why 'Copper Age'?

Collectors referred to the first period of comics as the Golden Age. Which made sense at the time. Then they needed to call the 60s revival something. They chose Silver Age.

Bronze Age... I'm on the fence about. Copper Age... Ridiculous. Why "modern age" instead of "Iron Age"? Because somebody woke up and smelled the stupid coffee. #endrant

If you missed the other episodes, use these links: Golden Age Comics | Silver Age Comics | Bronze Age Comics | Modern Age Comics

MASSIVE NEWS!
Top 100 Copper Age Most Expensive Comic Book List

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 First Printing, Origin and First Appearance of the Team, BREAKS NEW GROUND!

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
1st printing

Record sale: $90,000 (YES NINETY THOUSAND)
Minimum value: $900

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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 August 2019 sale of a CGC 9.8 for $90,000 sets this incredibly popular book even further apart from the rest of the field.

How to Identify the first printing of TMNT #1

The first three printings are identical from the outside. Second printing does NOT have the inside back cover ad (see below). Third printing is clearly stated in the inside cover.

The inside back cover on 1st prints has a full-page ad for another Mirage publication, Gobbledygook #1.

TMNT #1 first printing: inside back cover has a full-page ad for another Mirage publication, Gobbledygook #1TMNT #1 first printing: inside back cover has a full-page ad for another Mirage publication, Gobbledygook #1

2021 Update: 9.8 Sale Has Not Been Repeated

Since 2019, multiple copies of this book have sold in CGC 9.8 for less money, casting doubt on the validity of the $90K sale. The average is still just over $50,000.

Recent sales in CGC 9.8:

  • $52,800
  • $50,000

Even if the one copy of New Mutants #98 in 10.0 comes to market, I cannot see how the order might change.

This is unprecedented! It has brought the comic book world's attention firmly to focus on what has been an era of growing interest for many years now.

2nd and 3rd printings now make the top 100! See below.

Other recent sales in lower grades:

  • 9.6 $18,000
  • 9.4 $36,000 (?!)
  • 9.0 $15,000
  • 8.5 $16,100(!!)
  • 8.0 $16,800(!!!)
  • 7.0 $13,000
  • 6.5 $5,800
  • 6.0 $7,400(!!)
  • 5.0 $3,840

2. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 Joins the $30K Club!

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

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

Record sale: $32,250 (CGC 10.0)
$6,000 (CGC 9.9)
$840 (CGC 9.8)
Minimum value: $25

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2021 Update: Idiotic Purchase

An insane purchase during the pandemic. I guess if you can't go to restaurants, then you should spend five years of restaurant budget on a single CGC 10.0.

Ludicrous. You could own a really nice Silver Age key issue for the same price.

3. Albedo #2, 1st Usagi Yojimbo
SAMURAI RABBIT SLICES THROUGH OPPOSITION!

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

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

Record sale: $31,000
Minimum value: $250

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Samurai Rabbit Storms Up the List!

Yet another massive breakthrough for potentially the 1980s' most difficult book (even tougher than TMNT #1 in high grade).

The long-eared deadly Samurai just broke a record, with a 9.8 selling for $31,000 in May 2019. This is only the second book of the Copper Age (so far!) to break the $30K barrier.

2021 Update: Rabbit Runs Slower

Most recent sale is $19,800 (July 2020), showing that this is another book with more supply than demand at the upper grade levels.

4. Wolverine #1 1988, 1st Patch

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

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

Record sale: $17,000 (CGC 10.0)
$1,550 (CGC 9.9)
$200 (CGC 9.8)
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 fourth 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!

2021 Update: Calm Down If You Own This Book

The only 10.0 in the census set the stupid record.

Since then, everybody with a copy of this book thinks he or she has a goldmine. Sorry to burst your bubble. I doubt if the owner will get their money back again.

If another 10.0 pops, then it halves the value of the first.

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 $90,000? 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.

