Two More CGC-graded Comics Join the Seven-figure Club

Posted on 4/7/2022

The April Heritage auction saw the first $1 million-plus sales for the Captain America and Fantastic Four franchises.

Two historic comic books graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) each sold for over $1 million, a first for each of their respective franchises. Captain America Comics #1 sold for $3.12 million and Fantastic Four #1 sold for $1.5 million in a Heritage Auctions sale on April 7, 2022.

The franchises, which are both under the Marvel umbrella today, join an exclusive club. Previously, the only comic books to sell for seven figures were Amazing Fantasy #15 (the first Spider-Man, currently holding the record for $3.6 million), Action Comics #1 (first Superman), Superman #1, Detective Comics #27 (first Batman), Batman #1 and Marvel Comics #1.

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Captain America Comics #1 was published in 1941 by Timely Comics, by creators Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. It features the first appearance of Captain America, Bucky and the Red Skull. This CGC 9.4 copy (lot 91053) is known as the San Francisco Pedigree and comes from the Tom Reilly San Francisco Collection. The $3.12 million sale price was an impressive increase over the previous record for the title, held by the same copy at a 2019 Heritage sale where it realized $915,000.

Fantastic Four #1 was published in 1961 by Marvel Comics, by creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and features the first appearance of the Fantastic Four superhero team. This CGC 9.2 copy (lot 91059) sold for $1.5 million.

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This makes five CGC-graded comics to sell for more than $1 million so far in 2022. The others are an Action Comics #1 for $3.18 million (in January), a Marvel Comics #1 for $2.4 million (in March) and a Detective Comics #27 for $1.14 million (in January).

Other CGC-certified highlights in the April Heritage auction included:

  • a Journey Into Mystery #83 graded CGC 9.4 (lot 91066) that realized $432,000
  • an Amazing Fantasy #15 graded CGC 7.5 (lot 91050) that realized $300,000
  • a Superman Comics #nn Ashcan graded CGC 8.5 (lot 91072) that realized $288,000
  • an Amazing Fantasy #15 graded CGC 7.0 (lot 91051) that realized $222,000
  • a Detective Comics #33 graded CGC 8.0 (lot 91058) that realized $192,000
  • a Batman #1 graded CGC 1.8 (lot 91052) that realized $180,000
  • a Fantastic Four #1 graded CGC 7.5 (lot 91060) that realized $168,000
  • a Fantastic Four #5 graded CGC 9.2 (lot 91063) that realized $150,150

Prices realized include buyer's premium.

Related Link
All of the CGC-certified Comics That Have Topped $1 Million in 2022

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