ACTION COMICS #1 Breaks New Record; Near-Mint Copy Sells For $3.2 Million

After a monumental 10-day bidding window, the most pristine copy of Action Comics #1 ever found has sold for over $3 million, smashing previous records from the same comic. Hit the jump for more details!

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By staypuffed - 8/24/2014

The iconic Action Comics #1 - featuring the first appearance of Superman, the Man of Steel - continues to break records with an incredibly valuable copy selling for $3,207,852.00 in a recent auction, the highest selling price for a comic book in history. The near-mint issue received an astounding score of 9.0 by the Comics Guaranty Corporation (CGC), containing white pages in pristine condition. Metropolis/Comic Connect made the highest bid, after selling the 'Nicolas Cage' copy of Action #1 for around $2.16 million in 2012; it is now the only comic to ever hit $3 million, and joins Detective Comics #27, Amazing Fantasy #15 and three others to break the $1 million sale barrier. Thought to be one of only 30 unrestored copies in existence, it was acquired several years ago from Darren Adams of Pristine Comics, who stated that the original buyer purchased the comic at the time of its release in June, 1938. Action Comics #1 was initially cover-priced at 10c, and, clearly, is worth a lot more to people now than ever before.

Source: Bleeding Cool
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JamesMan - 8/24/2014, 11:46 PM
GODDAMN!
Starkasm - 8/24/2014, 11:49 PM
Here come the Nic Cage gifs.
Reasonnnn - 8/24/2014, 11:57 PM
3....[frick]ing million. Crazy...
SonofBatman - 8/25/2014, 12:16 AM
Damn that's really something.
MrLoki - 8/25/2014, 12:40 AM
it's not a great issue, really :D
MightyZeus - 8/25/2014, 12:47 AM
Well it is "Superman"!!!
vinomonster - 8/25/2014, 12:58 AM
Because he is the [frick]ing King of CBs.
loki668 - 8/25/2014, 1:50 AM
I bet Batman bought it. Wouldn't THAT be ironic?
MsDarkPhoenix - 8/25/2014, 2:05 AM
I'd give 3 euros.
MsDarkPhoenix - 8/25/2014, 2:06 AM
I mean, it's worth more but I don't have more.
Doopie - 8/25/2014, 2:13 AM
an incredible amount. Just goes to show what can happen if you don't actually play with your toys
GreenArrow1941 - 8/25/2014, 2:40 AM
DlAMONDZ

No it's Superman, his the greatest comic book hero and he started everything. That issue of Action Comics #1 was revltionary, hell even the way layout is put was amazing. The costume, the cape, the origin ... greatest shit ever. A fews months(days) later different superheroes would emerge to try to catch the same lighting in the bottle. In that single issue Superman did 5x more then Batman did in his first outing, and showed us what he stood for. Meanwhile Batman was just the Shadow's rip off in his debut, it would take him a few years to become the Batman people know and love.

"Champion of the oppresed"

If I had the money I would have payed soo much more for that comic, it really is an amazing issue and the birth if the greatest comic book hero, and the genre.
sintzu - 8/25/2014, 2:45 AM
Why would anyone pay that for a comic ? i would understand if it was batman but for someone else ? and superman of all characters ?
sameoldthing - 8/25/2014, 2:56 AM
Listen and listen close...it's all about supply & demand.
There are very few of that issue of Action Comics & obviously just this one in such great condition.

Yes,Superman is the granddaddy of all superheroes & add that with how rare the comic is..that equals that huge dollar figure someone paid for it.
I just hope they are a rich fan of comics/superheroes & not some stuck up wealthy asswipe just buying it for investment.
ROMPEORTOS - 8/25/2014, 2:57 AM
@GreenArrow1941

1) Nope... BATMAN is the GREATEST comic book heroe TODAY and that its what counts.

2) You are a DUMBASS if you pay that for a comic, use that money for something usefull for you or other people than needs it more than a little piece of paper shit...
TheAstoundingMan - 8/25/2014, 2:57 AM
@Sintzu

It's widely recognised as the comic book that truly launched the industry into the superhero juggernaut that it became. It may not be entirely accurate, but it is famous, and highly sought after for that reason.
TheAstoundingMan - 8/25/2014, 2:59 AM
@ROMPEORTOS

Do you realise how childish you sound?
loki668 - 8/25/2014, 3:16 AM
He'd have to get by all of the errors in his statement to even SEE the childishness
McGee - 8/25/2014, 3:36 AM
*puts on brown Fedora hat*

THAT COMIC BOOK BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!!!
MantiniumBorn - 8/25/2014, 3:38 AM
Why do I love MOS.....It added a million in value to Action Comics issue 1....

Thank You Snyder....


Suck it haters
billnye69 - 8/25/2014, 3:43 AM
No Marvel comic would ever sell that high. Deal with it fanboys.



