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Advice Needed On Marvel Comic Collection From The 70's

Post by Jobbo »

Hi all,

I’m not a comic collector as such, but when I was a kid growing up in the 70’s, I did buy & still have a fridge size trunk full of mostly Marvel & DC comics.

The thing is (& this might be a good time for any avid comic collectors out there to look away) the trunk has been sitting & still sits, in my Mother’s dusty loft, unopened for the past 40 years.

I’ve no idea what state or condition the comics are in. I mean. I could open the trunk a find it’s now just one big block of paper mache (which I guess would make a nice coffee table) but it’s only recently, after seeing some of the prices that first editions & certain issues go for, that I’ve realised that I could be sitting on a gold mine .. or it might just be a coal mine, depending on what state the comics are in.

Which finally leads me to my question, are first edition comic books that are in (& this is just a guess) a readable but worn condition worth anything? .. & by that I mean a lot more than say, a couple of pounds to £30 each?

The reason I’m asking is because I’ve been looking online & issues like first edition X-Men, Hulk, Avengers etc, do ring a bell with me, I recognise all the covers, but after 50+ years you’re memory plays tricks on you, so I’m not sure if I recognise them due to osmosis, or I remember reading them as a kid & they’re actually in the trunk.

Now the obvious answer would be to just open the trunk, which I do intend on doing, but it will require some effort. My Mother lives almost two hundred miles away & I would need to hire a van to haul the trunk back to London. Yes, I could just go up there (& into the loft) with a torch, but there’s hundreds of comics in the trunk to sort through .. & if some of them are worth more than say, £30 each, I rather do it properly & take my time.

So basically, after all that waffle .. are first edition X-Men, Hulk, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Captain Britain, Howard The Duck (yes, I know I’m starting to scrape the barrel) that are in poor, to fairly poor condition actually worth anything? .. If the answer is, yes, poor, to fairly poor first editions can still fetch say, hundreds of pounds (upwards) each, then I’ll be up there like a shot.

Oh, I’ve just remembered, there’s probably some Dan Dare comics / annuals in there as well from when my Dad was a kid.

Anyhoo, you get the idea .. answers on a postcard please & thanks in advance for any help.

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Post by stile86 »

It will make a huge difference whether they are original US comics or UK reprints. For example US X-Men #1 was published in 1963 and even in poor condition can be worth a fair bit
but if it is a UK reprint (which it might be since you said 70's not 60's) the price likely goes down significantly.

There is really no way to answer without checking individual issues, what they are and their condition.

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