Todd McFarlane’s original cover artwork for 1990’s The Amazing Spider-Man #328 has sold at auction for more than $657,250, a record for a single piece of American comic book art. The artwork (left) shows the hero trying out his new powers on the Hulk.
McFarlane, an East Valley resident and creator of Spawn, also drew the original cover for Spider-Man #1 in 1990, which brought $385,500 as part of a collection July 26. McFarlane drew and wrote the new series.
Heritage Auctions vice president Todd Hignite said in a statement the auction of the Shamus Collection of Modern Masterworks, which is still under way and comprises original comic book art from the late 1980s and early ’90s, could top $9 million when all is said and done, potentially making it the single-highest-grossing comic and comic art auction ever. Martin Shamus, the father of Wizard magazine’s founder, owned a comics and collectibles shop on Long Island.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (which got the amount wrong for Spider-Man #328), the world record belongs to the cover drawing for Tintin in America, which fetched $1.6 million at auction in Paris last month, and the most expensive comic book itself was Amazing Fantasy #15, at $1.1 million.