While it’s unlikely you’ll find a comic worth enough to retire on, there’s always hope that there’s a gem mixed in with our forgotten possessions. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

So, what are you hiding in the box at the back of the attic? The one you haven’t opened since your childhood, but which follows you from apartment to condo to house.

While it’s unlikely you’ll find a comic worth enough to retire on, there’s always hope that there’s a gem among our forgotten possessions — or worse, among the piles of things Mom threw away.

But keeping track of the value of certain comics has become increasingly complicated. With multiple auction sites, such as Heritage Auctions, ComicConnect, eBay and more, the number of sales – many of which are high-end books commanding handsome sums – is huge.

For those who want a taste of some of today’s most expensive comics, GoCollect.com collects auction data from a variety of auction and social media sites, and tracks the most big sales as they happen.

Here is a list of the top 10 verifiable public sales over the past year, as published by GoCollect.com.

  1. “action comics No. 1″ (1938) – GSC 6.0


  • Auction House: Heritage Auctions
  • Date: January 17, 2022
  • Price: $3.18 million
  • The highest confirmed sale of the past year at public auction, of the most iconic comic book of all time, the first appearance of “Superman”.
  1. Captain America Comics No. 1” (1941) – CGC 9.4


  • Auction House: Heritage Auctions
  • Date: April 11, 2022
  • Price: $3.12 million
  • Origin of S&K’s “Captain America and Bucky”; first appearance of Captain America and Bucky; introduction of the Captain America “Sentinels of Freedom” club.
  1. Superman No. 1″ (1939) – GSC 7.0


  • Auction house: Comic Connect
  • Date: December 17, 2021
  • Price: $2.6 million
  • First eponymous series for “Superman”; and the first self-titled series for a comic book superhero.
  1. Marvel Comics No. 1” (1939) – CGC 9.2


  • Auction House: ComicConnect
  • Date: March 17, 2022
  • Price: $2.43 million
  • Origin “Sub-Mariner” by Bill Everett (first on newsstands); the first eight pages were produced for Motion Picture Funnies Weekly No. 1; introduction to “Human Torch” by Carl Burgos, “Kazar the Great” (first clone of “Tarzan”) and “Jungle Terror” (only appearance). This is the current record for this title.
  1. Detective comics No. 27″ (1939) – CGC 6.5


  • Auction House: Goldin
  • Date: May 22, 2022
  • Price: $1.74 million
  • First appearance of “Batman”; first appearance of “Bruce Wayne”; first appearance of “James Gordon”.
  1. All-Star Comics No. 8” (1941) – CGC 9.4


  • Auction House: Heritage Auction
  • Date: June 20, 2022
  • Price: $1.74 million
  • Origin and first appearance of “Wonder Woman”. This is the highest rated single copy recorded in the GSC Census, as well as the current record sale.
  1. “The Fantastic Four No. 1″ (1961) – GSC 9.2


  • Auction House: Heritage Auction
  • Date: April 11, 2022
  • Price: $1.5 million
  • First appearance of “Fantastic Four”; first comic book published under the Marvel name; first appearance of “Mole Man”; origin of the “Fantastic Four”. Highest rating to come at auction, current record for this book.
  1. The X-Men 1 No. 1” (1961) – CGC 9.6


  • Auction House: ComicConnect
  • Date: September 24, 2022
  • Price: $871,999
  • First appearance of “Cyclops”; “The beast”; “Angel”; “Marvel Girl”; “Ice Man”; “Magneto”; “Professor X”; first “X-Men” comic book issue. Current record high.
  1. amazing fantasy No. 15″ (1962) – CGC 8.0


  • Auction House: ComicConnect
  • Date: March 16, 2022
  • Price: $520,000
  • First appearance of “Spider-Man”.
  1. Batman No. 1″ (1940) – GSC 5.0


  • Auction House: Goldin
  • Date: February 24, 2022
  • Price: $510,000
  • First ongoing “Batman” comic book series; first appearance of “The Joker”; first appearance of “Catwoman”.

Note: “CGC” stands for Certified Guaranty Company, a third-party rating service that rates the quality of comic books, trading cards, magazines, concert posters and more on a 10-point scale (10.0 is perfect ).

John Saccenti is a member of the Jersey’s Best editorial team. He has covered New Jersey news, education and the arts for nearly 30 years.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2022 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.

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