MastroNet Summer 2004
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"The Amazing Spider-Man" #1 (March, 1963) - Bethlehem Copy - CGC Universal Grade 3.5 (VG-), with cream to off-white pages. (1st appearances of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon. Fantastic Four crossover. Origin of Spider-Man retold.) In 1990, Stanley Pachon, a longtime collector of boy's papers and dime novels, passed away. He left behind a house that was literally full of an incredible variety of largely unread books and magazines, including near-complete runs of many comic book titles that were published from 1950 to 1967. Collector/Dealers Joe Rainone and Phil Weiss purchased the large group in two separate deals and the find has since been named the Bethlehem collection. It has been reported that Phil Weiss originally kept most of his share of the collection, and that most of the representative samples that were initially available to the marketplace came from Joe Rainone's portion, but today most items are in the hands of appreciative enthusiasts. While most collectors are knowledgeable of this collection's exceptional completeness, many are unaware that multiple copies of key issues were present. As a matter of fact, there were three copies of The Amazing Spider-Man #1. Rainone and Weiss originally took one each for their personal collections, and the third was sold to a personal friend who bought it only as an investment. We recently submitted that third copy to CGC for grading, and we are now offering it here. It has never been available to the collecting marketplace until now. CGC has given it the technically accurate grade of 3.5, due to a neat separation of the cover from the top staple and some thin Marvel chipping on the edges of the front cover. However, the book still has the flat, clean and sharp appearance for which the pedigree is known.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" #1 - Bethlehem Copy - 1963
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