Ky. man gets $1.5M for comic book collection with valuable Superman, Flash issues


In this photo taken on May 19, 2014, John C. Wise, poses in his San Diego home with a 1966 Super Boy comic. Though Super Boy is not for sale, he is auctioning off some rare historic comic books from his collection. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, K.C. Alfred) NO SALES, NO ARCHIVING, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, TABLOIDS OUT.
The Associated Press
PADUCAH, Ky. - A Kentucky man's comic book collection with first issues of Superman, Batman and the Flash fetched $1.5 million in an online auction this week.
John Wise had collected the valuable super hero comics over three decades.
A comic from 1940 with the first appearance of Flash claimed the top individual price of $182,000. First issues of Superman and Batman from the same era sold for $172,000 and $137,000 in the offerings that ended Tuesday. His issue of the first-ever comic from Marvel sold for $95,000.
Wise says the exploding popularity of super heroes in movies and TV made it a good time to sell. He plans to buy a house and send his grandchildren to college with the profits.
The comic books were sold on Comicconnect.com, an online auction house.
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