Comic Featuring Superman's Debut Sells For Millions

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In 1938, Action Comics No. 1 sold for a dime. Over the weekend, a pristine copy was sold on eBay for more than $3.2 million.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Well, this talk of cartoon characters brings us to the last word in Business. It's a bird; it's a plane; it's a super-expensive Superman.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It is considered the holy grail of comic books. The 1938 issue of Action Comics Number 1 features the first appearance of Clark Kent.

INSKEEP: Now, if you'd been looking for a comic in 1938, you could've bought this one for a dime.

GREENE: Not anymore. Today it is different. This past weekend, a copy of Action Comics Number 1, described as pristine, sold on eBay for more than 3.2 million bucks.

INSKEEP: Wow. Just think of what the David Greene comic is going to be selling for some day.

GREENE: One has to wonder. That's the Business News on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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