|The Web-Slinger and Other "Heroes" Capture $5M
Comic, Art and Movie Poster Auction
If only we'd known when we
were kids. Like baseball cards, the old comic books are bringing in
a bundle these days.
At Wizard World's 2002
comics and popular media convention July 4-6 in Chicago, Heritage
Comics Auctions (HCA) rang up a record-breaking $5,027,553 in sales
(including 15% buyer's premium) with an 83% sell-through rate. The
sale received international attention due to a consignment from Stan
Lee, creator of Spider-Man. Lee consigned his personal file copies
of key Marvel comics, including Fantastic Four #1, Amazing
Spider-Man #1, Daredevil #1, X-Men #1 and others. He had kept these
copies over the years for reference and felt that the time was right
to release them to his fans.
"The Stan Lee File Copies,
all graded and certified by Comics Guaranty LLC, surpassed
everyone's expectations, even mine," said HCA Director John Petty.
"In fact Stan's books brought anywhere from two to 45 times our
Asked for specifics, Petty
replied, "We all expected the big books, like the Fantastic Four #1
and Spider-Man #1, to do well, but what really amazed me were the
secondary titles. A copy of Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, CGC
graded 3.0 with cream to off-white pages, would normally be worth
about $20. We sold Stan's copy for $899. A non-pedigreed copy of
Avengers #1, CGC graded 8.0, sold for $1,840 while Stan's copy
grading only 3.0 sold for $2,357.50. And a very nice copy of
Daredevil #1, in anticipation of the upcoming movie, sold for $1,610
(CGC graded 8.0) while Stan's copy, two grades lower at CGC 6.0,
Stan Lee had other material
in the auction, including newspaper strip art, also performed well.
The total realization of the Stan Lee-consigned lots came in just
shy of $200,000, about triple the pre-sale estimate.
- Captain America Comics
#1, CGC VF 8.0, $41,400.
- Motion Pictures Funnies
Weekly, CGC FN/VF 7.0 light tan to off-white pages,
- Sub-Mariner #1, Larson
pedigree, CGC VF/NM 9.0, off-white to white pages,
- Batman #1, CGC VF 8.0,
cream to off-white pages, $57,500.
*The Amazing Spider-Man #1,
CGC NM- 9.2, off-white pages, $43,700.
- Amazing Spider-Man #5,
Mile High pedigree, CGC NM 9.4, off-white to white pages,
- Wonder World Comics #3,
CGC NM 9.4, off-white to white pages, $25,300.
- WOW Comics #1, Mile High
pedigree, CGC NM 9.4, off-white to white pages, $39,100.
- Crypt of Terror #17,
Gaines File pedigree, CGC NM+ 9.6, cream to off-white,
Original art posted strong
results as well, with some high-profile pieces realizing high-dollar
bids. Especially significant were:
- Hal Foster, original
comic strip art for Prince Valiant, dated 12-17-44, $20,700
- Steve Ditko, original
art for Amazing Spider-Man #10, complete 22-page story,
- John Romita, Sr.,
original cover art to Amazing-Spider-Man #69, $41,400.
- John Romita, Sr.,
original cover art to Spectacular Spider-Man #2, $63,250.
- Johnny Craig, original
cover art for Crypt of Terror #17, $37,950.
- Dick Sprang and Charles
Paris, original art for Batman #56, complete 13-page story, "The
Riddle of the Seven Birds;" $34,500.
- Frank Frazetta, original
oil painting, "Carson of Venus," $74,750.
Movie poster collectors
weren't forgotten, either, with exceptional results on many lots,
- The Black Cat, Universal
1934, half-sheet, $43,700.
- Gone With The Wind, MGM
1939, one-sheet, $18,400.
- Mickey's Pal Pluto,
United Artists 1933, one-sheet, $43,125.
- Tobor The Great,
Republic 1954, one-sheet, $4,025.
- The Adventures of
Captain Marvel, Republic 1941, one-sheet, $4,600.
- King Kong, RKO 1933,
French one-panel, $14,950.
For more information, and
for complete results, please visit the Heritage Comics Auctions
website at http://www.heritagecomics.com/.
All photos and cover photo
courtesy, Heritage Comics Auctions. HCA is located in Dallas, Tex.,
and specializes in rare, high-grade comic books, vintage comic and
animation art, illustration art, movie posters and comics-related
collectibles. Call 214-252-4288 or 214-252-4392 for information
about auctions or consignments.
Amazing Man #5
comic book, rated NM
Original oil painting,
"Carson of Venus,"
Frank Frazetta, $74,750.
Complete 22-page original art by Steve Ditko to
Amazing Spider-Man #10, $161,000.
Original cover art to Spectacular Spider-Man #2 by
John Romita, Sr., $63,250
Captain America #1 comic book,
Artists' Mickey Mouse poster, 1933 one-sheet,
Original cover art to Amazing Spider-Man #69 by John