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Event AuctionBATMAN #1
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Grade: CGC VG-: 3.5
Publisher: DC
Bid History: Sold For
$48,503 

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End Time: 10:53 PM EDT
Tuesday 3/19/2013
Comments: off white pgs
Classic Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson cvr/art; 1st app. Joker; 1st app. Catwoman
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BATMAN #1
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DC
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CGC VG-: 3.5
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.

Batman 1 has acted as the gateway" key for a generation: its relative availability compared to Detective 27 and Action 1 meant that copies could be found with comparative ease, and the number of lower-grade copies in circulation made for reasonable pricing -- for a while. The runaway success of the other major DC keys in recent years has made this book suddenly tough to obtain, and put the book in huge demand. As with any great introductory book for new Golden Age fans, this is the perfect copy. It's low-grade but completely unrestored, and its cover colors remain strong and appealing with relatively minimal wear and soiling for the grade. If you're looking for the perfect way to anchor a new Golden Age key collection, this is your book. If you're looking for a can't-miss key with long-term investment potential, Bat 1s are no-brainers. This one hits the sweet spot.

Overstreet Guide 2012 VG- (3.5) value = $29,750

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