Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Boy Who Saved Superman

Superman, created by writer Jerry Siegel and drawn by Joe Shuster, made his debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) (left) which is famous for having in its pages the debut of the “Man of Steel”. That comic sold at that time for 10 cents.

In 1950, twelve years after the first edition came out, a 9 year old boy begged his father to buy him a copy of this first edition. The boy had found the edition in a second hand book store and convinced his father of the importance of making the “investment”- at that time the issue cost 34 cents - 24 cents more than its original price. The boy took great care of the comic book for 58 years until he decided to capitalize on his investment.

John Dolmayan, drummer for System of a Down and owner of Torpedo Comics, just paid him $317,200 for it at auction.

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