Todd McFarlane's SPIDER-MAN #1 Cover Art Goes Up For Sale At Auction

"Torment" is considered a classic Spider-Man/Lizard story by comic book fans, so now seems like the perfect time for the original cover art to go on sale in order to coincide with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man. How much? Find out here.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/7/2012
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the cover art for Spider-Man #1 has gone up for sale at Heritage Auctions for a whopping $195,000. Originally published in 1990, it is one of the best-selling comic books of all-time, selling 2.35 million copies. Whether it now will end up selling for a record price is unknown, but there is still 19 days left to bid if you fancy emptying your savings accounts. Bidding closes at 10pm on July 25th before a live auction the following day. Todd McFarlane's "Torment" is a beloved tale for most fans of Spider-Man, and while the writing isn't considered to be the best (something McFarlane himself has acknowledged in the past) the art is fantastic, making this piece a must-buy. If, you know, you're rich.



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marvel72 - 7/7/2012, 4:40 AM
what a classic cover,2.35 million copies is alot of comics,i think the biggest selling is x-men 1 with something like 7.5 million copies.

i would love it,big spidey fan & that would look great on my wall framed next to the original comic.
Coachella - 7/7/2012, 5:19 AM
I wish I could get it but I don't have that kind of money.
animeex - 7/7/2012, 6:02 AM
I have the Platinum cover comic of this... Nice!
sameoldthing - 7/7/2012, 6:43 AM
Todd is a classic Spider-Man artist in line with Ditko & Romita Sr.
He always made Spidey look cool & the new movie has taken many of Todd's great Spider-Man poses & used them in the film..the final web-swing pose at end looks just like a McFarlane cover!
SamHell - 7/7/2012, 7:06 AM
I think I have all the Tmac Spidey issues

dont remember if it 's the gold or silver edition tho
jfromkrypton - 7/7/2012, 8:36 AM
Wtf I had this comic n it was stolen from me
GUNSMITH - 7/7/2012, 8:37 AM
I HAVE THIS....SOMEWHERE...IN SOME BOX...SOMEWHERE.
riseofloganX36 - 7/7/2012, 8:40 AM
This is a classic spidy comic i have it and the one were he's in the black suite, that one might be the variant, no i think ithe black suit with the same cover only the black suit was a comic were he puts on the black suit.

Anyway good comic and thats what the suit should look like in amazing spider-man, instead it looks like a basketball. And this is what the lizard should look like and not a goomba from mario bros the movie.

@sameoldthing they might look like Todds poses but Todd diden't put him in that crappy garbage suit.

@samHell i just took mine out i have the silver diden't know theres a gold, and the comic with the same pose only it's the black suit is spider-man #13, yeah looking at it now and Todd did that comic also, he puts the black suit on, wich is made by the fantstic four, and he fight morbius. Great comic.
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cgriffith - 7/7/2012, 8:41 AM
While McFarlane has had some great covers (especially #300) I still perfer Ditko and Romita Sr and Romita Jr's work
Aeyan - 7/7/2012, 8:42 AM
Todd too Spiderman to the next level as far as visual aesthetic. It's upsetting that the majority never want to recognize.
mctrinket - 7/7/2012, 8:51 AM
Back in the day, when these covers were first coming out, McFarlane was the top artist in comics. His stuff was different and exciting. There's been an army of imitators since, so his stuff tends to look unspectacular now; but back when he began, there was nothing like it. I mean, no one had ever drawn Spider-Man's webbing like TF did.

JMESS - 7/7/2012, 9:16 AM
he was the best, still have every comic done by him and hes even from the same city as me! id pay that much to have this piece easy!
marvel72 - 7/7/2012, 9:39 AM
john romita sr & todd mcfarlane are the two best spidey artist ever!
nowtheresaBATman - 7/7/2012, 9:40 AM
Todd did for Spiderman what Jim Lee did for the X-men around this time.

His artwork got me buying Spidey books again.
HeadPool420 - 7/7/2012, 10:10 AM
I miss Todd's art. Come back Todd, please!:(
Bark4Soul - 7/7/2012, 10:41 AM
@Marvel72 - I would also throw Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley into that conversation.

Also, I would post pics but don't know how, anyone wanna share some knowledge?
Tony93 - 7/7/2012, 11:01 AM
I thk I have that comic
DaneE5R - 7/7/2012, 11:44 AM
How in the hell is it one of the worst covers ever?
FriendlyNeighborhoodSpidey - 7/7/2012, 11:50 AM
@Chloefornication what are you talking about???

Anyway, I like Todd's work, but I would not pay that much to get it. If I had that kind of money, I'd get a corvette, not a drawing.
ThatOneDude - 7/7/2012, 12:32 PM
McFarlane has to be my favorite artist
Spawn is still my favorite comic book character even after all these years
mob7medina - 7/7/2012, 1:09 PM
Todd McFarlane Is still My fav Spidey Artist!gosh this is when Comics were still good!Todd come back and draw spidey again!
crossbonez09 - 7/7/2012, 1:42 PM
There was the platinum,gold, silver, and a standard color version at the time of release. TF art is sick I got every version of this except the platinum,oh to be rich and be able to own this piece.
marvel72 - 7/7/2012, 1:54 PM
@ Bark4Soul

i can never post pictures either,i can do video's though.



DoomXfactor - 7/7/2012, 2:41 PM
The good old days when they would actually give Spidey muscles. Todd McFarlane and Mark Bagley are my all time favorites
sameoldthing - 7/7/2012, 7:06 PM
@riseofLOGANX36

I agree that new movie suit is weak compared to the actual comic book version but some of the moves & poses in movie are very McFarlane influenced without a doubt.

Best way to think of these comic book movies is that they are What If's (Marvel) or Ekseworlds (DC) & recognize that an "exact" translation of comic books WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

Sin City movie was pretty damn close as directly lifted from page to film but really I want fresh takes on familiar work..you want the comic,read the comic!
weaponx123 - 7/7/2012, 7:46 PM
Damn! wish I had the money!!!
jumpingJellybeans - 7/7/2012, 10:37 PM
How much would this book go for? Cause I have two of these copies, one that's a golden variant and neither have been opened.
GLprime2814 - 7/8/2012, 11:41 AM
I creator of spaghetti webbings. Have his whole run on ASM and IH.
CorndogBurglar - 7/8/2012, 2:21 PM
Such a great cover. To this day Torment is my favorite Spidey story. At no point does Spidey get the upper hand. He just gets his ass handed to him all up and down the streets of NY for 6 issues straight. It was done in such a dark and brutal way too. Even in the end Spidey didnt really win...more like he survived.

its very rare that super hero stories are done like this one.

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