A page of original artwork from an acclaimed 1984 comic featuring Spider-Man sold for a record $3.36 million in the United States on Thursday, making Webslinger the world’s most powerful auctioned superhero.
Page marks the first appearance of Spidey’s black symbiotic suit that would later lead to the creation of anti-hero Venom in artwork by Mike Zeke from the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars no. 8.
“This was the big reveal teased on the page cover! This is where Peter Parker actually got his brand new black dress,” Heritage Auctions said in a description of the artwork for page 25 of the issue.
“But… it’s a costume with a secret! Because it comes alive too soon and has its own agenda. This character is the origin of Venom!”
Bidding for the artwork started at $330,000.
The previous record for a page of artwork from the interior of an American comic book was a frame in a 1974 issue of “The Incredible Hulk” showing the first image of Wolverine. The page sold for $657,250.
1938 Action Comics No. Superman’s first appearance, the auction house said on Twitter, sold for $3.18 million on the first day of a four-day comedy event at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.
The copy was given a 6.0 grade by the Comic Book Grading Authority (CGC). According to The Hollywood Reporter, two other high-grade copies of the world’s most famous comic book issue have previously sold more at auction.
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