March 18, 2009 > Rare Superman comic sells for $317,200
Rare Superman comic sells for $317,200
By David B. Caruso, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP), Mar 14 _ A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman has sold for $317,200 in an Internet auction. The previous owner of Action Comics No. 1 bought it for less than a buck.
It's one of the highest prices ever paid for a comic book, a likely testament to the volume's rarity and its excellent condition, said Stephen Fishler, co-owner of the auction site ComicConnect.com and its sister dealership, Metropolis Collectibles.
The winning bid for the 1938 edition, which features Superman lifting a car on its cover, was submitted Friday evening by John Dolmayan, drummer for the rock band System of a Down, according to managers at ComicConnect.com.
In addition to being a musician, Dolmayan is a dealer of rare comic books. The auctioneers said he acquired the Superman comic on behalf of an unidentified client.
``I imagine it's someone from the entertainment world,'' said Vincent Zurzolo, chief operating officer at ComicConnect and Metropolis Collectibles.
Only about 100 copies of Action Comics No. 1 are known to exist and they seldom come up for sale.
``Maybe in a booming economy, it would have done a hundred grand more, but in this economy, I think the price is great,'' Fishler said.
The man who had previously owned the book purchased it in a secondhand store in the early 1950s when he was nine years old.
He paid 35 cents.