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100 of the Most Valuable 1980s Comics in 2022

Updated: Apr 30

In the 1980s comic books saw a massive influx of investors. Those who were new to the hobby would go to their local comic stores in droves. They did this to buy large quantities of new issues in hopes of striking it rich. Excessive buying led print runs to grow and would lead to the 1990s comic book crash, due to demand being much lower than supply. This may sound like bad news if you own comics from the 80s, but if you do, then there's still good news. There are some comics from the 1980s that have value. In fact, due to some comics having significance and recent nostalgia, there are a small number of books from the 80s that are worth thousands and are solid investments (although most comics from the 80s have little to no value).


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While a large majority of 1980s comics have almost no value, a very small minority may be worth something. Here we have compiled a guide to the most valuable 1980s comic books. 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 VF (8.0) condition. We do our best to keep this list updated and try not to have anything on the list worth $15 or less.


The prices listed are for ungraded copies. The comics may sell for higher if they're in better grades (please see our grading guide if you want to learn how to grade), but it's always good to keep your expectations low when selling comics online. Also, note that 1980s comic values are always changing (especially in the current market), so these books might have a different value tomorrow. The listed prices are just what we think the books are worth based on the information gathered, and if you don't agree, then you're welcome to sell your comics for whatever you'd like. If you have a collection of 80s books 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. We can give you a fair, honest, and completely free opinion on what we think your comics are worth.



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 $5,000 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 $100 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 $120 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 due to news of her being in the next movie.

Valued at $75 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 and this is a must-have if you want to complete your Spider-Man keys.

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 villain in the comic book community. Note that if you are missing the tattoo inserts, the value will drop considerably.

Valued at $270 or more with Tattooz ($120 without)

First Appearance of Hobgoblin


Amazing Spider-Man 252

First Black Costume Spider-Man.

It's easy to see why this comic is very popular among comic book collectors. This issue features the 1st appearance of the black costume that would eventually become Venom (this issue is tied with Marvel Team-Up 141 as the first appearance of the black costume). This also features a great cover homage to Amazing Fantasy 15.

Valued at $150 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 an appearance in a movie.

Valued at $30 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. This issue also has a small cameo from the popular character, Venom.

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. It also has great art from the fan-favorite, Todd McFarlane.

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. Note that are tons of reprints of this issue, so make sure you have an original.

Valued at $450 or more

1st Full Venom Appearance

Amazing Spider-Man 301

Todd McFarlane Cover.

This McFarlane cover has been popular since it takes the cover from the previous issue and has Spider-Man in his classic red and blue costume. The newsstand version of this issue is worth slightly more.

Valued at $40 or more

Amazing Spider-Man 316

First Venom Cover.

Here we see a continuation of Todd McFarlane's classic Amazing Spider-Man run. This comic has been going up in value lately as collectors are noticing McFarlane's 1st Venom cover (a classic).

Valued at $120 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 solo books, and this features her first appearance.

Valued at $140 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.

A comic that needs no introduction as it features the first appearance of Rogue from the X-Men. The character has been popular since the 1990s and is 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 (following his death in the classic Death in the Family storyline). Killer Croc is a longtime Batman villain who lives up to his name.

Valued at $90 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 $30 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 (and later the Birds of Prey movie).

Valued at $50 or more

Batman 386 First Black Mask

Batman 404

Batman Year One.

This issue is the beginning of the classic Year One storyline from Frank Miller. We get a retelling of the origin story of the Caped Crusader and this tale has gone on to be the inspiration for many Batman movies.

Valued at $20 or more

Batman 423

Classic McFarlane Cover.

This comic was found in most comic dollar bins until recently when many started to take notice of the amazing Todd McFarlane cover. The 2nd and 3rd prints have different art in the bottom left box, and have some value, but aren't as valuable as the 1st print.

1st Print Valued at $90 or more 2nd Print Valued at $50 or more 3rd print Valued at $40 or more

Batman 423 Classic McFarlane Cover

Batman 428

Death of Jason Todd.

A personal favorite of ours, this issue features the tragic death of the 2nd Robin, Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker. In the previous issue, we find Todd to be tied up by the Joker while a building he's in blows up. The issue had a phone number fans had to call to vote on whether the character should survive and unfortunately the numbers weren't in his favor.

Valued at $20 or more

Batman the Dark Knight Returns 1

Classic Story (1st Print).

This features the classic story from Frank Miller that many consider one of the best Batman stories of all time. It was also the inspiration for the Batman/Superman movie. There are multiple prints for this issue and most don't have much 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 $150 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 $200 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 a few issues later.

