BATMAN (1940-2011) #1
CBCS PR: 0.5
Bob Kane and Batman co-creator, Bill Finger, wiped the grime off 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 GA collector; an accessible comic that only increases in value and popularity year after year.
Batman #1 is consistently among 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.
As many comic book fans would surely agree, Batman is far and away the single-most-popular character in the history of the medium. There's easily been over a hundred titles devoted to the Caped Crusader, more than Superman and Spider-Man combined. The iterations of the hero are endless; dark and brooding spirit of vengeance; bright and colorful campy cheeseball; grizzled old veteran in a dystopian future; Holmesian crime-solving brainiac, the list goes on and on. Starring in several serials, animated series, TV shows, movies, video games, novelizations, record albums, soundtracks, Batman is everywhere! Along with the Boy Wonder, the Dynamic Duo is universally recognized in the shared global human consciousness...and this issue, Batman #1, is a milestone key. Although the antihero made his solo appearance in the pages of Detective Comics, this book represents a fresh start for the man in gray and blue, one which broadened his appeal to a younger audience due to the addition of Robin.
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.