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Investing in Silver Age Comic Books

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Excellent comic book investments can be had from comic books from the years: 1955-1970.

Flash, The Justice League of America, Green Lantern, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Iron Man, the Hulk and the Avengers all began out of this era in comic book history. The Silver Age of Comic Books, from the mid-1950's to the early 1970's was the most prolific and wide ranging eras of comic book publishing. In addition to the superhero's we know so well, the romance, westerns, horror and crime genres became very popular not to mention juvenile and children's comic books such as Archie and Richie Rich. It was a time when now defunct comic companies such as Dell, Gold Key, Charlton Comics and Harvey competed for shelf space with DC and Marvel.

After World War II superhero comics lost popularity; however, in 1956 DC re-imagined a superhero from the 1940's-the Flash. His appearance in Showcase #4 was the beginning of a renaissance in superhero comics. With the popularity of the new Flash, DC did the same with many of its characters – introducing them again with different or changed origins. Marvel Comics soon followed. By the early 1960's Marvel was the leading comic book publisher-introducing dynamic characters and groups such as the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and of course, Spiderman and the Hulk.

Today, any of these Silver Age superhero comic books can run into the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars depending on the issue and its condition. For example, a near mint copy of Showcase #4, the first appearance of Silver Age Flash is around $45,000. Now most of these high end comics appreciate anywhere from 5%-8% per year so if you can afford it, it is a good comic book investment, however let's take a look at some others.

Silver Age Investment Picks

Some great affordable comics to add to any collection and that continue to appreciate are those series published by the smaller comic book companies. Turok, Son of Stone was originally published by Dell and then moved to Gold Key. Issue #8, when Turok enters the Lost Valley is worth about $107 as a fine copy, near mint $275. Harvey Comics which specialized in children's comics such as Richie Rich, Hot Stuff and Casper are great collectables and have a loyal following. A fine copy of Richie Rich #1 runs about $600 with a near mint fetching close to $4800.

If it's more traditional superhero comic books your after then go after later issues. X-Men #28 is significant because it is the first appearance of the character Banshee. A near mint copy is worth about $350 while a fine copy runs about $57. If you are a DC fan then consider Justice League of America #4 in which the Green Arrow joins the superhero group. A fine copy is worth about $156 and a near mint -- $1200.

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