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Comic Books

Comics began in 18th century Japan and various regions of Europe, long before Superman made his premiere on children’s comic books in the 20th century. Japanese pre-magna is considered the earliest form of comics, an art form that gained wide appeal in the ‘50s and is a global multi-million dollar industry today.

Comics have existed in America since 1842 with the issue of “The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck” in hardcover. The first modern 20th-century printed comic book was issued in 1933. That book was “Famous Funnies,” a 36-page comic derived from early newspaper strips. In 1938, the introduction of “Superman” turned comic books into the major industry it is today.

Today, comic books are graded in popularity by their ages. These include Platinum Age (1897-1937), Golden Age (1938-1955), Silver Age (1956-1969), Bronze Age (1970-1979), and Modern Age (1980-present). Grading is based on rarity, title and issue, and condition. Professional grading is now a must when marketing or selling a rare issue. Comic grading is done in the same manner as a rare coin with pages scrutinized under magnifying lenses.


Quick Facts

  • A high-graded 1938 #1 “Superman” comic earned a world record price in August 2008 on eBay when it sold for $3.2 million with 48 bids
  • Collectors today search for professionally-graded comic books as well as misprinted, low-distribution comics and books made for comic dealer incentives
  • The earliest-known pre-magna Japanese comics are commonly attributed to Toba Sojo, an 11th-century painter who exuberated a whimsical sense of humor

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Golden Age Marvel Mystery Comics #4 Graded CGC 4.0
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PREDATOR # 1 CGC GRADED 9.8 KEY ISSUE
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Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
THE AVENGERS, X-MEN, BATMAN & MORE 1990'S COMICS
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DC THE FLASH BRONZE AGE- MODERN COMICS
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
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THOR GOD OF THUNDER # 6 CGC 9.8 KEY ISSUE
Oct 24, 6:00 PM CDT
THOR GOD OF THUNDER # 6 CGC 9.8 KEY ISSUE
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Journey into Mystery #83 CGC 5.0
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Journey into Mystery #83 CGC 5.0
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Est: $6,000- $10,000
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Savage She-Hulk #1 - CGC 9.6
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Savage She-Hulk #1 - CGC 9.6
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R CRUMB "I'M A DING DONG DADDY" COMIC STRIP ART
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
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Giant Size X-Men #1 - CGC 3.5
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Giant Size X-Men #1 - CGC 3.5
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $1,500- $2,000
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Amazing Spider-Man #13 - CGC Graded 5.5
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Amazing Spider-Man #13 - CGC Graded 5.5
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $1,200- $1,600
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Amazing Fantasy #15
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Amazing Fantasy #15
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Est: $15,000- $20,000
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Ghost Rider #1 - CGC Graded 7.0
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Ghost Rider #1 - CGC Graded 7.0
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Est: $500- $1,000
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BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS # 1 CGC 9.6
Oct 24, 6:00 PM CDT
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS # 1 CGC 9.6
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Amazing Spider-Man #129
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Amazing Spider-Man #129
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2257 Bids
LARGE LOT OF THE INCREDIBLE HULK COMICS
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
LARGE LOT OF THE INCREDIBLE HULK COMICS
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Est: $300- $500
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Amazing Spider-Man #9 - CGC Graded 5.5
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Amazing Spider-Man #9 - CGC Graded 5.5
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $1,500- $2,000
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Woman Outlaws #1 - Golden Age
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Woman Outlaws #1 - Golden Age
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Conan the Barbarian #1 CGC 8.0
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Conan the Barbarian #1 CGC 8.0
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $400- $800
$2506 Bids
International Crime Patrol #6 - Golden Age
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
International Crime Patrol #6 - Golden Age
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $800- $1,200
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Lot of 7 Uncanny X-Men Comics - 1970's
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 7 Uncanny X-Men Comics - 1970's
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$1106 Bids
Mister Mystery #1 - Golden Age Comic Book
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Mister Mystery #1 - Golden Age Comic Book
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Est: $300- $600
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Tales to Astonish #13 CGC 3.5
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Tales to Astonish #13 CGC 3.5
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Est: $600- $800
$1,6006 Bids
Lot of 16 Silver Age Green Lantern Comic Books
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 16 Silver Age Green Lantern Comic Books
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Est: $100- $200
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