When Hake’s Auctions closed their November premier auction, comic books accounted for multiple top results. Leading the charge for comics was Captain America Comics #1 CGC Qualified 4.0 that pushed his way to $44,250. This important Golden Age key contains Captain America’s first appearance, as well as the debuts of Bucky and Red Skull. Additionally, it depicts a timely Jack Kirby World War II cover of Cap punching Hitler.
A bound comic book volume of Batman #1-2, housing the debuts of Joker and Catwoman, soared to $22,420. Featuring stories by Bill Finger with cover and art by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, these issues also have a Hugo Strange appearance and Batman and Robin pinup on the back cover.
Showcase #4 CGC 5.0, with the first appearances of the Silver Age Flash/Barry Allen and Iris West raced to $20,768. It has story by Robert Kanigher and John Broome with cover and art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Kubert.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 6.0, featuring the first J. Jonah Jameson and Chameleon, snagged $17,700. With story by Stan Lee and cover and art by Steve Ditko, this issue housed the first Fantastic Four crossover and Spider-Man’s origin is retold.
The first appearances of Thomas and Martha Wayne and Joe Chill in Detective Comics #33 CGC 1.0 swooped in for $17,210. This early Batman issue has stories by Gardner Fox and Jerry Siegel that include Batman’s origin and features cover and art by Bob Kane with additional art by Sheldon Moldoff and Fred Guardineer.
X-Men #1 CGC 7.0, which has a Stan Lee story and Jack Kirby cover and art, hammered for $15,635. This issue houses the origin and first appearance of the X-Men, including Professor X, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Marvel Girl, as well as Magneto.
Iron Man/Tony Stark’s origin and first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 CGC 6.5 went for $15,378. This popular key features Stan Lee and Larry Lieber stories with Jack Kirby and Don Heck cover with additional art by Steve Ditko and Gene Colan.
Some of the other highlights were Detective Comics #140 CGC 6.0 with the origin and first appearance of Riddler for $12,430, Brenda Starr #14 CGC 8.0 with a Jack Kamen cover for $11,552, Avengers #1 CGC 8.0 with the origin and debut of the team for $11,182, and Fantastic Four #1 CGC 3.5 with the team’s origin and debut for $11,033.
These comics are just a few of the impressive sales achieved in Hake’s Auction #228. All prices include an 18% buyer’s premium. The top sales from Part I and Part II can be viewed on the Hake’s website.