Original ‘Superman # 1’ comic book auction tops $ 2 million

An original “Superman” comic was auctioned for a lot of money.

The original world superhero became one of the first to appear in multiple comics with the release of “Superman # 1”. Not to be confused with the character’s first appearance in Action Comics, this issue is perhaps even more historic among fans of the character as it features his origin story as Clark Kent. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the comic successfully introduces the world to three key characters who have stuck with him over the years, Ma and Pa Kent as well as Lois Lane.

A rare edition of the comic in near pristine condition sold for $ 2.6 million via ComicConnect. 30 people bid for the book.


Christopher Reeve’s costume from “Superman” is on display at auction at Christie’s auction house on December 16, 2003 in London. Christie’s annual film and entertainment auction takes place today in the South Kensington Showroom. (Ian Walton / Getty Images / Getty Images)

According to the website, the book has only traded hands twice in the past. The first time was when it was bought from a newsstand in 1939. Then, about 40 years ago, the current owner bought it and has since kept it in a temperature safe. controlled.

Metropolis / ComicConnect CEO Stephen Fisher told Fox Business there has been a demand for early editions of recognizable names like Superman, Spider-Man and more in recent years. He noted that “Superman # 1” in particular can be difficult to find in such good condition because of the paper it was printed on.

“I thought I knew all the ‘Superman # 1’ comics that came out in upper class,” he said. “When we were contacted by the owner who bought it in 1979 from the person who took it from the newsstand, I was totally unaware of this copy. I was like ‘Oh my God! ‘”

He added: “The vast majority have been thrown out by mothers in the past 60 years.”

“This is by far the finest copy of Superman # 1 I have ever released and it’s the second highest rated copy in the census,” said Metropolis / ComicConnect Founder and COO Vincent Zurzolo on the auction page. “The cover inks are rich and the inside pages are supple. How nice that there are still undiscovered comics like this dormant.”

Cover of the comic book ‘Superman’, 1930s. (Hulton Archives / Getty Images / Getty Images)


While the $ 2 million price tag is certainly impressive, it’s still a far cry from ComicConnect’s record-breaking sale earlier this year. In April, an original action comic, which was The Man of Steel’s first appearance, sold for $ 3.25 million in a private sale. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it narrowly beat a sale of the same issue in 2014 that was worth $ 3.2 million at the time.

Cover illustration of the Action Comics # 1 comic book featuring the first appearance of the character of Superman (here lifting a car) in June 1938. (Hulton Archives / Getty Images / Getty Images)

The outlet reported that the previous owner had also bought it for around $ 2 million, which means that one day soon the price of the comic book “Superman # 1” currently on auction could be the new record holder in a future sale.

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