CGC F/VF: 7.0
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.
Every serious comic collector looks for certain points of interest when shopping for key issues: books with historical significance, origin stories, first issues, popular characters, and story lines. This particular issue hits all of these targets dead on, and a few others to boot. Batman 1 is one of the most important comics ever published. Included within its pages are the origin of Batman, the first appearance of the Joker and The Cat (later to become Catwoman) and five tales of heroic adventure. 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.
Much has been said about this milestone issue, but in reality, all that needs to be said is that no collection would be complete without one. The iconic cover, rendered in vibrant reds and yellows, is also the first to display the now instantly recognizable Batman logo, which looms over the action with a sense of power and foreboding. This is a classic key book that should see a lot of bidding action in the upcoming auction, and is presented here in vivid, professionally restored 7.0 grade, making it both accessible to many buyers and desirable to serious investment collectors.
Overstreet Guide 2013 F/VF (7.0) value = $96,000.
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