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Winning Bid:
$520,380.00 (Includes 18% Buyer's Premium)
Bidding Ended:
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:00:00 PM)
Time Left:
Auction #238 Session II
Value Code:
V - $350,000 to $500,000 Help Icon
Item Description
Marvel. First appearances of J. Jonah Jameson and The Chameleon. First Fantastic Four crossover. Origin of Spider-Man retold. Stan Lee story. Steve Ditko cover and art. White pages. Key Silver Age Marvel comic.

The Silver Age of comics was an unquestionably fruitful time for Marvel Comics. While the Distinguished Competition, as Stan Lee called them, had seen success reinventing their heroes of yesteryear, Marvel looked to the future. Lee said he always saw the potential of Spider-Man from the get-go, but he had to convince Marvel Publisher Martin Goodman to give his new hero a chance. After Goodman acquiesced, Spider-Man debuted in the lead story in the final issue of sci-fi/supernatural anthology series Amazing Adult Fantasy, renamed Amazing Fantasy for issue #15. As drawn by Steve Ditko, the reading public quickly took to the arachnid-themed hero, necessitating more Spider-Man comics. This breakout success directly lead to the creation of the Amazing Spider-Man title, which continues in various forms to this day.

While modern audiences have become accustomed to heroes of varied backgrounds, in 1963 the idea of a teenage superhero was typically aligned with the role of sidekick. This new approach wasn't a sure thing at the time of publication, which is why Amazing Spider-Man #1 also featured an appearance by Marvel's top property at the time - the Fantastic Four - which helped bolster the sales of the first issue, guaranteeing Spidey's place in the Marvel pantheon.

This CGC 9.6 NM+ copy is a fresh to market offering from a privately held collection where it had resided for 25 years. Recently certified by CGC, this copy is among the best to come to market, and just one of five copies bearing the same grade and with only two copies graded higher (CGC 9.8) according to the CGC Census (6/23), which notes a current total of 4,688 copies of this comic having been graded in total. Only two CGC 9.6 copies of Amazing Spider-Man #1 have sold in the past 10 years; the most recent example having off-white pages (which sold at auction in Nov. 2022 for $336,000) while the copy offered here features white pages, a substantial difference with a book of this magnitude. Additionally, a lower grade CGC 9.4 (off-white to white pages) copy sold at auction in June 2023 for $264,000. The historical significance of this comic, combined with its impressive high grade and strong visual appeal make this one of the best copies of this Silver Age key known to exist. An absolute must-have for any serious comic collection and an unbelievably rare opportunity to obtain what is sure to become the centerpiece of any Spider-Man collection. John B. Goodrich Collection.
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