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DETECTIVE COMICS (1937-2011; 2016-) #38
CGC VG/F: 5.0
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Wednesday, 06/26/2024 9:15 PM
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Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Robin (Dick Grayson); Comic Book Impact rating of 9 (CBI)
Atlantic City Copy
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off-white pages
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Robin (Dick Grayson); Comic Book Impact rating of 9 (CBI)
Atlantic City Copy
Detective Comics #38 changed the course of comics with the first appearance of Robin, the Boy Wonder! Created in 1940 by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson, Robin made his debut with a tragic backstory that made him the perfect companion for the similarly orphaned Bruce Wayne.

The idea of a kid sidekick was still a major gamble against the gritty backdrop of Gotham City. Fortunately, Robin was embraced by younger readers. The character soon doubled the sales of comics in the Batman franchise, inspiring a wave of young sidekicks from beloved stars (Bucky Barnes, Toro) to forgotten figures (Stampy, Owl-Girl).

Detective #38 was ultimately proven right to hype Robin on the cover as the “sensational character find of 1940!" Of course, many teen characters would later take on Robin's trademark yellow cape, red suit, green boots, and gloves. Investors still know there's only one original Boy Wonder, and only one definitive debut as Robin bursts onto the cover and into legend!

This Atlantic City copy has impressive eye appeal at 5.0, with sharp colors that highlight the historic image of Batman and Robin teaming up for the first time. (Only 18 unrestored books rank higher of the 80 original-condition copies in the CGC Census.) Early Detective issues are some of the hardest comics to find, and are always hotly contested items in our auctions. This is a historic key and a major stepping stone in creating the Batman universe we all know and love today.

Overstreet Guide 2023 VG/FN (5.0) value = $40,750.00

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