Four high grade issues of comic books from the Silver Age (1956-1969) have been snapped up for four figures at Heritage's auction, which ended on Sunday.
Two exceptionally high-grade 1966 books from Marvel intrigued bidders:
A near mint copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #39 (in which Spiderman discovers the identity of The Green Goblin), graded an impressive 9.2 by the CGC, sold for $1,314.50 whilst a copy of Tales of Suspense #73 featuring Iron Man and Captain America, graded at an extraordinary 9.6 fetched $1,135.25.
The Spiderman comic was also signed by John Romita and Stan Lee last year.
Both of these comics would be worth far more if there were no other near mint examples in existence, and so they represent very good investments for a collector prepared to keep them in perfect condition.
These were beaten, however, by two Superman-themed books from DC:
A first issue of the surprising Superman spin-off Lois Lane (showing her flying alongside Superman with the aid of a broomstick) fetched $2,868.00. Graded 7.0, it is probably coveted for its rarity and oddity value rather than from nostalgia as such.
The biggest sale was a copy of Adventure Comics #247 depicting Superman (or 'Superboy' as he's referred to here) being rejected by the Legion of Super-Heroes, in their first outing. The comic sparked particular excitement amongst bidders in the final floor auction, finally leaving the stage for $3,585.00.
Sunday's auction provides a gentle New Year warm-up for the upcoming sale on February 27, at which a high-grade copy of the legendary Detective Comics #27 (which introduces Batman) will be for sale.
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