Did that mean I didn't want it?
Of course it didn't. Just as I must buy chocolate even though I know it's bad for me, I knew at once that I craved this book.
Because it was nearly Christmas - and I knew I would've loved to have got it for Christmas when I was ten.
Sadly, the RRP of £12.99 for just under a hundred and thirty pages put it beyond the reach of one as tight-fisted as I. But, like any good super-villain, I'm a man who knows how to bide his time and, happily, as I expected, with Christmas gone, it's now available for just £4.55 from Amazon, and with free postage.
Suddenly my Scroogelicious tendencies were being appealed to as never before and, like the Green Goblin, I knew I must strike.
How much do I love this book?
If ever I needed confirmation that I am indeed the centre of the universe, this tome confirms it for me because it features only stories with a special significance for me.
The first appearance of the Sinister Six was the first Spider-Man tale I ever read.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 was the first Spider-Man story I ever read in The Mighty World of Marvel.
The Lizard has always been my favourite Spider-Man villain and, so his first appearance has always grabbed me.
And I first read Spider-Man's Amazing Fantasy origin in Origins of Marvel Comics, one Christmas morning.
Not only that but it has the Secrets of Spider-Man feature that showed up in Fleetway's legendary 1972/73 Marvel Annual - the one that includes the image of our hero lifting a giant barbell as Thor, the Hulk and the Thing watch on.
It even has that tongue-in-cheek feature on how Steve Ditko and Stan Lee create an issue of Spider-Man, the one that shows Spidey flying past the Statue of Liberty, on a rocket. For many years, this feature contained the sum total of my knowledge of how a comic is created.
It also features a full-page cutaway spread of Peter Parker's house, a full-page spread of Flash Thompson flexing his muscles for his adoring high school fans and full-page spread of J Jonah Jameson haranguing Betty Brant. Maybe I have a faulty memory but I don't remember ever seeing any of these three illustrations before.
It also has a villains gallery, featuring the portraits of Spidey foes that were used in one of the text features of that Fleetway Annual.
But, for me, perhaps the most interesting thing is seeing some of these tales and features in colour for the first time. Happily, the colouring's old style rather than that new-fangled method that over-complicates and half-obscures the linework - although there's a more modern style to some of the backgrounds, making them contrast nicely with the simpler figures in the foreground.
Another plus is the chance to see Ditko's full-page splashes from the Sinister Six tale in a much bigger format than we're used to.
The book's main gimmick is that the pages have been artificially aged, with tanning around the edges, fake water rippling and even creases. Really, this shouldn't add to the book's appeal but, because I'm a total mug, it does.
Fans of Stan Lee will be pleased to see we get an intro from the man himself.
So there you have it - a book that's inherently redundant to me but that already feels like a treasured possession.
Oh but if only Panini had thought of doing the same for the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and Thor's 50th Anniversaries...