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Auctions: comic books 1956-1969

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    Auction Item: Abbott and Costello (1948 St. John) 36 GD/VG 3.0

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  • Item #41448410
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    Published Jul 1958 by DC.

    Auction Item: Action Comics (1938 DC) 242 PR 0.5

    • Interior is complete. Full length spine split. Cover detached.
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Stan Kaye. Origin and first appearance of Brainiac, and the first mention of the shrunken city of Kandor in "The Super-Duel in Space," script by Otto Binder, art by Al Plastino; While on an experimental rocket, Clark and Lois encounter the alien Brainiac, who plans to shrink and bottle the great cities of Earth and then use them to repopulate his planet; Superman gets inside Brainiacs ship when the villain snatches Metropolis and there finds a bottle with the Kryptonian city of Kandor. Untitled Little Pete story by Henry Boltinoff. "The Traffic Cop of 2058, A.D." starring Tommy Tomorrow, script by Otto Binder, art by Jim Mooney. "Safari From Space," art by Howard Sherman; Congo Bill vs. Xov. 36 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #40186259
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    Published May 1959 by DC.

    Auction Item: Action Comics (1938 DC) 252 CGC 5.5

    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #1292059016
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Al Plastino. Origin and 1st appearance of Supergirl in "The Supergirl from Krypton!", script by Otto Binder, art by Al Plastino; Superman spies a crashing rocket and discovers his cousin Supergirl; She tells him how Argo City survived the destruction of Krypton and how her father sent her to Earth when the inhabitants of Argo City were threatened by Kryptonite poisoning; Superman sets her up in Midvale Orphanage so she can adjust to life on Earth. Intro new Metallo "The Menace of Metallo!", script by Robert Bernstein, art by Al Plastino; Criminal John Corben, who is nearly killed in an auto accident, is given a robot body powered by uranium; When he is hit by bullets meant for Lois, she assumes he is really Superman. 2/3-page Little Pete story by Henry Boltinoff. "Congo Bill Dies at Dawn!", script by Robert Bernstein, art by Howard Sherman. 36 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #41448569
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    Published Mar 1961 by DC.

    Auction Item: Action Comics (1938 DC) 274 GD/VG 3.0

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Stan Kaye. Lois Lane becomes Superwoman in "The Reversed Super-Powers!", script by Jerry Siegel, art by Kurt Schaffenberger; While trying to make himself immune to Kryptonite an explosion in the lab removes Superman's power and gives Lois powers. One-page Casey the Cop story by Henry Boltinoff. "Supergirl's Three Time Trips!", script by Jerry Siegel, art by Jim Mooney; When tasked to do a report on a famous historical figure, Supergirl travels into the past to view Annie Oakley, Betsy Ross and Pocahontas in action, but in each time period she encounters kryptonite. One-page Tricksy story by Henry Boltinoff. Supermen of America ad. 36 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #41421698
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    Published Dec 1967 by DC.

    Auction Item: Action Comics (1938 DC) 357 CGC 9.4 Restored

    • Slight amateur restoration
    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Restoration includes: small amount of color touch on cover.
    • Label #1060688001
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein. "The Kryptonite Rumble!", script by Leo Dorfman, art by Wayne Boring; The Annihilator's sidekick, Pocketbook Pete, swallows Kryptonian explosives, gains super-explosive power and appoints himself President, you squares! The Adventures of Jerry Lewis ad. "Supergirl's Secret Marriage!", script by Otto Binder, art by Jim Mooney; A jealous alien female, disguised as a male, fakes a marriage with Supergirl (who has temporary amnesia from green kryptonite) so that her monitoring boyfriend will get over his obsession with Supergirl. Superman ad. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Adventure Comics (1938 1st Series) 317 VG+ 4.5

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein. Part I: The Menace of Dream Girl!--Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, script by Edmond Hamilton, art by John Forte; Dream Girl joins the Legion and insists Lightning Lass be expelled when she loses her powers and demands Triplicate Girl be court-martialed for accusing her of causing Lightning Lass to lose her power. Super-Turtle humor page by Henry Boltinoff. Part II: The Doom of the Legion!--Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, script by Edmond Hamilton, art by John Forte; Even more Legionnaires are expelled before Dream Girl reveals to Star Boy that it was all a plot to prevent their deaths. In this two-parter, Lightning Lass becomes Light Lass, and the Hall of Fame series begins.The Shrinking of Superboy, art by John Sikela. 36 pages. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Adventure Comics (1938 1st Series) 357 CGC 9.0

