Superman gets sold

According to Reuters, starting today and ending March 13, a copy of "Action Comics" No. 1 will be auctioned off, and before all is said and done, experts expect bidding to reach extremely high amounts.

Geekspeak

Looking at that picture on the left, I'm reminded of the days when buying a comic book and keeping it in pristine condition was the most important thing in my life. Didn't matter which comic, either; all of them were treated with the same reverence. Ah, the good old days when I actually thought my comics would be worth something.

It's those first appearances you had to get in on. The most important first appearance took place in 1938 in "Action Comics" No. 1. That was the first appearance of Superman. Today someone will attempt to capitalize on that.

According to Reuters, starting today and ending March 13, a copy of "Action Comics" No. 1 will be auctioned off, and before all is said and done, experts expect bidding to reach extremely high amounts.

The comic, valued at $126,000, was bought by an unidentified seller in 1950 when he was nine years old after begging his father for 35 cents. Good for him that parents in the '50s and '60s who threw out their kid's comics had no idea of their future value. If they had, there would be a lot more of these around and the value would not be so high. So, thank you parents, for your ignorance.

Stephan Fishler, founder of New York's Metropolis Collectibles, will manage the auction of the comic at www.comicconnect.com

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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