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Comic Books To Add To Your Collection (That Won’t Break The Bank)

Updated on October 17, 2014

Not every comic book collector has over a hundred dollars to spend at a moment’s notice. Most people in fact never spend more than 30 dollars on a comic book, not because they do not want to but because it is just not in their budget. That said here are some great comic books to add to your collection which at the moment are really affordable

Moon Knight #1
Moon Knight #1 | Source

Moon Knight #1 (1980)

Moon Knight is a great character and as far as movies or TV shows there is no way that Marvel will keep him on the bench forever. That is why getting Moon Knight #1 makes a lot of sense. This comic book is not his first appearance but it was his first solo run and that is why it is important. As of publishing you can find the book for under $20; compare that to the character’s first appearance in Werewolf by Night #32 which can go for hundreds and even thousands.

Moon Knight #1 is not just Mark Spector first solo run. It is also the first appearance of Bushman and Khonshu. Bushman is Moon Knights main villain so it is an important issue because of that. Khonshu is the Egyptian god of the moon and what gives Marc Spector the powers to become the Moon Knight.

Panel from X-Men Annual #14
Panel from X-Men Annual #14 | Source

Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 (1990)

Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 (1990)

This is a comic book that a lot of people have ignored but which will not be ignored for much longer. X-Men Annual #14 is the actual first appearance of Gambit; however Uncanny X-Men 266 is seen by most collectors as the first appearance. The reason for the confusion is a panel in Annual #14 which tells you that you should read #266 because the events they are talking about in there happened on #266. Even though in the comic book timeline the events in Uncanny X-Men 266 happened first, X-Men Annual 14 was sold on stores first.

While Uncanny X-Men 266 can go for well over $100, you can still find X-Men Annual #14 for under $20. Not bad as far as first appearances of an important character go. The price will take a while to go up significantly, but appearances in other media, especially in the movie X-Men: Age of Apocalypse should influence it.

Superman Man of Steel 17
Superman Man of Steel 17 | Source

Superman Man of Steel 17-18 (1992)

These are two of those rare comic books from the 1990’s which collectors should have and that will slowly creep up in price. These two books are the first cameo appearance and the first full appearance of the DC villain Doomsday. For those of you that do not know it, Doomsday was the one villain to accomplish what no other has been able to; he “killed” Superman for at least a little while.

These two comic books can be found for under $20 each, but that will not always be the case. Man of Steel #18 is the easier of the two to find at a lower price, but #17 you will need a lot of patience and luck to snatch it for a good price. A good idea is to look at auction sites and hope that not many people have seen it. Also be careful with second printings because you always want the first one. You can recognize the second printing because of the “II” roman numeral under the price. If you see that numeral on the cover, then skip it.

X-Factor #5
X-Factor #5 | Source

X-Factor #5 (1988)

Although X-Factor #6 can be found for under $20 in extremely rare occasions now, you can still get X-Factor #5 for a very affordable price. X-Factor #5 is the first cameo appearance of Apocalypse who will be featured in the movie X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. His appearance is limited to a couple of panels in that comic book, but it is the first time that fans got to see him. X-Factor #6 is his first full appearance and if you do see it for less than $20 then you should grab it and brag about it because as of publishing it is already $40 to over $100 depending on the copy.

The one thing that you have to watch out for is dirt on the cover. The fact that it is a white background cover makes it easier to see dirt and oil on it. That can reduce the grading if you ever choose to grade and sell. You can get really good clean copies for the right price so always look at the cover in person or at the pictures if you are buying online before you purchase it.

Green Lantern #48
Green Lantern #48 | Source

Green Lantern #48 (1994)

The Green Lantern is not just one character and the most popular of them is Hal Jordan. Other character to have been known as the Green Lantern include: Alan Scott, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner. All of those names have first appearances that would not be considered “budget friendly” except for Kyle Rayner. His first appearance happened in 1994’s “Green Lantern #48” and there are plenty of good copies out there.

This is the one book in the list that will take a lot longer to gain value, but if you are a collector you need to have it due to Rayner’s popularity. Green Lantern #48 is his first appearance but he becomes a Green Lantern on #50 and finally gets his first cover on #51 so the 4 books on “Emerald Twilight” are a series that you may want to get anyway.

Of course there are a lot more comic books that you can get for a great price; the ones on the list are comics that you can consistently find for a great price. It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with important covers so that when you see them for a low price you can get them. You will sometimes see other comics like Fantastic Four #44, Ms. Marvel #1, Omega Men #3, and even Wolverine #1 for a low price, but you will need a lot more patience in order to get them.

© 2014 Sarah


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      Sam Little 2 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Great titles. I loved the Moon Knight comic.

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      William Avitt 3 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      I have Green Lantern 48 signed by Darryl Banks (As well as issue 50, 49 is not signed). I don't see these books going up in value mostly because of Geoff Johns bringing Hal Jordan back. It does ok for a minor key, averaging around $15 on Ebay, but if Johns had kept his whore mouth shut and left Hal Jordan dead, it would be a major key instead of a minor key and worth a lot more these days. If you can't tell, I'm not a big Geoff Johns fan.

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      Sarah 3 years ago

      I remember that episode. And yeah it was pretty funny on his sea horse lol

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      Lela 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I've always liked Green Lantern. I think because my favorite color is green or aqua. Actually, I liked Aquaman too. One of the funniest Big Bang Theory shows had Kuthrapali dressed up as Aquaman. I'll look for some Green Lantern books when I go to the Halloween party.