Valued at $20 or more

Captain America 323 First John Walker


Captain America 354

First John Walker as US Agent.

Steve Rogers would defeat John Walker (who at the time was Captain America) and take back the helm of Captain America. Walker would then 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. Anything with a great Wolverine cover seems to go up in value these days.

Valued at $20 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 $90 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.

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 value. All prints can be tough to find for this series.

1st Print Valued at $300 2nd Print Valued at $300 3rd Print Valued at $300

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

Crow 2

Early Crow. Low Print

Continuing the classic story from James O'Barr, this features a lower print run and is essential for those looking to finish their set. All prints can be tough to find for this series.

1st Print Valued at $200 2nd Print Valued at $120 3rd Print Valued at $70

Crow 3

Early Crow. Low Print

Continuing the classic story from James O'Barr, this features a lower print run and is essential for those looking to finish their set. All prints can be tough to find for this series.

1st Print Valued at $100 2nd Print Valued at $60

Crow 4

Early Crow. Low Print

Continuing the classic story from James O'Barr, this features a lower print run and is essential for those looking to finish their set.

Valued at $70

DC Comics Presents 26

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

This sometimes underappreciated comic features the first appearances of 3 popular characters (Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire) 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 $170 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 $30 or more

DC Spotlight 1, 1st Watchmen


Daredevil 168

First Elektra.

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

Valued at $200 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 a great addition to your collection.

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 $550 or more

Deadline 1, 1st Tank Girl

Destroyer Duck 1

First Groo the Wanderer and Destroyer Duck.

Groo has always been a bit of an indy darling character among comic fans and collectors are finally starting to take notice.

Valued at $50 or more


Eightball 1

1st Print

This comic from Fantagraphics written by Daniel Clowes features a lower print run, which makes it valuable among indy comic collectors. Note that there are multiple prints of this book and only the 1st print has value.

Valued at $130 or more



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, and 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 issue, which are less valuable.

1st Print Valued at $130 or more 2nd Print Valued at $60 or more 3rd Print Valued at $40 or more

GI Joe 21, 1st Storm Shadow, Silent Issue


Gobbledygook 1

First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Ad (Very Rare)

Gobbledygook 1 features an ad for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the back cover before the first issue hit stands. It is extremely rare and only a few hundred were printed. Don't expect to find this comic while searching in your attic. When this goes up for sale collectors will usually take notice. Note that the last CGC 9.0 copy of this comic sold at auction for 71k in 2021.

Valued at $71,000 @ CGC 9.0

Gobbledygook 1, First TMNT in Ad (Very Rare)

Graphic Fantasy 1 (Ajax)

First Savage Dragon.

This features the 1st appearance of Savage Dragon by Erik Larsen. Note that this indy publishing is extremely hard to find and had a print run of only 300 copies. Also, note that the original is published by Ajax and is numbered out of 300. There is a reprint from Image Comics which isn't worth much.

Valued at $2,000 or more

Grendel 1 (Comico)

First Solo Grendel

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 and 3 also have value.

Issue 1 Valued at $250 or more Issue 2 Valued at $100 or more Issue 3 Valued at $70 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 $35 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 $25 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's first appearance was in the 1970s in the magazine-sized Marvel Preview 7, but he is named Rocky Raccoon and is slightly different.

Valued at $150 or more

Incredible Hulk 271, First Rocket Raccoon

Incredible Hulk 282

First She-Hulk and Hulk Team Up

This issue features the first time the Hulk and his cousin She-Hulk would work together. The increasing popularity of She-Hulk has caused this book to climb in value.

Valued at $25 or more

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 $140 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 $20 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. Issue 1 of the 2nd series (color cover) also has some value.

Issue 1 (1st Series) Valued at $600 or more Issue 1 (2nd Series) Valued at $100 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 $40 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 $110 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 $45 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 $40 or more

Peter Porker Spider-Ham 1, First Spider-Ham

Marvel Team-Up 131

First White Rabbit

This issue has the first appearance of the off-beat villain known as White Rabbit. This issue was another dollar bin comic that has recently gone up in value.

Valued at $30 or more

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 $60 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 $50 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 $20 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 $30 or more

Megaton 2, First Savage Dragon in Cameo


Megaton 3

Early Savage Dragon.

This features an early 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 $80 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 $90 or more

Megaton Explosion, First Youngblood, Rob Liefeld

Men in Black 1

First Men in Black.

