Craze about vintage comic books has always been high among the enthusiasts but there are some have gone way beyond their way to pay millions of dollars for them. Superman #1 is the world’s most expensive comic book that was sold for a price of $5.3 million earlier this year in March. There are seven other comic books that are priced over a million dollars and people have actually bought them. This article presents the list of 12 most expensive comic books in the world 2023.
Most Expensive Comic Books in the World 2023
The table provides the list of the 12 most expensive comic books in the world along with their price and owner.
|Superman #1||$5.3 Million||DC Comics|
|Amazing Fantasy #15||$3.6 Million||Marvel Comics|
|Action Comics #1||$3.25 Million||DC Comics|
|Captain America Comics # 1||$3.12 Million||Marvel Comics|
|Marvel Comics #1||$2.42 Million||Marvel Comics|
|Batman #1||$2.22 Million||DC Comics|
|Detective Comics #27||$1.75 Million||DC Comics|
|Fantastic Four #1||$1.5 Million||Marvel Comics|
|All Star Comics #8||$936,223||All-American Publications|
|X-Men #1||$807,300||Marvel Comics|
|Flash Comics #1||$450,000||DC Comics|
|Tales of Suspense #39||$375,000||Marvel Comics|
World’s 12 Most Expensive comic books 2023
Now that you know the world’s 12 most expensive comic books, let us learn a little bit more about them in detail.
Superman #1 is the most expensive comic book in the world in 2023 with a price of stupefying $5.3 million. This comic was the first to introduce a superhero (Superman) and can be attributed with the beginning of the superhero genre. This book was originally named Action Comics #1 and was sold at 10 cents when launched in the year 1938.
Amazing Fantasy #15
The notorious superhero character Spiderman was introduced in the Marvel comic book Amazing Fantasy #15. this book was sold at a whopping 1.1 million dollars to an unknown collector in 2011 making it one of the only four comics to cross the million-dollar mark. Other copies of this comic have also been sold at high prices of $140,000, $261,000 and $3.6 million.
Action Comics #1
Action Comics #1 is the world’s third most expensive comic book in 2023 with a price of $3.2 million. The high price of this comic can be related to the fact that it was the first real superhero comic book that revolutionized the world of comics. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were the creator of this highly expensive comic book that featured Superman.
Captain America Comics # 1
The well-renowned supersoldier Captain America was introduced in the comic book Captain America Comics # 1. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were the creator of this superhero. Following a shot dip in 1950, the character again made a comeback in 1964 and gained immense popularity. Original copy of this comic book sold at $3.25 million.
Marvel Comics #1
The first ever series of Marvel Comics, Marvel Comics #1 is among the 12 most expensive comic books in the world 2023. The comic introduced superheroes Human Torch, Angel and Namor the Sub-Marine. Copies of this comic initially sold 80,000 copies which later increased to 800,000 following the popularity of the characters.
The popularity of Batman in Detective Comics #27 led to introduction of its own comic book named Batman. The first series of this volume, Batman #1, is among the most expensive comic books of the world. It is also one of the highly popular comic and launched back in 1940, the series is still ongoing.
Detective Comics #27
Detective Comics #27 introduced the legendary superhero Batman in the story named ‘The Case of the Chemical Syndicate’. Along with Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27 is the most popular comic books that introduced superheroes Superman and Batman. It is also one of the rarest book to find in mint condition and the most expensive copy was sold at $1.75 million.
Fantastic Four #1
The Fantastic Four is a team of superheroes created by Marvel Comics. The characters of the comic gained their powers by getting exposed to cosmic rays during an outer space mission. Fantastic Four #1 was the first book in the series that introduced these heroes. The comic is also one of the most popular comics and the original copy was sold at 1.5 million dollars.
All Star Comics #8
All Star Comics #8 was originally published by a company called All-American Publications which later became DC Comics. The most expensive copy of this comics was sold at $936,223. story of justice society of America was illustrated in this comics and it introduced the superhero Wonder Woman. The comics was published almost eighty years ago in October 1941.
Uncanny X-Men (1963) or X-Men #1 comic by Marvel that introduced humans born with X-gene which granted them superpowers, called mutants. Earlier canceled due to low sale, X-Men comic became one of the most expensive comic books with subsequent launch of television shows, films and video games. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were the artist and writer of the book respectively.
Flash Comics #1
The first version of Flash Comics featured the debut appearance of superheroes Flash and Hawkman. These characters gained wild popularity as the series progressed and DC comic published 103 series after the first one. Priced at $450,000, Flash Comics #1 is one of the 12 most expensive comic books in the world 2023.
Tales of Suspense #39
The superhero Iron Man (Tony Stark) was introduced in the issue #39 of Marvel Comics Tales of Suspense. The book titled Iron Man Is Born! shows the story of playboy industrialist and weapons designer Tony Stark and his journey to become Iron Man. The most expensive copy of this comic is priced at staggering $375,000.
Both have some good comics with really great characters and entertaining stories that are worth reading.