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‘Action Comics’ #1 Soars to $1.6 million

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The finest copy of Action Comics #1, the comic containing the first appearance of Superman, known to be in existence soared to $1.6 million dollars in its first day of an eBay auction that will last from August 12 to August 24th.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the comic will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation for spinal cord research.

The comic currently up for bids on eBay is one of only 2 copies to receive a “9.0” rating from the Certified Guaranty Company.  The other 9.0 copy belonged to actor Nicholas Cage and was sold for a record $2.16 million in 2011, after the book, which had been stolen from the actor’s home, was recovered .

The copy of Action Comics #1, which is now on eBay, has “white pages,” while the Nic Cage copy had off-color pages that had yellowed due to age.  The current owner of the book up for auction has reportedly turned down an offer of $3 million for the book in favor of putting it up for auction where it could conceivably fetch an even higher price

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Action Comics #309 Cover Tops $112,000 at Hake’s

The comic book cover illustration inextricably tied to one of the most calamitous events in our nation’s history, artist Curt Swan’s original cover art for Action Comics #309, was sold by Hake’s Americana & Collectibles for $112,015.75 on Thursday, November 21, 2013, one day shy of 50 years since the sad moments of November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. The price includes a 15% buyer’s premium.

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The piece was the top item in Hake’s Auction #210, which garnered the best results in the company’s 47-year history and it is the second highest price realized for an item they have offered.

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy by the Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald traumatized the nation, and of course the psychological wounds were still fresh the following week when DC Comics’ Action Comics #309 hit the stands.

Why the two events are related is something no storyteller could have ever foretold.

The cover features Clark Kent seemingly standing right in front of Superman, which is the story’s great mystery since the two are one and the same.

In the issue’s lead story, Superman revealed his secret identity to President Kennedy in order for JFK to impersonate Clark Kent and help Superman maintain his façade. So "Clark" on the cover is really JFK. The issue was too far along in the distribution channel for DC Comics to recall following the President’s death.

The piece is otherwise celebratory and of note as well since it also features Lois Lane, Perry White, Supergirl, Batman, Robin, Jimmy Olsen, Lana Lang, Saturn Girl, Element Lad, Chameleon Boy, Police Chief Parker, and Lori Lemaris.

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“As striking as this piece is to look at online, it’s even more impressive in person. It features so many characters depicted in bold, strong, clean line work. At this time in our culture, the word ‘classic’ is certainly suffering from overuse, but this is classic Curt Swan,” said Alex Winter, General Manager of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. “This piece has been privately held for more than 40 years by the same consignor who placed Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #95 in Hake’s Auction #208, where it sold for more than $95,000.”

While he started working on other characters for DC Comics, Curt Swan’s work defined Superman for many fans in the Silver Age. Beginning with Superman #51 in 1948 and Superboy #5 the following year, his association with the character spanned decades, hundreds of covers, and thousands of story pages.

During his tenure, Swan’s Superman became the company’s definitive model of the character. His crisp, clean art was infused with a subtle yet distinctive sense of nobility that deliberately embodied the familiar phrase “truth, justice and the American way.”

His work on the Man of Steel was featured in Action Comics, Superman, Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen, and Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane, among other publications, as well as the Superman newspaper comic strip. He also illustrated the adventures of Superboy in Adventure Comics.

Swan had many career highlights, including "Superman’s Race With The Flash!" in Superman #199 and in 1986 he illustrated Alan Moore’s acclaimed tale "Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?" in Superman #423, effectively closing the chapter of Silver Age Superman. His last work, published posthumously, was a contribution to the 1996 special Superman: The Wedding Album.

Hake’s Americana & Collectibles auction #210 concluded on Tuesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 21. Extensive coverage of the results will be featured in Scoop next week, but we also have items in our Auctions-Prices and Main Event sections this week.