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #0286118022
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein. The Ghost of Ferro Lad!--Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, script by Jim Shooter, pencils by Jim Shooter (layouts only) and Curt Swan, inks by George Klein; The Legion appears to be haunted by the ghost of Ferro Lad. 36 pages. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Adventure Comics (1938 1st Series) 375 CGC 9.2

    • Paper: White
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #0138808001
    Starts Feb 20

    Cover art by Neal Adams. Intro of Quantum Queen and the Wanderers in The King of the Legion!--Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, script by Jim Shooter, pencils by Jim Shooter (layouts only) and Win Mortimer, inks by Win Mortimer; The Legionnaires individually battle the Wanderers, temporarily turned evil, in order to find out who's the mightiest Legionnaire. 36 pages. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Adventure into Mystery (1956) 3 FN- 5.5

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Bill Everett. Next Stop Eternity!, art by George Roussos; A bus driver drops off two lovers at a station that only the pure of heart can see. Good-Bye Forever, art by Joe Maneely; A scientist invents a ray that transports him into a peaceful world; He wants to marry the king's daughter but as he is poor, the king refuses. Bedlam, art by Paul Reinman; An explorer in South America comes across Martian scientists conducting research and pleads with them to reveal themselves to the world. A World Gone Mad!, art by Jim Mooney. The Dreamer text story. When the Time Comes!, art by Bill Ely; A story about rocket ship pilots going through simulated testing for a moon flight. Behind the Locked Door..., art by Howard O'Donnell. 36 pages. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #41481824
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    Auction Item: Adventures of Bob Hope (1950) 56 VG+ 4.5

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover art by Owen Fitzgerald. Tennis, Anyone? Part 1, script by Cal Howard, pencils by Owen Fitzgerald, inks by Graham Place; Bob, looking for rent money, runs into a lovely young woman running a bank errand for her promoter father. The Brave and the Bold #23 ad. Tennis, Anyone? Part 2. What's Your B.Q.*? (*Brotherhood Quotient) public service announcement, script by Jack Schiff, art by Bernard Baily. Teen Laffs humor page by Henry Boltinoff. A review of a Columbia recording, "The Action History of Baseball." Tennis, Anyone? Part 3; Princess Ileana of Blobonia decides to take the situation into her own hands. 36 pgs. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #41483399
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    Auction Item: Adventures of Jerry Lewis (1957) 61 FN- 5.5

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    Cover art by Bob Oksner. Roman Baths Part 1, pencils by Bob Oksner, inks by Graham Place; Jerry visits an amusement park and accidentally sends himself back in time. Teen Age humor page by Mort Drucker. Roman Baths Part Two; Jerry lands in the time of ancient Rome. Meet the Gang! filler page by Mort Drucker. Keep Learning-- The Key to Success public service announcement, script by Jack Schiff, art by Bernard Baily. Roman Baths Part Three; Jerry beats the Etruscans single handed. 36 pgs. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #41472758
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    Auction Item: Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog (1952) 46 VG- 3.5

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    "Mystery of the Magnetic Monsters." Rex and Professor John Rayburn journey to the planet Lamenor, where they inadvertently land on that world's moon. Rex battles a bunch of moon creatures. Also includes: "The Chimp-Champ of Baseball!" (starring Detective Chimp); "Canine Buckaroo!"; and "Combat Canines." Script by John Broome, pencils by Gil Kane and Carmine Infantino, inks by Bernard Sachs. Cover by Kane and Joe Giella. Cover price $0.10.

  • Item #41479145
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    Published Mar 1956 by Argo.

    Auction Item: Alley Oop (1955 Argo) 3 VG 4.0

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    Auction Item: Amazing Adult Fantasy (1961) 9 VG- 3.5

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. The Terror of Tim Boo Ba; Alien warlord Tim Boo Ba is master of all he surveys but is wiped out in a torrential flood when an Earth boy drips water on the small scale model that is Tim Boo Ba's home planet. The Man Who Captured Death!; An old man builds a machine to freeze Death in his tracks since he is unwilling to go when he has so much more left to accomplish; With Death removed from the picture, the Earth becomes a shambles. I Come from the Black Void. The Spirit of Swami River; A swami crook steals money from gullible widows with his fake act until he promises to deliver money to a dead husband's spirit and the swami is surprised to find himself disappearing when the real spirit holds him to his word. The Genie Lives. All scripts by Stan Lee, all art by Steve Ditko. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Adult Fantasy (1961) 10 VG- 3.5

