Man finds 2nd vintage Superman comic book in abandoned Minn. home


The luck of Superman continues to shine on Minnesota contractor David Gonzalez.

ABC News reports Gonzalez has found another vintage Superman comic book in the insulation of an abandoned Minnesota home, the same week that the first one he found -- Action Comics #1 -- went for $175,000 in an online auction.

The Huffington Post revealed that the issue found by Gonzalez was Superman #4, which was was released in 1940. Despite the rarity of the issue, it is worth considerably less than Action Comics #1 from 1938, which was the first comic book to feature Superman.

Vincent Zurzolo, the chief operating officer ComicConnect.com -- the company that auctioned the first comic for Gonzalez -- told the Huffington Post that Superman #4 could be worth anywhere between $500 and $5,000.

Zurzolo said he's not sure if Gonzalez will end up selling the issue.

Gonzalez's luck seems to be coming at appropriate time -- the latest Superman movie, "Man of Steel" starring Henry Cavill in the title role -- opens in theaters Friday.

Gonzalez nearly didn't get a chance to happen upon the comics at all. A nearby restaurant bid $10,000 to buy the abandoned Elbow Lake house and demolish and build a parking lot, but Gonzalez, outbid the business by $100 so he could buy it to renovate it.

Although the comic was auctioned off for $175,000 (ComicsConnect will receive 10 percent commission on it), it could have gone for more. The Star Tribune says when Gonzalez showed the comic book to his in-laws, his wife’s aunt grabbed the comic book from him in the excitement of the discovery. When Gonzalez grabbed the comic back, he tore the back cover -- decreasing its value by about $75,000.

Gonzalez told ABC that he isn't planning on spending spree in the wake of the auction -- and plans to invest in his children's education and possibly buy another house to renovate. Gonzalez also told ABC that he plans to donate $10,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

He is, however, contemplating on buying his dream car, a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro IROC, ABC says.

See the full image of Superman #4 below (note, this is not the actual comic book found by Gonzalez).

Photo: ComicConnect.com

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