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"Action Comics" #1 (1938)
And finally, to bring it full circle, if you really want to investigate the essence of Superman, what better place to start than the Jerry Siegel/Joe Shuster original story that launched the character into iconography? The issue is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month and is widely seen as the beginning of the superhero genre. No surprise, then, that it is the only comic book to have fetched more than $2 million for a single original copy. The story contained therein is the classic beginnings of the Man of Steel: a boy is launched into space from a dying world, crash-lands in a Kansas field, is taught virtues and values by a wholesome couple and grows up to discover he is not of this world. It's also very much about the idea at the center of not just "Man of Steel" but the Man of Steel in general: Destiny.