A ‘single’ page from a 1984 Spider-Man Marvel comic book has sold at auction for a staggering $3.36 million, and has made auction history as the most valuable comic-book art ever sold at auction, Heritage Auctions, a Dallas-based auction house, said so.
Mike Zeck designed the page design and it is featured on page 25. “Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars No. 8”, is reportedly the first appearance of Spider-Man in a black suit. The suit would later lead to the arrival of character, ‘Venom,’ the Associated Press reported.
“This is where Peter Parker actually got his spiffy new black costume. But, it’s a costume with a secret! Because it very soon turns out to be alive and have its own agenda. This is the origin of the character Venom!,” Heritage Auctions wrote. “The costume first appeared months earlier when characters from this series returned to the Earth. But there was no explanation for Spidey’s new duds. Until this page seven months later!,”Heritage Auctions described the comic art in its description on its website.
The bidding started at $330,000 before it reached its final bid of $3.36 million.
In another exciting turn of events, Heritage Auctions said in a Press releaseThe page 24 in the same book was just moments earlier sold for $288,000.
“That’s $3,648,000 total. For two pages of art from one 1980s comic book,”According to the auction house.
“We could not be happier, especially for our consignor, who bought the art in the late 1980s and treasured these pages ever since,” says Joe Mannarino, Heritage Auctions’ New York director of Comics & Comic Art. “Today’s results prove what we’ve long been saying: Comic book art is as beloved and valuable as anything put on canvas.”
It is not known if the sellers or buyers were identified.