Spider-Man rescues wedding with comic book sale

Sept. 2, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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CLEVELAND, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An Ohio man said Spider-Man saved his daughter's wedding when he was able to sell one of the superhero's early Marvel Comic appearances for $7,900.

Richard Schaen, 69, of Cleveland Heights, said he was worried about the price tag of the upcoming wedding of his daughter, Jane Schaen, until he remembered the box of old comics he has shelved when he quit his hobby to take care of his daughter following her 1981 birth, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday.

Schaen said his copy of "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 1 sold for $7,900 on website comiclink.com, a massive profit from the 10 cents he paid for the issue when he was 19 in March 1963.

"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," Schaen said.

He said the successful sale has him considering further comic book auctions to pay for other projects. He sold a copy of "Daredevil" No. 1 for $1,600 in an auction that ended Tuesday,

"I think the next to go up will be three of the first six issues of 'The Hulk,'" he said.

"My wife and I talked about it and decided that we would designate a project that needs to be done, like putting a new roof on the house, and we will sell as many comics as necessary to pay for it," Schaen said.

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