An ultra-rare, mint condition copy of the first-ever comic book featuring Spider-Man has sold at auction for $1.1 million as the pricey Broadway musical inspired by the franchise continues to be seeped in controversy. The webbed crime fighter — who masqueraded by day as photographer Peter Parker — made his first appearance in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, penned by genre legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
“The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age of comic books,” says Stephen Fishler, CEO of online auction site www.ComicConnect.com. “The sale of this book crushed all previous records. Up until today’s $1.1 million sale, the record sale price of a comic book from this era was $250,000.”
Amazing Fantasy #15 has become the second most lucrative comic book of all time. The tome is second only to Action Comics #1, a 1938 book that featured the debut Superman. A copy of that issue sold for $1.5 million in 2010.
In other Spidey News: This week, Broadway producer Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of The Lion King, will no longer direct the troubled Spider-Man musical after a myriad of bad reviews and cast injuries that have plagued the show’s preview. Producers has also announced a new creative team and postponed the show’s official opening to summer.