Rare 1938 Superman Comic Sells for Nearly $1 Million in Dallas

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DALLAS — A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman fetched nearly a million dollars at auction in Dallas Thursday.

The 1938 book was originally estimated to go for around $750,000, but quickly shot to $956,000 during Heritage Auction’s public auction of vintage comic books and comic art.

Not bad for a comic book that first sold for 10¢ when it debuted back in the day. Certified Guaranty Co. had graded this copy a 5.5 on a scale of 1-10, which we hope means it was well read enjoyed by fans before becoming an investment.

The sale set a new record for Action Comics No. 1; around 100 copies of Action Comics No. 1 are expected to still exist.

Heritage says the book came from an unidentified east coast fan who bought it in the 1990s for $26,000. This most recent buyer also did not want to be identified.

Perhaps he’s hiding his true identity?

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