The 10 Most Expensive Comic Books Ever Sold
- 10. Marvel Comics #1 – $350,000
- 9. Tales of Suspense #39 – $375,000
- 8. Flash Comics #1 – $450,000
- 7. X-Men #1 – $492,937.50
- 6. Batman #1 – $567,625.00
- 5. All-Star Comics #8 – $936,223
- 4. Detective Comics #27 – $1,075
- 3. Amazing Fantasy #15 – $1.1 Million
- 2. Action Comics #1 – CGC 8.5 – $1.5 Million
- 1. Action Comics #1 – CGC 9.0 – $3.2 Million
The 10 Most Expensive Comic Books in the World Are comic books your thing, or are you just curious how much the most expensive ones sell for? These are the 10 most expensive comic books in the world:
10. Marvel Comics #1 – $350,000
Marvel Comics #1 is the first issue published by the company that we now know as Marvel, and features the first appearances of some of its most popular characters in those early years: The Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner.
9. Tales of Suspense #39 – $375,000
The success of the Iron Man movies has seen Robert Downey Jr become one of the world’s top-earning actors. This comic features the first appearance of the character, yet another creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
The comic book sold in 2012 for $375,000, which probably had a lot to do with the’s massively popular, Robert Downey Jr Iron Man movies.
8. Flash Comics #1 – $450,000
The first issue of Flash Comics includes the debut appearances of both the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, and the Golden Age Hawkman. Written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Harry Lampert, this book from 1940 fetched $450,000 (£345,690) in 2010, which at the time made it the second-most expensive comic in history.
The majority of the best quality Golden Age comics in the world come from his collection.
7. X-Men #1 – $492,937.50
The first issue of Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s “X-Men” series sold for $492,937.50 in 2012.
It debuted appearances from mutants like Cyclops, Beast and Magneto. X-Men went on to become a huge success, creating multiple cartoons and movies, adored by millions of fans around the world.
6. Batman #1 – $567,625.00
An energetic bidding war in 2013 led to this classic comic, the first issue of Batman’s ongoing series and the first appearance of both the Joker and Catwoman, becoming one of the very few comic books in history to ever crack the $500,000 barrier.
5. All-Star Comics #8 – $936,223
All Star Comics #8 CGC 9.4 First Wonder Woman Sells For Record $936,223.00.
An All Star Comics #8 graded CGC 9.4 has just sold on ebay for a record $936,223.00. The December 1941 comic book contains the origin and first appearance of Wonder Woman by Willam Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter.
4. Detective Comics #27 – $1,075
Million Detective Comics #27 is one of the most sought-after comics in the world for its debut of Gotham’s dark knight-Batman.
This comic also introduced Commissioner Gordon and Batman’s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. This is the highest ever graded unrestored copy of Detective Comics #27. What’s more? The comic series, Detective Comics, is also how DC (Detective Comics) got its name which only increases the value of this treasure.The first appearance of the Dark Knight from 1939, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, is a book all comic book lovers would want to own.
This was the most expensive book ever sold when it changed hands back in 2010. However, there is a lot of talk about a theoretical “better quality issue” being the most valuable comic book in existence, but one is yet to be found!
3. Amazing Fantasy #15 – $1.1 Million
The highest-graded copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the debut of Spider-Man from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, has sold in a private transaction for $1.1 million.
This is by far the highest price paid for a Silver Age comic book, and is an almost one billion percent increase from the 12¢ cover price.
This 1962 comic book by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, features another first appearance, but this time it’s – Spider-Man. Amazing Fantasy #15 is the third most expensive comic book in the world!
2. Action Comics #1 – CGC 8.5 – $1.5 Million
This comic shows just how much value is placed on a CGC ranking, and the difference half a point can make to the value of a comic book.
While it features the same material as the most expensive comic in the world, it falls short of first place because it’s grade indicates that it’s the general condition is not the best it could be.
It might include creases or folds on the pages and small scuff marks on the cover, which all make a difference.
1. Action Comics #1 – CGC 9.0 – $3.2 Million
Seen by many as the “holy grail” of comic book collectibles (although, as noted earlier, a good case could be made that “Detective Comics” #27 is actually the “true” holy grail of comic book collectibles), if you ranked the biggest individual sales of comic books, sales of “Action Comics”
#1, featuring the debut of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s historic Superman, would take up most of the spots on such a top ten list, with an astonishing four different copies having sold for a million dollars or more, with this 9.0 CGC ranking (one of only two officially graded 9.0 copies in the world) selling on eBay in 2014 for over three million dollars (after the other official 9.0 copy sold for $2,161,000.00 three years earlier).
In 2014, this 9.0 CGC ranked copy sold for a massive $3.2 million dollars, making it the most expensive comic book in the world! We hope you enjoyed our list of the 10 most expensive comic books in the world.