Big game hunters take aim at this CGC graded 1963 Marvel Amazing Spider-Man #1 issue. As important as it gets for Silver Age comic books, this major key issue marks the start of Marvel's best-selling title. Marvel had been in the super-hero game for less than a year and half, when this prized comic hit the newsstands, and Spider-Man quickly webbed himself a tremendous following of faithful fans, paving the way for Marvel to rise to the top of the comic book industry. Seen on the front cover along with Spidey, are Marvel's first super-hero characters, the Fantastic Four, who made their first crossover appearance in this ground-breaking issue. Spider-Man's origin is retold, and Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, and super-villain The Chameleon both make their first appearance, adding even more significance to this mammoth key.
Leading certification service CGC has encapsulated this stunning comic in a "Restored Grade" holder, with an "Apparent" (8.5) grade, and "Off-White Pages" notation. CGC's label explains the nature of the restoration as "Top Edge of Cover Trimmed". A little off the top is far from the worst thing that could have happened to this otherwise vastly pleasing example over the past sixty years. The owner has done an excellent job in avoiding the typical afflictions that could have lessened this impressive book during the decades it was in his possession. Certainly the finest ASM #1 we have ever seen, this apparent VF+ comic ranks near the top of CGC's Census, as "1/14" at the 8.5 level, with 27 better out of a Restored Grade population of 901. In total for all types of holders, CGC has graded 4,458 examples of ASM #1, and only 75 have scored higher grades than the one offered here. Credit for this amazing comic book goes to writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, along with Jack Kirby, who joined Ditko in creating the classic cover. The hobby owes a great big thank you to these genius creators, for making Spider-Man such a huge part of "Pop Culture".