The most iconic superhero of them all gained his own title in the Summer of 1939 with the first four stories from Action Comics were collected into one package. The back cover had the first pin-up in comics.
Superman was once the world's best-selling comic book at over a million copies a month at his height in the 1960s. As a back-issue, the character is a steady seller ratherthan anything spectacular. Bronze Age issues from the 1970s and the 100 page giants are ones to watch out for, definitely a market of growing interest and attention.
Up until issue #131, these comics were not officially distributed in the United Kingdom. Copies only came over through US Army and Air Force bases and through family relations - we Brits had to contend with reprints from Australia for the most part!
Issue #132 was the first officially distributed issue of Superman in the UK through newsagents and other magazine outlets. Prior to this, all issues of this title were Non Distributed in the UK and are therefore always cents copies. To my knowledge, Superman #132 and Batman #127 were the first officially distributed DC comics in the UK as they were the most well known characters. Annoyingly I sold my ninepence-stamped Supeman #132 ages ago - anyone out there with a copy, do send me a picture!
The British-priced variants are considerably rarer than their US cents counterparts as it is thought that only 2-3% of the print run was put aside for export to the UK, South Africa and Australasia.
Right throughout the late 1940s and through the 1950s kids could get their Superman fix from the Australian reprints of Superman but these were older 1940s Golden Age stories. This was the first time that we saw the latest Superman adventures. Also love the Superman annuals that started in 1951 right through to the 1960s - a great way of seeing early Superman stories (see British section).
|Total £||27,290||54,620||81,960||164,450||286,060||717,410||1,230,210||1,712,700||2,056,000||Total title value in pounds in UK markets|
|Total $||34,560||69,200||103,860||208,210||362,220||905,550||1,552,520||2,159,480||2,592,350||Total title value in dollars in US markets|
Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.