Published On: Sun, Feb 22nd, 2015

Five years ago ‘Action comics #1’ sold for $1 million

Action Comics #1 first appearance of SupermanThe first appearance of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Action Comics #1 changed the world and five years ago on this day, the world was reminded of the comic book’s significance as it sold in auction for $1 million.

Superman’s tale was only the first thirteen pages in the book with eleven total short stories.

The first issue had a print run of 200,000 copies, which promptly sold out, although it took some time for the publisher to realize that the “Superman” strip was responsible for sales of the series that would soon approach 1,000,000 a month.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page, for a total of $130 for their work on this issue.

On February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 CGC Grade 8.0 sold at auction for $1 million, becoming the first million-dollar comic book.

The sale, by an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer, was through the Manhattan-based auction company ComicConnect.com.

More recently, at the 2014 New York Comic Con, Vincent Zurzolo of Metropolis Collectibles purchased a CGC 9.0 copy of Action Comics #1 for $3.2 million.

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