Bill Wright is name I learned just this afternoon. I've never met Bill, yet I find myself envying him, and his estate, a great deal.

Bill was a comic collector, like many of us. From what I know, he enjoyed reading Superman and Batman. And like most comic collectors he tried to keep his books in the highest grade condition he could. Treating them with a great deal of care.

His collection was moderately sized, only 345 single issues. But amongst those issues were, Action Comics #1, and Detective Comics #27. Anyone who knows even the tiniest bit about comics know what those two issues are. In case you're not in the know, I'll fill you in.

Action Comics #1 is the first appearance Superman, Detective #27 is the first of Batman. These comics have cover price of a dime. Though they've each sold, for over a million bucks!... Inflation say what?

Bill's great nephews have inherited his collection of golden age comics, and have sold it all at a price of 3 million dollars.

The money isn't the story here though. Not to me at least. To me the story is the journey of those books. Bill would have been ten when he bought Action Comics #1, and eleven when he bought Detective #27. I got my first comic's around that age as well, I still have them actually. You know what they look like? Shit. Covers are torn off, pages crumpled, my dad used one as coaster for his beer once. Bill kept his in great condition though... Even through WWII when many comic books were pulped up for the war effort by mothers with no respect for the funny pages. That's right, these books survived, not only a child's hands, but a fucking world war!

You're probably thinking, "Of course he took care of them, they're worth a fortune now!" Bill didn't know that though. The idea that comics would be worth something some day didn't occur to people until much later, and its wasn't exploited until even later by mass production of issue #1's and variant covers.

No, Bill didn't take care of those comics and hold onto them until he died because he thought, "Some day these will be wroth something" He did it because he loved them. I'm kind of saddened by the fact that his family sold his collection. I mean I GET it, its a lot of money. But those comics probably had some great sentimental value, worth more then the millions they sold for, and definitely more then the 10cents it originally went for.

Some interesting facts about Action Comics #1. The actor Nicholas Cage had copy stolen from him, then later rediscovered in abandoned storage locker. Possibly during an episode of Storage Wars.

Even more interesting. The Canadian Government owns their own copy of Action Comics #1 protected in our National Library.



Fusing those two interesting facts together. I kind of want Nick Cage to make a National Treasure 3 where he has to steal Action Comics #1 from the Canadian Government.

Anyway, I'll leave you with this:

   
Morgan
2/22/2012

Very interesting! Also quite amazing! I am kind of saddened by his family also, just because they probably don't see the sentiment in them.

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4/24/2012

good one post dude

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7/14/2012

Thank you for data

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