5 Most Expensive Comic Books Ever: From Batman To Wonder Woman

Most Expensive Comic Book Ever
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Whether you are a fan of comic books or just curious as to the price people have paid in pursuit of rare iconic collectibles, you’re in the right place:

These are the 5 most expensive comic books in the world so far:

5. All-Star Comics #8 – $936,223

All Star Comics #8 saw the first appearance and origin story of Wonder Woman. It also showed off Doctor Fate with a brand new helmet and a cameo appearance by Hawkgirl.

This issue is the highest graded copy known, with a 9.4 CGC grade.

It was released in 1941 with a price tag of 10 cents and was sold on eBay for $936,223 in 2017.

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4. Captain America #1 – $915,000

This comic once cost 10 cents, but now, the iconic Marvel superhero is worth a staggering amount more. And it’s no surprise, issue #1 hit newsstands in 1941, a year before the U.S. went to war, and depicts Captain America punching Adolf Hitler in the face.

The one sold is the highest-graded copy of Captain America #1 known to exist, with a 9.4 rating by the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC). It was sold at a Heritage Auction for $915,000 in 2019. Making it one of only a few comics to have been sold for more than $500,000.

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3. Amazing Fantasy #15- $1.1 Million

In 2011, a private collector bought a CGC 9.6 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, (which included the first appearance of Spider-Man), for $1.1 million.

The issue sold for 12 cents when it was first released in July 1962.

This is the highest price paid for a Silver Age comic book and possibly the finest copy in existence (it has the highest grade of any copy that has been professionally graded).

2. Detective Comics #27 – $1.5 Million

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Detective Comics #27 features the first appearance of the legendary Batman and back in 2010, it was the most expensive comic book ever sold – at $1.075 million:

Fast forward to 2020, a second copy of the comic is sold at auction for $1.5 million, leap-frogging the original’s sale price to become the most expensive comic book starring The Dark Knight:

(Just not the most expensive comic in the world).

With a cover date of May 1939, this copy of Detective No. 27 was sold unrestored, but still made the grade of “fine/very fine 7.0” in terms of quality by CGC:

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1. Action Comics #1 – $3.2 Million

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This comic shows just how much worth is put on a CGC grading, and the difference half a point can make to the monetary value of a comic book.

Dominating the top spot is the 9.0 CGC ranked copy of Action Comics #1, which features the debut of Superman.

This pristine copy was sold in 2014 for $3.2 million, but in 2010 the same issue was sold for $1.5 Million. The difference? The CGC rating:

(The issue sold in 2010 had a grading of 8.5).

While the original comic sold for just 10 cents when it came out in 1938, four copies have sold for more than a million dollars since.

This proves Action Comics #1, in great condition is the most valuable comic book.

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