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Friday, 5 July, 2002, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
Spider Man creator's comics for sale
Spider-Man played by Tobey Maguire
Spider-Man is Stan Lee's most famous creation
Comic books belonging to Spider-Man creator Stan Lee - including the first issue featuring the webbed superhero - are being sold in the US.

The comics, dating from the 1960s, are being auctioned along with some of his original artwork by Heritage Comics Auctions (HCA) at their Wizard World auction in Chicago.

Mr Lee, who also created The Incredible Hulk and X-Men, is going to open the event on Friday evening.


I love each one because they represent the highlights of my career to me and I've enjoyed thumbing through them time and again

Stan Lee

The 79-year-old's copy of the 15th edition of Amazing Fantasy, in which the character was first introduced, is among the items for sale.

A copy of that comic fetched 32,000 at another auction earlier this year.

Selection process

A selection of original art from the Spider-Man newspaper strip is also going under the hammer.

Mr Lee allowed HCA director John Petty to sift through his collection at his Los Angeles offices and decide which items would go under the hammer.

"He had mentioned at one point that he has got this storeroom full of stuff and he let me come out and look through it," Mr Petty said.

"He just figured it was time to do this."
Scene from Spider Man movie
The Spider-Man movie broke US box office records

Mr Lee said he does not have the "vaguest idea" how much money he will make from the auction.

"These comics are my personal copies, the ones I've read and referred to over the years," he said.

"They may not be in mint condition but I love each one because they represent the highlights of my career to me and I've enjoyed thumbing through them time and again.

Blockbuster

"In fact, they're the only copies of these key books that I've saved and treasured. I've been waiting for just the right opportunity to release these colourful old friends of mine to collectors all over the world."

The auction includes first editions of Marvel comics Fantastic Four, Avengers and Daredevil. Each one will be labelled "Stan Lee File Copy".

The sale comes hot on the heels of the success of the Hollywood blockbuster Spider-Man, which broke cinema box office records in its opening weekend, beating previous holder Harry Potter.

The live action adaptation of the comic-book hero's exploits took $114m (77.57m) in its first three days in the US and Canada in May.

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