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100 of the Most Valuable 1980s Comics in 2021

Updated: Nov 2

While many 1980s comics have little to no value, a very small minority may have a good amount of value. Here we have compiled a list of the most valuable 1980s comics. This list is in alphabetical order and is not all-inclusive. It includes over 100 of the most valuable comic books from the 80s. This doesn't include sets, magazines, manga, or trade paperbacks. These prices assume that the comic books are free of major flaws and are at least in FN condition.


The prices listed are for ungraded copies. The comics may sell for higher in better grades (please see our grading guide if you want to learn how to grade), but it is always good to keep your expectations low when selling comics online. Also, note that 1980s comic values are always changing, so these books might have a different value tomorrow. If you have a collection of 80s comics and need to know the value, you should always do more research (our price guide is not to be used as a sole means of buying and selling). If you need any personal advice or an appraisal, be sure to call or email us.



Albedo 2

First Appearance of Usagi Yojimbo.

Usagi Yojimbo would be seen in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show and would become popular among the indy comic book community. This comic book is extremely difficult to find and rarely goes up for sale.

Valued at $4000 or more

Albedo 2 First Usagi Yojimbo


Albedo 3

Second Appearance of Usagi Yojimbo.

This is easier to find than the previous issue but is starting to go up in price as a cheaper alternative to Albedo 2.

Valued at $60 or more

Second Usagi Yojimbo


Albedo 4

Second Usagi Yojimbo Cover.

This comic is starting to go up in price because it features the 2nd Usagi Yojimbo Cover, and pre-dates the first solo issue.

Valued at $100 or more

Second Usagi Yojimbo Cover


Amazing Spider-Man 210

First Madame Web.

The somewhat forgotten, off-beat character from the Spider-Man series is starting to get noticed.

Valued at $25 or more

First Madame Web


Amazing Spider-Man 212

First Hydro-Man.

This comic seemed to be low in value for a while, but recently it has started to pick up in price. Hydro-Man is a well-known Spider-Man villain.

Valued at $25 or more

First Hydro Man Comic


Amazing Spider-Man 238

First Hobgoblin (w/Tattooz).

This features the first appearance of a popular character amongst the comic book community. Note that if you are missing the tattoo inserts, the value will drop considerably.

Valued at $150 or more

First Appearance of Hobgoblin


Amazing Spider-Man 252

First Black Costume Spider-Man.

This book is very popular among comic book collectors. The black costume that would eventually become Venom first appears here. This also features a great cover homage to Amazing Fantasy 15.

Valued at $70 or more

First Spider-Man Black Costume


Amazing Spider-Man 265

First Silver Sable.

This comic just started to go up in value. Silver Sable isn't very popular these days, but this may change with the appearance in a movie.

Valued at $25 or more

First Silver Sable


Amazing Spider-Man 298

First Todd McFarlane on Title.

Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man run is legendary and very popular among comic collectors and this marks the beginning of his work on the character.

Valued at $60 or more

First Todd McFarlane on Spider-Man


Amazing Spider-Man 299

First Venom in Cameo.

This features the first appearance of Venom in a full, last page cameo. A good alternative if Amazing Spider-Man 300 seems too expensive.

Valued at $90 or more

1st Venom Cameo Appearance


Amazing Spider-Man 300

First Full Venom, Classic Cover

One of the most popular 1980s comics and the first full appearance of Venom. This also features one of the most popular covers from the 1980s from the legendary Todd McFarlane.

Valued at $450 or more

1st Full Venom Appearance


Amazing Spider-Man 316

First Venom Cover.

This comic has been going up in value lately as collectors are noticing Todd McFarlane's 1st Venom cover (a classic).

Valued at $100 or more

First Venom Cover


Amazing Spider-Man Annual 16

First Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel).

This features the first appearance of a character that was overlooked for years but is now gaining popularity. The character was originally Captain Marvel but became Photon and then Spectrum in the Marvel comic books. She is slated for future movie appearances after an appearance in the WandaVision show.

