With countless comic books being printed through the years, knowing the valuable can be a tough task. How do you know if the one you’re holding is even worth anything? With so many comic book makers, so many series and so many versions of each of them, the whole idea only becomes more daunting.
The good news is, there are specific things you can look into, to help you make a reasonable judgment. Note, however, that the market can be very fickle, with comic book values soaring and crashing any minute without warning. While this is usually true for newer comic books, it can also apply to older ones in certain circumstances.
Here are indicators that can help you decide whether a comic book is valuable or no more than everyday stuff:
First and foremost, determine the date of publication. If the comic book is from the 70s or earlier, it is more likely valuable.. Age alone can cause the item’s value to rise.
Though not an absolute rule, comics with a lower issue number have greater value than the others. First issues are the most valuable in general, with exceptions. Amazing Fantasy #15, for instance, where Spiderman was introduced, sold for more than $1 million. But be careful with relaunches aimed at getting new interest, like when DC Comics completely rebooted their franchise with The New 52, The Action Comics from that launch is less valuable than 1938’s Action Comics #1.
A comic book’s grade, given by the Comic Book Certification Service, is a reflection of its condition. Comic books in better condition are given higher grades, although there can still be exceptions. For instance, even if an Action Comics#1 copy gets a low grade, its value can still range in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Obviously, phenomenal characters in the likes of Superman, Batman and Spiderman are worth huge. The difference in the prices of Detective Comics #26 and #27 is a little more than $1 million. In simple terms, the more popular the characters in a comic book are, the higher its value in most cases.
A comic book where a character, whether hero or villain, was first introduced, is usually priced very high. Of course, the popularity of that character is directly proportional to the value of the comic book.
In summary, the value of a comic book is determined by its current condition, its rarity and the popularity of its characters. There’s a misconception that an old item is automatically worth something. As you can see, many other parameters come into play, and you have to consider them all to come up with a realistic estimate of the comic book’s worth.