A near-mint copy of a 1941 comic strip featuring the first appearance of Captain America has sold at auction for over US$3 million (£2.3million).
The sale makes Captain America Comics #1 one of the top five most valuable comics in the world.
The issue features the well-known Marvel superhero, played by Chris Evans in the film series, punching Adolf Hitler in the face on the cover.
It also introduces readers to Captain America’s sidekick Bucky, played by Sebastian Stan, and her Nazi nemesis, Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving.
The final sale price was US$3,120,000 (£2.4 million) and the item was sold at Heritage Auctions’ Comic Book and Comic Art events in Texas.
According to Heritage Auctions, the edition was graded Near Mint 9.4 – the best edition of the comic it has offered in two decades.
Captain America is now one of only three superheroes, along with Superman and Spider-Man, whose first comic book appearances have sold for more than $3 million.
At the same auction, a CGC NM-9.2 copy of the Fantastic Four’s 1961 debut sold for US$1.5 million (£1.1 million), marking the first time the supergroup have sold the million-dollar exceeded the mark.
It’s also the second highest price ever paid for a non-Golden Age comic.
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“Every time I looked up during the comics portion of the session, a new record fell and the comics continued that trend,” said Barry Sandoval, vice president of Heritage Auctions.
“We knew this was a selection of truly exceptional material and we are thrilled that the bidders agreed.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/near-mint-condition-of-first-captain-america-comic-sells-for-over-23-million-41532456.html In near mint condition, the first Captain America comic sells for over £2.3m