Iconic Superman Comic Shatters Expectations, Selling for Over $180,000 at UK Auction

June 11, 2024 12:22 pm in by

Two rare comic books recently sold at a UK auction for prices well above expectations. The highlight was Superman #1, which fetched £97,890 (approximately $189,089 Aus!), far exceeding its starting price of £20,000. This iconic comic, listed as number three on Overstreet’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics, was purchased by an Australian buyer.

This superman comic sold for approximately $189,089! (Supplied by Excalibur Auctions)

Superman #1, released in 1939, was the first comic dedicated to a single character. Written by Jerry Siegel and illustrated by Joe Shuster, it retells Superman’s origin story and features the first-ever fan letters column by DC. This landmark issue set the stage for modern superhero comics.

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Another notable sale was Batman #1, which garnered £31,375, (over $60,000 Aus) significantly higher than its £5,000 starting price. Released in 1939, this comic marked Batman’s first self-titled publication and introduced iconic villains like the Joker and Catwoman.

Another crazy sale, as this 1939 Batman comic goes for over $60,000 Aus dollars! (Supplied by Excalibur Auctions)

Jonathan Torode of Excalibur Auctions noted the fierce bidding, highlighting global interest and the historic nature of these sales. These records underscore the enduring appeal and investment value of Golden Age comics.