What has been described as the most pristine copy of 1938’s Action Comics #1 in existence shattered all records when bidding closed at over three million dollars last night. After ten days of bidding, the CGC 9.0 copy of the first Superman comic closed at the heroic sum of $3,207,852. For comparison’s sake, a roughly equivalent copy of Action Comics #1 (owned by Nicolas Cage) sold for $2.1 million in 2011.
Copies of Action Comics #1, of which there are roughly 100 known copies in existence, routinely make these “most expensive comi ever” benchmarks, but this is a hefty price tag by anyone’s standards. There was considerable hype surrounding this auction, in part because such a specimen was taken to eBay in the first place. More impressively, though, was the remarkable shape that the 76 year old comic book was in, boasting white pages and bright colors that make it look like it could have come off a printing press within the last couple of years. You can zoom in on those pages over at the listing page.
For a nice touch, 1% of the proceeds will be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization “dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life of people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.” It’s nice to see that Superman can do some good in the real world, as well.
As of this writing, the identity of the winning bidder is unknown. We’d like to know what this individual is planning to do with an artifact that is, for all intents and purposes, the starting point for all geek culture. For a book of this quality, though, I almost feel I have to put on my Indiana Jones voice and say “it belongs in a museum.” Regardless, best wishes to the winner, and congrats to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, who just picked up an additional thirty two grand for spinal cord injury research.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to assist in the fight against paralysis. You can learn about donations to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation at this link.