If you have some Marmaduke comic books lying around in pretty good condition, you may be wondering if they\u2019re worth anything. I\u2019ll tell you in today\u2019s article!\n\n\n\nAre Marmaduke comic books worth anything? Marmaduke comic books are not worth much, selling for about $40 if you own a collection such as The Best of Marmaduke from 1960. \n\n\n\nIn today\u2019s article, I\u2019ll examine the history of Marmaduke and the value of the comics, so keep reading! \n\n\n\n\n\nWhat Are Marmaduke Comics?\n\n\n\nIf you by chance have never heard of Marmaduke, the comic stars the eponymously-named Great Dane as well as the Winslow family. \n\n\n\nMarmaduke is a 40-inch dog with a lovable personality. However, he\u2019s always getting into mischief.\n\n\n\nThe rest of the Winslow family includes parents Debbie and Phil, children Brian (aka Billy), Barbara (aka Barbie), and Debbie, as well as a cat called King Tut. \n\n\n\nThe Winslows\u2019 neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, are also featured in some comics.\n\n\n\nBrad Anderson, an American cartoonist, created the Marmaduke comics. He sold them to the John F. Dille Co., later to be called the National Newspaper Syndicate, in 1954.\n\n\n\nBetween 1955 and 1962, Anderson partnered with Phil Leeming to produce Marmaduke comics. Then, from 1963 to 1969, he worked with Dorothy Leeming. \n\n\n\nAnderson\u2019s own son Paul even worked on the Marmaduke comics from 2004 onward with his dad.\n\n\n\nNew Marmaduke comics were faithfully printed in newspapers until 2015, which is when Anderson died. He worked on the comics right up until his death. \n\n\n\nThey\u2019re still printed in syndication so new generations of readers can appreciate Marmaduke the dog. \n\n\n\nWhile we\u2019ll never know what Anderson planned for the ending of Marmaduke to be (if he even had one in mind), we have decades and decades of comics to look back on, and that\u2019s incredible! \n\n\n\nHow Much Money Does a Marmaduke Comic Sell For?\n\n\n\nNone of the Marmaduke newspaper printings are valued, but a handful of publications of Marmaduke comics are. \n\n\n\nThe first is a 1960 one-shot published by Charlton Comics called The Best of Marmaduke. The second is a 1969 one-shot published by Scholastic Book Services entitled Marmaduke. \n\n\n\nIn 1973, Scholastic published yet another Marmaduke comic called More Marmaduke. \n\n\n\nThen, Scholastic again published Marmaduke content in 1985. This time, it was a collection of Sunday comics, known as Ever Lovin\u2019 Marmaduke. \n\n\n\nThe last is a 1985 comic called Marmaduke: Super Dog that was published by Ravette Books. \n\n\n\nLet\u2019s evaluate the prices of each Marmaduke now.\n\n\n\nThe Best of Marmaduke \u2013 1960\n\n\n\nThe Best of Marmaduke features 36 pages of original Brad Anderson art. Its cover price was 10 cents according to My Comic Shop.com.\n\n\n\nThis comic book, despite its age, is not very high-valued. Comic Book Realm, a comic value aggregate, says the current value of the comic is $40.\n\n\n\nIn over 60 years, the value of the comic has only risen by approximately $39.9. \n\n\n\nMarmaduke \u2013 1969 \n\n\n\nThe 1969 comic published by Scholastic Book Services simply entitled Marmaduke was the first of many titles the publisher would release featuring the beloved Great Dane. \n\n\n\nThe book features Anderson\u2019s art when he was teaming with Phil Leeming. \n\n\n\nThe cover price of the comic was $0.45. Today, it\u2019s worth $2, says Comic Book Realm. Its value has barely gone up in many decades. \n\n\n\nMore Marmaduke \u2013 1973\n\n\n\nThe 1973 publication of more of the latest (at the time) Marmaduke comics, appropriately called More Marmaduke, was another in the Scholastic collection.\n\n\n\nI couldn\u2019t find any resale info on the comic through Comic Book Realm (it\u2019s not listed on there), but between Etsy and eBay, this comic sells for as low as $5 and as high as $23. \n\n\n\nEver Lovin\u2019 Marmaduke \u2013 1985\n\n\n\nThe last Scholastic publication of Marmaduke comics (that I was able to find, anyway) was called Ever Lovin\u2019 Marmaduke. \n\n\n\nThis collection of comics was published later in Marmaduke\u2019s run.