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CGC G/VG: 3.0
crm/ow pgs; cover re-attached with tape
Fred Guardineer cvr/art, Bernard Baily, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane art
While DC knew that Superman was a headliner, lead times didn't allow for the hero to become the regular cover feature on the anthology title until more than a year into the run. This is one of the last pulp-style covers to grace the series before the Man of Steel claimed top billing for the duration of the series, and the legendary Fred Guardineer ends his run in style with a classic image that hearkens back to the very finest of pre-superhero illustrative imagery. Note that this issue contains a full page ad for the upcoming World's Fair 1939 comic, which served to introduce Superman to the few remaining readers not yet aware of the instant pop culture sensation.
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CBCS VG-: 3.5
sl(A): small amt ct, cvr reinf, tr sls; tape; from collection of Jerome Wenker
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Action Comics #17 predates America's entry into WWII by over a year, but while the war raged on overseas, the US comic industry could not stay silent about the conflict. This cover shows Superman battling a nondescript enemy, using his super-strength to stop a tank dead in its tracks, and shrugging off a machine gun attack at the same time. These early Action issues certainly let readers know where Siegel and Shuster stood regarding the atrocities going on in Europe and Asia, and their iconic Kyrptonian hero would soon start turning his powers on the very real threats of the Axis powers.
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CGC G-: 1.8
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classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Action Comics #17 predates America's entry into WWII by over a year, but while the war raged on overseas, the US comic industry could not stay silent about the conflict. This cover shows Superman battling a nondescript enemy, using his super-strength to stop a tank dead in its tracks, and shrugging off a machine gun attack at the same time. These early Action issues certainly let readers know where Siegel and Shuster stood regarding the atrocities going on in Europe and Asia, and their iconic Kyrptonian hero would soon start turning his powers on the very real threats of the Axis powers.
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CGC PR: 0.5
sl brttl pgs; cvr dtchd, cvr completely split & reatt w. tp
Superman covers begin; 1st published ad app. of Flash & Hawkman (12/39)
December 1939. Cover and art by Joe Shuster. Still in his infancy, Superman shows us his strength by ripping the turret off an enemy tank on this Joe Shuster cover. With this issue, the regular Superman covers in the series begin, and this comic also debuted the 1st published advertising appearance of some of the most important superheroes to follow: Flash and Hawkman.
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CGC G: 2.0
slightly brittle pgs
one of the most iconic covers of the Golden Age! 1st app. Joker; 1st app. Catwoman (Spring 1940)
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. Featuring not only the first appearance of the infamous and remarkably influential Catwoman but also of the immortal Joker. 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.


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CGC VG: 4.0
off white pgs
2nd app. Joker, 2nd app. Catwoman; classic Joker splash page
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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CGC VG/F: 5.0
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classic Fred Ray Joker cvr; Penguin app.
Joker covers always bring a premium at auction and this cover is a perfect example why. With Batman as the King, Robin as the Jack and the Joker as, who else, the Joker, Fred Ray's fabulous cover was an instant classic. As was the style of the day, someone usually got punched in the jaw and nothing's better than Joker getting a good socking from Batman! The Penguin makes a fowl appearance as well. Art by creator Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson.
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CGC VG: 4.0
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classic Fred Ray Joker cvr; Penguin app.
Joker covers always bring a premium at auction and this cover is a perfect example why. With Batman as the King, Robin as the Jack and the Joker as, who else, the Joker, Fred Ray's fabulous cover was an instant classic. As was the style of the day, someone usually got punched in the jaw and nothing's better than Joker getting a good socking from Batman! The Penguin makes a fowl appearance as well. Art by creator Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson.
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CGC VG: 4.0
ow/white pgs;tape on cvr
classic Fred Ray Joker cvr; Penguin app.
Joker covers always bring a premium at auction and this cover is a perfect example why. With Batman as the King, Robin as the Jack and the Joker as, who else, the Joker, Fred Ray's fabulous cover was an instant classic. As was the style of the day, someone usually got punched in the jaw and nothing's better than Joker getting a good socking from Batman! The Penguin makes a fowl appearance as well. Art by creator Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson.
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CGC FN: 6.0
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classic Joker cvr; 1st app. Mad Hatter, Vicki Vale
Bearing one of the more exotic of the early Batman covers, issue #49 offers a great deal of action and, most notably, the first appearance of Jervis Tech aka The Mad Hatter in "The Scoop of the Century", which also prominently features the debut of Bruce Wayne's love interest Vicki Vale. Also included are "The Prison Doctor", and "Batman's Arabian Nights" which involves the Joker and a fantastic trip to Baghdad, Iraq. The cover illustration is quite surreal and atypical of covers from the period, portraying the Joker as a genie in a lamp, looming menacingly above the Caped Crusaders as they cower in fear.
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CGC VG-: 3.5
sl.brittle pgs; Sl(A-1) spine split sealed to cvr; cvr cleaned; int. lightened; cvr, int & cf reinforced
Bob Kane classic cvr/art; 1st origin of Batman, gun holster on utility belt (11/39)
Surprisingly, Detective #27 contains no origin for Batman. In Detective Comics #33, the story of how Batman came to be is told for the very first time including the murder of his parents. The Dark Knight's tragic beginnings have embedded in American culture and become the archetype origin for countless characters that followed (hello Robin). Readers later enjoyed the reprinted story in Batman #1. Also of note is the unusual and infamous cover image, in which the Dark Knight is seen armed and dangerous, breaking the code against guns that was to become a cornerstone of the character's makeup over the years. A startling and classic image, from the beloved first year of the hero's adventures, rich with gothic shadows and crude, almost nightmarish graphics.
