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Ovation: Comic Book Collection Bring $3.5 Million At NYC Auction.


As a boy, I always enjoyed comic books.  I was more of a Bugs Bunny/Scrooge McDuck/Huckleberry Hound connoisseur than a superhero/“graphic novel” fan.  I would read them after bedtime, under the covers with a flashlight, like so many other children of the time.  I would even read the advertisements for ant farms, x-ray glasses and “art schools” on the inside of the back covers.  My all-time favorite was a Dennis the Menace comic book, published in 1974, that taught me everything that I know about the city of Paris.  I read that comic over and over until the pages were torn and, to this day, I still hope to visit the city and see the sights that Dennis and his parents showed me.

I’ve never been a “collector” of comics or books or even movies.  I’ve always felt it more enjoyable to read something that I hadn’t already read or watch a movie that I’d never seen instead of re-reading or watching something again.  Of course, I’ll watch Titanic every chance I get and I’ve read The DaVinci Code more than once, but those are exceptions.  I wish I still had that comic book.  Many old comic books are really quite valuable.

Recently, Michael Rorrer of Dallas, found 345 vintage comic books in the basement closet of his late aunt.  The comics had been collected by his late great-uncle who had managed to assemble a remarkable collection that included some of the most valuable issues ever published.  And his great-uncle had kept them in great condition.  Included in the collection was a 1939 copy of Detective Comics No. 27 that features the debut of Batman (pictured) and sold for more than $500,000 at a New York City auction house this week.  A 1938 issue of Action Comics that included the first appearance of Superman sold for almost $300,000.  The collection was ultimately worth about $3.5 million.  Not a bad return considering some of the comics had original prices of only ten cents.

It’s fun to dream about hidden riches and about what we might do with sudden and unexpected wealth.  I wonder if Michael Rorrer intends to go to Paris.  I certainly would.

Did you read comic books as a kid?  Did you have a favorite?

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From → Ovations

  1. Sadly [for my bank account] I was not really a comic book fan.


  2. Is that guy the luckiest person in the world or what? How interesting that you learned all about Paris from a Dennis the Menance funny book. I love hearing about stuff like that. I loved Superman funny books when I was a kid. I especially admired Lois Lane. I remember they had a couple that were just about her. I just loved those! Still as much as I loved them I don’t think I would pay $500,000 for it. Maybe more like 5. 🙂


    • Writing that post made me nostalgic. I found the old Dennis the Menace goes to Paris edition on eBay and bought it for myself. I paid $6.00.


      • That’s exactly how your post made me feel too. I remember Dennis the Menace and I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver funnybooks too. In fact, I’ll always remembered a story from the Leave It to Beaver funnybook that I still think about occassionally to this day!


  3. I was addicted to Richie Rich comics. Loved those! I wish I would have kept them.


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