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There are iconic covers throughout the history of comics, but none are more legendary or more iconic than the cover of "Amazing Fantasy" #15 published by Marvel Comics in August of 1962, featuring the debut of Spider-Man. Created by comic icons Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the tale of Peter Parker, a 16-year-old high school student from Queens who gets bitten by a radioactive spider, was meant to appeal to the burgeoning teenage audience who clamored for comics. The duo endeavored to create a self-obsessed character with the same rejection issues, insecurity, loneliness, and financial problems that teens faced. Other comics at the time relegated teenagers to sidekick roles, and Spider-Man was the first teenager to be a standalone hero in his own right.

Marvel publisher Martin Goodman wasn't immediately on board with the new character, so he allowed the duo to publish Spider-Man in "Amazing Fantasy" #15, the last issue in the science-fiction and horror anthology. What Goodman didn't expect was how popular the character would become. Spider-Man is easily the single most popular Marvel superhero and is consistently ranked as one of the most popular characters in all of fiction. So not only is this presented copy of "Amazing Fantasy" #15 unique for the debut and origin of Spider-Man, but it is also the last issue of a storied anthology series, only adding to the value of this item.

This presented Silver Age comic has the iconic cover image of Spider-Man swinging to action and was illustrated by longtime Stan Lee collaborator Jack Kirby. The story, written by Lee, lays out the origin of Peter Parker, who is raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May (who also debut in this issue) after his parents tragically died in a plane crash. Parker later gets bitten by a radioactive spider during a science demonstration and is granted the super strength, agility, and powers of a spider. After creating a costume and briefly embarking on a career as a wrestler, Parker refused to intervene when a security guard at a wrestling match fails to apprehend a burglar. Later, that same burglar would take the life of his Uncle Ben, with Parker learning that "With great power comes great responsibility." Parker, haunted by a death he could have prevented, endeavors to use his newfound powers for good instead of for wealth and fame, with the death of his beloved uncle the motivating factor that spurned Spider-Man into the role of superhero.

This presented copy of "Amazing Fantasy" #15 that features the debut of Spider-Man, Aunt May, and Uncle Ben comes encapsulated and graded 8.5 with "WHITE" pages by Certified Guaranty Company. The copy contains some elements of cornering and edging that do not detract from the pure superhero majesty contained within this cover and issue. According to CGC's census report, only 24 copies have achieved a higher grade, making this presented copy more desirable. The historically significant item featuring the debut of one of the world's most celebrated comic book heroes graded 8.5.

1962 Marvel Comics "Amazing Fantasy" #15 - Origin & 1st Appearance of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and 1st Appearance of Uncle Ben & Aunt May - CGC 8.5
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Minimum Bid: $200,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $690,000.00
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, September 19, 2021.
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