Most valuable comic books of the 1980s: Wolverine Ltd Series #1 (1982): Classic Cover, 1st Solo Book. Click for values

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

Record sale: $14,000 (CGC 10.0)
$2,760 (CGC 9.9)
$560 (CGC 9.8)
Minimum value: $30

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Most Expensive Wolverine Comics

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

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

Record sale: $13,500 (CGC 9.9)
$4,500 (CGC 9.8)
Minimum value: $80

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There is a newsstand variant of ASM #300, but currently prices are almost identical. We will break this out if the situation develops.

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

7. Bone #1 (1991):
First issue

Record sale: $12,000
Minimum value: $70

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2021 Update: Bone breaks into the top 10

This huge new record sale catapults Bone #1 into the five-figure club. This is a genuinely tough book, which we seldom see in collections.

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

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

Record sale: $11,700 (CGC 9.9)
$1,375 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $80

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Bored collectors stuck at home during the pandemic have driven 9.8s over $1,300.

It won't last.

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

9. Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983):
First appearance, Hobgoblin
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $7,800
Minimum value: $65

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This amazing price shows the potential for growth in Canadian Price Variants.

More records will come.

Spotlight on Canadian Price Variants

Canadian Price Variants
Canadian Price Variants

This growing area of the hobby focuses on the variant prices printed on comics to be distributed in Canada. Some border cities in the US (Chicago, Minneapolis for example) also received these books on newsstands.

Estimates are they make up 5 percent or less of the total print runs. See our dedicated Canadian Price Variants Comic Book Price Guide here.

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

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

Record sale: $7,400 (CGC 10.0)
$1,680 (CGC 9.9)
$220 (CGC 9.8)
Minimum value: $5

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2021 Update: Money to burn?

Another stupid purchase of a CGC 10.0 means this book is ludicrously high up the top 100 most valuable comic books of the Copper age.

$7,400 would buy you a very, very respectable copy of Avengers #1. FFS.

Most Expensive 1980s Comics #11 - #20

11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (2nd Printing)

Record sale: $6,750
Minimum value: $100

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2021 Update: 2nd printing is the poor man's 1st printing

It's a sign of how Hot TMNT #1 has become that the 2nd printing is now this high up the list of most valuable comic books of the 1980s!

Most valuable comic books of the Copper Age: Raphael #1: TMNT One-Shot Spin-Off (1985), 1st printing; 1st Casey Jones. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Raphael #1: TMNT One-Shot Spin-Off (1985)
1st printing; 1st Casey Jones

Record Sale: $6,100
Minimum Value: $75

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

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

Record sale: $6,000 (CGC 9.9)
$895 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $25

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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 appear lower down on the 1980s most expensive comic book list.

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.

There is also an expensive Canadian price variant and a newsstand variant (see below).

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

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

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

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A super-rare and mysterious book that will, in time, become far more valuable. IF you can find one...

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

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

Record sale: $5,750 (CGC 9.9)
$160 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $5

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Another idiotic place to put nearly $6K.

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

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

Record sale: $5,000 (CGC 9.9)
$660 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $10

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

16. Superman (1988):
"This Island Bradman", Private Commission by Bradman for son's Bar Mitzvah

Record sale: $4,200
Minimum value: $100

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

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

Record sale: $4,000
Minimum value: $25

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Love and Rockets #1 (1982)
Volume 2, color, 1st printing

18. Love and Rockets #1 (1982)
Volume 2, color, 1st printing

Record Sale: $3,825
Minimum Value: $10

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Star Wars #42: 1st Boba Fett in comics. Newsstand variant. Click for values

19. Star Wars #42
1st Boba Fett in comics
Newsstand variant

Record Sale: $3,800
Minimum Value: $40

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What are Newsstand Variants?

A newsstand variant was the opposite of a direct edition. They were sold at regular stores and newsstandsA newsstand variant was the opposite of a direct edition. They were sold at regular stores and newsstands
A newsstand variant is easy to spot. The UPC bar code at bottom left is the way to tellA newsstand variant is easy to spot. The UPC bar code at bottom left is the way to tell

We have a dedicated page for Newsstand Variant Comic Book Prices.

