#1 Posted by G Bird (1280 posts) - - Show Bio

Anybody know what comic book is the most rare and valuable? It would just be interesting to know.

#2 Edited by Moomin123 (2205 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably Action Comics #1, Superman's first ever appearence that was written in 1938. 
 
#3 Posted by castleking (24119 posts) - - Show Bio
found it in a garage sale 10 yrs ago from a old widow. :) not that rare
#4 Posted by Moomin123 (2205 posts) - - Show Bio
@castleking said:

"found it in a garage sale 10 yrs ago from a old widow. :) not that rare
"


Okay then, the first Spider-Man comic? He is voted to be the world's most well known and most liked superhero. 
 
   
#5 Posted by Zoom (14668 posts) - - Show Bio
@castleking said:
"found it in a garage sale 10 yrs ago from a old widow. :) not that rare
"
Finding an old lady that didn't know what she had by sheer dumb luck doesn't change the fact that there are very VERY few copies of Action Comics 1 around.
#6 Posted by MrMiracle77 (1659 posts) - - Show Bio

Anything pre-WW2 is going to be very valuable.  Many comics from that era were recycled (they were newsprint, after all).  Then in the early 50s, we had parents burning comics as a result of the ole Freddy Wortham's book.

#7 Posted by Satyrquaze (4542 posts) - - Show Bio
@G Bird said:
"Anybody know what comic book is the most rare and valuable? It would just be interesting to know."

Why this ancient comicbook I have right here in my hand and-- Oh my GAWD!!! I just spilled coffee on it and tore it shreds... for no reason! 
 
Or.. What MrMiracle77 said.
#8 Posted by Static Shock (47329 posts) - - Show Bio
@castleking said:
" found it in a garage sale 10 yrs ago from a old widow. :) not that rare
"
That was probably sheer luck (if you really did find it there). If so, there probably wasn't another place you could find that thousands of miles from there. Maybe even more.
#9 Posted by kneel before doom (304 posts) - - Show Bio
@castleking said:
" found it in a garage sale 10 yrs ago from a old widow. :) not that rare
"
You must be filthy rich then
#10 Posted by Vortex13 (12252 posts) - - Show Bio

This has been done before use the search function.

#11 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

Most valuable is one of those first appearance comics in mint condition, but most rare is something like those creator-owned comics that put out like 10 copies...

Moderator
#12 Edited by Pania (1759 posts) - - Show Bio
@castleking: 
 
Yeah, that comic is Overstreet listed at $485,000.  It is listed as the most rare and valuable comic book in the world.
 
Are you sure you did not find a reprint?
#13 Posted by kore (373 posts) - - Show Bio

I would say platinum age comics would be the rarest. It's not easy finding a comic from 1919.

#14 Posted by danhimself (22578 posts) - - Show Bio

The one I haven't created yet...good luck finding something that hasn't been made yet

#15 Posted by castleking (24119 posts) - - Show Bio
@Pania said:
" @castleking:  Yeah, that comic is Overstreet listed at $485,000.  It is listed as the most rare and valuable comic book in the world.  Are you sure you did not find a reprint? "
i was being a smart@$$  :P i wish i had.
#16 Edited by darktheywere (1 posts) - - Show Bio
@G Bird:
Hi, I was looking for something on the Internet and came across your question; it made me think.  And since you already have some answers I'm going to let you have mine. I believe that the rarest comic would depend on a number of factors, age, low print run, value to the market etc.  Whiz comics #1 is a scarce ash can featuring Captain Thunder, called Captain Marvel in issue 2.  Although it's scarce it is not hugely expensive like say Detective Comics #27.  However, there are a few of these and if you have enough money you could buy one eventually.  So what we need is expensive and scarce, like say Action Comics number 1.  I know what you are thinking, hugely expensive, but there are a few and that would be true.  Even so, what if there were a variant copy of Action Comics #1 and only one copy is known to exist?  Wouldn't that be the rarest comic in the world?  25 years ago I was at a convention in London, England and one of the dealers had a near mint copy (pence copy) of Action Comics #1.  I believed him when he said it was the only pence instead of cents copy.  So in my opinion, for what it's worth that is the rarest comic in the world.  Where it is now I have no idea, but it does exist.  Kind regards, Adam.
#17 Posted by JediXMan (30705 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going with either Action Comics #1 or Marvel Comics #1 (back when it was still Timely Comics)

Moderator
#18 Posted by acglover (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I have a Famous Funnies CGC 6.5. I think that's pretty rare. 
I wonder if its worth much??

