Why some comic books become far more valuable than others is usually quite easy to see, age, first appearance, start of a well known storyline, artists first work etc can all play a part in determining the collectability of a certain book. For some reason there are some comics out there that just don't seem to get the respect they deserve and are often sold pretty cheaply considering they should be classed as important. In this hub we will look at some books that should be fetching a real premium yet for some reason do not, whether these books have room for growth value wise is open to conjecture, many of them are pretty old and should be reaching their full potential by now, with some of the younger ones there may be room for some financial growth. Apart from the financial value of some of these books many of these are important issues in terms of the history of comic books and in the view of this collector at least, do not get the love they deserve. As someone who makes his living selling comic books i know that these issues do not reach the prices they deserve as i have sold all of these books, some of them many times over.
British Pence Copies
I know as a trader that comic books from the 1960s that have a British Pence price tag do not reach the values attained for the same book that has an American cent price. Many people are under the misconception that the British copies are reprints, they are not. The British copies were printed for the UK market usually at the very end of the print run when the printers would be changed to print X amount of copies aimed at the UK market. Rationally these books are no different to their American counterparts, they are in English and contain exactly the same material inside however many buyers seem to prefer cent copies and as a lover of Americana myself i can fully understand why. It does make sense though that the books with a Pence price tag are actually rarer than the cent copies and today we would be calling them " rare UK variant only 5% of the print". Today i find that my sales of Pence copies achieve around 70% of the price of the cent marked books.
Fantastic Four # 52
Here we have the debut of the first black super-hero The Black Panther. With its black cover it is very hard to find in high grade.
Batman # 171
Hard to find in high grade due to its bright pink cover. This book from 1965 features the first Silver Age appearance of The Riddler, it had been 7 years since he had last been seen in Detective Comics # 142 in 1948, indeed it is only the characters 3rd appearance. I own a framed copy of this book myself it has a beautiful near mint cover but unfortunately inside it has fell apart!
X-Force # 2
Only the second appearance of Deadpool. When you look at the prices that New Mutants #98 achieve its incredible that this issue goes for next to nothing.
Avengers Annual # 10
Considering what a major player the character of Rogue has become in the Marvel Universe i am always surprised how cheaply this issue which marks her first appearance is available for even in high grade.
Daredevil # 1
Okay Okay i know this is not a cheap book however to own a copy of this book is within many peoples reach and in a decent grade, compare that to the cost of owning AF# 15 or Journey Into Mystery # 83 and the price for owning a first appearance of one of Marvels major characters printed only 2 years or so later seems cheap in comparison.
Sgt Fury And His Howling Commandos # 1
Nick Fury has been around now for over 50 years, this issue actually pre- dates the first appearances of Daredevil, Dr Strange and the X-Men!
Batman # 181
I recently purchased a copy of this book from eBay for £14 that's around $20, i was the only bidder on what turned out to be an above mid grade copy, consider that this book is from 1966 and features the debut of Poison Ivy who has been a major Batman protagonist for nearly 50 years that's incredible.
Millie The Model Annual # 1 1962
This is a very undervalued book in my honest opinion. Strange Tales Annual # 1 has always been considered the first Marvel annual but this book came out in the same year and is much harder to find!.
Tales To Astonish # 60
This book features the first Steve Ditko Hulk artwork since the original Hulk series. Take a look at the prices on this one and compare to the previous issue #59 which features the Hulk/Giant Man battle.
Tales Of Suspense # 32
Issued 7 months after Tales To Astonish #27 " The Man In The Anthill" and one month before we see Ant-Man in costume could this have been the first Bee-Man? This book is usually offered at a sensible price but try finding a copy in decent condition.
Obviously the books listed here as under valued are only my personal opinion, a book reaches the price it does because the market decides what it is worth, remember the old adage that you can only get what someone is prepared to pay.
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Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on January 11, 2018:
Interesting look at old comic book covers. I think it's interesting I was reminded that The Black Panther first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 before joining The Avengers somewhere around that number. If the recent Black Panther movie is a big hit it possibly may raise the market value of his first appearance up the roof.
Geekdom on May 27, 2014:
This was a fun article. I never paid attention to the under value of these comics.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 25, 2014:
when my bro was young, he was a great comic collector. He bought USD $10 and sold $USD 2 in the end. SIgh!