Superman's Debut Comic Sells for $1 Million


Byline: George Gene Gustines

February 23, 2010

Up, up and away! The comics blogosphere has been buzzing over the sale on Monday of a copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first appearance of Superman, right. The price: $1 million. Interest in the sale generated enough traffic to bring down the Web site of the seller, Comic Connect, which posted a note explaining, “Due to the exceedingly high volume of traffic, the site has been temporarily replaced with this news article about the record selling comic.” The sale breaks the record of $317,200 from last March when Comic Connect sold another copy of Action No. 1, but in a lower-grade condition. Only 100 copies of Action No. 1 are believed to still exist. “Comic books are now in the same realm as fine art, one-of-a-kind jewels and antiques,” Vincent Zurzolo, chief operating officer and co-owner of Comic Connect, said. “If you look at the impact that a piece of fine art has on the world, compared to the impact that Superman has had, I think you would have to say more people know Superman.” A big question among comics fans is, Who made the purchase? Alas, “both customers want to retain their secret identities,” Mr. Zurzolo said of the buyer and seller.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: February 25, 2010
A report in the “Arts, Briefly” column on Wednesday about the $1 million sale of a copy of the comic book in which Superman first appeared referred incorrectly to the transaction. The comic was offered for sale on a Web site for a fixed price of $1 million; it was not auctioned.

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