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Press Release - March 24, 2004
Latest Heritage Amazing Comics AuctionTM Internet 14032 Results
Dallas, TX: Heritage's Amazing Comics AuctionTM (ACA) sale #14032 ended Sunday, March 21, with 833 lots offered. 527 bidders placed bids, and 246 of them were successful, for a total sell-through of $105,187.40 for 774 lots (92.91% of lots offered). 14 after-auction lots were purchased by 5 bidders, for a total of $1,206.65.
A few highlights from the 03/21/04 ACA sale are:
Detective Comics #38 (DC, 1940) CGC VG- 3.5 Light tan to off-white pages.
Making his grand debut appearance this issue is Robin the Boy Wonder, the greatest kid sidekick ever created. The addition of Robin (aka Dick Grayson) to the somewhat grim Batman stories would effectively lighten the tone of this series, which made the feature more popular than ever. Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson get the art credits here. This copy has its share of problems; there's a split spine at the top of the book to the first staple, there's a small name written near the top of Robin's cape, the bottom right hand corner has some light chew marks, and the paper is starting to turn tan; still, this is still a pretty solid and attractive copy of a very important Golden Age key issue. Overstreet 2003 VG 4.0 value = $6,666. Realized $4,612.65
All-American Comics #1 (DC, 1939) CGC FN+ 6.5 Cream to off-white pages.
The future home of Green Lantern, this very early DC title (released just after Action #1) featured a collection of humor and adventure strips. Making his first appearance here is Hop Harrigan, who would stick around for another 98 issues. Also debuting is Scribbly by Sheldon Mayer, a favorite of many young fans. Overstreet 2003 FN 6.0 value = $2,100. Realized $2,070.00
Amazing Spider-Man #20 (Marvel, 1965) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages.
Origin and first appearance of the Scorpion. Steve Ditko cover and art. Overstreet 2003 VF/NM 9.0 value = $555; NM 9.4 value = $725. Realized $1,728.45
Amazing Spider-Man #14 (Marvel, 1964) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages.
Steve Ditko cover and art. First appearance of the Green Goblin. First meeting of Spider-Man and Hulk. Overstreet 2003 VF 8.0 value = $1,360; VF/NM 9.0 value = $2,080. Realized $1,552.50
The Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974) CGC NM- 9.2 White pages.
This issue features the first full appearance of the Wolverine -- perhaps you've heard of him. With art by "Mr. Hulk," Herb Trimpe. Overstreet 2003 NM 9.4 value = $1,150. Realized $1,495.00
All-Flash #1 (DC, 1941) CGC VG- 3.5 Cream to off-white pages.
E. E. Hibbard cover and art. First solo Golden Age Flash appearance. Origin retold. Overstreet 2003 VG 4.0 value = $2,666. Realized $1,397.25
Conan The Barbarian #1 (Marvel, 1970) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages.
Here's another great copy of this important debut issue, starring everyone's favorite barbarian. With top-notch art by Barry Windsor-Smith, a story featuring the origin and first appearance of Conan, plus the first appearance of King Kull, this premiere issue has it all. Factor in the killer condition, and you've got a real keeper here! Overstreet 2003 NM 9.4 value = $325. Realized $1,207.50
X-Men #2 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white pages.
Jack Kirby cover and art. Second appearance of the X-Men. First appearance of the Vanisher. Overstreet 2003 VF 8.0 value = $1,288. Realized $1,207.50
Robert Crumb - Original Art Sketchbook Page, "Billy Bean Gets KO'd" (No Publisher, 1962).
Robert's early semi-autobiographical character Billy Bean acts on his impulses in this sketchbook strip, with predictable results. On the reverse is a nice penciled study of two old men playing checkers, surrounded by various head shots, including one "Fritz"-type character. Some of this material was later printed in the Complete Crumb Comics series of books by Fantagraphics. This notebook page measures 6.75" x 8.5", and is in excellent condition. Realized $1,150.00
Bidding closed March 21, at 10pm CT. To bid in future auctions, simply go to Heritage's web site www.HeritageComics.com, and join their free web community. Or write or e-mail Heritage for a printed or fax listing.
Heritage's current ACA auction ends (and a new one begins) April 4, 2004, at 10pm CT. Call today to consign to a future auction, as the earliest consignments receive the most attention and publicity. Those interested in consigning to ACA or to Heritage's live Signature auctions are invited to visit a special section on HCA's website or call Lon Allen directly at 214-252-4261, or email at LonA@HeritageComics.com.
HCA specializes in rare, high-grade comic books, as well as vintage comic and animation art, illustration art, movie posters and comics-related collectibles.