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  • 1st appearance Zigi and Zagi
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC mislabels Action Comics #316 as the first appearance of Zigi and Zagi
  • 1st appearance Zigi and Zagi
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC mislabels Action Comics #316 as the first appearance of Zigi and Zagi
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  • Second cover art on Batman by Dick Sprang
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC describes this as the first cover art on Batman by Dick Sprang but he first provided partial pencils and inks on the cover of Batman #18
  • Second cover art on Batman by Dick Sprang
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC describes this as the first cover art on Batman by Dick Sprang but he first provided partial pencils and inks on the cover of Batman #18
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  • Cover art by Steve Geiger, interior art by Todd McFarlane
  • ⚠ Misconception: McFarlane first provided cover art on The Incredible Hulk title with issue #330 but did not pencil another cover until issue #340
  • Cover art by Steve Geiger, interior art by Todd McFarlane
  • ⚠ Misconception: McFarlane first provided cover art on The Incredible Hulk title with issue #330 but did not pencil another cover until issue #340
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  • 1st appearance of Solomon Kane in comics
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC states Dracula Lives #3 is Solomon Kane's first magazine appearance though it was published three months after this issue
  • 1st appearance of Solomon Kane in comics
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC states Dracula Lives #3 is Solomon Kane's first magazine appearance though it was published three months after this issue
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  • One-shot that takes place during the Clone Wars
  • ⚠ Misconception: a character named Cal makes a first appearance in this issue but he does not resemble the character Cal Kestis
  • One-shot that takes place during the Clone Wars
  • ⚠ Misconception: a character named Cal makes a first appearance in this issue but he does not resemble the character Cal Kestis
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  • Reprinted stories from The Real Ghostbusters U.K. Magazine
  • Polybagged with 3-D glasses for the story 'The Rise and Fall of Ghostbusting'
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some resources as published in 1986 but this information pertains to the September 1986 copyright of the animated TV series for licensing purposes - NOW Comics did not obtain the rights to publish Ghostbusters until 1988
  • Reprinted stories from The Real Ghostbusters U.K. Magazine
  • Polybagged with 3-D glasses for the story 'The Rise and Fall of Ghostbusting'
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some resources as published in 1986 but this information pertains to the September 1986 copyright of the animated TV series for licensing purposes - NOW Comics did not obtain the rights to publish Ghostbusters until 1988
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  • There is an abundance of the error edition where Galactus appears blue/white, possibly an even greater amount than that of the standard purple-colored Galactus
  • There is an abundance of the error edition where Galactus appears blue/white, possibly an even greater amount than that of the standard purple-colored Galactus
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  • ⚠ Misconception: many eBay listings claim this issue as the first cover appearance of Clea but the two women depicted are named Shazana and Nazaka
  • ⚠ Misconception: many eBay listings claim this issue as the first cover appearance of Clea but the two women depicted are named Shazana and Nazaka
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High $215
  • Boba Fett briefly appears in a flashback
  • First mention of the Mandalorians
  • 1st appearance of Fenn Shysa, a Mandalorian
  • 1st full appearance of Dengar, a bounty hunter
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC labels this issue as the origin of Boba Fett but the character featured in the book is a Mandalorian named Fenn Shysa
  • [May 2021 - Dengar rumored to appear in Andor]
  • Boba Fett briefly appears in a flashback
  • First mention of the Mandalorians
  • 1st appearance of Fenn Shysa, a Mandalorian
  • 1st full appearance of Dengar, a bounty hunter
  • ⚠ Misconception: CGC labels this issue as the origin of Boba Fett but the character featured in the book is a Mandalorian named Fenn Shysa
  • [May 2021 - Dengar rumored to appear in Andor]
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  • 1st appearance of the Shade-Thralls, humans who serve the Dweller In Darkness
