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Action Comics 1 sells for $1.5 million

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm •  Published: March 29, 2010

The highest-graded known copy of “Action Comics” No. 1 has sold, for a record-smashing $1.5 million dollars.

The book was sold via

“This new record will be hard to break,” said co-owner and COO, Vincent Zurzolo  in a news release. “Because this particular Action Comics #1 is literally the single most valuable comic book on the planet.”

This “Action Comics” No. 1, the first appearance of Superman, from 1938, is graded 8.5 on a 10-point scale.  The high grade is possible in part because this issue was tucked away inside a movie magazine for decades, keeping it away from the elements.  The 8.5 rating is the highest for any known copy of the book, and .5 higher than the $1 million Action Comics 1 that sold earlier this year.  That was briefly the record for the price of any comic book, before being bested later that week by a high-grade “Detective Comics” No. 27, the first appearance of Batman.

The issue that sold Monday was bought from a private collector and then sold by Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo, the co-owners of

Fishler declined to name the buyer but told the Associated Press that he was “a hardcore comic book fan.”

- Matt Price
Contributing: AP

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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