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  • STAN LEE COLLECTION AT JULIEN’S THIS WEEKEND

    A collection of nearly 20 lots from the universe of Stan Lee, the American writer and former president of Marvel Comics who has just died at the age of 95, comes up at Julien’s Auctions sale of Icons and Idols: Hollywood on November 16 and 17.  Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics in 1961 and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

    Consigned months ago by an anonymous collector are numerous original comic books signed and written by Stan Lee including a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics Group, August 1962) featuring the first appearance of Marvel’s most famous character, Spider-Man and Spider-Man’s origin ($30,000-50,000); a custom bound one-of-a-kind hardcover book that includes the first 10 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Strange Tales Annual #2, and Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics Group, 1962-1964) believed to have been previously owned by Michael H. Price, writer and friend of Stan Lee ($20,000-$30,000); a Stan Lee written and signed copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics Group, March 1963) retelling of Spider-Man’s origin (originally published in Amazing Fantasy #15) and also featured the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon as well as the first cross-over with the Fantastic Four ($2,000-$4,000) and a Lee signed copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #42 that features the first full appearance of Mary Jane Watson ($800-$1,200); a signed copy of Rise of The Black Panther Variant Edition #1 (Marvel Comics Group, March 2018) signed with black marker on the top cover by Stan Lee written by Ta-Nehisi Coates ($2,000-$3,000); a Stan Lee signed copy of Star Wars #97 (Marvel Comics Group, July 1985) story by Jo Duffy and artwork by Cynthia Martin ($800-$1,200) as well as a custom fiberglass life size mannequin of Spider Man designed to hang from the ceiling ($1,000-$2,000), sketches and more.

    The sale is at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills and live online.  All photos courtesy Julien’s Auctions.

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