An unique print version of the comedian guide that launched Superman bought at public sale this week for a record-breaking $6 million.

The sale occurred on Thursday, kicking off a four-day uncommon comedian guide public sale organized by Texas-based Heritage Auction. The public sale home described the uncommon discover, Action Comics No. 1, printed in June 1938, as one of many best copies on this planet of the prized concern. 

As is customary with most public sale homes, Heritage didn’t disclose the vendor or purchaser.  

The $6 million sale surpasses the earlier document of Superman #1 that sold privately in 2022 for $5.3 million. 

“Thursday was a historic day for a historic comedian guide, and we anticipated no much less,” Heritage Vice President Barry Sandoval told Barrons. “The first session of this four-day occasion will surpass $15 million — and we’ve not touched the comedian artwork that begins Friday, with quite a few items of significance forthcoming. Maybe there may be extra historical past nonetheless to be made.”

Million-dollar gross sales of unique tremendous hero comedian books have develop into extra widespread in latest historical past, with a replica of Captain America’s first concern promoting for $3.1 million in 2022, and the primary ever Marvel comedian promoting for $1.2 million in 2019. In 2021, Heritage additionally auctioned a top quality copy of Batman #1 for $2.2 million. 

Devout superhero followers take into account Action Comics No. 1 as one of many rarest and most influential comics ever printed — one which launched maybe essentially the most well-known superhero in popular culture.

In it, a new child child boy is nestled into an area capsule by his father who then units the vessel’s vacation spot to Earth. Just moments after the infant is launched into area, his residence planet of Krypton erupts violently, killing all of its inhabitants. The child’s capsule crash lands on Earth and a motorist driving by occurs to note it.

The early story that later introduced us Clark Kent and Superman loved intense recognition between 1938 and 1956, a time-frame comedian guide specialists seek advice from because the Golden Age. 

“Without Superman and Action Comics No. 1, who is aware of whether or not there ever would have been a Golden Age of comics — or if the medium would have develop into what it’s at this time,” Sandoval mentioned in a press release Thursday earlier than the sale.

Superman has been the central determine in 1000’s extra comedian books, in addition to tv reveals, merchandise, cartoon sequence and films. Actors George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Henry Cavill, and Tyler Hoechlin have portrayed the Man of Steel both on TV or in movie. David Corenswet is about to take the Superman mantle in James Gunn’s upcoming movie “Superman Legacy” in 2025. 

Only 200,000 copies of Action Comics No. 1 have been printed in 1938 and there is doubtless solely 100 copies of them in existence at this time, according to Certified Guaranty Company, the Florida-based comedian guide grading service. Of these 100 surviving copies, 78 are in adequate situation to be bought or auctioned, in response to CGC.