Are you a comic book nerd of yesteryear? Did your mom throw out all your old comic books when you left for college? Are you banging your head on your keyboard right now?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you are probably in awe to learn a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the Marvel comic book by legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, that introduced the world to the your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, a.k.a. Peter Parker sold for over One Million dollars! Quick point of reference, when Amazing Fantasy #15 hit the stands in 1962, it cost a mere 12 cents.
The first ever Spider-Man appearance was auctioned by ComicConnect.com. You may remember them from an auction last year when a copy of the 1932 Action Comics #1, the first appearance of DC Comic’s Superman, sold for $1,500,000. Action Comics #1 comes from the Golden Age of comic books.
“The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age of comic books,” says www.ComicConnect.com 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.”
“People have often wondered how much this near-perfect condition book would sell for, and today we found out,” explains Vincent Zurzolo, ComicConnect.com COO and one of the leading experts on collectible comics. “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.”
To put all of this in perspective, there are very few copies of these books out in the world today. Even less comic books from the beginning of sliver age exist in the pristine condition of this particular book. Amazing Fantasy #15 was graded at a CGC 9.6 NM+ on the 10-point grading scale (which was created by Fishler, and today is the scale universally used to evaluate the condition of comic books). A rating of 9.6 NM+ means this book is as near mint condition as a book from 1962 can be after 49 years.
So it appears a huge comic book nerd question was answered today… how much would a Near Mint copy of Spider-Man’s debut sell for? Today we learned the answer to that question… a cool $1.1 million.