March 4th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

'Archie' comic book brings record bid

Archie Comics #1 originally sold for 10 cents in 1942.

Comic book character Archie has always been a sort of awkward, goofy dude, but to at least one collector, he's a superhero.

A copy of Archie Comics No. 1 sold at auction last week for $167,300, the highest amount ever paid for a non-superhero comic book, according to Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas.

"Archie may have a ways to go to catch the likes of Superman and Batman, his Golden Age counterparts, but you can bet that collectors sat up and took notice when this comic brought that price," said Lon Allen, managing director of comics at Heritage Auction Galleries. "This amount exceeds the priciest of Spidey and Hulk comic books we've sold, which brought in excess of $125,000 each."

Archie Comics No. 1 was published in 1942, according to Comic Book Resources, and the brand continues today.

The winning bidder, who chose to remain anonymous, had been hunting a long time for a copy in great condition, according to the auction house.

"It's not going to leave my possession until I die," he reportedly told the auction house.

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  1. American Idiot

    Archie sux. Yes, I'm first.

    March 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Offtopic

    Can I have it when you're dead?

    March 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SHOOOOOO

    I just farted. Shooooooo : )

    March 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gorman Frederickson

      Does anyone read "Archie" for Archie? Come to think of it, Does anyone read "Archie"?

      March 5, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    archie always seemed kinda dumb to me...

    March 5, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Faie Frederickson

    I really became interested in reading as a child when I picked up the Archie comic book. It was the material available for reading. What a treasure. Of course, I wanted to be like Veronica and Betty.

    March 5, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Avser Bastian

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    March 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ted

    RuffNutt you remind me of jughead only not as dumb

    March 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    The ocean became refuge for the grey phantom where it hid for a generation, then struck again with malice beyond words.-Cesar

    March 6, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. toby

    Well that show archie (the comic book been sold at that price) got talents

    April 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |