Look! Up in the Sky! CGC-certified Superman #1 Breaks Issue Record at $2.6 Million

Posted on 1/19/2022

Superman continues to rise above other heroes as key issues command seven figures.

A copy of Superman #1 graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) recently soared to a new record price for the issue. It realized $2.604 million in a ComicConnect sale held on December 16, 2021 that also featured another Superman comic book that sold for over $1 million.

CGC-certified Superman #1: $2.6 million

The instant success of Superman inspired its publisher to combine stories from Action Comics #1-4 into an anthology of the superhero. Released during the summer of 1939, Superman #1 uncovered more of Superman’s origins, including the introduction to his foster parents and revealed the name Krypton as the planet where he was born.

Superman #1 graded CGC 7.0. Realized: $2.604 million
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This example, graded CGC 7.0, is one out of 70 examples with a Universal label recorded in the CGC Census, with a mere two copies earning higher grades. Previously, the highest price was $507,500 for a graded CGC 5.5 issue in a 2017 ComicLink sale.

CGC-certified Action Comics #1: $1.6 million

Another famous issue in the sale, an Action Comics #1 graded CGC 3.0 realized $1.6 million. This June 1938 issue that featured the first appearance of Superman is a “grail” among collectors as it launched the Golden Age of comic books.

Action Comics #1 graded CGC 3.0. Realized: $1.6 million
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With 70 graded issues recorded in the CGC Census, only 43 examples are certified in the Universal label. ComicConnect also negotiated the sale of an Action Comics #1 graded CGC 8.5 in April 2021 for a record price of $3.25 million.

These two issues join six other CGC-graded comic books that sold over the million-dollar mark in 2021. The list includes record-breaking prices, such as a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 graded CGC 9.6 that realized $3.6 million in a Heritage Auctions sale. To see the entire list of CGC-graded comic books that realized prices over $1 million in 2021, click here.

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