Known worldwide, the biggest names in comic books and graphic novels are DC and Marvel Comics, featuring many well-known superheroes. A relative newcomer to the scene, Dark Horse Comics is home to many books based on popular movies, video games, and television shows. Fans looking for collectible comic books will find a vast array of titles from our sellers, including rare first editions and signed copies.
In 1934, National Allied Publications and Detective Comics, Inc. merged to create the company that would become DC Comics. DC would go on to launch Action Comics featuring Superman and introduce the Justice League of America, which included Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. The most sought-after vintage DC comic books are those that feature the first appearances of these iconic characters. Other collectible DC comics such as Hellblazer, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, and Alan Moore's Watchmen veer into darker territory, but are just as loved by fans.
Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics, featuring the adventures of Captain America, among others. In the 1960s, the company took the name Marvel Comics and launched superhero series like The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, and the mutant X-Men. Again, the most collectible Marvel comic books feature the first appearances of these characters, especially those created by writer and editor Stan Lee.
After launching in 1986 as an offshoot of an Oregon comic book shop, Dark Horse Comics carved out a niche by creating graphic books that served as sequels to existing media, including movies like Star Wars, cult favorite TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and video games like Tomb Raider. The company also specializes in manga books, forming partnerships with many Japanese artists.
At AbeBooks, you can shop DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse titles, whether you're looking to catch up on popular story arcs or add a rare variant cover to your collection.