The Man of Steel’s first appearance commanded a lot of gold this weekend.
In an eBay auction held by Federal Comics of Washington State, a remarkably well-preserved copy of “Action Comics” No. 1 sold for $3,207,852 to a user listed only as “s***p.”
No indication whether that means Snoop Dogg, though that’d be amazing.
The comic, which marked the first appearance of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s iconic Kryptonian, was published in 1938. The copy sold over the weekend was rated a 9.0 out of 10.0 by the Certified Guaranty Company, which matches the copy bought for $2.116 million by Superman fanatic Nicolas Cage in 2011.
There were only 200,000 copies of the comic printed in its first run, and only seven unrestored copies rated by CGC at over a 6.0. This one in particular was lauded for its perfect white pages.
DC, which publishes the Superman comics, recently rebooted its entire universe in its “New 52” initiative, in an attempt to bring in curious new readers whose interest piqued by Warner Bros. new run of movies.