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CGC G: 2.0
ow/white pgs; Universal; very small amt ct cvr, dried glue spn cvr, cvr dtchd, pc re-attached w/tape
classic hypodermic needle/bondage cover
The book's jarring cover inaugurates a tradition that has remained nearly undisturbed to the modern day, with the Caped Crusader as 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 booming popularity is evident not only in his cover appearance but by the bright-red banner assuring readers he would appear in every issue thereafter.
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CBCS G/VG: 3.0
off white pgs
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Robin (Dick Grayson)
One of the most important issues of the Golden Age, Detective Comics #38 marks the promising debut of the best-known sidekick in the history of comics: Robin, the Boy Wonder! Dick Grayson, ward of millionaire Bruce Wayne, lends a hand to the Dark Knight when just one hero won't do. Created in 1940 by the team of Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson, Dick Grayson's tragic backstory about his similarly slain parents made him the perfect companion for the ominously orphaned Bruce Wayne. Robin attracted younger readers and doubled the sales of Bat-comics thereby solidifying the Batman mythos that would continue to grow in popularity through today. There have been many different iterations of the teenagers to don Robin's trademark yellow cape, red suit, green boots and gloves but there will only ever be one original Boy Wonder. Bob Kane's signature style depicts an exuberant Grayson bursting onto the cover and into our hearts.


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CGC FN+: 6.5
crm/ow pgs
1st Joker story in Detective; bondage cover
Ad for 1940 New York World's Fair; Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr
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CGC VG-: 3.5
ow/white pgs; Sl(C-1) sm amt of glue on cvr, tape on int. cvr
1st Two-Face cover (2nd app.)
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CGC FN: 6.0
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classic Joker cover
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CGC VF+: 8.5
off white pgs; 1 of 1 at the top
4th Martian Manhunter story
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CGC VG-: 3.5
ow/white pgs; sm amt of dried glue on spn of cvr
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Action Comics #17 predates America's entry into WWII by over a year, but while the war raged on overseas, the US comic industry could not stay silent about the conflict. This cover shows Superman battling a nondescript enemy, using his super-strength to stop a tank dead in its tracks, and shrugging off a machine gun attack at the same time. These early Action issues certainly let readers know where Siegel and Shuster stood regarding the atrocities going on in Europe and Asia, and their iconic Kyrptonian hero would soon start turning his powers on the very real threats of the Axis powers.
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CGC VG-: 3.5
ow/white pgs; sm amt of dried glue on spn of cvr
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Action Comics #17 predates America's entry into WWII by over a year, but while the war raged on overseas, the US comic industry could not stay silent about the conflict. This cover shows Superman battling a nondescript enemy, using his super-strength to stop a tank dead in its tracks, and shrugging off a machine gun attack at the same time. These early Action issues certainly let readers know where Siegel and Shuster stood regarding the atrocities going on in Europe and Asia, and their iconic Kyrptonian hero would soon start turning his powers on the very real threats of the Axis powers.
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CBCS No Grade: 0.3
brittle cover + 12 pages + back cover
classic Shuster Superman tank cover
Action Comics #17 predates America's entry into WWII by over a year, but while the war raged on overseas, the US comic industry could not stay silent about the conflict. This cover shows Superman battling a nondescript enemy, using his super-strength to stop a tank dead in its tracks, and shrugging off a machine gun attack at the same time. These early Action issues certainly let readers know where Siegel and Shuster stood regarding the atrocities going on in Europe and Asia, and their iconic Kyrptonian hero would soon start turning his powers on the very real threats of the Axis powers.
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CGC VG-: 3.5
white pgs. tape on interior cover
Fred Guardineer cvr/art, Bob Kane art; origin & 1st app. of Three Aces (11/39)
Superman's powers eventually grew, by the Silver Age, to include super-breath, super-hearing, probably even super-toenail clipping. It's amusing, then, to see how late into his Golden Age run came his first use of X-Ray vision, in this issue, which is capped off by a typically stunning Guardineer dogfight cover. The last non-Superman cover in the series, note that DC was already anxious about losing the attention of new readers attracted by Superman, slapping an iconic Super-image on the upper corner of the logo, as if to say, "No, really, he's in here!" The Superman mythos was slowly but surely building, issue by issue, and this important entry helped create that enduring legend.
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CGC G: 2.0
ow/white pgs (Q) married centerfold
Superman covers begin; 1st published ad app. of Flash & Hawkman (12/39)
December 1939. Cover and art by Joe Shuster. Still in his infancy, Superman shows us his strength by ripping the turret off an enemy tank on this Joe Shuster cover. With this issue, the regular Superman covers in the series begin, and this comic also debuted the 1st published advertising appearance of some of the most important superheroes to follow: Flash and Hawkman.
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CGC FN: 6.0
Restored Holder, Ext. (P) Restoration, Off-White to White pages, Restoration includes color touch, piece added, seals reinforced, reglosses, staples replaced.
one of the most iconic covers of the Golden Age! 1st app. Joker; 1st app. Catwoman (Spring 1940)
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. Featuring not only the first appearance of the infamous and remarkably influential Catwoman but also of the immortal Joker. 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.
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CGC VG+: 4.5
Restored Holder, Extensive Professional Restoration, Off-White to White pages, color touch pieces added tear seals cover cleaned interior lightend reinforced A5
one of the most iconic covers of the Golden Age! 1st app. Joker; 1st app. Catwoman (Spring 1940)
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. Featuring not only the first appearance of the infamous and remarkably influential Catwoman but also of the immortal Joker. 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.
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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 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. Featuring not only the first appearance of the infamous and remarkably influential Catwoman but also of the immortal Joker. 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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