Valued at $40 or more

1st Monica Rambeau, Photon, Captain Marvel


Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica 320

First Cheryl Blossom.

This character would become a staple in Archie Comics, and would also have her own solo books, and this features her first appearance.

Valued at $70 or more

1st Cheryl Blossom


Avengers 196

First Full Taskmaster.

A very popular character created by George Perez. He would have a unique power set that would make him a viable threat to the Avengers. He would also be the inspiration for the DC character Deathstroke (also co-created by George Perez).

Valued at $70 or more

Avengers 196, First Taskmaster


Avengers Annual 10

First Rogue.

This comic does not need introduction as it features the first appearance of Rogue from the X-Men. The character has been popular since the 1990s, and a regular X-Men team member.

Valued at $80 or more

Avengers Annual 10, First Rogue


Batman 357

First Jason Todd and Killer Croc.

This features the first appearance of not just one major character, but two. Jason Todd would become the second Robin and eventually return as the Red Hood, while Killer Croc is a longtime Batman villain who lives up to his name.

Valued at $75 or more

Batman 357, First Jason Todd and Croc


Batman 366

First Jason Todd as Robin.

Following our previous entry, this features the first time Jason Todd would don the Robin outfit. This comic also features a great Walt Simonson Joker cover.

Valued at $45 or more

Batman 366 First Jason Todd as Robin


Batman 386

First Black Mask.

This features the first appearance of Black Mask. The book was relatively underpriced until the villain appeared in the Batman Arkham Origins video game.

Valued at $70 or more

Batman 386 First Black Mask


Batman 423

Classic McFarlane Cover (1st Print)

This comic was found in most comic dollar bins until recently when many started to take notice of the amazing Todd McFarlane cover.

Valued at $70 or more

Batman 423 Classic McFarlane Cover


Batman the Dark Knight Returns 1

Classic Story (1st Print)

This features the classic story from Frank Miller that many consider as one of the best Batman stories of all time. It was also the inspiration for the Batman/Superman movie. Issues 2-4 also have some value.

Valued at $50 or more

Dark Knight Returns 1 Frank Miller


Batman the Killing Joke

First Full Joker Origin (1st Print).

This comic book has the classic Joker origin story from Alan Moore and features the graphic scenes of Joker shooting Barbara Gordon (Batgirl). Please note that later prints aren't worth as much as the first print.

Valued at $40 or more

Killing Joke 1 Alan Moore 1st Print


Blip 1

First Mario and Donkey Kong in Comic Books.

Comic book appearances of video game characters have recently started to gain value as there is a good amount of cross-appeal. Mario being the most popular video game character makes this a hot comic book.

Valued at $200 or more

Blip 1, 1st Comic Mario Appearance


Caliber Presents 1

First Crow.

Featuring the first appearance of the Crow from James O'Barr. The Crow mini-series that followed would be an inspiration for the cult classic movie.

Valued at $250 or more

Caliber Presents 1 1st Crow


Captain America 323

First John Walker.

The first appearance of John Walker who would start as Super Patriot and then become the new Captain America after Steve Rogers quit.

Valued at $40 or more

Captain America 323 First John Walker


Captain America 354

First John Walker as US Agent.

After the return of Steve Rogers, and the defeat of John Walker at his hands, Walker would take the mantle of US Agent and become a more unorthodox version of Captain America.

Valued at $25 or more

Captain America 354 First US Agent


Captain America Annual 8

Classic Cover.

This comic book has a classic Wolverine vs Captain America cover from Mike Zeck.

Valued at $25 or more

Captain America Annual 8, Classic Wolverine Cover


Comico Primer 2

First Grendel (Hunter Rose).

This difficult-to-find comic features the first appearance of Hunter Rose (Grendel) by Matt Wagner. This comic has always been valuable, but recently it has gone up with the announcement of a new Grendel TV show.