  • ⚠ Misconception: many claim that Wolverine is first seen in an advertisement for The Incredible Hulk #181 printed in Thor #229 and Daredevil #115. These issues did not go on sale prior to the publication of Incredible Hulk #181. Comic Reader #109 reports the on-sale date of Thor #229 as August 6, 1974. The on-sale date of The Incredible Hulk #181 was July 30, 1974 which was the same day Daredevil #115 went on sale. Regardless, Wolverine was officially first seen in print briefly (cameo) in The Incredible Hulk #180 (July 2, 1974). Advertisements and preview excerpts are not considered official first appearances
  • Marvel Value Stamp Series A #80 - Ghost Rider
  • 1st appearance of the Shade-Thralls, humans who serve the Dweller In Darkness
  • ⚠ Misconception: many claim that Wolverine is first seen in an advertisement for The Incredible Hulk #181 printed in Thor #229 and Daredevil #115. These issues did not go on sale prior to the publication of Incredible Hulk #181. Comic Reader #109 reports the on-sale date of Thor #229 as August 6, 1974. The on-sale date of The Incredible Hulk #181 was July 30, 1974 which was the same day Daredevil #115 went on sale. Regardless, Wolverine was officially first seen in print briefly (cameo) in The Incredible Hulk #180 (July 2, 1974). Advertisements and preview excerpts are not considered official first appearances
  • Marvel Value Stamp Series A #80 - Ghost Rider
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  • Thor is transformed into a frog in the previous issue and spends this entire issue as an amphibian
  • In Thor #365, he lifts Mjolnir and becomes a frog version of Thor
  • 1st appearance of Puddlegulp, Simon Walterson, a frog who later wields a hammer named Frogjolnir as Throg
  • ⚠ Misconception: sources cite this as the first appearance of Throg. Thor is transformed into a frog in #363 and wields a sliver of Mjolnir as a frog version of Thor in #365. Simon Walterson does not appear as 'Throg' until Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1 (2009)
  • Thor is transformed into a frog in the previous issue and spends this entire issue as an amphibian
  • In Thor #365, he lifts Mjolnir and becomes a frog version of Thor
  • 1st appearance of Puddlegulp, Simon Walterson, a frog who later wields a hammer named Frogjolnir as Throg
  • ⚠ Misconception: sources cite this as the first appearance of Throg. Thor is transformed into a frog in #363 and wields a sliver of Mjolnir as a frog version of Thor in #365. Simon Walterson does not appear as 'Throg' until Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1 (2009)
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  • 1st full team appearance of the Soviet Super-Soldiers: Darkstar, Crimson Dynamo, Ursa Major, Vanguard
  • 1st appearance of Pieter Phobos
  • 1st full team appearance of the Soviet Super-Soldiers: Darkstar, Crimson Dynamo, Ursa Major, Vanguard
  • 1st appearance of Pieter Phobos
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  • ⚠ Misconception: mislabeled as Aliens first appearance
  • Aliens first appeared in a standard-sized comic (non-parody) in Aliens #1 (1988)
  • Current CGC labels have corrected this error
  • Mislabeled listings bought/sold on eBay account for approximately 20% of inventory
  • There is no difference in value of correct and incorrect labels
  • ⚠ Misconception: mislabeled as Aliens first appearance
  • Aliens first appeared in a standard-sized comic (non-parody) in Aliens #1 (1988)
  • Current CGC labels have corrected this error
  • Mislabeled listings bought/sold on eBay account for approximately 20% of inventory
  • There is no difference in value of correct and incorrect labels
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  • Sequel to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • ⚠ Misconception: some sources misidentify this issue as the first appearance of Phantasm which occurs in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm #1 (1993)
  • Sequel to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • ⚠ Misconception: some sources misidentify this issue as the first appearance of Phantasm which occurs in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm #1 (1993)
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  • 1st appearance of Frankenstein in comics, back-up story set in 1930s New York City
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Frost
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Green Lama in a comic book
  • ⚠ Misconception: many resources mislabel Green Lama's first appearance due to multiple appearances in single-page promotional ads for Double Detective pulp magazine
  • 1st appearance of Frankenstein in comics, back-up story set in 1930s New York City
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Frost
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Green Lama in a comic book
  • ⚠ Misconception: many resources mislabel Green Lama's first appearance due to multiple appearances in single-page promotional ads for Double Detective pulp magazine
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  • ⚠ Misconception: incorrectly cited as the first published image of Spawn in an advertisement
  • The same advertisement appeared in multiple comics that went on-sale in April 1992: Evil Ernie #5, Re-Animator #2, Rocket Ranger #3, Rust #1, The Southern Squadron: Freedom of Information #4, Torg #3
