INVESTING IN COMIC BOOKS 

Compiled and edited by comic book historian Terry Hoknes www.HoknesComics.com     hoknes@hotmail.com

Most Valuable DELL COMICS published each year

Key investment comics and historically important issues

These are the 3 most valuable DELL 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 most books from the 1950's which are much more affordable and scarcer than any more recent books.

1936

POPULAR COMICS #1 $5,400.00 / FUNNIES #1 $5,000.00 / FUNNIES #2 $2,250.00 

1937

THE COMICS #1 $2,900.00 / 100 PAGES OF COMICS #1 $2,350.00 / WESTERN ACTION THRILLERS #1 $1,325.00

1938

SUPER COMICS #1 $3,500.00 / CRACKAJACK FUNNIES #1 $2,800.00 / NICKEL COMICS #1 $1,275.00

1939

FOUR COLOR COMICS #1 $21,000.00 / LARGE FEATURE COMICS #3 $3,200.00 / LARGE FEATURE COMICS #5 $3,200.00

1940

WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #1 $45,000.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #4 $30,000.00 / WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #2 $17,000.00

1941

LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES #1 $24,000.00 / FOUR COLOR #16 $16,500.00 / LARGE FEATURE COMICS #20 $13,500.00

1942

FOUR COLOR COMICS #9 $20,000.00 / LARGE FEATURE COMICS #8 $3,700.00 / LARGE FEATURE COMICS #7 $2,700.00

1943

FOUR COLOR COMICS #29 $14,500.00 / WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #31 $7,200.00 / WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #32 $3,600.00

1944

FOUR COLOR COMICS #38 $4,200.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #48 $2,300.00 / RED RYDER VICTORY PATROL $1,500.00

1945

FOUR COLOR COMICS #62 $5,900.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #74 $4,400.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #79 $2,450.00

1946

FOUR COLOR COMICS #108 $4,200.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #97 $1,600.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #105 $1,300.00

1947

FOUR COLOR COMICS #178 $3,200.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #147 $2,800.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #159 $2,400.00

1948

TARZAN #1 $2,650.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #199 $2,150.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #189 $2,000.00

1949

FOUR COLOR COMICS #223 $1,950.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #238 $1,500.00 / DELL GIANT CHRISTMAS PARADE $1,250.00

1950

HOWDY DOODY #1 $2,000.00 / DELL GIANT VACATION PARADE #1 $1,900.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #263 $1,175.00

1951

FOUR COLOR COMICS #308 $1,075.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #318 $1,075.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #328 $1,050.00

1952

FOUR COLOR COMICS #386 $5,200.00 / DONALD DUCK #26 $800.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #367 $800.00

1953

DELL GIANT PETER PAN TREASURE CHEST #1 $2,650.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #456 $2,450.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #495 $1,650.00 

1954

FOUR COLOR COMICS #596 $1,550.00 / DELL GIANT DONALD DUCK FUN BOOK $1,250.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #583 $975.00

1955

FOUR COLOR COMICS #656 $725.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #631 $325.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #635 $275.00

1956

LONE RANGER MOVIE STORY $725.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #735 $500.00 / TUROK SON OF STONE #3 $485.00

1957

DELL GIANT MICKEY MOUSE ALMANAC #1 $540.00 / DELL GIANT UNCLE SCROOGE GOES TO DISNEYLAND $510.00 / DELL GIANT CHRISTMAS IN DISNEYLAND #1 $500.00 

1958

FOUR COLOR COMICS #878 $1,000.00 / DELL GIANT CHRISTMAS PARADE #9 $500.00 / DELL GIANT DISNEY BIRTHDAY PARTY $500.00

1959

DELL GIANT SLEEPING BEAUTY #1 $500.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #1043 $485.00 / DELL GIANT SUMMER FUN #2 $480.00

1960

FOUR COLOR COMICS #1110 $675.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #1128 $600.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #1100 $400.00

1961

FOUR COLOR COMICS #1173 $440.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #1237 $390.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #1152 $365.00

1962

BARBIE AND KEN #1 $900.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #1252 $800.00 / FOUR COLOR COMICS #1341 $735.00

1963

BARBIE AND KEN #3 $625.00 / BARBIE AND KEN #4 $625.00 / UNIVERSAL PRESENTS DRACULA $340.00

1964

THE BEATLES #1 $1,100.00 / BARBIE AND KEN #5 $650.00 / THE OUTER LIMITS #1 $225.00

1965

BEWITCHED #1 $285.00 / I DREAM OF JEANNIE #1 $260.00 / MOVIE CLASSICS: SONS OF KATIE ELDER $200.00

1966

MOVIE CLASSICS: SANTA CLAUS with Record $225.00 / DR WHO AND THE DALEKS $200.00 / I DREAM OF JEANNIE #2 $195.00

1967

MIGHTY HEROES #1 $200.00 / MOVIE CLASSICS: EL DORADO $200.00 / THE MONKEES #1 $175.00

1968

THE FLYING NUN #1  $100.00 / THE MONKEES #8 $95.00 / THE MONKEES #9 $95.00

1969

MOVIE CLASSICS: VALLEY OF GWANGI $140.00 / THE MOD SQUAD #1 $100.00 / THE MONKEES #17 $95.00

1970

THE BRADY BUNCH #1 $220.00 / THE BRADY BUNCH #2 $150.00 / COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER #1 $80.00

1971

BEVERLY HILLBILLIES #21 $80.00 / MOD SQUAD #7 $50.00 / MOD SQUAD #8 $50.00

1972

FRIDAY FOSTER #1 $50.00 / DRACULA #6 $26.00 / MILLIE THE LOVABLE MONSTER #4 $24.00

1973

MILLIE THE LOVABLE MONSTER #6 $24.00 / DRACULA #8 $20.00 / LONE RANGER DOLL GIVEAWAYS $20.00 

 

Copyright 1995-2013 by Terry Hoknes at hoknes@hotmail.com  www.HoknesComics.com  / Overstreet Price Guide Data is copyright 1970-2013 by Bob Overstreet & Gemstone Publishing, other info and data reprinted from Ebay at www.ebay.com  , Heritage Auctions at www.ha.com  , Comichron at http://www.comichron.com / , CGC census info from www.cgccomics.com  , GP Analysis from www.gpanalysis.com  , Doug Sulipa at www.dwscw.com and comic cover artwork at www.comics.org