Here is a list of the top 10 comics ever sold by book title, not by actual sales, if so Action Comics #1 would be listed too many times below! Without further ado...
Flash Comics #1, the first appearance of the Golden Age Flash. It wasn't until later (1956) n Showcase #4 where the Flash we're all more familiar with, red suited Barry Allen comes to life. This book at a 9.6 is by far the highest graded and was sold years ago, so we wonder how much more it would sell for in today's market.
In at #7 is X-Men #1, the first appearance of the mutant super-hero team at a whopping $492,000! Note that this book is highest graded of all the books on the list at a NM/M 9.8!
Superman #1, the first comics with a super hero in his own title from 1939! Also note the grade, at only a 5.5 this book makes the cut at a record sale of $505,000 in 2017. There is a Church copy in the 8 range and if that ever came to market it would be safe to say it would reach $1M or more and put this title in the top 3. It's such a hard book to find in any grade and is one of the most sought after books with collectors.
Batman #1, needs no introduction comes in at #5. Note this book was a 9.2 NM so imagine if Superman #1 was in this grade! Such an iconic cover and still a very impressive sale price.
It's about time Captain Rogers makes an appearance in the top 10 books ever sold list. Captain America #1 was first published in 1941. This comic book's iconic cover features Captain America punching Adolph Hitler in the face. It was also the first appearance of mainstay characters Bucky and Red Skull.
The auctioned copy of Captain America #1 was graded 9.4 by CGC with "off-white to white" pages. This is one of only three known copies of this book with a CGC 9.4 or higher grade. This particular comic book was part of a collection referred to as the "San Francisco Pedigree" which dates back to 1973 when it first emerged at a comic book show in Berkeley, CA.
OK now we're pushing the $1 Million mark! The first appearance of Wonder Woman, a 9.4 copy (highest graded) sold on Ebay in 2016 for a record price above and beyond what anyone thought it would bring.
First appearance of Batman, the caped crusader in 8.0 and sold years ago. There are believed to be a handful of 9.0 copies and many say if any one of these came to market it may surpass even #1 on the current list. There's a huge debate, Batman vs. Superman, though Superman has always seemed to edge out Batman in sales, there is a strong argument that may make this the most valuable comic of all time.
The only Silver Age book in the top 5, of course it has to be the first appearance of Spider-Man right? This 9.6 graded book came to market years ago and brought in a surprising $1.1M! Any Amazing Fantasy #15 has seen massive gains over the years and looks like there is no end in sight, especially in higher grades.
Marvel Comics #1 Windy City pedigree (Timely, 1939) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. It's the granddaddy of all Marvels! And there's no other certified copy that comes close to this one grade-wise. In fact, only two other copies of the issue in CGC's census have fared as high as 9.0! It's currently ranked at #6 on Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Comics list, but that will soon change.
This book actually exceeded auction estimates, which were nearing the $1M range leading up to it's sale November 2019. If you attended the NYC comic con in October 2019, you would've seen this for sale for $1M, but sold for more than a quarter million more a month later at auction. If there's any concern of how healthy the comic book market is, let this book be the example of how hot it is!
Well here it is and to many as no surprise, the first appearance of Superman at 9.0 sold on ebay for over $3 Million dollars back in 2014. This book always seems to break records, recently an 8.5 sold just north of $2 Million dollars. Again, neck and neck with Tec27 for #1 and #2, it will be interesting if a similar graded Tec27 comes to market to challenge Superman's reign at #1. There is believed to be a Church copy that may be a 9.2 or perhaps a 9.4 if ever graded, which may put this North of $5M in value.
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