Golden Oldies: The Hottest Golden Age Comics

by Matt Tuck

Superman-1-214x300 Golden Oldies: The Hottest Golden Age ComicsSuperman and Batman led the way for hottest Golden Age titles in the past month, but they had some company from a Frank Frazetta cover art masterpiece.

Before we get to today’s list, I need to add a disclaimer: the numbers are misleading.

True, Superman #34 did jump over 1,700 positions in the past month, according to the GoCollect Hottest Comics Index. However, with Golden Age titles that doesn’t necessarily mean that it sold a large volume of copies. Comics from the Golden Age, especially in higher grades, are much rarer than the Silver and Bronze Ages. That equates to steeper prices, limited availability, and in turn fewer sales.

Sure, Superman #34 moved an impressive number of spots, but that means it still sold only a handful of copies. Keep that in mind as you explore the list, which is based on the top-50 most popular Golden Age titles of the past month.

Each issue is sorted by its total positions changed along with the current ranking.

Superman-34-216x300 Golden Oldies: The Hottest Golden Age Comics47. SUPERMAN #34 (+1,736)

As far as this issue goes, it doesn’t have any major significance. What makes it collectible is that it’s an early Superman comic, and those will forever and always be in high demand. Earlier this month, a 6.0 sold for $516 while a 4.5 brought $385 in January.






Superman-1-214x300 Golden Oldies: The Hottest Golden Age Comics13. SUPERMAN #1 (+1,733)

Among the holiest of grails for many collectors, the premiere of Superman’s first self-titled series has been on fire lately. It’s traded hands frequently, and the values keep going up. On March 5, a 3.5 sold for a record $288,000. Considering the historical significance of this issue and the character himself, it is worthy of such immense stature.





Batman-18-216x300 Golden Oldies: The Hottest Golden Age Comics38. BATMAN #18 (+1,718)

Batman versus Hitler, Hirohito, and Mussolini all on the cover. Can comic art be more 1940s than that?¬†This 1943 classic is fetching top dollar at the moment. Like Superman #34, there’s not much as far as single-issue significance, but any 1940s Batman title is always in demand, especially one with the Axis Powers on the cover. In February, a 5.5 sold for $2,350.





Superman-100-205x300 Golden Oldies: The Hottest Golden Age Comics6. SUPERMAN #100 (+1,685)

This isn’t an issue you see trading hands every day. Of course, the 100th issue of any classic series is always in demand, but it’s doubly important when it’s Superman, especially when you consider that he was the first superhero to reach that milestone. Then again, what milestones did Superman not reach first?

In the market for a copy to call your own? Earlier this month, a 5.5 sold for $740, so be ready to spend generously.




Batman-17-223x300 Golden Oldies: The Hottest Golden Age Comics22. BATMAN #17 (+1,659)

Robin riding Batman riding an eagle – this comic oozes so much patriotism that it could turn into the Star-Spangled Banner at any moment. As we see in huge letters on the cover, Bats is promoting war bonds, which puts the issue into historical context during World War II. In January, a 4.5 nearly reached the $1k mark, topping out at $965.





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How can you not love Frank Frazetta’s artwork? The cover was ahead of its time, and you can see Frazetta’s influence on many artists for generations afterward. When I look at this cover, I see shades of Greg Capullo’s artistic style. It’s the third-best-selling Golden Age comic with a 6.5 selling for $980 earlier this month. A 4.0 had a price tag of $325 in February.




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