Action Comics #1 – CGC 9.0 – $3.2 Million
Action Comics #1 (cover dated June 1938) is the first issue of the original run of the comic book/magazine series Action Comics. It features the first appearance of several comic-book heroes—most notably the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creation, Superman—and sold for 10 cents (equivalent to $2 in 2021). It is widely considered to be both the beginning of the superhero genre and the most valuable comic book in the world. Action Comics would go on to run for 904 numbered issues (plus additional out-of-sequence special issues) before it restarted its numbering in the fall of 2011. It returned to its original numbering with issue #957, published on June 8, 2016 (cover-dated August) and reached its 1,000th issue in 2018.
Action Comics #1 was an anthology, and contained eleven features:
“Superman” (pp. 1–13) by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
“Chuck Dawson” (pp. 14–19) by H. Fleming.
“Zatara Master Magician” (pp. 20–31) by Fred Guardineer.
“South Sea Strategy” (text feature, pp. 32–33) by Captain Frank Thomas.
“Sticky-Mitt Stimson” (pp. 34–37) by Alger.
“The Adventures of Marco Polo” (pp. 38–41) by Sven Elven.
“‘Pep’ Morgan” (pp. 42–45) by Fred Guardineer.
“Scoop Scanlon the Five Star Reporter” (pp. 46–51) by Will Ely.
“Tex Thompson” (pp. 52–63) by Bernard Baily.
“Stardust” (p. 64) by “The Star-Gazer”.
“Odds ‘N Ends” (inside back cover) by “Moldoff” (Sheldon Moldoff).
Dominating the top spot on our list of the most expensive comic books in the world is Action Comics #1. CGC 9.0.
Viewed by many fans as being the “holy grail” of comic collectables, it features the debut of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s historic Superman.
While the original comic sold for just 10c back in the day, four copies have sold for more than a million dollars since then. In 2014, this 9.0 CGC ranked copy sold for a massive $3.2 million dollars, making it the most expensive comic book in the world!