In those ultimate years of the post-war American dream, there is indeed still some place for superheroes and super-villains, but the young readers are now rejecting their infallibility. They identify themselves with characters who are like them clumsy, shy and introverted but whose second hidden life reveals superpowers.
Marvel did not at once find the solution. Launched in June 1961, the magazine Amazing Adventures takes in December the inappropriate name Amazing Adult Fantasy, fortunately simplified as Amazing Fantasy in June 1962. Success comes with the number 15 of August 1962, with the very first introduction of Spider-Man.
The cover page designed by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko shows the man in the arachnid costume in the air between two skyscrapers, carrying in a single hand a damaged villain. The text unambiguously indicates the dual personality of the new superhero who is also the weak Peter Parker whom the world may mock.
This meets exactly what the public desired. The magazine will restart seven months later with a new number 1 under the title of The Amazing Spider-Man.
On February 18 in Dallas, Heritage sells as lot 91113 a copy of Amazing Fantasy # 15 in splendid condition, graded NM 9.4 Off-white pages by CGC, without the chip out that often affects this issue. This comic book is expected in the region of $ 400K. The catalog indicates a population of 4 in that grade and 3 in a higher grade.
SOLD for $ 450K including premium