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1994 Superman comic book Values

How to Determine the Value of a Comic BookComic books are popular collectibles that hold the potential to become valuable over time. Determining the value of a comic book is not always easy, as the factors that influence it are subjective and liable to change. Some collectors hope to predict the future value of new comics. Purchasing items with the hope of reselling them for a profit is known as prospecting, and is one of the most challenging aspects of buying comic books.

Whether you are assessing the value of a box of old comics found stashed away in a grandparents’ house, checking the worth of a private collection, or speculating on new comics, there are several ways to judge the current value of a book and possibly anticipate its future value.

About Comic Books

Comic books are commonly categorized by the period in which they were produced. As time passes, names for past eras are established. Some of these periods are defined by the size and format of the comics, while others reflect a shift in storytelling or marketing approaches. The following table examines some common designations for comic book eras, called ages.

Comic Book Era


Platinum Age

Golden Age

The Golden Age began with the emergence of comic books into the mainstream with the help of superhero characters such as Superman. This era began in the 1930s and extended into the ’50s.

Silver Age

Bronze Age

Comics from the early 1970s to mid-’80s placed a heavier emphasis on social and political issues than those of the Silver Age, and are designated as the Bronze Age.

Copper/Dark Age

The mid-’80s saw a dramatic shift in the storytelling and marketing of comic books. Multiple versions of a single comic, such as foil covers, became common, and storylines and artwork became darker and more violent. This period is called the Copper Age, or sometimes the Dark Age, and it is considered to have lasted into the 1990s. This period was the height of comic book speculation, and also of sales.

Modern Age

Determining the Value of a Comic Book

There are two ways to determine the value of a comic book. The first, and usually fastest, is to look it up in a price guide. The second is to see how much the item is selling for in auctions or online listings.

Comic Book Price Guides

Price guides allow for quick reference of a comic book’s estimated value. These guides are put together by industry experts who examine a number of factors, including demand and current selling prices. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is considered to be a comprehensive and reliable source for information on the value of comic books, and has been published since 1970. Other price guides exist as well, both in print and online.

Keep in mind that the value of a comic is always shifting, and consequently, hard copies of price guides will become outdated. Also, price guides do not in any way guarantee the selling price of a book. As with all collectibles, the ultimate worth of a comic is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for it. For this reason, auctions and online listings can also be used to judge a comic’s current market value.

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