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.