CGC FA/GD: 1.5
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 book is a solid investment at any grade, and this particularly impressive FR/GD copy is sure to turn heads with its beautiful centering. A 1.5 copy with brittle pages sold for $85,000 in the past year, and this copy, with better pages, and great eye appeal, is sure to exceed that number. A sturdy and appealing unrestored copy which makes for a perfect entry-level example of this historic and important key. This is a very favorable copy with superb color strike -- the colors POP!
Overstreet Guide 2017 GD (2.0) value = $40,000.
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