Spider-Man comic sells for GBP 700k
14th March 2011
A copy of the first ever comic to feature Spider-Man, published in 1962, has sold for USD 1.1 million (GBP 700,000) in the US.
The near-new copy of Amazing Fantasy No.15, which features the crime-fighting debut of the superhero, was bought by an anonymous bidder from the vintage comic website Comic Connect, the site's chief executive, Stephen Fishler, revealed.
It sets a new record for a comic published during the so-called 'silver age' of comics between the mid-50s and 1970, he added.
'The fact that a 1962 comic has sold for USD 1.1 million is a bit of a record-shattering event. That something that recent can sell for that much and be that valuable is awe-inspiring,' he added.
Stan Lee, who created Spider-Man along with dozens of other Marvel characters, said he thought it was 'wonderful' that first edition comics are now held in such high regard by fans and collectors.
The record for the most expensive comic book is still held by an original edition of Action Comics No. 1, featuring the debut of Superman, which was published during the 'golden age' of comics in 1938 and sold for USD 1.5 million last year.