Stolen ACTION #1 that once belonged to Nicolas Cage expected to become most expensive comic of all time

It’s the Hope Diamond of the comic book set. The one-of-a-kind 9.0 graded copy of ACTION #1 that once belonged to actor Nicolas Cage is going on the auction block — and it is expected to set a record for a comic price. The comics-loving actor purchased the copy — the finest of ACTION #1 known to exist — in 1997 for $150,000. It was then stolen from his house in 2000 and vanished from history until it was found in a California storage unit last year. According to ComicConnect’s Vincent Zurzolo — the go-to man for all comics collectible lore — the stolen comic was actually tracked down and traced to a man who had purchased it from the owner of the contents of the unit. Will someone please make a movie about this investigation? Starring Ryan Gosling? And Tom Hardy?


Anyhoo, we digress. An 8.5 copy of ACTION #1 was sold last year for $1.5 million. Zurzolo expects this one to go for more than that. Not a bad investment.




  1. Um, if it’s stolen property, shouldn’t Nicolas Cage get it back?

  2. Kate Willaert says:

    I was thinking the same thing, shouldn’t he get it back?

    But I agree, it should totally be made into a movie! And it could star Nic Cage as the detective! With a cameo by Charlie Kaufman as Nic Cage!

  3. So they must know who stole it and Nic should get it back. I would love to know the rest of the story now. I guess I could search the net…;)

  4. Joe S. Walker says:

    Don’t know the exact circumstances, but it appears now to be property of the insurance company, who presumably paid out to Cage at the time??

  5. Darrell Grant says:

    “Will someone please make a movie about this investigation? Starring Ryan Gosling? And Tom Hardy?”
    Just as long as it doesn’t star Nic Cage!

  6. Torsten Adair says:

    8 hours left to go in the auction, bid is:


    If you can’t afford that, they have loose pages from another copy of Action #1 selling for about $300. (Kinda like the Guttenberg Bible!)

  7. JohnJ says:

    Didn’t I hear when this was first found that it involved the tv show “Storage Wars”?

    Or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

  8. Joe S. Walker says:

    Finished at $2,161,000.

    It’s actually not the known best-condition copy – only the highest CGC-graded.

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