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Top 10 Golden-Age Comics of 2008

by Matt Baum (04/22/08).
Cover of Adventure Comics #40
Cover of More Fun Comics #52
Cover of Flash Comics #1
Cover of Captain America Comics #1
Cover of All American Comics #16
Cover of Superman #1
Cover of Marvel Comics #1
Cover of Detective Comics #27
Cover of Action Comics 1

For 38 years the Overstreet Comic Book price guide has been the standard price guide of the comic book back issue market.

During it’s tenure as the most used price guide in the industry, Overstreet has kept a careful eye on the ever-changing comic back issue market. With each new edition (released annually in March), Overstreet prints several different lists of top comics through different ages and how much they are expected to appreciate in value for the coming year. The first list collectors scan is the Top 100 Golden Age Books. All collectors dream of finding a title on this list in their grandparents’ attic or while shuffling through boxes at a garage sale. The Top 100 Golden Age Books list represents the most expensive and highly treasured books in the comic collecting hobby. The Golden started with the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1 (1938) – this issue historically has been in the number one spot on this list every year and 2008 is no exception. Here’s a look at the top ten comics on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden age comics and how much they are expected to increase in value this year.

Title 2008 Rank 2008 NM Price 2007 NM Price %Increase
Action Comics #1 1 $675,000 $600,000 13%
Detective Comics #27 2 $525,000 $485,000 8%
Marvel Comics #1 3 $440,000 $420,000 5%
Superman #1 4 $400,000 $360,000 11% All-American Comics#16 5 $245,000 $220,000 11%
Batman #1 6 $185,000 $165,000 12%
Captain America Comics#1 7 $175,000 $160,000 9%
Flash Comics #1 8 $130,000 $125,000 4%
More Fun Comics #52 9 $115,000 $105,000 10%
Adventure Comics #40 10 $95,000 $85,000 12%

With fewer than 100 copies of Action Comics #1 known to exist there is little or no chance of it losing the number one spot in the future. Ironically there are only 20 known issues of Detective Comics #27 (1939), the second rarest Golden Age comic, however the first appearance of Batman guides $150,000 less than Superman’s first appearance. The only change to the top ten this year was Adventure Comics #40 (first appearance of Golden-age Sandman) bumping Whiz Comics #2 (first appearance of Shazam) from the number ten spot.

4 Responses to “Top 10 Golden-Age Comics of 2008”

  1. veegee77 says:

    Contrary to many comic collectors/fans I just have no interest in Golden Age books. I know, I know. That is not a popular point of view. It’s not that I think they’re “bad” or anything, they just don’t hold my interest. Neither do Silver Age books. I started reading comics in the early 70′s and collecting in the early 80′s. So I am all about the Bronze Age (which I define as 1975 to 1985). I am flexible by a few years either way. This is the era that had the most profound effect on me. From Giant Size X-Men #1 to Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    Looking forward to your column on the BRONZE AGE!!!

  2. TRAVIS says:


  3. Matt Baum Matt Baum says:


    Unfortunately, without proof that you owned the comics or proper documentation on each comic you’re not going to have any luck with the insurance company. There just isn’t a good way to value your comics after a fire. The only way to insure your collection is to have insured before a catastrophe. Sorry about your loss.


  4. Matt Baum says:

    Good suggestion. I’ll start work on a Top Bronze Age Books of 08 right away!


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