This sometimes forgotten indy comic book became the inspiration for the Men in Black series of movies that took the world by storm. While issue 1 has a publication date of 1/90, it technically hit newsstands in late 1989, so we're putting it on our 80s list. Note that issues 2 and 3 also have some value (about $20 each).

Valued at $60 or more



Miracleman 15

Death of Kid Miracleman.

This issue ends the Alan Moore run on the character and features the death of Kid Miracleman. It also has a great cover from John Totleben to match.

Valued at $70 or more

Miracleman 24

Final Issue.

Like many final issues, this book has a slightly lower print. It also finishes the run by the great Neil Gaiman.

Valued at $70 or more

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 recent TV show has also caused this to go up in price.

Valued at $80 or more

Moon Knight 1, 1980, First Solo Moon Knight

Moon Knight 3

First Midnight Man.

This issue features the 1st appearance of the villain, Midnight Man. There is speculation that the villain will make appearances in future Marvel projects.

Valued at $30 or more



New Mutants Annual 2

First US 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 $30 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 $140 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, wisecracks.

Valued at $40 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


Predator 1

First Predator in Comics (1st Print).

Featuring the first appearance of the Predator in comic books. This comic book would lead to many other Dark Horse Predator comics, such as Alien vs Predator. Note that there is a 2nd printing of this book which is not worth as much.

Valued at $30 or more

Predator 1, 1989, 1st Appearance in Comics


Punisher Limited Series 1

First Solo Punisher Title.

This limited series issue features the Punisher in his first solo title and has a great Mike Zeck cover.

Valued at $70 or more

Punisher Limited Comic Series 1, 1st Solo


The Saga of Swamp Thing 20

First Alan Moore on Title.

This would be the start of the popular Alan Moore run on Swamp Thing.

Valued at $30 or more

Saga of Swamp Thing 20, 1st Alan Moore on Title


The Saga of Swamp Thing 21

New Swamp Thing Origin.

This issue features a new origin of Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Valued at $25 or more

Swamp Thing 21 New Origin, Alan Moore


The Saga of Swamp Thing 25

First John Constantine in Cameo.

A cheaper alternative to Swamp Thing 37, this comic has the first appearance of John Constantine (Hellblazer) in a cameo.

Valued at $45 or more

Saga of Swamp Thing 25, First Hellblazer in Cameo


Sandman 1 (1989)

First Morpheus.

This starts the beginning of the legendary Sandman run by Neil Gaiman and has the first appearance of Morpheus the master of dreams.

Valued at $75 or more

Sandman 1, First Appearance of Morpheus


Sandman 4

First Lucifer Morningstar.

This issue features the first appearance of Lucifer Morningstar by Neil Gaiman. There is a popular TV show featuring Lucifer based on this comic.

Valued at $50 or more

Sandman 4, First Appearance of Lucifer Morningstar


Sandman 8

First Death the Ever-Living.

This comic book has the first appearance of Death the Ever-Living by Neil Gaiman. This is the DC iteration of Death and the character is popular among the comic community.

Valued at $100 or more

Sandman 8, 1st Appearance of Death the Ever-Living


Savage She-Hulk 1

First She-Hulk by Stan Lee.

This issue is written by Stan Lee a few years after his major runs at Marvel. This features the first appearance of Jennifer Walters, who is a lawyer in her day job but also fights crime as She-Hulk.

Valued at $120 or more

Savage She-Hulk 1, Stan Lee, 1st Appearance


Spectacular Spider-Man 64

First Cloak and Dagger.

Here we have the first appearance of Cloak and Dagger, who are orphans who gain powers through experiments. These characters are not seen much in comics lately, making this book slightly underappreciated.

Valued at $40 or more

Spectacular Spider-Man 64, 1st Cloak and Dagger

Star Wars 41

First Comic Appearance of Yoda.

This issue has the first comic book appearance of everyone's favorite Jedi trainer, Yoda. The issue adapts the Empire Strikes Back Star Wars movie.

Valued at $35 or more

Star Wars 42

First Comic Appearance of Boba Fett.

This is considered by most to be the first official comic book appearance of Boba Fett, with a great cover to match. This issue adapts the Empire Strikes Back Star Wars movie.

Valued at $200 or more

Star wars 42, 1st Boba Fett in Comics

Star Wars 43

First Comic Appearance of Lando Calrissian.

Same as our previous entry, this features the first appearance of Lando Calrissian in comic format. This issue adapts the Empire Strikes Back Star Wars movie.

Valued at $35 or more

Star Wars 68

Boba Fett Origin (Mandalorian).

