The first Superman comic in print was recently sold at an auction for a hefty $2.16 million. The previous owner was a person who is familiar to the superhero fan-base — Nicolas Cage. Cage played the infamous Ghost Rider in the feature film from 2007, and the sequel to be released next year.
The title of the comic is “Action Comics #1,” and it was released in 1938. There are believed to be only about 100 copies still in existence. It became the first comic to be sold for over $2 million. The previous highest price for a comic was a copy of the same issue sold last year for $1.5 million. It is unknown who the buyer is, but he is obviously a serious collector. The price listed on the front cover of the comic is 10 cents. This copy was graded at 9.0 (the previous record-holding copy was 8.5).
Cage’s copy had been stolen back in 2000, but it was recovered earlier this year. Cage is so much of a Superman fan that he actually named his son who was born in 2005 the Man of Steel’s birth name — Kal-El.