|The Celebrity Collector
sells his million dollar comic
He's the billion dollar man who sold his million dollar-plus
Nicolas Cage, whose movies have raked in a billion dollars, recently
showed himself to be the consummate collector of comic books when
his collection of 141 lots was auctioned by Heritage Comics of
Dallas for $1.68 million.
Among the highlights of
Nicolas Cage's collection was a 1940 Detective #38 comic that
featured the debut Batman's sidekick Robin, The Boy Wonder, for
$120,750 over a price guide list of $45,000. A 1940 All-Star Comic
#3 introducing the Justice Society of America sold for $126,500
against a value of $45,000. It was the first comic book to introduce
a super hero team, which included the Green Lantern, Hawkman, the
Flash, Hourman, Dr. Fate, the Spectre, the Sandman, and the Atom.
Cage's comic book recording the first appearance of Superman (Action
Comics #1 from 1938) hammered at $86,250, including buyer's
The sale, which also
included comic art, movie posters and memorabilia not in Nicolas
Cage's collection, set a new world record for comic book auctions
with a total of $5.2 million.
Born on Jan. 7, 1964 and a
collector for many years, Cage reportedly made the decision to sell
his collection after watching the market and deciding now was a good
time. Apparently, he was right. He is also now selling cars from his
An academy award winner,
Nicolas Cage is an equal opportunity actor-his movies appeal to all
ages, races, genders and religions. His acting ability spans most
genres, including action, drama, comedy. Most actors and actresses
his credits: Windtalkers, Gone In Sixty Seconds, The Rock, Con-Air,
Raising Arizona, Guarding Tess, Firebirds, The Family Man,
Moonstruck, Face/Off, City of Angels, Leaving Las Vegas, and Peggy
Sue Got Marriedto name a few. Just as impressive is his list of
co-stars: Sean Connery, Cher, John Travolta, Shirley MacLaine, James
Caan, Meg Ryan, Kathleen Turner, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Angelina
But acting and movies were
virtually foreordained for Cage. His uncle is the legendary
Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola, and his aunt is Talia
Shire, "Adrian" in umpteen Rocky movies and Connie in all three
Nicolas Cage is actually
the stage name of Nicolas Kim Coppola. Cage changed his name so his
acting would be judged on its own merits and not on any
preconceptions associated with the Coppola name. He chose Cage from
his favorite comic book hero, Luke Cage (Hero for Hire), so is it
any wonder that he would be an avid comic book collector?
Nicolas Cage's current
movie is Matchstick Men. This year, he also starred in Adaptation
Now that this collection
has changed hands, Cage plans to move into other areas of
collecting, and he has a nice nest egg to bankroll that
Other items sold during the
four-day auction which were not in Nicolas Cage's personal
- *The first known
sketches of Wonder Woman from 1941, two ink, pencil and crayon
drawings on one sheet of paper with handwritten notes by her
creator, Dr. William Moulton Marston, $33,350.
- *A Spider-Man #1 comic
from 1963, $70,150.
- *An original "Peanuts"
comic strip art by Charles Schulz dated September 2, 1956,
- *A movie poster of The
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, $12,650, including buyer's premium.
(This poster was featured on the cover of the October issue of
Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine.)
appearance of Hourman, DC Comics, 1940, $54,625.
DC Comics, 1939, $41,400.
One-sheet (27" x 41") $13,225.
(Not in the Cage
Top to bottom:
$126,500-1940 All-Star Comic #3 which introduced the Justice Society
of America; $120,750-1940 Detective Comic #38, Robin's debut;
$2,357-1952 Atomic War! #1; and $86,250-1938 Action Comics #1, the
first appearance of Superman. (All photos courtesy Heritage Comics,
800-872-6467. All prices include buyer's premium.)
Cage in the
movie Wind Talkers.
of Wonder Woman with notes by Dr. W.M. Marston, creator,