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April 13, 2011

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LAPD Art Theft Detail Investigating the recovery of Nicholas Cage's rare comic book featuring the first appearance of Superman (Action Comics #1)

Action Comics #1 (Courtesy of
by Catherine Schofield Sezgin
ARCA Blog Editor-in-Chief

Detective Don Hyryck with the Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Detail kindly emailed ARCA today his responses for a Question & Answer column to be published in to the next issue of The Journal of Art Crime although he has been handling the recent case involving a rare Superman comic book stolen from the actor Nicholas Cage in 2000.

Richard Winton for the Los Angeles Times wrote today here under a headline "Nicholas Cage's national treasure recovered". The 1938 Action Comics No. 1, stolen from the actor's home more than ten years ago, features the first appearance of Superman. Winton reports that the LAPD Art Theft Detail is investigating the reappearance last month of the $1.5 million comic book from a storage locker in the San Fernando Valley:
Hrycyk did not identify the man who claims to have discovered the rare comic book after buying the contents of an abandoned storage container at auction. The veteran art detail detective said he's still checking out the story of the man, who has been unable to identify the exact place from where the comic came. 
"He claims he doesn't know the exact storage locker," Hrycyk said.
 ARCA will continue to follow the adventures of Detective Hrycyk and the LAPD Art Theft Unit both on this blog and in the biannual Journal of Art Crime.  Stay tune for our next edition...