Captain America’s first comic book sells at auction for $3.1m

Not knowing they were throwing away a future fortune, many mums have thrown out the comics left behind when their students headed off into the world.

Perhaps they shouldn’t have.

The first comic book that featured Captain America sold at auction today for $3.1 million, Deadline reports. The price is just short of the record of $3.6 million, set in 2014 for Spider-Man’s first comic appearance. The buyer was not identified.

The price is a far cry from the 10 cents the book sold for when it was first published in 1941. Its initial sales are lost to time, but the cover features Cap punching out Adolf Hitler, a popular notion in the war years.

Comic auctions for No. 1 issues have skyrocketed in the last few years. Superman No. 1 went for $3.2 million in 2014, while Batman’s debut fetched $2.2 million in 2021.

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