It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a $317,200 Superman comic book!

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Dec 14, 2012

A rare copy of Action Comics number one, the first comic book featuring Superman, sold for $317,200 in an Internet auction, the Associated Press reported. The previous owner had bought it for less than a buck.

It's one of the highest prices ever paid for a comic book, a likely testament to the volume's rarity and its excellent condition, said Stephen Fishler, co-owner of the auction site ComicConnect.com and its sister dealership, Metropolis Collectibles, to the AP.

The winning bid for the 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, which features Superman lifting a car on its cover, was submitted Friday evening by John Dolmayan, drummer for the rock band System of a Down, the AP reported. Dolmayan, who is also a dealer in rare comic books, said he acquired the Superman comic on behalf of a client he declined to identify.