Ky. man's comic collection sells for $1.5 million

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In this photo taken on May 19, 2014, John C. Wise, poses in his San Diego home with a 1937 Mickey Mouse Magazine. Though the magazine is not for sale, he is auctioning off some rare historic comic books from his collection. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, K.C. Alfred) NO SALES, NO ARCHIVING, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, TABLOIDS OUT.


PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man's comic book collection with first issues of Superman, Batman and the Flash fetched $1.5 million in an online auction this week.

John Wise had collected the valuable super hero comics over three decades.

A comic from 1940 with the first appearance of Flash claimed the top individual price of $182,000. First issues of Superman and Batman from the same era sold for $172,000 and $137,000 in the offerings that ended Tuesday. His issue of the first-ever comic from Marvel sold for $95,000.

Wise says the exploding popularity of super heroes in movies and TV made it a good time to sell. He plans to buy a house and send his grandchildren to college with the profits.

The comic books were sold on, an online auction house.