March 9th, 2011
10:43 AM ET
Just one year after selling the comic book with the first appearance of Superman for $1.5 million, the people at ComicConnect.com have done it again, this time with the world’s most famous webhead.
Spider-Man’s first appearance in “Amazing Fantasy” #15 was sold to an anonymous buyer on Tuesday to the tune of $1.1 million. In a press release, ComicConnect.com – an online collectibles marketplace – ranked it as the world’s second most valuable comic book, after the aforementioned “Action Comics” #1, with Superman.
The auction site had previously sold “Detective Comics” #27, where Batman first appeared, for $1.0755 million back in February of 2010. Before last year, sought-after comics like this would never sell for seven figures.
Stephen Fishler, the CEO of ComicConnect.com, said that this sale of “Amazing Fantasy” #15 is a record for the Silver Age of comics from the late 1950s and early 1960s. “The sale of this book crushed all previous records. Up until today’s $1.1 million sale, the record sales price of a comic book from this era was $250,000.”
Fishler first acquired the book 25 years ago, and sold it for $2,500. He later acquired and sold it again for $140,000 in 2000. Fishler also created a widely-accepted grading scale in the years since (driving the prices of highly graded comics skyward), and this book is ranked as a 9.6 out of 10.
“The buyer of this amazing comic wanted to own the very best,” said ComicConnect.com partner Vincent Zuzolo. “The Amazing Fantasy #15 – 9.6 is the definition of the very best.”
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