Superman's Debut Comic Sells For Record Price

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A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold Monday for $1 million, smashing the previous record price for a comic book. It first sold in 1938 for 10 cents. The buyer and seller are not yet revealing their secret identities.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And now lets turn to a force in American culture that could hardly be stopped.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Look.

INSKEEP: Up in the sky.

MONTAGNE: Its a bird.

INSKEEP: Its a plane.

MONTAGNE: Its the price of Superman.

INSKEEP: A near mint condition copy of Action Comics #1, the very fist comic book to feature the original superhero, sold at auction for a record price. It brought $1 million yesterday.

MONTAGNE: It first sold in 1938 for 10 cents. The previous record for a comic book sale was set by a slightly more worn copy of this same comic book.

INSKEEP: The buyer and seller are not yet revealing their secret identities.

Its MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Im Clark Kent.

MONTAGNE: And Im Lois Lane.

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