Do you like Superman? How much? For $2 million, you can show your love and own a vintage copy of his first comic book story.
Action Comics No. 1 from June 1938, featuring the first ever appearance of Clark Kent (aka Superman) and Lois Lane, is available on eBay. The rare, original print comic went on the block on August 14 with a starting price of .99. As of this writing, the current bid is $1,750,200.00. The auction closes August 24 at 6PM PDT.
On the ebay page, you’ll find a statement from collectable dealer Darren Adams, who is auctioning the item:
“For sale here is the single most valuable comic book to ever be offered for sale, and is likely to be the only time ever offered for sale during many of our lifetimes. There are no second chances. This is a NO RESERVE auction.
This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is .... the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.
This particular copy is the nicest that has ever been graded, with an ASTONISHING grade of CGC 9.0 ! To date, no copies have been graded higher and only one other copy has received the same grade. It is fair to say though that this copy blows the other 9.0 out of the water. Compared to the other 9.0 that sold for $2.1million several years ago it has significant superior eye appeal, extremely vibrant colors and PERFECT WHITE PAGES. This means after 76 years the aging process has yet to begin. Truly this book is a museum piece. It is one of only two copies of this comic in ANY condition to ever be graded with the distinction of having White pages, the other being a CGC 2.5 !
If you are looking to purchase or invest in comic books this is without exaggeration the single best graded comic book that exists. It is the highest graded copy of the most sought after comic book in the hobby, and has the best possible page quality that can be assigned. If anyone has ever been curious what an Action Comics 1 looked like the day it came off of the newsstand 75 years ago, this is the answer.
This comic is the best of the absolute best and whoever wins this auction will be the envy of the entire hobby for many decades to come…
Adams turned down a flat offer of $3 million prior to the e-bay auction. I could not verify the reasoning behind this. We do know that a portion of the auction profits will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
If you don't have millions of dollars laying around but you're still interested in vintage comics, there are always more options. Local shops, like All About Comics on Central and Camelback or Drawn to Comics on 58th Ave and Glendale, frequently have forgotten treasures (or know someone who does).
Spoiler: Superman saves the day and goes on to have more adventures.