#19 Edited by MutenRoshi (851 posts) - - Show Bio

Do you mean rarity as in scarcity? Meaning there are very few copies in the world? 
For example something can be rare but not worth a lot of money compared to a popular less rare comic. The early Pulp magazines with Doc Savage and the Shadow are very rare so are many of the British Penny Dreadfuls but they don't have the same collecting power as the big names like Batman, Spider-Man, etc
 
The big brands are Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Namor, Cap America and the original Torch  
 
 Cameos in comics often add to the price, first appearance off Thor, first appearance of Green Lantern and first celebrities and Presidents like modern have been predominantly adding Nixon or Kennedy or Obama in a comic sometimes increased its value, for example the Mohammed Ali vs Superman is worth a big sum. There are other gimmicks  "limited editions", "cover variants" etc etc
    
 


 


 
 

  
 
  
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
The big 2 are Batman and Superman from Dectective Comics and Action comics, they have gone back and forth over the years over which issues are more valuable. Last I heard Batman was in the lead, a copy of Detective Comics #27 fetched $1.075 Million Dollars, a record-setting sale which beats the most expensive Superman comic

#20 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
The rarest, not the most valuable. From 1940 7-11 copies known to exist Possibly never published NYC release only. 
Try to find an interior scan! Can't be done.
#21 Posted by difficlus (10679 posts) - - Show Bio

Any first issue of the most famous superheroes like Batman, Superman and Spiderman.

#22 Posted by joshmightbe (24907 posts) - - Show Bio
this was one of the first comic books but I can't find a pic of the actual book 
Online
#23 Posted by VanTesla (518 posts) - - Show Bio

Any of the comics that where lost, during the burning of the Library of Alexandria.
#24 Posted by MutenRoshi (851 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone said:
 From 1940 7-11 copies known to exist Possibly never published NYC release only. 
wow!
#25 Posted by Larkin1388 (1760 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not sure but I think there were comics before the 1900's but they weren't called comics. If anyone could find out what they were called then that'd be great. They were more like short little books with no pictures but ran in series.

#26 Edited by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@Larkin1388:  
Dime Novels?  Penny Dreadfuls?
 
@joshmightbe said:
this was one of the first comic books but I can't find a pic of the actual book 
The Yellow Kid!!!!
#27 Posted by Larkin1388 (1760 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone: Yeah Dime Novels. I couldn't remember what they were called.
#28 Posted by robbbyg (2 posts) - - Show Bio

The Lone Avenger Action comic #1 c1946 written by Len Lawson, cover story called Spencer Steele, inside story called Michael Justus Adventurer Only 2 known copies of this comic exist, source --Monash rare book archives-- :) Know Any comics out there where there is only one known to exist?? that would be the rarest id say,.. Forget about all the US first golden age copies of superman, batman, lantern etc etc,, they turn up on ebay every month, theyre not rare theyre collectable, big difference R

#29 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (9090 posts) - - Show Bio

@Moomin123: I agree that has to be the rarest comic.

#30 Posted by Dracade102 (8167 posts) - - Show Bio

The comics Walt Disney doodled as a kid. There are no reprints of those...

#31 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4249 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone said:

@Larkin1388:
Dime Novels? Penny Dreadfuls?

@joshmightbe said:
this was one of the first comic books but I can't find a pic of the actual book
The Yellow Kid!!!!

I shouted "Yellow Kid!!!" too, lol.

#32 Posted by Mechanical_Ape (589 posts) - - Show Bio

Motion Pictures Funnies Weekly is definitely one of the rarest comics ever. It was the first appearance of Namor but it was never actually published. Only a few samples copies, around 5 or 6 I think, were ever printed.

#33 Posted by Halle Romanova (500 posts) - - Show Bio

@Moomin123 said:

Probably Action Comics #1, Superman's first ever appearence that was written in 1938.

#34 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4249 posts) - - Show Bio

@protect_yourself: A million last year I believe.

#35 Posted by Halle Romanova (500 posts) - - Show Bio

@protect_yourself said:

@Moomin123 said:
Probably Action Comics #1, Superman's first ever appearence that was written in 1938.

Yeah that looks like something from back then too. lol I wonder how much that comic would go for if anyones got it.

An issue in so/so condition was put up for auction in 2010. It sold for 1.5 million. However, recently (I believe), another one has/is going up for auction and it's in (near) mint condition. Experts are estimating that it can go for up to 2 million.

#36 Posted by Halle Romanova (500 posts) - - Show Bio

@protect_yourself: Highly doubtful. There are sooooooo many printed now as opposed to then.

#37 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone said:
The rarest, not the most valuable. From 1940 7-11 copies known to exist Possibly never published NYC release only. Try to find an interior scan! Can't be done.
The Rarest.
#38 Posted by Mercy_ (92760 posts) - - Show Bio

Fix

Moderator
#39 Edited by robbbyg (2 posts) - - Show Bio

If one of rarest comics is The Lone Avenger Aus Action #1 Titled: Michael Justus with only two known copies to exist,

I guess the Plates that printed them would be rare?

This would have to be the most rarest comic?

i checked it out it is also the earliest (closest i found to this was a 1956 mickey mouse) this is

1946 cooool

Check it out :)

To the right more pics of one of a kind comic printing plates all Golden age all mint