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Mar092011

Rare Copy of Spider-Man's First Comic Appearance Sells for $1.1 Million

Mario Tama/Getty Images (File Photo)(NEW YORK) -- A rare, high-quality copy of the 1962 comic that featured the debut of Spider-Man has been sold by the online auction website ComicConnect.com for 1.1 million dollars. According to the site, it's the highest price tag ever for a comic from the early 1960s, which is considered the "Silver Age" of comic books. The comic was sold by a private seller via the website to a private buyer.

Stephen Fishler, the founder of ComicConnect.com, says Amazing Fantasy #15 became so popular following its release that Spider-Man received his own comic series by 1963. He says Spider-Man is the most significant character from the "Silver Age" era, adding, "It has had such an impact in terms of movies, in terms of Broadway, in terms of 50 years of comic book publishing. So everybody knows who Spider-Man is. You don't have to explain what the character is."

Fishler says Spider-Man's debut comic holds about as much significance in the comic book world as the debuts of Superman and Batman in the late 1930s. ComicConnect.com last year sold the 1938 comic featuring Superman's first appearance for 1.5 million dollars.  

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