Silver Age Comic Report: Another Week, Another Sweep for Marvel

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Marvel Comics continues to own the eBay sales results in our Silver Age Comic Report as they fashion another sweep of the Top 10 in report for September 26th thru October 2nd. Spider-Man-related books led the way as three of the top 5 comic book auction sales were key issues featuring the Wall-Crawler.

For the most part, it was the usual major key issues for Marvel among the top 10 verified eBay sales. DC Comics did have a pair of books that could have been included in the top 10 had they not been private sales, but still, it would have been another dominant showing for Marvel even if those two DC books had made the list. All told, seven comics sold via the Buy It Now (BIN) option, with the remaining three books being sold in auctions.

Looking at the expenditure of comic book investment dollars, it was a better week for the Silver Age comic books, although last week was by no means bad. And in fact, it could have been better had the two highest sales not been private sales. This week’s sales ranged from a high of $18,950 down to $2,949.99, with three sales being of the five-figure variety.

As we have mentioned in a couple of our recent eBay reports, we are once again using the term “verified eBay sale” for those sales results where the actual sale amount can be confirmed. As we alluded to above, some of the sales showing up in the eBay search results are private sales where the final sale price is not disclosed, which means those sales cannot be included in our report.

On with the show, then, as we look at the top 10 Silver Age comic book auction sales at eBay for the week of September 26-October 2, 2017.

Silver Age Top 10

  1. Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), $18,950, CGC 3.0, BIN – One of the books that kick-started the Marvel Age, and certainly THE major key issue from this era for Marvel is this issue of Amazing Fantasy that holds the first appearance and origin tale of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. The recent Spider-Man: Homecoming movie was a hit, which helped to turn the attention of comic book collectors and investors to this book. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-wrote this debut tale, with Ditko (pencils/inks/cover) and Jack Kirby (cover) forming the artistic team for this issue. The low-grade copy offered here sold for well above the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide valuation, so this book’s value is still very much on the rise.
  2. Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962), $11,250, CGC 3.5, BIN – Another major key issue for Marvel from 1962 is the debut issue of Incredible Hulk, which features the first appearance and origin of Dr. Bruce Banner aka the Hulk. The Hulk will be appearing in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie, so another example of the “Hollywood Effect” boosting the value of a related comic book. Stan Lee was the writer of this story, with Jack Kirby (pencils/cover), Paul Reinman (inks), and George Roussos (cover) forming the artistic team for this key issue. The low-grade copy on offer sold for a couple thousand dollars above the Overstreet book value, so another book that is increasing in value.
  3. Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), $10,995, CGC 1.0 SS, BIN – The second copy of AF #15 features a very low grade, but also sports a signature from Stan Lee, one of the co-creators of arguably Marvel’s most popular character.
  4. Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963), $6088, CGC 4.0, 8 bids – The debut issue of Amazing Spider-Man also made this week’s list. It features the first appearances of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson and the villain, the Chameleon. The same creative team that was responsible for Spidey’s debut tale in AF #15 also created the stories and cover for this book. The mid-grade copy in this auction sold for a couple thousand dollars above the Overstreet valuation, so this book is also getting a boost from the Spider-Man movie success.
  5. Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963), $4000, CGC 4.5, BIN – Yet another major key issue for Marvel from the 1962-63 time frame is this issue of Tales of Suspense that carries the first appearance and origin of Tony Stark aka Iron Man. There is an Avengers movie on the way, a super team that includes Iron Man, so expect to see this comic book often in our Silver Age rankings. Stan Lee and his brother, Larry Lieber, co-wrote this debut tale, with story artwork from Don Heck (pencils/inks), and cover art by Jack Kirby and Heck. The mid-grade copy offered here sold for about the Overstreet book value, so this issue is currently holding its value.
  6. Journey Into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962), $3251, Ungraded, 60 bids – You want early 60’s keys issues, we got ’em! This time, we get the first appearance and origin of Dr. Donald Blake aka Thor. There is a new Thor movie coming out soon, as well as an Avengers movie that will include Thor, so this character will be receiving plenty of Hollywood love over the next several months. Once again, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber teamed up on the story, with artwork from Jack Kirby (pencils/cover) and Joe Sinnott (inks/cover).
  7. Avengers #1 (Marvel, 1963), $3250, CGC 5.5, BIN – More early 60’s Marvel magic as we get the first issue of the Avengers, which unsurprisingly includes the first appearance of that super squad (Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp). As mentioned above, another Avengers movie is in the works, so we can expect to see this Silver Age key issue often in this report. The creative team of Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils/cover), and Dick Ayers (inks/cover) created the story in this issue.
  8. X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963), $3249.99, CGC 4.0, BIN – Another of Marvel’s superhero teams made their debut in the early 60’s, with that team this time around being the X-Men (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl). Professor X also makes his debut in this issue. Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils/cover), and Paul Reinman (inks) formed the creative team for this major key issue.
  9. Journey Into Mystery #112 (Marvel, 1965), $2956, CGC 9.4, BIN – It’s a battle of superheroes in this issue of Journey Into Mystery as Thor faces off against the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner. The Loki backup story also features the first appearance of the Frost Giants, but the very nice grade probably helped this book to a nice, four-figure sale. Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils/cover), Chic Stone (inks/cover), and Vince Colletta (inks) were the creators for the two stories in this issue.
  10. Daredevil #1 (Marvel, 1964), $2949.99, Ungraded, 40 bids – Matt Murdock aka Daredevil makes his debut in this first issue of his own title. The new season for the Netflix series based on Daredevil is about to begin, so expect this book to make a few appearances in this list as long as the show maintains a following. Stan Lee (writer), Bill Everett (pencils/inks/cover), Steve Ditko (inks), Sol Brodsky (inks), and Jack Kirby (cover) were the creative team for Daredevil’s origin tale.

As mentioned above, there were a couple of big eBay sales from the past week that didn’t make it into the list because the comics were sold in private sales. The comic book that would likely have been the top sale for the week would have been a copy of Tales of Suspense #39, which was on offer for $31,999.95 but sold for an undisclosed amount.

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