Grading and Values

cb9Knowing what your comics are worth can be a tricky business. There are many things to consider, and many different ideas of how much a comic book can be worth. There are four simple steps you will need to take:


1. Grade Your Comic:

The Grade of a comic is the condition that it is in. This is determined by many different factors. There is the cover of the comic. Is it creased, torn, or even attached? The inside of the comic is also very important. Is the color faded or yellowed? Coupons that have been cut out will drastically decrease the value. But don’t worry too much. Even if a comic book is relatively worn, if it is a comic book that is rare, has the first appearance of a character, very old, or highly sought after, then it very well could still be worth a good deal of money. But be careful, rating a comic can be very subjective.


2. Check A Price Guide:

Once you know the condition of your comic, it may be time to check a price guide. Price Guides will list the comic book name and value based on the condition. Some price guides will give a range of worth for the comic. Others will give just one price. There are few different ones to choose from such as Wizard Magazine and The Overstreet Price Guide. These are nice guides, but they are by no means set in stone. The true measure of the worth of a comic book is how much someone is willing to pay for it.


3. Compare Against Current Sales:

Auctions, such as Ebay, are a great way to see how much people are willing to pay for a comic book. Sometimes the amount is great, but other times it isn’t. This can be because of many different things. There may be too many of the same comic available. Other times there just isn’t a buyer willing to pay what you want. There also may be a better graded version of the comic available. But either way, checking auctions sites will give you a good idea of what the comic book is going for right now.

Look Online

Finding information about a comic book is a good way to get a good idea of a comics value, especially if you can’t find it in a price guide or auction site. You may have an unusual or rare item on your hands. Just use a search engine like Google or Yahoo and type in the title of the comic book. That will usually lead you to more information about the comic. You can also check and see what online retailers such as Mile High Comics are selling their comics for to get an idea about the competition.


4. Be Realistic:

The last thing to keep in mind is to be realistic about your comic book value. You might think your comic book is worth thousands of dollars, but that doesn’t mean someone will pay it. Here are some good things to keep in mind when trying to determine the value of your comic book.

Just because your comic book is old doesn’t mean it is worth anything. What truly makes a comic book worth something is rarity, popularity, and condition.

A comic book store will not pay you top value for a comic book. They need to make a profit. Try to set up a consignment.

Trying to get top dollar for your comic is a great idea, but you may need to set your sights a little lower, especially if you want to sell fast. Sometimes the market won’t bear what you want. Check auction sites or comic book stores to see what your comic book is selling for right now. It may be less than it is “worth”, but you never know, it may be worth more.

It is extremely important to be honest about the condition of your comic when selling it. This will insure no repercussions on your part.

If you keep these things in mind when trying to determine your comic books value, then you will be on the right track. Just be patient if you are trying to sell your comic and you should eventually be able to get what it is worth. Remember to know the condition, check a price guide, compare it to real prices by doing your research, and be realistic. If you do these things, you should easily be able to determine what your comic book is really worth.

Comic Values




Comic books are traded all the time, many publicly, many privately. Their values change all the time depending on time of sale and of course who wants to buy. Below we list what the world’s top 10 comic books would be worth in mint condition.






 1) Action Comics No.1 – $1,390,000

This 1938 issue was the first comic book to feature a superhero of any kind – his name was Superman.

2) Detective Comics No.27 – $1,380,000

The first book to feature Batman. It sold for 10 cents when it was published in 1939.

3) Superman No.1 – $671,000

The first comic book dedicated to Superman was published in 1939. Action Comics, in which he previously featured, was an anthology.

4) All-American Comics No.16 – $430,000

Published in 1939, this edition was the first comic book to feature Green Lantern.

5) Detective Comics No.1 – $405,000

Originally an anthology comic, Detective Comics #1 (March 1937) featured stories in the “hard-boiled detective” genre popular. The series went on to feature Batman and Superman.

6) Marvel Comics No.1 – $367,000

Published in October 1939, the first-ever Marvel Comic included the first appearance of Carl Burgos’ android superhero the Human Torch.

7) Batman No.1 – $359,000

Batman had first appeared in the Detective Comics series. The first comic book in his self-titled series, and the first in which Robin appeared, was released in the spring of 1940.

8) More Fun Comics No.52 – $316,000

More Fun was a 1935-1947 American comic book anthology. The No.52 issue introduced The Spectre for the first time.

9) Flash Comics No.1 – $289,000

Many DC Comics characters make their first appearances in Flash Comics, including the Flash, Hawkman. This, the first issue, was published in 1940.

10) Amazing Fantasy No.15 – $280,000

Spider-Man debuted on the cover in August 1960, with the comic book series scheduled for cancellation, but sales proved to be one of Marvel’s highest at the time and The Amazing Spider-Man was quickly launched.

First Appearences

cb11Look for first appearances of seminal characters. The most valuable comic books historically have been those that featured the first appearance of characters that have had a major impact on the genre. A partial list of such comics is given below:

Action Comics #1 (June 1938): The first appearance of Superman.

Detective Comics #27 (May 1939): The first appearance of Batman.

Superman #1 (June 1939): The first comic devoted to the Man of Steel, and the first comic book named for a superhero character.

Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939): The first appearances of the original Human Torch (Jim Hammond) and the Sub-Mariner. (First title published by Timely Comics, which would eventually become Marvel Comics.)

Flash Comics #1 (January 1940): First appearance of the original Flash (Jay Garrick) and the original Hawkman.

More Fun Comics #52 (February 1940): First appearance of the Spectre, the first ghost superhero

Batman #1 (Spring 1940): Besides being the first comic devoted solely to the Caped Crusader, it also introduced Robin, the Boy Wonder, and arch-foe the Joker.

All-American Comics #16 (July 1940): The first appearance of the original Green Lantern (Alan Scott).

Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961): First appearance of the team of that name, composed of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), and the Thing. (This was the first title published by Marvel Comics under that company name.)

Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962): First appearance of Spider-Man.

Other first appearance issues include All-Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940/41), the first appearance of the Justice Society of America (the first superhero team); All-Star Comics #8 (December 1941), the first appearance of Wonder Woman; Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940), the first appearance of the original Captain Marvel; Captain America #1 (March 1941), the first appearance of and Police Comics #1 (August 1941), the first appearance of Plastic Man.