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CGC No Grade: 0.3
ow/white pgs; 2nd page only (trimmed on left edge) partial binder holes - a ton of action
2nd app. of Batman; Kane, Shuster, Guardineer art
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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CGC FN-: 5.5
crm pgs, Sl(P) cover & centerfold reinforced at staples , cleaned, pressed
1st app. Dr. Death; 2nd Batman cover
The dark castle, the night gloom, the dark cape, the evil scientist -- the influence of pre-code horror cinema on Bob Kane's nocturnal creation is nowhere more evident than on this classic and painfully rare cover, one of the pre-Robin Detective issues over which Bat-collectors drool. You haven't really experienced the crude power of these early Bat-books until you've seen them in their original pulpy glory, and this second-ever cover appearance by the Batman is still hugely powerful to this day. The story therein pits the Caped Crusader against Dr. Karl Hellfern, aka Doctor Death, who, like all great villains, intends to take over the world, but first, must rid himself of that meddling Batman, which leads to an action-packed tale of mayhem. It's well documented that once Batman received his own title the stories became quite a bit more tame than the ones depicted in early Detective Comics. This issue is no exception as Batman painfully takes a bullet to the shoulder in this tale. How's that for gritty?


Overstreet Guide 2016 FN- (5.5) value = $30,250.

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CGC VG/F: 5.0
white pgs, 2 center wraps detached
Guardineer cvr; 2nd Doctor Death
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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CBCS NM/M: 9.8
ow/white pgs; Ext(P) ext ct & pcs added to cvr, cvr & cf reinforced, spine splits seals, tear seals to cvr, cvr & staples cleaned, int. lightened
classic hypodermic needle/bondage cover
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This book's jarring cover inaugurates a tradition that has remained nearly undisturbed to the modern day, with the Caped Crusader being the featured star of this venerable title. This classic image captures all the gruesome drama and atmosphere beloved of year-one Batman, and shows why the character quickly vaulted to the top of the collective consciousness of Golden Age comic readers. The horrific mood and tone of the inaugural Bat-tales give them a feel unlike anything that came after, directly inspiring the early-70s Adams revamp and the look of the blockbuster 1989 movie. The hero's popularity is evident not only in his cover appearance, but by the bright-red banner assuring readers he would appear in every issue thereafter.
The horrific mood and tone of the inaugural Bat-tales give them a feel unlike anything that came after, directly inspiring the early-70's Adams revamp and the look of the blockbuster 1989 movie. This book has undergone extensive restoration, and now appears to be brand-spanking new, imagine taking a trip back in time and snapping up one of these beauts from your local newsstand, comic collecting just doesn't get any better than that.

Overstreet Guide 2016 NM- (9.2) value = $130,000.

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CGC VG-: 3.5
crm/ow pgs; tape cvr & int. cvr
classic hypodermic needle/bondage cover
This book's jarring cover inaugurates a tradition that has remained nearly undisturbed to the modern day, with the Caped Crusader being the featured star of this venerable title. This classic image captures all the gruesome drama and atmosphere beloved of year-one Batman, and shows why the character quickly vaulted to the top of the collective consciousness of Golden Age comic readers. The horrific mood and tone of the inaugural Bat-tales give them a feel unlike anything that came after, directly inspiring the early-70s Adams revamp and the look of the blockbuster 1989 movie. The hero's popularity is evident not only in his cover appearance, but by the bright-red banner assuring readers he would appear in every issue thereafter.
This classic cover image captures all the gruesome drama and atmosphere beloved of year-one Batman, and shows why the character quickly vaulted to the top of the collective consciousness of Golden Age comic readers. The colors on this book remain bright, and the image and sinister content of the illustration are just simply unbeatable, coming in at a grade that should allow more collectors to make a play at owning this popular early Bat-book.

Overstreet Guide 2016 VG- (3.5) value = $17,500.

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PR/FA: 0.75
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Clayface app. in one panel; 2nd app. of Robin; drug story
full page Batman #1 ad
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
off white pgs
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art
interior cvr has ad for All-Star Comics 1
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CGC FN-: 5.5
ow/white pgs
Alfred's last name (Beagle) revealed
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CGC VG-: 3.5
white pgs
Dick Sprang Joker cvr/art
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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Dick Sprang Joker cvr; Swan art
Love that Joker! What an incredible Golden Age Dick Sprang cover. Joker & playing cards on a cover equals instant collectibility and high demand!
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
crm/ow pgs
Jim Mooney, Curt Swan art; Penguin electrocution cvr (8/47)
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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Charles Paris cvr/art; Curt Swan art; Pigmies in Giantland
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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new classic Batmobile
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CGC VG/F: 5.0
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The Undersea Hideout
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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Win Mortimer pirate cvr
last Robotman and Pow Wow Smith
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
crm/ow pgs
origin and 1st app. of Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz)
From humble beginnings featured as a backup story in this issue, the Martian Manhunter, would later become the lynchpin of the DC Universe, acting as the central figure in nearly every incarnation of the Justice League, and becoming the symbol of the Silver, Bronze, and Copper Ages. Told with economy, style, and surprising emotion, this historic issue tells the unexpectedly tragic origin of this most dark and compelling of galactic heroes, created by unsung draftsman Joe Certa and freelance sci-fi writer Joseph Samachson. In many ways, the DC Silver Age begins here.
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CGC VF+: 8.5
crm/ow pgs; 2nd highest graded
classic Shelly grey tone robot cvr
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CGC VF+: 8.5
off white pgs
origin & 1st app. Silver Age Batgirl
Inspired by the Silver Age Bat-Girl, who was devised as a sidekick for Bat-Woman during the family-friendly days of the 1950s, the producers of the 1960s Batman TV series tasked DC editor Julius Schwartz with the creation of a new character to boost the show's sagging ratings with female audiences. Schwartz, in collaboration with Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino, responded with a new, improved Batgirl, this time tying her in more closely with Batman by casting her as Commissioner Gordon's daughter, Barbara. While the TV show didn't last much longer, the comic character was an instant success with readers, becoming a vital and integral part of the DC Universe over the next half-century.
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CGC NM+: 9.6
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Marshall Rogers cvr/art; 1st app. new Deadshot (Suicide Squad)
Wondergirl, Penguin app.
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NM: 9.4
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Zero Hour
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CGC FN+: 6.5
Census Rank 3rd Highest Graded, Slight Professional Restoration, Off-White pages, small amount of color touch on cover, pieces added to cover, tear seals to cover, cover reinforced
rare in any grade; Shuster art
The misty, night-shrouded streets barely contain the gloss of the rain-slicked pavement. The soft hiss of car tires conjoin with the faint, sharp sounds of a struggle in the dark alleys of the city. These are the moods and milieu of the early run of Detective Comics, the darkest and certainly most atmospheric of all Golden Age DC titles and one which excited readers even before the appearance of a certain Dark Knight. The first several years of this compelling comic, starring Bob Kane and Bill Finger's immortal creation, are among the most revered and collectible of all Golden Age comics. The finely-wrought covers by pulp maestros Craig Flessel and Fred Guardineer, along with the dynamic interior art by Joe Shuster and a host of others, mixed well with the riveting stories by dependable yarn-spinners Jerry Siegel and Gardner Fox, to make this title ground zero for the emerging comic medium.
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CGC VG+: 4.5
crm/ow pgs
Creig Flessel cover/art; rare in any grade (5/37)
On the heels of the popularity of the pulps, crime and drama themed comics were a mainstay of the early market. Before superheroes dominated the four color scene, classic covers such as this prison break exhilarated readers. The first few issues of Detective Comics are difficult to find in any condition.
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
off white pgs
Flessel cvr/art; rare in any grade (6/37)
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CBCS G/VG: 3.0
Off-White pages
Flessel cvr (2/38)
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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1st Crimson Avenger cvr by Chambers (12/38)
Billy Wright copy
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