January's Loot Crate theme is "Origins," and CBR has the first word that among the offerings inside will be a replica edition of "Action Comics" #1. While reprints of the issue -- Superman's first appearance, the most valuable comic book in history and the beginning of the superhero era as we know it -- are common, this one is printed on newsprint paper stock and retains its original ads, to boost the verisimilitude.
Published in 1938, the lead story of "Action Comics" #1 was Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's first published Superman story. The issue pre-dates DC Comics itself, published under the name of its predecessor, National Allied Publications.
"Action Comics" returned to its original numbering last year, and continues to inch towards the #1000 mark -- issue #972 is scheduled for release next week. In 2014, an original copy of "Action Comics" sold for $3.2 million, the first time an individual issue of a comic book had sold at auction for more than $3 million.
Loot Crate has a history with offering comics as part of their monthly subscription boxes, which has resulted in comics, such as 2014's "Rocket Raccoon" #1, landing at the top of the Diamond direct market charts. Fans looking for the replica copy of "Action Comics" #1 -- and to simulate ownership of the world's most expensive comic book -- in this month's Loot Crate have until 9 p.m. Pacific on Jan. 19 to order the "Origins" crate.