On March 29th, 2010, a single copy of Action Comics #1 sold at auction for 1.5 million US dollars, making it the most expensive comic in the world. There are only about six readable copies still around today.
And anyone can read it without even spending the one dime suggested by the cover.
Here, for the very first time, Superman appears on four-color panels (alongside lesser characters such as Zatara, who would eventually become father to today’s Zatanna, and Tex Thompson, who would find a place in continuity as the obscure but nevertheless present Americommando).
Thanks to the University of Virginia‘s online library, this historic issue, from which every single one of our favorite super-heroes would spawn, is available for everyone to see – ravages of seventy-two years of time included.
If you never have before, take some time today to treat yourself to the Original Origin Story.
(And even if you’ve seen it before, this scan is worth checking out for the rest of the content, which is almost never reproduced! – Ian)