Gotta Collect ‘Em All: The Most Expensive Comic Books

Gone is the time when comic books were just a children’s hobby and “real” collectors sought postage stamps, books, and baseball cards. You just need to check the humongous box office figures of the latest Marvel and DC movies to see that everyone enjoys superhero stories.

Comic book collecting gained traction in the 60s when conventions were popping up everywhere, and people met to discuss their favorite comics and talk to the creators. Once the market went mainstream in the 80s, collectors turned to the rare issues of the Golden Age, when most of the famous superheroes were created.

Nowadays, with the aid of buyer’s guides, niche auction sites, and the CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) comic book grading service, people can properly evaluate their comics and know how much they’re worth.

Could you be sitting on a rare comic issue? Read on to see the most expensive comic books ever sold.

1. Captain America Comics #1

The first issue of Captain America Comics was published in 1941 and quickly became a sensation. The cover showed Captain America punching Hitler in the face, which led to the Jewish creators Jack Kirby and Joe Simon to receive death threats because of it!

In 2011, a copy in near mint condition was sold for $343,057 via the ComicConnect auction website. It was part of the Atlantic City collection, a group of comic books bought in the 30s and 40s and kept in really good condition.