Holy Grail of comic books’ up for grabs
An ultra rare copy of the action comic book that launched Superman as the first superhero is valued at around 126,000 dollars.books Updated: Feb 28, 2009 13:05 IST
An ultra rare copy of the action comic book that launched Superman as the first superhero is valued at around 126,000 dollars.
Action Comics #1 was published in June 1938, and is considered by experts to be the world's most valuable comic book, reports Fox News.
"It's the Holy Grail of comic books," comic expert Stephen Fishler, who created the 10-point grading scale used to evaluate comic books, said.
"This is the one that started it all. There was no such thing as a super hero before it. No flying man. Comics weren't even that popular. It''s the single most important event in comic book history," he added.
He said copies of the comics are in "fine" condition and are worth about 126,000 dollars, but this one could sell for several times that.
About 100 copies of the No. 1 edition are known to exist.
The owner, who has not been identified, bought the comic in 1950 when he was 9-years-old after begging his father for 35 cents.
Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo, co-owners of Metropolis Collectibles, will offer the comic on their Web site for two weeks.
First Published: Feb 28, 2009 13:04 IST