THE WHAT’S IT WORTH DEPARTMENT:
Time for another collection of questions from folks who’ve been cleaning closets, attics and basements and think they’ve found the comic book equivalent to the pot of gold. Even though it’s St. Patrick’s Day, no leprechauns are involved here. And as always, let’s begin with the “What’s It Worth Department” mantra: These books (and other items) are worth only what someone else will pay you for them! That said, on to the questions…
I have a Marvel CONAN THE DESTROYER #1 (1984). How can I find out how much this comic is worth? It’s in fair condition.
— Mr.Cintron (email@example.com)
It catalogs at only $2.50 in Near Mint condition, so your copy is worth reading and not much more.
I need to know how much these comics are worth because I need the money and I can’t find any sites that will tell me how much they are worth
— Nyck (Bigge_24@hotmail.com)
I guess you think I have super-vision and can see them, Nyck. In any case, there aren’t any sites that will tell you. Your best bet is to get a copy of a Price Guide and see what it says.
I have a collection of UNCANNY X-MEN complete from #96 to #350, all in VF or better condition. Can you tell me what the whole bundle is worth?
— Neter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Catalog-wise they’re worth a whole bundle of money!
Where on the internet can I find a web site that will tell me how much my comics are worth?
— Tom (email@example.com)
Tom, see my answer to Nyck above.
My dad has a souvenir from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair called “The Fair in a Nutshell.” It consists of pictures of the fair inside a walnut shell. Any worth to this?
— Sue Coffman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sounds like an interesting collectible, Sue, and one that someone would like to own. But I have no idea what it is worth.
I have a 1942 BATMAN #12 that was my Uncle’s. Can you tell me what it’s worth or direct me to someone that may know. Thank you.
— Rosanne Cotchen (email@example.com)
In Good condition this catalogs at $291 and all the way up to $3200 in Near Mint.
I was just wandering how much a copy of MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #2 (1975) would be. Also a copy of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #2 (1979). I just found them and was curious.
— Kristina Reilly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MTA catalogs at $2 in Good and $20 in Near Mint; BG is listed at $6 in Near Mint.
I have the full set of AMETHYST PRINCESS OF THE GEMWORLD (all 12) from around 1983 and I was wondering how much are these comics worth. I also have a lot more comics as well such as SUPERMAN, X-MEN, GREEN ARROW, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST if you could give me any info on any of these it would be much appreciated
— Danielle (email@example.com)
The AMETHYST books catalog at $2.25 each in Near Mint. The others depend on issue numbers. As with the other folks above who have large piles of books, you need a Price Guide to determine their catalog value.
I have three older comic books I am trying to get an idea of pricing on: WONDER WOMAN #s 185, 192 and 202. The covers are a bit worn but there are no tears.
— Wendy Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All three catalog at $3.00 in Good condition.
How much is an ancient mew worth as a Pokemon card?
— Meghan (email@example.com)
How do I find out what Pokemon cards are worth?
— Carol Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
No matter how many times people write in and ask, I still don’t have a catalog of values for Pokemon cards. But I’m sure there is one out there somewhere.
I have a CONAN THE BARBARIAN comic book #1, bought in 1972. What is it worth?
— Darlene (email@example.com)
This one catalogs at $24 in Good, $300 in Near Mint.
How much is SUPERMAN INTRODUCES SUPERWOMAN #2?
That would actually be DC COMICS PRESENTS ANNUAL #2, cataloging at $4 in Near Mint.
Bob, I’ve run across some older comic books that were given to me. I never knew they made love stories in comic books! I need to know if they are worth anything. I have an old mixed bunch; can you help me sort them?
— Shelly (Beautifulwishes2@aol.com)
Over the years there have been plenty of romance comics published, Shelly, but very few of them have much in the way of catalog value. They’re worth whatever value you get from reading them. (Or, as I keep repeating here, you could get a copy of a Price Guide and catalog them.)
I found a trunk of comic books and want to find out if any are worth any money. Can you tell me how to find out what their value is? Thanks.
Um, let’s see now. A Price Guide might help…
Will you pay me for types of comics you want? I have lots of 1st issues like SCARLET SPIDER, SUPERGIRL, CYBERNARY, YOUNGBLOOD, POWER RANGERS, X-MAN, SCARLET SPIDER UNLIMITED, HUNTRESS, REN & STIMPY, CYBERFORCE ZERO, another YOUNGBLOOD, KILL POWER, CABLE, SUPER SOLDIERS, GIANT BATMAN ANNUAL.
— Billy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Billy, somebody might pay you for your comics, but it won’t be me. I’m not interested in buying anything.
