A copy of Action Comics #1, rated at an astounding 9.0 by CGC,set a record today. It sold for just over $3.2 at auction on eBay to an unnamed bidder.
The comic, which introduced Superman to the world, is widely considered the Holy Grail of comic collecting, with only a handful of the 200,000 or so copies that were originally produced in 1938. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and sold the character to the company that would become DC Comics for $130. (But that’s a different story)
Other copies of Action Comics #1 have sold for as much as $2.16 million, but this copy is set apart by the quality and color of its internal pages. The book’s interior has very white pages for a book of its age. As related by former owner collectibles dealer Darren Adams, this copy of Action #1, has had very few owners, and spent a long time stored in a dark, dry, cool trunk, which helped preserve the pages. The comic has also only had 3 owners up until now, which can only have added to its pristine condition.
The auction drew 48 bids from 14 different bidders over 10 days, in the final 2 minutes, 4 bidders raise the price from $2.5 million to the final price of $3,207,852
See Adams explain why he’s selling here.
A portion of the auction’s proceeds will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.