March 14, 2009

Superman comic sells for $317,200

A rare copy of the first Superman comic book sold for $317,200 during an Internet auction, a New York auction company said.

The auction site said John Dolmayan, drummer for the rock band System of a Down -- who also happens to be a vintage comic book collector and dealer -- registered the winning bid late Friday for a client, the New York Daily News reported Saturday. It was one off the highest bids ever for a comic book, the newspaper said.

The 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1 -- the first comic to feature mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and his Man of Steel alter ego -- had been purchased by its previous owner for 35 cents at a secondhand shop, the News said.

Comic book expert Stephen Fishler had described the issue last month as the Holy Grail of comic books.

Only 100 copies are known to exist worldwide and this one is one of just a few that remain untouched, in mint condition.