If you're the kind of person who keeps up with news about people spending truly massive amounts of money on comic books, then you're probably aware that there was a copy of Action Comics #1 rated at 9.0 that sold for $3,000,000 earlier this year. On one level, that makes sense. It is, after all, an incredibly important historical artifact, featuring the first appearance of Superman and Lois Lane in a story that kickstarted the entire superhero genre. On the other hand, if you really want to read that comic, you don't need to spend three mil. You can get it for like fifteen bucks.
Either way, the CGC corporation put the entire issue online to read for free -- presumably to prove that these crisp, unblemished pages really are as good as they say they are -- and there's a lot more in there than just Superman, whose first appearance has naturally overshadowed the numerous other short features contained in this most coveted comic.
An eBay auction for a so-called "pristine" copy of 1938's Action Comics #1 -- the 1938 issue in which Superman made his very first appearance -- ended Sunday afternoon, and the winning bidder snagged the issue for a cool $3.2 million. That's the most anyone has ever paid for a comic book, by a pretty wide margin. The previous record was $2.16 million, for a different copy of Action #1.
Nicolas Cage has starred in two Ghost Rider movies, co-starred in Kick-Ass, provided voice work for the CG animated Astro Boy and was attached to play the lead in an ill-fated '90s Superman film. The next Nicolas Cage comic book movie won't be like any of the above, however -- in fact, Cage may not have much to do with it at all...
Less than a week after Superman's first appearance in "Action Comics" #1 sold at auction for a record-setting $1,000,000, Bleeding Cool is reporting that "Detective Comics" #27, the first appearance of Batman, has shattered that record with a Bruce Wayne-sized $1,075,000 price tag, thus ensuring that Comics Retailers are going to have a fun week dealing with people demanding their million for copies of 1992's "Batman: Shadow of the Bat" #1...
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