Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Action Comics #1 Sells For A Million

A rare, mint condition edition of Action Comics #1, the comic that first introduced Superman, sold on Monday for $1 million, the most ever paid for a comic book, in a public sale held by website ComicConnect.com. The comic was published in June 1938 and described how Superman was born on another planet and came to Earth as a baby. It also introduces Clark Kent's love interest, Lois Lane.

Back in 1938, the comic sold for 10 cents. I remember a copy being offered for sale, some 15 years ago and it went for $150,000. Last year a less-than-mint copy of Action #1 was sold for $317,000. I just hope that the Siegel and Shuster estates don't get wind of this. They'll no doubt want a cut of the profit.

The $1 million record may not last long, however. On Thursday, a similarly preserved issue of Detective Comics #27, the first comic appearance of Batman, goes up on the auction block. With fewer than 50 copies of Detective Comics #27 known to be in existence, and with Batman having a larger fanbase than Superman, and with all the hype surrounding the sale of Action #1, it would seem that Detective Comics #27 may indeed be poised to break the $1 million mark. But, it won't matter. All that money still won't bring poor Batman's parents back.

In all seriousness, it's interesting to see comic books selling for as much as works of fine art. Essentially, comic books are indeed works of art and its nice to see them being treated as such.


  1. i found out about this only because a long-time friend of mine owns a comic shop up in Montreal. i think it's great that these things are definitely appreciated and seen as not only art, but a staple in Americana history.

  2. Batman WINS! The Dark Knight rulez!!!!