Amazing Spider-Man #1 Value
He goes by a bunch of nicknames - Webhead, Web-slinger, Spidey - just to name a few, but we all know him as Spider-Man. He is one of the most popular comic characters in the Marvel Universe, and one of the most iconic comic characters ever created.
There's no doubt of his popularity. Spidey has made his mark on pop culture and is deeply engraved within the imaginations of countless generations across the globe. His iconic presence in pop culture has even grown to new heights since advancements in special effects allowed for a whole slew of comic book and superhero movies, including four of his to date, to dominate the silver screen and box offices.
However, believe it or not, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, came from humble beginnings, and before I get into what the Amazing Spider-Man #1 value is, let's take a brief look at Spidey's history and exactly why this particular comic book issue is one of the Holy Grails of investment comics out there.
A Brief History of Spider-Man
Coming off the success of the Fantastic Four in 1962, Marvel Comics and its editor Stan Lee was searching for another superhero idea to bring to the masses. At the time, teen readership of comics began to soar high, and Stan "The Man" Lee wanted to create a character that these teens could identify with.
Deriving inspiration from the non-superhuman pulp magazine crime fighter the Spider and the new surge of teen age demand for comics, Stan Lee had to get the consent of then Marvel Comic publisher, Martin Goodman. Goodman was hesitant and objected, but Stan Lee stuck to his guns and argued his case until Martin Goodman begrudgingly agreed to let Lee try out this character in the last issue of comic that was being cancelled.
Stan Lee then sought out legendary comic artist Jack Kirby, who told him of an idea he had about an orphaned boy who finds a magical ring that gave him powers. The two fleshed out the story concept, changing what needed to be changed to fit the character of what would become Spider-Man.
Jack Kirby set to work on Spider-Man, but Stan Lee didn't like the look that Kirby was giving the character. Finally, Lee gave the job to comic book legend Steve Ditko to flesh out Spidey's look and do the artwork for the pages of what became Amazing Fantasy #15.
Despite Ditko's artwork for the interior pages, Kirby drew the famous cover for the very first appearance of Amazing Spider-Man. Stan Lee rejected Ditko's cover idea and commissioned the cover art work to Kirby.
There are disputes about this story. Stan Lee claims that this is the true version of what went down, while Kirby claims Stan Lee's involvement in the character's creation was very minimal. Joe Simon also disputes Lee's and Ditko's claim, stating that the name Spider-Man and character was Kirby and his idea for an earlier comic project.
Whoever is right, Spider-Man made history, and his first appearance was one of the highest selling Marvel comic books according to sales figures. With his success, it was a no brainer that Spider-Man would be spun-off into his own series.
The comic book Amazing Spider-Man #1 debuted in 1963 during the silver age, and the character was an instant smash hit for teenagers who related to Peter Parker and his teenage problems. Trying to juggle common teen problems and struggling with the responsibility that his amazing powers afforded him gave him a very humanistic quality that rivaled most one dimensional comic characters that had permeated the comic market.
This silver age comic was history in the making for a whole new breed of superhero and comic book characters. During the silver age of comics, Marvel Comics and Spider-Man led the way!
Amazing Spider-Man #1 Value 2012!
Before I get into the Overstreet values for Amazing Spider-Man #1, it should be noted that this key silver age comic is the very first issue that marks Spidey in his own successful on-going comic series. It also introduces characters like Jonah Jameson and The Chameleon, and is the very first Marvel Comic cross over from Fantastic Four #12. Along with those important factors, the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man also retells Spidey's famous origin.
Those aren't enough reasons why Amazing Spider-Man #1 from 1963 is still one of the best comics to invest in ever from any comic book era. It's also one of the most elusive and Holy Grails of Marvel key issue comics to own. Here are the incredible values of Amazing Spider-Man #1:
NM - (low near mint 9.2): $57,000
VF - (Very Fine 8.0): $15,000
FN - (FINE 6.0): $5,199
VG - (Very Good 4.0): $3,466
GD - (Good 2.0): $1,733
Not a bad investment for a single silver age comic book. The low NM grade went up a whopping $3,000 dollars from last years value.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 isn't an easy catch to find at higher grades. They're actually quite rare, and because of this and the demand for this book at a comic investing level makes this issue quite expensive.
However, if you only desire high grade comic investments in your collection and are hunting for a copy of this hard-to-find issue, there's a CGC 8.5 (Very Fine Plus) copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1 up for sale. I doubt this copy will be there for long so be sure to click the link and add one of the most sought out comics to invest in into your comic collection today.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 Value 2013-2014
Here are the most recent guide values for Amazing Spider-Man #1 Volume 1:
Near Mint (low 9.2) - $ 58,000.00
Very Fine - $ 14,000.00
Fine - $ 5,250.00
Very Good - $ 3,500.00
Good - $ 1,750.00
As you can see this key spider-man key issue has gone up a thousand bucks from last year for low Near Mint copies. However, Very Fine copies went down a thousand bucks from last year. Yikes. Fine, Very Good, and Good copies went up minimally, but still increased in value. The only one that dropped from this year to last year was Very Fine copies. Not too bad as an investment comic.
If you're looking for more key Spider-Man comic issues to invest in, be sure to click the link and my list of key Spidey comics to add to your want list.
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