"Red Hot" Heritage Comic Book Sale brings $6.3 million
The latest sale of rare comic books and original comic artwork at Heritage Auctions achieved a total of more than $6.3 million in Dallas.
"The auction exceeded our estimates by more than $1.2 million," said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Operations at Heritage Auctions. "The market is red hot."
Leading the selection of comic books was an unrestored, high grade copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the key Silver Age title featuring the 1962 debut of Spiderman, which sold for $155,350.
There were also six-figure results for two early titles featuring the Dark Knight himself, Batman. First was a CGC VG- 3.5 copy of Batman #1, his first solo outing, which sold for $143,400; followed by a rare CGC VF- 7.5 copy of Detective Comics #35, featuring the title's fifth (and perhaps finest) Batman cover, which fetched $119,500.
Further notable comic book lots included a CGC NM+ 9.6 copy of Detective Comics #32, featuring the first time Batman – or any other costumed superhero – had ever used a gun, which realized $71,700; and a CGC NM+ 9.6 copy of Hit Comics #5, with the classic cover image of the Red Bee battling a killer fish, which sold for $59,750.
Topping the sale's selection of original artwork were two lots by very different artists: Frank Frazetta and Robert Crumb.
Frazetta is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of fantasy art, and his 1968 painting Thor's Flight fetched $155,350, having originally appeared on the paperback cover of Thongor in the City of Magicians by Lin Carter.
The same price was achieved by an original four-page story by the Underground Comix king Robert Crumb. Entitled 'You Can't Have Them All: Magnificent Specimens I Have Seen', the story featured Crumb's regular theme of unrequited lust and "troubles with women", and was first published in Hup magazine in 1992.
Elsewhere there were notable results for an original Alex Raymond Flash Gordon comic strip, dated Oct. 27, 1935, which sold for $131,450; the original 1948 cover artwork for Captain America Comics #68, attributed to artist Ken Bald, which sold for $77,675; and a page of original Steve Ditko art from Amazing Spider-Man #34, featuring Kraven the Hunter, which sold for $71,700.
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