Heritage Auctions has yet another Action Comics #1 up on the auction block in November, and the auction house expects the issue to nab a cool $350,000.
According to Heritage Auctions, the unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 is CGC rated at 3.0, which makes it not great condition, but still very desirable by collectors. The issue comes from the Prospect Mountain Collection, which includes more than 2,000 Golden Age comics, collected by a former Navy sailor who was studying illustration on the G.I. Bill in New York City.
“It was a great time to find desirable Golden Age back issues,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for Comic and Comic Art at Heritage. “He was able to build a collection of key Golden Age comics on the budget of a student studying under the G.I. Bill, something clearly impossible today. Having experienced World War II as a child he was interested in war-themed covers and the result was a focus on Timely comics and the 1930s and 1940s superheroes.”
The collector also acquired a number of original comic covers, including Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #300, which is also on the action block with an expected take of $250,000.
“McFarlane art in general has seen a giant increase in demand over the last several years,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions, “with one of his pieces selling for more than $650,000 at Heritage two years ago. This is a key piece of cover art and one of his most famous covers overall, so the competition should be fierce among the top collectors.”
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
- Pep Comics #22 (MLJ, 1941) CGC FN/VF 7.0: One of the finest known copies of this rare comic, the first appearance of Archie Andrews. Estimate $125,000+.
- Bill Everett Strange Tales #152 cover original art (Marvel, 1967): Consigned by the Everett family. One of the few 1960s covers this artist both penciled and inked. Estimate $75,000+.
- Planet Comics #1 Denver pedigree (Fiction House, 1940) CGC NM 9.4: The highlight of the near-complete run of this series being offered in the auction, the first science fiction series in comics. Estimate $45,000+.
- John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #139 Splash Page 22 Original Art (Marvel, 1980): An unforgettable scene from the heyday of the Claremont/Byrne X-Men. Estimate $30,000+.
- Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta Flash Gordon illustration original art (c. 1950): A large piece by two of the greatest comic artists. Estimate $15,000+.
It’s times like these when I wish my crazy lottery jackpot obsession would finally pay off so I could snag one of these for my own collection.
More information on how you can bid on these auctions can be found at HA.com.