1962 comic book tops $200,000 at auction

NEW YORK – A 1962 Amazing Fantasy #15 comic book – the issue that introduced Spider-Man to the world – sold for $227,000 n a ComicLink Auction that closed on Oct. 19. It is the highest auction price ever achieved by a comic book from the 1960s.

spider-man.jpgThe issue, which features art by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, was graded 9.4 or near-mint condition. The comic also comes with provenance from the noted White Mountain collection. Following Spider-Man’s debut in Amazing Fantasy #15, the character was given his own comic book title, The Amazing Spider-Man, in March of 1963.

The May release of Spider-Man 3 may have contributed to the price realized. In the wake of the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie, the Fantastic Four #1 comic book, in very fine condition, sold for a record-setting $52,000 in the same ComicLink auction.

Some of the earliest and highest-rated Batman comics from 1940 to 1941 are scheduled to hit the auction block in July 2008, similarly timed to coincide with the release of the next Batman movie.

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