’80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic sets record $ 250,000 at ComicConnect.com auction
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The values of vintage comics keep skyrocketing, and not just super-rare treasures from the golden age of 80. Recently a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 1 — released in 1984 — sold for a record price of $ 250,000.
It’s the latest in a series of record-breaking offers for the No.1 comic of its day, but it sure won’t be the last.
“This is the most important comic published in the last forty years,” says Vincent Zurzolo, COO and co-founder of ComicConnect.com, the industry’s leading online auction house.
“Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael – not to mention Splinter and Shredder – are icons of modern pop culture. ”
When the Turtles burst onto the scene in the mid-1980s, the wise, pizza-loving superheroes – a Ronin, X-Men, and Teen Titans mash-up parody – were an unexpected hit, surprising even his own creators.
Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird had envisioned the comic as a one-time novelty project, scraping just enough to self-publish just over 3,000 black and white copies.
“Eastman and Laird have turned what started as an insider joke into a media juggernaut and merchandising machine,” notes Zurzolo, who managed the auction.
“This unique book has led to dozens of titles in comics, movies, TV shows, spinoffs, not to mention licensed video games and toys.”
TMNT belongs to the Copper Age of Comics, which spanned from 1984 to 1991. Today, as children of the 80s come of age, dive deeper into comic book collection and investment , nostalgia for their youth is helping to drive demand for Copper Age comics.
And of course, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 1 is the most valuable and wanted comic book of this age. Zurzolo and his team also hold records for the book’s two previous sales, for $ 240,000 and $ 245,000 respectively.
“If anyone has a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 1 – at any level – I’d love to talk to them,” says Zurzolo.
“Collectors are lining up for this book and there just aren’t enough copies for everyone, wouldn’t it be great to help set another record? “
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