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  • Superman Sells!

    Called the most important comic ever for Superman's first appearance, this copy is also from the Billy Wright collection, 345 rare, high-grade comic books from the 1930s and 1940s discovered in 2012. This copy sold for $298,750 in Feb. 2012 by Heritage Auctions, which has sold more Action Comics #1 copies than any auctioneer. An issue found in home insulation sold for $175,000 on June 10, 2013.
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  • Superman Sells!

    Andy Warhol's take on the Man of Steel, his signed Superman color screenprint laced with diamond dust from 1981 was issued as part of Warhol's Myths portfolio, this example being edition 113 of 200. This sold for $146,500. Warhol was fascinated with the concept and commercial success behind Superman and had presented enlarged comic strips featuring the character as early as 1960.
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  • Superman Sells!

    Fred Ray brought his superior draftsmanship to fifteen covers of Action Comics. This one sold for $61,841. "His Superman covers were drawn in the simple style of, and better than, the Shuster studio," said Jack Burnley, an artist who credited Ray for "modernizing" Superman's appearance. "Fred's outstanding Superman art is enough to earn him a top spot among artists of the fabulous Golden Age."
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  • Superman Sells!

    This original cover art, which sold for $61,841 in Jan. 2007, finds Superman in an iconic comic book cover scene: fighting bad guys with the strength of 10 men.
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  • Superman Sells!

    Superman takes to the skies in this Alex Ross painting, the ultimate tribute to the Golden Age Superman art of Joe Shuster and Wayne Boring, which sold for $52,281 in Nov. 2011. It was used to create a limited edition lithograph, and a series of signed giclee prints, as well as a large regular edition poster, all of which sold out.
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  • Superman Sells!

    Five years before Action Comics #1, this was the first Superman story ever written by creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The 1933 fanzine featured a Superman who was bald and a villain. "A couple of months after I published this story, it occurred to me that a Superman as a hero rather than a villain might make a great comic strip character," Siegel said. It sold for $47,800 in Sept. 2006.
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  • Superman Sells!

    Even Superman isn't above being spoofed and a royal roast of Big Blue is now a classic from MAD #4 from 1953. With art from Wally Wood, "Superduperman" is now one of the most beloved parodies from the satire magazine's early years. The original title page from the feature was no laughing matter when it crossed the block in 2009. It sold for $43,318 in Feb. 2009.
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  • Superman Sells!

    This artwork depicting the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight from the dramatic conclusion to "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" sold for $38,837 in May 2012. The 1986 series redefined the Batman franchise for the modern audience with help from a cameo appearance by Superman as a contrast of the two DC icons' personal philosophies of justice and what's right.
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  • Superman Sells!

    The first race between Superman and the Flash that would decide, once and for all, who is the fastest man alive was presented on this original 1967 cover art for Superman #199. It sold for $33,925 in March 2003. Not only do you get this historic event captured by iconic artist Carmine Infantino, you get cameo appearances by Batman, Robin, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and more.
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  • Superman Sells!

    In 1988, producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind, the father and son who produced four Superman movies and a Supergirl movie brought the TV series Superboy to the small screen. Tight budgets meant they re-used costumes from the Superman movies for the Superboy series. This cape and boots set was made for and worn by actor Christopher Reeve in the movie series. It sold for $14,340 in 2010.
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