Featuring the first origin story of Boba Fett, this comic book has been gaining popularity over the past few years. The issue has become even more popular with the Mandalorian TV show as it features an origin for the group of bounty hunters.

Valued at $120 or more

Star wars 68, Origin of Boba Fett (Mandalorian)


Star Wars 81

Return of Boba Fett.

Another comic that has gained popularity from the Mandalorian TV show. This comic book features the return of Boba Fett after he is released by the Sarlaac Pit.

Valued at $60 or more

Star Wars 81, Return of Boba Fett


Star Wars 107

Last Issue, Low Print.

Like many final issues, this features a lower print run. While not the hardest to find, this comic can be difficult to find in high grades at times.

Valued at $45 or more

Star Wars 107, Last Issue, Low Print Run


Starslayer 2

First Rocketeer.

This comic has the first appearance of the Rocketeer by Dave Stevens. It features a great back cover by Stevens as well. The comic was undervalued for a long time, until recently as there seem to be more Disney projects lined up for the Rocketeer.

Valued at $20 or more

Starslayer 2, First Rocketeer by Dave Stevens


Swamp Thing 37

First Full John Constantine (Hellblazer).

This features the first full appearance of John Constantine (Hellblazer) by Alan Moore. The character has always been popular among fans and has made appearances on a few DC TV shows.

Valued at $170 or more

Swamp thing 37, 1st Full Hellblazer


Swamp Thing 49, 50

First Justice League Dark (Cameo and Full).

These issues feature the first appearances of the Justice League Dark. An underrated team of the occult that has provided some great comic stories over the past few years.

Valued at $25 or more ea

Swamp Thing 50, First Justice League Dark


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1

First Appearance of the TMNT and Shredder (1st Print).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 is arguably the most significant comic of the 1980s, as it features the first appearances of the pop culture icons known around the world. It also features the first appearances of Shredder and Splinter. The comic has always been hard to find, but the prices lately reflect the scarcity. Note that this comic book is the most valuable of the 1980s, especially if it is in high grades. It just keeps breaking all records.

1st Print Valued at $15,000 or more in VG (5.0) condition

1st Print Graded CGC 9.8 Valued at $250,000 2nd Print Valued at $1,000 or more 3rd Print Valued at $500 or more 4th Print Valued at $75 or more (has a different cover)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 (1st Print), 1st TMNT & Shredder


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

First April O'Neil and Mousers.

A higher print run has kept this comic from being more valuable, but it still features the first appearance of another important TMNT character, April O'Neil. There are multiple printings for this, but not all have value.

1st Print Valued at $500 or more 2nd Print Valued at $100 or more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, 1st April O'neil


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3

Early Issue.

Similar to the previous issue, this features a higher print run but is still an early issue of TMNT. There exists a difficult-to-find New York Comic Con variant for this comic. There is also a 2nd print which isn't worth as much.

1st Print Valued at $170 or more 2nd Print Valued at $30 or more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4

Early Issue.

Similar to the previous issue, this features a higher print run but is still an early issue of TMNT. Note that there is a 2nd print that has a completely different cover.

1st Print Valued at $120 or more 2nd Print Valued at $120 or more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4

Error Edition.

This issue was printed with the wrong cover and can be pretty tough to find and is desirable among TMNT and error collectors.

Valued at $600 or more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures 1

First Rocksteady and Bebop in Comics.

Based on the popular animated TV show, this comic has the first appearances of Rocksteady and Bebop in comics. The characters appeared in the TV show before this comic.

Valued $60 or more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures 4, 1st Rocksteady and Bebop


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael 1

First Casey Jones.

Similar to the previous issue, this features a higher print run but is still an early issue of TMNT. This also features the first appearance of the popular, hockey mask-wearing, Casey Jones.

Valued at $200 or more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael 1


Tales of the Teen Titans 44

First Nightwing.

Part of the classic Judas Contract storyline, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, this comic features the first time that Richard Grayson would don the Nightwing outfit and name. It also features the first appearance of Deathstroke's son Jericho.

Valued at $50 or more

Tales of the Teen Titans 44, First Nightwing


Thor 337

First Beta Ray Bill.

Featuring the first appearance of the alien Beta Ray Bill by Walt Simonson. In issue 339, we would see Bill weld the Stormbreaker hammer.

Valued at $100 or more

Thor 337, 1st Beta Ray Bill


Thundercats 1

First Comic Appearance of the Thundercats.

This comic book features the first comic book appearance of Lion-O and the popular 1980s team, the Thundercats, as well as the first comic appearance of Mumm-Ra. Please note that the 2nd and 3rd prints don't have as much value.

