INVESTING IN COMIC BOOKS 

Compiled and edited by Terry Hoknes    www.HoknesComics.com     hoknes@hotmail.com

Most Valuable DC COMICS published each year

Key investment comics and historically important issues

These are the 3 most valuable DC comic books published in every year (Overstreet 2013 guide NM prices)

These books have proven to be consistently the most in demand key issues ever and are the best investments long term.

This list only include regular cover mass printed editions.  No variants or limited edition versions included.

This is the first time a yearly comparison has ever been made and the purpose is to show a few things. 

First of all it does truly highlight the major key books of every year.  It also shows quickly which titles seems to pop up the most often and are truly the most expensive series to collect.  Whether its Detective Comics, Action Comics or Batman some titles are just more collected than others and bring higher $ amounts even to non-key issues in a run. 

Note its easy to see when a new hero age begins and a bunch of key books stand out with very high price runs during the gold and silver ages.  

Note that some years have lesser keys standing at the front of the line and are for their age a better investment. This can always be seen with most books from the 1950's which are much more affordable and scarcer than any more recent books.

Any books from 1977 to the present are much more common as comic book shops became more present and offered back issues.  For many more current years its scarcer issues of long running titles that rank highest even though they are not key issues.

1935

NEW FUN COMICS #1 $54,000.00 / NEW FUN COMICS #6 $25,500.00 / NEW FUN COMICS #2 $23,500.00

1936

MORE FUN COMICS #14 $15,500.00 / BIG BOOK OF FUN #1 $15,000.00 / MORE FUN COMICS #9 $8,800.00 

1937

DETECTIVE COMICS #1 $90,000.00 / NEW BOOK OF COMICS #1 $30,000.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #2 $30,000.00 

1938

ACTION COMICS #1 $1,900,000.00 / ACTION COMICS #7 $200,000.00 / ACTION COMICS #2 $135,000.00 

1939

DETECTIVE COMICS #27 $1,500,000.00 / SUPERMAN #1 $720,000.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #31 $150,000.00

1940

ALL AMERICAN COMICS #16 $550,000.00 / BATMAN #1 $420,000.00 / FLASH COMICS #1 $170,000.00

1941

ALL STAR COMICS #8 $90,000.00 / GREEN LANTERN #1 $66,000.00 / MORE FUN COMICS #73 $33,000.00

1942

SENSATION COMICS #1 $62,000.00 / WONDER WOMAN #1 $58,000.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #73 $25,000.00 

1943

BATMAN #16 $11,500.00 /  BATMAN #18 $6,600.00 / SUPERMAN #24 $6,500.00

1944

ALL AMERICAN COMICS #61 $18,000.00 / BIG ALL AMERICAN BOOK #1 $12,000.00 / BATMAN #23 $5,000.00

1945

MORE FUN COMICS #101 $14,000.00 / BATMAN #27 $3,500.00 / BATMAN #30 $2,600.00

1946

ALL STAR COMICS #33 $6,200.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #103 $4,800.00 / ALL STAR COMICS #36 $4,400.00

1947

FLASH COMICS #92 $6,500.00 / FLASH COMICS #86 $5,000.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #122 $3,600.00

1948

DETECTIVE COMICS #140 $14,000.00 / BATMAN #47 $8,000.00 / SUPERMAN #53 $5,600.00 

1949

SUPERBOY #1 $17,000.00 / FLASH COMICS #104 $13,000.00 / FLASH COMICS #103 $4,800.00 

1950

STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 $4,500.00 / ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE #1 $3,300.00 / BATMAN #62 $2,800.00 

1951

DETECTIVE COMICS #168 $9,500.00 / MYSTERY IN SPACE #1 $6,600.00 / HOUSE OF MYSTERY #1 $3,900.00 

1952

OUR ARMY AT WAR #1 $5,500.00 / SUPERMAN #76 $3,900.00 / PHANTOM STRANGER #1 $3,400.00

1953

3-D BATMAN #1 $1,800.00 / 3 DIMENSION ADVENTURES #1 $1,600.00 / PHANTOM STRANGER #6 $1,600.00

1954

SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1 $15,000.00 / SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #2 $4,300.00 / OUR FIGHTING FORCES #1 $3,450.00

1955

DETECTIVE COMICS #225 $12,000.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #210 $8,500.00 / BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1 $8,500.00

1956

SHOWCASE #4 $65,000.00 / SHOWCASE #1 $8,000.00 / SUGAR AND SPIKE #1 $6,200.00

1957

SHOWCASE #8 $18,500.00 / SHOWCASE #9 $14,000.00 / SHOWCASE #6 $8,600.00

1958

ADVENTURE COMICS #247 $16,500.00 / SUPERMANS GIRLFRIEND LOIS LANE #1 $10,000.00 / SHOWCASE #14 $9,600.00 

1959

SHOWCASE #22 $30,000.00 / FLASH #105 $20,000.00 / OUR ARMY AT WAR #83 $12,000.00 

1960

BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 $26,000.00 / JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 $17,000.00 / GREEN LANTERN #1 $15,000.00

