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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Most Valuable Copper Age Comics

Even though there is debate on when Copper Age Comics begins and ends, I'm going to put this period of comics during 1984 to 1991. This is the era that I started collecting comic books.

God, I remember saving up my lunch money and riding my skate board down to the local comic shop after school. That was a time where I got the complete Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk comics and Jim Lee's Uncanny X-Men comics for only a dollar each. What a glorious time.

However, like Modern Age comics, most copper age books are extremely hard to sell. This post is about key issues from this era that you should recognize as valuable in your collection in case you want to sell them. If you're a comic investor and don't have them yet in your collection, it's time you hunt them down before they break the hundred dollar mark for high grade copies.

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Mirage 1984) 

This comic is so rare and a NM copy is valued at over $8000 dollars. If you were a smart cookie and got this comic book when it first hit the shelves back in 1984 and took CARE OF IT, you speculated absolutely brilliantly.  

If you can even find a mid grade copy of this comic, you're in good shape to purchase a great investment. Be sure it's a 1st printing and not any of the later printings. Do your homework on that so you don't get ripped off...that is...if you can afford this mega gem! 

2.  Amazing Spider-Man #300 (Marvel 1988)

With artwork by Todd McFarlane and the introduction of one of spidey's most popular modern villians - VENOM - this book is no doubt one of the best copper age comic investments you can ever make. If you have a high grade copy that you got years ago and can part with this comic, it's time to get back that return on your investment.

A mid-grade copy is an acceptable investment choice, but if you're planning on holding onto the book for a long time, get a high grade copy. At least a VF+ to NM.

3. Transformers #1 (Marvel 1984)

No doubt that The Transformer movies are increasing the value on this book, but, even without the movies, Transformer #1 from the Marvel series will still be a sought after copper age comic. However, it should be noted that Transformers 4 the movie and last by Michael Bay is in the works and coming to theaters soon.

This is a good investment if you don't have it, get it. It's still affordable. If you already have a ungraded copy and you know how to grade your comics, get it graded by CGC or PGX.

This is absolutely one of my favorite first appearances from the copper age of comics. The first appearance of Gambit is still a highly sought out key issue comic and is a must have for any X-Men comic fan.

Ever since the first introduction of this mutie, Gambit has been a widely popular character in the X-Men and Marvel Universe. His first appearance is still affordable, unless you're getting a CGC graded 9.8 or 9.6. However, an unslabbed 9.4 NM shouldn't put too much of a dent in your wallet.

5.  The New Mutants #98 (Marvel 1991)

If you don't know why this book is hugely in-demand and sought after today, it's because it boasts the very first appearance of the merc with a mouth - Dead Pool! Since his introduction, Dead Pool grew a large fan base and even appeared in the horrible Wolverine: Origins movie.

Despite the fact that his first introduction into Hollywood was in a hugely disappointing movie, it's also well known that Marvel's mutant assassin will be in the spotlight and starring his very own solo movie. 

If you were smart and picked this gem up during the 90s...bravo! If not, don't waste a minute and get it before it really sky rockets in value.

6. Wolverine #1 Vol 2 (1988 Regular Series)

This is also another huge one, and make no mistake that this comic book will continue to rise in demand. For copper and modern keys you want no less than a VF grade. NM or higher. 

Why? Because a lot of high grades are floating around for these copper age books. A standard 9.4 NM is going for around a hundred bucks these days. New Kadia has a VF+ in stock for $38.71  and a VF going for $ 21.97.
Plus, you get 15% to 18% off depending on which grade you buy. Can we say...good deal? 

Plus, another Wolverine solo movie is already in the works, so click the link and get Wolverine #1 before the movie makes this badboy's value rise.


  1. About five years ago I purchased a lot that also consisted of about 1600 comic books. The majority of them are from the 80s on up but there are some form the 60s and 70s but no big names like spider man or super man. The range from marvel,image,DC, top cow, Dark horse and some names I have never hered of. Things are tight and I need to start selling these but I started looking some of them up on ebay only about 20 or so and was shocked that these were only going for the face value or less. I know nothing about comic books and would like to know does anybody now if it would be better to sell them all as a group, divid them up by manufacture or if I made a complete list are there people out there who could honestly tell me what they are worth. PS: there are some form the 60s also. Thanks

  2. Sorry for the late reply on this, but blogger changed to a new interface and wasn't telling me my comments. It sounds like you bought a comic lot of junk comics. These are comics that are mostly from the late 80s and up and if you have a lot of comics from the 90s....they're even considered more "junk."

    One of the reasons why I hardly EVER invest in most modern age comics. The reason why these comics are going for only face value or less is because the demand is tiny for the books yet the supply of them is humungous.

    Like you, most people are just trying to get rid of them, and it's NOT easy selling them for even face value. I've written tons of posts about modern comics and why people should stay away from them.

    Yes, it is better to sell them as a group, but that depends on for what price and what you got, titles, era, etc.