6:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
Rare 'Wonder Woman' Comics Being Auctioned for Anti-Human Trafficking Charity
2017 has been a good year for DC Entertainment's Wonder Woman, and an upcoming eBay for Charity auction is about to give fans of the character the chance to own three rare pieces of the character's history. The pieces going up for auction include her very first appearance, 1941's All-Star Comics No. 8.
That comic, and the first issues of Wonder Woman's two 1940s starring roles — 1942's Sensation Comics No. 1 and Wonder Woman No. 1 — will go up for sale next month in three separate auctions, with a portion of the proceeds going to the non-profit organization Trafficking Hope, which campaigns against human trafficking.
The Wonder Woman material in each of these issues was written by the character's creator, William Moulton Marston — under the pen name Charles Moulton — with art by Harry G. Peter. An upcoming movie, October's Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, delves into the origin of the character, and the relationships that led the man who invented the lie detector to also create the most iconic female superhero in existence.
Seller for the auctions is Pristine Comics owner Darren Adams, who sold the first appearance of Superman — 1938's Action Comics No. 1 — for $3.2 million, a record auction for eBay. Whether these Wonder Woman auctions will top that figure remains to be seen, but eBay notes that sales of Wonder Woman material in 2017 are up 59 percent on last year's figure, with "Wonder Woman" having been used as a search term more than 460,000 times this year alone.
The Wonder Woman auction will begin Aug. 13 at 5 pm PT; before then, more information can be found here.