Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Superman comic, selling faster than a speeding bullet. A fan of the Man of Steel paid US$1 million for the 1938 first edition Action Comic on Monday.
The lasting appeal of Superman is far from comical
Some things don't change, except perhaps the price. A return of $1 million on an investment of 10 cents over 72 years is something even a hedge fund manager might envy. Perhaps rather than bonuses this year, they should hand out comics to the banksters on Wall Street and tell them to hold them for the long-term. In the long-running struggle between Batman, Spiderman and other characters, it seems that Superman - dubbed rather disparagingly as the "big blue boy scout" by his fellow superheroes - has come out on top. Not bad for a character who has worn his underwear over his trousers for more than 70 years.