Yesterday, the most pristine copy of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) ever graded by the CGC became the most valuable comic book of all time on eBay as the issue sold for a grand total of $3,207,852.00. Graded 9.0, and described as being “a 1938 museum piece with PERFECT WHITE pristine pages,” the comic was put up by Pristine Comics, who will be donating 1% of the total ($32,078.52) to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
First published in 1938, the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster-created comic marked the first appearance of the “Man of Steel,” established his secret identity of Clark Kent and introduced his future love interest Lois Lane. The previous most valuable edition of the issue was sold in 2011 for $2.16 million, which coincidentally was owned by Nicolas Cage, who almost played Superman in Tim Burton’s infamous Superman Lives.
You can check out a video detailing how this copy of “Action Comics” was kept in such good condition, the process of grading, and how it came into the possession of Pristine Comics’ Darren Adam in the player below.