CGC FA/GD: 1.5
Bob Kane and Batman co-creator Bill Finger wiped the grime off of Gotham and added a bright, youthful cohort to the Batman mythos. 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 of the immortal Joker. This issue marks the dawn of the sociopathic character, whose disturbing and haunting image influences and informs comic baddies to this day. Batman 1 is consistently amongst the top-ten-most-desirable comics in the world, always demanding impressive prices and always a super-hot item in our auctions. As knowledgeable collectors are aware, top-tier keys are becoming more and more difficult to find on the market, as owners know well enough to hold on to these trophies and lock them away for years or sometimes generations.
This book features not one, but three characters that have essentially branded themselves so thoroughly into the American consciousness that it's hard to think of a pop culture without them. And if you're looking at this auction thinking, boy, I'd like to get into Golden Age keys, but I just can't manage it, this may be the perfect book for you. Batman 1 is the most popular book for collectors just starting in on the serious key issues, and this copy is practically guaranteed to find a home in a new collection, or a collection needing the perfect anchor book.
Overstreet Guide 2012 GD (2.0) value = $17,000