Superman’s first appearance comic book at auction

  • The comic is a 1938 copy of Action Comics #1
  • It’s claimed to be in ‘fine/very fine condition’
  • Another copy of the same comic book fetched $3 million at auction in 2014 

Just ahead of the 80th anniversary of his debut, Clark Kent’s making headlines, and this time it isn’t from his day job at the Daily Planet.

A rare comic book featuring Superman lifting a car over his head from 1938 is headed to auction on December 19 in Los Angeles. 

The comic, Action Comics #1, is anticipated to sell for a large sum, estimated to be in the $800,000 to $1.2 million range.

Profiles in History, an auction house that specializes in collectibles from old Hollywood and historical documents, claims that the comic is in ‘fine/very fine’ condition.

The rare comic, dating to 1938, shows Superman lifting a car in vivid color. The comic could fetch up to $1.2 million at auction in December

The copy in question is rare because it is what’s known as a silver print – these comics are exceedingly rare because in the 1930s, publishers would create black and white copies of the comics for artists to fill in themselves – making the copy going to auction one-of-a-kind. 

‘This is one of the rarest, most historically significant items we’ve offered,’ said Stephen Fishler, founder and co-owner of

Only around 100 original copies of Action Comics #1 are estimated to be extant –  they’re significant because they’re Superman’s first appearance in comic books. In 2014, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold for more than $3 million at auction – the only comic book to have attained such a high price.

Despite being nearly 80 years old, Superman will make his next appearance on the silver screen this week in Justice League.