All of the CGC-certified Comics That Have Topped $1 Million in 2022

Posted on 4/8/2022

Superman and Batman are among the million-dollar superheroes, but the list also has newcomers to this elite level, including Captain America.

Multiple comic books authenticated and graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) have sold for over $1 million in 2022. They include the first seven-figure prices for the Captain America and Fantastic Four franchises. (In 2021, eight CGC-certified comics soared over the $1 million threshold.)

The table below listing the CGC-certified comic books selling for over $1 million in 2022 can be sorted automatically by clicking on the column headers. Click on the name of the comic book to jump to an image and description of that comic book, or keep scrolling to see all of the comic books.

Comic BookGrade SuperheroSale DateSale Price
Superman #1 CGC 8.0 Superman January 2022 $5.3 million
Action Comics #1 CGC 6.0 Superman January 16, 2022 $3.18 million
Captain America Comics #1 CGC 9.4 Captain America April 7, 2022 $3.12 million
Marvel Comics #1 CGC 9.2 Human Torch and others March 17, 2022 $2.42 million
Detective Comics #27 CGC 6.5 Batman May 21, 2022 $1.74 million
Fantastic Four #1 CGC 9.2 Fantastic Four April 7, 2022 $1.5 million
Detective Comics #27 CGC 4.5 Batman January 16, 2022 $1.14 million

CGC-certified Comic Books Realizing Seven Figures in 2022

Comic book: Superman #1

Grade: CGC 8.0

Sale price: $5.3 million

Why it's special: This is the most expensive comic book ever sold, with the January 2022 transaction far exceeding the previous record of $3.6 million set by an Amazing Fantasy #15 in 2021. That sale ended over a decade of dominance by Superman books at the top of the comic book world. Superman #1 was the first comic book titled after its superhero, and with this sale, Superman returns to the top.

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Comic book: Action Comics #1

Grade: CGC 6.0

Sale price: $3.18 million

Why it's special: This comic book sold for $3.18 million at a Heritage Auctions sale in January 2022. The Golden Age grail from 1938 introduced the world to Superman. This example is known as the "Rocket Copy" because of its red rocket stamp on the cover.

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Comic book: Captain America Comics #1

Grade: CGC 9.4

Sale price: $3.12 million

Why it's special: The sale of this Captain America Comics #1 for $3.12 million shattered the record for its franchise. The result, achieved in an April 2022 Heritage Auctions sale, was an impressive increase over the previous record for the title, set by the same copy at a 2019 Heritage sale where it realized $915,000.

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Comic book: Marvel Comics #1

Grade: CGC 9.2

Sale price: $2.42 million

Why it's special: Published in late 1939 by Timely Comics (a predecessor of Marvel Entertainment), Marvel Comics #1 introduced characters such as the Human Torch, Ka-Zar and Namor the Sub-Mariner. This copy is known as the Pay Copy because it includes notations from the editor about what contributors were paid. It realized $2,427,777 at a ComicConnect sale in March 2022.

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Comic book: Detective Comics #27

Grade: CGC 6.5

Sale price: $1.74 million

Why it's special: This May 2022 sale through Goldin Auctions was a record-setter for this issue, which contains the first appearance of Batman. It is the seventh CGC-certified book to realize seven figures in 2022.

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Comic book: Fantastic Four #1

Grade: CGC 9.2

Sale price: $1.5 million

Why it's special: This copy of Fantastic Four #1 sold for $1.5 million at a Heritage sale in April 2022, marking the first time a title from its franchise crossed the $1 million mark at auction. Fantastic Four #1 was published in 1961 by Marvel Comics and features the first appearance of the Fantastic Four superhero team.

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Comic book: Detective Comics #27

Grade: CGC 4.5

Sale price: $1.14 million

Why it's special: Known for the first appearance of Batman, the 1939 book launched the franchise of the “Caped Crusader.” This copy sold for $1.14 million at a Heritage auction in January 2022. The CGC Census has only about three dozen examples of Detective Comics #27 that qualify for the coveted Universal label.

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