Chances are you stumbled upon this article looking for the value of the Death of Superman comic book you have or are interested in buying/selling. Now, it all depends on which Death of Superman issue you are referring to, so we have values for the most common and valuable issues below.
Story: Dan Jurgens
Art: Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
Platinum Edition Values:
- CGC 9.8 – $200 – $330 ↑
- CGC 9.6 – $180 – $210 ↑
- CGC 9.4 – $135 – $165 ↑
- CGC 9.2 – $100 – $135 ↑
- Ungraded – $120 – $190 ↑
- Price Check: Platinum Editions For Sale
The platinum edition originally came poly-bagged and has a silver Superman logo on the front with the text “Here Lies Earth’s Greatest Hero” Each poly bag is sequentially numbered – with 10,000 copies in existence. These were originally given to dealers as an incentive item. Keep in mind the values above reflect comics already graded by CGC – which is an added cost. Here is more information on grading your comic books. Also if you were to sell your copy online, you’d realize about 20% sale commission.
“Black Bag” #75 Version (1st Print)
- CGC 9.8 – $75 – $95 ↑
- Worth $12 – $30 ↑ Sealed In The Bag
- Price Check: Black Bag Versions For Sale
The Black Bag Superman #75 is pretty easy to find for sale – most have been left inside the black ploy-bag. This issue of the Death of Superman has appreciated some over the $2.50 cover price despite not being all that rare.
“White Bag” #500 Version
- Worth $3 – $8 ↑ Sealed In The Bag
Death Of Superman Trade Paperback Version:
Platinum Version Values
- CGC 9.8 – $149 – $177 ↑
- Undgraded – $40 – $65 ↓
If you are in the market to buy or sell a Death of Superman Trade Paperback comic book, make sure you know which version you have. The most valuable version is the Platinum Edition, that was given to dealers who sent back a survey to DC comics in 1992/1993. The Platinum versions are not numbered, but are limited to only 4,500 copies (see dealer letter above). The platinum versions don’t have a UPC or Superman logo on the lower left corner of the front cover. Additionally, the Platinum versions have a platinum/silver box outline around “The Death Of” on the front cover.
Black background around “The Death Of” and Superman Logo in UPC box.
- Ungraded – $7 – $19
Silver background around “The Death Of” and Superman Logo in UPC box.
- Ungraded – $3 – $8
Silver background around “The Death Of” and UPC box.
- Ungraded – $2 – $5
Trade Paperback 2nd Printing
Black background around “The Death Of” and UPC code appear of front cover.
- Ungraded $4 – $9
Published: November 1961
Estimated Values & Recorded Sales
- CGC 9.0 – $355
- CGC 7.0 – $145
- CGC 6.0 – $105
- Ungraded – $25+
This issue of Superman is the 1st “Death of Superman” story line. 8th Legion of Super-Heroes makes an appearance, Luthor and JLA appearance. This is also the last 10-cent issue, the next issue would cost 12 cents. On the front cover features Superman laying down, with Luthor inspecting Superman with a stethoscope Luthor proclaims “I did it … at last I’ve Killed Superman! Not a sign of life in him … His body is turning green from KRYPTONITE poisoning! Cry your hearts out, folks!” Finding an issue for sale is not particularly difficult, and one in near perfect condition is worth about $350.
– Updated Q2 2016 – The market strengthened on high-end graded Platinum Editions, possibly due to the lack of supply that was for sale for most of the first few months of the year. The high-end range of the black-bag version ticked up to $30. Ungraded Platinum Trade Paperbacks (TPB) trended down in value roughly 20%, while high-end graded versions (not seen too often) increased in value.
– Updated Q2 2015 – The market softened even further (30 – 50%) on all poly-bagged & graded Platinum Edition #75 comic books. The Trade Paperback Platinum Edition values increased 20% – 30% over the same period.
– Updated Q1 2015 – The market had softened a bit on the poly-bagged Platinum Edition and CGC 9.8, 9.6 and 9.4 were about 10 – 15% less than previously recorded values.