How High Will Superman Fly on eBay? Superhero’s First Comicbook Up for Auction

Bids already have soared as high as $1.65 million on eBay for the first comicbook that introduced Superman to the masses.

A copy of “Action Comics No. 1” was put up for auction on eBay on Aug. 14, with parts of the final price going to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Bidding began at $1 million.

The auction can be accessed here. Bidding is restricted to pre-approved buyers only. Fifteen bids have been received so far.

Update: On Aug. 18, bidding had increased to $1.75 million.

Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent appears for the first time in the comicbook, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, that was published in June 1938, who fights crime in Metropolis as Superman.

Given that the copy is in mint condition — it garnered a 9.0 from the Certified Guaranty Co. — it could easily double the current asking price Aug. 24 when the auction ends.

Nicolas Cage previously paid $2.16 million for another copy of “Action Comics No. 1,” and received a 9.0 from the CGC.

“The quality and preservation of this Action No. 1 is astounding,” Paul Litch, CGC Primary Grader, said in a statement last month. “The book looks and feels like it just came off the newsstand. It is supple, the colors are deep and rich and the quality of the white pages is amazing for a comic that is 76 years old.”

Collectibles dealer Darren Adams is auctioning off the book, who calls it “the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.”

There are believed to be only 50 unrestored original copies of “Action Comics No. 1” still in existence.

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  1. Francis says:

    R.G., just watch the entire video. All your questions are answered. I’m all for people being skeptics, but do try to be an informed skeptic.

  2. R.G. says:

    how would one even know what the pages are if it’s incase in hard plastic? …please… anyone who knows what I know can recreate that book and pass it off as real even to the people of CGC ..they don’t know shit … no book from 1938 is in mint condition! Reason their were no plastic cases then nor plastic bags to store them in! so there is going to be some kind of wear even if it sit in a attic for years I know I had some comics sit for years and the pages just turn brown and some chip ….with no one reading them for 50 years…. yeah spend your money on comics in plastic cases mint pages from 1938 …yeah right!

  3. The mafia will buy it and whack the other 49. Seriously, though, worth every penny.

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