Superman's debut comic book issue sells for $1M

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mscriv, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas

    I grew up collecting comics in the 80's and 90's. I'm not surprised to see the first appearance of Superman fetch such a high price with the trend of superheroes and comic characters becoming more mainstream due to all of the movies that have hit in the past decade. Understandably, this is just a collector to collector sale, but hopefully it's good for the business as a whole.
  2. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    it's amazing that a comic book has a higher resale value than a BMW, Mercedes Benz, audi, or a ferrari......

    except for the case of a rare 1960's ferrari which sold for like $400 million i think.... not sure, but it's more than a million.
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I've never really understood the passion for collecting comic books or baseball cards. Just can't see why anyone would pay that kind of money for a comic book.
  4. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus

    That line really sums it up. Lots of money+rarity=big selling price. A lot of people enjoy owning "only 1 of 100 left in the world".

    Any bets on who bought it? The article says it was a "well known individual" in New York with a good collection already, and they already bought one of these in a lesser condition. I'm guessing Jerry Seinfeld, since he loves Superman, and has a lot of money. Does he still live in New York?
  5. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Would you agree a first edition of Shakespeare would be worth that much? I've read a fair bit of Shakespeare, and there's a lot of dry, turgid, impenetrable blather, with some damn good bits. But it sells for around £3 million a copy (around $5million).

    I would argue that Superman #1 has far more cultural relevance to today's USA than a Shakespeare #1. It lies deep in the beating heart of the national self-image of the world's global hyperpower, delineating the archetype of how America perceives itself, and the role it projects for itselfl, and the vocabulary that it uses on the public stage.

    $1 million easy.
  6. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    sort of off-topic, but you should read
    "the amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay" one of the best books i have read in quite a while.
  7. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    I am also thinking Mark Hammell when I read this. I know he has a huge collection and I can't remember if he had a number one or not.
  8. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    That is good to know. I should draw an original SuperHulk comic make a thousand copies then burn over 900 copies and say that there are only a few dozen on the planet left.

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