“Action Comics #1” Sells for Record Price

Action #1

One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price.

The issue of “Action Comics #1” sold for US$3.25 million in a private sale via ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced yesterday.

It narrowly bested the previous record for the comic book, set in the auction of another copy in 2014 for slightly over US$3.2 million.

The comic book, published in 1938, “really is the beginning of the superhero genre,” said ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo, who brokered the sale.

It told readers about the origins of Superman, how he came to Earth from another planet and went by the name Clark Kent.

The seller of this particular issue bought the comic in 2018 for slightly more than US$2 million.

Zurzolo said that while there were hundreds of thousands of copies initially published, it’s estimated only about 100 exist today, and in varying conditions. He said this copy is among the best-kept ones.

“There’s no comic book that you could value higher in terms of a comic book than Action Comics #1,” he said.

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April 7, 2021 12:25 pm

Thats a lot of money. I’m not surprised though. It is the most valuable comic book ever made after all. Would love to own a copy of Superman’s very first adventure. Sadly any original and intact copies of Action Comics #1 are very rare and very expensive.

April 7, 2021 12:26 pm

Darn! And here I am putting my money into real estate like a chump…

April 7, 2021 5:12 pm

dammit, i was outbid by $5! next time gadget, next time!

April 7, 2021 5:20 pm

“The issue of “Action Comics #1” sold for US$3.25 million in a private sale via ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced yesterday.” Er, Nicholas Cage? That you? lol. Towards the late ‘90s I once encountered one of the OG legitimate yet rare copies of “Action Comics” #1. It was at a “flea market” at the time here in my state of Australia, specifically in a shop located there that specialised in all things comics. They had an authentic copy of the iconic issue which they would keep in a vacuum tight sealed glass container of sorts. You surprisingly were… Read more »

April 8, 2021 3:25 am

Good god people, put the thing in a museum and spend your money elsewhere. It’s not like anyone’s reading these things.