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Superman back on top as Action Comics #1 sells for record $1.5 million

Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1

Barely a month after Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 sold for record prices, the first appearance of Superman has broken another barrier.

The Associated Press reports that a copy of the 1938 comic went for $1.5 million this morning on the auction website ComicConnect, jumping past the $1.075-million record price paid on Feb. 25 for a copy of Detective Comics #27. That issue broke a record $1 million paid just three days earlier for another copy of Action Comics #1.

Before last month, the top price paid for a comic was $317,000 in 2009 for — wait for it, wait for it — Action Comics #1.

About 100 copies of the issue are believed to exist, and only a handful of those are in good condition. It has a cover price of 10 cents.



Well, I just had 1.5 mill sitting around the house, so I figured I’d pick up a copy.

This is just turning into some sort of sick game…

I’ve never seen the point of buying something if you’re not going to actually USE it.

The Ugly American

March 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

So, you’re saying now is the time to eBay my comics?

Where are all these copies of Action and Detective coming from? Or is it the same one being sold over and over again?

Damn! O.O


Arthur Fussyboots

March 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

A fool and his money…

It’s not about “a fool and his money” or owning something you’re never going to use, it’s about owning a piece of freaking history. If that book didn’t exist, nobody would be here on this site. Besides, some people spend the money specifically for the reason of personally preserving it.

Wow !

it amazing to think at ten sent the pice didnt’t go beyond fifty sence till th the seventys

Coty siad if that ook didn’t exist, nobody would be here on this site.

I don’t think that is true if it wasnt superman and action. I’m sure there would be an other character instead that would be bid in the millions

I do thik it a tragedy that Detective got over taken that fast

good day

DAAAAAMMMNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I had the Green Backs to buy it.

There’s also the tax credit angle. A convincing argument can be made that Action # 1 should be considered an invaluable work of art and provide the buyer with a tax credit. I wouldn’t be surprised if the buyer were some Wall Street or Hedge Fund dude who a got a good bonus number.

@ Coty,

You’re so right, Action Comics #1 and Detective #27 should be in the Smithsonian.

No offense to anyone here, but I’ve been a comics fan since the early 70’s and if I had 1.5 million dollars, I sure wouldn’t be buying a comic book with it.

Like somebody else in this thread wrote: “why buy something if your not going to use it.”

Sigh. To think you could have gotten this for around ten grand less than twenty-five years ago. Even if I had the money to spare, I would never spend 1.5 mil on a comic book. But would I SELL one for that much? Yes I would.

There is something to be said for buying something and using it. That’s why there are less than 100 copies of Action #1 in exsistance which pushes its value ever higher.

mark hernandez

March 30, 2010 at 7:24 am

In 1973, at a Con in Dallas, Texas, I watched as Harlan Ellison tried vainly to auction off a copy of Action #1 for $85. Eighty-five bucks, and nobody took it!

wow that must have been in really crappy condition lol

If you can afford to do without the money why not? Sure, I wouldn’t spend $1m+ on a comic if it was my only $1m but the guy(s) buying these things obviously have a lot of them.

I wonder if the buyer is the same as for the DC #27? That would be one sick collection.

You ain’t kidding!
It’s like the rich wall street guys are pointing thier fingers at us going
“Nya nya nya nya! We killed the economy and now were gonna rub it in!”

I’ve been a comic book collector for 30+ years, and remember when The Edgar Church (supposedly a 9.4-9.6 NM/MT) copy of Action Comics 1 went for $25,000 in 1985. And that guy who bought it has TWO copies both over 9.0…

I personally wouldn’t pay more than $500K for that 8.0 book. It’s pretty but NOT worth nearly 1 mil.. This madness has to end. Its like there’s 2-3 guys passing the thing around in this Horrible DEPRESSION.

Love comics, hate the wall street guys who are RUINING the hobby.

Oh here’s a bit of info the non fans will be interested to know:

A) Detective Comics 27 is way rarer in print than AC 1 as it wasn’t advertised as much as AC 1.

