Bet you thought Spider-Man’s superhero powers were of the “I can shoot webs from my hands” type. Sure, that’s true, but did you also know that he has the awe-inspiring ability to turn his name into cash and help pay for the most expensive day of your life? An Ohio father realized this recently when he cashed in a Spider-Man comic book and was able to use the funds to allay the cost of his daughter’s wedding.
It might’ve been only a hobby back when the 69-year-old man bought a copy of “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1 in March 1963, but now that hobby is producing dollar signs later in life.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer says the man was a bit worried about how much it would cost to see his daughter get hitched, when he hit upon the idea of rifling through his box of old comics.
He listed the Spider-Man comic with an online auction company and made off with $7,900 as a result — and that’s with a condition of 6.5 out of 10.
“I gave my daughter a promissory note for the money with a picture of the Spider-Man comic, which we can use to pay for a big part of the catering for her reception,” he said.
It’s somewhat fitting that the hobby he gave up in 1981 when his daughter was born would return to save the day later. He quit buying comics simply because he was spending too much money on them each month. But he made sure to store them away carefully.
“I put them away for a rainy day,” he said. “I still bought a few comics now and then to keep my hand in, but I no longer followed all the series. There are just too many of them.”
Those will come in handy after the I Dos are all done, as well: He and his wife are going to sell off the rest as needed when they find a project that needs being done around the house.
“I’m in no rush to sell them off. I’ll do it a little at a time,” he said. “Whatever is left after I’m gone will be sold by my family.”
Spider-Man saves the day, pays for local woman’s wedding [The Plain Dealer]