The first comic book to feature Superman, published in 1938, recently sold for $1.5 million.
But don’t tell your clients to dump their traditional assets and start chasing superheroes: Not all comics are considered collectible.
Stephen Fishler, founder of Metropolis Collectibles and ComicConnect.com in New York, says investors and serious collectors tend to focus on issues from the golden age (the late 1930s through 1954) and the silver age (1955–1970).
It’s also a market in which expert knowledge is critical to spotting trends and avoiding rip-offs.
To consider an investment in this field, Fishler recommends that prospective collectors develop a working knowledge of the comics that most interest them.
David John Marotta, CFP, AIF, and president of Marotta Wealth Management in Charlottesville, Va., has been collecting comics since he was 4 years old. He says the prices of collectible comics tend to keep up with inflation and are volatile.