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Those comic books you once stored in a box under the bed -- until your mother threw them out
-- might have become as valuable as a collection of rare coins.

In the almost-anything-goes world of collectibles, even comic books have proven to be a
profitable investment vehicle, but only for those who take the time to learn why Green
Lantern is commanding a better price these days than Wonder Woman or which current comic
will be a valuable commodity in the future.

Comic book dealers emphasize that collecting comic books as an investment requires as much
expertise as investing in precious metals, stamps or coins.
Those who collect comic books usually do so as a hobby, with investment rewards a secondary
consideration. Collecting comic books is not like investing in stocks or certificates of deposit.

Those who decide to invest in comic books will have to travel to comic book conventions or
trade with large-volume collectors through the mail. The highly valuable comic books are not
sitting on store shelves.


For example, DC Comics' Green Lantern series is one of the most sought-after comic books
today, Overstreet said. The Green Lantern is a popular character, and the comics are
relatively rare. They have increased 30 percent in value during the past five years, according
to The Comic Book Price Guide.

The No. 1 issue of Green Lantern (1941) is valued in the thousands, according to the price
guide. Not bad for a comic that sold for a dime when it first came out.
Issues of the lesser-known superhero Amazing Man, which started publishing in 1939, have
shown an average 58 percent increase in value each year for the past five years, according to
The Comic Book Price Guide.

That compares with a 20 percent increase a year in value during that same period for the past
five years, according to the Comic Book Price Guide. That compares with a 20 percent increase
a year in value during that same period for most good-condition superhero comics of the 1940s
and 1950s.

Any of the 27 issues of Amazing Man could command a price of $100 to $200. The No. 1 issue,
in perfect condition, is selling in the many thousands, according to The Comic Price Guide.

Although Amazing Man is a relatively rare comic book, rarity is not always a barometer for
judging whether a particular comic book is worth the investment.

There are some real obscure funny-animal comics of the 1940s and 1950s but they aren't
sought after by collectors. Collectors go after the well-known characters, like the super
heroes, and what's in demand goes up in price. If you stay in the mainstream, you can't go
wrong. The more obscure the comic, the more risks for the investor.
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