Super once more... Restored copy of Superman's introduction leaps to $149,000

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2015-06-26 12:31:48

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Super once more... Restored copy of Superman's introduction leaps to $149,000

The auction also offered beautiful examples of Carl Barks art and Spiderman's first appearance

Heritage's comic book auction has concluded, with well-preserved issues and original art with the work of artists from Joe Shuster to Carl Barks going under the hammer.

The pre-sale talk had mostly been about what a great range of Spiderman collectibles were on offer, and indeed there were some excellent results for the wallcrawler.

A splendid copy of the Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963), graded a near-mint 9.0, which drafts in a crossover with the Fantastic Four to boost the new comic's launch and throws in The Chameleon for good measure brought $38,837.

Amazing Fantasy 15 Spiderman comicAmazing Fantasy 15 Spiderman comic

A very fine example of Spidey's actual first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) got bidders' senses tingling that little bit more and the 8.0 graded comic made $83,650.

Neither of these took the top lot slot however. A near miss for that was a rich, funny and wonderful Carl Barks work Spoiling the Concert featuring Scrooge McDuck playing his cash till like a piano.

From the unequalled Kerby Confer collection it made a thoroughly deserved $131,450.

Spoiling the concert painting (Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck) by Carl BarksSpoiling the concert painting (Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck) by Carl Barks

Managing to heroically leap one level higher than the ducks however was the restored copy of Action Comics #1 - the comic which introduced Superman, (by most people's reckoning the first superhero) and started the Golden Age of comics.

The comic achieved $149,375. Of course, this is a long way shy of the world record for priciest comic at $1.5m set by an Action Comics #1 in 2010, reflecting not only the difference in quality, but the relative desirability of unrestored and restored comics.

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