Spiderman: an original page of the comic strip sold for … 2.9 million euros

An original page of a comic book featuring Spider-Man in 1984 in the Secret Wars series reached the record price of 3.36 million dollars (2.9 million euros) at auction Thursday in the United States, making him the most powerful superhero thus awarded.

In this three-panel page by Mike Zeck from issue 8 of Secret Wars, a series published by Marvel Comics in 1984-85, the superhero puts on the black costume for the first time, which turns out to be a symbiote (parasite extra-terrestrial) and will give birth to Venom, a fearsome “super-villain”.

“This page was the big reveal alluded to on the cover! This is where Peter Parker (the heroic teenager hiding under the Spider-Man mask, editor’s note) really got his chic new black costume”, explains auction house Heritage Auctions, describing page 25 of the publication.

“It’s a costume with a secret! Because it’s quickly revealed to be alive and have its own agenda. It’s the origin of the Venom character!”, she adds.

The work was initially offered at $330,000.

The previous record for an original page of an American comic dates back to 2014 when a page showing the first appearance of Wolverine for an issue of “The Incredible Hulk” dating from 1974, had sold 657,250 dollars (573,650 euros) .

During its four-day auction in Dallas, Texas, Heritage Auctions reports that a copy of the famous first issue of Action Comics in 1938, featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for $3.18 million. (2.77 million euros). Two other copies have previously fetched higher prices at auction, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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