INVESTING IN COMIC BOOKS 

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

Most Valuable STAR COMICS published each year

Key investment comics and historically important issues

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

Star Publications, Inc. was a Golden Age American comic book publisher, operating during the years 1949–1954. Founded by artist/editor L.B. Cole and lawyer Gerhard Kramer, Star specialized in horror comics, crime, and romance comics — but also published funny animal stories. Star was originally based in New York City before relocating to Buffalo, New York.  Notable creators who contributed to Star Publications titles included Nina Albright, Tex Blaisdell, Frank Frazetta, Milt Hammer, Alvin Hollingsworth,Joe Kubert, Pat Masulli, and Wally Wood. Co-owner Cole contributed many of his distinctive cover illustrations. Bruno Premiani worked as an editor at the company.   In 1949, publisher Novelty Press sold its characters and artwork to Blue Bolt cover artist L.B. Cole. Using his new assets, Cole and partner Kramer began Star Publications. The company's first title was Blue Bolt, which continued the numbering of the Novelty Press title (starting with issue #102). By 1951, inspired by the popularity of horror comics like EC Comics' Tales from the Crypt, Cole shifted the Blue Bolt comic to horror, renaming itBlue Bolt Weird Tales of Terror. (The title was eventually changed again, to Ghostly Weird Stories, lasting five more issues before being canceled.)   Other notable titles published by Star included All-Famous Police Cases, Frisky Animals, Shocking Mystery Cases, and the romance titles Popular Teen-Agers, Top Love Stories, and True-To-Life Romances. The company also published a line of coloring books in comic book format (mostly with titles like The Star Coloring Book of...), consisting of full-page drawings with no word balloons and no narrative.  Due to the grisly nature of titles like Blue Bolt Weird Tales of Terror, The Horrors, and Startling Terror Tales, Star Publications was singled out in Fredric Wertham's 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent. Like many comic book publishers of the time, faced with the public outcry against the industry, and the pressures of the 1954 hearings by the United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency — as well as the 1955 death of publisher Kramer — the company shut down shortly thereafter.

Notable titles published

1940

TARGET COMICS #7 $20,000.00 / TARGET COMICS #1 $8,500.00 / TARGET COMICS #5 $8,000.00

1941

TARGET COMICS #12 $2,200.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 2 #10 $1,650.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 2 #1 $1,450.00

1942

4MOST COMICS #1 $2,500.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 3 #8 $1,300.00 / 4MOST COMICS #2 $1,000.00

1943

4MOST COMICS VOL 2 #4 $700.00 / 4MOST COMICS VOL 2 #2 $260.00 / 4MOST COMICS VOL 2 #3 $260.00

1944

4MOST COMICS VOL 3 #2 $185.00 / 4MOST COMICS VOL 3 #3 $185.00 / 4MOST COMICS VOL 3 #4 $185.00

1945

TARGET COMICS VOL 6 #5 $475.00 / FRISKY FABLES #1 $300.00 / 4 MOST COMICS VOL 4 #1 $135.00

1946

SPOOK COMICS #1 $450.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 6 #9 $125.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 6 #10 $125.00

1947

TARGET COMICS VOL 8 #10 $340.00 / 4MOST COMICS VOL 6 #5 $250.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 7 #11 $110.00

1948

WESTERN FIGHTERS #1 $485.00 / DICK COLE #1 $450.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 9 #1 $340.00

1949

BLUE BOLT #102 $550.00 / TARGET COMICS VOL 9 #12 $500.00 / WESTERN FIGHTERS #11 $400.00

1950

BLUE BOLT #105 $925.00 / BLUE BOLT #106 $900.00 / FILM STARS ROMANCES #2 $900.00

1951

BLUE BOLT #108 $875.00 / BLUE BOLT #109 $875.00 / BLUE BOLT #110 $875.00

1952

STARTLING TERROR TALES #11 $3,300.00 / STARTLING TERROR TALES #10 $1,250.00 / THRILLING CRIME CASES #49 $850.00

1953

TERRIFYING TALES #13 $850.00 / BLUE BOLT #118 $840.00 / BLUE BOLT #117 $825.00

1954

JUNGLE THRILLS #7 $775.00 / TERRIFYING TALES #15 $685.00 / TERRORS OF THE JUNGLE #8 $560.00

 

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