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    The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages. Spider-Man is not only Marvel's most famous and enduring character, he's the star of two smash hit movies, with more to come. And Amazing Spider-Man is currently the most collected series in comics, making demand for this debut issue extremely high. It was only the character's second appearance overall after Amazing Fantasy #15. This book is ranked as the fourth most-valuable Silver Age comic book by Overstreet, topped only by the first appearances of the Fantastic Four, the Silver Age Flash, and Spidey himself. The issue also has the first appearance of a key member of Spidey's supporting cast, irascible newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson, and also reveals the origin of Jameson's grudge against the Webslinger -- it has to do with Jonah's son, astronaut John Jameson, who also makes his first appearance here and popped up in various storylines in the ensuing years. Lee's winning formula for the character of Spider-Man, plagued by everyday woes like paying the bills, was carried on here in two famous scenes: the first has the hero putting on a performance to make some money only to find out he can't cash a check that's made out to Spider-Man. Then he applies for membership in the Fantastic Four, asking "How much does the job pay? I figure I'm worth your top salary." The quartet of non-profit do-gooders can only shake their heads at that. Spider-Man even finds time to take on his first supervillain, the Chameleon. The story is of course by Lee (who can be forgiven for calling his character "Peter Palmer" in one panel), and the interior art is by Steve Ditko. The cover is billed as a team effort between Ditko and Jack Kirby -- it would appear that Jolly Jack did the layouts, and Sturdy Steve took care of the rest. Since copies of this comic were usually read, re-read, and read again, a 9.4 copy really makes us sit up and take notice. Only four copies of this issue have been certified with higher grades by CGC to date. Overstreet 2004 NM- 9.2 value = $32,000. CGC census 12/04: 5 in 9.4, 4 higher. From the Northern Lights Collection.

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