Thanks to the constantly growing success of superhero movies, Marvel has been cashing in on the big screen versions of their comic book characters for the last decade. But before Hollywood took over, all those characters first appeared in print. That means there are copies of first edition comic books floating around in the world that boast the first ever appearances of infamous characters like Wolverine, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America.
While comic book collections aren't always worth the hundreds of thousands of dollars that collectors hope for, there are certain issues that definitely have the potential to demand crazy prices. And you never know when you might come across someone who is selling one for as low as fifty cents because they have no idea what they're really worth. There was even that one guy who found a copy of Action Comics No. 1-- the first ever appearance of Superman, in the wall of his house.
Who knows, if you keep your eyes peeled at garage sales you could hit the jackpot with a collector's edition of one of these most valuable Marvel comics books in the world.
10 The X-Men #1 - $80,500
9 The Amazing Spider-Man 1 - $110,000
8 Red Raven Comics 1 - $124,000
7 Captain America Comics 3 - $126,000
6 Fantastic Four #1 - $166,000
5 Marvel Mystery Comics 9 - $198,000
4 The Incredible Hulk #1 - $228,000
3 Amazing Fantasy 15 - $405,000
2 Captain America No. 1 - $629,000
1 Marvel Comics No. 1 - $859,000
Marvel Comics #1 was published in October 1939 by Marvel's predecessor Timely Comics. It features the very first appearances of android superhero, the Human Torch (slightly different from the later Fantastic Four member), the Sub-Mariner of Atlantis, and Ka-Zar the Great. The first print run quickly sold out of 80,000 copies, so a second printing of 800,000 was ordered, which also sold out. The comic book went for 10 cents in 1939; today, a near mint copy would probably go for around $859,000.
Sources: ComicVine.com, Neatorama.com, Marvel.com
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