First Spider-Man Comic From 1962 Sells for $1.1 Million

Mar 09, 2011, 08:54 ET from

NEW YORK, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can ... but also what no other 1960s comic book can do ... sell for $1,100,000!, one of the industry's leading online auction sites, just sold an extremely rare, highest graded 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 crawling superhero known as Spider-Man, a.k.a. Peter Parker. The sale of this legendary comic is second only to the Guinness World record 8.5 VF+ Action Comics #1, which marks Superman's 1938 debut that was also sold by last year for a whopping $1,500,000.

"The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age of comic books," says CEO Stephen Fishler. "The sale of this book crushed all previous records. Up until today's $1.1 million sale, the record sale price of a comic book from this era was $250,000."

Vincent Zurzolo, COO and one of the leading experts on collectible comics stated, "The buyer of this amazing comic wanted to own the very best.  The Amazing Fantasy #15 9.6 is the very definition of the very best."

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 Zurzolo.  "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."