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CGC G: 2.0
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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. he 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.
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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Shledon Moldoff cvr/art; origin & 1st app. of the SA Clayface (Matt Hagen)
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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Shledon Moldoff cvr/art; origin & 1st app. of the SA Clayface (Matt Hagen)
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CGC VF-: 7.5
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1st app. Cat-Man; scarce; giant robot cat cover
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CGC VF: 8.0
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Joker issue (10/64)
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CGC VF+: 8.5
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classic Joker cvr
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CGC NM-: 9.2
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Adams bondage cover; 1st app. Talia al Ghul
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CGC F/VF: 7.0
scarce; 1st app Batwoman
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CGC FN: 6.0
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Martian Manhunter (3/63)
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Martian Manhunter story
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CGC FN-: 5.5
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last Golden Age costume; last Martian Manhunter in title
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NM: 9.4
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(10/94)
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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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CGC G/VG: 3.0
CGC #0212517001, Off-White to White pages
classic Flessel Mr. Chang cvr (10/37)
Joe Shuster art
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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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CBCS PR: 0.5
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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CBCS PR: 0.5
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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