Despite the recession that the United States is currently working its way out of investing in collectables remains a worthwhile risk for many. The right comic book can be a lucrative investment long term investment if one pays attention to trends in the comic book collecting market. For the most part it is worthwhile to pay attention only to DC and Marvel Comics, especially if you are looking at investing in Silver Age (1955-1970) and Bronze Age (1970-1982).
Let's take a look at the top ten Bronze Age comic books:
1. Star Wars #1 (35 cent variant): A near mint copy in 2010 was worth $2,500 and 2009, $2,300.
2. Green Lantern #76 (begins a run of joint Green Lantern/Green Arrow appearances): Worth $2,000 in 2010 and $1,200 in 2009.
3. Incredible Hulk #181 (first appearance of Wolverine) could bring in as much as $1650 in 2010 and $1,550 in 2009.
4. Giant Size X-Men #1 (the first appearance of the new X-Men Team): A near mint copy in 2010 was worth $1,300 and in 2009, $1,250.
5. X-Men #94: the first appearance of the new X-Men team in the regular series comic was worth about $1,200 in 2010 and $,1,150 in 2009.
6. House of Secrets #92, a DC Comics classic that features the first appearance of the Swamp Thing fetched an average of $1,100 in 2010 and $1,050 in 2009.
7. DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #5 (love stories): was worth $1,050 in 2010 and $975 in 2009.
8. Amazing Spider-Man #129 (first appearance of the Punisher), always a favorite, rose in value 13% to $900 from its 2009 value of $800.
Only one of 2010's top ten comics remained at the same value: Iron Fist #14 whose average worth in near mint condition stayed at about $1,600. Out of all of the top ten Bronze Age comic books worth investing only one was not a DC or Marvel: the independent and innovative Cerebus #1 valued at $1,100 in 2010 (2009 value-$1,000).
As always values differ greatly according to condition. For example, a Star Wars #1 35 cent variant in Very Good condition is only worth about $200 and a House of Secrets #92 in the same condition is valued at $96. Many comic book collectors and investors buy these sought after comics in lower values knowing that they will continue to increase in value as well.
Prices can also vary according to demand and geographic location. The best indicator of a comic books' worth is the annual Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. It prices all comics as well as features market reports from comic dealers and collectors from all over the country.