Superman

Comic Books

Superman

Comic Books

Publisher: DC

About:
Superman #1 was published by DC Comics in June of 1939. Though the character of Superman had previously appeared in Action Comics the previous year in 1938, Superman #1 was the launch of his own original series. At the time, it was almost unheard of to create an entire comic series that focused on one character who had previously appeared in an anthology. By the time Superman #1 was rolled out, the character was so popular that the first issue far outsold Action Comics #1. The story of Superman, an alien with superhuman powers who disguised himself as a reporter named Clark Kent, had truly captured the public’s attention in the space of a year. The issue features artwork by Joe Shuster and scripts by Jerry Siegel. Much of the content of the issue is Action Comics reprints, but it does contain new background information about Superman and a few new stories. The new title featured all of the iconic characters from the Superman series in Action Comics, including John and Mary Kent, Superman’s human parents, Lois Lane, Superman’s love interest, and George Taylor, the editor of The Daily Star (later to be changed to Perry White of The Daily Planet). Due to its historical significance in the world of comic books, Superman #1 is an extremely sought-after collector’s item, and according to The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, is exceeded in value by only two other comic book issues - Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27. The back cover is also notable, since it features the first ever pin-up page to be included in a comic book. The demand for and scarcity of the issue, especially in high-grade, mean even mid-grade copies (Very Good to Fine) command six figures. A CGC-certified copy in FN- 5.5 sold in 2011 for $214,000. Most known copies that present in grades higher than FN 6.0 have had restoration.


 

Superman Comic Book Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
Superman #16 (DC, 1942) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Off-white pages
Superman #16 (DC, 1942) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Off-white pages....
Lot 14335
Auction 121217
Sunday, April 22, 2012
$478.00
Superman #29 (DC, 1944) CGC FN+ 6.5 Light tan to off-white pages
Superman #29 (DC, 1944) CGC FN+ 6.5 Light tan to off-white pages....
Lot 13515
Auction 121507
Sunday, February 15, 2015
$478.00
Superman #179 (DC, 1965) CGC NM+ 9.6 Cream to off-white pages
Superman #179 (DC, 1965) CGC NM+ 9.6 Cream to off-white pages....
Lot 13558
Auction 121616
Sunday, April 17, 2016
$478.00
Superman #45 (DC, 1947) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white pages
Superman #45 (DC, 1947) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white pages....
Lot 94728
Auction 7063
Saturday, July 28, 2012
$478.00
Superman #33 (DC, 1945) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages
Superman #33 (DC, 1945) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages....
Lot 93165
Auction 7076
Saturday, May 18, 2013
$478.00

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ItemCurrent Bid
Superman #100 (DC, 1955) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white pages
Superman #100 (DC, 1955) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white pages....
Lot 15552
Auction 121744
Sunday, October 29, 2017
$220.00
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Superman CGC-Graded Group of 4 (DC, 1957-61) CGC VG+ 4.5.... (Total: 4 Comic Books)
Superman CGC-Graded Group of 4 (DC, 1957-61) CGC VG+ 4.5.... (Total: 4 Comic Books)
Lot 15556
Auction 121744
Sunday, October 29, 2017
$42.00
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Superman CGC-Graded Group of 4 (DC, 1971-73) CGC VF 8.0.... (Total: 4 Comic Books)
Superman CGC-Graded Group of 4 (DC, 1971-73) CGC VF 8.0.... (Total: 4 Comic Books)
Lot 15557
Auction 121744
Sunday, October 29, 2017
$32.00
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Superman #268 (DC, 1973) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages
Superman #268 (DC, 1973) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages....
Lot 15553
Auction 121744
Sunday, October 29, 2017
$28.00
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Superman-Related Group of 6 (DC, 1950s-60s) Condition: GD+.... (Total: 6 Comic Books)
Superman-Related Group of 6 (DC, 1950s-60s) Condition: GD+.... (Total: 6 Comic Books)
Lot 15555
Auction 121744
Sunday, October 29, 2017
$7.00
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