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Original art for Spider-Man comic page sells for record $3.36M bidding

by The Associated Press | January 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows Page 25 from the 1984 Marvel comic "Secret Wars" No. 8, which tells the origin story of Spider-Man's now-iconic black costume. (Heritage Auctions via AP)

DALLAS — A single page of artwork from a 1984 Marvel comic book featuring Spider-Man sold at auction Thursday for a record $3.36 million.

Mike Zeck’s artwork for page 25 from Marvel Comics’ “Secret Wars” No. 8 features the first time that Spider-Man wore his black suit. The symbiote suit would eventually lead to the emergence of the character Venom.

While it’s not the first time that Marvel portrayed Spider-Man in the black suit, it is the first time that comics fans saw how he got it.

The record bidding, which started at $330,000 and soared past $3 million, came on the first day of Heritage Auctions’ four-day comic event in Dallas.

The previous record for an interior page of a U.S. comic book was $657,250 for art from a 1974 issue of “The Incredible Hulk” that featured a tease for the first appearance of Wolverine.

Also Thursday, one of the few surviving copies of Superman’s debut, Action Comics No. 1, sold for $3.18 million, putting it among the priciest books ever auctioned.

None of the sellers or buyers were identified.

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