INVESTING IN COMIC BOOKS 

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

Most Valuable MARVEL COMICS published each year

Key investment comics and historically important issues

These are the 3 most valuable Marvel 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.  Whether its Captain America in the 1940's, Amazing-Spiderman in the 1960's or X-Men in the late 1970's, some titles are just more collected than others and bring higher $ amounts even to non-key issues in a run. 

Note its easy to see when a new hero age begins and a bunch of key books stand out with very high price runs during the gold and silver ages.  

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.

Any books from 1977 to the present are much more common as comic book shops became more present and offered back issues.  For many more current years its scarcer issues of long running titles that rank highest even though they are not key issues.

1939

MARVEL COMICS #1 $485,000.00 / MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #2 $75,000.00 / MOTION PICTURE FUNNIES WEEKLY #1 $35,000.00

1940

MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #9 $88,000.00 / HUMAN TORCH #2 $67,000.00 / MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #5 $62,000.00

1941

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $300,000.00 / SUB-MARINER COMICS #1 $70,000.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $45,000.00

1942

TOUGH KID SQUAD #1 $17,500.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #10 $13,500.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #16 $13,000.00

1943

ALL SELECT COMICS #1 $31,500.00 / USA COMICS #7 $10,500.00 / ALL SELECT COMICS #2 $10,000.00

1944

CAPTAIN AMERICA #36 $9,000.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #37 $7,500.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #40 $6,000.00

1945

CAPTAIN AMERICA #46 $11,000.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #47 $4,800.00 / MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #63 $4,600.00

1946

ALL WINNERS COMICS #19 $16,000.00 / ALL WINNERS COMICS #21 $12,500.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #59 $6,000.00

1947

CAPTAIN AMERICA #61 $6,500.00 / MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #82 $4,800.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #63 $3,700.00

1948

CAPTAIN AMERICA #66 $5,100.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #69 $5,000.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #68 $5,000.00

1949

CAPTAIN AMERICA'S WEIRD TALES #74 $23,000.00 / MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #92 $6,400.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #73 $5,600.00

1950

CAPTAIN AMERICA WEIRD TALES #75 $5,600.00 / JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #36 #4,250.00 / MARVEL BOY #1 $1,850.00

1951

STRANGE TALES #1 $6,000.00 / STRANGE TALES #2 $1,900.00 / ASTONISHING #3 $1,550.00

1952

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 $6,700.00 / JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #2 $2,000.00 / UNCANNY TALES #1 $1,600.00

1953

YOUNG MEN #24 $5,500.00 / JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #4 $1,500.00 / JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #15 $1,085.00

1954

CAPTAIN AMERICA #78 $3,000.00 / CAPTAN AMERICA #77 $3,000.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #76 $3,000.00

1955

RAWHIDE KID #1 $1,800.00 / SUB-MARINER #42 $1,625.00 / SUB-MARINER #38 $1,550.00

1956

YELLOW CLAW #1 $1,800.00 / YELLOW CLAW #2 $1,400.00 / WORLD OF FANTASY #1 $850.00

1957

YELLOW CLAW #4 $1,350.00 / YELLOW CLAW #3 $1,350.00 / JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #44 $510.00

1958

STRANGE WORLDS #1 $1,500.00 / STRANGE TALES #61 $585.00 / STRANGE TALES #64 $560.00

1959

TALES OF SUSPENSE #1 $5,200.00 / TALES TO ASTONISH #1 $5,200.00 / TALES TO ASTONISH #2 $1,850.00

1960

TALES OF SUSPENSE #9 $1075.00 / TALES OF SUSPENSE #7 $1050.00 / TALES TO ASTONISH #7 $1025.00

1961

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 $105,000.00 / AMAZING ADVENTURES #1 $3,100.00 / STRANGE TALES #89 $1,700.00

1962

AMAZING FANTASY #15 $175,000.00 / INCREDIBLE HULK #1 $105,000.00 / JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83 $50,000.00

1963

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 $58,000.00 / X-MEN #1 $40,000.00 / TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 $36,000.00

1964

DAREDEVIL #1 $9,200.00 / THE AVENGERS #4 $6,200.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 $5,000.00

1965

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28 $2,300.00 / DAREDEVIL #7 $1,900.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20 $1,775.00

1966

FANTASTIC FOUR #48 $1,600.00 / FANTASTIC FOUR #50 $1,250.00 / FANTASTIC FOUR #49 $1,000.00

1967

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 $1,750.00 / X-MEN #35 $525.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #51 $475.00

1968

SILVER SURFER #1 $1,350.00 / IRON MAN #1 $1,000.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA #100 $700.00

1969

SILVER SURFER #4 $1,075.00 / X-MEN #58 $285.00 / SILVER SURFER #5 $285.00

1970

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 $500.00 / SILVER SURFER #14 $325.00 / X-MEN #66 $245.00

1971

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 $400.00 / FANTASTIC FOUR #112 $400.00 / SAVAGE TALES #1 $350.00

1972

MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #5 $650.00 / MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #2 $435.00 / AMAZING ADVENTURES #11 $400.00

1973

IRON MAN #55 $750.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #122 $475.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121 $475.00

1974

INCREDIBLE HULK #181 $1,800.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129 $975.00 / INCREDIBLE HULK #180 $400.00

1975

GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1 $1,325.00 /  X-MEN #94 $1,300.00 / X-MEN #95 $350.00

1976

X-MEN #100 $230.00 / X-MEN #99 $195.00 / X-MEN #98 $195.00

1977

IRON FIST #14 $340.00 / MARVEL COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #1 $250.00 / X-MEN #108 $135.00

1978

MARVEL COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #5 $250.00 / X-MEN #109 $125.00 / X-MEN #116 $100.00

1979

X-MEN #120 $120.00 / X-MEN #121 $115.00 / X-MEN #128 $75.00

1980

DAREDEVIL #168 $200.00 / X-MEN #137 $95.00 / X-MEN #129 $95.00

1981

UNCANNY X-MEN #142 $95.00 / POWER MAN #66 $90.00 / X-MEN #141 $85.00

1982

WOLVERINE #1 $75.00 / POWER MAN #78 $55.00 / WOLVERINE #4 $55.00

1983

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238 $130.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #239 $60.00 / POWER MAN #84 $55.00 

1984

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252 $75.00 / G.I. JOE #21 $60.00 / MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #8 $40.00

1985

STAR WARS #102 $26.00 / STAR WARS #101 $26.00 / STAR WARS #100 $26.00

1986

STAR WARS #107 $85.00 /  X-FACTOR #6 $45.00 / CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #8 $40.00

1987

INCREDIBLE HULK #331 $32.00 / INCREDIBLE HULK #330 $32.00 / UNCANNY X-MEN #213 $28.00

1988

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN $300 $165.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #298 $75.00 / INCREDIBLE HULK #340 $60.00

1989

UNCANNY X-MEN #244 $35.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #317 $28.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #316 $28.00

1990

UNCANNY X-MEN #266 $65.00 / NEW MUTANTS #87 $35.00 / TRANSFORMERS #77 $35.00

1991

TRANSFORMERS #80 $65.00 / NEW MUTANTS #98 $50.00 / TRANSFORMERS #79 $50.00

1992

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361 $16.00 / CLIVE BARKER'S HELLRAISER #17 $12.00 / AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #363 $10.00

1993

GI JOE #142 $22.00 / GI JOE #141 $22.00 / GI JOE #140 $22.00

1994

GI JOE #155 $80.00 / GI JOE #150 $40.00 / GI JOE #154 $38.00

1995

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #235 $28.00 / SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #234 $15.00 / SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #233 $15.00

 

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