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Rare Superman comic sells for record $ million

One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price.

The issue of Action Comics #1 went for $ million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced Tuesday.

It narrowly bested the previous record for the comic, set in the auction of another copy in for slightly over $ million.

The comic, published in , "really is the beginning of the superhero genre," said ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo, who brokered the sale.

It told readers about the origins of Superman, how he came to Earth from another planet and went by Clark Kent.

The seller of this particular issue bought the comic in for slightly more than $2 million.

Zurzolo said that while there were hundreds of thousands of copies initially published, it's estimated only about exist today, and in varying conditions. He said this copy is among the best-kept ones.

"There's no comic book that you could value higher in terms of a comic book than Action Comics #1," he said.

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Action Comics #1 -- the world's most expensive comic book!

Value of Vintage Action Comics

Simply, Action is the most valuable comic book in history.

Action #1 introduced Superman. It is the genesis of the Golden Age of comics. A copy of Action #1 in VF/NM condition sold for more than $3,,!

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There simply are no words for how important Action is. It put DC on the map, and defined, for better or worse, the modern superhero comic.

Action Comics #1 (June ):
The Most Valuable Comic in the World!

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Action Comics #1
First Appearance of Superman

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If you have a copy of Action #1, even if it's in bad shape, it's worth a mint.

Siegel, Shuster, Superman. Three million bucks. That's really all you need to know.

A Zatara story, a few mysteries and adventures, a boxing story, and a story about Marco Polo. Is anyone interested in those? Thought not.

Say it again: Most Valuable Comic in the World!

Copies of Action #1 can command six figures even in battered condition, since there are so few of them around.

How to Identify Reprints of Action #1

There are several reprints of Action Comics #1. Sadly, chances are the one YOU found is a reprint. Here's how you can tell.

Famous First Edition: This like-for-like reprint of Action #1 is oversized. It came enclosed in an outer wrapper, but once you remove that, the book is hard to tell apart from the original

Famous First Edition
This like-for-like reprint of Action #1 is oversized. It came enclosed in an outer wrapper, but once you remove that, the book is hard to tell apart from the original

EXCEPT that it is much too large! It measures 13 inches along the spine and 10 inches wide.

How to Tell
Get out a measuring tape! Simply measure the book along the spine. If it's 13 inches, it's a Famous First Edition with the wrapper removed.

What's it Worth?
$5 with the cover removed, $ complete.

Action Comics #1 Safeguard Promotional Giveaway

Safeguard Promotional Giveaway
A promotional comic book given away to customers of Safeguard.

How to Tell
A box on the front cover clearly states REPRINT. The paper does not stand the test of time very well, and is often browning around the title.

Action Comics #1 Safeguard Promotional Giveaway

What's it Worth?
In top condition in a CGC holder, around $ Average copies about $

Nestle Nesquick Promotional Giveaway

Nestle Nesquick Promotional Giveaway
Customers of the chocolate milkshake could send off for this freebie.

How to Tell
It has the Nesquick rabbit on the back cover! Says in the indicia (fine print).

What's it Worth?
Again, about $ in top shape CGC graded and $ in decent shape not graded.

Nestle Nesquick Promotional Giveaway
Customers of the chocolate milkshake could send off for this freebie.

How to Tell
It has the price of 50c on the cover in white on a black box.

What's it Worth?
Anywhere from $ in top shape CGC graded and $ in decent shape not graded.

DC Comics Reprint
Two versions exist, one with bar code, one with the Superman logo in place of the bar code with an anniversary message.

How to Tell
The price of 50c is clearly marked in black on a white box. Often found inside a plastic bag with a certificate inside, visible through the back of the plastic bag.

What's it Worth?
Again, about $ in top shape CGC graded and $ in decent shape not graded.

Any editions with any other prices on their covers ($1 etc.) are obviously not originals either. There are several later reprints from the s and on.

If in doubt, check the fine print inside the book. Measure the book if you still can't tell.

