A single page of original artwork from an acclaimed 1984 comic book featuring Spider-Man sold for a record $3.36 million in the United States on Thursday, making the webslinger the super -world’s most powerful auction hero.
The page features the first appearance of Spidey’s black symbiote suit which would later lead to the creation of the anti-hero Venom in Mike Zeck’s artwork from Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars no. 8.
“This page was the big reveal teased on the cover! This is where Peter Parker actually got his stunning new black suit,” Heritage Auctions said in its description of the artwork for page 25 of the number.
“But…it’s a costume with a secret! Because it very quickly turns out to be alive and has its own agenda. That’s the origin of the Venom character!”
Bidding for the artwork started at $330,000.
The previous record for a single page of American comic book interior artwork was a frame showing the first image of Wolverine in a 1974 issue of “The Incredible Hulk”. The page sold for $657,250.
A copy of 1938’s Action Comics no. 1, Superman’s first appearance, sold for $3.18 million on the first day of Heritage Auctions’ four-day comedy event in Dallas, Texas, the auction house announced on Twitter .
The copy has been rated 6.0 by the comics rating authority CGC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, two other copies of the world’s most famous comic book issue with a higher rating have already sold for more at auction.
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