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Monday, July 11, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Comic Value

One of the holy grails of Marvel Comics to own, Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a comic for a true comic collector. No, it's not the first appearance, but it features Marvel's mighty foursome - The Fantastic Four - and kicks off the webhead's first comic series. Ever since, Spidey's been in the top 10 most popular comic heroes of all time, and for very good reason.

Actually, you can never go wrong investing in the Amazing Spider-Man title, because the demand has always been strong, so what better to have the title's very first issue.

I know...I know...easier said than done, right?

Overstreet guide for last year 2011-2012 has this badboy at:

Low NM - $54,000
VF - $15,000
Fine - $5,000
VG - $3,334
GD - $1,667

If you can afford the coin for this lucky bastard! You can find a high grade CGC 8.5 (Very Fine Plus) copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1 by clicking the blue link. A great find and a rare grade to find this Marvel key issue Spider-Man comic.

If you can't, don't feel bad...I can't either, and we'll see how much or not the prices get bumped up when the new guide comes out this month. The new Spidey movie is sure to jack up the prices for all the grades on this firsty...that's a no brainer!


Low NM - $57,000
VF - $15,200
Fine - $5,199
VG - $3,466
GD - $1,733

However, it's known that the first Amazing Spider-Man issue has gone up for all grades from last year to this year, but how has the comic value tracked over the past few decades? Let's find out, shall we?

Overstreet 1982-83 Guide 12th Edition:

Mint: $640
Fine: $300
Good: $120

Overstreet 1990-91 Guide 20th Edition:

Near Mint (9.4): $2,750
Fine: $1,100
Good: $275

Overstreet 2002-03 Guide 33rd Edition:

Near Mint (9.4): $32,000
Very Fine: $9,350
Fine: $2,526
 Very Good: $1,684
Good: $842

Overstreet 2012-13 Guide 42nd Edition: 
Near Mint (low 9.2): $57,000
Very Fine: $15,200
Fine: $5,199
 Very Good: $3,466
Good: $1,733

Overstreet 2016-17 Guide 46th Edition: 
Near Mint (low 9.2): $62,000
Very Fine: $15,000
Fine: $5,700
 Very Good: $3,800
Good: $1,900

So for all those who say that comic investing is a bad idea. There's the facts above.

Looks like ASM #1 at VF took a $200 dip in the last four years according to guide. 

Great, great investment! Actually, you really can't go wrong with silver age Amazing Spider-Man. If you're looking for Spider-Man key issues, just click the link to find out which Spidey comics you should be on the hunt for!


  1. Would love a copy of this in any grade, saw a pence GD copy go on ebay recently for £2000 thats about 1350 Dollars i think the seller got a decent price for such a low grade copy, as an American would a pence price tag put you off buying a comic? I must admit even as an Englishman i prefer cents issues, i know they are basically the same comic but the cent issues just seem more legitimate and more Americana if you know what i mean.

  2. You actually brought up a great discussion. Pence copies are not 2nd or 3rd prints like most think. They're actually, just like variant covers. In many cases, the pence copies are more rare than cents copies due to a lower print run.

    However, like you pointed out, the cents copies are in much more demand, and many do think the pence copies are 2nd prints (NOT TRUE!), which is why many pence copy values are treated as such.

    As an American, I'd have no problem getting a pence copy, as long as the values treated these pence copies exactly what they are...1st print variants.

  3. Hey ive never thought of them as being variants before but you are quite right thats exactly what they are, it is also true that they are rarer than the cent copies because only so many were printed right at the end of the run when i believe the price stamp on the print would be changed, i sell a lot of comics on ebay and recently have sent many to the states, to be honest my British customers seem to prefer the cent copies and i always highlight that as a selling point, i would say i would normally get about two thirds the price for a key pence issue however it doesnt seem to make much difference when im selling unimportant issues, great talking to you and keep up the good work on your blog.