CGC VG-: 3.5
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.
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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