NEW YORK — A very prized copy of the first-ever Marvel comedian ebook fetched greater than $2.4 million in a web based public sale, the auctioneer stated Friday.
Referred to as the Marvel Comics #1 “pay copy,” it’s “arguably one of many high three comedian books on the earth of comics accumulating,” stated Vincent Zurzolo, chief working officer of ComicConnect. The New York-based auctioneer offered the ebook Thursday night time for a bit below $2,427,800.
The client’s title has not been disclosed. He’s “a particularly passionate comedian ebook collector and investor” who additionally collects different gadgets, Zurzolo stated.
Printed in 1939, Marvel Comics #1 launched characters together with Sub-Mariner and the unique Human Torch, a precursor of the character of the identical title that was later a member of Marvel’s Unbelievable 4. The ebook launched what grew to become the Marvel universe of comics, motion pictures, TV exhibits and video video games.
The very well-preserved “pay copy” is very sought-after as a result of it bears the writer’s handwritten notes recording how a lot the a number of writers and artists had been paid. For instance, Frank R. Paul earned $25 for drawing the duvet of a ebook now price practically 100,000 occasions as a lot.
“It’s an extremely essential look into the world and behind the scenes of the creation” of a comics powerhouse, Zurzolo stated.
The Marvel universe would finally embody such characters as Spider-Man, the Unbelievable 4, X-Males, the Avengers, Iron Man, Daredevil and the Hulk, typically recognized on-screen because the Unbelievable Hulk.
“With out this comedian ebook being made, who is aware of? Possibly none of that occurs,” Zurzolo stated. “Possibly the title ‘Marvel Comics’ resonated a lot with individuals, indirectly, that that’s what helped to start all these different issues.”