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1ST Superman comic found in Wall

Image: Action Comics #1 book starring the new character SupermanNBC News

Its quality isn't as high as the one pictured here, but the Action Comics No. 1 book found stuffed inside the wall of a damaged home by David Gonzalez is still special because it's an original.

In these energy-efficient times, most of us understand the value of properly insulating our homes. But one remodeler in Minnesota is learning that even old-school forms of insulation can be worth a mint.

As he was gutting a house in Elbow Lake, Minn., David Gonzalez, 34, made a startling discovery: In among the old newspapers insulating a wall was an original Action Comics No. 1 book from June 1938. On the cover, a brand new character wore a flowing red cape and lifted a car over his head: Superman.

The quality of the comic book Gonzalez found isn’t high — 1.5 on a 10-point scale — but it’s still considered special because it’s an original. The ComicConnect site describes the edition as “the most important comic book in the history of comic books” and “the introduction of the archetype of all other heroes to come.”

ComicConnect co-owner Vincent Zurzolo told the Star Tribune that most known copies of the Action Comics No. 1 book have been documented and resold multiple times over the years — yet another detail that makes Gonzalez’s find so unusual.

“It’s so hard for anyone to fathom that, in this day and age, you could still discover a comic book that nobody has known about because this book was in a wall of a house for more than 70 years, ” Zurzolo said. “It’s pretty miraculous that it even survived and it’s only had one owner.”

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