Sticker Shock

Superman Comic Sells for $1 million

The Man of Steel is also made of gold, apparently: A copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold for $1 million on February 22, a new record for a comic book. The 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1 was sold by a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom disclosed their names. Copies of the book previously sold for between $300,000 and $450,000, but this particular copy was in excellent condition—an 8 out of 10. “The fact that this book is completely unrestored and still has an 8.0 grade, it's kind of like a diamond or a precious stone. It's very rare,” said comic book enthusiast John Dolmayan. According to its cover, the coveted comic originally cost 10 cents. “It is still a little stunning to see ‘a comic book’ and ‘$1 million’ in the same sentence,” admitted Stephen Fishler, co-owner of, which conducted the auction.