First Marvel Comics issue sells for $1.26M in Texas auction

Everything is bigger in Texas -- and that includes a rare near-mint condition copy of the first-ever Marvel Comics comic book.

The Marvel Comics No. 1, which was from 1939, sold on Thursday at an auction in Dallas for a staggering $1.26 million, according to Heritage Auctions.

Heritage said the buyer wished to remain anonymous.

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Ed Jaster, senior vice president at Heritage, called it “a historic copy of a historic comic book.”

The issue features the first appearances of characters such as the Human Torch, Ka-Zar, Angel and the Sub-Mariner.

This Oct. 8, 2019 image provided by Heritage Auctions shows a rare near mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book. Heritage Auctions says the 1939 comic book sold for $1,260,000 million on Thursday Nov. 21, 2019. (Heritage Auctions via AP)

This Oct. 8, 2019 image provided by Heritage Auctions shows a rare near mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book. Heritage Auctions says the 1939 comic book sold for $1,260,000 million on Thursday Nov. 21, 2019. (Heritage Auctions via AP)

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Heritage said the comic book was first purchased at a newsstand by a Uniontown, Penn., mail carrier, who made a practice of buying the first issue of comic books and magazines. Jaster said that since then, the issue has only changed owners a handful of times.

Marvel Comics released its Marvel Comics 1000 issue in August, which paid homage to many of the entity’s most recognizable characters, including Iron man, the Hulk and Spider-Man. It also highlighted some of their lesser-known characters as well.

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In the issue, each page was devoted to a year in Marvel's history, with the first one recounting the creation of the Human Torch in Marvel Comics No. 1 in 1939.

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.