1961

FLASH #123 $4,500.00 / BRAVE AND THE BOLD #34 $4,200.00 / G.I. COMBAT #87 $3,200.00 $3,000.00 

1962

THE ATOM #1 $2,550.00 / AQUAMAN #1 $2,550.00 / SHOWCASE #37 $1,550.00

1963

METAL MEN #1 $1,400.00 / MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80 $1,300.00 / SHOWCASE #43 $1,175.00

1964

HAWKMAN #1 $1,450.00 / BRAVE AND THE  BOLD #54 $850.00 / EIGHTY PAGE GIANT #1 $840.00

1965

BATMAN #171 $1,250.00 / GREEN LANTERN #40 $1,185.00 / OUR ARMY AT WAR #151 $1,125.00

1966

TEEN TITANS #1 $800.00 / BATMAN #181 $750.00 / SHOWCASE #60 $575.00

1967

DETECTIVE COMICS #359 $1,000.00 / SUPERMAN #199 $675.00 / BATMAN #189 $450.00

1968

GREEN LANTERN #59 $375.00 / TEEN BEAM #2 $360.00 / STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #138 $350.00

1969

ADVENTURE COMICS #381 $285.00 / WITCHING HOUR #1 $275.00 / G.I. COMBAT #138 $265.00

1970

GREEN LANTERN #76 $2,700.00 / SUPER DC GIANT #17 $550.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #400 $500.00

1971

HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 $1,200.00 / DC 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #5 $1,175.00 / SUPER DC GIANT #21 $675.00

1972

ALL STAR WESTERN #10 $850.00 / RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER $410.00 / SWAMP THING #1 $350.00 

1973

BATMAN #251 $225.00 / DC 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #14 $125.00 / LIMITED COLLECTORS EDITION #24 $100.00

1974

BATMAN #255 $140.00 / YOUNG LOVE #107 $135.00 / WONDER WOMAN #214 $120.00

1975

BATMAN #260 $140.00 / YOUNG ROMANCE #204 $120.00 / YOUNG LOVE #114 $120.00

1976

SUPERMAN VS SPIDER-MAN #1 $125.00 / ALL STAR COMICS #58 $100.00 / SUPER FRIENDS #1 $70.00

1977

JONAH HEX #1 $225.00 / JONAH HEX #2 $100.00 / JONAH HEX #7 $90.00

1978

ALL NEW COLLECTORS EDITION #56 $125.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #476 $125.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #475 $125.00

1979

GREEN LANTERN #116 $60.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #462 $55.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #461 $55.00

1980

DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 $80.00 / DC SPECIAL SERIES #21 $55.00 / NEW TEEN TITANS #2 $45.00

1981

MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #28 $70.00 / DC SPECIAL SERIES #27 $50.00 / HOUSE OF MYSTERY #290 $32.00 

1982

DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #20 $65.00 / UNKNOWN SOLDIER #268 $40.00 / DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #21 $28.00 

1983

BATMAN #359 $25.00 / BATMAN #353 $25.00 / HOUSE OF MYSTERY #321 $25.00

1984

DC GRAPHIC NOVEL #4 $75.00 / SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #20 $26.00 / SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #21 $22.00

1985

SAGA OF SWAMP THING #37 $50.00 / JONAH HEX #92 $40.00 / CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #7 $22.00

1986

BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1 $65.00 / BATMAN #400 $32.00 / BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #2 $30.00

1987

BATMAN #404 $30.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #578 $28.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #577 $28.00

1988

BATMAN #428 $22.00 / BATMAN #426 $22.00 / BATMAN: KILLING JOKE $20.00

1989

SANDMAN #1 $50.00 / SANDMAN #8 $30.00 / SANDMAN #2 $24.00

1990

HELLBLAZER #27 $15.00 / SANDMAN #14 $12.00 / SANDMAN #13 $12.00 

1991

SANDMAN #22 $12.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #627 $6.00 / SANDMAN #23 $6.00

1992

BATMAN: SWORD OF AZRAEL #1 $12.00 / SGT ROCK SPECIAL #1 $6.00 / THE SPECTRE #1 $5.00 

1993

BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 $30.00 / BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE #1 $30.00 / SUPERMAN #75 $20.00

1994

BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE #1 $24.00 / BOOKS OF MAGIC #1 $12.00 / BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE #1 PRESTIGE $10.00 

1995

GREEN ARROW #101 $30.00 / PREACHER PREVIEW #1 $20.00 / PREACHER #1 $14.00

1996

FLEX MENTALLO #1 $16.00 / FLEX MENTALLO #2 $16.00 / FLEX MENTALLO #3 $16.00

1997

JLA #1 $15.00 / TRANSMETROPOLITAN #1 $12.00 / AZTEK THE ULTIMATE MAN #10 $10.00

1998

GREEN ARROW #137 $15.00 / JLA #14 $5.00 / JLA #15 $5.00

1999

ELSEWORLDS 80 PAGE GIANT #1 $200.00 / BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN $24.00 / BIRDS OF PREY #8 $15.00

 

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