Superman Saves Family From Foreclosure

Jul 26, 2010
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.
Superman: hero to real and fictional families alike. (Photo: Thomas Duchniki/Creative Commons)

It was almost as though the superhero himself arrived to save the day.

Facing foreclosure, a family was packing up their home when they found a rare Superman comic book in their basement—one worth enough to spare them their impending homelessness.

It was an Action Comics #1, noted in Asylum as "the holy grail of comic books." The comic is legendary because it introduced the character of Superman and several other comic book heroes.

Reported by Asylum, Stephen Fishler, co-owner of New York's ComicConnect and Metropolis Collectibles, noted the book should sell at auction for more than $250,000.

In the U.S., more than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes in 2010, topping the approximately 900,000 homes repossessed in 2009.

The couple's home has been in their family's possession since the 1950s. Thanks to this find, they will likely be able to stay.

The homeowner said that the family was "still a little shell-shocked" about the whole thing. "I was so nervous when I realized what it was worth. I know I am very fortunate but I will be greatly relieved when this book finds a new home."

Photo: Thomas Duchniki/Creative Commons via flikr

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