1st Print Valued at $40 or more 2nd and 3rd Prints Valued at $20 or more

Thundercats 1, 1st comic book appearance


Transformers 1 (1st Print)

First Comic Appearance of the Transformers.

Following the previous entry, this features the first appearance of Optimus Prime and the Transformers as well as Megatron and the Decepticons. Note that the 2nd print isn't worth as much as the 1st print.

Valued at $40 or more

Transformers 1, First Comic Book Appearance


Turtlemania Special 1

Hard to Find (Multiple Versions).

This is a hard-to-find fan comic that was produced by the creators of TMNT. There exist a few different versions, some of which can be worth upwards of $2,000.

Valued at $300 or more

Turtlemania Special 1, Hard to Find


Uncanny X-Men 129

First Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost.

While this comic isn't hard to find, it does feature the first appearances of two major X-Men characters, Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde. The book would also set up the classic Hellfire Club storyline.

Valued $220 or more

Uncanny X-Men 129, First Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost


Uncanny X-Men 130

First Dazzler.

Also a somewhat easy-to-find comic, this features the first appearance of the 1980s, disco-themed superhero, Dazzler.

Valued at $90 or more

Uncanny X-Men 130, First Dazzler

Uncanny X-Men 133

First Solo Wolverine Cover.

This issue features the first time we see Wolverine go on a solo adventure as he goes against the Hellfire Club. Fans have started to notice, so the book has recently seen price increases.

Valued at $70 or more

Uncanny X-Men 134

First Dark Phoenix.

A fan-favorite character, here we see the Phoenix character change into the Dark Phoenix after her time with the Hellfire Club. Another classic from Claremont and Byrne.

Valued at $60 or more

Uncanny X-Men 136

Classic Cover.

Another classic cover from John Byrne, this issue continues the classic storyline and would lead to the death of Jean Grey in the next issue.

Valued at $40 or more

Uncanny X-Men 137

Death of Jean Grey (Phoenix).

This issue features the death of Jean Grey and brings an end to the classic story from Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

Valued at $40 or more

Uncanny X-Men 141

First Pyro and Avalance, Classic Byrne Cover.

While this comic is very common, it has so much going for it. It features the first appearances of Destiny, Rachel Summers (Phoenix II), Avalanche, and Pyro, and also has a classic cover and storyline by Claremont and Byrne.

Valued $80 or more

Uncanny X-men 141, First Pyro and Avalanche


Uncanny X-Men 142

Classic Byrne Cover.

This comic is the continuation of the classic storyline from Claremont and Byrne. It also has a classic, popular cover.

Valued at $50 or more

Uncanny X-Men 142, Classic John Byrne Cover


Uncanny X-Men 221

First Mr. Sinister.

Featuring the first appearance of the popular X-Men villain, Mr. Sinister (Nathaniel Essex). This comic book is a must-have for any X-Men collector.

Valued $40 or more

Uncanny X-Men 221, First Mr. Sinister


Uncanny X-Men 244

First Jubilee.

The first appearance of the fan-favorite 1990s X-Men character, Jubilee (Jubilation Lee). This comic has started to go up in price over the past few years.

Valued at $35 or more

Uncanny X-Men 244, First Jubilee


Usagi Yojimbo 1

First Solo Title.

Featuring the first appearance of Usagi Yojimbo in his first solo title by Stan Sakai.

Valued at $150 or more

Usagi Yojimbo 1, First Solo Series Stan Sakai


Vampirella 113

Last Issue, Low Print, 1st Harris Issue.

This magazine-sized comic book features a lower print run and is the last issue of the series. It also marks the end of the Warren run and the beginning of the Harris run on the character.

Valued at $150 or more

Vampirella 113, Hard to Find Final Issue, Harris


Voltron 1

First USA Appearance of Voltron.

Another popular 1980s character, this book features the first appearance of the transforming, fighting robot in US comic books.

Valued at $25 or more

Voltron 1, First USA comic

Warrior 1

First V for Vendetta and Miracleman.

This UK magazine-sized comic features the first appearance of both Miracleman and V for Vendetta by the great writer, Alan Moore. This comic can be very tough to find in the USA.

Valued at $150 or more

Watchmen 1

First Watchmen (Non-Preview).

This series is said to be one of the best comic book reads of all time. It features a legendary story from Alan Moore, and Dave Gibbons, and issue 1 has the first appearances (non-preview) of many characters such as the Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Rorshach, Silk Spectre, and more.

Valued at $40 or more

Watchmen 1, First Appearance of Watchmen