\n\n\n\nIt was even harder to find pricing information on this title, but its resale value appears to be around $40. Keep in mind that that\u2019s seller pricing on sites like eBay and can vary. \n\n\n\nMarmaduke: Super Dog \u2013 1985 \n\n\n\nMarmaduke: Super Dog was not published by Scholastic, but rather, Ravette Books. The softcover paperback is valued at $10 according to Comic Book Realm.\n\n\n\nWhy Aren\u2019t Marmaduke Comics More Valuable?\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019ve faithfully held onto some Marmaduke publications for years hoping the day would eventually come when you could sell them for a good price, I\u2019m sure that reading the last section disappointed you.\n\n\n\nWhy aren\u2019t any Marmaduke comics worth thousands of dollars?\n\n\n\nWhile it\u2019s impossible to say for certain, here are some factors that may be at play. \n\n\n\nMost Publications Were in the Newspaper\n\n\n\nYou have to remember that Marmaduke comics were primarily printed in newspapers. Back in the 1950s when Brad Anderson was originally writing Marmaduke, a newspaper sold for five cents.\n\n\n\nNewspapers aren\u2019t priced that low anymore, but they\u2019re still not what most people would consider expensive. \n\n\n\nThis does set the precedent that newspaper comics would be worth little as well. \n\n\n\nNewspapers Don\u2019t Last Forever\n\n\n\nLet\u2019s say that you predicted that Marmaduke comics could be worth something someday. You decide to cut them out and store them somewhere. \n\n\n\nThe comics won\u2019t last forever due to their medium. \n\n\n\nThrough the 1850s, paper was made at least partially of rag. That composition allowed old papers to last for a long time, seemingly centuries.\n\n\n\nNewspaper though doesn\u2019t have nearly as long of a lifespan since it doesn\u2019t contain rag. \n\n\n\nTo make a newspaper, wood would undergo a grinding process to produce particles with the consistency of sawdust. Those fibers are boiled to make them into sheets. \n\n\n\nThe cellulose fibers of the wood contain lignin, a plant cell wall organic polymer that\u2019s responsible for producing woody and rigid textures.\n\n\n\nThe remaining lignin in the wood begins to break down the cellulose. This is how newspapers become yellowed. \n\n\n\nEventually, the paper will turn so brittle that it can easily disintegrate.\n\n\n\nAll said, the lifespan of even a well-preserved newspaper is only around 50 years. \n\n\n\nMany of the Marmaduke comics may be lost to time and thus couldn\u2019t be resold. \n\n\n\nMarmaduke Ran for a Really Long Time\n\n\n\nWhen it comes to factors that determine an item\u2019s rarity, scarcity is definitely one of them.\n\n\n\nIf you can buy 100 apples at a cart, you\u2019re in no rush to shop. If only five apples are available, then suddenly you\u2019re thinking about how much you need apples.\n\n\n\nMarmaduke ran from the 1950s through the mid-2010s. It was around for 61 years, and with Anderson\u2019s son Paul Anderson having drawn Marmaduke at one time, Marmaduke comics theoretically could continue.\n\n\n\nThe paperback comic compilations are few and far between, but the newspaper publications are so plentiful that they might be less valuable due to their sheer number. \n\n\n\nMarmaduke Didn\u2019t Become a Huge Pop Culture Icon\n\n\n\nMany people remember growing up reading Marmaduke comics no matter how old you are. That said, compared to canine characters such as Snoopy or Scooby-Doo, Marmaduke is a lot less well-known.\n\n\n\nMarmaduke did get the animation treatment courtesy of Ruby-Spears in 1980, but not his own show. \n\n\n\nThe animated segments were featured in Heathcliff, another newspaper comic that transitioned more successfully to the big screen.\n\n\n\nThe dog has had two films as well, a 2010 live-action movie called Marmaduke starring Owen Wilson and a 2022 animated film by the same name with Pete Davidson as the beloved dog. Neither movie did particularly well.\n\n\n\nNow, I\u2019m not trying to knock on Marmaduke at all. The dog is a beloved cartoon, but since he\u2019s not as beloved as some other cartoon canines, Marmaduke comics aren\u2019t worth too much. \n\n\n\nThat\u2019s okay though. At the end of the day, what matters more than what a comic is worth is how much it means to you. If you\u2019re a Marmaduke fan, then keep your comics and reread them with pride!