20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (3rd Printing)

Record sale: $3,700
Minimum value: $50

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The 3rd printing is now in the top 20!! Amazing.

Most Valuable Comic Books of the 1980s #21 - #50

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

21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2
(1984): 
2nd Appearance of Turtles
First printing

Record sale: $3,500
Minimum value: $50

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

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

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

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

23. The Crow #1 (1989):
First Solo Comic Book
First printing

Record sale: $3,230
Minimum value: $50

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

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

Record sale: $3,200 (CGC 9.9)
$700 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $20

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

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

Record sale: $3,200
Minimum value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $3,100
Minimum value: $1

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Another one-off sale that will probably never be repeated.

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

27. G. I. Joe #21 (1984):
First Appearance of Storm Shadow; So-called "Silent Issue"
1st Printing

Record sale: $3,055
Minimum value: $15

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Star Wars #42: 1st Boba Fett in comics
Regular edition. Click for values

28. Star Wars #42
1st Boba Fett in comics
Regular edition

Record Sale: $2,800
Minimum Value: $20

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

29. Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983):
First appearance, Hobgoblin
Regular edition

Record sale: $2,700 (CGC 9.9)
$1,800 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $25

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New Mutants #98: First appearance of Deadpool, Newsstand Variant. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! New Mutants #98
First appearance of Deadpool
Newsstand Variant

Record Sale: $2,575
Minimum Value: $50

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

30. The Transformers #1 (1984):
Origin and First Appearance, The Transformers
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $2,425
Minimum value: $20

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Star Wars #68: 2nd appearance of Boba Fett in comics. Newsstand variant. Click for values

31. Star Wars #68
2nd appearance of Boba Fett in comics
Newsstand variant

Record Sale: $2,250
Minimum Value: $20

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

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

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

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There is a lot of uncertainty about this special edition, with prices all over the place and no close repeat of the record sale for a long time.

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

33. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (1985):
1st printing

Record sale: $2,160
Minimum value: $50

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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: $2,155 (CGC 9.9)
$1,400 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $15

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

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

Record sale: $2,150 
Minimum value: $250

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

36. Batman #386 (1985):
1st Appearance of Black Mask
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $2,025
Minimum value: $15

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

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

Record sale: $2,000
Minimum value: $40

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

38. Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #320
1st Cheryl Blossom

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

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Most valuable comics of the Copper Age: Cry For Dawn #5: Second Printing. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Cry For Dawn #5 (1991)
Second Printing

Record Sale: $2,000
Minimum Value: $10

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

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

Record sale: $2,000 (CGC 9.9)
$690 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $15

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

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

Record sale: $2,000 (CGC 9.9)
$450 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $30

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

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

Record sale: $1,900
Minimum value: $20

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The first and second printings of this book are not valuable.

The books are easy to identify, with totally different color covers and prices.

Most recent sales:

  • 1st printing $95
  • 2nd printing $150
Star Wars #68: 2nd appearance of Boba Fett in comics. Regular edition. Click for values

42. Star Wars #68
2nd appearance of Boba Fett in comics
Regular edition

Record Sale: $1,800
Minimum Value: $20

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

43. Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984):
First Appearance, Symbiote (Black Spider-Man Suit)
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $1,800
Minimum value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $1,750
Minimum value: $5

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Cry For Dawn #1 (1989): First appearance of Dawn; 3rd Printing. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Cry For Dawn #1 (1989)
First appearance of Dawn;
3rd Printing

Record Sale: $1,700
Minimum Value: $10

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

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

Record sale: $1,665
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.

