A Kentucky man who hoped to sell his comics collection in order to help send his grandkids to college will probably be able to afford a semester or two. The collection, which included an Action #1, Detective #27 and Marvel Comics #1, sold for $1.5 million.
A comic from 1940 with the first appearance of Flash claimed the top individual price of $182,000. First issues of Superman and Batman from the same era sold for $172,000 and $137,000 in the offerings that ended Tuesday. His issue of the first-ever comic from Marvel sold for $95,000.
The collection of John Wise, sold by ComicConnect this week, sold for just over $1.5 million, reflecting the key Golden Age books in high condition, according to Scoop. Flash Comics #1 CGC 9.2 was the top book in the auction, selling for $182,000. Here’s a list of the big books in the auction: $182,000 Flash #1 CGC 9.2 $137,000 Detective #27 CGC 8.0 $95,000 Marvel Comics #1 CGC 9.4 $86,000 Whiz Comics #2 (#1) CGC 6.5 $58,006 Superman #1 CGC 1.5
Wise started buying comics as a young Rockford, Illinois resident, and dealt with mail order pioneers Howard Rogofsky, Dale Manesis, Jerry Bails, and Phil Seuling; then picked up the hobby again in the early 80s and continued acquiring books, according to ComicConnect. “This was stressful but it was ultimately an extremely rewarding experience selling my treasures,” Wise said of the sale. “I need a few days to let this sink in then I’ll setu p a trust for my grandkids education and then I think it’s time to house hunt.”