SOLD ON: Thursday, 02/10/2022 7:01 PM
October, 1933. First issue. "The Spider Strikes" by R.T. M. Scott.
crm pgs; sharp spine w/ some stress & very minor chipping at bottom; slight moisture dmg on front cover interior A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
Premiere issue of The Spider! Released October 1933, this issue introduced The Spider to the world in "The Spider Strikes" by R.T.M. Scott. The Spider would go on to influence later superheroes like Batman and Daredevil. The Spider was an unusual hero pulp because it combined heroic adventures with weird menaces and apocalyptic sci-fi. Many of the covers are bright, bloodthirsty, and brilliant, making them essential additions to any pulp collection. Between being slightly more obscure than other pulp heroes like The Shadow and Doc Savage and having scandalously strange and sexy covers, The Spider has become one of the sought-after pulp titles in recent years.
This first issue features a painted cover by Walter Baumhofer, with a group of criminals caught in a spider's web. It is a truly striking cover, and quintessentially pulp. Click on the image below to watch the YouTube video about this item!
This copy of the October 1933 first issue of The Spider is in VG/F 5.0 condition. The front cover has such sharp color, making for a beautiful view of all of the central figures caught in the Spider's web. A slight crease along the left side, some inevitable chipping along the front cover's exterior edges, and slight moisture damage on the front cover's interior do not detract from how stunning this book truly is.
The majority of pulps inevitably chip and tan dramatically over time, yet this book still has gorgeous cream pages, and a sharp spine with only a very slight chip and minor stress. The back cover has a clean white background, with sharp red and blue text surrounding the central image of Charles Atlas. There is minor stress along the back cover's exteriors, much less than the average pulp. The condition of this pulp is an impressive feat for a book that will be turning 90 years old next year! The pulp market is on fire and the Spider is one of the main titles regularly breaking record prices!