Superman Comics Value

Superman Comics Value

This report looks into the value of DC’s Superman comics, originally founded by National Comics Publications. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938, a series that features some of the character’s most valuable comics. Due to its success, the following year saw the launch of Superman’s first standalone volume.

  • In January 2022, a CGC rank 8.0 copy of Superman #1 sold for $5.30 million (CGC is a respected 3rd party that rates comic book conditions out of 10, with 10 being the highest quality).
  • As of 2023, this holds the record for the most expensive comic book ever sold.
  • In 2021, a copy of Action Comics #1 (CGC 8.5) sold for $3.25 million.
  • The price of a copy of this quality increased by 2.17 times between 2010 and 2021.
  • The record sale for Action Comics #10 is $258,000 (CGC 9.0) in 2011.
  • That same issue is now estimated to be worth over $325,000 (+25.97%).
  • As of 2023, the average price of a Superman comic (excluding variants) is $62.29.
  • Superman’s average comic price increased 5.18% over the previous year.
  • As of 2023, the cover price for Superman is $4.99.
  • When Superman was released in 1939, its cover price was $0.10.

Selected rare Superman comic editions by record sale

Although the most valuable comic featuring Superman is Superman #1, issues of Action Comics dominate the list of the most valuable Superman comics.

  • In January 2022, a copy of Superman #1 sold for $5.30 million (CGC 8.0).
  • As of 2023, this holds the record for the most expensive comic book ever sold.
  • The copy sold equals the issue’s highest grade certified by CGC.
  • In 2021, a copy of Action Comics #1 (CGC 8.5) sold for $3.25 million.
  • The same copy was sold in 2010 for $1.50 million.
  • The price of a copy of this quality increased by 2.17 times between 2010 and 2021.
  • The record sale for Action Comics #10 is $258,000 (CGC 9.0) in 2011.
  • The same issue is now estimated to be worth over $325,000.
  • For just his third cover appearance, the issue features Superman flying and punching an airplane, contributing to its value.
  • The record sale for Action Comics #7 is $204,000 (CGC 5.5) in 2020.
  • The issue is valuable for being just the second time Superman appears and also the first time his name appeared on its cover.
RankEditionRecord sale ($ million)
1Superman #1$5.30
2Action Comics #1$3.25
3Action Comics #10$0.26
4Action Comics #7$0.20
5Action Comics #13$0.17
6Action Comics #2$0.10
7Superman #2$0.09
8Action Comics #19$0.08
9Superman #53$0.08
10Action Comics #23$0.07

Average Superman comic price

  • As of 2023, the average price of a Superman comic (excluding variants) is $62.29.
  • This was also the highest average price recorded from the given period.
  • Superman’s average comic price increased 5.18% over the previous year.
  • From the given data, the average price of Superman was at its lowest during 2022 at $59.22.
  • Superman comic prices increased by 1.99% over the period.
YearAverage priceChange
2021 (Jul – Dec)$61.07
2022$59.22– 3.03%
2023 (Jan – May)$62.29+ 5.18%
(Average ‘raw’ issue value, excluding variants)

A graph is given below to show average prices of Superman comics:

Superman comic cover prices

  • As of 2023, the cover price for Superman is $4.99.
  • When Superman was released in 1939, its cover price was $0.10.
  • It remained at this price until 1962 when it increased to $0.12.
  • In total, the cover price is 49.9 times higher in 2023 than in 1939.
  • The first volume of Superman was paused at a price of $0.75 in 1986.
  • However, its next volume began at the same price.
YearIssueCover priceChangeInflation-adjusted
1939Superman #1 (vol.1)$0.10$0.10
1949Superman #58 (vol. 1)$0.10$0.06
1959Superman #130 (vol. 1)$0.10$0.05
1969Superman #218 (vol. 1)$0.15+ 50.00%$0.06
1979Superman #336 (vol. 1)$0.40+ 166.67%$0.08
1989Superman #32 (vol. 2)$0.75+ 87.50%$0.08
1999Superman #145 (vol. 2)$1.99+ 165.33%$0.17
2009Superman #687 (vol.1)$2.99+ 50.25%$0.19
2019Superman #10 (vol. 5)$3.99+ 33.44%$0.22
2023Superman #3 (vol. 6)$4.99+ 25.06%$0.23
(Data from Superman volumes 1 – 6 only. Special edition prices vary.)

A graph is given below to show cover prices of Superman comics over time:

Superman comics FAQ

How did Superman become popular?

Superman gained popularity due to the unique combination of his background story, his superpowers and his moral compass. Superman was the first established superhero of the comic book era, becoming an icon and inspiring countless imitations. The character laid the foundations of the superhero genre.

Why did Superman’s standalone series begin?

The decision to launch a standalone, self-titled Superman comic series after his initial appearance in Action Comics was driven by the character’s overwhelming popularity and demand from readers. After his debut, he became a fan-favorite with his flying ability, his displays of superhuman strength and his invincibility. This fascination led to a surge in sales and publishers saw the potential for a dedicated Superman comic series.

Why was The Adventures of Superman comic series created?

The Adventures of Superman comic series that began in 1987 was part of DC Comics’ larger initiative known as “The Man of Steel” era. This series looked to re-establish the continuity of Superman while providing modern, engaging stories. Its aim was to celebrate the legacy of Superman and simultaneously introduce him to new audiences.

Which types of Superman issues are the most valuable?

  • First Appearances: Comics featuring Superman’s early appearances are more likely to hold a higher value due to their rarity and historical significance.
  • Key Issues: Comics that showcase important characters and/or significant events in Superman’s mythology can have higher values to collectors.
  • Rare Variants: Rare or limited edition covers featuring unique artwork or promotions are often desired by collectors, with higher prices in the market.