Archie Comics #1Archie Andrews, the lead character of the Archie comic books, proved he can hold his own on the auction floor, and even exceed, the likes of Spider-Man, The Hulk and The Batman. At Heritage Auctions’ Signature Vintage Comics & Comics Art Auction a CGC-certified 8.5 copy of Archie Comics #1 brought a world record price of $167,300 (including 19.5% Buyer’s Premium). It’s no superhero book, and that’s what made this sale all the more surprising. This amount exceeds the priciest of Spidey and Hulk comic books sold at Heritage, which brought in excess of $125,000 each.
It sold to a West Coast collector who has been collecting Archie comic books for decades. I’ve been collecting Archies for 40 years, the collector said, and over the years I’ve become much more selective as far as condition. I’ve been looking for a high-grade Archie #1 for some time, and this is the first I’ve come across that I’d feel good about owning. It’s not going to leave my possession until I die.