Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
A Year of Books
Account Services
Our Chelmsford shop
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Most expensive comic book ever is sold

1st December 2011

A first edition copy of the comic in which Superman made his debut has sold for a world record USD 2.16 million (GBP 1.4 million) at auction, with the seller widely rumoured to be actor Nicolas Cage.

The issue of Action Comics was first published in 1938 and featured the first ever glimpse of the Man of Steel, who has gone on to become arguably the world's most recognisable comic book character.

It was sold through the internet auction site ComicConnect with a starting bid of just USD 1, though the offers soon began to roll in as word started to spread about the rarity and excellent condition of the comic.

It is widely believed that Cage was the person selling the comic, as the listing described it as having been thought lost until being discovered in a storage shed - exactly like Cage's copy of the issue.

Only a handful of mint condition copies of Action Comics Number 1 are believed to have survived, with a tatty issue selling for USD 1.5 million in March last year.

Cage, who bought his copy for USD 150,000 in 1997, was once in talks to portray the Man of Steel when a reboot of the Superman film franchise was in development in the 1990s, but the project fell through.

© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close