Value of Action Comics #2 Through #

Action Comics #6 (November ):
1st Appearance of Jimmy Olsen

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Action #6
1st Appearance of Jimmy Olsen

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Action #6 doesn't even feature Superman on the cover, but is nonetheless worth quite a hefty sum to collectors.

It is the first appearance of Jimmy Olsen. Yes, Superman's pal, cub reporter and general exclaimer of "Gosh, Mr. Kent!"

This issue also features all the other characters that you certainly don't care about, since it was still an anthology. DC hadn't yet figured out that they ought to put ol' Supes on the cover every month. Sheesh!

Action Comics #7 (December ):
Second Cover Appearance of Superman

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Action #7
2nd Cover Appearance of Superman

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Considered to be "the poor man's Action #1", this is the second-most desirable comic book from the series.

Superman is seen holding a bad guy in mid-air; but he still did not have the power of flight in this issue.

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Action #10
3rd Cover Appearance of Superman

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Action Comics #13 (June ): Superman Takes Flight!

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Action # 4th Superman cover;
1st Superman flying in story?

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In his earliest appearances, Superman doesn't fly. In this issue, he is first shown using his ability to "leap over tall buildings in a single bound!"

As legend has it, Supes wouldn't gain the power of "flight" as such for another couple of years, and then mostly at the urging of the Fleischer Bros. Studios.

They were making a series of fantastic Superman cartoons in full color. If you haven't seen the cartoons, do yourself a favor and watch them all.

Arguments exist supporting Superman comic book #10 from as the first 'accidental' art showing Supes flying.

Action Comics #18 (November ): First X-Ray Vision

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Action #18
First use of X-Ray vision?

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So, Superman has powers, yes?

Well, unlike today, when you get to know all of some new hero's powers all at once, with Superman, they came in dribs and drabs, as the gang at DC thought of them.

In Action #18, Superman uses his X-Ray Vision for noble purposes, helping Senator Hastings, who'd been set up by some dastardly blackmailers.

The cover, which is the last issue of Action Comics that does not feature Superman, is pleasantly undistinguished work by Fred Guardineer.

Action Comics #23 (April ):
First Appearance of Lex Luthor

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Action #23
First Appearance of Lex Luthor

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Action #23 introduces one of the Man of Steel's main nemeses, namely Luthor.

The "Lex" wouldn't come until later, but for now, what's important is this: Luthor kidnaps Lois, then uses a mysterious green ray against Superman, which weakens him.

A precursor to Kryptonite, you say? Could be.

Kryptonite wasn't introduced until , and even then it was first mentioned in the Superman radio program, and as a continuity device to allow Bud Collyer, the voice of Superman, to have a break.

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Action #28

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Action # 1st Appearance of Lois Lane

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Action #29
First Cover Appearance of Lois Lane (Superman's Girlfriend)

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Action #34

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Action Comics # First Lex Luthor Cover Appearance

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Action #47
First Lex Luthor cover

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Action Comics #60 (May ): Lois Lane, Superwoman

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Action #65

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Action #72

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Action #81

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Action #88

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Action #95

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Action Comics # Landmark issue. Click for value

Action Comics #
Landmark issue

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Value of Action Comics #

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Value of Key Issue Action Comics # and Beyond

Action Comics # (June ):
First Appearance of the Fortress of Solitude

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Action #
1st Appearance of Fortress of Solitude

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Well into the Silver Age, and some things that we have long considered staples of Superman's world are still being introduced.

In Action #, writer Jerry Coleman and artist Wayne Boring trot out one of the more important ones: the Fortress of Solitude.

So, this issue isn't super-high in value, but it does have a giant cake, baked by Batman. And that's got to be worth something.

