Up, up and they pay: $2.6M winning bid for Superman #1 comic

A copy of Superman #1 sold for $2.6 million on December 16. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

A copy of Superman #1 sold for $2.6 million on December 16. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

NEW YORK (AP) – A rare copy of a Superman #1 comic book that sold on newsstands for a dime in 1939 was purchased recently at auction for $2.6 million.

The comic, showing Superman leaping over tall buildings on the cover, was sold on December 16 to a buyer who wishes to maintain a secret identity, according to ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company.

Consignor Mark Michaelson holds the copy of Superman #1 that later sold for $2.6 million. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

Consignor Mark Michaelson holds the copy of Superman #1 that later sold for $2.6 million. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

The seller, Mark Michaelson, bought the comic in 1979 from its original owner and kept it in a temperature-controlled safe. Now semi-retired and living in Houston, Michaelson paid his way through college by buying and selling comics.

The Superman character created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster is a pioneer of the superhero genre, and comics featuring the Man of Steel have netted super prices recently. ComicConnect announced in April that a copy of Action Comics #1, the comic that introduced Superman in 1938, sold for $3.25 million.

“Now you look at the comic books and you go ‘superheroes everywhere.’ You look back in the ’30s, there was no such thing. So this was literally the first superhero,” said ComicConnect CEO Stephen Fishler.

Fishler said what really makes the copy sold on December 16 notable is that it is very difficult to find high-quality copies of Superman #1.

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