Have you ever read headlines such as, "A perfect copy of Action Comics featuring Superman sold for a record $3.2 million on eBay"? You might be tempted to think that such headlines are sham, and that there is no way a comic that once sold for ¢10 would go for millions, right? Well, the truth is that such headlines are 100% true, and yes, a comic that was originally sold for ¢10 can go for well over $4.5 million today.
People who collect stamps, baseball cards, comics, and other collectibles that were produced a few decades back know that original and mint condition versions of some of these collectibles can make them millionaires in a matter of minutes. Such news is enough to make you quit your job - but don't quit just yet. It's often very difficult to find original copies of popular comics that were produced about 75 years ago and are still in perfect condition.
DC comics are very popular today, especially because DC also produces very popular movies and series today that involve iconic characters. In 1937, the first American Action comics were published and released by the then Detective Comics Inc., which later changed to the National Comics, and finally to what we know today as DC Comics. It is therefore important to note that some comics featured here were not originally part of the Detective Comics, but they later joined and are now under DC Comics today.
Here are some of the most valuable DC comic issues of all time; would you happen to have one?
10 More Fun Comics No.52 (1940) - $316,000
9 Detective Comics No. 29 (1939) - $324,000
8 Detective Comics No. 31 (1939) - $418,000
7 Action Comics No. 7 (1938) - $439,000
6 All-American Comics No. 16 (1940) – $572,000
5 Detective Comics No. 1 (1937) – $586,000
4 Batman No. 1 (1940) – $634,000
3 Superman No. 1 (1939) – $768,000
2 Detective Comics No. 27 (1939) – $2,490,000
1 Action Comics No. 1 (1938) – $4,530,000
The first copy of the Action Comics is rightfully the most expensive comic in the world, since it the first of its kind in the world, and it introduces, among other characters, one of the most powerful DC superheroes; Superman. In 2014, an original first issue of the Action Comics was sold for well over $3.2 Million, but is today worth slightly more than $4.5 Million. This first issue of the Action Comics was published in June 1938 by the National Allied Publications, and it opened up the doors to the superhero genre that the world was apparently craving for. The value of an original copy of this comic in mint condition and many others of its kind will continue to increase, a trend that is not likely to change in the near or even distant future.
Sources: screenrant.com, telegraph.co.uk
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