Auctions | July 10, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #1, CGC 9.6 NM+ Leads Hakes Pop Culture Auction

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Amazing Spider-Man #1

More than 300 CGC-certified comic books will feature in Hakes' July 25-26 sale, including examples of nearly all of Marvel’s key Silver Age titles.

Of particular interest is the CGC 9.6 NM+ copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963) with white pages. It is one of only five CGC 9.6 copies known to exist and one of only three at that grade level to reach the auction marketplace in over a decade. The most recently auctioned ASM #1, with off-white pages as opposed to the white pages seen in Hake’s example, sold in 2022 for $336,000. 

“Even the most advanced comic book collectors are expected to go after the one in our sale with a vengeance, because a better copy might not come to auction anytime soon – if ever. This is a very rare opportunity for collectors to get their hands on an incredible, very high-grade example of this key book,”  said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Auctions.

CGC has graded a total of 4,688 Spider-Man #1 comics. The one consigned to Hake’s, from the collection of John B Goodrich, was graded very recently and is one of the seven best copies documented in two decades of record-keeping, The issue will be displayed at Comic-Con July 19 - 23 in San Diego.

Another significant book from the Marvel universe, Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) features the first appearance of Spider-Man/Peter Parker and also introduces the agile superhero’s guardians, Aunt May and Uncle Ben. A CGC 7.5 VF copy of the book, also from the John B Goodrich collection, is entered with an auction estimate of $100,000-$200,000.

Also featured is Neal Adams’ original pen-and-ink art for Page 19 of the DC comic book Green Lantern Vol. 2, #80 (October 1970). Inked by Dick Giordano and Mike Peppe, the page is an action-packed depiction from the 'Even An Immortal Can Die!' storyline. Green Lantern’s power ring is in use in all four panels and is viewable in three of them, including a closeup view. The artwork is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

Neal Adams original pen-and-ink art for Page 19 of the DC comic book Green Lantern Vol. 2, #80 (October 1970)
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Neal Adams original pen-and-ink art for Page 19 of the DC comic book Green Lantern Vol. 2, #80 (October 1970) 

Howard Chaykin pen-and-ink original art for Page 26 of the Marvel comic book Star Wars #1 (July 1977)
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Howard Chaykin pen-and-ink original art for Page 26 of the Marvel comic book Star Wars #1 (July 1977) 

1910 postcard from the sought-after ‘PC796 Sepia Postcards’ series. Depicts Ty Cobb  shaking hands with Honus Wagner at the 1909 World Series
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1910 postcard from the sought-after ‘PC796 Sepia Postcards’ series. Depicts Ty Cobb  shaking hands with Honus Wagner at the 1909 World Series

Cardback photoart depicting Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as The Joker from Kenner’s 1990 Batman: The Dark Knight Collection
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Cardback photoart depicting Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as The Joker from Kenner’s 1990 Batman: The Dark Knight Collection

Other highlights include:

  • Howard Chaykin’s pen-and-ink original art for Page 26 of the Marvel comic book Star Wars #1 (July 1977), and also from Part I of the Star Wars: A New Hope movie adaptation. The six panels – the last of which is artist-signed – show Luke Skywalker searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 at the Lars Homestead. Original art from this debut issue has never before appeared at any auction. It has an opening bid of $10,000.
  • original photoart (airbrushed/enhanced photographs) from Kenner’s 1990 'Batman: The Dark Knight Collection' features portraits of Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as The Joker. Both of the artworks served as masters for mass-produced printed images on Kenner toy packaging and action figure cardbacks. Each measures 20 by 23 inches and carries a $10,000-$20,000 estimate.
  • a 1910 postcard from the sought-after 'PC796 Sepia Postcards' series depicts Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner shaking hands at the 1909 World Series which pitted Cobb’s Detroit Tigers against Wagner’s ultimately victorious Pittsburgh Pirates. PSA-graded 2 (MK), it comes to auction with a $10,000-$20,000 estimate.
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