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Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1 is the first appearance of the Sinister Six, a team of super-villains who previously had fought Spider-Man.
The team consists of Doctor Octopus (the leader), Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and Vulture.
A Sinister Six movie has been widely rumored for years, and leaked emails seem to confirm that one is in development.
A lot of the movie appreciation is baked into the price already, but I try to find multiple reasons to invest in comic books, and this issue has plenty going for it.
Marvel Annuals (and similar 'squarebound' books like Silver Surfer #1, Marvel Super-Heroes #13 etc.) are notoriously tough to find in higher grade.
Typical examples have minor spine splits, a squashed spine, and worst of all, wrinkles and major spine stress from the glue holding the cover on to the interior stapled pages failing over the years.
Most well-handled copies will have reader's creases (the covers are hard to open wide enough to read the stories without creasing them parallel to the spine).
It's even more true of this 1964 issue, one of the first of its type. Over time, Marvel got better at manufacturing larger issues.
There are less than 30 examples above 9.0. This scarcity, along with the historic importance of the Sinister Six's first appearance, AND Spider-Man's huge popularity push this grade level out of reach for most buyers.
The grade I recommend is CGC 7.0. Much nicer than most copies, and ideally most of the front cover will be free of damage.
There are Canadian editions out there which sell for far less than US editions.
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