A copy of Action Comics #1 from April, 1938, the first appearance of Superman, was auctioned for $317,200. They say there are only about a hundred of that issue still in existence and they very seldom come up for auction. This particular copy was purchased by a nine year old boy in a used book store in the fifties for thirty-five cents. I love hearing these little gems. I never owned any Golden Age Comics like Action #1, but I did have complete runs of the very first Marvel Comics Titles and hundreds of fifties era DC comics. I ran afoul of my Mom when I was fourteen or fifteen and she tossed my collection. I was pretty annoying so I’m sure I had it coming; but it would be nice to have all those comics now.
I wish the comic book publishing giants could figure out a way to get the price down on today’s comics. $2.99 is about the cheapest you can buy today. It keeps kids from collecting comics in the numbers I did at 10 and 12 cents.
Here’s a link where you can actually page through Action Comics #1: