Sale Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM PST
An alien named Kal-El from the destroyed planet Krypton was sent to Earth and raised as Clark Kent by human foster parents. As an adult, he became the protector of Earth while Clark Kent worked as a mild-mannered reporter for The Daily Planet newspaper in Metropolis. After several failed attempts to find a viable publisher for their story, artist Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel’s creation hit the big time when it was chosen as the cover feature for Action Comics #1 in June 1938 by National Allied Publications (the precursor of DC Comics). Thus marked the genesis of Superman and the superhero genre, forever changing popular culture. We are now on the cusp of the 80th anniversary of his colossal debut.
This is the first auction of its kind devoted solely to Superman. A multi-media titan, stories involving “The Man of Steel” have been told in print, radio, television, film, and his image and signature “S” logo are omnipresent, appearing on lunch boxes, backpacks, t-shirts and apparel, toys, games, comics, magazines, advertising, etc.
We start the sale in present day and begin a trek backward in time, peering at Superman-related costumes, props and production related items tied to film and television. Next, we encounter vintage toys, merchandise, premiums and original Silver and Golden Age comic art. Finally, we offer a high-grade copy of Action Comics #1 (published June 1938) – the comic responsible for starting it all! This issue is regarded as the Holy Grail in the field of comics, and we are truly privileged to handle such a high-grade specimen.
We hope you enjoy previewing the treasures in this special sale and find something special to add to your collection.