  • In March 1992, one month prior to Rust #1, Spawn advertisements were printed in two comic books: Robotech II The Sentinels #13 and Torg #2
  • Prior to the publication of Robotech II #13 and Torg #2, Spawn appeared in numerous catalogs and fanzines
  • Character Search "Spawn" for more information on early appearances
  • ⚠ Misconception: incorrectly cited as the first published image of Spawn in an advertisement
  • The same advertisement appeared in multiple comics that went on-sale in April 1992: Evil Ernie #5, Re-Animator #2, Rocket Ranger #3, Rust #1, The Southern Squadron: Freedom of Information #4, Torg #3
  • In March 1992, one month prior to Rust #1, Spawn advertisements were printed in two comic books: Robotech II The Sentinels #13 and Torg #2
  • Prior to the publication of Robotech II #13 and Torg #2, Spawn appeared in numerous catalogs and fanzines
  • Character Search "Spawn" for more information on early appearances
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  • 1st cover and second appearance of the Wasp, Nadia Pym
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some as Nadia's first appearance but she first appears in an original story in Free Comic Book Day 2016: Civil War II
  • 1st cover and second appearance of the Wasp, Nadia Pym
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some as Nadia's first appearance but she first appears in an original story in Free Comic Book Day 2016: Civil War II
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  • Squint first uses the alias Malak
  • ⚠ Misconception: listings on eBay claim this issue is the first appearance of Darth Malak but according to writer John Jackson Miller: Malak does not fall to the Dark Side in my comics series. He first appears under the name Squint in KOTOR #0. He first uses the alias Malak in #31. He takes the name Malak permanently in #42
  • Squint first uses the alias Malak
  • ⚠ Misconception: listings on eBay claim this issue is the first appearance of Darth Malak but according to writer John Jackson Miller: Malak does not fall to the Dark Side in my comics series. He first appears under the name Squint in KOTOR #0. He first uses the alias Malak in #31. He takes the name Malak permanently in #42
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  • First interior art by Jim Lee at Marvel Comics, specifically the character profile for 'Eel'
  • ⚠ Misconception: Jim Lee's first published artwork for is considered to be Alpha Flight #51, an issue he illustrated in full, but Lee contributed one panel of art for Marvel published prior to Alpha Flight #51
  • First interior art by Jim Lee at Marvel Comics, specifically the character profile for 'Eel'
  • ⚠ Misconception: Jim Lee's first published artwork for is considered to be Alpha Flight #51, an issue he illustrated in full, but Lee contributed one panel of art for Marvel published prior to Alpha Flight #51
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  • 2nd appearance of Detective Cole North
  • ⚠ Misconception: the cover art for the second printing of this issue features Detective Cole North but his first appearance is issue #1 (2019)
  • 2nd appearance of Detective Cole North
  • ⚠ Misconception: the cover art for the second printing of this issue features Detective Cole North but his first appearance is issue #1 (2019)
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  • 1st appearance of Tarantula
  • 2nd appearance of the Punisher
  • ⚠ Misconception: many sources cite The Amazing Spider-Man #135 as the second appearance of the Punisher and categorize this appearance as a cameo
  • 1st appearance of Tarantula
  • 2nd appearance of the Punisher
  • ⚠ Misconception: many sources cite The Amazing Spider-Man #135 as the second appearance of the Punisher and categorize this appearance as a cameo
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  • 1st cameo appearance of the black symbiote costume in the comic based off of the animated series
  • Cover art inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man #300
  • ⚠ Misconception: many eBay listings incorrectly identify this issue as the first appearance of the animated version of Venom which occurs in #9
  • 1st cameo appearance of the black symbiote costume in the comic based off of the animated series
  • Cover art inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man #300
  • ⚠ Misconception: many eBay listings incorrectly identify this issue as the first appearance of the animated version of Venom which occurs in #9
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Arnim Zola
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many sources as the first appearance of Armin Zola but it is similar to what is widely considered the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in The Incredible Hulk #180 in that he appears on the final page
  • 1st cameo appearance of Arnim Zola
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many sources as the first appearance of Armin Zola but it is similar to what is widely considered the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in The Incredible Hulk #180 in that he appears on the final page
