DC Action Comic Book #1 – Superman’s debut sells for record $1M
February 22, 2010
(ChattahBox) – The first comic book featuring Superman, sold Monday for $1 million, smashing the previous record price for a comic book. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster saw their creation, Superman, aka Kal-El launched in Action Comics #1 in April 1938 (cover-dated June). The issue features Superman lifting a car on its cover and originally cost 10 cents.The comic book of course is special for Superman’s debut and with perhaps only about 100 copies of Action Comics No. 1 believed to be in existence, they are in high demand by collectors.
This particular issue is rated “8.0 grade,” or “very fine,” with only a handful rated so highly, so it was sold from a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom released their names, in mere minutes according to ComicConnect.com, which conducted the auction.
The previous comic book record was set last year when John Dolmayan, drummer for the rock band System of a Down, paid $317,000 for an Action Comics No. 1 issue.
In case you missed out, Heritage Auctions in Dallas also has a very special debut super hero comic up for sale. Detective Comic No. 27, featuring the debut of Batman, published in 1939, has already attracted a bid of more than $400,000.
There might only be 50 copies left of Detective #27, and this one is rated 8.0, with no others supposedly in such good condition. It will be sold on Thursday.