Investors often find themselves at crossroads between what they view as a safe asset and what is being promoted as a promising asset. The majority of the time, these people tend to choose the safer option by putting their money into real estate, bonds, and stocks. But only a handful of people know that investing in comic books has lower risks and can be slightly more secure.
Comic books attracted the masses as soon as DC published the Action Comics #1 in 1938. Marvel also joined the industry after publishing Marvel Comics #1 in 1939.
We explored the world of these comic book superheroes to make a list of three reasons you should be diversifying your investment portfolio by purchasing rare comic books.
1. DC Superhero Debut Comic Books Are Worth $1 to $5 Million
Action Comics #1 introduced Superman to the entire world and was sold for only 10 cents in 1938. Now, only 50 to 100 copies of this comic book are left in the world.
In 2011, famous actor Nicholas Cage sold his copy for $2.11 million. However, the value passed $3 million in 2014, when another near mint (grade 9.0) copy was bought by Vincent Zurzolo of Metropolis Collectibles on eBay for $3.2 million. Last year, the price was recorded to have soared past $5.5 million.
In 1939, Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27. This copy is currently valued at $2 million, while Superman’s origin story Superman #1 is worth $1 million. It’s worth noting that these values will continue to increase in the coming years.
2. Marvel Comics Will Become More Valuable
Marvel’s fanbase grew after the successful release of Iron Man in 2008. This year, Avengers: Infinity War earned over $2 billion worldwide and became the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time.
Now apart from comic book fans, moviegoers are also trying to purchase the original arcs of these characters, which is why these rare copies are expected to become more expensive.
For instance, a copy ofAmazing Fantasy #15, which introduced Spiderman in 1962, was sold for $1.1 million in 2012. Other comics include X-Men #1 worth over $490,000 and Iron Man’s Tales of Suspense #39 worth more than $375,000.
3. Comics Are More Liquid than Other Investment Assets
It’s important to know which comic book will give you a higher return on your investment. It can be an original superhero story or any other arc which isn’t easily available in the market anymore.
Zurzolo said that around 150,000 to 300,000 people attend comic conventions every year. These individuals have enough money to spend thousands of dollars on rare comics because ‘nowadays it’s cool to be a nerd’.
Furthermore, most of the highly sought-after comic books are limited in numbers. They are not being mass produced, hence, this investment won’t blow up like a bubble.
Apart from Marvel and DC, comics such as The Walking Dead are also immensely famous. Once you start investing in comic books, you will need to keep a track of your collection and make sure that they are in perfect condition. You should also look out for upcoming superhero movies which will help you identify which comics will appreciate in value in the future.
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