An almost perfect and extremely rare comic book treasure, Marvel Comics No. 1, auctioned for a mind-boggling $1.26 million.
Recently, a rare copy of the first-ever comic book published by Marvel in 1939, in near-mind condition auctioned for a record of $1.26 million.
The 8-decade old copy features characters like Carl Burgos’ android superhero the Human Torch, Angel, Bill Everett’s anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner and also the Masked Raider.
Moreover, named Marvel Comics 1, the 8-decade old copy features characters like the Human Torch, Angel, Sub-Mariner and the Masked Raider.
As per Heritage Auctions which handled the sale bid, the book is also the “finest known copy” of Marvel Comics 1.
So, timelining the history of the edition – a mailman purchased the copy from a newsstand in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
The 80-year-old copy also becomes the most expensive Marvel comic book ever sold anywhere on Earth.
However, it is not the most expensive comic book ever sold.
That feat goes to DC’s “Action Comics #1” which featured Superman. It auctioned for a record of $3.2 million on eBay in 2014.
About the First Marvel Issue
So, Ben Thompson wrote the story, artist Frank Paul created the cover and Martin Goodman also edited the issue.
The issue also featured a storyline on Ka-Zar the great with a special 12-page story on Jungle adventures.
The content of Marvel Comics No. 1 came from an outside packager called Funnies, Inc.
In fact, the first-ever Marvel attempt was a great success; sold a combined nearly 900,000 copies between the first print and a second print the next month.
Martin Goodman’s company Timely Publications released the comic in 1939 which later rebranded as Marvel Publications.