Individual issues of staple-bound comics are usually bought, read, loved, and discarded or loaned out to friends never to return. In the comic book collectors’ universe, this makes those rare copies in mint condition all the more valuable for resale. Several issues published in the mid-twentieth century have appreciated quite nicely, and routinely list on sites like eBay for astronomical prices. Continue reading below to see which impeccable issues Starbase 1552 is currently keeping on ice!
1) Daredevil No. 1
More recently, Daredevil has become a bit of a household name, with actors such as Charlie Cox and Ben Affleck portraying the superhero in major blockbuster movies and television series. However, the comic book character himself has a much more rich and storied past, stretching decades into last century. Published in April of 1964, the very first Daredevil issue introduced Matt Murdock to the comic book world as The Man Without Fear! Blinded by a radioactive substance that fell from an oncoming vehicle, Murdock gains superpower abilities as a result of contact with the substance and uses them to patrol Hell’s Kitchen. Originally sold for a miniscule $0.12, today copies of this original comic regularly sell for around a thousand dollars, due to quality of the paper not being made to last.
2) Superman No. 16
While Lois Lane made her first appearance in Action Comics No. 1 in 1938 alongside Superman, she did not grace a cover of an issue until a few years later in Superman No. 16. On it, the infamous Daily Planet reporter walks arm in arm with Clark Kent through the streets of Metropolis, musing longingly at a bronze statue of Superman: “Oh, Clark…isn’t he wonderful!?!” Nowadays, a pristine copy of the comic would sell upwards of four thousand dollars, as it was made from the cheapest paper available to manufacturers. But, originally, you could pick one up for just a dime!
3) Amazing Adult Fantasy No. 13
Originally launched as Amazing Fantasy, the short-lived Amazing Adult Fantasy published by Marvel Comics featured early artwork and stories by comic book legends Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby. Early issues of the magazine prominently displayed its tongue-in-cheek motto, “The magazine that respects your intelligence” directly on the cover. Issue No. 13 was unleashed to comic book fans in the summer of 1962, and includes several short stories that feature shape-shifting aliens invading planet earth, sea monsters attacking at midnight, and western powers launching a fake globe into space that hovers directly over Moscow forcing communist leaders to disarm.