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Amazing Spider-Man 129

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COMIC DETAILS

Comic Description: Amazing Spider-Man 129 Universal
Grade: 9.8
Page Quality: WHITE
Certification #: 1208157001
Owner: Professor Pecora

SET DETAILS

Custom Sets: This comic is not in any custom sets.
Sets Competing: Arachnophobia!  Score: 4800
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

Amazing Spider-Man #129 showcases the 1st appearance of the Punisher (Frank Castle) and the Jackal!

The Punisher was created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr. and Ross Andru, with publisher Stan Lee providing the name.

The classic cover art displaying the “Different and Deadly” Punisher was drawn by legendary artists Gil Kane and John Romita. The most lethal hired assassin is featured in his iconic skull-imprinted black suit with an arsenal of weaponry, including an automatic assault rifle in which he is unloading a full clip of ammunition directly at Spider-Man.

The close up view of the Punisher’s sniper scope depicts a defenseless and aerial bound Spider-Man avoiding bullets exploding against the surrounding brick buildings, with cross hairs aimed precisely at his heart! Couple this action on a commanding bright yellow cover, and you have one of the most sought-after and treasured comics in the history of the Amazing Spider-Man title!

As a matter of fact, ASM #129 is considered one of the top 10 most valuable Bronze Age (1970-1984) comic books of all-time and remains a contender for one of the top 5 most valuable Bronze Age Marvel Keys! For instance, sales for ASM #129 in CGC 9.6 and 9.8 have already begun surpassing that of what Giant-Size X-Men has been selling for in grade. In terms of the Amazing Spider-Man title, ASM #129 is “The” most valuable and expensive issue of the entire Bronze Age!

Moreover, what made the Punisher truly unique is that although he was originally created as a villain; he was gradually developed into a crime-fighting antihero. It was characters like the Punisher and Ghost Rider (1st introduced in Marvel Spotlight #5 in August of 1972), that would influence the industry in creating more violent and grittier material.

Since the Punisher’s inception in February of 1974, he has starred in 3 feature films. The first Punisher movie premiered in the USA on July 8, 1990 at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, and was characterized by actor Dolph Lundgren.

It wasn’t until 14 years later; on April 16, 2004, in which The Punisher had a reboot and was played by actor Thomas Jane with John Travolta playing the antagonistic character Howard Saint. The setting took place in Florida, which was not true to the comics as Frank Castle’s origins take place in Queens, New York.

The most recent installment, Punisher: War Zone, released on December 5, 2008, was played by actor Ray Stevenson. In addition, actor Dominic West played the Punisher’s arch enemy Jigsaw (William “Billy” Russo), which is true to the comics as Jigsaw was introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #162 and plays a significant and enduring role throughout the Punisher’s storyline.

Unfortunately, none of the aforementioned Punisher films were successful. There were a number of reasons why none of the films gave the Punisher’s character justice; they ranged from inconsistencies in the comics to corny representations of the characters to not finding the “right” actor to emulate and embody the Punisher to perfection.

Fortunately, after decades of failed attempts to portray the character and build a successful franchise, in March of 2016, the Punisher was played by “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh) in season 2 of the critically acclaimed Netflix Daredevil series! Prior to his big screen debut and adding fuel to the hype, Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb said in the initial announcement on Marvel.com, “Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle's appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”

Since then, the Punisher has been kicking ass and captivating the audience into his psyche that depicts pain and vengeance amidst his fragmented memories of being a former loving husband and father of two, before they were tragically killed by the mob. Furthermore, on November 17, 2017, the Punisher was officially integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of his own self-titled series on Netflix!

Finally, it looks like the Punisher is getting justice on the silver screen! In turn, this has translated into increased demand for high-grade copies of Amazing Spider-Man #129, as the Punisher’s stock has significantly surged!

According to the CGC Census Report as of December 12, 2017, out of a whopping total of 8,819 copies graded, only a mere one hundred one (101) copies (including my copy) were graded as a Universal 9.8 and only five (5) copies were graded as a Signature Series 9.8! With these statistics in mind, the rarity factor for a CGC Universal ASM #129 in 9.8 is only 1.14% of the total population! That’s pretty rare! Considering the vast number of copies that have already been professionally graded and the fact that many 9.8 copies are stashed away in private collections, it is going to become increasingly difficult to locate pristine 9.8 examples like this gem!

On that note, this particular CGC 9.8 copy sports PERFECT COVER WRAP, PERFECT CENTERING, and PERFECT WHITE PAGE QUALITY along with being PERFECTLY cut! The color saturation is deep and bright and the corners are razor sharp!

With that being said, this rare specimen is without a doubt one of the top 3 copies in the world! As a matter of fact, it is arguably the finest copy known to exist! The only other copy that comes extremely close (in my personal opinion) is the singular “Mark Jewelers Insert” (MJI) CGC 9.8 W copy, which previously sold on Comic Link for $13,800 on May 30th of 2017. However, if you look closely where it says “Kill Spider-Man” on the MJI copy, you will notice that the “S” in Spider-Man runs into the spine and is obstructed from view; whereas it is PERFECTLY visible on the Professor Pecora copy! Therefore, make no mistake that you are viewing the most IMMACULATE and PERFECTLY STRUCTURED copy of Amazing Spider-Man #129 IN THE WORLD!

In closing, I won this pristine beauty at auction on Pedigree Comics in September of 2015! The bidding became intense during the final minutes, but I was blessed to end up with the winning bid!

A big shout-out goes to Doug Schmell of Pedigree Comics for helping me to acquire this Mega Bronze Age Key!

-Professor Pecora



 
 
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