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Ailing dentist’s Silver Age comics sell for $570,000

tales to astonish27An Illinois dentist sold part of his comic book collection at auction last week for $570,000 to help him pay for treatments for a rare autoimmune disease.

Among the more than 400 Silver Age comics were a copy of Fantastic Four #1, which fetched $60,000, and Tales to Astonish #27, featuring the first appearance of Ant-Man, which went for $40,000. Even a CGC-graded 5.0 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 sold for $13,400.

The Daily Herald reports that Steve Landman, aka “Dr. Fate,” who is closing his Lake Zurich dental practice because of his disease, was diagnosed about two years ago with anti-MAG IgM peripheral neuropathy, which attacks the nerves. He’ll use the money from the auction, minus fees, to set aside from potentially costly medical treatments and travel expenses.

The 62-year-old Landman has been buying comics since childhood, amassing a collection of more than 15,000. He’ originally intended to sell them after he retired, but those plans changed with his diagnosis.

“”I imagine that this is a good enough time as any to sell a comic collection,” Landman said, “what with all the superhero movies out there.”

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I hate stories like this. It’s super unfortunate that people have to sell off things they put a lot of sweat into for health costs. I am in Canada and I cannot fathom a situation where I’d have to do something like this. I’d cry. I know it’s just stuff, but there’s a lot of memories and excitement built into these collections. This sucks for this doctor. Good luck friend!

I second Gord’s comments…I hate to see collections go because of reasons such as this…But good luck to the Dr.

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