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Those Who Change; Scientists view the ancient past, but though they dont realize it they reshape history causing humans to evolve from reptiles. The Mark of the Toad; An evil uncle tries to kill a boy king, but his magic backfires and turns him into a toad. No Sign of Life. Man on a Tightrope; A young girl is friends with a tightrope walker past his prime. The man is killed in his last act, but his ghost returns to make his friend well again. Mister Universe. All scripts by Stan Lee, all art by Steve Ditko. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Adult Fantasy (1961) 11 GD+ 2.5

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    Cover art by Steve Ditko. In Human Form!; Alien invaders send a shapeshifting scout to disguise himself as one of Earth's dominant life form, but he mistakenly takes the form of a mosquito and is swatted. For the Rest of Your Life!; Jupiter's courts are thought soft, but their convicts are actually imprisoned for life within an illusion of freedom. The Secret of the Universe!; A rocket is built which travels faster than light in order to probe the edge of the visible universe, but the volunteer pilot de-ages to infancy during the trip, curing him of his terminal disease. The Ice Monster Cometh! Where Walks the Ghost? All scripts by Stan Lee, all art by Steve Ditko. 36 pgs. $0.10. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 1 CGC 1.5

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #1463123001
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko. Spider-Man, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man origin retold; J. Jonah Jameson introduced; Spider-Man rescues John Jameson, J. Jonah Jameson's son, from his malfunctioning space capsule. Spider-Man vs. The Chameleon, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man tries to join the Fantastic Four and stops the Chameleon. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 138. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 9 VG 4.0

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    Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Electro in The Man Called Electro!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Electro decides to break some other criminals out of jail so they can help him with his crime spree; Spider-Man must balance taking care of Aunt May, who is in the hospital, and capturing Electro. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 6 and 146. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 11 VG+ 4.5

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    Cover art by Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby. Turning Point, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Betty's brother has gotten himself into trouble with gambling debts and Betty is forced to help in Doc Ock's plot to break Blackie Gaxton out of prison to keep her sibling alive; Spider-Man interrupts the escape and Blackie shoots Bennett during the conflict; Gaxton is captured but Doc Ock gets away; Peter tries to comfort Betty over the loss of her brother. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 148. House ads for Avengers #4 and Daredevil #1. Letter to the editor from comics artist Ken Landgraf. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 12 VG- 3.5

    • Staple rust.
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    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Unmasked by Dr. Octopus!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Peter has the 24 hour flu when Doc Ock captures Betty Brant in hopes of luring Spider-Man into battle; Ock beats the under the weather web-head and unmasks him, but everyone thinks it is just Peter trying to be brave by impersonating Spidey; Once he has recovered, Spider-Man battles through the wild animals Ock has released from the zoo to take on old six-arms himself. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 149. Letter to the editor from comics artist Dave Cockrum. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 13 GD 2.0

    • 1-1/2" spine split from top of comic.
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Mysterio in The Menace of... Mysterio!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Mysterio first frames Spider-Man for a crime wave, then challenges him to a battle on top of the Brooklyn Bridge. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 8 and 151. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 18 CGC 5.0

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #0159953002
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Third appearance of the Sandman in The End of Spider-Man!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; With the entire city thinking he is a coward, Spider-Man runs from Sandman; Peter's life is in shambles, and he contemplates giving up being Spider-Man to concentrate on his personal life; Cameos by the Avengers, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, the Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, and the Vulture. First appearance of Ned Leeds (later Hobgoblin). Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 13 and 156. Letter to the editor from comics artist Frank Brunner. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 19 CGC 7.0

    • Paper: Off white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #1351974002
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Spidey Strikes Back!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Sandman and the Enforcers capture the Human Torch; When Spider-Man questions a stool pigeon and learns of this he comes to the aid of the Human Torch. Second appearance of Ned Leeds (future Hobgolin) in this issue (first time his name is revealed). Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 14 and 157. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 21 FN- 5.5

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Second appearance of the Beetle in Where Flies the Beetle...!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; after getting out of jail, Abner Jenkins dons his Beetle guise and prepares for revenge on the Human Torch; drama between Johnny Storm and Doris Evans and Peter Parker and Betty Brant; Human Torch teams with Spidey against Beetle. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 16 and 159. Spider-Man pin-up by Ditko. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 21 PR 0.5