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

46. The Transformers #1 (1984):
Origin and First Appearance, The Transformers
Regular edition

Record sale: $1,600
Minimum value: $15

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Most valuable comic books of the 1980s: Amazing Spider-Man #299 (1988): Newsstand variant. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Amazing Spider-Man #299 (1988):
Newsstand variant

Record sale: $1,555
Minimum value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $1,550 (CGC 9.9)
$75 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $1

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

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

Record sale: $1,545
Minimum value: $100

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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

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

Record sale: $1,520
Minimum value: $10

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Star Wars #68: 2nd appearance of Boba Fett in comics, Canadian Price Variant. Click for values

50. Star Wars #68
2nd appearance of Boba Fett in comics
Canadian Price Variant

Record Sale: $1,510
Minimum Value: $50

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Most Valuable Comic Books of the Copper Age (1980s) #51 - #75

Most valuable comic books of the copper age, The Crow #3 (1989): First printing. Click for values

51. The Crow #3 (1989)
First printing

Record Sale: $1,500
Minimum Value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $1,500 (CGC 9.9)
$1,160 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $25

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Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #320: 1st Cheryl Blossom: Canadian Price Variant. Click for values

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

Record sale: $1,465
Minimum value: $50

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Most valuable 1980s comic books: Evil Ernie #1, 1st Evil Ernie and Lady Death. Click for values

53. Evil Ernie #1
1st Evil Ernie and Lady Death

Record Sale: $1,440
Minimum Value: $25

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Cry For Dawn #1 (1989): First appearance of Dawn; 2nd Printing. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Cry For Dawn #1 (1989)
First appearance of Dawn;
2nd Printing

Record Sale: $1,400
Minimum Value: $25

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

54. Amazing Spider-Man #298 (1988):
First Todd McFarlane art on title

Record sale: $1,400 (CGC 9.9)
$600 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $10

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Amazing Spider-Man #265: First Silver Sable. Click for values

55. Amazing Spider-Man #265
First Silver Sable

Record Sale: $1,325 (CGC 9.9)
$280 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum Value: $5

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (1985). Click for value

56. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (1985):
1st printing

Record sale: $1,320
Minimum value: $20

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

57. Thor #337 (1983):
First Appearance of Beta Ray Bill
Regular edition

Record sale: $1,315 (CGC 9.9)
$725 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $15

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

58. Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984):
First Appearance, Symbiote
Newsstand Variant

Record sale: $1,280
Minimum value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $1,250 (CGC 9.9)
$330 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $15

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Marvel Team-Up #141: Ties for First Symbiote, Canadian Price Variant. Click for values

60. Marvel Team-Up #141:
Ties for First Symbiote
Canadian Price Variant

Record Sale: $1,225
Minimum Value: $20

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Cry For Dawn #1 (1989): First appearance of Dawn; 1st Printing. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Cry For Dawn #1 (1989)
First appearance of Dawn;
1st Printing

Record Sale: $1,150
Minimum Value: $1

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

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

Record sale: $1,100 (CGC 9.9)
$175 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $1

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Most valuable comic books of the 1980s, The Crow #2 (1989): First printing. Click for values

62. The Crow #2
1st printing

Record Sale: $1,100
Minimum Value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $1,100
Minimum value: $15

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

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

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

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

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

Record sale: $950
Minimum value: $25

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Most valuable comic books of the Copper Age: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 (1984), Canadian Price Variant. Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 (1984):
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $950
Minimum value: $50

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

66. Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983):
First appearance, Hobgoblin
Newsstand Variant

Record sale: $910 (CGC 9.6)
Minimum value: $45

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

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

Record sale: $910
Minimum value: $15

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

68. X-Factor #6 (1986):
First Appearance, Apocalypse
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $905
Minimum value: $35

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Most valuable comic books: Sonic the Hedgehog Promotional Supplement #1 (1991),
Rare giveaway. Click for values

69. Sonic the Hedgehog Promotional Supplement #1 (1991)
Rare giveaway

Record Sale: $850 (CGC 9.9)
$110 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum Value: $5

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

70. Thor #337 (1983):
First Appearance of Beta Ray Bill
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $825
Minimum value: $15

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

71. Amazing Spider-Man #239 (1983):
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $800
Minimum value: $50

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

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

Record sale: $775
Minimum value: $15

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

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

Record sale: $775
Minimum value: $25

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

74. Sandman #8 (1989):
1st Appearance of Death
Regular edition

Record sale: $765
Minimum value: $10

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Spectacular Spider-Man #90: Canadian Price Variant. Click for values

