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Super comic nets record $3.2 million

– A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman’s comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.

New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said Monday they submitted Sunday’s record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared. It’s believed to be the most ever paid for a comic book, surpassing $2.1 million for a similarly high-quality copy of the same book in 2011.

“It’s hard to believe that a kid’s 10-cent comic could be worth that much money, but it is Superman. That’s an iconic thing,” Fishler said.

eBay said it couldn’t yet disclose the buyer’s name.

Fishler and Zurzolo own ComicConnect.com, which auctioned the 2011 record-setter and a slightly less well-preserved Action Comics No. 1 for more than $1 million in 2010.

The rising prices have been fueled by superhero movies and growing interest in comic books as investments – “an alternative place to put money that has a cool factor to it,” Fishler said.

– Associated Press

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