Marvel Mystery Comics #9, Ranked #33 On Overstreet's Top 100 Golden Age Comics List, Graded CGC 4.0, Sells For $40,000

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), Graded CGC 1.8, Brings $10,938

June 17, 2022

A copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 from July 1940 sold for $40,000, and three other vintage comic books topped the $10,000 mark at a Spring Comic, Toy and Sports Auction held May 21 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and live in the Cranston, R.I., gallery. The copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 was the auction’s expected top lot, as it was #33 on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics list. The book featured the second Sub-Mariner cover, with an iconic Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner battle, plus great artwork by Bill Everett and Alex Schomburg. It had a mid-level grade of CGC 4.0.
A copy of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961), graded CGC 2.0, featuring the origin and first appearance of the Fantastic Four and Mole Man, finished at $18,750. “While it may not have been the most expensive comic in the auction,” the Fantastic Four #1 was a great result and new record for the grade,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer and the firm’s director of Pop Culture. “I’m sure its value will only continue to rise over time. Overall, it was a great sale with strong results throughout. Comics, as always, proved to be the strongest category of the day,” added Landry.
A copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), graded CGC 1.8, with the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and Chameleon, the first Fantastic Four crossover, plus a retelling of the origin of Spider-Man, brought $10,938. Also, a copy of Marvel Comics X-Men #1 (September 1963), featuring the origin and first appearance of the X-Men and Magneto, graded CGC 5.0, with a slight restoration, changed hands for $10,625.
The “Madame” puppet was made popular by Wayland Flowers (American, 1939-88) in his comedy act and on the hit 1980s TV show “Madame’s Place.” It featured a handpainted composite head with articulated mouth and an elaborate bedazzled gown with rhinestone earrings and necklace. It was recently featured on an episode of PBS' “Antiques Roadshow” and was accompanied by a VHS of Mr. Flowers using the puppet. It sold for $7,812.
“Unfortunately, I was out of the gallery the day of the auction,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and an auctioneer. “I was with Joel Bohy (Bruneau & Co.’s director of the recently created department of arms and militaria), working a local appraisal event to benefit senior citizens. However, looking over the auction results, I know it was a great day for the Pop Culture department and the gallery as a whole. I look forward to the next one.”
The sale contained 430 lots, consigned from across the country. Internet bidding was facilitated by the platforms, and, plus the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. All prices quoted in this report include the buyer’s premium.
A copy of volume 1 #1 of Playboy magazine (December 1953), featuring the iconic color photo of Marilyn Monroe as the “Sweetheart of the Month,” graded CGC 6.5, went for $6,250.
A 1978 Canadian Kenner Star Wars 20B back Boba Fett action figure, part of an original owner collection featured throughout the auction, graded CAS 75, realized $4,625.
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