First Superman comic up for bid


31 Responses to “First Superman comic up for bid”

  1. buddy66 says:

    My Uncle Austin bought this for me when I was 8 years old. Imagine that. I once held $400, 000 in my hands. I also had Detective Comics #27, the Bat Man’s first appearance. I must have been a millionaire between the ages of 8 and 12. How money slips away…

  2. Telecustard says:

    I’ve seen this cover many times, and always wonder why he’s smashing a car into rocks. Is he committing a terrorist act? Let’s see, he’s using civilian transport as improvised weapon, hysterical people are fleeing in terror, and I’m guessing whoever he bashed with the car has been crushed into jelly, and so, was not drawn.
    Would the distinctive uniform with the clearly identifiable symbol on the front confer lawful combatant status?

  3. The Bus says:

    Any of you chaps go to the Met this summer? They had an exhibit of superhero costumes and bafflingly, off to one side copies of this comic, Amazing Fantasy #15, and a host of others (Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman). I never thought I’d see them in person.

  4. AlmostReadytoFly says:


    Having read some early Superman stories, I’d guess the driver is a wicked criminal who did something heinous like cutting Superman up in traffic.

  5. 05cutie says:

    they have first superman, me i have the death of superman who wants to buy

  6. Teller says:

    Dear Forum,
    I’ve been having carnal relations with my neighbor’s Merino ewe since last March. Is paper still the preferred gift for a First Anniversary? Also, where can I purchase Svetlana KT88 output vacuum tubes for my McIntosh MC275 power amplifier?
    Sincerely, D. K., Blanchard, ID.

  7. saywow123 says:

    Wow, my Dad had one of these he had found in the trash in the 1980s in mint condition…sold it in the late 80′s for $8000…would have should have. Didn’t realize there’s only 100. Wow, what a story…can’t wait to see what it goes for. Wish I had it now…

  8. Felton says:

    Is that a fractal ewe?

  9. zuzu says:

    Has someone notified Jerry Seinfeld?

  10. kmoser says:

    Imagine what the original artwork would sell for.

  11. Bender says:

    The guy on the lower left is just so classic. Maybe the most famous expression in the history of comics.

  12. hobomike says:

    100 copies?

    Not exactly rare if you know what I mean.
    Let’s do the math: $400,000 x 100 = $40,000,000!

    You might be able to buy the rights to Superman for that much!

  13. Takuan says:

    oh! is THAT what that is? I suppose I should take it out from under that leaky radiator then, but it did stop the drip from spreading.

  14. Takuan says:

    hmph! that triggered a host of olfactory memories; radiator dust, radiator paint, the peculiar smell of radiator water when you cracked the valve, coal, coal dust, the furnace scent, the burlap of the coal sacks, October fog redolent with coal smoke and firecrackers and Halloween candy giving way to Japanese oranges in little wooden crates of still fresh smelling pine, Christmas before you knew it,

    oh yes, comic books, they had a unique odour when ankle deep in the dozens if not hundreds…

  15. Steven Stwalley says:

    The 100 copies is a figure that no one could possibly know, and was apparently pulled out of someones ass. Golden age comic books are all rare. I am skeptical that there are only 100 of these, but your guess is as good as mine… and probably better than the joker who made up the 100 copy estimate.

  16. pilcrow says:

    $400,000? Makes me wonder how easy it would be to create unscrupulous forgeries. I’m guessing it wouldn’t be difficult.

  17. Takuan says:

    comic book guy Hank Azaria? He’s quite something in person. The vocal talent really is remarkable.

  18. Zak says:

    I worked at a shop that had one of those for sale. It was 25 years ago, and I don’t remember what the asking price was. It sure as hell wasn’t $400,000. Though the copy we had wasn’t quite that well preserved.

    As for the ’100 copies’ thing, it’s probably based on the number of copies known to be for sale through collector’s circles, but it still seems awfully low to me. ‘Course, I really don’t know. It’s been 20 years since I worked in a comic shop, and even then I was in charge of back issues of Playboy and Penthouse.

  19. Takuan says:

    Penthouse? you must know about all my letters then!

  20. Manooshi says:

    I just looked at an ‘artifact’ with that exact cover the other day at my mother’s house. It seems to almost be varnished onto a piece of wood. It initially belonged to my older brother when he was a young boy, which would mean we’ve had it at least 30-35 years.

  21. jccalhoun says:

    $400,000? Makes me wonder how easy it would be to create unscrupulous forgeries. I’m guessing it wouldn’t be difficult.
    probably not any harder than making 4000 $100 bills and circulating them.

    The one in this picture has been graded and put in a sealed plastic case which makes it harder to forge (since you would have to forge the plastic case and seal as well and I think they have serial number on them that you can look up as well) so that makes it harder.

    Typically the whole slabbing comics by paying to get them graded and put in plastic is a scam and in my opinion misses the point of buying comics but this might be an example where I can see the point.

  22. David Pescovitz says:

    TAKUAN @12, I never believed those letters were real, until…

  23. Takuan says:

    Dear BoingBoing: This may be hard to believe but…

  24. Takuan says:

    hey! new contest: “Letters to BoingBoing Forum”

  25. cinemajay says:

    @4, I’m not quite sure it works that way. For one thing, not all Superman #1′s are graded the same, hence the same value. This one is a 6 on a scale of 10. So $400k for something that’s effectively a “D” is quite a bit of bread.

    Several of those 100 copies are restored and might not make it to that asking price. Prices for each can be all over the map.

  26. Takuan says:

    “I’m a college student with a friend who is a moderator at a famous blog…” “Little did I know…”

  27. FreakCitySF says:

    Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
    I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
    All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
    Time to die.

  28. Anonymous says:

    The economy must be really bad if you’re gonna let that go.

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