Comic Book Collection Of Stephen J. Farber Realizes Over $330,000 A 1941 “Captain America Comics #1” Went For $45,600.

February 9, 2024

Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce the results of this 269-lot sale held on Jan. 11. The auction had a 94-percent sell-through rate. All prices noted include the company's buyer's premium, which varies across platforms. The top lot was a “Captain America Comics #1” selling for $45,600. It was published by Timely Comics, in March, 1941. This comic book included the debut appearances of Captain America, the Red Skull, and Bucky. It featured cover art by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby showing Captain America punching Hitler. The timing of this illustration was interesting as it appeared just months before the U.S. would enter WWII, at a time when most comics were referring to the Nazi movement in a less explicit way. It had a CGC restored grade of 5.0. A CGC pedigree grade 8.0 “Human Torch #2 (#1)” delivered $28,800. It was published by Timely Comics in 1940 and featured WWII cover art by Alex Schomburg. It contained the first appearance of Toro, one of the first mutant superheroes, along with the origins of both the Human Torch and Sub-Mariner. A “Weird Tales of the Future #8” traded hands at $16,800. It was published by Aragon Publications in 1953 and had pedigree to the White Mountain collection. This final issue of the title was illustrated with a classic “ripped-out-heart” horror cover by Bernard Baily. It was graded in 8.5 condition, the highest score for this title ever given by CGC. The “Haunt of Fear #15 (#1)” was CGC pedigree graded 9.6 and realized $14,400. This Gaines File copy was published by E.C. Comics in 1950 and was the first issue of the title, formerly known as “Gunfighter.” It featured the story, cover, and art by Johnny Craig. This lot included its original Gaines collection COA. A 5.5 CGC universal grade “Amazing Spider-Man #1” sold for $13,750. It was published by Marvel Comics in 1963 and featured a cover and artwork by Steve Ditko. This important example retold Spider-Man's origins, had the first Fantastic Four crossover, and included the debut appearances of J. Jonah Jameson, John Jameson, and the Chameleon. "Following on the heels of Steve Farber's successful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ sale, his collection of comics also did not disappoint. We saw a wide range of fresh material hit the auction block that in return saw many estimates soaring past their pre-sale estimates. We look forward to breaking into this market that is currently seeing strong prices on a yearly basis for the past decade," stated Chris Brink, director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Potter & Potter Auctions. Potter & Potter Auctions is based in Chicago, Ill. To learn more, call 773-472-1442.


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