When I was young I had so many issues of Archie's Double Digest you could've wallpapered my room with them and still had a few books left over.
While those mini-collections that we buy at the checkout lane aren't worth much, older Archie fans may have a few valuable issues tucked away in their collection. The great thing about Archie is year after year he only seems to get more popular, and that means the values of these 15 books have aged like fine wine.
This list is in chronological order, so keep reading to learn which recent books are worth a pretty penny.
1. Pep Comics #22 (1941)
Record sale: $143,000
Huh? Where's Archie? Everyone's favorite comic book teenager debuted in a 6-page story near the end of this issue called "Introducing Archie." So did other popular characters like Betty and Jughead. This book is really rare, so unless your kindly ancestor tucked an issue away in their safe, you probably don't have one. Even a copy in rough shape should fetch $10,000.
2. Jackpot Comics #4 (1942)
Record sale: $16,700
Notice that redhead in the bottom corner of the cover? This was Archie's first appearance on the cover of a comic, signaling big things to come in his career. A copy of this book should sell for at least $1,000.
3. Pep Comics #26 (1942)
Record sale: $5,100
While most of Archie's friends were introduced in Pep Comics #22, this was our first meeting with Veronica Lodge, Archie's second girlfriend. You should get at least $500 for this comic from a devoted Archie fan.
Other first appearance issues like #24 (Principal Weatherbee) and #25 (Coach Kleats) also attract a lot of interest.
4. Pep Comics #36 (1940)
Record sale: $39,500
Archie's back on the magazine's cover, but this time it's a full-body illustration, his first one ever. Unless you're in a seller's market, you can expect about $800 for this book.
5. Archie Comics #1 (1942)
Record sale: $167,000
Surprise, surprise. Archie's popularity managed to earn him his own spin-off series and as you already know it was a hit. Fans are eager to get their hands on Archie's first solo book, and will gladly pay $10,000 for even a rough issue.
6. Early Archie issues
While they're not as in-demand as Archie Comics #1, early issues of the comic are in short supply, which makes them worth more. The record sale for issue #2 is $31,000 and #3's is $8,200.
7. Pep Comics #41 (1943)
Record sale: $4,000
From here on out Archie was the top-billed character in Pep Comics, and this issue was the first in a long line of magazine covers featuring him until the series ended in the 1980s. This issue is fairly common, so unless yours is in good condition it will only bring in $100 or so.
See if any of the more recent books on the list are hiding in your attic...