A page from the Spider-Man comic book story just sold for $3 million
The site, which shows Spider-Man donning the infamous all-black suit for the first time, fetched $3.36 million at auction earlier this week, becoming the “world’s most valuable original comic book art site,” according to Heritage Auctions “.
Another page of the same comic sold for $288,000. Combined, the two sides of the Spider-Man story sold for $3,648,000, according to Heritage Auctions.
“Today’s results prove what we’ve always said: comic art is as popular and valuable as anything printed on canvas,” said Joe Mannarino, director of comics and comic art at Heritage Auctions in New York , in a statement.
The auction house hasn’t announced the winning bidder, but whoever it was clearly knew his Spider-Man history. The pages are from the Marvel crossover series Secret Wars, which pits beloved heroes against classic villains on a planet called Battleworld. In the eighth installment of the limited series released in 1984, Spidey meets an alien symbiote – sounds familiar? — who dons his traditional red and blue suit which he damaged in battle.
“This lump just – just spread out and became a costume – and in the process dissolved the scraps of my old one!” exclaims Spidey on page 25.
But once our web-slinger dons his new suit, the symbiote’s personality changes drastically – from being a dashing do-gooder to a “vengeful vigilante,” according to Marvel. Spider-Man eventually separates from the symbiote after the end of Secret Wars – long story but Mister Fantastic himself needs to do some science to get rid of Spidey once and for all – and this alien goo finds its way to you more suitable host – Eddie Brock, who later becomes Venom. The film version of Spidey also found its way into the black suit, although the Fusion received decidedly mixed reviews. In “Spider-Man 3,” Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker donned the symbiote suit and snapped at his beloved Mary Jane, damaging their relationship. It also pumped his ego so much that he found himself dancing in the streets of Manhattan, an uncomfortable but eternal piece of movie history.