Ohio father sells his Amazing Spider-Man #1 comic book to fund daughter’s wedding
A Cleveland Heights father was evidently getting worried about the costs of his daughter’s upcoming wedding, so he turned to Spider-Man for a rescue.
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports that Richard Schaen remembered that he had stored away his comic books decades ago. Digging out the box, he soon discovered his copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1, published in 1963.
Schaen, age 69, says the 12-cent comic sold for $7,900 through an auction company, netting him about $7,000.
His copy was graded as 6.5 on a scale of 10.
A mint-condition copy would have sold for much more. But he’s happy, and says the sale will help cover the catering costs for daughter Jane’s reception.
“I gave my daughter a promissory note for the money with a picture of the Spider-Man comic, which we can use to pay for a big part of the catering for her reception,” Richard Schaen, 69, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
It was his daughter’s birth in 1981 which ended his comic book collecting days.
“Comics had gone up to 75 cents by then and I was spending $40 a month,” he said. “Also, it took two evenings a week to read the new comics and with a new baby in the house, I found myself stretched.”