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  • 1st appearance of Spencer Smythe and the Spider-Slayers
  • 1st cameo appearance of Mary Jane Watson, face is obscured by a tree
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some sources as the first appearance of Mary Jane but she does not appear in full until The Amazing Spider-Man #42
  • 1st appearance of Spencer Smythe and the Spider-Slayers
  • 1st cameo appearance of Mary Jane Watson, face is obscured by a tree
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some sources as the first appearance of Mary Jane but she does not appear in full until The Amazing Spider-Man #42
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Grail, daughter of Darkseid
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some sources as the first appearance of Grail but she is obscured by shadows in the final panel. First full appearance of Grail - Free Comic Book Day 2015: Divergence #1
  • 1st cameo appearance of Grail, daughter of Darkseid
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by some sources as the first appearance of Grail but she is obscured by shadows in the final panel. First full appearance of Grail - Free Comic Book Day 2015: Divergence #1
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, in shadows
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many resources as Damian's first full appearance but aside from one panel that shows his eyes only, he is otherwise fully obscured by shadows. It should also be noted that the 1987 graphic novel 'Batman: Son of the Demon' introduced a child of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul but the story did not take place in the main DC story universe until Grant Morrison integrated portions of the graphic novel into the origin of Damian
  • 1st cameo appearance of Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, in shadows
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many resources as Damian's first full appearance but aside from one panel that shows his eyes only, he is otherwise fully obscured by shadows. It should also be noted that the 1987 graphic novel 'Batman: Son of the Demon' introduced a child of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul but the story did not take place in the main DC story universe until Grant Morrison integrated portions of the graphic novel into the origin of Damian
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  • 1st cover appearance of the War Machine armor, worn by Tony Stark
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many as the first appearance of War Machine. "War Machine" is splashed across the IRON MAN title in reference to the armor’s incredible armaments but the name is not official. The armor, (piloted by Tony Stark in this issue, not James Rhodes) actually debuts in the previous issue, Iron Man #281. In Iron Man #284, James Rhodes suits up in the War Machine armor but does so as Iron Man and does not officially assume the War Machine codename until West Coast Avengers #94, though he is referred to as War Machine in X-Force #21 but as Iron Man in X-Force #20
  • 1st cover appearance of the War Machine armor, worn by Tony Stark
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many as the first appearance of War Machine. "War Machine" is splashed across the IRON MAN title in reference to the armor’s incredible armaments but the name is not official. The armor, (piloted by Tony Stark in this issue, not James Rhodes) actually debuts in the previous issue, Iron Man #281. In Iron Man #284, James Rhodes suits up in the War Machine armor but does so as Iron Man and does not officially assume the War Machine codename until West Coast Avengers #94, though he is referred to as War Machine in X-Force #21 but as Iron Man in X-Force #20
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Jason Todd
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Killer Croc
  • ⚠ Misconception: this issue is cited as the first full appearance of Killer Croc but there is no difference in his depiction as a gangster in a trenchoat and fedora as first seen in Detective Comics #523. In Detective Comics #524, he is revealed to have crocodile features
  • It should also be noted that this version of Jason Todd is not visually accurate to later versions and his origin is retconned in Batman #408
  • 1st cameo appearance of Jason Todd
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Killer Croc
  • ⚠ Misconception: this issue is cited as the first full appearance of Killer Croc but there is no difference in his depiction as a gangster in a trenchoat and fedora as first seen in Detective Comics #523. In Detective Comics #524, he is revealed to have crocodile features
  • It should also be noted that this version of Jason Todd is not visually accurate to later versions and his origin is retconned in Batman #408
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  • 1st cover and second appearance of Angel as the Horseman, Death
  • In X-Factor #38, Beast gives Warren Worthington III the new codename Archangel
