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Record Price Paid for First Superman Comic Book

1938 Action Comics, bidding closed at US $3,207,852.0 on eBay.
1938 Action Comics, bidding closed at US $3,207,852.0 on eBay.
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It cost just a dime (10 cents) in 1938 and just sold for a record $3.2 million -- a near perfect copy of the first comic book starring iconic hero Superman.

The online auction site eBay says two collectors bought Action Comics No. 1, paying the highest price ever for a single comic book.

FILE - In this file image provided by Metropolis Collectibles/ComicConnect, Corp., shows the front and back cover of "Action Comics No. 1" from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman.FILE - In this file image provided by Metropolis Collectibles/ComicConnect, Corp., shows the front and back cover of "Action Comics No. 1" from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman.
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FILE - In this file image provided by Metropolis Collectibles/ComicConnect, Corp., shows the front and back cover of "Action Comics No. 1" from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman.
FILE - In this file image provided by Metropolis Collectibles/ComicConnect, Corp., shows the front and back cover of "Action Comics No. 1" from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman.

Fans consider the first issue of Action Comics the most desired comic book in the world.  Near-perfect copies are extremely rare.

The cover features the red-caped, so-called man of steel holding a car high in the air while terrified bystanders run for their lives.

It was the world's first glimpse of Superman -- fiction's first great fictional superhero and a star of movies, cartoons, radio, television and comics.

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