‘Marvel Comics #1’ fetches $2.4 million at an auction

This was the first time Marvel’s collectible comic book fetched a massive sum at an auction. On Thursday the ‘pay copy’ of Marvel Comics #1 has gone on auction and was successfully sold out for the highest bid of $2.4 million.

According to ComicBook.com reports, the book was graded at a 9.2 by the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), this copy has notes written on the cover in regards to what the creative team was paid for their work on the issue. Even factoring that handwriting in, CGC still gave the copy a near-mint grade.

Marvel Comics #1 is the first superhero comic book published by the company in 1939 and serves as the first appearance to both Namor the Sub-Mariner and the original Human Torch, a predecessor of the Johnny Storm version that debuted years later within the pages of Fantastic Four #1.

Associated Press reports, ComicConnect COO Vincent Zurzolo said, “It’s an incredibly important look into the world and behind the scenes of the creation of a comics powerhouse. Without this comic book being made, who knows? Maybe none of that happens. Maybe the name ‘Marvel Comics’ resonated so much with people, in some way, that that’s what helped to birth all these other things?”

However, the identity of the purchaser still remains anonymous.