How to Price Classic Illustrated Comics

By Daryl Potter
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Published from 1941 to 1971, the Classics Illustrated series adapted famous Western literary works into the comic book medium. Although Classics Illustrated comic books are major collectible items, the value of each comic from this series varies considerably depending on its physical condition and the publication edition.

Examine the physical condition of each Classics Illustrated comic book. Minor flaws such as small paper tears, worn binding, and faded coloring will slightly affect the value of the comic book. Major flaws such as water damage, significant paper tears, and missing pages will greatly affect the value of the comic book.

Rate the physical condition of each Classics Illustrated comic book using a comics grading guide. The physical condition of comic books are rated as follows on a descending scale: Mint (M), Near Mint (NM), Very Fine (VF), Fine (FN), Very Good (VG), Good (G), and Fair (F).

Note the publication date of each Classics Illustrated comic book. Classics Illustrated comic books, unlike most other comic book series, reprinted comic issues often to meet market demand. Most issues have a publication run spanning several years, if not decades.

Estimate the value of each Classics Illustrated comic book using a comic book price guide. Classics Illustrated comic books are priced according to the print edition and the overall physical condition.

Consider sending valuable Classics Illustrated comic books to a professional grading service for a more precise evaluation. This may be necessary if you intend eventually to sell these comic books, as professionally-evaluated goods are the norm for the rare comic book medium.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Daryl Potter has been writing since 2005. His coverage of U.S. public policy and politics has appeared in several academic journals. Potter holds a B.A. in political science from the University of San Diego, as well as a master's degree in international relations.