DETECTIVE COMICS #32
CGC NM-: 9.2
Detective Comics 32 boasts one of the earliest appearances of the Batman. Featuring the infamous panels in which the legendarily-anti-gun Caped Crusader brandishes a firearm for the first time, and is graced with an example of Fred Guardineer's most dramatic and best-remembered covers. This is also the first time a costumed hero uses a gun in comics.
We'll let ComicConnect Sales Director Frank Cwiklik set the scene: "Our receptionist Brandon made an appointment with a potential consignor, who said he had two Golden Age Batman and Superman comics that were in really nice shape. We hear this sort of thing all the time, so we never really get our hopes up, but you never know. I wasn't even aware he was coming in until I went downstairs around the time he'd shown up, and from all the way across the office, I could see the books sitting out on the conference table in ziploc bags, and I just knew. All the way from across the room, I could tell these were something special." The books in question were a beautiful Action Comics 18 (which is also in this auction, and is tied for highest-graded), and this Detective Comics 32, one of the earliest appearances of the Batman. The seller's uncle had kept these comics since childhood, and, not realizing the potential value in them, innocently dropped by the office to ask if they may be worth a few dollars. After careful examination and consultation, Frank and Consignment Director Rob Reynolds knew they had a rare find on their hands, the kind of out-of-the-blue discovery that just doesn't happen anymore. After sending the books to CGC, suspicions were confirmed: this was indeed the highest-graded copy of one of the scarcest of Batman year one appearances, featuring the infamous panels in which the legendarily-anti-gun Caped Crusader brandishes a firearm for the first time, and is graced with one of Fred Guardineer's most dramatic and best-remembered covers. Word leaked out quickly, and the comics world buzzed about the new discovery. Collectors are salivating, and the world's most serious Batman collectors are already lining up. This is sure to be one of the most exciting lots of this or any auction, and we are delighted to finally unveil this remarkable book.
Overstreet Guide 2013 NM- (9.2) value = $21,000.
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