Beguiling to Auction Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963) on April 30th

First and Second Appearance of

The Amazing Spider-Man

up for Auction on April 30th @ Toronto’s The Beguiling!

Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1,
to be auctioned in-store.


small_amazingTORONTO: Comic fans in-the-know are eagerly anticipating the return of Peter Parker after a year-long absence in the all-new Amazing Spider-Man #1 next Wednesday, April 30th… but Toronto-area comic book shop The Beguiling is going all the way back to Spider-Man’s creation in 1963, and auctioning copies of the wall-crawler’s first appearances!

On Wednesday April 30th at 7pm, The Beguiling will auction off Amazing Fantasy #15 (1963) and Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963) published by Marvel Comics and created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, in honour of the character’s 2014 rebirth!

“Are we going to have Amazing Spider-Man #1? Why, yes, we are,” says The Beguiling’s owner Peter Birkemoe. “We’ll have the new first issue by Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, and their team, but we’ll also have a copy of the original, by Ditko and Lee, and his first appearance too!

“These two books are what you might call ‘Holy Grail’ books for comic book collectors,” continued Birkemoe. “They’re two of the most valuable and sought-after issues from the ‘silver age’ of comics, and we’ve had tons of interest already from fans looking to add them to their collections.”

The Beguiling has recently had these books professionally “graded” to ensure their condition. They will be auctioning Amazing Fantasy #15 (CGC Graded 2.0 Good) and Amazing Spider-man #1 (CGC Graded 3.0 Good/Very Good) in-store on Wednesday, April 30th.   Starting bids are $5000 CDN for Amazing Fantasy #15, and $2500 CDN for Amazing Spider-Man #1.

But those aren’t the only books to be auctioned! To commemorate the release of the new Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014), the issue will be released in multiple, sometimes rare and expensive editions, each with unique cover artwork. Three of the rarest and most highly sought-after editions of the new issue will ALSO be auctioned off to benefit The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)! The covers feature exclusive artwork by comics superstars Marcos Martin, Jerome Opena, and Alex Ross.

“The Beguiling is internationally well-known for its support of comics authors and works that fall outside of the mainstream,” said Peter Birkemoe. “We want to spread the joy (and money) around a little bit with this superhero-centric event to support the next generation of comics creators, and supporting TCAF is a great way to do that.”

The additional books to be auctioned are: two copies of “Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Marcos Martin Variant”, 1 copy of “Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Jerome Opena Sketch Variant”, and 1 copy of “Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Alex Ross Sketch Variant.” All proceeds from the auction of these four comic books will be donated to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014, Canada’s premier comic book festival. The next Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place May 10th and 11th, 2014, visit for more info.

Fans and collectors interested in owning a piece of comic book history are requested to show up to The Beguiling to register for the auction no later than Wednesday, April 30th, at 6:00pm. Auction will begin promptly at 7pm. For more information on how to register and how to bid, visit


ABOUT The Beguiling

Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.

In its long history The Beguiling sponsored many book launches, author signings, readings, and other comics events with legendary creators including Robert Crumb, Harlan Ellison, Jamie & Gilbert Hernandez, Neil Gaiman, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and literally hundreds more. In 2003 The Beguiling founded The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, bringing alternative and independent comics creators from around the world to Toronto to celebrate the best of comic art. It remains the Festival’s premiere sponsor. The next Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be held May 10th and 11th at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

ABOUT The Auction

The following books will be auctioned at the event:

Amazing Fantasy #15 (1963) (CGC Graded 2.0  Good), reserve price $5000 CDN.

Amazing Spider-man #1 (1963) (CGC Graded 3.0 Good/Very Good), reserve price $2500 CDN.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Marcos Martin Variant, no reserve, proceeds to TCAF (2 copies). 1 in 50 rareness ratio.*

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Jerome Opena Sketch Variant, no reserve, proceeds to TCAF. 1 in 200 rareness ratio. *

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Alex Ross Sketch Variant, no reserve, proceeds to TCAF. 1 in 300 rareness ratio.*

– Sealed reserve bids will be accepted up until Apri 29th 6PM for those who cannot bid in person and will be opened at the beginning of the auction. Send sealed reserve bids to

– All bidders must register in-store on April 30th. All bidders must register before 6pm.

– All sales subject to 13% HST, there is no buyers premium, auction fees, or any additional charges.

– Final bid price is subject to a 2% rebate for payment by cash, cheque or debit.

*: The “1 in XXX” rareness ratio refers to the number of regular editions of a comic that a retailer most purchase to be able to order 1 copy of the special, variant cover edition. Total rarity is not guaranteed.

ABOUT Amazing Spider-Man #1 Release Date Event

The Beguiling will be holding a special release event for Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. The Beguiling will have multiple versions of the comic available for sale.

Amazing Spider-Man #1: Standard Edition, Blank-Sketch-Cover Edition, J. Scott Campbell Connecting Edition, Skottie Young “Baby” Edition will all be on hand and available for the U.S. Cover price of $5.99, with a limit of one non-Standard Edition cover per customer.