Peter Parker has suffered his fair share of defeats, and an untold number of innocents have died on Spider-Man's watch, but other than Uncle Ben, there is no name more well-known than Gwen Stacy. Her death at the hands of the Green Goblin changed Spider-Man much in the way that Batman was changed by the death of second Robin Jason Todd even more so since Jason was eventually resurrected.
While there have been clones and kids and all manner of other comic nonsense, the real Gwen has been dead since Amazing Spider-Man #121 -- the very issue whose cover art just sold at auction.
At $286,800, this cover now sits in the top 5 highest prices ever paid publicly for an original pencil-and-ink cover. The art by John Romita Sr. represents but one of about 100 covers Romita created for Amazing Spidey, but it is, without question, his most famous.
It's hard to imagine what it must be like to own such an important piece of comic-book history but, even at nearly $300K, it still seems like a steal.
(via Bleeding Cool)