Major Issues: First Appearance of Venom

Hundreds of comic book characters are being portrayed in film and television, and with each new day more are being announced.

Major Issues -- a ComicBook.com original video series -- will speak to true comic book hobbyists as well as new fans in a short, fast-paced digital series featuring the first appearances of characters we all love. Each episode will feature the actual comic book, info on the creators, and the backstory on the creation and legacy of the character.

The next in our series is our look at the introduction of the Spider-Man villain turned anti-hero, Venom.

This is the history of the second recipient of the Venom Symbiote after Peter Parker, from Wikia.com: When referring to Venom in the main Marvel universe, you are likely referring to conflicted anti-hero Eddie Brock. You may also be referring to the Venom Symbiote itself, a symbiotic organism from another planet who feeds on adrenaline and grants spider-like powers to its owner.

Because symbiotes do not exclusively bond to one being, a number of people have worn the symbiote over the years, taking along with it the "Venom" name. Notable among them are former Army Ranger Lee Price, currently using the symbiote to embark on a career as a super villain; Army Corporal Flash Thompson, formerly using the organism as an agent of the United States government and a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy; and career criminal Mac Gargan, operating with the Symbiote as a member of the Thunderbolts and the Dark Avengers.

Origininally published in April 1963 in Amazing Spider-Man No. 299 (or No. 300 depending on who you ask), the issues are highly searched collectibles with No. 299 being available online for between $100 to $250, with No. 300 having a near $2000 pricetag for a CGC 9.8-rated issues.

Be sure to check out our other Major Issues.

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