Silver Age Comic Report: Amazing Spider-Man #1 Tops Another Marvel Silver Sweep

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Another Silver Age Comic Report, another sweep for Marvel Comics as that comic book publisher continues their domination of the Top 10 in our eBay report for October 3rd thru October 9th. Helping Marvel to achieve this feat was a strong showing from Spider-Man-related books, which grabbed six of the 10 top comic book auction sales for the week.

Marvel nailed down all 10 verified eBay sales, and they could have produced a truly impressive showing had a few big-dollar sales been eligible for this report. Seven of the 10 comics sold in auctions, with the remaining three books being sold via the Buy It Now (BIN) option.

It was a stronger week for the Silver Age comic books in terms of the comic book investment dollars spent on this category as both the high-end ($24,500) and low-end ($3,500) sales in this Top 10 were improved over last week’s showing. As alluded to above, a couple of five-figure sales were left out of the mix due to the fact that they ended as private sales.

Presented below is this week’s ranking of the top 10 Silver Age comic book auction sales at eBay for October 3-9, 2017.

Silver Age Top 10

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963), $24,500, CGC 7.5, BIN – The debut issue of Amazing Spider-Man includes a re-telling of Spider-Man’s origin, as well as first appearances from J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon. Spider-Man’s early key issues are hot thanks to the success of the recent Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-wrote the tales in this issue, with Ditko taking on the story art and teaming up with Jack Kirby on the cover artwork. The mid-grade book offered here sold for more than $10,000 above the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide valuation, providing further proof of the interest in this Spider-Man key issue.
  2. Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), $12,000, Ungraded, BIN – The first appearance and origin of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man took place in this issue of Amazing Fantasy, which was released just a few months before ASM #1. The same team that produced the story and cover for ASM #1 – Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby – also worked on this major key issue.
  3. Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), $9600, CGC 1.5, 3 bids – This copy of AF #15 is graded, albeit at a very low grade, unlike the copy above, but still sold for a couple of thousand less than the above copy.
  4. Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), $7300, Ungraded, 35 bids – This third copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 is another ungraded copy that is not in as good a shape as the two copies above.
  5. Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962), $6500, CGC 2.0, 1 bid – Another major key issue for Marvel from this era is this comic book that features the first appearance and origin of Dr. Bruce Banner aka the Hulk. The Hulk will be appearing in the new Thor movie coming out shortly, so there is increased interest in his debut. Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils/cover), Paul Reinman (inks), and George Roussos (cover) were the creative team for this issue. The low-grade copy in this auction sold for about $2,500 above the Overstreet book value, so even the low end of the price scale is increasing for this key issue.
  6. Tales Of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963), $4650, CGC 4.0, 39 bids – Yet another major Marvel key issue from this era is this issue of Tales of Suspense that holds the first appearance and origin of Tony Stark aka Iron Man. The Iron Man character will be a part of the upcoming Avengers movie, helping to sustain the interest in this character created by the popular Iron Man movies starring Robert Downey. Brother act Stan Lee and Larry Lieber co-wrote this origin tale, with Don Heck (pencils/inks/cover) and Jack Kirby (cover) forming the artistic team for this issue. The low-grade copy in this auction sold for about $1600 above the Overstreet valuation, so this is another Marvel key on the rise.
  7. Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961), $4222.22, CGC 2.5, 31 bids – Marvel’s first superhero team makes their debut in this issue of Fantastic Four, which features the first appearances of Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Invisible Girl (Susan Storm), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), and the Thing (Ben Grimm), the four superheroes that make up the Fantastic Four. That team will be making a return to the Marvel lineup after a period of inactivity, so interest is once again building for this debut issue. Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils/cover), George Klein (inks), Christopher Rule (inks), and Dick Ayers (cover) were the creative team for this issue. The low-grade copy in this auction sold for about $1,500 above the Overstreet book value.
  8. Amazing Spider-Man #3 (Marvel, 1963), $3995, CGC 8.0, BIN – Another early key for ASM is this issue that holds the first appearance and origin of Spider-Man arch enemy, Otto Octavius aka Dr. Octopus. Dr. Octopus has already appeared in one Spider-Man movie, and may be in line for another movie appearance in the current series of Spidey movies. The team of Stan Lee (writer) and Steve Ditko (pencils/inks/cover) were responsible for creating this issue.
  9. Amazing Spider-Man #33 (Marvel, 1966), $3900, CGC 9.8, 32 bids – There are no key first appearances in this issue of Amazing Spider-Man, but it is considered a classic Silver Age tale for Spider-Man which features a memorable cover by Steve Ditko. Stan Lee (writer) and Ditko (pencils/inks) once again teamed up for this Spidey tale.
  10. Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961), $3500, CGC 3.5 RES, 2 bids – This copy of FF #1 features a higher grade than the copy above, but it also has some restoration work that ultimately lowered the sale price.

It is possible that another copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 was the top sale of the day as it was on offer for $26,999.99 but sold for an undisclosed amount in a private sale.

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