Ten Valuable Spider-Man Collectibles
Spider-Man is one of the hottest superheroes today. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man made his comic book debut in Amazing Fantasy #15, bearing a cover date of August 1962. Bitten by a radioactive spider while on a field trip, young Peter Parker undergoes a series of changes, whereby he now possesses superhuman strength, the ability to cling to walls and an uncanny spider sixth sense. And just like Batman and Superman before him, Peter becomes a superhero – the amazing Spider-Man! – donning a costume and taking on the criminal element. In addition to comic books, Spider-Man has also appeared in newspaper strips, radio, television, books, films and video games.
Here are ten valuable Spider-Man collectibles that are sure to excite comic character buffs everywhere. "Spider-Man, Spider-Man/Does whatever a spider can/Spins a web, any size/Catches thieves just like flies..."
Amazing Fantasy #15, August 1962
Spider-Man made his world premiere in Amazing Fantasy #15, one of the most important comic books of the Silver Age. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko collaborated on the awesome Marvel Comics cover, which pictures young Peter Parker as Spider-Man, swinging between skyscrapers with a bad guy in tow. One graded/certified example in CGC fine 6.0 condition sold at auction for $15,535.
Amazing Fantasy #15 origin of Spider-Man $15,535
The Amazing Spider-Man #1, March 1963
Marvel Comics gave Spidey his very own comic book series in March 1963. A graded/certified The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in CGC fine+ 6.5 condition brought $5,377.50 at auction.
Spider-Man (2002) One Sheet Advance Movie Poster
Columbia Pictures released the $139 million spectacular Spider-Man in 2002. Tobey Maguire stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, with Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris also on hand. A one sheet advance poster (27x41-inches) in rolled mint condition fetched $62 at auction.
Spider-Man (2002) one sheet advance poster $62
Spider-Man (1985) One Sheet Advance Movie Poster
Cannon had optioned the movie rights from Marvel Comics in 1985 to make a Spider-Man film. Because of budget constraints and the expiration of a five-year leasing period, the movie was never made. However, promotional material was issued for the unproduced film, including a nifty one sheet advance poster (29 1/2 x 64 1/2-inches). One surviving example in rolled very fine+ condition sold at auction for $388.38.
Spider-Man (1985) advance movie poster $388.38
The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) Lobby Card Set
Nicholas Hammond starred as The Amazing Spider-Man in 14 episodes of the short-lived 1978-79 television series of the same name. Columbia Pictures released a feature-length film based on the series' pilot, which had first aired on September 14, 1977. A complete set of eight lobby cards from the culled theatrical version in near mint/mint condition brought $131.45 at auction.
The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) lobby card set $131.45
The Amazing Spider-Man #2, May 1963
The second issue of The Amazing Spider-Man is big with collectors, introducing The Vulture and the Terrible Tinkerer. One example in graded/certified CGC very good/fine 5.0 condition sold at auction for $717.
Steve Ditko The Amazing Spider-Man Original Art
Original art is the Holy Grail among many Spidey collectors. The original art from page 12 of The Amazing Spider-Man #7 (December 1963) as famously executed by Steve Ditko fetched a top bid of $20,912.50 at auction.
Spider-Man Toy Biz Prototype Figure
A prototype for the Spider-Man Toy Biz figurine issued in 1997 came up for auction. This particular model was a "paint master," the 14-inch figure in which artists hand-painted Spidey to gauge detail and contrast. There are only three to four known examples, with one of those in excellent condition bringing $460 at auction.
The Amazing Spider-Man #129, February 1974
The Amazing Spider-Man #129 bears a cover date of February 1974. It's a key Marvel Comics issue and a huge collector favorite, introducing both the Punisher and the Jackal. One example in graded/certified CGC near mint+ 9.6 condition sold at auction for $1,434.
Spider-Man 2 (2004) One Sheet Advance Movie Poster
The big, $200 million Spider-Man sequel hit movie theaters on June 30, 2004. Toby Maguire is back as Spidey/Peter Parker, beset by both women and media problems. An advance one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in rolled very fine/near mint condition brought $47 at auction.
Spider-Man 2 (2004) advance one sheet poster $47
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Lobby Card Set
Spider-Man 2 featured a knockout nine-card lobby set. One set in near mint/mint condition sold for a reasonable $21.
Spider-Man 2 (2004) lobby card set $21
Okay, that's eleven items. But Spider-Man deserves an extra entry...
Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Italian photobusta movie poster (18x26-inches) from The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) starring Nicholas Hammond, set of five $19