My Two Million Dollar Comic Book – update

Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). First appearance of Spider-Man
At Heritage Auctions with 6 days until end of bidding.

Okay, so my copy of the comic book is about half this one’s condition, but mine is signed by Stan Lee.

So I figger a few hundred thousand less than this floppies’ current bid.



The copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 graded 9.6 sold September 9, 2021 for $3,600,000.00

[A Buyer's Premium will be added to each successful bid.
For this sale: 20% of the successful bid]

From Comic Book Resources:

Considered to be the best-known copy of the 1962 issue with a 9.6 CGC rating, Amazing Fantasy #15 sold for $3.6 million. “What better book to break the record than the debut of Marvel’s most beloved character, Spider-Man?” Heritage Auctions Vice President Lon Allen said. “Amazing Fantasy No. 15 is the Action Comics No. 1 or Detective Comics No. 27 of the next generation.

Prior to Amazing Fantasy #15, the world record for a comic book sale belonged to DC’s Action Comics #1 — the first appearance of Superman — which sold for $3.25 million.

If my calculations are correct (and that’s not guaranteed) the winning bid was three million dollars with the buyer’s premium of 20% adding another six hundred thousand dollars to the final cost.

6 thoughts on “My Two Million Dollar Comic Book – update

  1. I don’t know how much I got for my (fair to good) copy of AMAZING FANTASY #15, since I sold it as part of my entire early Marvel collection back around 1977. I do know I got enough to afford to buy my house, so I’m not complaining. (But if only the fifteen-year old me had been clever enough to not write a comment in pencil at the bottom of the first page, and to put it in a Mylar bag, I might have been able to afford another garage or two as well.)

    On the third hand, I bought it second-hand for something like ten cents, so it’s hard to kvetch.

  2. My phrasing was ambigious — we got the nest egg to afford the house from sale of my entire Marvel collection; I didn’t mean to suggest the AF #15 brought in that much by itself. (Maybe these days it would, even in its meh condition.)

  3. There was a sort of borderline comic dealer (according to a story my boss told me when I worked at a comic store in the 70s) who bought one of the copies of ACTION #1 (worth like $3000 in 1975) in something like Fair, and not long after was advertising one in Fine or some such. “The guy who bought it felt like something was off,” he said, “And when he put it next to another copy of the same issue, it was just a quarter or an eighth of an inch short on three sides. He had put it in a paper cutter and just CHONK CHONK CHONK, made his three cuts and removed the worn part.” So they got him on it and all, but just the thought of putting that in a cutter.

    While I was working there, I decided the inflation in the comics market was going to crash the whole thing, any day. Still waiting confidently.

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