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.
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 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.
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.
Any quibbles are minor. Given that all the stories and features within are by Steve Ditko, it seems strange that none of the illustrations on the front cover are by him. Also, I know a hundred and thirty pages is a decent count for a modern annual but, given that it's a fiftieth anniversary special - and therefore unique - even more pages would have been appreciated. I still recall those doorstop thick annuals from my childhood and dream we might see their like again someday.
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...