I have a first edition of BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS (1986) by Frank Miller — hard cover never read and great shape. I also have an unopened hard cover copy of BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM by Grant Morrison. Is there anyway you can tell me what they are worth?
— Dan (email@example.com)
DK catalogs at $50, while Arkham is $30, both in Near Mint. But why haven’t you READ them?
How much is MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1 worth?
— Jeff Rager (Ice2rager@cs.com)
The catalog says $4 for a Near Mint copy.
The Superman story that “Stealth Master” asked about sounds like either SUPERMAN #273 (“The Wizard With the Golden Eye”) or ACTION #427 (“The Man Who Never Lived”), or possibly a mixture of memories of both stories.
— Bob Buethe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I just wanted to comment on the real life celebrities showing up in Superman books. You named Muhammed Ali has the most famous co-star but what about the delayed and then published as a tribute issue featuring John F. Kennedy.
— Damon Muraida (ADNomad@aol.com)
Still about the doppelgangers team, The Authority seems to be a good candidate. Remember the Millar’s arc, with his own versions of the X-Men, Avengers, FF, Inhumans… and the Grant’s version of the Authority in X-Men…
— Fred (email@example.com)
Comment: vis a vis doppelgangers;
Hank Henshaw, later the Cyborg, also served as a Reed Richards analog-and in the Superman/Fantastic Four crossover, he traveled to the Earth-616 universe (“mainstream universe”) to meet Reed Richards!
Yes, occasionally homage characters are done, but later the company acquires the license for the original. Examples: In POWER MAN AND IRON FIST, they met Professor Justin Alphonse Gamble, an analog of the Doctor from Doctor Who. However, Death’s Head has met the real McCoy-in DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #135, Death’s Head met the Seventh Doctor (the Sylvester McCoy version).
Similarly, the Avengers met Arkon the Magnificent, a Conan-homage, before Marvel acquired the rights to Conan. Since then, Ant-Man and Rune have met Conan.
The Yellow Claw is obviously somewhat derivative of Doctor Fu Manchu. Spider-Man and Shang-Chi have encountered Fu Manchu, though.
— John McDonagh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Re: “unofficial” dc/marvel cross-overs. A few years ago, in one the Legion of Super-Heroes Annuals, Legion member XS ended up even further in the future. She meet counterparts of several of Marvel’s big guns, with DC’s own Gary Concord, the Ultra-Man, filing in for Captain America.
— Mike Standish (email@example.com)
MORE FROM THE EMAILBOX:
I’m not sure if you can help me with this Bob (though I did see you in the letter columns) or if you need to pass this one onto Len Wein. I just finished re-reading my DC BLUE BEETLE collection, #s 1-24, and realized there were a couple of plot threads left dangling after its abrupt cancellation. I’m hoping either you or Len could help satisfy my fanboy curiosity:
- What was supposed to happen with Murray Takamoto when he went to work for the Boy commandos after resigning from S.T.A.R.?
- And was the subplot with Agent Axis and Kreig ever resolved? If not what was supposed to have happened? I could have sworn I smelled a Global Guardians team up with the Azure Avenger…
Thanks, Answer Man!
— Scott Mateo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
So I went to Len and asked and he said:
- I hate to admit this, but I absolutely don’t remember after all this time. I honestly can’t answer either question. Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier were helping me plot the book at that point. Soon as I get a chance, I’ll ask them. Maybe they’ll remember. Sorry I can’t help for a change.
- — Len
- P.S. Aquaman does NOT have calf fins. I don’t care what anybody drew into a couple of panels of the new issue #3. In most of the panels, NO FINS! (Not that I have an opinion about this, mind you. 🙂
Bob, here’s a question about you. Your bio says that in the “real world” you are an accountant. Yet, you spent 30 years in the comics industry, presumably not as an accountant. How did you move from comics to accounting? It seems a little late in a career to make such a successful jump (but more power to you).
— Derek Wilson (email@example.com)
Actually, Derek, I graduated from college with a degree in Accounting. (You didn’t think I majored in Comic Books, did you?) When the opportunity to work at DC Comics came along, I decided to back-burner a career in the financial world for one in the universe of four-color adventures.
When I first started at DC and parked the Comicmobile in front of the house, my father said, “THIS is what I sent you to college for? To drive a comic book truck?” He did come to accept my career choice after awhile, especially when he could show people comic books with my name in them. But when I finally took a job as an accountant these many years later, he smiled and said, “Well, it’s about time.”
Speaking as an accountant, it’s time to close the books on this week’s installment. Don’t forget my daily Anything Goes Trivia at http://www.worldfamouscomics.com. And I’ll see you back here next week.
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