1:13pm PT by Graeme McMillan
World's Most Expensive Comic Book to Be Displayed at New York Comic Con
If one of your life goals is to stand beside a comic book more expensive than you’ll ever be able to afford, then this year’s New York Comic Con might be able to help you tick one item off your bucket list — as long as you’re there on the right day.
Vincent Zurzolo and Stephen Fishler will be displaying the copy of 1938’s Action Comics No. 1 that they purchased for $3.2 million earlier this year, shattering the previous record for the world’s most expensive comic book, for just one day at the comic book and pop culture convention behind held at the Javits Center this weekend.
The comic will be featured alongside a display of upcoming auction items to be sold by ComicConnect, the online pop culture memorabilia auction house co-owned by Zurzolo and Fishler, the company announced online Monday. It will only be on display Thursday, Oct. 9, the first day of the show.
Speaking to THR after purchasing the comic back in August, Zurzolo said that Action was worth the price. “Look at the impact Superman has made on the world,” he argued. “If you stood on any street corner in any city in the country and held up a picture of Giacometti's Walking Man [which sold for $104.3 million in 2010, including fees] and held up a picture of Action Comics No. 1, I would say nine times out of 10, people would know the Action Comics image before they knew what Walking Man was all about. I don't think $3.2 million is a lot of money for a comic book of this importance.”
Plus, if it helps to drive attention to his business during the opening day of one of the largest comic conventions in the country, that just makes it even more of a deal.