On Thursday, February 18, Heritage Auctions auctioned off a Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) graded 9.4 copy of “Amazing Fantasy” #15 at their Comics and Comic Art Signature sale in Dallas. As one of the highest-graded copies of Spider-Man’s first appearance ever to be sold at public auction, it was expected to fetch a high price. In fact, it set a record, selling for $454,100. That’s the most ever paid for a Spider-Man comic at public auction.
To commemorate the sale, CBR compared it to the current record for a copy of “Amazing Fantasy” #15 as well as other notable comic books. Below is a list of the ten most expensive comic book sales of all-time, on a per-title basis. Instead of listing the biggest sales ever, we’ll stick to the most expensive copy of each title rather than listing every notable sale of “Action Comics” #1, for example.
“Incredible Hulk” #1, CGC 9.2 — $326,000
Perhaps the hottest collectible comic book in recent years has been the first appearance of the Incredible Hulk in this 1962 comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. There is only one copy known to exist that is graded better than the 9.2 that sold in August of 2014. That sale followed another 9.2 copy selling in June for $320,000. Yes, twice in a matter of months people paid over $300,000 for the Hulk’s first appearance! This big leap in price for the comic (the $326,000 copy sold for less than half that five years earlier) has led to a multitude of other copies of this comic going to market, with prices rising for copies in all sorts of conditions.