Incredible Hulk #180 – First Wolverine PAGE Appearance Ever Up For Auction

Many comic book collectors know that Wolverine’s first appearance is in The Incredible Hulk #181. Then on the other hand, many TRUE collectors know that Wolverine first appeared in the issue prior and not in #181. Why issue #181 commands the money it does and not issue #180 is a debate for another day…….

So now issue #180 will finally get the respect it so deservedly ask for. The original page that features the FIRST ever Wolverine appearance will be up for auction to raise money for Hero Initiative. The page was drawn by Herb Trimpe, written by Len Wein with inks by Jack Abel.

This will be huge and maybe just maybe this will help bump up The Incredible Hulk #180 a bit too!

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Incredible Hulk #180

Todd McFarlane 1990 Spider-Man #328 Cover Art Brings World Record $657,250+ at Heritage Auctions

(From Hertitage Auctions –

Press Release – July 26, 2012

Todd McFarlane 1990 Spider-Man #328 Cover Art Brings World Record $657,250+ at Heritage Auctions

The highest auction price ever realized for ANY piece of American comic book art; McFarlane’s original cover art for Spider-Man #1 (1990) brings $358,500 as part Shamus Collection of Modern Masterworks

BEVERLY HILLS – Todd McFarlane’s original art for The Amazing Spider-Man #328 (Marvel, 1990) brought a World Record $657,250 on July 26 as part of Heritage Auctions’ Signature® Comics and Comic Art Auctionin Beverly Hills. The artwork, showing Spidey demonstrating his awesome new powers on the Hulk, is now the single most valuable piece of American comic ever sold at auction.

“This is an this earth-trembling cover illustration and an equally magnificent price,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “McFarlane’s art brims with the raw energy that sky-rocketed McFarlane to the top of the industry and, now, the top of the auction world.”

The artwork was sold — along with McFarlane’s original art for Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1990), which brought $358,500 — as part of the first tranche of the Shamus Collection of Modern Masterworks, a unprecedented collection of late-1980s and early 1990s original comic book art put together by Martin Shamus, owner of a comics and memorabilia shop on Long Island.

The Heritage auction, which also features the Doug Schmell/Pedigree Collection, most of which earlier in the day realized over $3.7 million, and should come in closer to $4 million once the auction has finished.

“The auction is on track to break $9 million and become the single highest grossing comic and comic art auction in history,” said Hignite. “We’re thrilled with the results and especially thrilled for Martin Shamus, who had the foresight and good taste to acquire these pieces more than two decades ago.”





















The Jerry Weist Collection

From H.G Wells to Frank Frazetta, The Jerry Weist Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy Art and Rare Books at Heritage Auctions
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Heritage Auctions has announced that it will hold a special catalog auction this Sept. 12, 2011, in Beverly Hills, from the estate of pioneering collector, publisher, historian, and scholar Jerry Weist, who passed away on Jan. 7 of this year. 

The science-fiction and fantasy themed artwork, rare first-edition books, movie posters, fanzines, pulp magazines, comic books, and a great many rare personal items – which Weist lovingly collected over more than 40 years with a keen eye, deep passion and dedication – represents one of the most important offerings of
its kind ever at public auction.

Included are masterpieces by Frank Frazetta, J. Allen St. John, Frank R. Paul, Wally Wood, Virgil Finlay, Alex Schomburg, Chesley Bonestell, Richard Powers, Frank Kelly Freas, and many more of the most important paintings by the top artists ever to work in the field.

The massive book selection is also incredibly deep: first editions, rarities, and inscribed copies by every major author, including H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K Dick, and complete runs from nearly every publisher – all in absolutely stunning high-grade condition.

“Over the course of the decades that he was an active collector, Weist had been in close contact with artists, writers and their estates as well as every major collector and important figure in the field, including Forrest J. Ackerman and Sam Moskowitz,” said Todd Hignite, Consignment Director for Illustration and Comic Art at Heritage, “and he was always upgrading and seeking out rarer items. As a result, virtually every desirable science-fiction title from the 20th century is represented by an incredible copy.”

This selection of art and books is rounded out by high-grade pulp magazines, comic books, 1950s science-fiction movie posters, extremely early fanzines, and many unique items that only Weist could have uncovered.

“Jerry was just an incredible collector,” said Hignite. “He constantly sought out the best examples in terms of quality, importance, and personal resonance, based on his encyclopedic knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for the history of so many areas of popular culture. His passion was all-encompassing and he wanted the
examples that collectors dream about, so not only are the books in virtually flawless condition, a huge percentage have one-of-a-kind inscriptions, drawings, and signatures.”

We are extremely honored to be entrusted with such an amazing collection,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman of Heritage. “This is a hugely important event for us, not only because of the quality and importance of offerings contained, but also as an opportunity to pay tribute to a great and beloved figure in the field, and, I might add, a wonderful friend.”

The auction will be held at Heritage’s Beverly Hills offices on Sept. 12, in conjunction with the company’s Rare Books auction, Sept. 13-14.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $700 million, and 600,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit     

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World’s #1 CGC Marvel Comics Collection to be Auctioned

If you are a comic book collector and love the collecting aspect of the hobby, this article from Heritage Auctions should be on your radar. The collection of comics in this lot are simply astounding. Check out the article below from Heritage Auctions and also visit the Hertiage Auction site for some amazing items right HERE.

World’s #1 CGC Marvel Comics Collection to be Auctioned:   The Doug Schmell/ Collection

The 9.8 Pacific Coast copy of X-Men #1. The 9.8 Pacific Coast copy of X-Men #1.

Doug Schmell’s unparalleled collection of Silver Age Marvel Comics will be auctioned by Heritage Auctions at our July 26-27 Beverly Hills Signature Auction. All lots will be auctioned without reserve.


  • This multimillion-dollar collection features the top Marvel Silver Age CGC award-winning registry sets of each title offered.
  • Almost every comic is the single highest graded or tied for highest graded copy according to the CGC census (registry username “Captain Tripps”).
  • Almost every comic is certified “white pages” or “off-white to white pages”
  • Most of the comics originated in different prominent pedigree collections including Pacific Coast, Curator, Twin Cities, Boston, Northland, Massachusetts, Western Penn, White Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and others!


The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Tales of Suspense #39. The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Tales of Suspense #39.

In addition to being an elite collector, Mr. Schmell is the owner of a well-known comic auction site. “After watching Heritage become, by far, the world’s largest comics auction house, I knew that Heritage was the perfect choice for me to sell my private collection to realize the highest prices with no conflict for the consignors on my site,,” Mr. Schmell says.


Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director of Heritage, commented: “I have watched Doug piece together this fantastic collection for the 20-plus years I have known him, and when I saw the collection in its entirety, it was a thing of beauty!”

Lon Allen, Managing Director for Comics and Comic Art, added: “Being a successful auctioneer himself, Doug is intimately familiar with every selling option our hobby has to offer, so we’re incredibly flattered that he chose Heritage to sell his personal collection.”

The following runs will be offered:

The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Avengers #1. The 9.6 Pacific Coast copy of Avengers #1.
  • Avengers #1-100(89 are 9.8 and 11 are 9.6)
  • Daredevil #1-100(90 9.8 and 10 9.6)
  • Fantastic Four #1-102(94 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Journey Into Mystery #83-125(40 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Strange Tales #101-168(64 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Tales of Suspense #39-99( All are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Tales To Astonish #36-101(64 are 9.8 and 9.6)
  • Thor #126-200(72 are 9.8 and 3 are 9.6)
  • X-Men #1-66 (61 are 9.8 and 5 are 9.8)


Many of the highlights from the collection are already viewable online here.