New Comics for the week of 9/25/2013

A PLUS X #12
ACTION COMICS #23.4 METALLO
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #5
AQUAMAN #23.2 OCEAN MASTER
ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #11
AVENGERS #20 INF
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #19 INF
BART SIMPSON COMICS #86
BATMAN #23.4 BANE
BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.4 KILLER CROC
BATMAN SUPERMAN #3.1 DOOMSDAY
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #23.4 JOKERS DAUGHTER
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #4 (MR)
BODIE TROLL #3 (OF 4)
CLIVE BARKER NEXT TESTAMENT #4 (OF 12) (MR)
CROSSED BADLANDS #36 (MR)
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #28 (MR)
DEADPOOL #17
DETECTIVE COMICS #23.4 MAN BAT
EMPOWERED SPECIAL #5 NINE BEERS WITH NINJETTE
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #18
GAMBIT #17
GARTH ENNIS RED TEAM #5 (MR)
GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #4
GREEN LANTERN #23.4 SINESTRO
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #6
INFINITY HEIST #1 (OF 4)
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #9
ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #2 (OF 3)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.4 SECRET SOCIETY
JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 03 THRONE OF ATLANTIS (N52)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.4 BLACK ADAM
MARVEL SELECT UNMASKED WOLVERINE AF
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #18
MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD VOL 2 #3
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #11
NEOZOIC TRADERS GAMBIT #2 (OF 4)
NOVA #8 INF
OTHER DEAD #1 (OF 5)
OVER THE WALL GN (C: 0-1-0)
PEANUTS VOL 2 #12
PUNISHER TRIAL OF PUNISHER #1 (OF 2)
RAT QUEENS #1 (MR)
SAGA #14 (MR)
SCARLET SPIDER #22
SEX #7 (MR)
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #19
STAR TREK ONGOING #25
STAR WARS LEGACY II #7
STITCHED #16 (MR)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #3 INF
SUPERMAN #23.4 PARASITE
SUPERMAN RED SON TP
TMNT ONGOING #26
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #27
UNCANNY AVENGERS #12
WAKE #4 (OF 10) (MR)
WALKING DEAD 100 PROJECT TP (MR)
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #36
WONDER WOMAN #23.2 FIRST BORN
X-MEN BATTLE OF ATOM #1 (OF 2)
YOUNG AVENGERS #10 NOW

Another Partial New Comic Book Day for GamersCircle Comics 9/18/2013

Again, due to another shipping/warehouse issue; today we did not get all or our full shipment for New Comics for tomorrow.  [9/18/2013] At this point, we are still working with the warehouse to get replacements for this week, but no status right now.

The impacted items are:

Action Comics #23.3 Lex Luthor
Aphrodite IX #5
Conan the Barbarian #20
Daredevil #31
Infinity #1 (of 6) 2nd Ptg Che
Six Gun Gorilla #4 (of 6)
Sonic Universe #56 Reg Cvr
Star Wars #1 (of 8) Lucas Draf
Superman #23.3 Hel
Ten Grand #2 Cvr A Templesmith
Ultimate Comics X-Men #31
Uncanny X-Men #12
Venom #41

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Action Comics #23.1 Cyborg Superman #1
Action Comics #23.2 General Zod #1
Action Comics #23.3 Lex Luthor #1
Action Comics #23.4 Metallo #1
Superman #23.1 Bizarro #1
Superman #23.2 Brainiac #1
Superman #24.3 H’el #1
Superman #24.4 Parasite #1
Green Lantern #23.1 Relic #1
Green Lantern #23.2 Mongul #1
Green Lantern #23.3 Black Hand #1
Green Lantern #23.4 Sinestro #1
Justice League #23.1 Darkseid #1
Justice League #23.2 Lobo #1
Justice League #23.3 Dial E #1
Justice League #23.4 Secret Society of Super-Villians #1
Justice League Dark #23.1 The Creeper #1
Justice League Dark #23.1 Eclipso #1
Justice League of America #7.1 Deadshot #1
Justice League of America #7.2 Killer Frost #1
Justice League of America #7.3 Shadow Thief #1
Justice League of America #7.4 Black Adam #1
The Flash #23.1 Gorilla Grodd #1
The Flash #23.2 Reverse-Flash #1
The Flash #23.3 The Rogues #1
Green Arrow #23.1 Count Vertigo #1
Aquaman #23.1 Black Manta #1
Aquaman #23.2 Ocean Master #1
Wonder Woman #3.1 Cheetah #1
Wonder Woman #3.2 First Born #1
Earth-2 #15.1 Desaad #1
Earth-2 #15.2 Solomon Grundy #1
Swamp Thing #23.1 Arcane #1
Teen Titans #23.1 Trigon #1
Teen Titans #23.2 Deathstroke #1