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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse25 Aug 2014 3:06 p.m. PST

…Sold for $3.2 USD Million on eBay.

"A nearly perfect copy of Action Comics No. 1—aka the debut of Superman—sold for a record-setting $3.2 USD million on eBay, another example of iconic comics selling for house-in-the-Hamptons amounts of cash.

The sale of the 1938 book, by Federal Way, Wash. comic book shop owner Darren Adams, handily topped the 2011 sale of an equally pristine copy of the volume for $2.16 USD million. The price sets a new benchmark for a comic book sale on eBay, and suggests stratospheric prices for the most coveted comics like Action Comics No. 1 and Detective Comics No. 27 (which marked Batman's debut) aren't returning to Earth anytime soon.

"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," Harshen Patel, director of operations for the Certified Guaranty Company, which gave the comic a near-perfect grade of 9.0, said in a statement. "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."…"
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Ron W DuBray25 Aug 2014 3:19 p.m. PST

sad because its not that good a comic story or art work

Streitax25 Aug 2014 4:21 p.m. PST

Nice to have that kind of money to spend on a comic book, or anything else, for that matter.

45thdiv25 Aug 2014 6:33 p.m. PST

You could have bought a lot of showcase grade painted armies for that much. And terrain, and a large game room…..

napthyme25 Aug 2014 7:15 p.m. PST

for that kind of money you could have a two story game room with pool, bar, and professional kitchen.

piper90925 Aug 2014 10:25 p.m. PST

Heh! Just this past weekend I was reading an old Action Comic from 1966 and in the letters column the editor mentioned a recent comic book convention -- these were just beginning to happen -- where "old" (that meant 20-25 years then) comics could be bought, sold, and traded. He described how you might even find a copy of Action #1 at one of these -- he knew of one that had sold for (gasp!) $40 USD! (At a time when a new comic cost (wow!) 12 cents.)

I suspect that whoever bought that $40 USD comic back then is a happy camper today if he or she still has it. You could fund a pretty nice retirement.

CeruLucifus25 Aug 2014 11:33 p.m. PST

I heard an interview with the seller; this is one of the most perfect copies known to exist. The original buyer happened to store it with a stack of other books at high altitude in a tight cedar chest; this is ideal for preserving paper. From his estate it went to a comic dealer who knew how to protect it.

piper90929 Aug 2014 10:23 p.m. PST

"protect" = sell for big bucks!

piper90929 Aug 2014 10:27 p.m. PST

Disclaimer: I sold a coverless and torn, but complete, Detective 27 (first appearance of "the Bat-Man") for $600 USD back in 1986, before the Batman movie franchise caused the value of all Batman items to leap. I've been flogging myself ever since for not sitting idle for a year or two. But back then, who was to know? No eBay. There wasn't any guide price for a coverless but historic comic like that, so I asked for a third of what the guide price was for a complete copy in Good condition, and felt it was a fair price then. But with hindsight, it was a stupid move.

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