Date
23 August 2017
Superman is tops at the box office with Man Of Steel (right) and on eBay with the launch edition (left) going for US$3.2 million. Photos: DC Comics, Warner Brothers
Superman is tops at the box office with Man Of Steel (right) and on eBay with the launch edition (left) going for US$3.2 million. Photos: DC Comics, Warner Brothers

Superman debut edition punches through US$3.2 mln

Trust Superman to punch through the record books.

For instance, Man Of Steel, the last installment of the action comics series, topped all box office records in the history of the franchise with a worldwide gross of US$291 million in 2013, according to Box Office Mojo, a Hollywood film statistics provider.

Now comes Action Comics No. 1, which, as the name implies, launched the Superman mania.

In 1938, a copy of the debut edition cost 10 cents. It just went for US$3.2 million on eBay, according to BBC News.

Only about 50 unrestored originals are thought to have survived and this one was described as the most immaculate.

New York dealer Metropolis Comic bought it, beating the previous record of US$2.16 million set by another copy of the same comic in 2011.

The latest copy to be sold was given a nine out of 10 rating for its condition and has white pages, according to independent comic book grader Certified Guaranty Co.

It had been kept in a cedar chest in a home in West Virginia after being bought in 1938, according to seller Darren Adams.

After the owner’s death, the family sold it to a dealer in the early 1980s and it was eventually sold to Adams, who runs the Pristine Comics shop in Washington state, the report said.

Stephen Fishler of Metropolis Comics told the Associated Press the opportunity was “just too good of an opportunity to pass up”.

“It’s hard to believe that a kid’s 10 cent comic could be worth that much money.” 

It’s Superman after all.

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