Spider-Man has been in the spotlight for some time now. It all started with rumours about Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of the webslinger joining Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home; however Garfield continues to deny his involvement. The first trailer eventually launched, and fans went bonkers over references to Green Goblin, Electro, Sandman, Lizard, and a reveal of Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus. We then got a look at Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 at Sony’s recent PlayStation showcase. And now, the comic that features Spidey’s first ever appearance has sold for a record breaking amount.

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via Marvel Comics and Heritage Auctions

Spider-Man made his comic book debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. A mint condition version of it was just sold for $3.6 million at Heritage Auction’s Signature Comics & Comic Art (thanks, The Hollywood Reporter).

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Amazing Fantasy #15 gave us the famous origin story that we all know. Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider during a visit to General Techtronics Laboratories East, not Oscorp as we’ve come to remember it over the years. He gains his spider powers, which have been evolved by various writers over the years, and fights a wrestler who was definitely not Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Unfortunately he loses his beloved Uncle Ben who taught him about great power and responsibility.

The comic was graded CGC 9.6 and is one of only four other mint condition versions in existence. This is the highest ever rating given out by the CGC, which also added to the comic’s huge price tag.

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It seems antique comic books are extremely valuable, but video games are catching up; a sealed copy of the original Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System sold for $2 million last month. Before that, a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 went for over $1.5 million, but what started this trend was a rare sealed copy of The Legend Of Zelda that sold for a then world record $870,000 in July.

Wata is the company that’s responsible for rating these antique video games. The process is pretty similar to that of rating comic books. It takes into account things like the batch number, the condition of the box, the year, etc. However, the company’s ratings have now come under question as a report has accused co-founder Mark Haspel of selling games appraised by his own company on his personal eBay account.

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