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Yesterday, Vampirella #1 Sold For $78,000 At Auction

Vampirella #1 published by Warren Publishing in 1969, has just sold at Heritage Auctions for $78,000 for a 9.8 CGC graded copy.

Article Summary

  • Vampirella #1 sold for $78,000 at Heritage Auctions, setting a new record.
  • The record-breaking comic from 1969 is a 9.8 CGC graded copy with white pages.
  • Prices have soared since 2016 when the same grade sold for about $13,000.
  • Vampirella, a key character in horror comics, nears its 666th issue under Dynamite.

Vampirella #1 published by Warren Publishing in 1969, has just sold at Heritage Auctions for $78,000 for a 9.8 CGC graded copy. In 2016, the same graded comic sold for around $13,000, while a CGC 9.6 copy sold for $19,800 this September. Previous sales have included a CGC 8.0 of Vampirella #1 for $2500 on eBay in 2021 alongside a 9.0 for $3,840 from Heritage in the same week. Either way, that's quite a jump. And a new record at today's session of the 2024 January 11 – 14 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction #7358 at Heritage Auctions.

Vampirella #1 (Warren, 1969) CGC NM/MT 9.8 White pages. One of only two highest-graded copies of this key Warren magazine, this beautiful book will attract quite a bidding war. Per GPAnalysis, there has not been a public sale of a CGC-graded 9.8 copy since May 2016, with our most recent sale of a CGC 9.6 ending at $19,800 in September 2023! Origin and first appearance of Vampirella. Frank Frazetta cover and frontispiece. Neal Adams and Reed Crandall art. Forrest J. Ackerman story. Overstreet 2023 NM- 9.2 value = $3,800. CGC census 12/23: 2 in 9.8, none higher. very light spine stress lines to cover, very light staple tears, very small wear right bottom of front cover breaks

Vampirella is a vampire superheroine created by Forrest J Ackerman and Trina Robbins for Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror comics magazine Vampirella #1, published in 1969 as a sister publication to Warren's Creepy and Eerie. Writer-editor Archie Goodwin later developed the character from the horror-story host and narrator of the anthology comic into the lead character for the comic book. Originally she was portrayed as coming from the planet Drakulon, a world where blood flowed like water and where the natives, called the Vampiri, shared traditionally vampiric characteristics. Hoping to save her people from starvation, she travelled to Earth to hunt Earth's vampires. This version was retconned repeatedly by subsequent creators.

Currently, Vampirella is published by Dynamite, and is approaching its six-hundred-and-sixty-sixth issue…

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