Ten Most Expensive Comic Books at Comic Con

chad writes, Here’s a list of the 10 most expensive comics available for sale at the 2009 New York Comic Con. No surprises as to which comic is #1, but it was one that I didn’t expect to be up for sale.

There’s some pretty impressive stuff on that list, some of which, DC & Marvel, if you haven’t already made them available in Showcase Presents or Essential collections, needs to be made available. I want to read them!

5 replies on “Ten Most Expensive Comic Books at Comic Con”

  1. fiziko says:

    All ten reprinted, at least partially
    All ten of those have been reprinted at least once.

    #10 – Fantastic Four #4 – In Essential and Marvel Masterworks format, as well as digital through GIT Corp DVD ROMs and Marvel.com’s digital comics.

    #9 – All American Comics #16 – One of three on the list I haven’t read yet. Available in DC Archives of the Golden Age Green Lantern. I was hoping for a Chronicles edition to read it more cost effectively, but the soon-to-be announced Green Lantern Chronicles starts with Hal Jordan’s introduction in Showcase over 20 years later. I may have to eventually break down and start getting the Archive editions if they aren’t otherwise reprinted. (When "Showcase Presents Green Lantern Vol. 4" hits in June, I’ll need at most 5 issues to complete my run of GL from Hal Jordan’s introduction to now, but I won’t have any golden age issues.)

    #8 – Detective Comics #38 – Reprinted in Batman Chronicles Vol. 1 and one of the archive lines. (I think it’s the "Dark Knight" archives line that collects Detective Comics while the "Batman" archives line collects Batman Comics.)

    #7 – Marvel Comics #1 – In a Golden Age Masterworks edition. Again, it’s one I haven’t read yet, due to the cost of Masterworks editions. (So far, I’ve only shelled out for three: "Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos Vol. 1" which I don’t really recommend, "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 1" which I strongly recommend along with the TPB of the Steranko run, and "X-Men Vol. 7" which collects the Beast solo stories from "Amazing Adventures" that made him blue and furry.)

    #6 – Superman #1 – Reprinted in "Superman Chronicles Vol. 1" and the first of the Superman Archives.

    #5, 4 – Amazing Fantasy #15 – The Spider-Man story is collected in Essential and Marvel Masterworks format, as well as Marvel.com digital format. The complete issue, with three other, far weaker tales, is available on the GIT Corps DVD ROMs or the Amazing Fantasy Omnibus hardcover, now out of print but not necessarily out of stock at the retail level.

    #3 – Amazing Spider-Man #1 – Available in its entirety anyplace you can get Amazing Fantasy #15.

    #2 – The Human Torch #2 (Vol. 1) – Collected in the Golden Age Human Torch Masterworks edition. Again, the Masterworks price has kept me away so far.

    #1 – Action Comics #1 – The Superman portion is in the "Superman Chronicles" volume, and the (I believe) "Man of Steel" archives. (Like Batman and Detective, they split Action and Superman into two archive lines, only to correct that oversight and sort them properly in the Chronicles line.) I don’t recall seeing the non-Superman stories collected anyway.

  2. octa says:

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    What’s the story with the Human Torch not getting an issue #1?

    I have a reprint of the Amazing Spiderman #1. I think it’s worth $17 -.-

    • fiziko says:

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      What’s the story with the Human Torch not getting an issue #1?

      He was included in a backup feature in Red Raven Comics #1, but when he proved more popular than the title character, they renamed the series but kept the numbering.

      • Timeshredder says:

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        What’s the story with the Human Torch not getting an issue #1?

        He was included in a backup feature in Red Raven Comics #1, but when he proved more popular than the title character, they renamed the series but kept the numbering.

        Red Raven pretty much could be the poster boy for unsuccessful superheroes.

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