First appearance of Ant-Man sells for record $65,000

Although director Edgar Wright's long-developing Ant-Man doesn't open until July 2015, anticipation for the Marvel Studios film already appears to be influencing the collector market.

Scoop reports that a CGC-certified 9.2 copy of Tales to Astonish #27, featuring the first appearance of Hank Pym, was sold last week by Pedigree Comics for a record $65,000. That same copy fetched a then-record $45,000 in May 2010.

Cover-dated January 1962, the 10-cent comic boasted the seven-page story "The Man in the Ant Hill!," by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers," in which Dr. Henry Pym invents a shrinking serum but ends up trapped in an ant hill when he tests it. Once free, he destroys the serum because it's too dangerous.

Pym returned as eight issues later, becoming the title's regular star, first as Ant-Man and then as Giant-Man; his socialite girlfriend/lab assistant Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, was introduced in Tales to Astonish #44.

The issue sold Dec. 15 is considered the third-best copy of Tales to Astonish #27, behind two that are CGC-certified 9.4. According to Pedigree Comics CEO Doug Schmell, the comic has “unbelievable color strike, near-perfect centering, tight staples, razor sharp edges and corners and off-white pages.”

As we noted Monday, another copy of Tales to Astonish #27 sold last week for $40,000 as part of a larger auction of Silver Age comics that brought in a total of $570,000.

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