Superheroes swing into action in comic book auction April 24


‘Fantastic Four’ (1961 1st Series), #52, Black Panther first appearance. Estimate: $345-$450. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – The first appearance of Black Panther is one of the key issues in a vintage comic book auction that will be conducted online by Jasper52 on Tuesday, April 24. Hundreds of comics will be sold in the 220-lot online-only auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Black Panther, the first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comics, first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist-writer Jack Kirby, Black Panther was made into a feature film, the first blockbuster of 2018. With noticeable wear to the cover, this Silver Age comic book (above) has a $345-$450 estimate.

Marvel awarded Black Panther his own titled comic in January 1977, which ran for 15 issues. The Black Panther #1 (below) in the auction is in fine condition and has an estimate of $42-$55.


‘Black Panther’ (1977 Marvel 1st Series), #1, Jack Kirby, fine. Estimate: $42-$55. Jasper52 image

Twenty lots of Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man, are included in the auction, most of which are single copies. An important comic book is #300 (May 1988), the “Special 25th Anniversary Issue.” This special 52-page comic, which features the debut of the character Venom, has a $388-$507 estimate.


‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (1963 First Series), #300, first full Special 25th Anniversary Issue. Estimate: $388-$507. Jasper52 image

The auction also features a legion of DC Comics superheroes, including Superman and Batman. A lot of 37 Superman comics (Second Series, 1987) ranges from #80 to #695 in very fine condition (est. $67-$88).


Lot of 37 ‘Superman’ (1987 Second Series), #80-695, very fine. Estimate: $67-$88. Jasper52 image

A lot of 37 Flash (1987 2nd Series) comic books from the series start to #228 is rated very fine (est. $112-147).


Lot of 37 ‘Flash’ (1987 Second Series), #0-228, very fine condition. Estimate: $112-147. Jasper52 image

Three lots of Warlord (1976 First Series DC) are presented, including a lot of 108 issues in fine to very fine condition (est. $172-$225).


Lot of 108 ‘Warlord’ (1976 First Series DC) from #1-133, Annual 1-6 (1992) 1-6, fine to very fine. Estimate: $172-$225. Jasper52 image

The auction, which has hundreds of fine vintage comics at affordable estimates, will begin Tuesday, April 24, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.