The high-stakes world of vintage comic collectibles is riddled with nearly as many plot twists, intrigues, and cliffhangers as comic books themselves, some of which fetch as much as $1,000,000 to $2,000,000…and most recently, more than $3,000,000. And one of the leading characters in this action-packed arena is top dealer and expert Vincent Zurzolo.
Zurzolo is co-owner of the world’s largest vintage comic book dealership, Metropolis Collectibles, and online auction house, www.ComicConnect.com,which holds five Guinness World Records for most expensive comics and related collectibles bought and sold.
Zurzolo and ComicConnect handled the market’s three top deals to date: two copies of the first Superman comic, Action 1, (selling price: $2,161,000 and $1,500,000) and the first Spider-Man comic, Amazing Fantasy (selling price: $1,100,000). On the flip side, they recently purchased the market’s highest-graded Action 1 for an unprecedented $3.2 million.
Zurzolo’s passion for comics began before he could read. Growing up in Queens in the 1970s-80s, he routinely excavated his parent’s couch for spare change to buy comics. At 16, he started dealing comic books. After graduating from St. John’s University in 1993, he launched his street dealership full-time on Broadway in Manhattan, selling to stockbrokers exiting the Exchange.
In 1999, he joined his friend and competitor Stephen Fishler as partner in Metropolis Collectibles. In 2007, they launched their online auction site, ComicConnect. In addition to comic books, they deal in related artwork and memorabilia.
Zurzolo, who co-founded Manhattan’s Big Apple Comic Convention, has appeared on TV shows ranging from Fox News and Bloomberg News to episodes of Hollywood Treasures and Buried Treasures. He’s also appeared on the BBC and Russia Today.
A long-time proponent of the investment value of comics, he’s been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time magazine, The Daily Mail UK, and numerous publications.
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