*Marvel: Amazing Spider-Man #252, like many Secret Wars ‘epilogue’ issues, featured a major ‘twist’ only explained retroactively. In Spidey’s case, it was a dramatic black & white costume which would eventually be revealed as an alien symbiote, which in turn would evolve into Venom, who eclipsed most longer-established villains to become Spidey’s crucial nemesis for the modern era. Although the first appearance of the symbiote in internal continuity was Secret Wars #8, its debut in real time was this very issue. This is ostensibly a very nice copy with minor handling wear and a nice glossy cover; its drawback is the residue of a price sticker (above Spidey’s left arm), clearly visible on the scan, that keeps the grade down on what would be an easy VF or better; if you can live with that, it’s a chance to get a copy of this key issue at a very favourable price.
PICTURED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252 FN £40 SOLD