    • INCOMPLETE. Page missing. Does not interrupt art or story.
    Starts Feb 20

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Second appearance of the Beetle in Where Flies the Beetle...!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; after getting out of jail, Abner Jenkins dons his Beetle guise and prepares for revenge on the Human Torch; drama between Johnny Storm and Doris Evans and Peter Parker and Betty Brant; Human Torch teams with Spidey against Beetle. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 16 and 159. Spider-Man pin-up by Ditko. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 22 CGC 3.0

    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #0285874007
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Princess Python (part of the Masters of Menace) in The Clown and His Masters of Menace!, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man goes to Ringmaster and his criminal circus performers hotel room; the performers kick Ringmaster out of their group and steal some paintings; Spidey battles Ringmaster. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 17 and 160. 32 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 23 PGX 5.0

    • Paper: Cream to off white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. The Goblin and the Gangsters, script by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; the Green Goblin returns and wants to take over Lucky Lobos mob; Spidey battles Lucky Lobo and his gang; Spidey fights the Green Goblin in a factory. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 18 and 161. Letter from Jim Shooter, former editor-in-chief at Marvel, critiquing Marvel's handling of Spider-Man. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 25 GD+ 2.5

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Mary Jane Watson (cameo; face not shown) in "Captured by J. Jonah Jameson," script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; As Peter goes to sell pictures of a crime to J. Jonah Jameson, an inventor named Smythe comes in with a robot guaranteeing the destruction of Spider-Man; Since Peter needs money bad, he eggs Jameson on to hear out the wacky inventor; Smythe shows how his robot instantly shoots out steel tentacles at the hint of a spider's presence and grabs a hold of Peter, much to his surprise; Jameson is given a remote control and they agree to a deal; Betty is furious with Peter for trying to trap Spider-Man, not understanding his true reasons; Peter shows up at school and has Flash Thompson waiting to fight him as he hangs around Liz Allan too much to his liking; As Peter exits school, he sees the robot and begins to run; Flash, thinking he's running away from a fight runs after Peter; First appearance of Spencer Smythe. Reprinted in Marvel Tales #20 and #163. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 26 GD- 1.8

    • Restored (see item notes)
    • RESTORATION. Moderate color touch.
    Starts Feb 20

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Fourth appearance of the Green Goblin and first appearance of the Crime Master in The Man In The Crime-Master's Mask, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man battles the Crime-Master and the Green Goblin. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 21 and 164. Letter to the editor from comics writer Steve Gerber. 32 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 27 GD 2.0

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover by Steve Ditko. Fifth appearance of the Green Goblin in "Bring Back My Goblin to Me," script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; Spider-Man is caught between the Green Goblin and the Crime-Master. The Merry Marvel Bullpen Page; Ads for Spider-Man T-Shirt and MMMS fan club. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 22 and 165. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 28 GD/VG 3.0

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of the Molten Man in "The Menace of the Molten Man!", script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; Peter Parker needs his old costume, so he goes to the lab of the inventor Smythe, who created the robot J. Jonah Jameson used to try and beat Spiderman with; During that battle Parker had to remove his costume in order to escape; While there he witnesses an argument between Smythe and a man named Raxton, which results in an accident turning Raxton into, the Molten Man; At first Raxton is confused when he walks out of the lab, but on the street he gets mad at a driver and smashes the car with his fists; Realizing his power Raxton decides he can be a super villain, but before he can do anything Spiderman comes in through his window and asks Raxton to turn himself in stating that so far no major crimes have been committed; A fight ensues; Peter graduates from high school. The Merry Marvel Bullpen Page. Reprinted in Marvel Tales #166. This is a very difficult book to find in the higher grades because the black cover easily shows virtually every imperfection, no matter how minor. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 29 PGX 5.0

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: Scuffing on front of case
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover by Steve Ditko. Never Step on a Scorpion!, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), pencils by Steve Ditko, inks by Steve Ditko; Scorpion breaks free from jail and plans on killing both Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson. The Merry Marvel Bullpen Page; Ads for Spider-Man T-Shirt and MMMS fan club. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 168. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 29 GD/VG 3.0

    • Signed by writer Stan Lee (splash) with Lone Star Comics certificate of authenticity.
    Starts Feb 27

    Cover by Steve Ditko. Never Step on a Scorpion!, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), pencils by Steve Ditko, inks by Steve Ditko; Scorpion breaks free from jail and plans on killing both Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson. The Merry Marvel Bullpen Page; Ads for Spider-Man T-Shirt and MMMS fan club. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 168. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 29 GD- 1.8

