Rare Superman comic hits eBay, expected to set records

Chris Morris
Action Comics #1
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's worth how much, exactly?

Action Comics #1, the comic that introduced the world to Superman, is commanding some super prices on eBay.

A collector has put his copy of the 1938 comic up for bid on eBay, and buyers have already put the price at $1.75 million with six days left. Given how frenzied auction bidding gets at the very end, there's a good chance this particular comic could become the most expensive ever sold.

Action Comics No. 1 is the holy grail among comic collectors. There are less than 100 in existence these days, and the majority of those aren't in great condition.

The one currently on eBay, however, is one of the good ones.

It’s being sold by Darren Adams, owner of Washington's Pristine Comics. That’s an accurate adjective for his copy of Action Comics No. 1, one of only two copies of the comic to receive a 9.0 rating from the Certified Guaranty Company, the gatekeeper of quality rare comics.

Actor Nicolas Cage formerly owned the other 9.0. He sold it in 2011 for $2.16 million, the current record price for a comic.

But that record might not last.

"The quality and preservation of this Action No. 1 is astounding," Paul Litch, CGC Primary Grader, said in a statement last month. "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."

Adams is certainly hoping for a sales record. He claims to have turned down a $3 million offer for the book recently, convinced he can make more on eBay. To avoid people trolling the auction and artificially driving up the price, eBay and Adams are only taking bids from pre-approved bidders.

And because Adams is apparently something of a Superman himself, a portion of the money raised will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Need a history of the book itself? Use your x-ray vision on this video:

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