INVESTING IN COMIC BOOKS 

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

Most Valuable FICTION HOUSE COMICS published each year

Key investment comics and historically important issues

These are the 3 most valuable FICTION HOUSE 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.

Fiction House is an American publisher of pulp magazines and comic books that existed from the 1920s to the 1950s. Its comics division was best known for its pinup-style good girl art, as epitomized by the company's most popular character, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.        Fiction House began in the 1920s as a pulp-magazine publisher of primarily aviation, Western and sports pulps. By the 1930s, it had expended into detective mysteries. Publisher Thurman T. Scott, whose Fiction House group included the pulp-magazine imprints Glen-Kel and Real Adventures Publishing Co., expanded into comic books in the late 1930s when that emerging medium began to seem a viable adjunct to the fading pulps. Receptive to a sales call by Eisner & Iger, one of the prominent "packagers" of that time who produced complete comic books on demand for publishers looking to enter the field, Scott released Jumbo Comics #1 (Sept. 1938).   Fiction House star Sheena, Queen of the Jungle appeared in that initial issue. Will Eisner and S.M. "Jerry" Iger had created the leggy, leopard-wearing jungle goddess for the British magazine Wags, under the joint pseudonym "W. Morgan Thomas".     Fiction House's other features in that initial foray included the period adventure "Hawks of the Seas" (continuing a story from Quality Comics'Feature Funnies #12, after Eisner-Iger and Quality had had a falling out), and several now-obscure strips ("Peter Pupp"; "ZX-5 Spies in Action"; "Spencer Steel"; "Inspector Dayton"). These include three by future industry legend Jack Kirby, representing his first comic-book work following his debut in Wild Boy Magazine: the science fiction feature The Diary of Dr. Hayward (under the pseudonym "Curt Davis"), the modern-West crimefighter strip Wilton of the West (as "Fred Sande"), and Part One of the swashbuckling serialization of Alexandre Dumas, père's The Count of Monte Cristo (as "Jack Curtiss"), each four pages long.    "The big 6 of the comics"      Jumbo proved a hit, and Fiction House would go on to publish Jungle Comics; the aviation-themed Wings Comics; the science fiction title Planet Comics; Rangers Comics; and Fight Comics during the early 1940s — most of these series taking their titles and themes from the Fiction House pulps. Fiction House referred to these titles in its regular house ads as "The Big Six," but the company also published several other titles, among them the Western-themed Indians and Firehair, jungle titles Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and Wambi, and five issues of Eisner's The Spirit.   Quickly developing its own staff under editor Joe Cunningham followed by Jack Burden, Fiction House employed either in-house or on a freelance basis such artists as Meskin, Matt Baker (the first prominent African-American artist in comics), Nick Cardy, George Evans, Bob Powell, and the British Lee Elias, as well as such rare female comics artists as Ruth Atkinson, Fran Hopper, Lily Renée, and Marcia Snyder.    Feminist comics historian Trina Robbins, wrote that  

...most of [Fiction House's] pulp-style action stories either starred or featured strong, beautiful, competent heroines. They were war nurses, aviatrixes, girl detectives, counterspies, and animal skin-clad jungle queens, and they were in command. Guns blazing, daggers unsheathed, sword in hand, they leaped across the pages, ready to take on any villain. And they did not need rescuing.

Despite such pre-feminist pedigree, Fiction House found itself targeted in psychiatrist Dr. Fredric Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent (1954), which in part blamed comic books for an increase in juvenile delinquency. Aside from the ostensible effects of gory horror in comic books, Wertham cast blame on the sexy, pneumatic heroines of Fiction House, Fox Comics and other companies. A subsequent, wide-ranging investigation by theSenate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, coupled with outcry by parents, a downturn in comics sales, the demise of the pulps, and the rise of television and paperback novels competing for readers and leisure time, Fiction House faced an increasingly difficult business environment, and soon closed shop.

1938

JUMBO COMICS #1 $22,500.00 / JUMBO COMICS #2 $7,500.00 / JUMBO COMICS #3 $5,500.00

1939

JUMBO COMICS #10 $6,500.00 / JUMBO COMICS #9 $5,000.00 / JUMBO COMICS #5 $4,500.00

1940

PLANET COMICS #1 $25,500.00 / JUNGLE COMICS #1 $8,800.00 / PLANET COMICS #2 $8,800.00

1941

RANGERS OF FREEDOM COMICS #1 $6,000.00 / PLANET COMICS #15 $5,700.00 / PLANET COMICS #10 $3,700.00

1942

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 $4,500.00 / PLANET COMICS #21 $2,500.00 / PLANET COMICS #16 $2,400.00

1943

PLANET COMICS #22 $2,400.00 / PLANET COMICS #23 $2,150.00 / PLANET COMICS #24 $2,150.00

1944

FIGHT COMICS #31 $2,200.00 / PLANET COMICS #28 $1,700.00 / PLANET COMICS #29 $1,700.00

1945

PLANET COMICS #34 $1,500.00 / PLANET COMICS #35 $1,500.00 / PLANET COMICS #36 $1,375.00

1946

PLANET COMICS #40 $1,375.00 / PLANET COMICS #41 $1,375.00 / PLANET COMICS #42 $1,375.00

1947

PLANET COMICS #46 $1,100.00 / PLANET COMICS #47 $1,100.00 / PLANET COMICS #48 $1,100.00

1948

PLANET COMICS #52 $1,100.00 / PLANET COMICS #53 $1,100.00 / PLANET COMICS #54 $1,100.00

1949

PLANET COMICS #58 $1,100.00 / PLANET COMICS #59 $1,100.00 / PLANET COMICS #60 $1,100.00

1950

PLANET COMICS #64 $800.00 / SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #6 $685.00 / SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #7 $685.00

1951

GHOST COMICS #1 $1,350.00 / PLANET COMICS #65 $800.00 / SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #11 $500.00

1952

PLANET COMICS #69 $810.00 / PLANET COMICS #66 $800.00 / PLANET COMICS #67 $800.00

1953

3D SHEENA JUNGLE QUEEN #1 $1,060.00 / MONSTER #1 $825.00 / PLANET COMICS #70 $800.00

1954

THE SPIRIT #5 $635.00 / GHOST COMICS #10 $385.00 / GHOST COMICS #11 $385.00

 

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