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Original Spider-Man Cover Sells for Almost Half a Million Dollars

March 6, 2018
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The cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #100 (dated September 1971) reads: "The Wildest Shock-Ending of All Time!"

Fast forward almost 47 years: Not wild, not an end, but still truly shocking!

As John Freeman posts in his downthetubes.net comics blog, the original artwork of the cover from that iconic Spider-Man issue sold for $478,000 US dollars on February 23, 2018.

The artwork was sold at a public bidding conducted by Heritage Auctions, one of the world's most important collectibles auctioneers.

Looking at the price tag, no wonder that transaction broke a few world records!

The cover was done by legendary John Romita, Sr. (pencils) and prolific and apt Frank Giacoia (inks).

Many characters grace the artwork's background. Besides the wall-crawler and his regular cast, characters include the Sandman, the Rhino, the Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, the Lizard, Dr Doom, Captain Stacy, Robbie Robertson, Harry Osborn, and the Ringmaster.

The story in that 1971 comic is about Peter Parker growing four additional arms! Gross...

Almost half a century later, the February 2018 auction (may have) left the seller a pretty "gross" profit. Nice..!


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