Action Comics # 1st Appearance of Brainiac

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1st Appearance of Brainiac

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Action Comics # (May ):
First Appearance of Supergirl

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Action # is the first appearance of the "true" Supergirl.
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1st Appearance of Parasite: Action Comics #

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Action #
1st Appearance of Parasite

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Action Comics # First Human Target

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1st Appearance of Human Target
Neal Adams cover

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Action # 1st Vixen

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Action #
1st Appearance of Vixen

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Action Comics # 1st Checkmate

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Action #
1st Appearance of Checkmate

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More History of Action Comics and Superman

Superman was introduced in Action #1, a character who goes way beyond the tradition notions of "comic book character." Along with Batman, ol' Supes is the most recognizable fictional character in the world.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's new idea for a "super-hero" was incredibly modern, in every sense of the word. Coming from another planet, Krypton, which had been doomed to destruction, young Kal-El (then "Kal-L") was sent to earth.

There he found by Ma and Pa Kent out in Smallville, grew to manhood, and took his secret identity as Clark Kent to the big city, Metropolis, to be a reporter for the Daily Star (later the Daily Planet).

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Superman isn't just a New York superhero (indeed, it's hard to say what city "Metropolis" is supposed to stand in for--perhaps Philadelphia?), and he isn't just an American superhero, or even a superhero of the world. He is a superhero of the galaxy, of the cosmos, of the entirety of all who live in the known universe and beyond.

Sounds kinda godlike, huh? That messiah vibe wasn't lost on the makers of the most recent Superman reboots, Superman Returns and Man of Steel. It's not an easy job being the most powerful fellow on this or any other planet, and makes for some dull stories (especially once you've been through the whole "Kryptonite" thing) unless you really juice them up with difficult moral choices and make the godlike being as "human" as a Kryptonian can be. 

Are you convinced now as to why the dude in the red and blue tights with the cape is important? So, back to Action. The series debuted in June of as an anthology comic, and Siegel and Shuster's idea for our favorite son of the ol' Krypton somehow ended up as the cover story.

The story goes that then-DC publisher Harry Donenfeld thought that the Superman story in Action #1 was "ridiculous," and forbid the character from ever appearing on the cover again.

Of course, time and the actual sales data showed that Supes was the reason for all the sales of that issue, and so Donenfeld went the way of the money, as all publishers must eventually go.

The rest is, really, history. Superman would appear in every issue of Action Comics thereafter, although not always on the cover until #

Sure, some other characters had appeared in Action along with Supes in the early days, including Zatara, the magician (who?), along with such incredibly memorable ones as Tex Thompson (later the Americommando), the Vigilante, and Hayfoot Henry, the comedic and poetic copper who solved both crimes and rhymes. Not joking.

The anthology format would hold for quite some time, even after Superman was the acknowledged star of the series, all the way until the s, when the title became known forever more as a Superman title, just as Detective Comics became known as a Batman title.  

Volume 1 of Action ended in , with Action # Yes, # Nine hundred and four issues of the fellow with the blue long johns and the red blanket tied around his neck.

Think about that for a while. 73 years of Superman. The mind boggles.

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Action #1

One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price.

The issue of “Action Comics #1” sold for US$ million in a private sale via ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced yesterday.

It narrowly bested the previous record for the comic book, set in the auction of another copy in for slightly over US$ million.

The comic book, published in , “really is the beginning of the superhero genre,” said ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo, who brokered the sale.

It told readers about the origins of Superman, how he came to Earth from another planet and went by the name Clark Kent.

The seller of this particular issue bought the comic in for slightly more than US$2 million.

Zurzolo said that while there were hundreds of thousands of copies initially published, it’s estimated only about exist today, and in varying conditions. He said this copy is among the best-kept ones.

“There’s no comic book that you could value higher in terms of a comic book than Action Comics #1,” he said.

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Action Comics #1 Unboxing

Copy of 'Action Comics' No. 1 sells for $ million

A pristine copy of Superman's first appearance in "Action Comics" No. 1 sold for $ million in an eBay auction.

The Man of Steel is more valuable than ever.

A pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first appearance of Superman in , sold for a record $3,, Sunday in an auction on eBay. Darren Adams, the owner of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Wash., began the auction on Aug.

