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Superman's debut comic book sells for $1 million

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A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold on Monday for $1 million, smashing the previous record price for a comic book.

A 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, widely considered the Holy Grail of comic books, was sold by a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom released their names. The issue features Superman lifting a car on its cover and originally cost 10 cents.

The transaction was conducted by the auction site ComicConnect.com. Stephen Fishler, co-owner of the site and its sister dealership, Metropolis Collectibles, orchestrated the sale.

Owners of the website said the comic book was first published in June 1938 and introduced the crime-fighting superhero to fans, describing how he was born on a different planet and came to Earth. It also introduces his alter ego Clark Kent's love interest, Lois Lane.

Fishler said the comic is one of only around 100 in existence and that a scant two or three are in a similar unrestored, high-grade condition.

"If not this book, it may be 10 or 20 years before another one like it would be offered," Fishler said.

Fishler said the book was last on the market 15 years ago when it fetched $150,000.

The current buyer remained anonymous.

Fishler said the deal transpired minutes after the issue was put on sale. He said that the seller was a "well-known individual" in New York with a pedigree collection and that the buyer was a known customer who previously bought an Action Comics No. 1 of lesser grade.


1. What superhero is featured in the comic?

2. How much did it sell for?

3. When was the comic book first published?


1. Superman.

2. $1 million.

3. June 1938.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Superman's debut comic book sells for $1 million

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Superman's debut comic book sells for $1 million

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.