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Superman comic to set record.

Summary: A rare Superman comic is up for sale in New York and is expected to set a new record for the man who is "faster than a speeding bullet."

A rare Superman comic is up for sale in New York and is expected to set a new record for the man who is "faster than a speeding bullet."

After 58 years of holding onto it, a California man is auctioning off his 1st edition Action Comic book, the very first of the Superman comics.

Stephen Fishler, of Metropolis Collectibles, is handling the online auction and says he expects the comic to set a new record for an Action One book, which currently stands at $250,000 (Au174,000).

Experts say there are about ten high-grade copies of the comic known to exist - those which have not been artificially restored.

The comic - which originally sold for 10 cents at a used book store - lays out the origin of Superman: his birth on another planet and how bullets bounce off him.

Some things are different: the "S" on his shirt has a slimmer style than today, and back then he could not fly, but only jump really high, or more accurately, "leap over tall buildings in a single bound."

Superman was created 71 years ago by two kids from Cleveland, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and introduced the notion of the costumed "super hero."

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