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  • A copy of the 1962 comic Amazing Fantasy No. 15 was sold at Heritage Auctions Thursday for a whopping $3.6 million.
  • Peter Parker and his alter ego Spider-Man made their debut in the comic book that was sold for 12 cents at the time.
  • An Action Comics No. 1 that included the 1938 debut of the Man of Steel sold earlier this year for $3.25 million.

A comic featuring the first-ever appearance of Spider-Man has set the record for the most expensive comic book ever sold. 

A copy of the 1962 comic Amazing Fantasy No. 15 was sold at Heritage Auctions Thursday for a whopping $3.6 million. Peter Parker and his alter ego Spider-Man made their debut in the comic book that was sold for 12 cents at the time. 

The issue includes Spider-Man’s origin story, detailing how Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and acquires his iconic superpowers. The story was written by Marvel founder Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko. 


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“Though the world may mock Peter Parker, the timid teenager, it will soon marvel at the awesome might of Spider-Man!” the comic book cover reads. 

Heritage Auctions said the copy was one of only four known to exist that are in pristine condition.

The sale topped the previous record for most expensive comic book sale which was held by Superman. An Action Comics No. 1 that included the 1938 debut of the Man of Steel sold earlier this year for $3.25 million. 


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Published on Sep 10, 2021