In April 1938, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster introduced Superman to the masses and Hollywood has been trying to make a decent Supes movie ever since. Har, har.
The Man of Steel first appeared in Action Comics #1, and today it’s almost impossible to find a copy of the book. This is akin to a rare baseball card, but it’s pop cultural significance is that much greater. Superheros weren’t invented with Superman, but in terms of iconography there may be no greater creation.
Strange things do happen, and the valuable issue — in good condition, no less — has come to light. (The owner purchased it in 1960 when he was 9 years old. It cost him 35 cents.)
The book goes up for auction Feb. 27 on ComicConnect.com. Bidding starts at $1. There’s no telling how high it will go, but Action Comics #1 is estimated to be worth $126,000 in “fine condition.” So extrapolate what you will from that. Experts expect it to sell for more.
Depending on how the bidding goes, it wouldn’t surprise me if this sold for mid-six-figures. The auction closes on March 13. If, like me, you can only dream of such a precious collectors item, you can always read the comic online.