Copy of “Action Comics” #1, First Superman Comic, Sells for Record $6 Million

A copy of Action Comics #1, which features the first appearance of iconic superhero Superman, recently sold for $6 million at an auction organized by Heritage Auctions. It is the highest price ever paid for a comic.

Action Comics #1 was originally released in 1938 and marked the beginning of the superhero genre. It is considered the most coveted comic book among collectors due to its rarity and the fact that it is the first time Superman, created by writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, was unveiled to the world. Several other notable characters appear in the comic, including Superman’s love interest, Lois Lane, and the magician superhero Zatara.

It is estimated that 200,000 copies of Action Comics #1 were printed, with only around 100 remaining. The one sold by Heritage Auctions was notable for being in exceptionally good condition. It received a CGC grade of 8.5, the third-biggest grade given to an unrestored version. There are two copies graded 9.0, which are in the hands of a private collector.

Even the lower-graded copies of Action Comics #1 have been known to fetch significant amounts of money. Just last year, a buyer paid $3.56 million for a copy graded 6.0.