Action Comics No. 1

série: Superman
dessinateur / scénariste: Shuster+Siegel
éditeur: DC 1938 (1983)
genre: ScienceFiction
classement: biblio610-463B
date: 1983
format: broché
état: TBE/N
valeur: 20 €
critère: *
remarques: copy of Action Comics Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1938 reprint 1983
for the 45 years of Superman
with notice of Joe Shuster: "congratulations Superman, it's 45 years
and you are even more Super than ever"

- cover of Action Comics No. 1 June 1938 (1983 copy)
- first page of Action Comics No. 1
- various covers of Action Comics:
1st anniversary 1939, 2nd anniversary 1940,
30th anniversary 1968, 40th anniversary 1978
- the glorious Superman

Action Comics #1 (June 1938) is the first issue
of the original run of the comic book series Action Comics,
it features the first appearance of several comic book heroes,
most notably the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creation, Superman,
for this reason it is widely considered both the beginning
of the superhero genre and the most valuable comic book of all time.

On August 24, 2014, a copy graded 9.0 by CGC
was sold on eBay for US$ 3,207,852,
it is the only comic book to have sold
for more than $3 million for a single original copy,
Action Comics would go on to run for 904 numbered issues
(plus additional out-of-sequence special issues)
before it restarted its numbering in the fall of 2011,
it returned to its original numbering with issue #957,
published on June 8, 2016 (cover-dated August).

it is not to be confused with the first issue of the second series (or "volume")
of Action Comics which was launched
as part of DC Comics' New 52 revamp in the fall of 2011.

Action Comics #1 was an anthology, and contained eleven features:
"Superman" (pp. 1–13) by Siegel and Shuster.
"Chuck Dawson" (pp. 14–19) by H. Fleming.
"Zatara Master Magician" (pp. 20–31) by Fred Guardineer.
"South Sea Strategy" (text feature, pp. 32–33) by Captain Frank Thomas.
"Sticky-Mitt Stimson" (pp. 34–37) by Alger.
"The Adventures of Marco Polo" (pp. 38–41) by Sven Elven.
"'Pep' Morgan" (pp. 42–45) by Fred Guardineer.
"Scoop Scanlon the Five Star Reporter" (pp. 46–51) by Will Ely.
"Tex Thompson" (pp. 52–63) by Bernard Baily.
"Stardust" (p. 64) by "The Star-Gazer".
"Odds 'N Ends" (inside back cover) by "Moldoff" (Sheldon Moldoff).

Published on April 18, 1938 (cover-dated June) by National Allied Publications,
a corporate predecessor of DC Comics, it is considered the first true superhero comic;
and though today Action Comics is a monthly title devoted to Superman,
it began, like many early comics, as an anthology

Action Comics was started by publisher Jack Liebowitz,
the first issue had a print run of 200,000 copies,
which promptly sold out, although it took some time for National
to realize that the "Superman" strip was responsible for sales of the series
that would soon approach 1,000,000 a month,
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page,
for a total of $130 for their work on this issue,
Liebowitz would later say that selecting Superman to run in Action Comics #1
was "pure accident" based on deadline pressure and that he selected a "thrilling" cover,
depicting Superman lifting a car over his head,
Christopher Knowles, author of our Gods wear Spandex:
the secret History of comic book heroes, compared the cover
to Hercules clubs the hydra by Antonio del Pollaiolo,
the issue's cover also bears a resemblance to the Polish comic cover
released in 1932 "Rotmistrz i przyjaciele" which told a story of a heroic captain,

at the 2014 New York Comic Con, Vincent Zurzolo of Metropolis Collectibles
displays the CGC 9.0 copy of Action Comics #1
for which his firm paid $3.2 million (USD),
Comics Buyer's Guide estimated in 2012
that only 50 to 100 original copies of Action Comics #1 exist,

Action Comics #1 has set several sales records for comic books,
on February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 CGC Grade 8.0
sold at auction for US$1 million, becoming the first million-dollar comic book,
the sale, by an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer,
was through the Manhattan-based auction company
on March 29, 2010, sold another copy for US$1.5 million,
making it the most expensive and most valuable comic book of all time,
the copy sold is the third highest-graded copy from the CGC,
which stands at 8.5 VF+ grade.
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