09/02/2013 at 04:00 PM EDT
Spider-Man has saved the day for a Cleveland bride.
Richard Schaen, whose daughter Jane is getting married in two weeks, was worried about the cost of the wedding until he remembered a pile of old comic books he'd stored in a strongbox.
Inside the dusty box the 69-year-old found a copy of Amazing Spider-Man
No. 1, which he'd bought for 12 cents when it came out in March 1963.
He listed the comic for sale online and was delighted when it sold for $7,900 – if it had been in pristine condition, it could have sold for up to four times that amount.
"I gave my daughter a promissory note for the money with a picture of the Spider-Man comic, which we can use to pay for a big part of the catering for her reception," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Spurred on by the sale, Schaen has decided to auction off some more of his prized possessions.
"My wife and I talked about it and decided that we would designate a project that needs to be done, like putting a new roof on the house, and we will sell as many comics as necessary to pay for it," he says.
Last Tuesday the retired electronic technician sold his first issue of "Daredevil" for $1,600, and plans to sell off some Hulk comic books.
"I'm in no rush to sell them off. I'll do it a little at a time," he says. "Whatever is left after I'm gone will be sold by my family."