NOTE: We use eBay to provide references to live prices of comic books. Clicking a text link or image marked ‘Check live prices’ will take you to eBay.
2021 MARKET UPDATE: STEADY BUT NOT SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE
Once a key issue gains a certain momentum, it can be hard to see sustained increases in price. People get priced out of the book and look elsewhere for buying options.
ASM #1 has definitely appreciated in value this year, but there are other books with bigger percentage changes. It's still a must-own though. Recent sales:
2020 MARKET UPDATE: SPIDER STILL CLIMBING
Hotness is more about big gains. This book sells quickly and strongly in any grade, from 1.0 to 7.0, and we seldom can keep it in stock for long!
Here are recent prices. Many new record sales in grade for the year:
2019 MARKET UPDATE: PROFITS ARE NOT FAR FROM HOME
I touched on the idea last time around that ASM #1 is the poor man's Amazing Fantasy #15.
This book has performed really well in the past 12 months. Will it soon be priced out of most collectors' reach too?
In the Amazing Spider-MATH, I talked about how you should buy the biggest book in a run first -- even borrow money to do so. (Never buy what you cannot afford.)
You'd be feeling pretty good if you'd taken that advice last time around.
I see no reason for ASM #1 to not continue appreciating in double-digit percentages. Higher grades might be too expensive to be worthwhile investments: consider buying multiple lower-grade copies.
2018 MARKET UPDATE: SPIDEY'S MOVING UP IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE...
While Amazing Fantasy #15 is on every Marvel collector's want list, it has been priced out for many collectors in most grade levels.
Spider-Man: Homecoming made the world's hottest character even hotter, and Spidey's inclusion in the Avengers Infinity War storyline doesn't hurt either.
If you're looking for an alternative to the unaffordable AF #15, then ASM #1 is the obvious choice. And the market is moving as a result of all that money moving into this book. Especially evident since 2017, there have been strong sales in the VG to FN range.
2017 MARKET UPDATE:
With only 100 books, any "must-buy" list is going to be controversial. We received plenty of questions about the omission of ASM #1 last year. Most went something like, "WTF?!"
Truth was, when I first compiled the list, ASM #1 was in a little bit of a price slump. It isn't enough for a book to be in demand. To be truly hot, I want to see lots of price increases, and ideally above average for that book.
This is a true blue-chip Marvel mega-key. But this year has seen those price increases, so it's on the list. One to buy and hold, and hold, and hold. Don't expect 10 percent year-on-year.
Other Amazing Spider-Man issues on the Hot 100: