Zap! Pow! Bam! Superman Wins Comic Books Wars
First Superman Comic Pulverizes Previous Records with $1,500,000 Sale
The saga continues. And once again, Superman has bested Batman as the world’s most valuable
ComicConnect.com, one of the industry’s leading online
auction/consignment sites, has
sold the #1
of the world’s #1 comic book—Action Comics #1, which marks Superman’s 1938 debut—for a whopping $1,500,000.
This follows on the heels of last month’s unprecedented sale of the first ever million dollar comic, another rare
copy of Action Comics #1, also sold by ComicConnect.com. Shortly thereafter, a copy of the first Batman comic book,
Detective Comics #27, sold for $1,075,000—perhaps boosted by Superman’s record-breaking sale.
Holy Kryptonite…can comic book values possibly go any higher?
“This new record will be hard to break,” says ComicConnect.com co-owner and COO, Vincent Zurzolo. “Because this
particular Action Comics #1 is literally the single most valuable comic book on the planet.”
That’s because this Action Comics #1 is the only one in existence with a grading of 8.5. By comparison, the
$1,000,000 Action Comics #1 is graded 8.0. That small difference translates to big bucks when it comes to comic book
For most collectors, the $1,500,000 Superman comic is the ultimate object of desire. The comic has been legendary
since it blasted out of obscurity in the late 1980’s. Even its discovery is the stuff of dreams.
For 50 years, the comic book was buried in a stack of old movie magazines from the 1930s. When the magazines were
sold at a antique auction in Pittsburgh, the buyer was surprised to find Superman keeping company with Clark Gable
and Joan Crawford.
“Because it was tucked inside a magazine, it was well protected all those years,” says Stephen Fishler, founder of
ComicConnect.com and its affiliate, Metropolis Collectibles (metropoliscomics.com), the world’s largest vintage comic
“That’s why it’s in such remarkable condition.”
The lucky buyer knew the value of his find. He brought the book, unannounced, to a New York comic convention, where
he waved it around, offering it to the highest bidder. Fishler was there.
“What a ruckus,” remembers Fishler, who created the 10-point grading scale now used universally to evaluate the
condition of comic books.
“One minute, no one knew it existed…the next minute, everyone was dying to own it.”
In the years that followed, the comic book was bought and sold several times by various collectors, breaking records
along the way. For the last 17 years, it had been in the possession of a single, established collector, who—after
receiving numerous offers over the years—sold it to Fishler and Zurzolo. They in turn resold it on ComicConnect.com.
It’s fair to assume that the new owner belongs to what Zurzolo and Fishler describe as the latest generation of comic
“Some of today’s most successful entrepreneurs were yesterday’s comic geeks,” observes Zurzolo, who started his own
career at the age of 16, selling comics on the streets of Manhattan.
“They don’t want a Van Gogh or Picasso. They want collectibles that mean something to them. Our society is built on
pop culture. Superman, Spider-Man, Batman…they’re the icons now.”
So will comic book values continue to soar? Absolutely, according to Fishler and Zurzolo.
In that case, could another comic book—say, a Batman or Spider-Man—eclipse the $1,500,000 mark? It’s unlikely, at
least any time soon. Because if Action Comics #1 is considered the Holy Grail of comic books—and it is—then this
represents the holiest of Holy Grails.
“Think about it,” says Fishler. “For two decades, the highest-graded copy of the world’s most valuable comic book—the
subject of countless speculation and the target of countless offers—remained out of reach.”
“It would take a miracle to shake it loose. And that’s exactly what happened. The recent, record-breaking string of
million dollar comic sales was the catalyst. And once it entered the arena, there was no question it would become the
most expensive comic book ever sold.”
And so, Superman one again reigns as the supreme defender of truth, justice, and the American way. All’s right with