How to Spot Valuable Comic Books

With countless comic books being printed through the years, knowing the valuable can be a tough task. How do you know if you’re one holding even has value? With the large number of comic book publishers, series and versions out there, the whole idea just seems overwhelming.

The good news is, there are specific things you can look into, to help you make a reasonable judgment. But remember that the market can be quite fickle, and there are times when comic book values soar in value and then suddenly drop. While this is usually true for newer comic books, it can also apply to older ones in certain circumstances.

To know whether a comic book is of considerable value or just everyday stuff, look into the following:

Publication Date

First off, look at the date of publication. Comic books that came out in the 70s or earlier are most probably high-value. The value of an item can increase by its age alone.

Issue Number

While this is not an absolute rule, lower issue number comics are usually more valuable than the rest. Number 1s are usually the most valuable, except in some cases. Amazing Fantasy #15, for instance, where Spiderman was introduced, sold for more than $1 million. However, be careful of publishers relaunching an item to get new interest, like DC Comics did in The New 52, which was meant to reboot their franchise. The Action Comics from that launch is lower in value than the Action Comics #1, which was published in 1938.

Grade

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 example, a very low-graded Action Comics #1 copy can still be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Characters’ Popularity

Worldwide phenomena such as Superman, Spiderman and Batman are obviously worth the big time. The prices of Detective Comics #26 and Detective Comics #27 differ by a little over $1 million. Simply put, the popularity of the characters in a comic book have a tremendous effect on its price.

First Release

The value of a comic book with the first appearance of a character, protagonist or antagonist, can skyrocket. Of course, the more popular the introduced character has turned out to be, the greater the comics’ value.

In summary, the value of a comic book is determined by its current condition, its rarity and the popularity of its characters. Many people believe that an old item’s age instantly gives it value. By now, you should know that there are several other factors that need to be considered if you want to come up with a real estimate of the comic book’s value.

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