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Rules for depicting Spiderman in film are grimly bland

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Welcome to the risk-averse, ersatz world of heroic characterization when hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line.

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Spider-Man vs. Obama

Spider-Man tangles with President Obama at the White House. Daily Bugle photograph by Pete Souza. (via Time)

Your coloring-in assignment for the evening

I looked at this and thought, "there is probably a lawsuit going on somewhere over who owns this art", then began laughing hysterically. Ah, but no! It just sold at auction for $657,250.

Todd McFarlane’s original art for The Amazing Spider-Man #328 (Marvel, 1990) brought a World Record $657,250 on July 26 as part of Heritage Auctions’ Signature® Comics and Comic Art Auction in Beverly Hills. The artwork, showing Spidey demonstrating his awesome new powers on the Hulk, is now the single most valuable piece of American comic ever sold at auction.

“This is an earth-trembling cover illustration and an equally magnificent price,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “McFarlane’s art brims with the raw energy that sky-rocketed McFarlane to the top of the industry and, now, the top of the auction world.”