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First Edition of Superman Comic

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A rare, fine copy of the Action comic book that launched Superman as the first superhero was put up for auction online yesterday, reported AP.

After being hidden away for years, a copy of the original Superman and Friends comic book is expected to fetch about US$400,000, a comic expert told CNN 2 days ago.

About 100 copies of the No.1 edition are known to exist.

The auction is attracting a lot of interest, said Mr Stephen Fishler, owner of Comic Connect, a website for comic book buyers and sellers.

"One bidder wanted to trade his Ferrari for the comic book, as part of an under-the-table deal," Mr Fishler joked.

The comic book is unique.

"Of the 100 existing copies, 80% have been restored, but people want an untouched copy," he said. The book is listed in 'fine' condition, a six on the 10-point rating scale.

"It's the Holy Grail of comic books," Mr Fishler said.

Co-created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the comic book first appeared on newsstands for US$0.10 a copy in June 1938.


- The New Paper dated 28 February 2009

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