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CBCS PR: 0.5
brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed, incomplete: 13th & 14th page missing, affects story
one of the most iconic covers of the Golden Age! 1st app. Joker; 1st app. Catwoman (Spring 1940)
Bob Kane File
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.
This issue is from the personal collection of Batman creator Bob Kane. While having a Bob Kane File Copy in your collection is a prize in and of itself the bound volume from which it came were gifted to Mr. Kane by DC Comics, so it is also a DC File Copy. Because these items were in a bound volume, the books still retain their striking colors. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to snatch up not only iconic issues of the Dark Knight himself, which are rare in any grade, but also copies that were touched by the character's co-creator, Bob Kane.

UPDATE: Original replacements of the missing pages will be provided to the winning bidder at no cost. DC s original binder, which contained this issue and was embossed with Bob Kane s name, will be offered to the winning bidder for an additional 2% over the final bid.

We are sure you have noticed that the comic you are viewing is graded by a new company, CBCS. Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS) is an impartial certification company for comic books started by comic grading veteran Steve Borock. Steve brings over 35 years of comic grading and restoration detection experience to the table and along with his expert staff, combined with Steve, have over 200 years in grading experience. CBCS are well equipped to quickly and accurately grade and perform restoration detection on comic books from the 1930s to present. All comic books are encased in archival-safe, state-of-the-art holders with the CBCS label stating the grade, page quality and any conservation or restoration detected. Key and art comments, as well as any other pertinent information pertaining to the comic book, are also noted. The back of the label has a QR code, so that you can get the grading notes for free and understand how CBCS came to any given grade.

Overstreet Guide 2014 GD (2.0) value = $22,000.

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8/7/2014 Correction: Item has been graded by CBCS and is missing 2 pages.
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DC
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brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed, Incomplete affects story 3rd & 4th page missing; this lot comes with replacement pages from another Batman 2 copy shown on second image
2nd app. Joker, 2nd app. Catwoman; classic Joker splash page
Bob Kane File
By the second issue of Batman the transformation of the character and franchise from dark, brooding, mystery of the night to cheerful (if bizarre) puncher of bad persons was complete. Even the backgrounds of these covers mark a decisive change from the pre-Robin era: from dense, detailed settings full of menace to bright, eye-catching color washes meant to pry coins from the pockets of precocious boys. Despite the flattening of the character's idiosyncrasies, there was also no denying the inventiveness and joy of these classic-era tales, with Kane's ghost artists -fine craftsmen all- filling pages and pages with deliriously imaginative locales, perfectly craggy thug faces, and no end of action and mayhem.
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CBCS PR: 0.5
brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; 3rd app of Catwoman (1st in costume)
Bob Kane File
Early Batman comics are notoriously difficult to procure and issue 3 has one of the best covers of the first ten issues of the series. This one looks like it may have been the basis for the animated intro of the iconic Adam West TV series. You can almost hear the theme song as you look at it! It just so happens to be the first appearance of Catwoman in full costume and the first appearance of the Puppet Master.
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DC
CBCS PR: 0.5
brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed, incomplete: 1st page missing, affects story; lot includes replacement page from another copy
2nd app. of Batman; Kane, Shuster, Guardineer art
Bob Kane File
This might be the most undervalued non-key in the Overstreet Guide. Perhaps the cover led collectors astray, not realizing its importance as the second-ever appearance of the Batman. Within, though, Kane and Finger were doggedly building the noirish mythology of their shadowy new hero, easily outshining the Slam Bradley and Fu Manchu features shoring up the rest of the book. By the time this issue roared off stands and into adolescent back pockets, DC was no longer uncertain about the potential of their new creation.
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DC
CBCS PR: 0.5
brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed, incomplete: 1/4 of 6th page missing, does not affect story. this lot comes with replacement 6th page from another Detective 30 copy shown on second image
Guardineer cvr; 2nd Doctor Death
Bob Kane File
Detective Comics 30 contains one of the earliest appearances of the Caped Crusader, in a tale which finds him battling the fiendish Doctor Death whom he first encountered in the previous issue and had assumed was dead. The disturbing, violent, pre-code cover is a genuinely striking piece of Golden Age art, and one which we appreciatively get to admire daily on our gallery wall here in our New York City offices. As far as early Bat-books go, this one has a great story, a memorable cover from the days before Batman would become the sole focus of the book.
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brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed, incomplete: 1/2 of 1st page missing, 4 pages missing, 3 affect story. Lot comes with missing piece and the 4 missing pages seperately from another copy, see second image
Batman uses gun for the 1st time
Bob Kane File
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.
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brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed incomplete: 12th page missing & 6th page torn, pcs missing, both affects story. Lot comes with replacement 12th page from another copy, see second image
Flessel Crimson Avenger cover; last non-Batman cover; full page ad for Flash Comics #1
Bob Kane File
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CBCS PR: 0.5
brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed, incomplete: 1 page missing, does not affect story; lot includes replacement page from another bound volume see second image
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; origin and 1st app. Clayface; 1st Joker cover!
Bob Kane File
Yes, that's him. His face may have been colored pink by some unknown and probably harried staff artist, but this is the first cover appearance of the Joker, the most-collected cover character in comics fandom. Couple this with the first-ever appearance of Clayface, one of the Batman's most memorable villains, and this is a perfect Bat-collectible.
Full page ad for Batman #1
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DC
CBCS PR: 0.5
brittle pgs, from bound volume, 2 extra staples added, not manufacturing, trimmed, 5 pages missing including 1st Batman page, panels missing; lot includes 8 replacement pages for missing pages and panels missing from another copy, see second image
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; 1st Joker story in Detective; bondage cvr
Bob Kane File
Ad for 1940 New York World's Fair
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