The auction had a cent starting bid and had reached $ million within two hours.

The issue by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster is now the world's most expensive comic, surpassing an Action Comics No. 1 owned by actor Nicolas Cage that was sold for $ million in on the auction website ComicConnect.com.

Both comics were graded as a (out of 10) by the independent third-party grading service Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), but Adams' copy was labeled as having "perfect white pages." With a print run of approximately , in , less than are thought to be in existence, and CGC has only graded seven unrestored copies of Action Comics No. 1 over a

The lucky winner is also giving back — 1% of the proceeds from the same will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with spinal-cord injuries and paralysis that was started by the Superman movie star.

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NEW YORK CITY — Just when you think vintage comic book values cannot go any higher, another record falls. This time, an exceedingly-rare Action Comics #1— the legendary comic that marks Superman’s first appearance — has sold for a historic, record-breaking $3,,

Vincent Zurzolo holds Action Comics #1, which sold recently for $ million, making it the most expensive comic ever sold.

NEW YORK CITY — Just when you think vintage comic book values cannot go any higher, another record falls. This time, an exceedingly-rare Action Comics #1— the legendary comic that marks Superman’s first appearance — has sold for a historic, record-breaking $3,,

The sale was handled by ComicConnect.com, an online auction house and go-to for high-value transactions. It has sold eight comics for $1 million or more — plus more Action Comics #1s than any other dealer, it says. “Across almost every category, collectibles are on the rise,” says Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of ComicConnect. “The vintage comic market has never been stronger, and this sale showcases how hot it really is.”

Zurzolo is well acquainted with this particular comic book, which ComicConnect sold for $ million in , $ million in , and again for $ million in With its grading (on a scale of 10), it’s the third highest graded Action #1 in existence.

Action #1 tells Superman’s iconic origin story. This particular copy has a colorful origin story, too. For 50 years, it was buried in a stack of old s movie magazines. Because it was tucked inside one, it was well protected from wear. The buyer only discovered it after purchasing the magazines at an auction in the s.

While the most recent seller only owned it for three years, he couldn’t resist reaping an almost $1 million profit in such a short period. As for the buyer, he’s relatively new to comic investing (this is his second major comic purchase). Before, he mainly traded non-sports cards — another increasingly hot collectible.

“With all collectibles on the rise, plus crypto currencies and NFTs minting new millionaires almost daily, we expect to see comic prices increase as they look for new places to park their money,” says Zurzolo.

“This is an year-old comic book in near-pristine condition — and it’s a sight to behold,” says Zurzolo. “Not to mention, this book launched the superhero genre that’s such a huge part of our culture. There’s a reason that collectors and fans will always be obsessed with it.”

ComicConnect will continue to hold the Action #1 for a short time. For additional information, www.comicconnnect.com.

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The Difference Between Early Action Comics #1 Reprints, Unboxing #5

Action Comics 1

Comic book

The correct title of this article is Action Comics #1. The substitution of the # is due to technical restrictions.

Action Comics #1 (cover dated June ) is the first issue of the original run of the comic book/magazine series Action Comics. It features the first appearance of several comic-book heroes—most notably the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creation, Superman—and sold for 10 cents (equivalent to $2 in ). It is widely considered to be both the beginning of the superhero genre and the most valuable comic book in the world. Action Comics would go on to run for numbered issues (plus additional out-of-sequence special issues) before it restarted its numbering in the fall of It returned to its original numbering with issue #, published on June 8, (cover-dated August) and reached its 1,th issue in

On August 24, , a copy graded by CGC was sold on eBay for $3,, USD;[2] it is the only comic book to have sold for more than $3 million for a single original copy.[2]

Contents[edit]

Action Comics #1 was an anthology, and contained eleven features:

