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Key Issue Comics: Amazing Spider-Man 1

Amazing Spider-Man 1: The Start of Something Spectacular

Despite what you might think, Amazing Spider-Man #1 isn’t where Spider-Man got his debut – it was actually in Amazing Fantasy #15.

Because Amazing Fantasy #15 sold so well, Marvel had no choice but to give Peter Parker and his alter ego their own series.

Amazing Spider-Man (click for full price guide) has become the world's most collected comic book series. The first issue is a blue-chip Silver Age key issue, and appreciates in value over time in a way that the rest of the series cannot match.

Despite what you might think, Amazing Spider-Man #1 isn’t where Spider-Man got his debut – it was actually in Amazing Fantasy #15. Click to see values
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Amazing Spider-Man #1
Record sale: $262,000
Minimum value: $900

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Reprints of Amazing Spider-Man Exist

There are several reprints of Amazing Spider-Man 1. Unfortunately, most of them are only worth a few dollars each.

Amazing Spider-Man 1 Golden Records reprint is very similar to the original, but has a Golden Records ad on the back and no price on the front coverAmazing Spider-Man 1 Golden Records reprint has a Golden Records ad on the back and no price on the front cover
Amazing Spider-Man 1 Marvel Milestone edition has a silver border around the cover edge, and is of limited valueAmazing Spider-Man 1 Marvel Milestone edition has a silver border around the cover edge, and is of limited value
Amazing Spider-Man 1 Collectible Series edition has a black border around the cover edge, and is of limited valueAmazing Spider-Man 1 Collectible Series edition has a black border around the cover edge, and is of limited value

Of the reprints, the Golden Records reprint from 1966 is the most valuable. It can sell for over $1,000 in near mint condition.

It came with an LP-sized record, and comic book collectors are not usually too concerned about the condition (or even the presence) of the record.

Back Story of ASM #1 and Why Peter Parker Matters

Picking up where Amazing Fantasy #15 left off, Peter Parker and his Aunt May are still reeling from the death of Uncle Ben.

Looking for ways to earn money, Peter uses his Spider-Man persona in show business, but this only leads to more issues. Later, the Daily Bugle begins their long tradition of slandering Spider-Man, turning him into a public enemy.

Immediately, Spider-Man stood out as one of the most relatable heroes ever. Filled with self-doubt, burdened by money, clumsy, and slightly awkward, Spider-Man was a huge hit with teenagers and young adults.

Despite this being one of the most important comics ever, ASM #1 doesn’t feature any legendary villains like Doctor Octopus or Electro.

Instead, the only first appearances we get is the grumpy Daily Bugle editor-in-chief John Jonah Jameson and villain Chameleon.

Value of Amazing Spider-Man 1

  • Poor $800
  • Fair $1,100
  • Good $2,400
  • Good to VG $3,000
  • VG $4,000
  • VG to FN $5,000
  • FN $8,000 or more
  • FN+ or better: CONTACT US

Amazing Spider-Man #1 may not be Spider-Man’s first appearance, but it is still one of the most valuable comics of the Silver Age. It's also part of our 100 Hot Comics series.

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