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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The first comic book appearances of Superman and Batman ea set auction sales records and broke the million-dollar barrier, at a time when traditional investments pay poorly, who buys vintage comic books near me. profits and superheroes seem attractive.
The first comic book appearances of Superman and Batman ea set auction sales records and broke the million-dollar barrier, at a time when traditional investments pay poorly and superheroes look appealing. In the image, the cover of the comic where Batman debuted, released on February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Handout
A 1939 comic depicting the first appearance of masked crime fighter Batman sold at auction in Dallas on Thursday for a record $1.075 million, Heritage Auction Galleries said.< /p>
Three days earlier, a buyer paid $1 million for Superman's worldwide debut in Action Comics #1, more than trie the sales record for a comic book set last year.
Shirrel Rhoades, former publisher and executive vice president of Marvel Comics, said sales of those comics are partly a reflection of the weakened economy.
“When the stock market is down, when real estate investments are off the cliff, collectibles offer an investment alternative that has some growth potential,” Rhoades said.
He pointed out that Action Comics #1 (released in 1938) is possibly more historical than Batman's first appearance, but that this week's sales seem to be following his own logic.
“We're probably seeing a spike in interest in comics (...) With Action #1 selling for a million dollars, I think prices are going to stay up for a while,” Rhoades opined.
Heritage Auction Galleries did not reveal the name of the previous owner or the bidder for Detective Comics #27, the first comic book featuring Batman.
The previous owner was an astute collector who bought the comic for $100 more than 40 years ago, a figure that was quite large at the time, Heritage Auction Galleries said.
THE ECONOMY IS DOWN, COMICS ARE UP
The sale of issue of Action Comics #1 was handled by ComicConnect.com, and Vincent Zurzolo, the website's COO, eoed Rhoades's words that comics are making record numbers because they're an investment. attractive in a down economy.
He said buyers pay big bucks for old comics because they want something "that they're familiar with, that they're comfortable with, that they consider a good investment."
In the 1930s, both Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 sold for 10 cents.
Experts say that the same edition of a comic can vary widely in price, depending on its condition.
Heritage Auction and CommicConnect said the comic books they sold this week were excellent condition copies.
Rhoades said he owns a worn copy of Action Comics #1 that is missing the cover and has little value.
But Rhoades said that more than eight years ago he gave an art college a 1963 Amazing Spider-Man #1 that was then valued at $40,000. He estimates that figure to have risen to over $100,000.
"My wife jokingly asked why she gave it away, when she may have kept it and sold it years later for more than twice its value," Rhoades said.