$1 comics turning into big blockbusters and big bucks

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DENVER — Superhero shows and movies are larger than ever. They’re bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

In fact, if you’re looking to profit from their popularity, you might be able to with a small investment. It could cost as little as $1.

“If it weren’t for obscure characters becoming popular, we actually couldn’t survive,” said Chuck Rozanski, owner of Mile High Comics in Denver.

Rozanski owns millions of comics as well as the world’s largest comic book store, which is located in Denver. Mile High Comics takes in thousands of comics each year and every once in a while, Rozanski said he will strike gold.

“I would not have given you $5 for those five years ago,” Rozanski said while looking at a copy of a Deadpool comic.

Deadpool is a Marvel character about to be featured in a new film. A few years ago, Rozanki said the comic first introducing the character would likely be found in a dollar bin. Today, it’s worth a couple thousand.

“You just simply never know who the next major character is going to be,” Rozanksi said.

Captain America, The Avengers and Rocket Raccoon are a few additional examples of what used to exist in the dollar bin.

“And suddenly the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon is worth $500 and we find a pack of 10 of them in the back, it’s like OK,” Rozanski said.

Popular shows like "Gotham" on Fox and "The Flash" on CW are making those characters popular too. Sometimes it can take five to 10 years for a comic to be worth a lot.

“Sometimes it’s not even five to 10 years. Sometimes it’s five to 10 months,” Rozanski said.

He has had so much luck, some of the comics have brought him six-figure payoffs. Who knows? The next comic you find in the $1 bin could turn in to a couple grand.

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