The world's great auction hero: Single page of artwork for a Spider-Man comic sells for a record $3.36MILLION
- Original artwork in acclaimed 1984 comic sold for record $3.36million Thursday
- Features first reveal of Spidey's black symbiote suit that led to anti-hero 'Venom'
- Record set at Heritage Auctions' four-day comic event in Dallas, Texas, this week
- Broke earlier record from a page with the first image of Wolverine drawn in 1974
A single page of artwork for a Spider-Man comic sold for a record $3.36million on Thursday, making the webslinger the world's mightiest auction superhero.
The original artwork from an acclaimed 1984 comic features the first appearance of Spidey's black symbiote suit that would later lead to the creation of anti-hero Venom in artwork by Mike Zeck 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 spiffy new black costume,' Heritage Auctions said in its description of the artwork for page 25 of the issue.
'But... it's a costume with a secret! Because it very soon turns out to be alive and have its own agenda. This is the origin of the character Venom!'
The record bidding, which started at $330,000 and soared past $3million, came on the first day of Heritage Auctions' four-day comic event in Dallas.
Page 25 from the 1984 Marvel comic Secret Wars No. 8, which tells the origin story of Spider-Man's now-iconic black costume - and sold at auction for a record $3.36million on Thursday
The previous record for a single page of artwork from the interior of an American comic book was a frame showing the first image of Wolverine in a 1974 issue of 'The Incredible Hulk'. The page sold for $657,250.
Also Thursday, a copy of 1938's Action Comics no. 1 - the first appearance of Superman - sold for $3.18 million, putting it among the priciest books ever auctioned.
The copy was graded 6.0 by comic book grading authority CGC. Two other copies of the world's most famous comic book issue with a higher grade have previously sold for more at auction, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
None of the sellers or buyers were identified but the record prices are part of a growing trend since the start of the pandemic that has seen would-be art buyers pivot towards memorabilia.
Heritage Auctions Vice President Joe Maddalena said: 'Collectors are buying their nostalgia so instead of buying their, you know, piece of contemporary art, this is it.
'They'd rather have this because this speaks to them more than a piece of contemporary art would.'
He described the page as 'one of a kind'. 'It just was one of those moments in the lore of Spider-Man's fame that told this important part of this story that subsequently this character would turn into Venom. It's pretty amazing,' he said.
'Just a few minutes after this we had Action number one, the origin and first appearance of Superman, ok? A high grade copy, $3.18 million dollars so Spider-Man from 1984 beat Superman, which is unbelievable.'
Also Thursday, a copy of 1938's Action Comics no. 1, the first appearance of Superman, sold for $3.18 million, putting it among the priciest books ever auctioned
The page's sale comes four weeks after the release of the latest film in the franchise, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has smashed box office records despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Tom Holland-led Marvel film has grossed whopping $1.5billion so far, making the sixth-highest grossing movie of all time.
The numbers place the movie ahead of 1997's blockbuster disaster flick Titanic, which earned $659.3M at the North American box office.
The film has raked in roughly $30M a weekend since its December 17 release, and more than 54.4M tickets have been sold in the United States and Canada.
In addition to outstripping James Cameron's Titanic in its fourth weekend, Spider-Man has also done better than most of the fan-favorite Star Wars films, all of which enjoyed Christmas time releases.
And streaming numbers are also likely to add to Spider-Man's reign, with Starz getting the rights to the film 18 months after release — a projected date of July 2023.
More to come: Streaming numbers are also likely to add to Spider-Man's reign, with Starz getting the rights to the film 18 months after release — a projected date of July 2023
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