Dallas Man Could Make $500K off Old Comics
I recently posted a gallery of the most expensive comics in the world, and it turns out some guy in Dallas has been sitting on a bunch of them, including Marvel Comics #1 and Batman #1. What makes him particularly lucky, though, is that unlike most kids who just threw their comics around in the pre-collectors era, Ralph Chicorel "loved the artwork so much that I took real good care of them. I turned the pages very carefully," leaving them in unusually excellent shape.
I say first as a caveat, having had this conversation a hundred times over with people who bought a ton of chromium variants in the early 90s and think they can cash in for bank: most people's comic books aren't worth very much. Just to get up over three figures, they have to be very old, very specific issues, and in very good condition. But if they are? Well, Chicorel stands to make half a million dollars in this auction.
Captain Marvel pulls a Krazy Kat, hurling bricks at criminals and/or passersby in his debut in the first issue of Whiz Comics, which was called #2 for no reason.
The first self-titled series from arguably the greatest superhero of them all, published in 1939.
The World War II era hero makes his debut in 1941 by punching Hitler in the face. The man knows how to make an entrance.'], dims:['http://o.aolcdn.com/dims/PGMC/5/354/491/90/'], showDisclaimerText:['false'], disclaimerText:[''], CSS_Title:['#f7f7f7'], CSS_Caption:['#cecece'], CSS_Disclaimer:['#cecece'], CSS_Container:['#262626'], CSS_Border:['#474747'], CSS_PhotoWell:['#646464'], CSS_photoHolder:[''], CSS_Buttons:['#3399cc'], CSS_BtnOver:['#abacad'], CSS_Scroll:['#acacac'], topMargin:['27,0,354,491,408,269,0,-179'] } );