Superman comic sells privately for record $3.25M

A copy of ‘Action Comics 1’ sold privately for $3.25 million, a new record

A copy of ‘Action Comics’ No 1 has sold privately for $3.25 million, a new world record for a private sale of the title. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

NEW YORK (AP) – 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 No 1 went for $3.25 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 2014 for slightly more than $3.2 million.

Published in 1938, the comic “really is the beginning of the superhero genre,” said ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo, who brokered the sale.

 ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo with the record-setting comic book


ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo with the record-setting comic book. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

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

The seller of this particular issue bought the comic in 2018 for slightly more than $2 million.

Zurzolo said that while there were hundreds of thousands of copies initially published, it’s estimated only about 100 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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