Despite the recession, comic books has proven that it has staying power -- especially when they are in mint condition.
Since he was young, Billy Wright has collected comic books until his death in 1994 at the age of 66 -- meaning he was never able to enjoy the fruits of his labor. As of yesterday, several of them were sold for at a New York auction for $3.5 million dollars.
Last year, 31-year-old Michael Rorrer founded his late great uncle's collection in a basement closet while cleaning out his great aunt's home in Martinsville, Virginia following her death.
The comics auctioned included Detective Comics #27, the 1939 debut of the Dark Knight Detective Batman, at $523,000; Action Comics #1, the premiere issue of Man of Steel Superman the year before, at $299,000; 1940's Batman #1 at $275,000, and 1941's Captain America #2 with Adolf Hilter on the cover at $114,000.
The rest of them will be part of an online auction over the weekend on Friday and Sunday with an expected estimation of $100,000.