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover by Steve Ditko. Never Step on a Scorpion!, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), pencils by Steve Ditko, inks by Steve Ditko; Scorpion breaks free from jail and plans on killing both Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson. The Merry Marvel Bullpen Page; Ads for Spider-Man T-Shirt and MMMS fan club. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 168. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 30 GD- 1.8

    • 2" cumulative spine split through cover and several wraps.
    Starts Feb 20

    Cover by Steve Ditko. First appearance of the Cat (not the same character who would be introduced in "The Cat" # 1 from 1972 who would later become Tigra). The Claws of the Cat!, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; Jameson offers a thousand dollar reward for catching The Cat, and Spider-Man plans to collect; Betty tells Peter that Ned has asked her to marry him. Ad for Marvel T-Shirts. A letter from Jack C. Harris. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 23 and 169. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 31 CBCS 6.5

    • Paper: Off white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #577-AC-001
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover by Steve Ditko. First appearances of Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Professor Warren. First appearance of the Master Planner (revealed in issue 32 to be Doctor Octopus) in "If This Be My Destiny, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; Aunt May falls deathly ill on Peter's first day of college. Meanwhile, the Master Planner is stealing scientific gadgets. Marvel Bullpen Bulletins, art by Steve Ditko and Marie Severin; Bullpen Bulletins page discussing staff; Marvel Checklist; ads for Spider-Man T-Shirt and MMMS. Letter to the editor from comics writer Don McGregor. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 24 and 170. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 31 GD+ 2.5

    • Centerfold detached at one staple.
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover by Steve Ditko. First appearances of Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Professor Warren. First appearance of the Master Planner (revealed in issue 32 to be Doctor Octopus) in "If This Be My Destiny, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; Aunt May falls deathly ill on Peter's first day of college. Meanwhile, the Master Planner is stealing scientific gadgets. Marvel Bullpen Bulletins, art by Steve Ditko and Marie Severin; Bullpen Bulletins page discussing staff; Marvel Checklist; ads for Spider-Man T-Shirt and MMMS. Letter to the editor from comics writer Don McGregor. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 24 and 170. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 32 CGC 6.5

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #0285924001
    Starts Feb 6

    Doctor Octopus (the Master Planner) in "Man on a Rampage." Script by Stan Lee, art and cover by Steve Ditko. In a battle with Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man gets trapped under tons of steel. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 25 and 171. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 32 VG- 3.5

    Starts Feb 20

    Doctor Octopus (the Master Planner) in "Man on a Rampage." Script by Stan Lee, art and cover by Steve Ditko. In a battle with Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man gets trapped under tons of steel. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 25 and 171. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 34 GD/VG 3.0

    • 1-1/2" cumulative spine split.
    Starts Feb 20

    Cover by Steve Ditko. Fourth appearance of Kraven the Hunter in "The Thrill of the Hunt, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; Kraven dresses up as Spider-Man and harasses J. Jonah Jameson to get Spider-Man to come out for a re-match of their last fight. Ad for Marvel T-Shirts and MMMS items, art by Marie Severin. Letter to the editor from comics editor Richard Pini (Elfquest). 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 35 CGC 7.5

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #0300792001
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover pencils by Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby (Spider-Man figure), inks by Steve Ditko and Sol Brodsky (Spider-Man figure). The Molten Man Regrets...!, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; The Molten Man is released from jail and he decides he is going to be smarter about his next robbery, but Spider-Man puts an end to his plans. Ad for Hulk T-Shirt and other MMMS items, art by Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and Frank Giacoia. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 28 and 174. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 35 FN- 5.5

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover pencils by Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby (Spider-Man figure), inks by Steve Ditko and Sol Brodsky (Spider-Man figure). The Molten Man Regrets...!, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; The Molten Man is released from jail and he decides he is going to be smarter about his next robbery, but Spider-Man puts an end to his plans. Ad for Hulk T-Shirt and other MMMS items, art by Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and Frank Giacoia. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 28 and 174. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 37 VG- 3.5

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Norman Osborn (the original Green Goblin) in Once Upon A Time, There Was A Robot...!, script by Steve Ditko (plot) and Stan Lee (script), art by Steve Ditko; When Professor Stromm is released from prison he plans to take revenge on his old business partner, Norman Osborn. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 176. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 38 CBCS 9.2

