Superheroes proceed to have collectors trapped of their net of recognition. A superbly clear copy of Superb Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) – one in every of solely 5 of its challenge grade recognized to exist – set off a bidding conflict at Hake’s July 25-26 public sale of popular culture memorabilia, climbing to a staggering last value of $520,380.
The comedian, a CGC-graded 9.6 challenge, had been displayed at Comic-Con in San Diego previous to the sale and attracted appreciable curiosity from followers, indicator of what was to return.
“Collectors knew what made the ebook particular. It got here from the John B Goodrich assortment, had fascinating white pages, and was one in every of solely three at that grade stage to achieve the public sale market in additional than a decade,” stated Hake’s president, Alex Winter. “Eight months previous to our sale, a CGC 9.6 Spider-Man #1, which had off-white versus white pages, bought for $336,000. Everybody within the comedian ebook world was conscious that our July public sale was a shopping for alternative to not be missed, so the end result didn’t shock us. Now the successful bidder owns one of many world’s prime copies of one of the vital books within the Marvel universe.”
Spidey’s origin is retold within the challenge, which additionally options the work of two Silver Age stalwarts, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, who collaborated for the quilt, with Ditko offering the story artwork.
Greater than 300 CGC-certified comedian books had been supplied on the occasion, together with examples of almost all of Marvel’s key Silver Age titles. The corporate’s August 1962 manufacturing Superb Fantasy #15, CGC-graded 7.5 VF, is notable for its introduction of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, as well as the character’s cover debut.
It bought on the higher finish of its estimate vary, for $170,844. A 3rd spotlight from the Goodrich trove was a CGC 9.4 instance of Superb Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), a problem that’s vital for its first look of Inexperienced Goblin and first assembly of Spider-Man and The Unimaginable Hulk. Not solely did it surpass its excessive estimate, promoting for $38,615, it additionally set a brand new public sale report for the title/grade in so doing.