Comic Book-Record Sale
Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of ComicConnect, holds Action Comics first edition 1938 comic book marking Superman's first appearance, which has sold for an historic, record-breaking $3,250,000. Photo: Courtesy of Metropolis Collectibles via AP
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Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25 mil

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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 went for $3.25 million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced Tuesday.

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

The comic, 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 Clark Kent.

The seller of this particular issue bought the comic in 2018 for slightly more than $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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Toasted HereticApr. 8  08:05 am JST

Now that's one issue I wouldn't mind owning.

Absolutely iconic.

A classic. And classy.

gokai_wo_manekuToday  08:52 am JST

I'm going to have to go to my grandparents' houses and start looking through old boxes. Maybe they have old comics worth a lot of money!

They might well be. However those recent superhero DVD movies will have such little value, just place them in the circular file.

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I'm going to have to go to my grandparents' houses and start looking through old boxes. Maybe they have old comics worth a lot of money!

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They desperately just don’t know anymore where to put the megatons of money in that they swim in. lol But finally it’s not so funny, as this is kind of cultural asset and of course instead belongs into a public accessible museum or art exhibition.

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What make me cringe is knowing that if we/I kept those comic from when we were kids, we would be quite wealthy, but you never think that when your a child.

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A lot of money for an old comic book. Some people have too much money on their hands.

Maybe. It could be an investment. I imagine they appreciate in value.

I’ve got a mate who buys and sells vinyl records. For him it’s a hobby and he makes some cash too.

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What a waste of money in that silly comic..

No more a waste than signed baseball gloves, first editions of Dickens, rare jazz records and so on.

Art forms come in many different genres. Escapism sometimes becomes a commodity to buy and sell. Is that a good or a bad thing? I dunno. If you're the seller, it's pretty good!

As for dismissing it as "silly", of course it was very much of its time, but the comics genre has always re-invented itself over the decades. Which is why some titles and characters have such a long shelf life. John Byrne's take on Superman did a great job at rejuvenating the character, back in the 80s. Or Denny O'Neill taking on Batman in the 70s. In recent years, I rate Grant Morrison's tenure on X-Men, although it's not everyone's cuppa.

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What a waste of money in that silly comic..

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Looks like “*Superman & Lois”, on the American CW network” just ‘one-up’d’ *Bryan Singer’s *‘Superman Returns’ with** **a near replication of the above cover in episode 1, including a 1930’s styled suit, logo and a “PT Cruiser***” ; )

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Looks like *“**Superman & Lois”, on the American CW network** just ‘one-up’d” Bryan Singer’s ‘Superman’ with a near replication of the above cover in episode 1,** including a 1930’s styled suit, logo and a “PT Cruiser” ; ) *

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Agreed and nice ‘call-back’ @ToastedHeretic 8:27am. Sometimes, we don’t think “member when...” is Your style, anymore ; ) Btw: nice story about ‘Granny’.

Brandon Routh was a decent Superman even though it was a ‘modern’ suit and a dark green ‘1966 Mustang instead of a 1937 ‘shamrock’ green DeSoto.

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A lot of money for an old comic book. Some people have too much money on their hands.

think that every year when they have tuna and fruit auctions in Japan, and to think that they spend so much money on perishable item that wont have any value after a few weeks, just crazy isnt it

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Yeah, but what's the NFT worth?

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Wouldn't be surprised if my mom read it back then (she was born in 1933). I know for a fact she read Marvel Comics #1 because, when she was alive I showed her a reprint of the book and asked her if she remembered reading it. "Sure I did", she said. "Had the Submariner in it".

She explained their rarity because during the war, she and her friends used to go on paper drives to recycle, and also they would gather read comics and send them overseas for the soldiers to read.

Myself, I have a Famous 1st Edition reprint of Action Comics #1 from the mid-1970s that I've had for decades. Good enough for me :)

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A lot of money for an old comic book. Some people have too much money on their hands.

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I wonder what Siegel and Shuster would have thought, that their creation would still be in demand, over 80 years later?

That scene, by the way, of Superman lifting the car is recreated for Superman Returns (2006). I was pleased, by the murmur of appreciation which rippled through the audience, to find out that I wasn't the only geek present.

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I don’t have this one but I have the 423 issues of the Superman series ( and a few other Superman comics ) and I didn’t need to spend this kind of money. Far from it.

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Now that's one issue I wouldn't mind owning.

Absolutely iconic.

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That’s a really BIG photo of the broker. Seems to overshadow even “Superman”. Well played, Zurzolo.

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Man, a steal!

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