Comic book trading website ComicConnect.com posted a rare first edition Superman comic book on their site this week, and within one minute the special copy sold for $1 million. Someone really wanted that damn comic book.
Vincent Zurzolo and Stephen Fishler, co-founders of the website, always wanted to one day sell a comic book for a million dollars (what a life goal). On behalf of an unnamed collector, ComicConnect.com posted the Action Comics #1, the 1938 comic that features the first appearance of Superman, online Monday, and achieved their goal. Another unnamed bidder nabbed the book moments later.
The $1 million sale is a new record, three times higher than the previous record for most expensive comic book ever sold — $317,200 in 2009.
The New York-based company says that this “rarest of the rare” comic book has been in private collection for more than 15 years. There are only about 100 copies still in existence of Action Comics #1, so they expect this million-dollar copy to hibernate again for many more years once turned over to the muckety-muck that shelled out big money for it.
But have no fear! If you desire to see this special comic book for yourself, ComicConnect.com is holding onto the copy for viewing this week only at its showroom (873 Broadway, Suite 201, 212-895-3999) before turning it over to its new owner, who is of course not us, or you.
It’s one of the last hard-copy comics you’ll probably ever get to see or read before you start downloading them on your iPad.