News | January 16, 2024

First Issue of Amazing Spider-Man Comic Sold for $1.38m at Auction

Heritage Auctions

The Amazing Spider-Man 1

One of only two copies of The Amazing Spider-Man No. 1 graded CGC Near Mint/Mint 9.8 has realized a record-setting $1,380,000 at Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art sale.

The book, which appeared on newsstands in March 1963 seven months after Peter Parker and his alter-ego debuted in Amazing Fantasy No. 15, sold for nearly three times the amount realized by the CGC Near Mint+ 9.6 copy that sold in July 2023 for $520,380.

Other highlights included:

  • one of only two copies of Superman No. 1 graded Fine/Very Fine 7.0 went for $2.34m close to a record high for the first issue of the Man of Steel’s solo book
  • the single highest-graded copy of 1942’s All Star Comics No. 8 featuring the debut of Wonder Woman was sold for $1.5 million.
  • 1956’s Showcase No. 4, which kicked off the Silver Age by introducing Barry Allen’s Flash and graded Near Mint+ 9.6, went for $900,000, beating the previous high of $179,250
  • a Near Mint+ copy of The Brave and the Bold No. 28, in which the Justice League of America debuted, realized a record $810,000
  • a CGC Near Mint- 9.2 copy of Incredible Hulk No. 1 finally went for an auction record of $825,000
  • a Silver Surfer No. 1 from the Boston Pedigree, graded CGC Near Mint/Mint 9.8, sold for $132,000, also a new record for the title

Vice President Barry Sandoval said. “It was obvious this Spider-Man was an opportunity not likely to come around, and the final price reflected that. And the Showcase No. 4 and Brave and the Bold No. 28 are the two best copies of any Silver Age DC that exist, and it was nice to see the market respond.”

Other results included a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs October 1912 All-Story in which he introduced readers to Tarzan ($264,000), George Pérez’s original art for the Avengers No. 161 cover on which Captain America, Black Panther, Wonder Man, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch are being “Attacked by the Ant-Man!” ($288,000), and John Romita Sr.’s cover of The Amazing Spider-Man No. 87 which concluded a long-running storyline in which Peter Parker appeared to be losing his powers ($210,000).