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CGC VF: 8.0
off white pgs; tied for second highest 1 of 2!
classic Flessel Mr. Chang cover (10/37)
Taking its cue from the first issue of Detective Comics, this yellow peril cover expands on the evocative imagery of that famous book. The early, pre-Batman Detectives were a powerhouse in the overstuffed world of crime anthology comics. Introducing some of the more popular stars of the pre-superhero era: series regulars Speed Saunders, Larry Steele, Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise, and Slam Bradley ruled the roost before caped crusaders crashed the party. The Creig Flessel cover hints at the guilty pleasures in this comic and dares viewers to open the pages to discover just what jewels are contained in this mysterious book.
This VF copy is tied for the second-highest certified on the census as brash yellows and deep blacks dominate this exemplary cover. This book seems untouched by time as it has traveled through the ages retaining its solid structure.

Overstreet Guide 2019 VF (8.0) value = $13,750.

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CGC VG/F: 5.0
ow/white pgs; sm amt of dried glue on spine of cvr
1st app. Dr. Death; 2nd Batman cover
The looming 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 packs a powerful punch. 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 a bit tamer than the ones depicted in early Detective Comics. This issue is no exception as Batman takes a bullet to the shoulder in this tale. How's that for gritty?
This unrestored book is in far better shape than the grade would suggest, most notably due to the sharp edges and bright, unfaded inks. Nevertheless, this is a stunning piece sure to delight any Caped Crusader collector.

Overstreet Guide 2019 VG/F (5.0) value = $51,000.

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CGC Coverless: 0.1
crm/ow pgs; coverless, pg 32 mssng, affects story, incomplete
classic Batman over castle cover by Bob Kane! 1st Batplane! (9/39)
Detective issues #27 and 38 may get all the attention, but true Bat-fanatics and Golden Age aficionados know that pre-Robin issues #28 through 37 contain some of the moodiest and compelling Batman stories ever published and some of the most dynamic covers of the pre-war era. This issue is probably the most famous and most difficult to obtain as it s adorned with the iconic Golden Age visage of the caped crusader. Dark, brooding, and classic, this cinematic image more than any other captures the drama and crude power of early Batman and easily demonstrates why so many Bat-collectors are nearly fetishistic about this brief but fertile period in the character s history. No serious DC Golden Age collection is complete without this masterpiece, which explains the feeding frenzy that ensues on the rare instances that copies make it to market. The Batman tale contained within this book s pages bears the distinction of introducing not only the Batgyro, a precursor to the Batplane, but also the famous Batarang, a useful tool still brandished by the Caped Crusader.
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CGC VF-: 7.5
crm/ow pgs; Mod/Ext (A-4) ct, pcs added, tr sls, clnd, reinf
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 concerning 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 legend.
Thanks to professional restoration, this book has been given a new lease on life, restored books have gained acceptance as original condition books become increasingly difficult to find or afford. The colors and construction on this comic make it seem almost like new, and you really can't go wrong owning any copy of this classic key in any condition.

Overstreet Guide 2019 VF- (7.5) value = $67,500.

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CGC VG+: 4.5
crm/ow pgs
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; Crimson Avenger in new costume
Ad for 1940 New York World's Fair
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CGC FN+: 6.5
crm/ow pgs
Bob Kane cvr/art; death of Hugo Strange
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CGC G+: 2.5
ow/white pgs; cvr dtchd
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; full page ad for All Star Comics #3
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CGC VG: 4.0
crm/ow pgs
classic bondage cover (partial Detective #33 swipe)
Ad for All-Flash Comics #1
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CGC VG: 4.0
ow/white pgs
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson classic Joker "double guns" cvr
This is one of the best known and beloved Joker covers of the Golden Age. Jerry Robinson's depiction of the Clown Prince of Crime lends him a sense of menace that had been somewhat lacking since the early, pre-Robin era. Enacting a dastardly plot involving mysterious gifts and missing body parts, "The Harlequin's Hoax" story within is a classic Batman mixture of intrigue and action.
he cover bears some of the telltale signs of its vintage, which is typically amplified by dark backgrounds. As fortune goes, the central image of the Joker looming over the Caped Crusaders is in commendable condition, free of any serious issues, affording this copy an accessible, respectable VG certification.

