I will now tell you about one of the worst geek moments of my life. A tragedy that I imagine quite a few geeks can relate to and understand. Get the tissues out now, because there will be tears. I have collected comic books for the entirety of my life. That is 30+ years for anyone keeping score. One day as a wee child, I saw a black and white comic book called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. No, these were not the turtles you know now. They did not eat pizza. They did not even really talk. In the end of the first issue ever (aimed at adults, by the way) they kill Shredder. To death, yes. That is the comic that ended up being sold and optioned and eventually turned into the tween fair you all know it as now. But it wasn’t that. It was something magical and dark and twisted. I bought that issue, which is now worth eight thousand dollars on Ebay, with mint copies getting as much as fifteen thousand from collectors. Wait, did I forget to tell you about the time my Dad drove a box of my comic books to the dump in Plymouth by mistake? Yeah, that f*cking happened. Guess what comic was in that box that is now rotted away at a landfill in Plymouth, Massachusetts? TMNT issue number one, among many others that would now afford me a house.
That said, here are 5 comic books that are worth more than most of us will ever see in a lifetime. Also, please be aware the amounts being listed are listed for mint or VERY near mint copies. If you let your little brother draw on them or fold the pages, they aint worth shit. Sorry. You know how this subculture works, my friends.
X-Men #1 for $492,000.000
Unprofessional and insignificant side note: I love this woman.
Wow, who knew? Who knew the X-Men were so popular? I mean, they only have like a dozen movies and spin-offs in as many years. That was a sarcasm font in case you cats didn’t realize.
Anyway, this book about a bunch of, and I use quotes here, “gifted mutants” who form a super team is worth enough in good condition that you could at least fund a really cool YouTube fan film. God knows there aren’t enough of those. Sorry, sarcasm font overload.
Batman #1 for $567,000.00
The funniest part is they were gonna kill off the Joker but fans ended up loving him too much (thankfully).
While this comic was worth two million last year, the shittiness of Dawn of Justice has brought it’s value down greatly. I am kidding. Truth is, owning the first issue of Batman would not only make you the coolest geek on the block, but it would make you financially relate to Bruce Wayne for a moment too, if you chose to sell it.
Or lend it to me? I swear I will bring it back to you. Hit me up. It’s what Batman would want. But, Batman would prefer you lend me…
Detective Comics #27 for $1,075,000.000
Buy me this and you own my soul. Just saying.
Oh, you thought Batman #1 was really Batman’s first appearance? Then you know nothing, fool! Batman first premiered in Detective Comics issue number 27, which breaks the one million dollar value barrier. Hold on, I am gonna use that Bruce Wayne joke again.
The funny thing about Detective Comics #27 is, if you sold it, you would be able to financially relate to Bruce Wayne, for at least a second.
Yup, still works.
Amazing Fantasy #15 for $1,100,00.00
I wont lie. Civil War made Spiderman cool again, and it’s about damn time someone got him right on film!
Do you believe this crap? This first Spiderman appearance somehow trumps the Batman appearance by TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS? I am sorry, geeks. I know Spiderman is awesome, but Batman is slightly more awesome, and I kind of feel like the last two should be tied.
BUT (and there is always a but)…
Numbers don’t lie, and the reality is, a dude who acts and dresses like a spider did ever so slightly better than a dude who dresses and acts like a Bat. Wow, sound pretty lame when I spell it out like that. Speaking of lame dudes in tights…you saw this coming….
Action Comics #1 for $3,000,000.000
Owning this pretty much ruined Nicolas Cage financially, if it makes you feel any better.
I don’t know what is more insane. The fact that a comic book is worth three million (Superman’s debut and such, beginning and defining comic books as they would come to be know, yadda yadda) or the fact that, at one point, Nicolas Cage owned it (and ended up desperately auctioning it for less than it was worth when he went bankrupt).
So there you go. Here’s hoping your parents didn’t throw any of these out without warning you. I know that pain.