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Which superhero comic (title, issue, year) has sold for the most money. I know Superman No. 1 has sold for incredible amounts of money, but are there others who have sold for more?

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    Is this necessarily a science fiction and fantasy question? It is possible that the comic that sold for the highest price was not speculative fiction. Perhaps editing it to make it specific to SF comics would clarify things. – Adamant Nov 18 '16 at 9:31
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    Isn't this question going to need a new answer every time a new record is set? Do you want to compare prices in "constant dollars" (i.e. adjusted for inflation) or "current dollars"? – user14111 Nov 18 '16 at 10:14
  • This would fall under fandom information, and be on topic, but is way too localized as-written (unfortunately, no longer a close reason). – phantom42 Nov 18 '16 at 12:05
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    Looks like a good question for the Area51 proposal Comics, Cartoons & Animation if we ever get that show on the road. – SQB Nov 18 '16 at 12:41
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Mint-quality editions of Action Comics #1 (featuring the first appearance of Superman) hold all three of the top spots for 'most expensive comic', selling for $1.3m in 2010, $2.16m in 2011 (Nicholas Cage's copy) and most recently for £3.2m in 2014.

An original copy of the Action Comics #1 that initially cost 10 cents and introduced Earth to Superman became the world’s most expensive comic book Sunday when it raked in $3.2 million on eBay.

When Darren Adams decided to put his incredibly rare, nearly pristine copy of the debut issue of the Man of Steel up for auction on eBay, he generously started the bid at 99 cents.

Less than two hours later, the price had risen faster than a speeding bullet, past $1.5 million.

When the auction ended Sunday night, the owner of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Wash., discovered that his holy grail of comics had scored him $3,207,852.

World’s most expensive comic book sells for $3.2M

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Interestingly, this represents a markup of over nine million percent on its cost of production, just slightly less than printer ink.


Excluding Action Comics only a couple of comics have ever broken the $1m barrier.

  • A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (the introduction of Spider Man) sold for $1.1m in 2011.

  • A copy of Detective Comics #27 (the introduction of Batman) sold for $1.07m in 2010. It has been argued that since a "Gem Mint" copy of this edition is still in existence, it could, at least theoretically, be the most expensive comic ever sold if it goes to auction.

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