When I was younger, I used to collect comic books, and what’s funny is that I didn’t read them. Even as a young kid, I looked at them as art and as a collector’s item rather than something to read. I kept several first edition comics, including the then popular mid-90s Mortal Kombat, a Firearm First Edition, Ghost Rider first edition and many others.
Classic comic books, however, go far beyond my days. Still, when I was younger and up until a few years ago, comic books were valued at much more money than they are now. The classics are still valuable and highly collectable, but the market has just taken a hit. That has been the case for many marketed collectibles, and when it comes to the classics, the value always seems to go back up at some point.
The test of time
I watched a television episode the other day where a man was showing a comic book to get it appraised. It was a classic comic book that first introduced Spiderman. Many people think that the first Amazing Spiderman comic book is the big score. While this is a coveted comic book, there is one that is a precursor to that.
My sister was really big into X-Men when we were both younger. There are also many X-Men comics well before our time that are quite popular with the collectors. Much of the classic comics have spread out into different series, too, and so there are many more to collect.
This also means that the classics have withstood the test of time in more ways than one. They are valuable collector’s items, and the characters and the series are still strong today.
Superman has always been a favourite of comic book collectors, and the first edition is commonly referred to as one of the most valuable comic books, just like the Spiderman comic book. It’s not just about superheroes when it comes to comic books though.
Archie comic book
When I first started collecting comic books, it was all about Archie. I have to confess that I actually did read some of those comic books. But, I also ended up collecting several of them without reading them. I would especially like buying special editions of any comic book that I could find.
While I was buying Archie as a kid, there were also many classic Archie comic books from decades ago. Many of the older comic books are going to be collectors’ items simply due to their age. Of course, value still has much more to do with other factors than just age.
Do you have classic comics and want to know the value? I have recently been looking up the value of some of mine online, as I do every once in a while. The market is slightly weak in this area, but it’s still fun collecting them and holding onto many of them for all of these years.