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Friday, April 5, 2013

The Most Expensive Comic Books-Part 1

Who is not a comic book fan?? Everyone wants to own one So what is the most valuable comic book? I conducted some research and came up with the following list.

#10: More Fun Comics #52 Highest Previous Sale: $207,000 Current Auction Estimate: $250,000

Why It’s Valuable: Debut of The Spectre in February 1940. The character, co-created (or, depending on whose version you believe, solely created) by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, is the longest-lived of any of Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creations, Superman himself notwithstanding. A fan favorite character who has headlined his own title time after time, and been written and drawn by some of the top talent in the history (Jim Aparo, J.M. DeMatteis, Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander, just to name a few of the more recent ones) of the American comics industry, there’s something really enduring about The Spectre that transcends other characters of the Golden Age, many of whom haven’t been seen since the Comics Code Crunch of the ’50s.

#9: Archie Comics #1 Highest Previous Sale: $167,300 Current Auction Estimate: $260,000

Why It’s Valuable: Archie Comics, the company, remains a force to be reckoned with even in a marketplace that values shock, sex, violence, reality and superheroes–none of which the publisher, particularly, has in its books. Archie, the character, is an icon unto himself, with the kind of mainstream success that “bigger” publishers covet. Archie’s digest volumes continued to appear in grocery store checkout lines for years after spinner racks (and therefore, most comics) were removed from the stores in question. He has been featured in radio shows, syndicated comics strips (something that few characters who originated in comic books can boast–notably Superman and Spider-Man), and feature-length films as well as being a cultural touchstone for films like Chasing Amy and spawning a small army of imitators and spinoffs. Some of the spinoffs have even taken on a mainstream life of their own, with Josie & the Pussycats, for example, getting a TV series in the ’70s and then a feature-film starring hot young actresses in the ’90s. Oddly enough, this comic is NOT the first appearance of titular protagonist Archie Andrews (that being Pep Comics #22), making it one of the only comics on this list not to include the debut of any of its long-lasting characters.

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