A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman has sold for nearly one million dollars.
A 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, widely considered the Holy Grail of comic books, sold Thursday for $956,000 (£730,000).
Written by Jerry Siegel and illustrated by Joe Shuster, the 13-page story opens with Superman’s crash-landing on Earth, and goes on to show him saving an innocent woman from the electric chair, stopping a man from beating his wife and going on a date with (and later rescuing) Lois Lane.
In a statement, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the copy, featuring Superman lifting a car on its cover and bearing a cover price of 10 cents, is one of about 100 copies of the edition known to exist.
Certified Guaranty Co, an independent company which grades the quality of comic books, graded the copy 5.5 out of a possible 10, or “fine minus.” It had been expected to sell for about $750,000.