How to recognize rare comics

Among all the worldwide categories of collecting, comic books are relatively new. In the past, only children were interested in reading them for fun. In June 1938, Superman, the first superhero appeared in Action Comics #1, most children were drawn to a man dressed in blue and red holding and crashing an overhead car. Suddenly, a slew of other types of superheroes made most kids pay a dime to buy one. If they had a dollar, they could buy ten books tax-free. However, children read them until a certain age, and mothers generally threw them away, which is a shame because they would have been valuable.
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So can comics still be a profitable investment? Absolutely. That’s why many serious collectors want to have time machines, so they can go back in time and buy those good old ones. They could imagine getting their hands on Action Comics #1 or Detective Comics #27 (Batman’s first appearance) and selling them for millions of dollars today. However, collectors need to put fantasy aside and look at newer and perhaps cheaper offerings.
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What type (genre) of comics is it about? For this article I refer to the most popular superheroes. Although they usually cost more than other genres which include: Cowboy; Romance; Famous cartoon characters such as Disney, Warner Brothers; War; Comedy and others.
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Period: Comics belong to different “eras”: “Platinum Age” (printed in 1938 or earlier); “Golden Age” (1938-1955); “Silver Age (1956-1969); “Bronze Age” (1970-1981); “Copper Age” (1981-1991).
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Is the book “DC” or “Marvel”? Some more famous DC superheroes are Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern. Marvel Comics began in 1939 with Captain America, the Human Torch and the Submariner. Before 1961, Marvel Comics was originally called “Timely Comics”. Some titles became popular, such as: “Tales to Astonish”; “Amazing Fantasy”; “Tales of Suspense”. These titles introduced some of the famous characters that films are widely used in today: Tales to Astonish 27 introduced Antman; Amazing Fantasy #15 introduced the world to Spiderman; Tales of Suspense #39 featured the first appearance of Ironman. Other famous comics brought together groups of superheroes: Fantastic Four #1 (1961); The Avengers #1 (1963), The Xmen #1 (1963).
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Number of editions: The smaller the number of editions, the more the book will be worth. As you know from the previous paragraph, the first appearance of many heroes did not occur in issue 1. Superman originated in Action Comics #1, but a year later he got his own comic – Superman #1(1939). Also, Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27, but soon got his own comic with the first appearance of Robin – Batman’s sidekick in Batman #1 (1940). Wonder Woman’s first appearance occurred in Sensational Comics #1, which later became “Wonder Woman”.
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Original price: Comics gradually increased the prices of newspapers. The lower the original retail price, the older they are and in most cases they are worth more: $.10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75 (from 1938-1988). Today, the lowest priced comics are around $3.99 to $4.99.
Condition: If your book has tears, partially separated spine or missing pages – it will be worth significantly less. They can be rebuilt, but they cost more money to repair and will sell for less. The more pristine the condition, the more it will be worth, of course. All books should be placed in Mylar sleeves with a cardboard backing. The ultimate protection for comics would be to seal them hermetically in a hard plastic case, provided by a “CGC”, or “Certified Guarantee Company”. CGC is one of the few organizations that can truly give a collector peace of mind that a book is properly graded and almost never damaged.
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Recommended: Purchase the annual “Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide”.