DETECTIVE COMICS #27
CGC VF: 8.0
After DC Comics' huge success with Superman, editors were looking for another superhero to cash in on, and young creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with The Batman. The team was inspired by Douglas Fairbanks' portrayal of Zorro, Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom
, Leonardo DaVinci's ornithopter (glider) blueprints which had large bat-like wings, the classic mystery film The Bat Whispers
, and the mystery novel The Circular Staircase
. As a result, in May of 1939, DC hit pay-dirt again with one of the most memorable and iconic fictional characters in history, Batman! Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads millionaire Bruce Wayne to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Detective Comics 27 is one of the most desirable and valuable comic books to own, an important part of American pop culture history.
One of the most extraordinary and lasting literary creations of the 20th Century, Bob Kane and Bill Finger's Batman was a merging of childhood traumas, Shadow-style pulp mystery, horror movie atmosphere, and Zorro movies. The result was one of the most compelling and durable of all hero mythologies, one which proves inexhaustibly appealing in all media, from comics to TV to movies to video games. It all began here, in this simple, brooding tale whose tone and style managed to be both crudely naive and compellingly dark all at once. Batman was an instant success, leading to the character's wholesale takeover of the title within a year. It was a debut year of compellingly dark, inimitable solo stories before Kane's introduction of Robin in an attempt to court younger readers scared off by the strip's relentlessly downbeat, violent nature. It's impossible to overstate the importance of this debut issue, and its effect on not only comics but 20th Century pop culture in general. It's also impossible to overstate the investment potential, demand, and scarcity of this book, rivaled only by Action 1 and Marvel 1 for the top spot of Most Important Comic Ever Published!
Every time we bring a copy of this comic to auction, it commands great attention and generates enormous heat. This professionally restored, beautifully high-grade copy is one of the finest that has been available for some time, and anyone who wants the absolute finest in comics must add this important book to their collection.
Overstreet Guide 2013 VF (8.0) value = $680,000.
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