CGC-graded Spider-Man, Superman and Batman Books Each Sell for Over Half a Million

Posted on 1/18/2023

Early issues of the superheroes were among 10 CGC-graded comics to sell for six figures.

A comic featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man was among three rare books graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) that each realized more than half a million dollars in Heritage Auctions’ Comics and Comic Art Signature Auction on January 15, 2023.

Leading the auction was an Amazing Fantasy #15 graded CGC 9.2 (lot 91024) that realized $810,000. This is a new record for this comic in this grade, and the second-highest-selling copy ever. This comic was published by Marvel Comics in 1962 and is famous for the first appearance of Spider-Man, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The character was an immediate hit with fans, and Marvel rushed him into his own monthly series, beginning with The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 1963.

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Two Golden Age grails from DC Comics also crossed the half-million mark as a Superman #1 with the Nova Scotia Pedigree graded CGC 5.0 (lot 91041) realized $675,000 and a Batman #1 graded CGC 6.0 (lot 91028) realized $552,000.

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Other CGC-certified comics in this auction include:

  • a Flash Comics #1 graded CGC 5.0 (lot 91034) that realized $192,000
  • a Batman #1 graded CGC 1.8 (lot 92011) that realized $126,000
  • a Whiz Comics #2 (#1) graded CGC 3.5 (lot 91046) that realized $120,000
  • an Avengers #1 with the Northland Pedigree graded CGC 9.4 (lot 91026) that realized $120,000
  • an X-Men #1 graded CGC 9.0 (lot 91047) that realized $108,000
  • a Tales of Suspense #39 graded CGC 9.2 (lot 91043) that realized $108,000
  • an X-Men #1 graded CGC 9.0 (lot 92128) that realized $102,000
  • an Amazing Fantasy #15 graded CGC 6.5 (lot 92073) that realized $96,000
  • a Sensation Comics #1 graded CGC 6.5 (lot 91040) that realized $84,000

Prices realized include buyer’s premium.

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