Spider-Man comedic debut sells for record $ 3.6 million – Robb Report
Spider-Man might not be able to beat Superman in a fight, but his comic book debut just did.
Fantastic unbelievable no. 15, the comic in which the wall crawler and his alter ego, Peter Parker, first appeared, sold on Thursday for a record-breaking $ 3.6 million in the Signature Comics & Comic sale Heritage Auction Art. The hammer price easily breaks the previous record of $ 3.6 million, set by a copy of Superman’s early days, Action comics no. 1, earlier this year.
Amazing fantasy Originally released in June 1961 as a science fiction anthology under the title Amazing adventure. With the comic set to be canceled in July of next year, writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko (although the iconic cover was drawn by Jack Kirby) were given carte blanche for the book’s final issue. The result was a story about Peter Parker, a teenager who gains superpowers after being bitten by a radiated spider, but does not use them to stop a flight, resulting in the death of his uncle Ben. Chastened by his selfishness, Parker decided to use his powers for good and become Spider-Man. The issue turned out to be a hit with readers, and although the comic had always been canceled, the character would get his own title, The Amazing Spider-Man, in March 1963. The rest, as they say, is up to to history.
This particular copy of Amazing fantasy no. 15 was rated 9.6 by Certified Guaranty Company and is one of four near-new copies still in existence. There are no known copies in better condition. The previous record selling price for a copy of the comic was $ 1.1 million. This example also had a rating of 9.6 and sold in May 2011. That’s a jump of over $ 2.5 million in just over a decade.
The prices of comics, like other collectibles, have skyrocketed over the past year. In addition to record sales for Amazing fantasy no. 15 and Action comics no. 1, a copy of Batman no. 1 raised $ 2.2 million in March, while X-Men grossed $ 807,500 in July. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, however. As Hollywood has discovered over the past decade, superheroes are big business.