75. Spectacular Spider-Man #90
Canadian Price Variant

Record Sale: $760
Minimum Value: $20

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Most Valuable Comic Books of the 1980s #76 - #100

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

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

Record sale: $750
Minimum value: $5

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

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

Record sale: $740
Minimum value: $15

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Most valuable comic books of the Copper Age: Watchmen #1 (1986). Click for values

NEW ENTRY! Watchmen #1 (1986)

Record Sale: $750
Minimum Value: $5

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Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1: first in 12-issue series. Click for values

78. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1

Record Sale: $715 (CGC 9.9)
$275 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum Value: $1

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

79. X-Factor #6 (1986):
First Appearance, Apocalypse
Newsstand Variant

Record sale: $700
Minimum value: $35

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Batman #359: Canadian Price Variant. Click for values

80. Batman #359
Canadian Price Variant

Record Sale: $680
Minimum Value: $15

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

81. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (1984):
Second Appearance of Turtles
2nd Printing

Record sale: $675
Minimum value: $25

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Grendel #1 (1983): First in dedicated series. Click for values

82. Grendel #1 (1983):
First in dedicated series

Record Sale: $675
Minimum Value: $10

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

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

Record sale: $660 (CGC 9.9)
$80 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $1

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

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

Record sale: $650
Minimum value: $10

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Usagi Yojimbo #1 (1987): First in solo series. Click for values

85. Usagi Yojimbo #1 (1987)
First in solo series

Record Sale: $650
Minimum Value: $10

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Most valuable comic books of the copper age, The Crow #4 (1989): First printing. Click for values

86. The Crow #4 (1989)
1st printing

Record Sale: $620
Minimum Value: $30

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

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

Record sale: $600 (CGC 9.9)
$120 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $1

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Punisher #1 (1986): First Solo Comic Appearance. Click for values

88. Punisher #1 (1986):
First Solo Comic Appearance
Regular edition

Record sale: $600
Minimum value: $5

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Marvel Team-Up #141: Ties for First Symbiote. Regular edition. Click for values

89. Marvel Team-Up #141
Ties for First Symbiote
Regular edition

Record Sale: $600
Minimum Value: $5

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Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1: Newsstand variant. Click for values

90. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1
Newsstand variant

Record Sale: $600
Minimum Value: $5

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

91. Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985):
First Appearance, Hellblazer (John Constantine)
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $550
Minimum value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $550
Minimum value: $25

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

93. G. I. Joe #21 (1984):
First Appearance of Storm Shadow; So-called "Silent Issue"
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $520
Minimum value: $40

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

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

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $15

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

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

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $20

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

96. G. I. Joe #21 (1984):
First Appearance of Storm Shadow; So-called "Silent Issue"
2nd Printing

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $5

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

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

Record sale: $450
Minimum value: $5

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Punisher #1 (1986): First Solo Comic Appearance. Click for values

98. Punisher #1 (1986):
First Solo Comic Appearance
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $450
Minimum value: $15

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

99. Batman #357 (1983):
1st Appearance of Jason Todd and Killer Croc
Canadian Price Variant

Record sale: $440
Minimum value: $40

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

100. X-Factor #6 (1986):
First Appearance, Apocalypse
Regular edition

Record sale: $420
Minimum value: $5

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Most Valuable Comic Books of the 1980s (Copper Age):
Books Which ALMOST Made The List

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

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

Record sale: $400
Minimum value: $5

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Most valuable comic books of the Copper age: Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special (1986). Click for values

102. Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special (1986)

Record Sale: $400
Minimum Value: $10

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Sandman #4 (1989): First Lucifer Morningstar. Click for values

103. Sandman #4 (1989)
First Lucifer Morningstar

Record Sale: $350
Minimum Value: $1

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

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

Record sale: $330 (CGC 9.9)
$260 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum value: $10

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Sales have softened on this book in 9.8.

The record sale of the only 9.9 is over 15 years old and will be smashed if and when it changes hands again.

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

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

Record sale: $260
Minimum value: $10

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

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

Record sale: $235
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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