Challengers of the Unknown Comic Price Guide

DC Comics // April-May 1958 - December 1970-January 1971
Issue count: 87

Challengers of The Unknown was one of the very finest "team/adventure" books when DC first presented them in the late 1950's. Top Notch stories and art make earlier issues much sought-out! #14 features the 1st appearance of MULTI-MAN!

Challengers Of The Unknown

When Joe Simon and Jack Kirby dissolved their partnership in the late 50's (after an under-appreciated run of titles and creations for Prize Comics), Jack Kirby found himself back at DC, taking work on various minor titles.

That changed in 1958 when he was tapped to helm the introduction of Challengers of The Unknown - an innovative and dramatic "team" book which featured four charismatic characters, each with a particular skill set.

Kirby spearheaded the first 8 issues before finding his way to Marvel Comics and creating the groundbreaking Fantastic Four - a team not altogether unlike The Challengers...hmmm.

The book ran for 80 issues, until 1973,  enjoying a brief revival in 1977-78. But it is that first initial run of the late 50's that are the most sought-after in the collector community!

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Issue #1

What's Challengers Of The Unknown #1 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Challengers Of The Unknown #1 is unknown. The highest-rated copy to sell publicly is an unrestored 9.0 VF/NM that sold for the price of $2,600 in April 2019, which is a decrease from its peak January 2007 value of $3,007. An unrestored 8.5 has a July 2012 value of $1,926, and an unrestored 6.0 sold for the price of $660 in July 2020, an increase from its July 2018 value of $467.

Why is this comic book valuable?

Meet the team known as the Challengers in Challengers Of The Unknown #1, published by D.C. Comics in April 1958. Ace Morgan, Professor Haley, Red Ryan, and Rocky Davis become the Challengers of the Unknown in “The Human Pets.” the team is also featured in “The Man Who Tampered with Infinity.” 

Price Guide Report

GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$200 $350 $600 $1,700 $5,200 $3,007

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Issue #2

What's Challengers Of The Unknown #2 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Challengers Of The Unknown #2 is unknown. The highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction is an unrestored 8.0 that sold for the price of $716 in April 2018. An unrestored 7.5 has a September 2010 value of $534, and an unrestored 5.5 sold for the cost of $180 in July 2020, An increase from its September 2010 value of $70.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The team must uncover a traitor in Challengers Of The Unknown #2, published in June 1958 by D.C. Comics. June Walker tries to sabotage the Challengers’ efforts to stop an indestructible monster, but her interference turns into the missing key to saving the day! 

Price Guide Report

GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$45 $90 $150 $600 $2,600 $725

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Issue #3

What's Challengers Of The Unknown #3 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Challengers Of The Unknown #3 is unknown. The highest-rated copy to sell publicly is an unrestored 8.5 VF+ that sold for the price of $400 in February 2019. An unrestored 8.0 has a January 2003 value of $489, and an unrestored 5.0 has a May 2020 value of $300, which is an increase from its September 2019 price of $100. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

Rock returns to Earth with superpowers in Challengers Of The Unknown #3, published by D.C. Comics in August 1958. Predating the Fantastic Four, Rocky Davis is sent into space to test a new pill, and when he returns, he suddenly has four new superpowers! However, these super abilities come with a mental toll that costs him to lose his mind. 

Price Guide Report

GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$35 $70 $250 $400 $1,500 $490

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Issue #4

What's Challengers Of The Unknown #4 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Challengers Of The Unknown #4 is unknown. The highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction is an unrestored 9.2 NM- that sold for the price of $1,140 in November 2019, which is a decrease from its peak August 2018 value of $1,267. An unrestored 8.5 has a July 2017 value of $598, and an unrestored 7.5 sold for the price of $264 in September 2018.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The Challengers take on the Wizard of Time in Challengers Of The Unknown #4, published in October 1958 by D.C. Comics. Ancient Greek soldiers attempt to steal a plane, and when one is captured, the undercover soldier leads them to Darius Tiko. Tiko is experimenting with time travel, and the Challengers must stop him and recover scientists who have disappeared. 

Price Guide Report

GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$35 $70 $170 $260 $1,150 $1,275

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Issue #5

What's Challengers Of The Unknown #5 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Challengers Of The Unknown #5 is unknown. The highest-rated copy to sell publicly is an unrestored 9.0 VF/NM that sold for the price of $1,028 in September 2018, which is an increase from its March 2014 value of $815. An unrestored 8.5 sold for $687  in July 2017, and an unrestored 8.0 has a July 2020 value of $312.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The Challengers take on the Riddle of the Star-Stone in Challengers Of The Unknown #5, published by D.C. Comics in December 1958. Professor Brandon’s assistant steals his ancient Star-Stone. A sorcerer created the device, and the assistant uses the old machine to give himself superpowers. 

Price Guide Report

GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$50 $100 $250 $425 $1,500 $1,025

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Issue #14

What's Challengers Of The Unknown #14 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Challengers Of The Unknown #14 is unknown. The highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction is an unrestored 9.0 that sold for $335 in August 2017. An unrestored 8.0 has a July 2020 value of $95, and an unrestored 7.5 sold for the price of $138 in May 2014.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The origin story of the Multi-Man is featured in Challengers Of The Unknown #14, published in June 1960 by D.C. Comics. Multi-Man defeats the Challengers in the introductory tale. Alien Beasts attempt to capture the Challengers of the Unknown. 

Price Guide Report

GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$15 $30 $60 $140 $500 $340

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