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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963-98; 2003-13) #129
CGC NM/M: 9.8
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SOLD ON:  Tuesday, 06/06/2023 8:16 PM
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COMMENTS: ow/white pages
1st app of the Punisher (Frank Castle); 1st app of the Jackal COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 9 (CBI)
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ow/white pages
1st app of the Punisher (Frank Castle); 1st app of the Jackal COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 9 (CBI)
Highest Graded
After more than a decade as Marvel's friendly neighborhood front man, the amazing web-slinger swings into the Bronze Age with renewed fervor. This issue marks the first appearance of the Punisher. Created by Gerry Conway as the Assassin, but renamed by Stan Lee, and depicted in all his vengeful prowess by Gil Kane, Ross Andru, and John Romita Sr, the Punisher would quickly become one of Marvel's most popular and enduring anti-heroes. Relevant to big city crime problems and Mafia activity of the turbulent 1970s, ex-marine and war veteran Frank Castle's vigilantism is born from the horrible slaying of his wife and two children in a Central Park mob shootout. In the wake of tragedy, the Punisher emerges to seek vengeance on organized crime using any and all means at his disposal.
Also appearing for the first time in this issue is the Jackal, evil alter ego of biology professor Miles Warren, introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #31. Now an associate of the Punisher, the Jackal convinces him to wage war on the webbed wonder, who he blames for the death of his secret love Gwen Stacy. The Jackal would become the main antagonist in the 90's Clone saga and the 2011 Spider-Island story line, while the Punisher would appear in multiple self-titled series, three major motion pictures, along with the cult status obtained from his portrayal in Frank Miller's acclaimed run on Daredevil.
Who could have guessed that Creator Gerry Conway's original sketch of a small death's head on his new character's chest would be brought to iconic t-shirt stardom by Gil Kane's stunning 1974 cover art. One of the most revered and iconic key issues of the Bronze Age. Following Marvel's critical smash Netflix series, the character quickly became a fan favorite. Now, with confirmed upcoming appearances in Disney+'s Daredevil: Born Again series, the Punisher is in greater demand than ever. The sky is the limit for the future of this book, one of the biggest Bronze Age comics out there.

This copy of Amazing Spider-Man #129, the first appearance of the Punisher, bears an extraordinary 9.8 CGC grade with off-white to white pages. This book is absolutely stunning. The yellow background and the central figures of The Punisher and Spider-Man are flawless on the cover of this Bronze Age classic. As sure as Frank Castle aims at Spider-Man in his crosshairs, collectors everywhere will make this book a high-value target. A 9.8 Amazing Spider-Man #129 recently sold for a whopping $40,800. With multiple movies, a hit Netflix show, and his own line of popular comics, The Punisher is a permanent fixture in pop culture.

Overstreet Guide 2022 NM- (9.2) value = $4,000.

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