On today’s date in 1938, Toronto-born cartoonist Joe Shuster teamed up with Cleveland’s Jerry Siegel to create Superman, who made his first appearance in DC Comics’ Action Comics series, issue no. one. In 1938, it cost readers 10 cents; now, collectors will pay more than $100,000 for a copy.
In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled seven Superman coins, each depicting different moments in the superhero’s history. The coins also feature an engraved message reading “75 years of Superman” in the character’s native language, Kryptonian.
One of the coins – a 14-karat gold coin that sold for $750 – depicts Superman flying above Metropolis with the famous Fortress of Solitude in the background. The other six coins ranged in price from $29.75 to $129.75, with designs including a 3D hologram of Superman flying and a silver coin depicting Superman in his latest uniform.
Last year, the Mint unveiled four additional Superman coins, reproducing several colourful iconic images from the comic’s covers. Three of the coins were silver, with face values of $10, $15 and $20, while the fourth coin – struck in gold – had a face value of $100. The mint only produced 10,000 of each silver coin while the gold coin had a limited run of 2,000.
The 2014 coins were based on art that graced comic book covers in 1938, 1972, 2001 and 2012, including Action Comics no. 1, which features Superman hoisting a green car above his head in arguably the most famous comic book of all time.
The other coins feature images including Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent pulling back his shirt to reveal the S-Shield and Superman in the classic iteration of his costume, taking to the skies with his cape fluttering behind.