Say Hello to the World's Greatest Copy of 'Amazing Spider-Man' Number One

Thursday, December 21, 2023
Say Hello to the World's Greatest Copy of 'Amazing Spider-Man' Number One

Collectors will find among its superpowered offerings numerous iconic covers soaring alongside key Golden and Silver Age comic books in impossibly high grades, each one as stunning as it is significant.

These books don’t look a day older than Kal-El when he crash-landed in a cornfield or Peter Parker when he was bitten by that radioactive spider or Wonder Woman when a warplane fell onto Paradise Island. They all look like a million bucks — or, likely and deservedly, much more than that.

Among their historic ranks is one of only two copies of The Amazing Spider-Man No. 1 graded CGC Near Mint/Mint 9.8, an auction first at Heritage — or, it appears, anywhere else, as GPAnalysis does not list a single recorded sale of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Marvel in the highest grade awarded this Silver Age key. That makes this a likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this book from CGC’s Curator Pedigree, which a former museum worker assembled from the 1950s well into the 1980s (hence the name) and stored in the institution’s vaults until a collector acquired them in the 1990s. The Curator Pedigree is “one of the best Silver Age collections ever discovered,” says CGC. This stunning Spidey swings to the very top of that historic assemblage.

That Amazing Spider-Man alone would make this auction significant; seeing this 60-year-old book look like it just leaped off the newsstands is breathtaking. But it has some esteemed and highly coveted company.

That fresh-faced Spidey is joined in this event by one of the world’s finest copies of Superman No. 1, one of only two in the world graded Fine/Very Fine 7.0 by Certified Guaranty Company. Throughout its history as the world’s premier comic-book auction house, Heritage has never auctioned an unrestored copy of this historic book bearing such high marks.

Another platinum offering from the Golden Age is the single highest-graded copy of 1942’s All Star Comics No. 8, in which Wonder Woman debuted in a book also featuring Starman and Dr. Mid-Nite joining the Justice Society of America. This record-holding CGC Near Mint 9.4 copy is the best in the world, the brightest star among the most important All Stars.

The roster of all-stars throughout this auction is unparalleled: Here, collectors will find the world’s highest-graded copy of The Brave and the Bold No. 28, in which the Justice League of America makes its debut. As the catalog notes, it has been 15 years since Heritage offered a copy graded 9.2 — and back then, collectors raced to Heritage HQ to lay eyes on the Silver Age grail before sparking a bidding war for the ages. This one’s even better: a CGC Near Mint+ 9.6 copy, which may never again surface following this event.

Main Image :The Amazing Spider-Man #1 Curator Pedigree (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages.

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