Valued at $850 or more

Comico Primer 2, 1st Grendel Hunter Rose

Comico Primer 5

First Maxx the Hare by Sam Keith.

This features the first appearance of the Maxx (early iteration) from Sam Keith. This indy character would have a good following among the comic community.

Valued at $80 or more

Comico Primer 5, 1st Maxx the Hare


Coyote 11

First Todd McFarlane Art.

This issue has the first professional Todd McFarlane artwork. We don't need to go on about how important Todd McFarlane is to the comic book industry.

Valued at $35 or more

Coyote 11, 1st Todd McFarlane Art


Crow 1

First Crow (1st Print).

This features the classic story of the Crow that would be adapted into a cult classic movie with Brandon Lee. Please note that are 2nd and 3rd printings of this first issue, but all have some value. Issues 2-4 also have some value.

Valued at $300

Crow 1, 1st Full Appearance by James O'Barr


DC Comics Presents 26

First Cyborg, Starfire, Raven (New Teen Titans).

This sometimes underappreciated comic features the first appearances of 3 popular characters and the formation of the New Teen Titans.

Valued at $100 or more

DC Comics Presents 26, 1st Cyborg, Starfire, Raven


DC Comics Presents 47

First He-Man Comic Appearance.

This comic has a good amount of cross-appeal for toy collectors as it features the first comic book appearances of He-Man and Skeletor.

Valued at $180 or more

DC Comics Presents 47, 1st Comic He-Man


DC Spotlight 1

First Comedian, Rorshach, Dr. Manhattan

(Watchmen Preview).

Here we have a preview of the Watchmen characters and a must-have for fans of the series.

Valued at $80 or more

DC Spotlight 1, 1st Watchmen


Daredevil 168

First Elektra.

This has the first appearance of a popular love interest for Daredevil. This issue is part of the classic Frank Miller run and a must-have for a Daredevil fan.

Valued at $130 or more

Daredevil 168 1st Elektra by Frank Miller


Dark Horse Presents 24

First Aliens in Comics.

This has the first appearance of Ridley Scott's Aliens in comics. If you're a fan of the movies, then this comic would be great to own.

Valued at $20 or more

Dark Horse Presents 24, 1st Aliens


Dark Horse Presents 36

First Aliens vs Predator

This has the first Aliens vs Predator crossover, which became the inspiration for the movies. The comic is relatively low value but might have potential.

Valued at $15 or more

Dark Horse Presents 36, 1st Alien vs Predator


Deadline 1

First Tank Girl (UK)

This comic has the first appearance of Tank Girl which was the inspiration for the classic movie. Please note that this is the first appearance of the character in the UK. She would not appear in the US until Tank Girl 1 by Dark Horse.

Valued at $300 or more

Deadline 1, 1st Tank Girl


Fantastic Four 244

First Frankie Raye Nova.

This issue has the first appearance of the new Herald of Galactus, Nova (Frankie Raye). The character seems to be getting noticed among comic collectors lately.

Valued at $25 or more

Fantastic Four 244, 1st Frankie Raye Nova


GI Joe 1

First Appearance of GI Joe.

This comic was was an overlooked book for a long time as it features the first appearances of Scarlet, Duke, Falcon, Cobra Commander, the GI Joe, and Cobra teams. Written by Larry Hama, this comic book was released before the TV show and has a much more adult feel.

Valued at $100 or more

GI Joe 1, First Snake Eyes, Duke, Scarlet and Cobra


GI Joe 21

First Storm Shadow, Silent Issue (1st Print).

This comic has the first appearance of the Cobra ninja, Storm Shadow. It also features the classic cover and silent story (no words are spoken). Be aware that there are 2nd and 3rd prints of this particular comic book, which are less valuable.

Valued at $100 or more

GI Joe 21, 1st Storm Shadow, Silent Issue


Gobbledygook 1

First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Ad (Very Rare)

This comic features an ad for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the back cover before the first issue hit stands. It is extremely rare and not many were printed. When this goes up for sale collectors will usually take notice.

