Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    First Issue Of The Most-Collected Series In Comics

    The Amazing Spider-Man #1 Twin Cities pedigree (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages. This is one of the most sought-after comic books in the hobby these days, and a clean copy like this one is a hot item indeed. The first issue of the most-collected comic book series features the first appearances of John Jameson, J. Jonah Jameson, and the Chameleon. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko cover art.

    While a significant price realized is in the cards for these superb comics, it will never be enjoyed by the man who put the collection together, Gary Dahlberg of Minneapolis, who perished in a tragic fire last year at age 62. Dahlberg, who worked as a bus driver and had aspirations as a young man of becoming a cartoonist, had just retired a few months earlier, planning to sell his house and move further north to Duluth with his girlfriend.

    On July 8, 2010, disaster struck. Dahlberg was cleaning the oven in his kitchen, when he apparently got lightheaded from the chemicals and went to lie down. The combustible mixture of cleaning agents caught fire. He died on the way to the hospital.

    The entire house was charred, smoke-damaged, and ruined... except for the two front bedrooms, and that's where he kept his comic book collection. No fire or water touched a single book.

    Gary's family knew that the comics were worth something, but not exactly how much. They thought that these were worth, perhaps, a few thousand dollars collectively. As it turns out, the final number on these three comics will easily exceed $50,000.

    Overstreet 2010 VF/NM 9.0 value = $31,750; NM- 9.2 value = $50,000. CGC census 2/11: 11 in 9.0, 17 higher. From the Gary Dahlberg Collection.

    Note: We expect this lot to come up for auction at approximately 11:50 am Pacific Time. Lots are planned for approximately every 15 minutes but could vary and be faster or slower. Check to track the progress of the auction.

    This event is a special auction being conducted by Heritage Auctions for an ABC TV television pilot starring
    Ty Pennington and produced by Cineflix (Auction) Inc. The auction will operate differently than a typical
    Heritage auction.

      Please take note:
    1. The auction will proceed at a significantly slower pace than a normal Heritage auction, so bidders will need to be patient and understand there may be abnormal bidding, as further indicated below.
    2. Some lots will open for bidding during the live auction at levels lower than our bidding protocol would normally dictate (i.e. the next increment over the second highest bid). In those cases our staff will place bids during the auction as proxies for the Internet high bidder, and certain absentee underbidders until the bid reaches the then current high bid at the start of the live auction. As such, if your bid is the high absentee bid, please do not bid against yourself from the floor, phone, or on Heritage Live.
    3. In all cases, the highest absentee bid wins ties over any live bid.
    4. In some cases proxies may bid up to one bid below an undisclosed reserve, but never above that amount.
    5. If a lot fails to reach a reserve, it will be recorded as a no sale, just like all Heritage auctions.
    6. All other non-conflicting terms and conditions of sale remain in full force and effect.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2011
    16th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 10,163

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 38 days left to consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674