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So I would first find the trade paperback Spider-Man: Birth of Venom ($29.99), which covers his early years in about 350 pages, and appreciate some slick artwork from Todd McFarlane, Mike Zeck and Ron Frenz.

Also worth a read is his back piece, which is actually a homage to the vintage three-part comic book miniseries from 1993, Venom: The Madness ($5 each in near mint condition).

What’s it worth: Sculptor Jean St. Jean is on fire artistically these days and really delivers the detail with this effort on Venom. The design harkens to the days when artists such as Mark Bagley and Todd McFarlane brought the character to life.

The latest version even outshines the Ultimate Venom produced by Diamond Select Toys back in 2003, which I considered quite impressive at the time. Now toss in the extra appendages, hands, heads and madness molding, along with the ease of interchangeability factor, and that makes this Venom action figure possibly the best ever made.