Superman Hits A Million

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Action Comic No.1 originally cost 10 cents. That was in 1938. Now a rare pristine copy (one of 100 in existence) has sold for a million dollars to an undisclosed collector, creating a new world record. This is particularly annoying to me, as I used to have Spiderman issues 1 -100 in perfect condition when I was a kid, before I decided to tear off the covers and wallpaper my bedroom with them.

Not content with doing something this stupid, years later I moved to the US for a few years and before I went I gave away my entire collection of underground comics, featuring rarities by Crumb, Corben, Shelton et al. There was a small consolation. Years after that, I had a lovely French agent who was married to Gilbert Shelton, and he sent me a signed set of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers as a gift.

All horror stories about giving away valuable books here.

6 comments on “Superman Hits A Million”

  1. Allan Lloyd says:


    I went through a spell in my teens buying first early DCs then Marvels. I had loads of early SpiderMan, Fantastic Four and X Men, and long runs of JLA, Green Lantern, Flash etc all from 1963 to about 1967. I stored them in an old oak chest by my bed. My mother decided that I was too old for comics, and didn’t really approve of reading anyway, so went through the stacks and gave away over half of them at random. It must have been quite difficult because she disrupted all the long runs that I owned.

    A few years ago I was feeling hard up and needed to replace the bathroom, so I sold the remaining comics for about £800 and spent the money on the bathroom, so you could say that all my comics ended up going down the toilet.

    I did keep a few early Marvels and they will stay with me until the paper rots.


  2. Stan says:

    Back in the early 1980s, I gave a ‘friend’ a whole stack of 2000ADs I’d collected (I can’t remember why). I put them in a bag for him to carry and when he left my house, he saw a bus coming and, deciding that he wouldn’t make it, slung them in a nearby bin and ran for it. I found this out later and couldn’t believe it. And I still can’t!

    I kept all American Marvel comics in bags (sad). They’re sealed in a box in my loft so I can’t look at them…but I couldn’t bring myself to sell them either.

  3. Tearing the covers off to paper your…?

    Oh. No… O______o’

  4. Evelyn Sawyer says:

    “Star Wars Weekly” in the late 70s, every issue from issue 1 until not sure when. Took up too much room, parents asked me to get rid of them in the early 80s, gave them to my cousin who burnt them for kindling. She read them all first, which is a small consolation now, I guess. They may not be valuable now, to be honest I daren’t look….

  5. Mike Cane says:

    Oh let’s not good down this road. It’s just heartbreaking. But keep in mind things fetch high prices because of their rarity. So if every copy of Action #1 had been kept … it’d be worth a dime today. OK, a dollar.

    I was shocked by the $1M sale. I remember when it made big, big news back in the 1970s — for selling to someone for US$1,000!

  6. Chris Tandy says:

    I can only assume, ironically, that my (near) complete run of ‘Vole’ magazine (1970s and quintessentially British) will only be worth having, from a pecuniary viewpoint, if I consign them all to the recycling centre. Then I can rue the day I binned them.
    After all, unless you are purely concerned with swapping such ephemera for a load of money, they are possibly better memories than they are slowly fading and crumpling comics, kept in an attic and rarely referred to.

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