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Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, More Expensive Than Most Houses – Superman!


The Adventures of Superman by George Lowther, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel (1942)

The Adventures of Superman by George Lowther, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel (1942)

A copy of the very first comic book in which Superman appeared fetched $1,000,000.00 at auction on February 22. You read that right – a million dollars.

The comic in question was Action Comics #1, which originally cost a dime when it was first released in 1938. The comic is credited by some with generating the initial interest in the idea of superheroes and saviors in comics. It is believed that fewer than 100 intact copies of Action Comics #1 still exist today. The copy sold on Monday was in unusually good condition – rated an unrestored 8 out of 10 – which accounts for the record-breaking price. The previous auction record for an issue of Action Comics 1 was less than half of that amount.

For those of us who are spending our spare millions on other things, but would still love to own a piece of collectible comic history, these might fit the bill a little better.

SUPERMAN: The Action Comics Archives - Volume 1. Bob Kahan (editor)

SUPERMAN: The Action Comics Archives - Volume 1. Bob Kahan (editor)

Superman From The Thirties To The Eighties by E. Nelson Bridwell

Superman From The Thirties To The Eighties by E. Nelson Bridwell

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