Valued at $15,000 or more

Gobbledygook 1, First TMNT in Ad (Very Rare)


Grendel 1 (Comico)

First Solo Grendel Title

This features the first solo series for Grendel from Comico. It is in black and white and the series can be generally difficult to find. Issues 2, 3 also have value.

Valued at $150 or more

Grendel 1 Comico, First Solo Series


House of Mystery 290

First I'Vampire

An underappreciated comic that features DC's take on Dracula with their character I'Vampire.

Valued at $30 or more

House of Mystery 290, First I'Vampire


Incredible Hulk 258

First Ursa Major

This features the first appearance of Ursa Major and the Soviet Super Soldiers, who made an appearance in the Black Widow movie.

Valued at $20 or more

Incredible Hulk 258, First Soviet Super Soldiers


Incredible Hulk 271

First Rocket Raccoon in Comics

This issue features the first comic book appearance of Rocket Raccoon. Please note that Rocket first appearance in the 1970s in the magazine-sized Marvel Preview 7, but is named Rocky Raccoon and is slightly different.

Valued at $100 or more

Incredible Hulk 271, First Rocket Raccoon


Incredible Hulk 340

Classic McFarlane Cover

Any fan of Todd McFarlane would put this on their list of favorite covers as this features the classic Wolverine claws cover.

Valued at $110 or more

Incredible Hulk 340, Classic McFarlane Wolverine Cover


Judge Dredd 1

First USA Appearance of Judge Dredd.

This features the first USA appearance of Judge Dredd by Brian Bolland. Please note that Dredd first appeared in the UK magazine/newspaper-sized comic 2000 AD issue 2.

Valued at $30 or more

Judge Dredd 1 (Eagle) First USA Appearance


Longshot 1

First Appearance of Longshot and Spiral

This has the first appearances of Longshot and Spiral in Mojoworld. These two would become popular mutant characters in Marvel comics. The villain Mojo would appear first in issue 3 of this series.

Valued at $40 or more

Longshot 1, First Longshot and Spiral


Love and Rockets 1

Low Print, Independent Title (1st Print)

This comic features a low print run and is a popular independent title by the Hernandez brothers. There are other printings of this issue, which aren't worth as much.

Valued at $550 or more

Love and Rockets 1, Low Print Run


Marvel Graphic Novel 4

First New Mutants (1st Print)

This features the first appearance of the New Mutants team from Chris Claremont and Bob McCleod. Please note that are many printings of this, but they aren't worth as much.

Valued at $50 or more

Marvel Graphic Novel 4, First New Mutants


Marvel Spotlight (Vol 2) 6

First Star-Lord in Comics

This features the first appearance of Star-Lord (Peter Quill) from the future Guardians of the Galaxy team. Please note that Star-Lord first appears in the magazine-sized comic Marvel Preview 4 a few years before this.

Valued at $20 or more

Marvel Spotlight 6, 1st Comic Star-Lord


Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars 1

First Major Marvel Crossover Event

Most comic fans know this classic cover that is the first time we see a major event in the Marvel Universe (or any comic company).

Valued at $20 or more

Secret Wars 1, First Major Marvel Crossover


Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars 8

Origin of Spider-Man's Black Costume

Released after Amazing Spider-Man 252, this comic book features the continuation of the Secret Wars storyline and the origin of Spider-Man's black costume, which would later become Venom.

Valued at $100 or more

Secret Wars 8, Origin of Black Costume


Marvel Super Special 16

First Boba Fett in Comics (Pre-Dates Star Wars 42)

A comic book adaptation of the Star Wars Empire Strikes Back. This comic has the first comic book appearances of many Star Wars characters such as Boba Fett and Yoda. This is a magazine-sized comic, so some do not consider it a true comic.

Valued at $30 or more

Marvel Super Special 16, First Boba Fett in Comics


Marvel Tails Peter Porker Spectacular Spider-Ham 1

First Spider-Ham.

