Spidermania is on the move
Peter Parker is indeed the boss of the worldwide box office. With 1.6 billion dollars in revenue worldwide since its release in early December, Spider-Man: No Way Home starring Tom Holland is currently the 8th biggest success in the history of cinema. And it is already the biggest box office hit for Spider-Man solo, without the Avengers, far ahead of Sam Raimi’s popular trilogy in the early 2000s.
The character Spiderman was created in 1962 and the first publication was in the comic book Amazing Fantasy, the character created by Stan Lee and the cartoonist Steve Ditko remains a sure value at the box office. But not only that. At an auction held last Friday in Dallas, an original comic bookplate dating from 1984 has reached the sum of 3.36 million dollars (2.9 million euros), never seen before for a superhero.
This original board was made by the illustrator Mike Zeck, this board composed of three boxes is taken from comic book #8 of “Secret Wars”, a series published between 1984 and 1985 by Marvel Comics. Its particularity? It’s the first time the character puts on the black suit, in reality, an alien parasite that will give birth to Venom. A super-villain played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3 with Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy in the two recently released films.
The bidding has gone on to reach a record $3.6 million, this board was initially offered at “only” $300,000. The previous record for an original American comic book panel dates back to 2014 when a page showing Wolverine’s first appearance for a 1974 issue of The Incredible Hulk sold for $657,250 (573,650 euros).
Spidermania is not about to end.