‘Action Comics’ #1, released in 1938 introduced the world to Superman, the Last Son of Krypton, a being who indeed lived up to his name, possessing incredible strength and other abilities, garbed in a skin-tight blue uniform with a red cape… making him the first super hero ever.
He was followed by Batman in 1939 and following that, a slew of colorful adventurers up to today. But ‘Action Comics’ #1 was what started it all. Considering its age, fewer than 50 unrestored copies are believed to remain in existence today, but one such copy, described as the finest copy known to exist can now be yours!
The issue, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is currently being auctioned off on eBay by collectibles dealer Darren Adams. Th auction is underway and will run until August 24th. This single issue is rated 9.0 by the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), which is the highest grade a copy of ‘Action Comics’ #1 has ever received.
Previously, the CGC assigned the same ranking to a copy of ‘Action Comics’ #1, but that copy had cream colored pages, while the one currently up for auction has white pages and is considered in pristine condition.
“The quality and preservation of this Action #1 is astounding,” said Paul Litch, CGC Primary Grader. “The book looks and feels like it just came off the newsstand. It is supple, the colors are deep and rich and the quality of the white pages is amazing for a comic that is 76 years old.”
He further added:
“There was a gentleman in 1938, buys a copy … off the newsstand. And he lived in a fairly high altitude area of West Virginia and kept the book in a cedar chest. [This is] not just a copy of ‘Action Comics’ No. 1 [but] the copy of ‘Action Comics’ No. 1.”
The previous copy sold for $2,161,000 in 2011.
Gene Cook, General Manager of Emerging Verticals for eBay Marketplaces expressed, “This is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire the most valuable comic book in existence and we look forward to sharing a piece of pop culture history with the global eBay community of 149 million buyers.”
As of this writing, the bidding of this book is up to $1,750,200.00, but with just a few short days to go, that’s sure to skyrocket.
If you’d like to place a bid, click here. (Also, message me so I can give you my private number.)
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
You can view a promotional video below:
Source: The Hollywood Reporter