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A Million Dollars?!

February 23, 2010

Somebody has some very deep pockets.

“Action Comics” issue 1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold at auction this week for a million dollars.  One.  Million.  Dollars.  There are only about a hundred copies in existence, and only two in as good condition as the one that sold for a Dr. Evil punchline.  The identity of the buyer has not been revealed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Scrooge McDuck, Richie Rich, or Lex Luthor.

Here’s me back in 2003, at the San Diego Comic Con.  I remember seeing a copy of Action #1 behind glass and asking the dealer if I could take a picture of it (reassuring him that I would not use a flash).  To my absolute astonishment, he said “I have a better idea.  Why don’t I take a picture of you holding it?”

I was a CGC 8 back then. Out of 20. THANKYEW.

This copy was selling for a paltry $200,000.  I wish I could remember the condition… I was using a crappy digital camera back then (with a whopping 2.1 Megapixels) so I can’t make it out.  It didn’t help that I was probably vibrating out of sheer nerd joy.  Of course, this happened was back when they actually had comic book stuff at Comic-Con.  Now it’s mostly tweens crowding the place to catch a glimpse of whichever celebrity is there to plug their next half-finished movie.  To comic collectors, Action #1 is as big a celebrity as you can get.