With a long history from pages to films and series, Marvel has built an empire over the years and as it nears its 83rd anniversary, the first ever comic, Marvel Comics #1, published in August 1939, resurfaces at an auction and gets sold for more than $2 million to an anonymous bidder. Not only is it the pioneer of the whole franchise, but also, its pristine condition is what makes it more interesting.
In a report from New York Times, Marvel Comics #1 was sold at an auction, ComicConnect, for a whopping $2.4 million and while such is less than what other comic book copies that could go over $3 million, this specific copy is in a pristine 9.2 graded condition.
This rare copy of Marvel Comics #1 is even more special as it was found in the mid-90s, owned by Lloyd Jacquet, owner of Funnies Inc. which sells artworks to publishers of comics and the one that got auctioned even has the notes of Jacquet, himself, on Marvel company owing some of the artists of a book.
A comic book expert shared, in the same report, his thoughts on the special Marvel Comics #1 copy, “Owning the pay copy of Marvel Comics No. 1 would be like owning a first-edition Charles Dickens novel in which he documented his royalties.”
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Marvel Comics #1 is the pioneer of basically everything that we see in connection to Marvel. This is the first ever comic book to come out, published in August 1939 by Timely Comics which later become Marvel Comics. While the release of it was after various DC comics, this is the one that spearheaded for Marvel. It is a piece of history that generations would thank simply because it existed.
The first heroes to get the honor to appear in the first ever Marvel comics are Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner, who is later known as Namor. Human Torch was an android superhero while Namor the Submariner was an anti-hero. Bill Everett, Carl Burgos, Ben Thompson, Paul Gustavon, and Al Anders were those behind Marvel Comics #1.
Should you want to read Marvel Comics #1, the piece may not be around that much anymore in its physical copy but it is available in digital on Marvel’s Unlimited service for $1.99.