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.