Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

First Superman Comic Is Expected to Fetch Millions on eBay

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

First Superman Comic Is Expected to Fetch Millions on eBay

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How much would you spend on a comic book? What if that comic book were one of the rarest comic books in existence, and in fantastic condition?

Soon, enthusiasts and collectors will have the opportunity to bid on one such comic book, and the price is expected to shatter records for a comic book purchase.

The comic book in question is Action Comics #1, first published in June of 1938. The issue is known particularly for the first appearance of Superman.

Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, had his first outing in the issue. His image, raising a car above his head, makes the cover of Action Comics #1 instantly recognizable. The hero would go on from that first outing to set the standard for the superhero archetype in pop culture, and eventually become a household name across the nation and the world.

Any copy of Action Comics #1 is of interest to collectors, regardless of its condition. However, the book in question is not a tattered, faded comic. In fact, it is reported to be in amazing condition.

According to Cnet, the copy soon to be auctioned on eBay was rated by the Certified Guaranty Company, a well-known comic book quality rating company, as having a condition of 9.0 out of 10, the highest quality rating a copy of Action Comics #1 has ever received. The colors are said to be vibrant, and it even has white pages where most existing copies have long since yellowed.

Only about 50 unrestored copies are believed to exist, according to Cnet. Of those, this one is considered the best.

"The quality and preservation of this Action #1 is astounding," Paul Litch, CGC Primary Grader, said in a statement, according to Cnet. "The book looks and feels like it just came off the newsstand. It is supple, the colors are deep and rich and the quality of the white pages is amazing for a comic that is 76 years old."

The high quality and the rarity of the comic book means that this copy of Action Comics #1 could sell for as much as three million dollars, according to the Economic Times. That's quite a bit more than the comic's original selling price of 10 cents in 1938.

According to Today, the last Action Comics #1 was sold for over two million in 2011. …

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