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Comic book collecting is the kind of hobby that’s fun for all ages, although vintage comics can be a bit pricier. To help you choose the best in rare comic books, we scoured the web to find seven great comics that are totally worth adding to your collection. From the Silver Age, all the way up to the ‘80s, the lot features fan favorites such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Fantastic Four, along with debut appearances from game changing characters such as Black Panther, Supergirl, and Black Widow.
Check below for a roundup of seven vintage comics books that you can buy online. And if you need a place to store your collection, this comic book album is a great way to keep your comics organized, and it’s only $21.99. For larger storage options, see our list of media cabinets, and for more reading options, check out this selection of graphic novels that Marvel fans will love.
You can get your hands on an original copy of “The Amazing Spider-Man #39,” which was first released in 1966. The comic, penned by Stan Lee, with illustrations from the legendary John Romita, marks the first appearance by the Green Goblin. The plot centers around Green Goblin’s revenge plot against Spider-Man where he plans to expose his secret identity to the world.
Zor-El, Superman’s long-lost cousin, lands on Earth and takes on a secret identity as Supergirl in “Action Comics #252.” Aside from her introduction, the issue also includes supervillain John Corben’s debut. The version for sale has been slightly restored: the cover has a small amount of retouch to enhance the color, it’s been cleaned and reinforced, and the staples have been replaced.
Another first, this 1979 Batman issue is the first time readers meet Tim Fox, son of Lucius Fox, who in later comics becomes Gotham’s new Batman after Bruce Wayne’s demise. This particular comic is in near mint condition, with the exception of slight wear and tear on the back. Beyond that, the comic doesn’t have any missing interior pages or cut coupons. It’s not warped and hasn’t been restored.
“Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #52” made its debut in 1966, and marks the first time that we get to see Black Panther, as the story follows Fantastic Four on a mission to Wakanda. This vintage comic is in good condition, but if you want a more immaculate one you can buy a mint-condition version for $1,500.
A throwback to the ‘80s, “Tales of Teen Titans #44” features the debuts of Dick Grayson as Nightwing and Jericho, plus the Origin of Deathstroke the Terminator. The comic is in good condition, but there is slight edging around the corners.
Natalia Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow) is ready for her close-up in 1964’s “Tales of Suspense.” In the comic, Russia sends agents Black Widow and Boris to America to take out Iron Man and Professor Vanko. This original copy is in solid condition for being over 60 years old, but you will see a few wrinkles around the edges of the pages.
Fans of the Green Lantern will love this DC Comics release from 1959. It features the first appearances from Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), and Carol Ferris. Abin Sur also makes his short-lived debut in the story.