Amazing Spiderman's Million Dollar Adventure

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

First Spiderman Comic From 1962 Sells For $1.1 Million

March 8, 2011

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can…but also what no other Silver Age comic book can do…sell for $1,100,000!

ComicConnect.com, one of the industry’s leading online auction/consignment sites, just sold an extremely rare, top-condition copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the Marvel comic book by legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, that introduced the world to the web slinging, wall climbing superhero known as Spider-Man, a.k.a Peter Parker. The title is one of the world’s most valuable comic books, second only to Action Comics #1,which marks Superman’s 1938 debut that was also sold by ComicConnect.com for a whopping $1,500,000.

“The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age for comic books,” says ComicConnect.com founder Stephen Fishler, one of the leading experts on collectible comics.


“The sale of this book crushed all previous records. Up until today’s $1.1 million sale, the record sales price of a comic book from this era was $250,000.”

When Amazing Fantasy #15 hit the stands in 1962, it cost a mere 12 cents. Fishler acquired the coveted copy of the comic about 25 years ago, and sold it for $2,500. In 2000, he re-acquired the book and quickly sold it for $140,000 after it had been graded as a CGC 9.6 NM+ on the 10-point grading scale created by Fishler.  Today, that scale is used universally to evaluate the condition of comic books.

“People have often wondered how much this near-perfect condition book would sell for, and today we found out,” explains Fishler.  “There are very few books and characters that can dictate this kind of price and Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 is one of them,” Fishler remarks.  ComicConnect.com partner Vincent Zurzolo says, “The buyer of this amazing comic wanted to own the very best.  The Amazing Fantasy #15 - 9.6 is the definition of the very best.”

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