Superman rescues family from foreclosure

While packing up the home they expected to lose, a family finds their hero stashed in the basement.

By Mai Ling at MSN Real Estate Jul 28, 2010 10:19AM

More than 70 years after Superman first saved the day in the pages of a comic book, the Man of Steel has reached out and saved a family in the real world.


Asylum reports that a family was packing up their belongings after their bank had started foreclosure proceedings, when they came across a box of comic books in the basement.


But this wasn't just any box, and the family suspected they'd struck gold when they discovered among the titles "Action Comics No. 1," the comic that introduced Superman to the world and brought to life the superhero genre, which remains popular to this day.


It also happens to be worth upward of $250,000. Asylum writes:


The house had been in the family's possession since the 1950s, which is probably when the wife's father stashed the issue in a box with some other, mere mortal titles.


When the family contacted Stephen Fishler, the co-owner of ComicConnect and Metropolis, he was naturally skeptical after receiving countless similar calls, of which "99.9%" turn out to be reprints, he told Asylum. But then they texted him a cell phone picture of its cover, which features Superman holding a car, and Fishler knew he'd found the key to comic book fans' collections all over the world.

The comic is expected to fetch more than a quarter-million dollars when it goes up for auction on ComicConnect -- and that's a low estimate. In February of this year, an unrestored copy of "Action Comic No. 1" sold for $1 million, according to the Los Angeles Times, followed a month later by the sale of another copy in better condition at $1.5 million.


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But don't go hunting down the family for what's left over after they get back up to speed on their mortgage. They told Fishler they'd like to remain anonymous, although they did tell Asylum that they were "shell-shocked about finding this book.":


"I know I am very fortunate, but I will be greatly relieved when this book finds a new home."

Thankfully, it looks like they'll get to keep theirs.


Have you heard any other amazing stories about how homeowners saved their homes from foreclosure? Share your favorite foreclosure rescue stories in the comment thread at the bottom of this post or on the MSN Real Estate Facebook page.

Jul 28, 2010 4:48PM
Good for them!! Some good news for once!   Open-mouthed
Jul 28, 2010 4:45PM

That's some kinda luck. But what I find interesting is the house has been in the famliy since the 50's but its not paid off? Really? Sounds like a family who kept using their house to get things they couldn't afford.


still lucky as heck but if you haven't paid the house off in 50 years you really don't deserve it.

Jul 28, 2010 4:44PM
It is refreshing to hear about a family who gets to keep their home, instead of a family losing one.   Congrats to them, and my they use their new found wealth to stay out of financial trouble, and maybe help a few people along the way.  
Jul 28, 2010 4:41PM

If God granted this family the right to stay in their home, why didn't He do the same thing for the many thousands of righteous families who have lost their homes?  Were they not as deserving?   When a plane crashes, we always hear of someone who missed the plane due to car trouble or being bumped who praises God.  DId God decide to smite the person who took the vacated seat?   When a child survives a terrible accident or illness, we praise God, but what about the children who died?  Were they unworthy? 


I hope that we can believe in God and still accept that things just happen-good and bad.   We can still be very happy for the family, but good fortune, not a miracle.


Jul 28, 2010 4:41PM
So, I can see by the posts that over 90% of you wish this family well. I do think this follows political thinking, one party loves gloom and doom, the other, well, you know
Jul 28, 2010 4:36PM
I would send the bank seperate money orders for $1.00 each on the past due amount since they were being so nice and throwing them out and all. God Bless those folks. Everything happens for a reason. I wish them wisdom and patience.
Jul 28, 2010 4:30PM
Jul 28, 2010 4:28PM
Fantastic for them in my opinion, I am very glad to see that God still works miracles :)
Jul 28, 2010 4:28PM

some of the comments here are funny... people just get jealous and try to say something outrageous like always.

Iam Very happy for the family i hope the comic brings you more fortune then expected! They should put it on a online auction house! they always bring in more cash then expected! this is a extremely rare book. I collect myself.......alot comics and alot of vintage and current toys like highend sideshow stuff  HttP://   

Jul 28, 2010 4:23PM
Jul 28, 2010 4:20PM
well this a good thing for hopefully good people i hope they keep the home and live very happlily GBAWink
Jul 28, 2010 4:19PM
God allowed???? God granted??? hmmmm maybe God can spare a few billion to bail out Cleveland.
Jul 28, 2010 4:18PM
WOW! Good for them. I'm still looking for my bailout
Jul 28, 2010 4:16PM

It's really good that one of this "miracles" happen to a family in need instead of somebody who won't appreciate as much.


Jul 28, 2010 4:16PM
So that's where I left my comics

going to go check my storage locker stored there for 10 yrs

Jul 28, 2010 4:11PM
I wonder if that guy who found the declaration of independence in a picture frame at a garage sale for 5 bucks needed some extra cash at the time.... just throwin' that out there!
Jul 28, 2010 4:10PM
What is awesome is a comic book bought during the depression June 1938 for 10 cents which was a  luxury to spend that amount for comic book during that time, has blessed a family in a another hard time in America. The Superman character was developed in a time when Americans needed a hero , and hope in 1938...the hidden wonder of it all.
Jul 28, 2010 4:06PM
I'm happy for them, just wish I could have the same kind of luck.  My husband was killed in an auto wreck 8 years ago (no insurance) and I lost my house 2 years ago, now, I am facing eviction.
Jul 28, 2010 4:06PM
What a great story..................To the Basement Batman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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