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NM: 9.4
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CGC VG+: 4.5
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1st Slam Bradley/Spy by Siegel & Shuster; SEMINAL KEY, the title that put the "D.C." in DC Comics!
Having practically started the comic book market singlehandedly with the historic New Fun in 1935, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson partnered with Harry Donenfeld in 1937 to again make history with Detective Comics #1, which launched their new publishing venture as well as kick-started the careers of Superman creators, Siegel and Shuster. The crude Yellow Peril cover helped sell the book to the vital pulp market and hinted at the mysterious yarns spun within. Detective Comics #1 was the beginning of a new beast in print media. Printed more than a year before Action Comics #1, and two ahead of Detective #27, this comic set the stage for a new cast of heroes poised to literarily take on the growing threat of Nazism.
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CGC G/VG: 3.0
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Flessel cvr/art; rare in any grade (6/37)
For most readers, Detective Comics equals Batman, the character who put the comic in every back pocket. Before the vigilante descended upon an unsuspecting Gotham, Detective Comics served as a home for the pulp-inspired adventures of a handful of private eyes and devious villains.

Comics that pre-date the hero craze are fascinating. The raw power and stark graphic motifs instantly transport the reader into a noirish landscape of shadow and danger. These important issues are a rare glimpse into an industry standing on the precipice of the superhero, and DC (Detective Comics) was the catalyst that sparked the flame. The introduction of Superman and Batman shortly after the publishing of these issues changed the comicbook industry from a small fish to possibly the largest facet of the entertainment world as we know it today. These remarkable and compelling covers, most by the genius Creig Flessel, are a time machine to a pulpier, grittier era, and are beloved of Golden Age comic collectors.
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CBCS G/VG: 3.0
Off-White to White pages
Siegel & Shuster art with Creig Flessel cvr! 1st app. Fu Manchu. Scarce (7/38)
inside front cover features an ad for Action Comics #2. Flessel cover
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NM-: 9.2
1984 Oreo Cookies giveaway; ow pgs
1st app Batman by Bob Kane; one of the top three most important comics ever published!
After DC Comics' huge success with Superman, editors were looking for another superhero to cash in on, and young creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with The Batman. The team was inspired by Douglas Fairbanks' portrayal of Zorro, Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom, Leonardo DaVinci's ornithopter (glider) blueprints which had large bat-like wings, the classic mystery film The Bat Whispers, and the mystery novel The Circular Staircase. As a result, in May of 1939, DC hit pay-dirt again with one of the most memorable and iconic fictional characters in history, Batman! Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads millionaire Bruce Wayne to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Detective Comics 27 is one of the most desirable and valuable comic books to own, an important part of American pop culture history.
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CGC No Grade: 0.3
CGC #1269989016, Brittle pages, Page 25 Only. Brittle pages
1st app Batman by Bob Kane; one of the top three most important comics ever published!
After DC Comics' huge success with Superman, editors were looking for another superhero to cash in on, and young creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with The Batman. The team was inspired by Douglas Fairbanks' portrayal of Zorro, Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom, Leonardo DaVinci's ornithopter (glider) blueprints which had large bat-like wings, the classic mystery film The Bat Whispers, and the mystery novel The Circular Staircase. As a result, in May of 1939, DC hit pay-dirt again with one of the most memorable and iconic fictional characters in history, Batman! Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads millionaire Bruce Wayne to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Detective Comics 27 is one of the most desirable and valuable comic books to own, an important part of American pop culture history.
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PGX Cover only: 0.11
back cover only for Det 27
1st app Batman by Bob Kane; one of the top three most important comics ever published!
After DC Comics' huge success with Superman, editors were looking for another superhero to cash in on, and young creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with The Batman. The team was inspired by Douglas Fairbanks' portrayal of Zorro, Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom, Leonardo DaVinci's ornithopter (glider) blueprints which had large bat-like wings, the classic mystery film The Bat Whispers, and the mystery novel The Circular Staircase. As a result, in May of 1939, DC hit pay-dirt again with one of the most memorable and iconic fictional characters in history, Batman! Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads millionaire Bruce Wayne to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Detective Comics 27 is one of the most desirable and valuable comic books to own, an important part of American pop culture history.
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CBCS F/VF: 7.0
ow/white pgs, Mod/Ext (P) ct, pcs added, tr sls, cvr reinf, tp
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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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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CGC No Grade: 0.3
CGC #0252015003, Restored Holder, Slight Amateur Restoration, Cream to Off-White pages, This is page 3 ONLY. Graded as PG. LEFT EDGE TRIMMED. 3RD PAGE ONLY.
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 No Grade: 0.3
crm/ow pgs, Coverless: 1st wrap, cf missing, 25th-28th pages missing, affects story, 2nd, 3rd, 4th wrap damaged. Incomplete
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?
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
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classic Guardineer cover; 2nd Doctor Death; 4th app. Batman
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: 1/4 of 6th page missing, does not affect story. this lot comes with replacement 6th page from another Detective 30 copy shown on second image
classic Guardineer cover; 2nd Doctor Death; 4th app. Batman
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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CGC No Grade: 0.3
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classic Guardineer cover; 2nd Doctor Death; 4th app. Batman
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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CGC FA/GD: 1.5
crm/ow pgs; Sl(A); sm amount of ct on cvr (cvr re-attached w/tp)
Batman uses gun for the 1st time (10/39)
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: 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 (10/39)
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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CGC No Grade: 0.3
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Batman uses gun for the 1st time (10/39)
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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CGC FA/GD: 1.5
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Flessel Crimson Avenger cover; last non-Batman cover; full page ad for Flash Comics #1
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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
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CGC No Grade: 0.3
crm/ow pgs; resto includes pcs added, tear seals, 1st wrap reinforced
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 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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CGC No Grade: 0.3
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Bob Kane cvr/art; Joe Shuster, Fred Guardineer art, last Batman solo issue
This comic would be the last time the Batman would fight crime as a solo act in Detective Comics as he was to be accompanied by his trusty sidekick, Robin, in an effort to appeal to readers of a younger demographic. While this is not the last pulpy, moody, dark Detective cover, it represents a shift in the tone and demeanor of the early, dangerous, lone-wolf vigilante, which is only one reason Batmaniacs should be chomping at the bit to get their hands on this copy.
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CBCS VG/F: 5.0
Light Tan to Off-White pages, Conserved
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 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 Boy Wonder bursting onto the cover and into our hearts.
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Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; origin and 1st app. Clayface; 1st Joker cover!
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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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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
1st Joker story in Detective; bondage cover
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Ad for 1940 New York World's Fair; Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr
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CGC FN: 6.0
Cream to Off-White pages
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson pirate bondage cvr; Clayface returns
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996 Items Found for "detective comics"
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