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classic Batman over castle cover by Bob Kane! 1st Batplane! (9/39)
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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.Deep, vibrant colors enliven this copy of Detective Comics 31; a favored bonus for this CGC 2.5 copy. The comic can sometimes lack a richness on this spectrum, not this copy. The red ink in the title and on our mysterious villain are as lush as they were in 1939. The bright, full moon that looms over Batman's shoulder pops out of the foggy sky to illuminate the vengeful vigilante. These same bright-yellow inks are as vivid on the back-cover advertisement too. A definite must for any collector, bidding will be furious for this seventy-six-year-old totem.
Overstreet Guide 2014 G+ (2.5) value = $13,750.
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Joseph Shuster was a Canadian-American comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1.
A celebrity comic artist of the Golden Age, co-created Batman and Robin with Bill Finger, as his brainchild became more in demand he hired an army of ghost artists to illustrate the dearth of Batman features on the market, but all were credited to Kane. His other achievements include the creation of Catwoman, Two-Face and cartoon character Courageous Cat. Kane was the object of some controversy for taking credit for the art and inspiration of others, but he was also undoubtedly an important figure in the history of comics. He published an updated version of his autobiography "Batman and Me: The Saga Continues" shortly before his death in 1998. He got his start at the Eisner/Iger studio and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.