B) Action Comics 1 which had THREE printings in 1938 of around 200k copies suffered three fates that make it and most golden-age (1938-1955) comics rare.
Most copies were read and tossed.
The next wave was WW2 paper drive that ate alot of comics up.
The 1954/5 Seduction of the Innocent “senate hearings” that caused mothers to have comic book bonfires.

C) In the 1st edition of Robert Overstreet’s Price guide (1971) AC 1 was only worth $300… Only in the internet age along with professional grading and investors did comics really start to skyrocket. (But only HIGH grade stuff and rare 1st apps 1934-1956)

D) One of the rarest 1st App comics? Not AC1 or DC 27.. All-American 16. LOW print run, and most didnt survive. AA 16 was Green Lantern’s 1st app :)

What was the condition of the Action #1 no one bought for $85?

mark hernandez

March 31, 2010 at 5:24 am

I only saw it from the audience, but it looked good. It was not in a bag, this was ’73, and Ellison flipped through it while trying to get someone to bid on it. Looked like it had cover sheen, so I would say VG or better.

Sick…… what do you think could be out there superior to the Action #1 8.5 and DC#27 8.0 then?

Yes, There is an Action Comics #1 9.0 (NM+) and a 9.4 to 9.6 (NM/MT) Edgar Church (Mile High) Action Comics #1 owned by “The Dentist” from Beverly Hills, CA. BOTH are totally un-restored originals.

Unfortunately he has no intention of selling either copy. He gave his son the 9.0 NM+ copy. I’ve seen the 9.4-9.6 copy back in 1985 IT WAS Like brand new. Perfect gloss, and WHITE Pages. Only thing was a small “EC” for Edgar Church on the top left of the book above the “A” in Action.

Should THAT copy sell, I can easily see it fetching 5-10 mil. But don’t hold your breath. He’s so rich, no amount of $$ would get him to sell it.

I, too,have been enjoying this hobby for 30 years plus. Not a dealer but an authentic collector. I have read probably 90 % of my 15, 000 books and am sitting on some 600 first issues from 1938 to 1946 with probably 80 of them in high census condition according to CGC and CGG records. I love this news of record prices. Seems to make all of my years of careful investing a potential profit post retirement despite the best efforts of Wall Street and the US Government to steal all my hard earned money.

I wish everyone great fortune if you have been riding this industry since the mid to late 70’s.

WOW!!! Any better on the DC#27 as well?

Speculating, do you think you have anything to compete directly with these three monster recent sales? Just fascinated really.

I have this copy of Superman, the 1st copy, along with several other copies. How do I sale these items if I wanted to?

Tim: VinesTim@Yahoo.Com

I would rather use that $1.5 million to buy a house

i sold a beat up #1 superman recently not knowing the extreme value.never was into comics,i found the copy in a clean out of a jewlers house.they were tossing everything and let us go through some boxes.i assumed it was a fake.

the guy even bickered about that,he paid quick and walked briskly away,i thought to myself….huge mistake somethings wrong……..

dumbest move of my life

matt snofelofigus

May 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

i say this and noticed i had one similar.i rushed up stares,got the comic and looked to see if it was real. turns out it was a reprint that you got when you bought 3 boxes of safeguard soap.

I have a action comics (No.1 June, 1938)it’s superman and it’s almost like new what could i sell it for

im 14 and i have been collecting comics since i was 5. i inherrited by dads thousands of comic books that he collected since he was 5 and the same happened with him and my grandpa. so i have comics from the golden age all the way to the modern age and i would never even if i had the money pay that much for one comic book!

So you telling me the actual book is worth nothing because i have the book

I have a copy of ac 1 sealed with a copy of the death of superman comics and im tryin to figure out what they worth

I have the Action Comics I have been trying too sell it but no luck I would like too know how much its worth

Darrell cathey

May 24, 2016 at 3:35 pm

I just found one at the land field this one has a add for bestie quick on the back page is it the real dealTo dream of seeing the masts of ships, denotes long and pleasant voyages, the making of many new friends, and the gaining of new possessions.

To see the masts of wrecked ships, denotes sudden changes in your circumstances which will necessitate giving over anticipated pleasures.

If a sailor dreams of a mast, he will soon sail on an eventful trip.

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