DETECTIVE COMICS #27
CGC VF/NM: 9.0
After DC Comics' huge success with Superman, editors were looking for another superhero to cash in on, and young creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with The Batman. The team was inspired by Douglas Fairbanks' portrayal of Zorro, Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom
, Leonardo DaVinci's ornithopter (glider) blueprints which had large bat-like wings, the classic mystery film The Bat Whispers
, and the mystery novel The Circular Staircase
. As a result, in May of 1939, DC hit pay-dirt again with one of the most memorable and iconic fictional characters in history, Batman! Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads millionaire Bruce Wayne to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Detective Comics 27 is one of the most desirable and valuable comic books to own, an important part of American pop culture history.
With the recent cinematic triumph of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, and the successful relaunch of the Caped Crusader's adventures in DC's New 52, the appeal and popularity of Bob Kane's legendary costumed detective has once again exploded, and new generations have been turned on to the majesty and mystery of one of comics' most compelling mythologies. As the story of the Batman grows and expands year by year, and the character's relevance and fame increase, the importance of this issue, the first appearance of Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, and the Batman, only grows and grows. This professionally and handsomely restored copy is one of the most attractive we've seen, with strong colors and very, very good eye appeal. Prices for this book in high grades have shot into the stratosphere, making this restored copy a fantastic buy for the collector looking for the best possible copy with the most bang for the buck.
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Overstreet 2012 VF/NM (9.0) value = $990,000.