CGC VG: 4.0
Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger as a dark, brooding combination of Superman and The Shadow, with a touch of The Bat Whispers tossed in, Batman quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Kane wiped the grime off Gotham and added a bright, youthful cohort to the Batman mythos, resulting in this triumphant first issue, an instant classic that sold out nearly overnight. One of the most famous comics of the Golden Age, featuring one of the most iconic covers, Batman 1 is the perfect cornerstone for any new Golden Age collector; an accessible, desirable comic that only increases in value and popularity year after year. Featuring not only the first appearance of the infamous and remarkably influential Catwoman, but also the immortal Joker, whose popularity may possibly eclipse that of his caped adversary. This issue marks the dawn of the sociopathic character, whose disturbing and haunting image influences and informs comic baddies to this day. Volumes have been written about the impact and importance of this historic issue, which sparked the Batman franchise to fire on all cylinders. However the importance to collectors and investors is plain: outside of Action Comics 1, you simply cannot find a more beloved, iconic, and universally sought-after Golden Age key than this one.
Bright yellows and fiery reds make all the difference on copies of Batman 1 -- this slightly professionally restored copy is graced with both, making this an attractive option for Golden Age collectors looking for a great buy for their investment dollar. This book has been getting tougher and tougher to come by as copies get snapped into collections and locked away from the market, so anyone looking to get into this classic book should buy now, or regret it later.
Overstreet Guide 2012 VG (4.0) value = $34,000