A copy of 1962 Marvel Comic The Incredible Hulk # 1 set a new record for the show when it was auctioned for $ 490,000. Photo courtesy of ComicConnect.com
January 4 (UPI) – A rare copy of Marvel Comics’ The Incredible Hulk # 1 broke a world record when it was auctioned off for $ 490,000.
ComicConnect.com, which handled the sale, said the comic, which was sold to an anonymous buyer, is a rare item for collectors. The comic book sold at auction is all the more rare as it is classified as 9.0 Very Fine / Near Mint.
“High-quality copies of Hulk # 1 are notoriously hard to find, due to the cheap paper used and the gray color smearing on the front cover,” said Vincent Zurzolo, COO of ComicConnect.com . in the business announcement.
Zurzolo said that there are only seven copies of the same issue known to exist with higher ratings, and it’s extremely rare to find one offered for sale.
“The new owner of this book now has a special piece of American mythology that will continue to increase in value,” said Zurzolo. “This will be the cornerstone of his collectible investment portfolio. The Hulk will only get bigger over time, if you know what I mean.”
Zurzolo said the sale represents the highest price ever paid for a copy of The Incredible Hulk # 1. He said the sale was part of a growing trend in old comic book sales.
“The values of vintage comics keep increasing across the board,” he said.
A copy of Action Comics # 1, which contains Superman’s first appearance, set the world record for a comic book sale in April 2021 when it was auctioned for $ 3.25 million.