Overstreet Guide 2019 VG (4.0) value = $3,360.

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CGC VF+: 8.5
white pgs; (C) cvr clnd, cvr reinf
Jerry Robinson cvr/art; Joker cvr/story
Joe Simon, Jack Kirby art; Newsboy Legion and Sandman crossover in Boy Commandos
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
DOUBLE COVER; 1st cvr 6.5; ow/white pgs; checkmark
Win Mortimer cvr/art; Curt Swan art; Catwoman app.
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CGC NM: 9.4
DOUBLE COVER; 1st cvr 9.2; ow/white pgs; tied for second highest!
Swan art


Overstreet Guide 2019 NM- (9.2) value = $1,650.

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CGC NM: 9.4
white pgs; only 3 graded higher
Boy Commandos; giant slingshot cover
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
ow/white pgs
Bob Kane cvr/art, Swan art
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CGC FA: 1.0
off white pgs; tp on cvr, int cvr, & int
Joker cvr/story
Golden Age Joker Covers are among the most sought-after Detective Comics of the period. The Clown Prince of Crime's terrifying rictus is an image that is recognized around the world as that of the preeminent villain in the history of comics. The Jim Mooney/Charles Paris cover design on this VF copy of Detective #137 is a triumph of graphic economy, encapsulating the Batman story inside the book in a few simple strokes, the message is clear, the Dynamic Duo plus the Joker equals dynamite!
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CGC VF-: 7.5
white pgs
Jim Mooney motorcycle cvr; origin & 1st app. of Pow Wow Smith
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CGC FN-: 5.5
ow/white pgs
Jim Mooney cvr, Bob Kane, Carmine Infantino art
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CGC FN: 6.0
ow/white pgs
Win Mortimer cvr; Schwartz, Paris, Infantino art
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CGC FN-: 5.5
ow/white pgs; tp int cvr
Infantino art
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CGC FN-: 5.5
ow/white pgs; tape on cvr
Win Mortimer classic Bat-Signal cvr; Bob Kane art
full pg ad for Tomahawk #1
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CGC PR: 0.5
ow/white pgs; Sl(C-1) sm amt ct cvr; 1/3 of front cvr mssng, cvr dtchd, from the Park Avenue Collection
Lew Schwartz cvr/art; classic cvr, origin of the Joker
The Joker has become nearly as ingrained in the modern pop vernacular as Batman. Through dozens of iterations of the character, from comic to tragic, psychotic to absurd, his origin was not revealed until over a decade after his debut. This historic issue, among the rarest of Batman keys, is a perennial favorite with legions of Joker collectors. The comic accomplishes the difficult task of making the devilish killer clown somehow more mysterious and haunting than before. The origin story presented within these pages is typical of the convoluted plot-lines of the Golden Age, but the harrowing undercurrent of the acid bath that created the Joker's terrifying rictus set a legend in motion, eventually leading to the modern version of the Harlequin of Hate, and, in doing so, making this book, retroactively, into so much more than was intended at the time of its creation.

Click here to view the interior page of Joker's origin story

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CGC FN+: 6.5
white pgs
Win Mortimer cvr; 1st app. and death of The Man With Nine Lives
"The Outlaw Who Had Nine Lives" is Paul Gregorian, the man emerging from an inferno on the cover of Detective #172, he stymies the Dynamic Duo for a while with his apparent immortality, but once his gimmick is revealed (he's a magician) he ends up jumping to his death to avoid capture by Batman and Robin. This twist ending is a bit of shock, but in the freewheeling days before the CCA comic books walked the thin line between children's entertainment and adult themes with impunity. Just a short three years later this book would have been deemed unacceptable due to inappropriate content. This is a late Golden Age Detective issue that hearkens back to Batman's noir roots.
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CGC VF+: 8.5
white pgs
Win Mortimer cvr; Sprang art
Spokane Copy
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CGC VG/F: 5.0
ow/white pgs
Win Mortimer cvr; Sprang art; The Underworld Crime Committee
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CGC FN: 6.0
ow/white pgs
Mortimer cvr, Sprang art; Bruce Wayne - Mayor
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