The first appearance of the parody comic character Spider-Ham (and others). This comic gained popularity with the release of the Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse movie.

Valued at $20 or more

Peter Porker Spider-Ham 1, First Spider-Ham


Marvel Team-Up 141

First Black Costume Spider-Man

Released the same month as Amazing Spider-Man 252, this comic ties for the first appearance of the popular black costume that Spider-Man wears. It isn't as valuable as Amazing Spider-Man 252 due to the popularity of the Amazing Fantasy 15 homage.

Valued at $50 or more

Marvel Team-Up 141, 1st Spider-Man Black Costume


Masters of the Universe 13

Last Issue, Low Print

This issue is the final issue of the Star/Marvel Comics Masters of the Universe run and has a lower print run.

Valued at $80 or more

Masters of the Universe 13 from Marvel


Mayhem 1 (Dark Horse)

First Appearance of the Mask (Stanley Ipkiss).

This issue has the first appearance of the Mask character, which would be the inspiration for the Jim Carrey movies from the 1990s. Please note that there are a few Dark Horse comics that can be debatable as the first appearance of the Mask.

Valued at $40 or more

Mayhem 1 from Dark Horse First Mask Appearance


Megaton 1

First Megaton and Vanguard.

This features the first appearance of Megaton and Vanguard, who are popular among the indy comic community.

Valued at $40 or more

Megaton 1, First Megaton and Vanguard


Megaton 2

First Savage Dragon in Cameo.

This features a cameo appearance from Savage Dragon from Erik Larsen.

Valued at $40 or more

Megaton 2, First Savage Dragon in Cameo


Megaton 3

First Full Savage Dragon.

This features the first full appearance of Savage Dragon from Erik Larsen. The character would have his ongoing title starting in the early 1990s that would be written and illustrated by Larsen for over 30 years (very rare in the book comic industry).

Valued at $50 or more

Megaton 3, First Full Savage Dragon


Megaton Explosion 1

First Youngblood.

This features the first appearance of Youngblood which would be a 1990s Image Comics team. This comic also features early art from Rob Liefeld.

Valued at $50 or more

Megaton Explosion, First Youngblood, Rob Liefeld


Moon Knight 1

First Moon Knight Solo Title.

The popular Marvel street-level hero finally gets his solo title with this issue. Many collectors are noticing this issue as the character has been compared many times to DC's Batman. The character is also slated for a TV show.

Valued at $50 or more

Moon Knight 1, 1980, First Solo Moon Knight


New Mutants Annual 2

First USA Appearance of Psylocke.

This features the first appearance of Betsy Braddock AKA Psylocke in the USA. Please note that Braddock's first appearance in the Marvel UK title Captain Britain issue 8 in the late-1970s.

Valued at $25 or more

New Mutants Annual 2, First US Psylocke


New Teen Titans 1

First New Teen Titans Solo Title.

Following the preview story in DC Comics Presents 26, this issue features the first solo series for the New Teen Titans. This classic series was written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by George Perez and would be the inspiration for the Teen Titans animated TV shows and movies.

Valued at $25 or more

New Teen Titans 1, First Solo Series


New Teen Titans 2

First Deathstroke the Terminator.

This features the first appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator (a personal favorite comic villain), who becomes the greatest foe of the Teen Titans. He would become the inspiration for the Deadpool character at Marvel.

Valued at $120 or more

New Teen Titans 2, First Deathstroke the Terminator


Omega Men 3

First Full Appearance of Lobo.

This features the first appearance of the intergalactic mercenary Lobo by Keith Giffen. The character would also inspire the Marvel character Deadpool with his fourth-wall-breaking, wise-cracks.

Valued at $60 or more

Omega Men 3, First Lobo


Planet Comics 1

Classic Dave Stevens Cover.

Dave Stevens is one of the most popular 1980s pinup artists and this comic book arguably has one of the best covers he has ever illustrated.

Valued at $80 or more

Planet Comics 1, Classic Dave Stevens