Do you have memories of reading comic books when you were a kid? Maybe you couldn't wait for the next issue of superman or wonder woman. Maybe you even stuck them in a trunk and held on to them as mementos of the time before you had a job and mortgage and car payment.

You may be wondering what those old comics are worth now. There are a few factors that determine the value of comic books and although some are collector items, many are not.

The first factor is the rarity of the comic. If it is an early edition of a famous character it could be worth thousands of dollars. High values are not typical , though, so don't count on it.

In general, the older the comic book the more rare it will probably be. Comic books are categorized by age.

If you have a copy of Superman from the golden age (1938 to 1955) it could be worth anywhere from $500 to $3000 or more.

The second factor that determines the value of your comic book is its condition. If it is torn, faded, or has pages missing it will not be worth as much as a copy that is less worn.

There is a 10 point grading system that breaks down the condition from gem mint (10) to poor (1) but grading is very subjective.

A rating of very good (4) means that the magazine is somewhat soiled, faded, and creased but contains the cover and all pages so don't worry if your copy has a used look to it.

The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide by Robert M. Overstreet is considered to be the bible of comic book value guides but there are also many internet sites that can help you determine the value of your comic book.

Check auction sites to see if similar issues are for sale and what the asking price is. Type the title, volume, edition number and date of publication into a search engine and see if anything relevant shows up.

If that doesn't work, try the searching on the name of the writer or author. Online retailers can also be a good source for finding out what your comic book is worth.

If you want to try to sell your comic books, there are a variety of ways. First you can try an internet auction site. A quick survey of one site showed prices from a few pennies all the way up to $5,000,000, believe it or not.

You could also check with some local dealers but keep in mind that they are looking for a profit when they resell the comic book, so you probably won't get the full value when you sell it to a dealer.

Comic book conventions are another great place to sell or trade. Even if you don't find a buyer there, you will be able to get opinions from knowledgeable vendors as to the value of your comic book.

Weather you become an avid collector or just want to raise some cash from your comic book, you need to know its value. Do research on the internet at auction and dealer sites. Talk to local dealers. Attend a comic book convention in your area. Who knows. You just might have a rare and valuable edition, but if not, you'll probably have some fun.

Old Comic Books in High Demand