  • "Superman" (pp.&#;1–13) by Siegel and Shuster.
  • "Chuck Dawson" (pp.&#;14–19) by H. Fleming.
  • "Zatara Master Magician" (pp.&#;20–31) by Fred Guardineer.
  • "South Sea Strategy" (text feature, pp.&#;32–33) by Captain Frank Thomas.
  • "Sticky-Mitt Stimson" (pp.&#;34–37) by Alger.
  • "The Adventures of Marco Polo" (pp.&#;38–41) by Sven Elven.
  • "'Pep' Morgan" (pp.&#;42–45) by Fred Guardineer.
  • "Scoop Scanlon the Five Star Reporter" (pp.&#;46–51) by Will Ely.
  • "Tex Thompson" (pp.&#;52–63) by Bernard Baily.
  • "Stardust" (p.&#;64) by "The Star-Gazer".
  • "Odds 'N Ends" (inside back cover) by "Moldoff" (Sheldon Moldoff).

Publication[edit]

Published on April 18, [1] (Cover dated on June 30, ),[3] by National Allied Publications,[4] a corporate predecessor of DC Comics, it is considered the first true superhero comic; and though today Action Comics is a monthly title devoted to Superman, it began, like many early comics, as an anthology.[5]

Action Comics was started by publisher Jack Liebowitz.[6] The first issue had a print run of , copies, which promptly sold out, although it took some time for National to realize that the "Superman" strip was responsible[7] for sales of the series that would soon approach 1,, a month.[8] Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page, for a total of $ for their work on this issue. Liebowitz would later say that selecting Superman to run in Action Comics #1 was "pure accident" based on deadline pressure and that he selected a "thrilling" cover, depicting Superman lifting a car over his head.[9]Christopher Knowles, author of Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes, compared the cover to Hercules Clubs the Hydra by Antonio del Pollaiolo.[10][11][unreliable source?]

Superman[edit]

In January , Jerry Siegel wrote a short prose story titled "The Reign of the Superman", which was illustrated by his friend Joe Shuster and self-published in a science fiction magazine. It told the story of a bald villain with telepathic powers. Trying to create a character they could sell to newspaper syndicates, Siegel re-conceived the "superman" character as a powerful hero, sent to Earth from a more advanced society. He and Shuster developed the idea into a comic strip, which they pitched unsuccessfully.

National Publications was looking for a hit to accompany their success with Detective Comics, and did not have time to solicit new material. Jack Liebowitz, co-owner of National Publications, told editor Vin Sullivan to create their fourth comic book. Because of the tight deadline, Sullivan was forced to make it out of inventory and stockpile pages. He found a number of adventurer stories, but needed a lead feature. Sullivan asked former coworker Sheldon Mayer if he could help. Mayer found the rejected Superman comic strips, and Sullivan told Siegel and Shuster that if they could paste them into 13 comic book pages, he would buy them.[12]

The original panels were rewritten and redrawn to create the first page of Action Comics #1:

  1. Baby Superman is sent to Earth by his scientist father in a "hastily-devised space ship" from "a distant planet" which "was destroyed by old age".
  2. After the space ship lands on Earth, "a passing motorist, discovering the sleeping baby within, turned the child over to an orphanage".
  3. The baby Superman lifts a large chair overhead with one hand, astounding the orphanage attendants with "his feats of strength".
  4. When Superman (now named Clark Kent) reaches maturity, he discovers that he can leap 1/8 of a mile, hurdle story buildings, "raise tremendous weights", outrun a train, and "that nothing less than a bursting shell could penetrate his skin".
  5. Clark decides that "he must turn his titanic strength into channels that would benefit mankind, and so was created 'Superman', champion of the oppressed"[13]

Two new panels offering a "scientific explanation of Clark Kent's amazing strength" were added. The panels do not identify Superman's home planet by name or explain how he was named Clark Kent.[13]