    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Slab: New, unblemished
    • Label #785-AA-005
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Second appearance of Mary Jane (cameo; face not shown) in Just a Guy Named Joe!, script by Steve Ditko (Plot) and Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Average joe, Joe Smith, fails at being a fighter and tries his hand at acting; Dressed up as a robotic monster, he is zapped with electricity and chemicals which causes him to go on a violent spree against those who doubted his abilities; Meanwhile, Norman Osborn puts a price on Spidey's head and our hero is plagued with goons trying to bump him off; Pete narrowly misses meeting Mary Jane. This is Ditko's final issue of Spider-Man. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 177. 32 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 38 VG/FN 5.0

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by Steve Ditko. Second appearance of Mary Jane (cameo; face not shown) in Just a Guy Named Joe!, script by Steve Ditko (Plot) and Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko; Average joe, Joe Smith, fails at being a fighter and tries his hand at acting; Dressed up as a robotic monster, he is zapped with electricity and chemicals which causes him to go on a violent spree against those who doubted his abilities; Meanwhile, Norman Osborn puts a price on Spidey's head and our hero is plagued with goons trying to bump him off; Pete narrowly misses meeting Mary Jane. This is Ditko's final issue of Spider-Man. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 177. 32 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 39 GD/VG 3.0

    • 3/4" spine split through cover and first three wraps.
    Starts Feb 6

    Cover art by John Romita. How Green Was My Goblin!, script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Romita (who begins as regular penciler), inks by Mike Esposito [as Mickey Demeo] and John Romita (touch-ups); Peter heads to the doctor with the sniffles and learns that Aunt May's health is very fragile; Spidey is roped into tangling with a bunch of goons who zap him with a mysterious gas; Not realizing that the gas has weakened his spider sense, he changes into Peter Parker under the watchful gaze of the Green Goblin; The Goblin confronts Spidey outside of his home and captures him as Peter is worried that Aunt May might be overcome by the commotion; Trussed up in the Goblin's lair, Peter is shocked when the Goblin takes off his mask and reveals himself to be Norman Osborn. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 178. According to Les Daniels in "Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics" (Abrams, 1991), artist Steve Ditko resigned because of a disagreement over the Goblin's identity. Ditko wanted it to be someone anonymous--a new, unknown guy; Lee wanted it to be a familiar character that would startle readers. 36 pgs. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 40 GD/VG 3.0

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover by pencils by John Romita Sr., inks by Mike Esposito and John Romita Sr. (touch-ups). Green Goblin origin in Spidey Saves the Day!. script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Romita Sr., inks by Mike Esposito (as Mickey Demeo) and John Romita Sr. (touch-ups); Spider-Man battles the Green Goblin; While battling, an explosion erases the last several years of Norman Osborn's memory, reverting him to his pre-Green Goblin state. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 179. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 41 FN- 5.5

    Starts Feb 20

    Cover pencils by John Romita Sr., inks by Mike Esposito and John Romita (touch-ups). First appearance of the Rhino in The Horns of the Rhino!, script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Romita Sr., inks by Mike Esposito (as M. Demeo) and John Romita Sr. (touch-ups); The Rhino attempts to kidnap John Jameson to turn him over to foreign powers that want his secrets about the U.S. space program; Spider-Man manages to stop the Rhino. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 30 and 190. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 41 VG/FN 5.0

    Starts Feb 6

    Cover pencils by John Romita Sr., inks by Mike Esposito and John Romita (touch-ups). First appearance of the Rhino in The Horns of the Rhino!, script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Romita Sr., inks by Mike Esposito (as M. Demeo) and John Romita Sr. (touch-ups); The Rhino attempts to kidnap John Jameson to turn him over to foreign powers that want his secrets about the U.S. space program; Spider-Man manages to stop the Rhino. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 30 and 190. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.

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    Auction Item: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) 42 VG+ 4.5

    Starts Feb 6

    Third appearance of Mary Jane (cameo; first time face is shown). Cover by John Romita Sr. Rhino, Foggy Nelson (from Daredevil), and Dr. Curtis Connors cameos in The Birth of a Super-Hero!, script by Stan Lee, art by John Romita Sr.; John Jameson was exposed to some strange space spores on a space mission. He returns to Earth where he gains super strength; Spider-Man is mistakenly accused of robbing a bank so Jameson decides to try to capture him with his new super powers. Ad for the M.M.M.S. fan club. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 31 and 182. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.