Compiled and edited by comic book historian Terry Hoknes

Most Valuable COLUMBIA COMICS published each year

Key investment comics and historically important issues

These are the 3 most valuable COLUMBIA COMICS comic books published in every year

(Overstreet 2013 guide NM prices)

These books have proven to be consistently the most in demand key issues ever and are the best investments long term.

This list only include regular cover mass printed editions.  No variants or limited edition versions included.

This is the first time a yearly comparison has ever been made and the purpose is to show a few things. 

First of all it does truly highlight the major key books of every year.  It also shows quickly which titles seems to pop up the most often and are truly the most expensive series to collect.  Some titles are just more collected than others and bring higher $$ amounts even to non-key issues in a run. 

Note that some years have lesser keys standing at the front of the line and are for their age a better investment. This can always be seen with books from all eras's which are much more affordable and scarcer than any more recent books.

Columbia Comics Corporation was a comic book publisher active in the 1940s. It was formed in 1940 as a partnership between Vin Sullivan and the McNaught Newspaper Syndicate. The idea was to publish comics featuring a mix of McNaught-owned comic strip reprints like Joe Palooka andCharlie Chan as well as original features. The first title published by Columbia was the anthology title Big Shot Comics, the first issue of which introduced Skyman and The Face. Big Shot Comics would run for 104 issues until 1949, when Columbia went out of business. Other titles published by Columbia included spinoff series from Big Shot Comics featuring Skyman (four issues) and The Face.  Several well-known comics creators worked for Columbia, including Fred Guardineer on Marvelo, the Monarch of Magicians, and Ogden Whitney andGardner Fox on Skyman. 

Founded 1940
Founder Vin Sullivan
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Publication types Comic books
Nonfiction topics McNaught Newspaper Syndicate characters
Fiction genres Superhero, adventure, humor


BIG SHOT COMICS #1 $4,200.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #2 $1,425.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #3 $1,275.00


SKYMAN #1 $1,950.00 / THE FACE #1 $1,400.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #15 $800.00


JOE PALOOKA #1 $1,700.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #28 $1,350.00 / SPARKY WATTS #1 $1,300.00


JOE PALOOKA #2 $1,200.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #32 $1,200.00 / THE FACE #2 $765.00


BIG SHOT COMICS #43 $1,150.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #46 $1,100.00 / JOE PALOOKA #3 $625.00


BIG SHOT COMICS #57 $550.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #52 $220.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #53 $220.00


BIG SHOT COMICS #62 $160.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #63 $160.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #64 $160.00


SPARKY WATTS #5 $190.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #73 $140.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #74 $140.00


SKYMAN #3 $575.00 / SKYMAN #4 $575.00 / TONY TRENT #3 $225.00


TONY TRENT #4 $225.00 / BIG SHOT COMICS #100 $115.00 / SPARKY WATTS #9 $110.00


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