If you’re wondering what are the best silver age comics to invest in, you’ve come to the right article. Yes, it’s true that collecting comic books is a hobby, but it is a hobby that can be extremely valuable and pay off quite nicely.
First, a little background on silver age comics. This era follows the golden age of comics and begins October 1956. The beginning mark of silver age comics begins with the new, revised version of DC Comics The Flash (Barry Allen) in Showcase #4. From there on, DC began to revise other characters such as Green Lantern.
When DC published the widely-known superhero team, The Justice League of America, Marvel got into the game and put out their own superhero team, The Fantastic Four. After that, as they say, is history.
Speaking of Showcase #4, the first appearance of Barry Allen as The Flash, we get into the real meat of this article. If you know what this certain type of comic book is referred as than you just answered the question to this entire article.
I’ll give you a hint. It’s not referred to as a “common issue”. If you guessed a key issue than you are correct.
Key issue comics are the best comics to invest in for any comic era. One important signature for key issues is what’s known as first appearances. First appearances of major characters or villains like The Vulture in Spider-Man, Hal Jordan, Gwen Stacey, Bat Girl, etc. are extremely in demand and sought after. Deaths of major characters are also important keys as well, and are also well sought out.
Another signature of key issues are fan-favorite storylines, such as Amazing Spider-Man’s The Night Gwen Stacy Died. It’s these storylines that often give the basis for Hollywood movie makers, but that particular Spidey storyline I just referred to was published in the bronze age of comics.
Then we have artists and writers. A famous comic artist’s first artwork in an issue are important keys as well. Many fans have their favorite artists in the industry and often follow their projects.
Getting silver age key issues are the best comics to invest in, because the demand is always strong for them. They are generally worth more than common issues, because they are more important to the general mythos of whatever character. If you study the comic book price guides over the years, you will see that important key issues have enormous price jumps compared to other issues within the title.
Most common issues rise in value much slower. However, major key issue comics have had a huge jump in value and demand over the last few years due to the onslaught of comic book movies.