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Action Comics #1 Values

Publisher: DC, 1938

About Action Comics #1

"The most important comic book ever published" was Overstreet's note about this issue some years ago. This is the first appearance of Superman, and it's the book that started the Golden Age of comics. Superman spawned many imitators, and the character's runaway success established DC as one of the top publishers, a status it has never lost. This first Superman story, written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Joe Shuster, also briefly tells the origin of the character. Currently #1 on Overstreet's list of Top 1

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COVER DETAILS

Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938) CGC FN- 5.5 Cream to off-white pages....
Characters: Superman [Clark Kent]

Letters: typeset

Notes: In Alter Ego #56 (February 2006), in an interview with Adler, he reports that he painted the colors on the engraving plates for this story. Info added by Craig Delich. Error Report #2990 by Mike DeLisa states the following: "Cover was not by Shuster, actually by unknown member of DC staff based on one interior panel. Coloring was not by Jack Adler; Adler states that the work was done by DC staff. My source is the Court record and decision, which includes affidavits from Siegel, Shuster, and Adler." Superman/Batman (DC, 2003 Series) #41 (December 2007) identifies bystander on cover as Rick Radomski of Radomski Hardware. Though this takes place during a dream sequence, the name could be considered canon. Conversely, the cover mimics a scene within the story. In the story, the owner of the car is Butch Matson, a gangster who threatens Lois Lane, and who flees in panic from Superman's wrath in the same manner as depicted on the cover. Very likely the figure on the cover is meant to be Butch Matson.

Reprints: Action Comics [Safeguard Deodorant Giveaway] (DC, 1976 series) #1 (1976), | Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 ([April-May] 1974), | Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 ([April-May] 1974)


STORY DETAILS

Characters: Superman [Clark Kent] (introduction, origin)

Synopsis: A space vehicle from a destroyed world lands on Earth, and its occupant becomes Superman. In addition, a scientific explanation for this being's powers is given.

Pages: 1.000

Reprints: Action Comics [Safeguard Deodorant Giveaway] (DC, 1976 series) #1 (1976), | Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-26 ([April-May] 1974), | Secret Origins (DC, 1973 series) #1 (February-March 1973)

Notes: This strip was originally prepared for newspaper publication, cut up and repaged. Black shading used. George Taylor first named in the newspaper strip in May 1939. Lettering credit added by Craig Delich.

Data Courtesy of Grand Comics Database under Creative Commons license

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CGC Census Report*

Grade 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.2 9.4 9.6 9.8 9.9 10.0 Total
Universal  2 1 2 2 0 3 8 2 4 4 2 3 2 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 43
Qualified  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Signature Series  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Restored  2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 5 4 3 4 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 33
Total 4 2 3 2 1 3 8 2 4 5 4 5 2 6 5 5 4 6 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 77

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