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Read Superman #1 for free

Posted October 31, 2014 into Comics by John Birmingham

Okay, it's actually Action Comics #1 but it is in mint condition and it is Supes origin story. The issue, available to peruse at CGC's certification site, was recently bought at auction for something north of a bazillion elephant bucks. It had to be assessed for auction, just like any work of art, and so you get to have a look to.

It's fasincating to see the really primitive art style and story telling and ponder just how far comics and their grown up graphic novel siblings have come. I used to read a heap when I was kid. I still try to get a few in of a Friday night now, so reading Action #1 is a bit like seeing the first rough outlines of what would be become science fiction in the outlandish novels of the 19th century.

12 Responses to ‘Read Superman #1 for free’

Barnesm reckons...

Posted October 31, 2014
So stark the contrast to some of the equivilent current comics.

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Darth Greybeard swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 31, 2014
Not that I read this kind of thing meself you understand, but I believe young Spanner buys some of his com- um Graphic Novels from this lot.

It has Buffy and Zombies.

Surtac puts forth...

Posted October 31, 2014

There's some very good stuff to be found in some of those bundles imnsho. :)

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Darth Greybeard ducks in to say...

Posted October 31, 2014
I guess Chuck Dawson never really took off like Superman? (snerk)

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted October 31, 2014

Hey, Zombie_Balzac (if that's who you really are), you'd have been able to buy these when they first came out.

If you look at the back page there's some wonderful bargains. I'm getting the Midget Pocket Radio, the Wireless Transmitter and the World's Smallest Candid Camera and I'll still have change left over from $5.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted October 31, 2014
Oh god, that takes me back.

And don't forget the "electric" hand buzzer, the skeleton model and the X-ray glasses.

Darth Greybeard asserts...

Posted October 31, 2014
If I could post images to this blog, I'd show you the World's Smallest Candid Camera. And my crystal set and amazing head phones. You young folk might have to Google "crystal set" but it was an unpowered radio. Yes, NO BATTERIES.

Therbs mumbles...

Posted October 31, 2014

That's crazy person talk. You must be a crazy old man. And this so called "crystal set" of yours, I suppose you built it yourself did you? And listened to stories on it? Stories about hobbits and supermen? Well I think you're crazy.

Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted October 31, 2014
It was a kit, but yes. Note 4QG 4QR 4BC and 4BK. All AM stations of course.

Darth Greybeard mumbles...

Posted October 31, 2014
And of course:
(Note these are not freakishly large fingers.)

my Sea Monkeys revolted against their King and set up a socialist
autonomous collective run by an elected committee. This resulted in a
vicious civil war in which they all perished.

NBlob asserts...

Posted October 31, 2014
Amplitude Modulation?
Is that still a thing?

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Therbs reckons...

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