People have often wondered how much this near-perfect comic book would sell for, and today we found out,” noted Vincent Zurzolo, COO of ComicConnect.com and a leading expert on collectible comics.
When Amazing Fantasy #15 hit the stands in 1962, it cost a mere 12 cents. Nearly half a century later in 2011, it sold for $1,100,000!
“The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age of comic books,” explains ComicConnect.com CEO Stephen Fishler. “The sale of this book crushed all previous records. Up until today’s $1.1 million sale, the record sale price of a comic book from this era was $250,000.”
ComicConnect.com is one of the industry’s leading online auction sites, just sold an extremely rare, highest graded copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the Marvel comic book by legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, that introduced the world to the web slinging, wall crawling superhero known as Spider-Man, a.k.a. Peter Parker. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the second highest price a comic book has ever sold for. The highest priced comic ever sold was 8.5 VF+ Action Comics #1 from 1938 in which Superman makes his heroic debut. ComicConnect.com sold it last year for $1.5 million.
This is not the first time Fishler has sold the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic book. He sold his first copy about 25 years ago for $2,500. In 2000 he re-acquired the book and, after it had been upgraded as a CGC 9.6 NM+ on the 10-point grading scale, sold it for $140,000.
“There are very few books and characters that can dictate this kind of price and Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 is one of them,” said Zurzolo. “The buyer of this amazing comic wanted to own the very best. The Amazing Fantasy #15 is the very definition of the very best.”