Top 10 highest-valued comic books from 2021-22

While it’s unlikely that you’ll find a comic book worth enough to retire on, there is always the hope that there is some gem mingled among our forgotten possessions. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

So, what do you have hiding in the box in the back of the attic? The one you haven’t opened since you were a child, but has been following you from apartment to condo to house.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll find a comic book worth enough to retire on, there is always the hope that there is some gem mingled among our forgotten possessions — or worse, among the piles of stuff Mom threw away.

But keeping track of the value of certain comic books has become increasingly complicated. With multiple auction sites, such as Heritage Auctions, ComicConnect, eBay and more, the number of sales — many of which are high-end books commanding handsome sums — is huge.

For those who want a taste of some of today’s priciest comics, GoCollect.com gathers data from public sales on a variety of auction and social media sites, and keeps track of the biggest sales as they happen.

Following is a list of the Top 10 verifiable, public sales over the past year, as published by GoCollect.com.

  1. “Action Comics No. 1” (1938) – CGC 6.0

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  • Auction house: Heritage Auctions
  • Date: Jan. 17, 2022
  • Price: $3.18 million
  • Highest confirmed sale of the past year from public auction, of the most iconic comic of all-time, the first appearance of “Superman.”
  1. Captain America Comics No. 1” (1941) – CGC 9.4

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  • Auction house: Heritage Auctions
  • Date: April 11, 2022
  • Price: $3.12 million
  • Origin of “Captain America and Bucky” by S&K; first appearance of Captain America and Bucky; introduction of Captain America “Sentinels of Liberty” Club.
  1. Superman No. 1” (1939) – CGC 7.0

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  • Auction houses: ComicConnect
  • Date: Dec. 17, 2021
  • Price: $2.6 million
  • First self-titled series for “Superman”; and the first self-titled series for a comic book superhero.
  1. Marvel Comics No. 1” (1939) – CGC 9.2

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  • Auction house: ComicConnect
  • Date: March 17, 2022
  • Price: $2.43 million
  • Origin “Sub-Mariner” by Bill Everett (first newsstand appearance); first eight pages were produced for Motion Picture Funnies Weekly No. One; introduction of “Human Torch” by Carl Burgos, “Kazar the Great” (first “Tarzan” clone) and “Jungle Terror” (only appearance). This is the current record high for this title.
  1. Detective Comics No. 27” (1939) – CGC 6.5

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  • Auction house: Goldin
  • Date: May 22, 2022
  • Price: $1.74 million
  • First appearance of “Batman”; first Appearance of “Bruce Wayne”; first appearance of “James Gordon.”
  1. All-Star Comics No. 8” (1941) – CGC 9.4

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  • Auction house: Heritage Auction
  • Date: June 20, 2022
  • Price: $1.74 million
  • Origin and first appearance of “Wonder Woman.” This is the single-highest-graded copy registered in the CGC census, as well as the current record-high sale.
  1. “Fantastic Four No. 1″ (1961) – CGC 9.2

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  • Auction house: Heritage Auction
  • Date: April 11, 2022
  • Price: $1.5 million
  • First appearance of “Fantastic Four”; first comic published under Marvel name; first appearance of “Mole Man”; origin of “Fantastic Four.” Highest grade to come to auction, current record high for this book.
  1. The X-Men 1 no. 1” (1961) – CGC 9.6

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  • Auction house: ComicConnect
  • Date: Sept. 24, 2022
  • Price: $871,999
  • First appearance of “Cyclops”; “Beast”; “Angel”; “Marvel Girl”; “Iceman”; “Magneto”; “Professor X”; first “X-Men” comic issue. Current record high.
  1. Amazing Fantasy No. 15” (1962) – CGC 8.0

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  • Auction house: ComicConnect
  • Date: March 16, 2022
  • Price: $520,000
  • First appearance of “Spider-Man.”
  1. Batman No. 1” (1940) – CGC 5.0

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  • Auction house: Goldin
  • Date: Feb. 24, 2022
  • Price: $510,000
  • First ongoing “Batman” comic series; first appearance of “The Joker”; first appearance of “Catwoman.”

Note: “CGC” stands for Certified Guaranty Company, a third-party grading service that rates the quality of comic books, trading cards, magazines, concert posters and more on 10-point scale (10.0 is perfect).

John Saccenti is a member of the Jersey’s Best editorial team. He has been covering New Jersey news, education and arts for close to 30 years.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2022 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.

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