Records Fall For Vintage Comic Books In Bruneau & Co. Comic Book And Toy Auction

Tales Of Suspense #39 From March 1963 (CGC 4.5) Brings Record $9,250

June 26, 2020

Record prices were shattered in an online-only Spring Comic Book and Toy Auction held April 4 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, based in Cranston, R.I., held along with Altered Reality Entertainment. Three copies of the comic book “Tales to Astonish” all brought record prices, for a combined $9,500.
The top lot of the auction was a copy of “Tales of Suspense #39” (Marvel Comics, March 1963), graded CGC 4.5 out of 10 for condition and featuring the origin and first appearance of Iron Man. The comic book had cream and off-white pages and came housed in a 12.75-by-8-inch CGC case. It went to a determined bidder for $9,250, a record for the book.
The record-setting copies of Marvel Comics’ “Tales to Astonish” included “Tales to Astonish #27” (January 1962), featuring the first appearance of the Ant-Man, graded CGC 3.5 ($3,875); “Tales to Astonish #13” (November 1960), featuring the origin and first appearance of Groot, graded CGC 5.0 ($3,750); and “Tales to Astonish #1” (Atlas Comics, January 1959), featuring a Stan Lee story and cover art by Jack Kirby and Christopher Rule, graded CGC 4.0. The book went for $1,875.
The auction was loaded with hundreds of graded rare comic books, generous key book lots, many Marvel and D.C. comics, as well as a collection of tin key wind, friction and battery-op Japanese robots and tin toys, 430 lots in all. Some nice original comic art also came up for bid.
“Absolutely phenomenal, that is the only way I can describe this auction,” said Bruneau & Co.’s Travis Landry. “The bidding action for all the major key comic books was intense, with several records being broken. The first Iron Man, Ant-Man and Groot were all show stoppers. The results proved that.”
Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, added, “Even amid a poor global economy and the insidious COVID-19 virus, the pop culture market stood strong. While stocks may be falling, people are investing in other tangible assets. We can’t wait for our next auction.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was facilitated by,, and, plus the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. Phone and absentee bids were also taken. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium (20 or 25 percent, depending on the platform).
Illustrator Dan Green’s original artwork for the graphic novel “Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa” was a single panel featuring Dr. Strange in Shamballa, surrounded by wisps of red wind with surreal biomorphic faces towering over him. The ca. 1986 watercolor, with an image size of 13-by-5.25 inches, proved to be the ultimate Dr. Strange collectible. It realized $2,750.
Anything having to do with Spider-Man is a surefire crowd-pleaser. A copy of Marvel Comics’ “Amazing Spider-Man #8” (January 1964), featuring the first cover and appearance of the Living Brain, plus an appearance by the Fantastic Four, graded CGC 2.0, changed hands for $3,240.
Two desirable comic books sailed past their $2,000 high estimates. One was a copy of DC Comics’ “Detective Comics #168” (February 1951), with the first appearance of the Red Hood identity and origin of the Joker, CGC 2.0 ($2,040). The other was a copy of Marvel Comics’ “Incredible Hulk #181” (November 1974), featuring the first full appearance of the Wolverine, CGC 7.0 ($2,400).
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