Over the last thirty days, five comics have reached the pinnacle of price. Can you guess the characters that rank in the top five? Which superhero will dominate the highest sales price in comics? Is Spidey the most expensive? Can the Flash out sprint the competition? Maybe Iron Man can get the job done and repulsor to the top spot. The Amazing Spider-Man sure seems like the top investment for this Marvel fanboy. It is tough to say which is the top dog in sales. Any ideas?
The first appearance of the Silver Age Flash was in Showcase #4. It recently sold for $21,300 on March 5, 2018, in a (4.5) grade. The team of Kanigher and Broome wrote Showcase #4 in 1956. The incredible art of Carmine Infantino with Joe Kubert on inks rounds out this classic. It was the beginning of the Silver Age for Flash (Barry Allen) with the first appearance of Iris West and the origin of the Silver Age Flash. The Flash has streaked up to fifth highest sale price last thirty days (GoCollect).
The wall-crawler Peter Parker is quite possibly the most famous teenage hero today a.k.a. Spider-Man. His first appearance was in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). Spidey would go on to become the headliner and primary symbol of the Marvel Universe. This book was written by Stan Lee with art by (Giant) Jack Kirby. Recently it sold for a price of $26,303 in a (4.0) grade on February 19, 2018 (GoCollect). Amazing Fantasy #15 is the fourth highest sales price over the last thirty days.
Iron Man is modern America. He is Rock n’ Roll. He embodies our can-do American know how that built this great country. No one has brought to life a character better than Robert Downey; he is Tony Stark. Downey is a remarkable actor, but Iron Man is an even more noteworthy hero. This superhero with high tech coolness fits right into our internet, AI, phone app, Twitter following insane world. Iron Man first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 (1963) in bulky grey armor. This book is a must-have for a Silver Age collector of Marvel. Tales of Suspense #39 sold on February 26, 2018, for a repulsor rocketing $27,500 (GoCollect). It currently ranks third place for highest sales in the last thirty days.
The Silver Surfer and Galactus first materialized in Fantastic Four #48. It currently has the second highest sales price. On February 24, 2018, a beautiful (9.8) copy sold for $27,500 (GoCollect). That was probably a steal of a deal. I believe we can expect this book to cross the $50,000 mark at some point in the next few years.
Silver Surfer is Marvel’s version of Superman without the omnipotence. This guy took on Mephisto himself and did not quit. He often fought against hopeless odds, never once doubting his resolve. In Silver Surfer’s own words, “Even in failure, there can be Nobility! But failing to try brings only shame!” (Wiki Quotes) Yep, Silver Surfer is heroic on a level with The Man of Steel; hence the second highest comic sale this month (GoCollect).
Batman #1 is a genuinely old comic book from a different era, but still prized and not forgotten. This Golden Age book with a restored grade of (9.0) recently sold for $75,535 just last week (GoCollect). This is the top dog. Batman #1 is the top-ranked comic book in the previous thirty days with the highest amount of sales at $75K .
Batman #1 is the first Batman in his titled series from the Golden Age, written and drawn by Bob Kane with help from a huge DC art team. This classic comic sold in stores in April 1940. Imagine we are peering through the gateway of the Guardian of Forever on Star Trek (TOS). During the month this book published, “Adolf Hitler signed the order for Operation Weserubung, and the German invasion of Denmark and Norway was about to begin. America still had not entered the war, and Roosevelt was trying to keep it that way” (Wiki). This was indeed a different time, a World at War.
Batman is a hero like no other, and each generation redefines him; they make him their own. He has been a crime stopper, criminal, detective, grizzled old warrior, scientist, vigilante, even an operatic vampire like force on the streets Gotham. Most recently, the current generation has defined him through a variety of multiverse versions, some of them evil, example Dark Nights: Metal #1. Again, each generation redefines this iconic hero in its image.
In a nutshell, to own this book is to guarantee profit and the privilege of holding a small piece of our cultural heritage in your hands. Batman #1 is destined to continue to dominate sales figures into the foreseeable future.