This week, Superman celebrated his 80th birthday, and in May, Heritage Auctions is putting Action Comics #1 on the auction block.
“This auction has a chance to be among the largest comics auctions of all time, if not the largest,” Heritage Auctions Comics Director of Operations Barry Sandoval said in a press release to Major Spoilers. “It will be in a vibrant city that is easy to reach from just about anywhere, and we have an extremely strong collection of valuable comic books that will draw the attention and interest of comics collectors from just about everywhere.”
Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CGC VG 4.0 Cream to off-white pages is among the most coveted comic books in the hobby. The issue generates major interest regardless of its condition, and this is one of the highest-graded copies ever offered by Heritage Auctions. Ernst Gerber’s The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books rated it “scarce,” and CGC’s census lists just 40 unrestored copies. The first appearance of Superman launched the Golden Age of Comics, and every superhero that followed is in debt to the character created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster (artist). The issue also sits atop Overstreet’s “Top 100 Golden Age Comics” list.
Even at a CGC VG 4.0 rating, Heritage Auctions expects this issue to go for at least $650,000.
The auction runs from May 10-12th, so if you are going to buy Action Comics #1 for me, you should probably register right now.
This will be a huge auction with a number of other interesting items up for bid including Wiz Comics #2, John Romita Sr.’s Amazing Spider-Man #61 cover original art, Justice League of America #1 (1960), and Batman #1.