Once again, ComicConnect has been involved in a record-breaking comic book sale; and this time it's Peter Parker's turn to step out of the shadows and into the limelight. The comic in question was a near-mint copy of 'Amazing Fantasy # 15' - the debut of Spiderman.
The comic, first issued in 1962, was sold for a staggering $1.1m - making it only the third comic to break the million dollar barrier. 'Amazing Fantasy # 15' falls short of the most expensive comic in the world; 'Action Comics #1', Superman's first appearance, which changed hands for $1.5m in February 2010.
However, this transaction has broken several records of its own. 'Amazing Fantasy #15' is now the most expensive 'Silver Age' comic - those issued between 1956 and 1970 - surpassing the previous record by $850,000. It also becomes the most expensive Marvel comic ever sold.
Spiderman is the superhero guise of Peter Parker - a 'nerd' who is bitten by a radioactive spider, acquiring derivative super powers. The brainchild of writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, Spiderman was initially regarded as a dead loss; the character was stuffed into the last ever issue of the cancelled 'Amazing Fantasy' title.
Of course, the rest is history - Spiderman is now one of the most successful superhero franchises ever created; a mean feat for a minor character in a dying 12 cents comic.
The copy is in fantastic condition - it was given a CGC 9.6 rating, higher than both the record-holding 'Action Comics #1' and a pristine copy of 'Detective Comics #27' - the introduction of Batman. The comic was sold from one private buyer to another, with the assistance of ComicConnect, who also helped sell the $1.5m copy of Action Comics # 1.
The sale of 'Amazing Fantasy #15' is potentially good news for collectors of and investors in Silver Age comic books, as it could see a massive increase in their market value. In 2009, we reported on the sale of a copy of the 'Incredible Hulk #1' - long considered one of the rarest Silver Age comics - for $125,475; way below Spiderman's new benchmark.
Although these figures represent the top end, it will inevitably impact on the rest of the comic book market. So, get trawling through your attics - you might find more than spiders up there . . .
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