By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Recently, DC Comics celebrated the 75th anniversary of Batman, with some awesome remakes of the original Detective Comics #27. However, before the Dark Knight debuted in May of 1939, Superman came out in Action Comics #1 one year before, on June 1938. The Man of Steel has gone on to become arguably the most famous superhero of all time, and a high quality copy of the original Action Comics #1 recently sold for $3,207,852 on eBay!
That superhuman amount is the most money ever paid for a comic book, and it was sold by Darren Adams, owner of Pristine Comics. It was in such good condition, that the comic grader Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) gave it a 9.0 out of 10. Considering there’s only about 50-100 still in existence, and that this was only 1 of 2 with such a high grade, you can begin to understand why it fetched so huge a price. The other one was sold in 2011, by actor Nicolas Cage, for $2.1 million.
So, who shelled out that much money? I mean, $3.2 million is more green than… well… kryptonite! Details are scarce right now, but comic book collectors are definitely doing well these days, considering how popular Marvel and DC movies have become. “It’s a historic moment that not only speaks to the greatness of Adams’ Action Comics No. 1, but also the overall health of the comic book market,” explains Harshen Patel, CGC’s director of operations. “You see it with collectors enjoying record sales, with the performance of Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office, and with the attendance at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con this past week. It’s a dynamic time for the comic book industry and its future is very bright.”
Before Adams unleashed the record-breaking comic on the world, he kept it under wraps. “I actually held it for a few years – I was so excited about this book,” said Adams. “Most books have a history. . . but this book was totally off the grid, and nobody knew about it ’til I made it known.” He originally bought it for a seven-figure price from a guy who preserved it in a cedar chest up in the West Virginia mountains.
Images courtesy of eBay and DC Comics.