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Rare Superman Comic Sells For Record-Breaking Price

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BY April 13, 2021

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a record-breaking price! A rare Superman comic (Action Comics #1 to be exact) sold for a record $3.25 million in a private sale, breaking the previous record of $3.2 million set in 2014.

Vincent Zurzolo, COO of ComicConnect.com, brokered the sale and said that only about 100 copies of Action Comics #1 exist today. This most recent copy is one of the best-kept ones.

The Origins Of Action Comics #1 AKA The Rarest Superman Comic

Action Comics #1 was first launched on April 18, 1938, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. While they may not have the name recognition of someone like Stan Lee, their contributions to superhero comics are immense.

Siegel and Shuster met in Cleveland and bonded over their shared love of science fiction pulp magazines. Eventually, they came up with the idea of Superman and (unsuccessfully) pitched it to several publishers. It wasn’t until 1938 that DC Comics agreed to publish Superman’s adventures in their new comic book, Action Comics, which became the world’s introduction to Superman. This launched the Golden Age of Comics and led to a number of new characters that had superpowers and secret identities; the idea of the superhero was born!

Many of these characters have interesting backstories which aren’t well known and can change without warning. The history of Batgirl that you know will depend largely on when you started following the character. Superman, however, is arguably one of the most recognizable comic book superheroes to this day, so it makes sense that the comic that first introduced him to the world sold for a record-breaking price.

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I’m Ready To Sell Off My Rare Comics Too!

Before you get excited and start thinking you can make millions of dollars off your comics, keep a few things in mind. There are only a few comic books that will fetch a lot of money, mainly due to how rare they are and their age. If you’re serious about selling, it’s best to get your comic books appraised by a professional. They can let you know what to expect in terms of value and realistic pricing.

What superhero comic would you be willing to shell out millions for? Do you think this rare Superman comic was worth it? Let us know in the comments!

Featured image by Gary Dunaier via Wikimedia Commons


Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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