The Marvel brand began in 1939 when Martin Goodman released “Marvel Comics #1”. Goodman began publishing under the name Timely Publications, then Atlas Comics, before finally using the name Marvel Comics in 1961. The first wildly successful title was Captain America which included the artwork of Jack Kirby. In 1941, when the editor for Marvel left, Martin Goodman hired his wife’s cousin Stanley Lieber (Stan Lee) to be interim editor. Stan Lee would go on to become a legend in the comic book world, ruling Marvel for decades and overseeing the release of highly successful titles such as the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Silver Surfer, Magneto, Loki, the Green Goblin… so many popular characters.
As the comic book market contracted in the 1980’s Marvel would be sold and resold until Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion dollars in 2009.
Which Marvel comics are the most valuable? The old ones with popular titles. Certain characters are just more popular, and therefore more collectible, than other characters. For example there are more Spider-Man fans than Ant Man fans. Obviously first editions are usually worth the most. Here’s how you look up what your Marvel comics are worth:
Enter these details
- Enter the title of the comic book.
- Enter the issue number – found on the front cover.
- Search and see what results you get. If you get a lot of results you can narrow it down by using the checkboxes to pick ones like yours.
Take this Marvel comic “the Amazing Spider-Man” issue 187… I want to know how much it’s worth.
I enter The Amazing Spider-Man 187 into the search box and it returns comic books that have recently sold (hopefully just like yours). In this example, my comic is worth about $15.33.
If you get too many results that include comics NOT like yours, use the checkboxes to pick a few comps (comparable items)… Mavin will then show you the average price of your comps.
In my example, my comic isn’t professionally graded. It’s in great shape, no rips, minimal discoloration, good corners.
I clicked on a few of the thumbnails to get more details and then use the checkboxes to choose comics similar to mine. Mavin gives you an average price of $9.44, a much more accurate price estimate of what my Marvel comic book is worth.
If your comics are valuable you could get them professionally graded… graded comics are worth a lot more.
If you decide to sell them, make sure to check out our article on how to sell your comic books.