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Amazing Fantasy
Comics from the ’60s growing in popularity, value

By Melissa Erickson

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More than just a bit of prized nostalgia, the pleasures of youth are sometimes worth big bucks.

Silver Age comic books — those published between about 1956 and 1970 — are skyrocketing in popularity and rising in value among collectors. Do you have a box of comics hidden away that may be worth money?

Just like some vinyl records, baseball cards, fi rst-edition concert posters and toys like Hot Wheels and Barbies, many comic books now have bumped-up monetary value.

The most expensive Golden Age (about 1938 to 1956) comics can sell for more than $1 million, but the comics of baby boomers’ youth are also rising in value, said Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles in New York, a vintage comic book dealer, and its online auction house, ComicConnect.com. Superheroes like the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Black Panther plus the X-Men and the Fantastic Four all fl ourished during what is known as the Silver Age of comics, Zurzolo said. Each time one of these characters shows up in a movie or TV show now, vintage comics’ value jumps, he said.

These days it’s rare for a cache of Golden Age comics to be uncovered, but not uncommon for those from the Silver Age to be found packed away in a closet or attic, Zurzolo said.

“Our target customer is a retiree or an empty-nester looking to downsize. They fi nd a comic book collection from the 1960s and think, ‘I may have something of value here,’” said Ashley Cotter-Cairns, president of SellMyComicBooks.com and an advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

Some people advocate for holding onto Silver Age comics when they realize their value, but others are looking for a sale, CotterCairns said. If your stash of comics has survived over four or fi ve decades unharmed from basement fl ooding or other disasters, it could be the right time to make some money, he said.

What’s the difference? Lifetime collector Robert Letscher of the Phoenix area decided to sell his collection, valued at $500,000, this past summer. Growing up in the 1960s as an “Air Force brat” whose family relocated often, Letscher often felt isolated and alone as the new kid in town. He turned to comic books, where

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