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100 Iconic Superhero Covers

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Low $155k
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Mid $475k
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High $2.8M
  • 1st appearance of Superman
  • 1st appearance of Lois Lane
  • 1st appearance of Zatara, Zatanna's father
  • 1st appearance of Tex Thompson, later becomes Mr. America
Low $130k
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Mid $390k
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High $1.5M
  • 1st appearance of Batman
  • 1st appearance of Commissioner Gordon
Low $67k
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Mid $276k
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High $812k
  • Premiere issue of solo Superman title
  • Origin of Superman
  • Classic cover art by Joe Shuster
  • 1st pin-up poster in comics (on back cover)
Low $23k
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Mid $68k
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High $180k
  • 1st appearance of The Monk, Batman's first costumed enemy
  • 1st appearance of Julie Madison, Bruce Wayne's girlfriend
  • Debut of the Batplane, called the Batgyro
  • Debut of the Batarang
  • *stories take place in New York City
Low $8k
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Mid $27k
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High $130k
  • 1st appearance and origin of The Flash, Jay Garrick
  • 1st mention of Keystone City, protected by The Flash
  • 1st appearance and origin of Hawkman, Carter Hall
  • 1st appearance Shiera Sanders, later becomes Hawkgirl
  • 1st appearance of Hath-Set, the first villain of Hawkman
  • 1st appearance of Johnny Thunder
  • 1st appearance of Yz, Johnny Thunder's thunderbolt
Low $14k
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Mid $46k
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High $150k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain Marvel, later renamed Shazam
  • 1st appearance of the Wizard Shazam
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Sivana, a scientific genius and the archenemy of Captain Marvel
  • 1st appearance of Ibis the Invincible and Spy Smasher
  • 1st team appearance of the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man
  • ***premiere issue of the series though the copyright notes read issue #2 - it is assumed this is due to securing a title that wasn't copyrighted
  • **Ashcan first appearances are unaccounted for since they were not intended for market distribution
Low $7k
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Mid $23k
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High $84k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Robin
Low $25k
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Mid $80k
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High $365k
  • 1st appearance of the Joker
  • 1st appearance of the Cat (renamed Catwoman)
  • 2nd appearance of Robin
  • 2nd appearance of Hugo Strange
Low $19k
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Mid $57k
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High $375k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
  • Classic cover art by Sheldon Moldoff
Low $16k
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Mid $48k
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High $190k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain America
  • * Weapon I, Steve Rogers was an early test subject of what would become the Weapon X Program
  • 1st appearance of James Buchanan Barnes (Bucky)
  • 1st appearance of Red Skull
  • 1st appearance of Hurricane, later becomes Makkari
  • 1st appearance of Tuk the Cave Boy
Low $780
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Mid $2k
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High $10k
  • Classic cover art by Fred Ray
Low $415
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Mid $1k
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High $5k
  • Classic cover art by Jack Burnley
Low $5k
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Mid $16k
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High $58k
  • Origin of Wonder Woman retold
Low $285
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Mid $1k
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High $3k
  • 1st cover appearance of the Batmobile
Low $925
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Mid $3k
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High $13k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Solomon Grundy
  • Classic cover art by Paul Reinman
Low $7k
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Mid $25k
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High $142k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Barry Allen as the Silver Age Flash
  • Issue credited for ushering in the Silver Age of comic books
  • 1st appearance of Turtle and Iris West
Low $585
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Mid $3k
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High $19k
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes: Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy, Saturn Girl
  • 1st appearance of Cosmic Boy
  • 1st appearance of Lightning Boy, later becomes Lightning Lad
  • 1st appearance of Saturn Girl
Low $450
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Mid $2k
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High $17k
  • 1st appearance of Supergirl
  • 1st appearance of Metallo
Low $850
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Mid $4k
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High $35k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern
  • 1st appearance Carol Ferris, later becomes the second Star Sapphire
  • 1st appearance and death of Abin Sur, an alien who gave Hal his ring as he died
  • 1st mention of the Green Lantern Corps
Low $950
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Mid $6k
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High $74k
  • 1st team appearance of the Justice League of America: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman
  • 1st appearance of Starro the Conqueror
Low $200
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Mid $850
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High $5k
  • 1st appearance of the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick in the Silver Age
  • 2nd appearance of The Shade
  • 1st mention of Earth-2, home of The Golden Age superheroes
Low $4k
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Mid $19k
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High $110k
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
  • 1st appearance of Mole Man
  • 1st appearance of Tricephalous
Low $285
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Mid $1k
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High $9k
  • 1st team appearance of the Fantastic Four in costume
  • 1st appearance of the Miracle Man
  • 1st appearance of the Baxter Building, Fantastic-car and Fantastic-copter
Low $4k
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Mid $13k
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High $100k
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Hulk
  • 1st appearance of Betty Ross
  • 1st appearance of Rick Jones
  • 1st appearance of General "Thunderbolt" Ross
Low $3k
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Mid $8k
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High $81k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Thor and Mjolnir (Thor's hammer)
  • 1st team appearance of the Kronans, a race of aliens that Korg belongs to
Low $11k
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Mid $49k
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High $355k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Spider-Man
  • 1st appearance and death of Uncle Ben
  • 1st appearance of Aunt May
  • 1st appearance of Liz Allan
  • 1st appearance of Flash Thompson
Low $2k
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Mid $4k
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High $24k
  • 1st appearance of Iron Man
  • 1st cover appearance of Iron Man
  • Debut of Iron Man's 'Model 1' armor
Low $3k
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Mid $8k
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High $69k
  • 2nd appearance of Spider-Man
  • 1st meeting between Spider-Man and Fantastic Four
  • 1st appearance of Chameleon and J. Jonah Jameson
Low $15
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Mid $45
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High $200
  • Classic cover art by Sheldon Moldoff
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Hurt
Low $620
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Mid $1k
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High $7k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Dr. Octopus

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