Would You Buy a Single Page from Your “Holy Grail?”

by Matt Tuck

Action-Comics-0.3-193x300 Would You Buy a Single Page from Your "Holy Grail?"What would you pay for a single page from Superman’s 1938 debut? What about one piece of Batman #1? Let’s look at the market for detached pages from some of the landmark issues in DC Comics’ history.

Some keys’ issues are so popular that even a single detached page is worth thousands of dollars. For a select few comics, even the most mundane page from one issue is valuable. It doesn’t matter that CGC won’t give them grades, and CBCS lists them as 0.1; collectors want a piece of history, and they’ll take what they can get in certain cases.

What’s a single page worth? Let’s look at some of the holiest of holy grails to find out.

Action-Comics-1-page-4-186x300 Would You Buy a Single Page from Your "Holy Grail?"ACTION COMICS #1 (1938)

If there is any comic worthy of the title “holy grail,” it’s this one. A complete copy of the lowest grades will sell for five and six figures. For even one page from this historic issue, you can expect to pay over $1,000.

As far as single pages, typically page one is the most valuable. Two years ago, the first page of AC #1 sold for over $25k. Earlier this year, page two brought nearly $7,000, while page 27 alone was priced at $1,553.

 

 

Detective-Comics-27-single-page-189x300 Would You Buy a Single Page from Your "Holy Grail?"DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (1939)

The only comic that would come close to the historical significance of AC #1 is Batman’s first appearance in DC #27. That being said, it carries one of the highest fair market values in the business.

Since last year, the first page from DC #27 has sold twice. The first was on June 11, 2019, and it went for $9,830. Last month, another page one sold for $13,200.

Even at the lowest end of the spectrum, single pages of DC #27 are ridiculously expensive considering you are only getting a torn page. The cheapest page sold in the past year was page 21, and it brought $355 last August.

 

All-Star-Comics-8-page-27-184x300 Would You Buy a Single Page from Your "Holy Grail?"ALL-STAR COMICS #8 (1941)

Finishing out the “Holy Trinity” of DC Comics, Wonder Woman’s first appearance in a high grade costs more than some houses. In fact, a complete 8.0 sold for $200,000 in 2015.

Overall, All-Star #8 pages are less expensive than Superman and Batman’s first appearances. However, they aren’t necessarily cheap. The priciest one that’s sold in recent years was page 31, which traded hands for $1,350. If you don’t care what page you get, page 30 went for $103 last year.

 

 

Batman-1-page-1-186x300 Would You Buy a Single Page from Your "Holy Grail?"BATMAN #1 (1940)

I can’t have an exclusively DC article without mentioning the Joker’s first appearance. In 2013, a complete 9.2 sold for $567,625. More recently, a 4.0 brought $117,000.

Can’t afford those steep prices? Neither can I, but can we budget for a single page? For the 26th page of Batman #1, you need to save up. In January, one sold for $945, which is a bargain considering it averaged $1,280 last year.

If you want the first wrap, which means a page from the front and the back that are still bound together, get ready to spend $16k. In the market for the first page alone? You’re in luck because the most recent sale was for $881 in December. Compared to that first wrap, it’s a great deal.

MORE TO COME

I’ll follow up in the coming days with single pages from some of Marvel’s biggest keys. In the meantime, post those PG slabs in your collections.

 

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4 comments

Walter April 26, 2020 - 3:30 pm

The first wrap of Batman 1 sold on Ebay July ’19 for $1600, not 16k according to the article

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Pete April 28, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Wow, I have an early Flash comic book wothout a cover maybe i should try selling off the pages.

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Mark Armstrong April 29, 2020 - 7:31 am

I’d pay a few $ for curiosity value only, but some of these prices could go to true complete keys. It’s a no from me in general.

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Marwan Alkhaja April 30, 2020 - 2:17 pm

The highest ever paid for a single page of a comic book was Page 5 from Action Comics #1. It sold for $27,500 in December of 2019 at auction through ComicConnect. I would consider that the mother of all comic pages featuring several panels of the most famous image in all of comics: Superman carrying, and smashing, the green car over is head!

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