Copies of Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #1 sell for a combined $36,562 at Bruneau & Co
Rarity and desirability trumped condition in both cases, as bidders closed out a banner year for rare vintage comic books. Next up for Bruneau & Co. is a 20-lot New Year's Day Premier Comic Auction on Saturday, January 1st.
By: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
The top lot of the 545-lot sale was a copy of Marvel Comics' Amazing Fantasy #15 from August 1962, featuring the origin and first appearance of Spider-Man and the first appearance of Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Despite its CGC grade of 1.0, bidders saw it for what it was: a great entry-level copy to the undisputed fan favorite book from the Silver Age of comics. It sold for $25,000.
Marvel Comics, quickly realizing it had a winner on its hands, gave Spider-Man his own comic in March 1963 with Amazing Spider-Man #1. The book featured the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and Chameleon, the first Fantastic Four crossover. It also retold the origin of Spider-Man. The copy sold, graded CGC 2.0, had tape on the cover and inside, but still rose to $11,562.
"The comic market closed out 2021 strong," said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm's Director of Pop Culture. "It shows great promise for what New Year's Day might hold for us. It's not too often you see comics like that coming up for auction." He was referring to a small but potent 20-lot New Year's Day Premier Comic Auction slated for Saturday, January 1st.
A copy of Marvel Comics' Giant-Size X-Men #1 (Summer 1975), featuring the first appearance of the new X-Men and second full appearance of Wolverine, graded CGC 9.2, realized $9,375. A copy of Marvel Comics' Incredible Hulk #180 (Oct. 1974), featuring the first appearance of Wolverine in cameo on the last page, plus a Wendigo appearance, graded CGC 9.6, hit $8,438.
The New Year's Day Premier Comic Auction contains 20 comic books from a single-owner Midwest collection (Bruneau & Co. sold the bulk of the collection this past year); what remains are his last, final comics, to be sold without reserves.
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