Original art for 1973 Spider-Man cover has current high bid of $268, 875


13 Responses to “Original art for 1973 Spider-Man cover has current high bid of $268, 875”

  1. kongjie says:

    My favorite part of that cover is how Marvel had to assure the readers that it wasn’t a typical cover exaggeration, a trick, a dream sequence, an alternate universe. 

    • Thad Boyd says:

      Actually, that’s part Stan Lee hucksterism and partly a knock at DC.  While Marvel was certainly known for exaggerated covers, DC was the publisher more prone to end major stories with “Yes, dear reader — this was an imaginary story!”

  2. planettom says:

    “The loss of Gwen”

    Too soon!


  3. Julie Andrews says:

    Hurray for gratuitous non-female butt shot!

  4. Nate Bennett says:

    I actually own this comic and the one after.  Great little story.  Maybe they’ll increase in value now.

    • spiderking says:

       I’m pretty sure I had it too. But like many 70′s kids, I just chucked it in a pile of books and magazines, and mom threw it out after awhile.

  5. BDiamond says:

    The irony? The story was not pencilled by the by-then-iconic John Romita (who drew this cover art). It was pencilled by Gil Kane.

    • Thad Boyd says:

      How’s that ironic, exactly?  Comic book covers are frequently drawn by different people from their interiors.

      Hell, the cover of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 was drawn by Jack Kirby even though the interior was by Steve Ditko.

  6. Mister44 says:

    Is this being sold by John Romita, or does the poor guy not see a dime from his work. I think in the 70s they were giving artwork back to the penciler with some pages going to the inker. But he may not have gotten it back, or gave it away years ago.

  7. L_Mariachi says:

    Why did they always draw Aunt May looking like the Crypt Keeper? If you didn’t know who the character was you’d assume it’s some undead arch-lich that Spidey needs Dr. Strange’s help to banish.

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