  • Worthington appears in full as the Horseman, Death in X-Factor #23 and in multiple cameos leading up to the issue
  • 1st cover and second appearance of Angel as the Horseman, Death
  • In X-Factor #38, Beast gives Warren Worthington III the new codename Archangel
  • Worthington appears in full as the Horseman, Death in X-Factor #23 and in multiple cameos leading up to the issue
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  • Gorr speaks from the shadows, unseen
  • ⚠ Misconception: listings on eBay claim that this is the second appearance of Gorr but it is not
  • Gorr speaks from the shadows, unseen
  • ⚠ Misconception: listings on eBay claim that this is the second appearance of Gorr but it is not
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  • 2nd appearance of Spider-Man's black costume, tied with Spectacular Spider-Man #90
  • According to solicitations from 1984, The Amazing Spider-Man #252 went on sale January 31
  • Marvel Team-up #141 and The Spectacular Spider-Man #90 both went on sale February 14
  • 2nd appearance of Spider-Man's black costume, tied with Spectacular Spider-Man #90
  • According to solicitations from 1984, The Amazing Spider-Man #252 went on sale January 31
  • Marvel Team-up #141 and The Spectacular Spider-Man #90 both went on sale February 14
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  • 1st team appearance of the Vishanti: Agamotto, Hoggoth, Oshtur
  • First mention of Shuma-Gorath
  • ⚠ Misconception: this issue is often cited as Shuma-Gorath's first appearance but the character is only mentioned
  • 1st team appearance of the Vishanti: Agamotto, Hoggoth, Oshtur
  • First mention of Shuma-Gorath
  • ⚠ Misconception: this issue is often cited as Shuma-Gorath's first appearance but the character is only mentioned
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  • Cited as a Mysterio appearance but the character only appears in disguise, not in costume
  • Cited as a Mysterio appearance but the character only appears in disguise, not in costume
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  • 2nd cameo appearance of Son of Satan
  • This issue is often cited as the first full appearance of Damion Hellstrom and though the character does appear in many panels, he is obscured by shadows throughout the issue
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Son of Satan
  • This issue is often cited as the first full appearance of Damion Hellstrom and though the character does appear in many panels, he is obscured by shadows throughout the issue
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High $345
  • 1st appearance of Red Sonja
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many resources as a cameo appearance of Red Sonja but she appears in over 20 panels, fights and is introduced by name
  • [August 2022 - filming is scheduled to begin with Matilda Lutz cast in the main role]
  • 1st appearance of Red Sonja
  • ⚠ Misconception: cited by many resources as a cameo appearance of Red Sonja but she appears in over 20 panels, fights and is introduced by name
  • [August 2022 - filming is scheduled to begin with Matilda Lutz cast in the main role]
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Lilandra, fully obscured by a spacesuit
  • 1st appearance of the second Erik the Red, a scout and warrior for the Shi'ar
  • First use of the name Polaris by Lorna Dane
  • Revealed that Colossus's first name is Peter
  • 1st cameo appearance of Lilandra, fully obscured by a spacesuit
  • 1st appearance of the second Erik the Red, a scout and warrior for the Shi'ar
  • First use of the name Polaris by Lorna Dane
  • Revealed that Colossus's first name is Peter
Issue Publisher Low Mid High
Action Comics #315 DC $8 $25 $100
Batman #19 DC $475 $1.4k $4.2k
Incredible Hulk #333 Marvel $1 $2 $8
Monsters Unleashed #1 Curtis $5 $20 $75
Star Wars Jedi Yoda #1 Dark Horse $4 $12 $45
Real Ghostbusters 3-D Special, The #1 Now $1 $2 $10
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1 Marvel $3 $9 $35
Strange Tales #133 Marvel $10 $35 $115
Star Wars #68 Marvel $20 $90 $215
Thor #229 Marvel $4 $12 $45
Thor #364 Marvel $5 $15 $55
Incredible Hulk #258 Marvel $5 $15 $50
Dark Horse Presents #24 Dark Horse $0 $0 $0
Batman and Robin Adventures Annual #1 DC $4 $12 $40
Prize Comics #7 Feature $615 $1.9k $10k
Rust #1 Adventure $1 $5 $15
All New All Different Avengers #9 Marvel $1 $5 $15
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #31 Dark Horse $5 $15 $50
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, The #17 Marvel $1 $2 $3
Daredevil #2 Marvel $3 $9 $35
Amazing Spider-Man #134 Marvel $18 $85 $210
Spider-Man Adventures #8 Marvel $4 $12 $40
Captain America #208 Marvel $3 $9 $30
Amazing Spider-Man #25 Marvel $100 $300 $1k
Justice League #40 DC $1 $5 $15
Batman #655 DC $3 $9 $30
Iron Man #282 Marvel $10 $30 $100
Batman #357 DC $15 $50 $150
X-Factor #24 Marvel $4 $12 $40
Thor: God of Thunder #3 Marvel $1 $3 $12
Marvel Team-Up #141 Marvel $5 $20 $85
Marvel Premiere #5 Marvel $15 $55 $165
Amazing Spider-Man #24 Marvel $40 $140 $300
Ghost Rider #2 Marvel $18 $55 $155
Conan the Barbarian #23 Marvel $30 $90 $345
Uncanny X-Men #97 Marvel $15 $60 $180