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Action Comics #1 Sells For Record $3.2-Million On eBay

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After a whirlwind of bidding activity, a 9.0-graded copy of Action Comics #1 sold on eBay yesterday for a whopping $3.2-million, the most ever paid for a comic book (another copy sold in 2011 for $2.1-milllion). For reference, I typically buy comics in the $3 - $5 range and can barely afford to eat out of vending machines.

The auction started on August 14 with a bid of $1 million and then gradually flew ever higher over the next 10 days, drawing in 13 different bidders with a total of 48 bids. The action truly heated up over the final few minutes as the bidding quickly jumped from $2.5 million to $2.6 million to $2.7 million before shooting up to $3,207,752. But at virtually the last few seconds, the winning bidder automatically soared in with an offer of $3,207,852 to take home the prize collectible.


The Action Comics No. 1 that sold on eBay on Sunday is considered the "holy grail" of comic books not just for its status in history but for its condition. The issue was awarded a grade of 9.0 from the Certified Guaranty Company, the highest grade ever assigned to a copy of Action Comics #1 issue by CGC and a sign that the 76-year-old comic is still in top condition.

"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."

Only around 50 unrestored original copies of Action Comics No. 1 reportedly still exist.

Damn, a 76-year old comic book that was graded a 9.0? That's no joke. I suspect somebody managed to get their hands on a time machine and is bringing the comics back from the past. Basically the opposite of what happened in Back To The Future II. If you had a time machine, would you go to the past or future first? That was a trick question, I'd knock you the f*** out and steal it before you ever had the chance to go anywhere.

Keep going for a couple more shots and a video of the comic.

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Thanks to BRION, mag0984 and J Ellis, whose entire comic collections total a couple hundred bucks.

There are Comments.
  • Guest

    I'll give you 4 ... no wait 5 whole pounds for it and a used rubber glove... btw can you lend me £10?

  • This just kinda solidifies comics as fetish properties where they will become investments again and we will see the same damn thing that happened in the 90's where everyone starts hoarding comics to pay for their retirement, and all we needed to complete the circle is another company to play the part of Image Comics and their many subcategories who will print endless numbers of variant covers etc...

    I just, I don't know...this honestly kinda bothers me and I cant quite put my finger on the why of it, aside from maybe some lingering feelings of people invading something I love and then destroying it...like Bay and Transformers or shirts with the words "I love nerds" silk screened on them, it just smacks of intruder and that part of me that wants everything to stay the same shudders a bit.

  • Johnny Freakin Call

    Comparing this comic (and Detective Comics #27) to the 90s run on gimmick comics and ignorant people's eating them up isn't quite the same thing. Comics published in the 90s are still worth about the same as they were then. There will never be another comic that will ever compare to Action Comics #1 or Detective Comics #27 when it comes to their value, scarcity and impact on the culture of comic books.

    As for Bay and the Transformers (and everything else that's been "retold" or rebooted") ... These stories should be retold for a new generation of fans. Some of these aren't perfect (and will never be for some of us) but we can look forward to someone else coming along at some point and "rebooting" them again.

    And while I'm on a soapbox... Some things don't need a reboot. No one needs to be reminded that Superman is an alien just as no one needs to be reminded that Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered when he was a child. DC's movie run of two steps forward and two steps back is annoying and does nothing to expand the mythos of these characters. Tell new stories, don't rehash the same one every decade.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    In this case this is a piece of comics history. So it is valuable like a 10 000 years old shoe in good conditions is. Even if said shoe is not that good to use it is a valuable piece of history.

  • Oh certainly, I don't mean to dismiss it, because it is very important culturally for sure, I just have misgivings about the value of "things" sometimes and this just has me a bit uneasy is all.

  • iofo61

    Pffftt, you could torrent that joint for free and buy like a hundred Ferraris with the difference.

  • Daisy Daisington

    FAKE! You can tell it's fake cuz the shadows are all wrong!
    This is just like that movie "Kentsville" where two international villains are bidding for a nuke from the Russians, and one overpays by a mile! In the end, Max Cooperman turns out to be the winning bidder! And he drops the nuke into the Aleutian trench.

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