The Spider-Man comic book page sells for a record $3.36 million

Spider-Man isn’t just breaking box office records these days.

On Thursday, two pages of original artwork — from a 1984 comic book featuring the Webslinger — fetched a combined bid total of nearly $3.7 million, according to Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

The superstar work of the auction was page 25 from this Secret Wars No. 8″, rendered by Mike Zeck. The site sold for a whopping $3.36 million, Heritage said, beating a 1974 interior design record of $657,250 set in 2014 — from a 2014 issue of The Incredible Hulk 1974, which was about the rise of Wolverine.

Also on Thursday, page 24 from the same Spider-Man comic sold for $288,000, Heritage said.

These two pages of interior art are appreciated because they depict the creation of Spidey’s black symbiote suit that led to the rise of the character Venom.

“Today’s results prove what we’ve always said: comic art is as popular and valuable as anything printed on canvas,” said Joe Mannarino, head of comics and comic art at Heritage in New York, in a statement . It’s worth noting that canvases by the late pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, whose paintings are taken directly from published comic book images, have sold at auction for as much as $95 million.

The start of a multi-day auction on Thursday also reflected the fact that despite the commercial success of DC’s Superman and Batman, no character is currently more popular with consumers than Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Stan Lee once told the Washington Post that when the character was introduced, he “never realized Spider-Man would be there,” even after half a century. Today fires the superhero Peter Parker, who made his debut in the comic book “Amazing Fantasy No. 60″ 60 years ago. 15” co-created by Lee and Steve Ditko (both died in 2018) out of all cylinders.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, the eighth live-action feature film in Sony’s franchise, grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide last month – the biggest release since Avengers: Endgame of the year 2019, which also featured Tom Holland’s Spidey. Last year also saw the release of its sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide – one of the top titles of 2021.

A full page of Amazing Spider-Man No. 37″ from 1966 — the edition featuring villain Green Goblin/Norman Osborn’s named debut — sold for $336,000, Heritage said.

In Fall 2021, a copy of Ditko and Lee’s Amazing Fantasy No. 15″ sold for $3.6 million in near-perfect condition – believed to be the most valuable comic book ever sold at auction. A little behind this Thursday was Action Comics No. 1″, the Superman debut in the ’30s; The rare book sold for $3.18 million, the auction house said.

Heritage Auctions often does not identify buyers and sellers.

The prices of iconic comic art and comic books have risen in tandem with the 21st century Hollywood boom in superhero films. Rare Superman and Batman comics have sold for millions at auction, and in 2012 a comic treasure trove collected during a childhood in Virginia in the ’30s and early ’40s fetched about $3.5 million at auction.

Some of the best-selling original comic art in recent years is the work of other creators such as Frank Frazetta, Robert Crumb, Jack Kirby and Charles Schulz.

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