The next twelve pages showed Superman attempting to save an innocent woman about to be executed while delivering the real murderess, bound and gagged, and leaving her on the lawn of the state Governor's mansion after breaking through the door into his house with a signed confession; coming to the aid of a woman being beaten up by her husband, who faints when his knife shatters on Superman's skin; rescuing Lois Lane (who also debuts in this issue) from a gangster who abducted her after she rebuffed him at a nightclub, which leads to the cover scene with the car; and going to Washington, D.C., instead of South America, to "stir up news" as his editor wants to investigate a Senator who he suspects is corrupt, and prompting a confession by leaping around high buildings with the terrified man, which leads into the next issue. All the while, Clark tries to keep Superman out of the papers.[13][14]

Collectibility[edit]

At the New York Comic Con, Vincent Zurzolo of Metropolis Collectibles displays the CGC copy of Action Comics#1 for which his firm paid $ million (USD).

Comics Buyer's Guide estimated in that only 50 to original copies of Action Comics #1 exist.[15] In an April Associated Press article, Vincent Zurzolo, COO of ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, said that it was estimated that about copies of the issue were still in existence.[16]

Action Comics #1 has set several sales records for comic books. On February 22, , a copy of Action Comics #1 CGC Grade sold at auction for US$1 million, becoming the first million-dollar comic book. The sale, by an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer, was through ComicConnect.com.[17] On March 29, , ComicConnect.com sold another copy for US$ million, making it the most expensive and most valuable comic book of all time.[18] The copy sold is the third highest-graded copy from the CGC, which stands at VF+ grade,[19] which Zurzolo said was among the best-kept copies.[16]

As of , there were six known Comic Guaranty LLC (CGC)-graded copies with a grade above VG (CGC ), with only one issue having the grade of VF/NM (CGC ) at that time.[20]EC and Mad publisher William Gaines, whose father was also a comic book publisher and had business dealings with DC Comics at the time Action Comics #1 was published, claimed in a Comics Journal interview that he at one point had dozens of copies of the issue around his house, but they were probably all thrown out.[21][22] Another copy, rated CGC 5 ("Very Good/Fine"), was discovered in July by a family facing foreclosure on their home while packing their possessions. Estimated by ComicConnect.com to sell as high as $,, the comic fetched $, at auction, saving the family's home.[23][24]

One copy was stolen from American actor Nicolas Cage, an avid comic book collector, in In March , it was found in a storage locker in the San Fernando Valley and was verified by ComicConnect.com to be the copy sold to him previously. Cage had previously received an insurance payment for the item.[25] A copy which sold for $ million on November 30, through ComicConnect.com is believed to have been this same one, having been noted as stolen in and recovered in [26]The Hollywood Reporter mentioned in its March 23, issue that a movie was in development based on the theft of Cage's copy of the comic book and would be titled Action No. 1.[27] The screenplay was a spec script written by Reno ! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon and sold to Lionsgate.[27] They will produce along with Peter Principato and Paul Young.[27]

A CGC graded comic, with white pages, was auctioned for sale on eBay in August The seller Darren Adams, a comic book store owner in Federal Way, Washington, had purchased the issue from the estate of a man who had originally bought the issue from a newsstand on its release in The original buyer lived in high altitudes in West Virginia and stored the comic in a stack with others, which provided the optimal "cool, dry and dark" conditions that lent well to a comic's age, according to Adams.[28] The comic changed hands twice prior to the auction; first sold as part of an estate sale when the original purchaser died forty years after its publication, and then to a third person who held the comic for about thirty years.[29] Some years prior to the auction, Adams was contacted by this third person, and seeing the pristine condition of the comic, purchased it for a "seven figure sum".[28] He held onto the comic for a few years before deciding to sell it, keeping the existence of it otherwise a secret, even rejecting a $3 million offer to buy the comic outright.[29] On his decision to sell, he opted to use eBay instead of other comic auction houses such as Heritage Auctions, believing the auction site would reach a wider audience and was a better fit for the pop culture nature of the piece. After discussions with the site, Adams and eBay also arranged to donate 1% of the sale to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, reflecting on Christopher Reeve's role as Superman in motion pictures.[28] The auction ended on August 24, and sold for over $ million.[2] At the time, it was the highest value ever paid for a single issue of a comic book.[30] The purchasers were Vincent Zurzolo and Stephen Fishler, the owners of Metropolis Collectibles; Zurzolo expected the value of the near-mint comic to continue to increase in time.[31]

