Heritage closed their Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction on November 17-20, 2022, with a grand total of $18,589,015. Collectively, 66 lots of comics and original art realized $5,569,200 in the auction’s first 90 minutes, including a Calvin and Hobbes Sunday comic strip by Bill Watterson that sold for $480,000.
Several records were set, including comics featuring two of DC’s biggest heroes. Detective Comics #168 CGC 9.4 with the Joker’s origin story set a new record at $324,000. The Man of Steel saw an impressive sale when Superman #1 CGC 1.8 sold for $288,000, more than double the previous record for that grade.
On the Marvel side, Biljo White’s copy of Spider-Man’s debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 8.5 hammered for $552,000.
Horror-themed comics and art were among the auction’s big sellers, including Punch Comics #12 CGC 5.5 that went for $90,000. Chamber of Chills #19 CGC 9.2 went for $72,000 and Crime SuspenStories #22 CGC 8.5 reached $52,800.
“Bidders couldn’t get enough of these ghoulish titles,” Heritage Vice President Barry Sandoval said. “What’s especially gratifying is that 37 collectors saw their consignments to this sale top $100,000. And, of course, we were thrilled to see our company’s all-time highest prices for a number of artists, including greats like Jim Starlin and Graham Ingels.”
Starlin’s original cover of Marvel Super-Heroes #47 featuring the Hulk brought $102,000 and Ingels’ cover for Haunt of Fear #20, signed by the artist, fetched $114,000.