This past week the world’s most well-kept copy of Action Comics #1 sold for $3.2M over eBay, making it the world’s most expensive comic book ever. The previous record holder was another copy of Action Comics #1 that sold for $2.1M in 2011. Both copies were graded at a CGC 9.0, but the new copy is remarkable in that it has no yellowed pages.
But why is this comic from 1938 so important? Why are fans so willing to shell out fortunes on a few sheets of paper? Singlehandedly this one issue ushered in one the most prevailing pop culture movements ever. This is the first appearance of Superman, and the first superhero comic ever. This has spurred into existence multiple billion dollar franchises, not only for the man of steel, but for all superhero comics, studios, and movies in general.