In 2018, the comic book market hit an all-time high. Estimations by ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller reveal that “total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in the U.S. and Canada were approximately $1.095 billion in 2018, an $80 million increase over sales in 2017.” It sounds like one of the more lucrative markets to make your money! When readers and vendors somehow get their hands on classic comics, like Superman’s first appearance, they control the market. eBay, auctions, and private collectors alike can resale these gems for millions, and they have! Let’s take a look at some of the most valuable superhero books to date.
The Introduction Of Spider-Man
Long before Spider-Man would star in TV shows, comic books, and movies, he was merely a special character making his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy No. 15 (1962). The webhead only made an appearance because the publisher was underwhelmed and only agreed to feature him because it was the last issue of the series.
Readers, on the other hand, loved the swinging hero after they learned about him and his popularity is still a thing today. A private collector paid $1.1 million for Amazing Fantasy No. 15 in 2011.