WWW: $1M Super Comic Book

In this edition of Weird World Wednesday, I submit to you this Associated Press article titled Superman's debut comic book issue sells for $1M:

A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold Monday for $1 million, smashing the previous record price for a comic book.

A 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, widely considered the Holy Grail of comic books, was sold from a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom released their names. The issue features Superman lifting a car on its cover and originally cost 10 cents.

Reminds me that some people have more money than sense. Have you ever spent a large sum of money on something absolutely frivolous? A few things come to mind: vinyl covered steel siding that I had installed in 1973 that cost 20% of what I paid for the house; a 1979 VW Rabbit that used a quart of oil a week - I just had to have that car!

How about you? Ever paid way too much for something and regretted it later?


  1. Purchased a small fishing boat. Best two days of my life; the day I bought it and the day I sold it.

  2. Gosh, Bob, maybe you should ask if there's anyone who has NOT paid too much for something and regretted it later! Because I think most everybody has done that! I know I have!

    But $1 M for a comic book?


  3. A 10,000 Hawaiian Time Share that has been nothing but a nightmare and has maintenance fees I am legally bound to for life to and my descendants that are presently 1400. And when I go to trade it, nothing is ever available. Sheesh! By the way, You sight is now on my blog recommend list.

  4. A laser disc player that went obsolete the next week with DVD players.

  5. @anon - lol.. that was funny.

    @Sue - maybe it is just an issue of how much :)

    @Don - yikes.. no paradise there? I added you to my blogroll too.

    @jrc - got a HD-DVD too?

    @Mike - That and gym memberships for me.

  6. Why are gold, silver and diamonds more valuable than copper, tin and opals? Makes as much sense as a $1M comic book to me.

  7. Not sure they are Ed.. but feel free to send me your gold coins and I will send you my copper pennies :)

  8. Something is only worth what someone will pay for it. If alchemists could suddenly turn anything into gold it would be worthless.

    I started watching and old Star Trek The Next Generation episode last night, it was called The Most Toys and it was about a collector who prized one of a kind artifacts. He had the only remaining Roger Maris baseball card in his collection.

    I also recently heard of a video game that nobody likes to play, but because it's rare goes for thousands of dollars. Here's the monumental Feb 13th Purchase for $10k: Nintendo nes Stadium Events game (Nintendo, 1987)

    The Wikipedia entry about it: Stadium Events

  9. @Mike - that reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode where thieves robbed a truckload of gold bars and entered some time machines that woke them up 100 years in the future when gold was worthless.

    Guess I agree that something is only worth what someone will pay for it.. of course the best things in life are free and "priceless".

  10. I am seriously trying to think of something because I know I have done this...but I've never had that much money to spend frivolously! LOL! I have paid obscene amounts for good concert tickets, but don't regret that for a second. :)

    If I think of something, I'll come back.

  11. This just in -

    "DALLAS — A 1939 comic book in which Batman makes his debut sold at auction Thursday for more than $1 million, breaking a record set just three days earlier by a Superman comic, Heritage Auction Galleries said.

    The Dallas-based auction house said the rare copy of Detective Comics No. 27 sold for a total of $1,075,500, which includes the buyer's premium, to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The consigner wanted to remain anonymous as well."


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