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 #205 (DC, 1968) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages
Superman #205 (DC, 1968) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages....
Lot 14517
Auction 121508
Sunday, February 22, 2015
$239.00
Superman #31 (DC, 1944) Condition: VG+
Superman #31 (DC, 1944) Condition: VG+....
Lot 11506
Auction 121509
Sunday, March 1, 2015
$239.00
Superman Group (DC, 1959-75) Condition: Average VG.... (Total: 39 Comic Books)
Superman Group (DC, 1959-75) Condition: Average VG.... (Total: 39 Comic Books)
Lot 15556
Auction 121513
Sunday, March 29, 2015
$239.00
Superman Group of 24 (DC, 1963-84) Condition: Average VG-.... (Total: 24 Comic Books)
Superman Group of 24 (DC, 1963-84) Condition: Average VG-.... (Total: 24 Comic Books)
Lot 14505
Auction 121534
Sunday, August 23, 2015
$239.00
Superman #85 (DC, 1953) Condition: FN
Superman #85 (DC, 1953) Condition: FN....
Lot 12459
Auction 121528
Sunday, July 12, 2015
$239.00

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ItemCurrent Bid
Superman #48 (DC, 1947) Condition: GD/VG
Superman #48 (DC, 1947) Condition: GD/VG....
Lot 14625
Auction 121722
Sunday, May 28, 2017
$60.00
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Superman #423 (DC, 1986) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages
Superman #423 (DC, 1986) CGC NM+ 9.6 White pages....
Lot 14626
Auction 121722
Sunday, May 28, 2017
$22.00
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