November 17, 2017

The World’s Largest Superman Auction Featuring A Million Dollar-Valued ACTION COMICS #1 Superman’s First Appearance Leading The Sale

Christopher Reeve’s Screen Worn Superman Costume from Superman III

Action Comics #350 Cover Art “Secret of the Stone-Age Superman” Drawn By The Highly Coveted Curt Swan and George Klein

And Much More At Profiles in History’s Superman: The Auction


LOS ANGELES- November 17th, 2017 Profiles in History is proud to announce Superman: The Auction, December 19th in Los Angeles. Next year marks the 80th anniversary of “The Man of Steel” and this will be the first ever auction devoted entirely to the godfather of all superheroes, featuring over $2 million of material.

First up is Action Comics #1 with a CGC Conserved Grade of 7.0. This is without debate nor question, the most revered and legendary comic book of all time. It marks the origin and first appearance of Superman, while simultaneously inaugurating the superhero genre. This copy is extraordinarily significant in that it is unrestored, being certified by CGC with the Conserved Grade of “7.0 Off-White Pages”, with coveted blue Universal label. As noted on the label: “Conservation includes: tear seals to cover, spine split sealed to cover, cover cleaned, centerfold reinforced, cover reinforced.” It is pictured left and estimated to sell for $800,000 – $1,200,000.

Then Christopher Reeve’s screen-worn “Superman” costume from Superman III. (Warner Bros., 1983) This is the “Dark” Superman costume worn by Reeve in the scenes when the “Man of Steel” is affected by the synthetic tar-laced Krytonite, turning him angry, depressed and destructive. This costume was acquired directly from Warner Bros. Studio. It is pictured below and estimated to sell for $50,000 – $70,000.

Next is Action Comics #350 Cover art by Curt Swan (pencils) & George Klein (inks). This isincredible art from the rare Silver Age 1966 cover of the classic story titled: “Secret of the Stone-Age Superman!” This nice cover features Superman and Perry White in a cave as they find a prehistoric Superman skeleton in costume! Large art DC Superhero covers are extremely desirable, and Silver Age Superman covers drawn by the great Curt Swan and George Klein are some of the most highly coveted. It is pictured at bottom and estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000.

Finally, Brandon Routh’s “Superman” costume from Superman Returns. The suit is constructed of a blue texturized 1-piece milliskin jumpsuit with texturized red stretch briefs accessorized by a flexible gold-tone polyurethane belt with “S” icon. Adorned by a heavy red flying cape made of red rubberized fabric. It is adorned by a heavy red flying cape made of red rubberized fabric. The costume is completed by a pair of custom-made red leather boots with cast rubber soles featuring “S” icon on the heels. It is estimated to sell for $25,000 – $35,000

Being the multi-media titan since World War II to the present, there is also an amazing collection of Superman ephemera, vintage board games, playing cards, premium pins, rings, toys, lunch boxes, and more, for a variety of prices that all fans can purchase and enjoy.

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz for $805,000; Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans for $960,000; From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In June 2017, at his Hollywood Auction 89, Joe sold the Gary Cannavo collection of Battlestar Galactica spaceships for 1.8 million dollars, the Saturday Night Fever dance floor for 1.2 million and an R2D2 for 2.76 million. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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