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First ever Marvel comic sells for �981,000

Mark Falco
Mark Falco

A rare first edition of the first Marvel comic book has sold for a record $1.26m (£981,00) at auction.

`The comic was first purchased in 1939 and is in near pristine condition. Astounding for its age.

This issue introduces the characters, The Human Torch, Ka-Zar, Angel and the Sub-Mariner.

Dallas auctioneer, Heritage Auctions sold the comic to an anonymous buyer on Thursday. The comic was first purchased in Pennsylvania by a mail carrier with a penchant for buying first issues of comics and magazines.

Ed Jaster, senior vice president at Heritage, called it “a historic copy of a historic comic book.”


This sale sets a new record for a Marvel comic, breaking the previous record of £856,000. The previous record-holder was a 1962 issue featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man.

Surprisingly, this isn't the most expensive comic book ever sold at auction! In fact, it is still quite some way away. 

That record goes to the first Superman comic, sold for a whopping £2.5m on Ebay in 2014.

Superman comic auction record

Adding further fuel to the fire in the battle for supremacy between Marvel and DC. No matter where your allegiance lies, it's clear to see that demand for original comic books is higher than ever.

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