A page from a 1984 Spider-Man comic book sold for $3.36 million (£2.45m) at an auction in Texas.
This page was original artwork by Mike Zeke and features Spider-Man with a black outfit for the first time.
It’s part of a growing trend for auctions of popular culture memorabilia since the start of the pandemic, with record prices for comics and Pokémon cards.
Joe Maddalena, vice president of Heritage Auctions, which sells the Spider-Man comic, said: “Collectors are buying his nostalgia, so instead of buying him, you know, a piece of contemporary art, that’s it.
“They will have it because it speaks to them as more than a piece of contemporary art.”
Describing the Spider-Man piece as “one of a kind”, he said: “It was one of those moments in the history of Spider-Man’s fame that told this important part of the story that the character would later turn into Venom.” Will go. It’s pretty amazing.”
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And according to Mr. Maddalena, another superhero also proved to be a money-spinner in sales.
“A few minutes after that we had action number one, the origins of Superman and the first appearance, right? A high grade copy, $3.18 million dollars so 1984’s Spider-Man beat Superman, which is incredible.”
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