An avid comic collector and fan for nearly 20 years, Vic started collecting comics around eight years old. Comic investing since the 2000s.
Welcome to part 2 of my top bronze age comics to invest in for 2012. Below you'll find some of the hottest bronze age comics that are still quite affordable, as well as some that are getting up there in price.
You're basically getting a guide at how to invest in comics as well as which comics you should really consider owning as investment comics. As always I'm not just throwing darts at anything here. I'll give you an explanation to why you should consider getting these comics before they rise in demand and value.
If you haven't already read part 1, you can visit the link to take a look at part 1 of my top picks of bronze age comics to get as investment comics.
I should warn you this hub will be pretty long, but if you're really interested in how to invest in comics as well as what comics to invest in, I'm sure it won't be boring.
So relax, get a drink, a pen and paper. You may want to write these down on your comic "want" list. Here's more of my top bronze age comic investment picks:
Yes, this is the very first G.I. Joe comic book from Marvel Comics that was based off the Hasbro Toy and the cartoon. The funny thing is that I watched the cartoon every afternoon, but I never got into the comic book really.
Actually, I first bought this issue two years before the first G.I. Joe movie came out. Wish I would've gotten it for $1.50 way back when, but I really didn't make very wise choices when it came to comics to invest in when I was a kid.
Anyway, there are two versions of G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #1. if you look at the pictures, the top one has a UPC bar code and the bottom one just has a picture of Spidey's face. The one with the UPC is the newsstand edition and the one with Spidey's face is the direct market edition that went to the few comic shops and specialty stores that existed during the 80s.
In the past the direct edition was more desirable and was more valuable than the news stand edition, but now they're valued the same. They're both 1st printings, but be wary. There are 2nd printings of these comics as well. You can find out by looking at the bottom of the first page and it will clearly tell if you it's a first printing or second printing.
Most comic sellers on ebay probably don't even bother looking, so there's a good chance you could be bidding on a 2nd printing of this issue that's being advertised as a 1st printing. That's the dangers of buying comics on ebay for you. You've been warned.
This comic is still very affordable at high grades. Do NOT buy this comic any lower than a 9.2 Near Mint. Remember, this comic isn't that old. It's only from the 80s and there are still quite a bit of high grade copies of this issue at 9.4 and 9.6 Near Mint out in the market. I wouldn't doubt if there's quite a bit of CGC graded 9.8's as well.
Here's the Overstreet Values:
- Low NM: $40.00
- Very Fine: $20.00
- Fine: $9.00
- Very Good: $6.00
- Good: $3.00
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #2
If you're gonna get issue #1, and that's extremely affordable, why not get issue #2 if it's affordable too? I have both issues at, probably, a low near mint 9.2.
Actually, I have 1-4, but I'd suggest investing in both 1 and 2 at the highest grades you can find as possible. Here's the Overstreet Guide values for this comic book investment:
- Low NM: $35.00
- Very Fine: $18.00
- Fine: $9.00
- Very Good: $6.00
- Good: $3.00
Why this and issue #1? C'mon, the new G.I. Joe movie comes out this year, and I'm betting that the movie franchise is thinking trilogy. Do you doubt it? Besides, having issue 1 and 2 looks more appealing in your comic investing collection when it's time to sell.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #129
What list of bronze age comics to invest in would this be if the 1st appearance of one of Marvel Comics' most infamous vigilantes - The Punisher - wasn't on here. That's right, the Punisher first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #129!
This bronze age key issue comic is an extreme high demand right now. I'm pretty sure all grades of this issue are going above guide price. My local comic shop had a Good copy of this issue a few weeks back. I didn't grab it, because a Good grade is a tad low for my standards. If it was a Very Good, I would of swiped it and put it alongside my Fine copy.
Nevertheless, the copy my local comic shop had was gone within a week. Even though it was priced above guide! That's how in demand this comic is, and it will only get worse. Marvel has announced that they have every intention of putting out another Punisher movie.
He's not done yet on the silver screen, and if that's true, demand for his first appearance will only skyrocket once another Punisher movie is confirmed. But this comic doesn't need another Punisher movie in terms of demand. It does more than fine on it's own.
This comic will be pricey, but it's more than a wise comic investing pick. This comic's demand will be strong for a long time.
- Low NM: $925.00
- Very Fine: $312.00
- Fine: $117.00
- Very Good: $78.00
- Good: $39.00
Green Lantern Vol 2 #76
Alright, DC Comics time! I've been putting a lot of emphasis on Marvel Comics bronze age books, it's time to give DC some respect in terms of comic book investments.
So why this particular issue? This issue marks the first legendary artwork of Neal Adams on this series. It also marks the first Green Lantern/Green Arrow team up series, as the title of the comic book clearly states.
This comic run is highly regarded by fans as classic and one of the best. It's also a quite valuable key issue bronze age comic investment already as you'll see by the guide prices:
- Low NM: $2,500.00
- Very Fine: $816.00
- Fine: $288.00
- Very Good: $192.00
- Good: $96.00
Bronze Age Comics To Invest In To Be Continued
Are you starting to see a pattern here with most of my comics to invest in picks? I surely hope so. They are mostly key issue comics, and it's important to remember to invest in key issue comic books to maximize your comic collection value!
As always, there will be a part three to this because there's quite a few top picks from the bronze age of comics that I have. So be sure to stay tuned. Don't feel shy to follow me or to tweet this or share it on your facebook with all your other comic book-loving friends.
In the meantime feel free to check out my other hubs on comic investing and which comics to invest in in Part 3 to this series. Just click the link to be teleported there.
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- Is It Worth Getting Comic Books Graded At CGC or PGX?
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© 2012 Vic
Mickey Mikkelson on May 04, 2020:
Two words: Conan the Barbarian and Hawkman. Both will be moneymakers some day.
Luke on October 25, 2013:
I love your lists. I like your mentioning of the GI Joe #1 having second printings, however the photo you have of GI Joe #2, that one is a 2nd printing that you have posted lol. :)
Vic (author) on February 20, 2012:
Hi gmaoli and thanks again for stopping by. It's true that comic collecting and the market has radically changed in last two decades that it opened up the market for this comic investing world to become even more legit and recognized.
Yes, you're right about Batman's first appearance and because a few copies of that issue exist, especially at near mint, as well as it's a highly desired comic, makes it worth 1.3 million.
I've been investing in comics for quite a while and these are my picks for great future investments.
Thanks for the comment and for stopping by Brett.
Brett C from Asia on February 20, 2012:
An unusual investment idea, but one that could definitely pay well with a bit of knowledge about the market. There is a huge following of retro and classic comics, that I can only see their value increasing, so long as you preserve their condition.
Socially shared, up and interesting.
Gianandrea Maoli from South Carolina on February 16, 2012:
I doubt I'll get into comic investing myself, but I always find the values of these comics to be really mindblowing. I mean that in a good way of course. Your value of the Punisher's first appearance does make sense to me. After all, the Punisher has now been a long established stand alone character with a pretty big backing rather than just a random appearance in another character comic series. It certainly worked that way for Batman. I remember reading online in the NY Daily news that if you were to find a #27 near-mint edition of the Detective Comics (when Batman made his first appearance), it would be valued at $1.38 million! And that was before he was a stand-alone character with his own series, so again like with Punisher the following just now adds more value to the work.
I voted this one with an interesting mark. Thanks for the information!