MrFloZeke - 8/25/2014, 3:50 AM
Regardless of who your personal favorite character is, Superman is responsible for the existence of the comic book superhero. There's no need to bash the character; but even if you ARE that immature, it doesn't change history: even Batman was created due to the existence of Superman (while borrowing heavily from both The Shadow and Zorro). Every superhero comic character today owes their existence to Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and DC/National Comics. That's a fact, not opinion. And THAT is why ACTION COMICS #1 is worth so much.
staypuffed - 8/25/2014, 3:55 AM
I totally agree with @MrFloZeke.
MrFloZeke - 8/25/2014, 3:59 AM
Thanks, staypuffed.
sintzu - 8/25/2014, 4:01 AM
@GreenArrow1941 -

No it's Superman, his the greatest comic book hero and he started everything.

(the one who started it was doctor occult in 1935 and in terms of who's the greatest hero that isn't a fact it's a matter of opinion.)

The costume

(is kind of funny when you think about it

why does it have an S on it ? at least Nolan had the common sense to give it a meaning other then "it's the first letter of my name"

What's the cape for ? with batman it's to help him glide but with superman it's to ?)

the origin

(isn't it based of some book ? at least that's what i saw on AMC's youtube show)

... greatest shit ever.

(not really)

Meanwhile Batman was just the Shadow's rip off

(isn't superman based of jesus ?)

Gary8264 - 8/25/2014, 4:18 AM
I have been followin' this on ebay for the past week, and they also had a few pics posted of the book. It was almost mint condition, really clean white paper, beautiful.
Alien - 8/25/2014, 4:23 AM
loki668 - 8/25/2014, 4:26 AM
And it's billnye69 who wins the Hagrid Award for today. The "Haggie" is given to those who, despite common sense and all reasoning, had to say something asinine for fear that we would not notice them. Here it is!!



neihofft - 8/25/2014, 4:31 AM
To the fool saying Superman wears a cape for no reason...1) the writers wanted him to. Simple. Its heroic.

2) Its Kryptonian Culture
PeterDarker121 - 8/25/2014, 4:32 AM
@sintzu Where are you getting that Christopher Nolan was the one to give the 'S' symbol a different meaning other than the first letter of his name? That's simply not true.
MrFloZeke - 8/25/2014, 4:38 AM
@sintzu

Doctor Occult, although being created 3 years before Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, didn't start anything; he wasn't popular or highly successful, not to mention that he was more of a Sam Spade detective character, NOT a costumed adventurer.

Nolan didn't create the idea of the "S" insignia meaning something more than "Superman"; Nolan didn't even write MAN OF STEEL. The comics have being saying that the insignia is either the crest of the House of El or the Kryptonian symbol for hope for many years now; even the Richard Donner movie showed that it was a family crest.

Superman's origin is not taken from a book. His initial powers in 1938, however, are inspired by the character of John Carter in A PRINCESS OF MARS. He has a cape because that was how they dressed on Krypton, going all the way back to the original comics: he wears traditional Kryptonian garb.

Superman is the most influential comic book character of all time; "influential" and "greatest" are, quite often, synonymous.

Superman is not based on Jesus. He was created by two Jewish kids from Canada and Ohio, respectively. The biggest comparison, and the one that makes the most sense, for religious figures would be Moses and Samson. And if you don't know the story of Moses, go look it up, and then tell me who Superman bears more of a resemblance to.

It's okay to have an opinion. But maybe you should try having an informed one.
staypuffed - 8/25/2014, 4:40 AM
@sintzu
People before Nolan (who may not even have decided to include it in the film, might have be Snyder or Goyer) such as Mark Waid and Richard Donner have explored the idea of the 'S' being a symbol for something.

Batman was most definitely inspired by the Shadow, and many other pulp vigilantes of the time, and I believe Superman was influenced by Moses with Jesus allegories coming later.
loki668 - 8/25/2014, 4:47 AM
Don't forget the Man of Bronze
sintzu - 8/25/2014, 4:47 AM
@MrFloZeke

(It's okay to have an opinion.But maybe you should try having an informed one)

Good thing there's a superman Wikipedia page which i will be reading before talking about him in the future.

thanks for the info though.





MrFloZeke - 8/25/2014, 4:48 AM
@loki668
What about Doc Savage?
loki668 - 8/25/2014, 4:52 AM
Didn't he inspire the super-hero movement? It was a bit before my time but I believe he was an inspiration for several heroes.
loki668 - 8/25/2014, 4:52 AM
Plus, I just like saying "Man of Bronze". It sounds like a low-rent Superman
KilgoreTrout - 8/25/2014, 5:04 AM
@loki668
Absolutely Hilarious!!!
KilgoreTrout - 8/25/2014, 5:05 AM
I love comics and all, but who would pay that much for a comic that you'll never open and read?! You know if it is in that good of shape, no one is going to want to handle it. That's crazy!
DCGuy - 8/25/2014, 5:09 AM
SUPERMAN IS GOD
MOS IS GOD
SYDER IS GOD
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