Superman #1 comic book – new record
A copy of Superman #1 has set a new record for the comic book at auction.
The unrestored "VG+ 4.5" graded copy sold for $358,500 at Heritage Auctions' November 17 comic book sale.
That surpasses the previous record of $299,000, set by a 4.0-graded example earlier this year. That is a clear example of the importance comic book collectors place on condition.
"Unrestored copies of this major key are very difficult to come by," says Heritage.
"We have never offered an unrestored copy graded better than 5.0, and the last time we saw one even in that grade was way back in 2007."
DC Comics published Superman #1 in the summer of 1939, but it was far from the first appearance of the Man of Steel.
That accolade goes to DC's Action Comics #1, published in June 1938. A 9.0-graded example auctioned on eBay for $3.2 million in 2014 – a record for a comic book.
Superman appeared in several further editions of Action Comics before he received his own title.
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