The record for the highest amount paid for a copy was narrowly broken again on April 6, , when ComicConnect.com announced that another copy of the issue was sold for $ million in a private sale. The seller of the copy had purchased it in for slightly over $2 million.[16]

Reprints[edit]

Beginning in the mids, DC reissued several of its most popular Golden Age comics as "Famous First Editions", including Action Comics #1, published in These reprints were oversized, roughly double the size of the original editions, and had a cardboard-like cover. The interior, however, was an exact reprint of the original comic, right down to the ads. As a result, the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has, since the s, published a warning advising that attempts have been made to pass off the reprint, stripped of its Famous First Edition cardboard cover, as an actual #1. However, the Guide does not cite any actual instances of this.[32][33]

DC reprinted Action Comics #1 in as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Superman that year. This edition reprinted only the Superman story, with a 50¢ U.S.A. cover price.[34]

The complete issue was reprinted in with an additional half-cover featuring the Superman stamp from the U.S. Postal Service's "Celebrate the Century" commemorative stamp series along with a "First Day of Issue" cancellation. It was sold by the U.S. Postal Service, shrinkwrapped, for $[35]

The complete issue, save for the inside front, inside back, and outside back cover, was reprinted in as part of DC Comics' Millennium Edition series of reprints of famous DC comics.[36]

The , and reprints were published to the page-size standard of the – period, and not the larger page size utilized by Action Comics in [citation needed]

Relaunches[edit]

In September , DC Comics canceled all of its monthly books, and relaunched 52 new ongoing titles, with a completely new fictional continuity, an initiative branded The New [37] This included ending the original year run of Action Comics with issue #, October (on sale August 24, ). The first issue of Action Comics volume 2, with a cover date of November , went on sale September 7, [38]

The New 52 version of Action Comics #1 went through five printings. The fifth printing, which went on sale March 28, , is cover-dated May in both the UPC box on the cover and the indicia, with no mention of its original November cover date.[citation needed]

In , as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch, DC restored Action Comics' original numbering, releasing Action Comics vol. 1 # after Action Comics vol. 2 #[39] Subsequently, a commemorative poster celebrating 1, issues of Action Comics was released in , which retroactively listed all issues of the New 52Action Comics vol. 2 with their cumulative issue numbers. As a result, Action Comics vol. 2 #1 is now also considered to be Action Comics vol. 1 # overall.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

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What's Action Comics #1 worth in ?

The value of Action Comics #1 in Mint condition doesn’t exist that we know of.  If a CGC NM+ copy came up for sale, we think it could sell for $8 million to $10 million.  The highest graded copy (untouched by restoration artists) is a CGC VF/NM and sold for $ Million back in   Of the 72 copies graded by CGC, only 40 are considered unrestored (not modified from it’s original state in any way). Even in low grade, copies can fetch $, or more.  If you have a copy, someone will have to back up the Brinks Truck to buy it from you! If you’re looking for a copy, do your research, and be patient. It will take significant time to find a copy that you like at the price point that you want, especially if you’re looking for one that is unrestored.

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The first appearance of Superman really needs no introduction does it?  For those of you living on planet Mars, Action Comics #1 was created by Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster in and kicked off the superhero genre as we know it.  All Marvel/DC Superheroes and movies owe their origins to this issue where it all began. Lois Lane also was introduced in Action Comics #1, adding to the demand for this issue. There are estimated to be less than copies of Action Comics #1 left in existence out of a print run of ,  The combination of scarcity and demand for the first American Superhero has skyrocketed the value in recent years. If you think you have a copy of an original Action Comics #1, make sure you check the cover for the 10 cent sales price. If it doesn't have 10 cent on the cover, then you're looking at a reprint which is worth a small fraction of the original's value.

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