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DETECTIVE COMICS (1937-2011; 2016-) #29
CGC VF-: 7.5
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SOLD ON:  Wednesday, 12/16/2020 7:00 PM
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COMMENTS: crm/ow pgs; Ext (P): ct; piece added; tr seals; cleaned; reinf
1st app. Dr. Death; 2nd Batman cover
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crm/ow pgs; Ext (P): ct; piece added; tr seals; cleaned; reinf
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?
With only six copies above it on the census, this VF- example of an extremely rare early Batman comic is sure to be a hotly contested item at auction. There are less than 70 copies slabbed by CGC, and the prices for this book are always impressive, to say the least. Being that this is only the second time the infamous vigilante appears on a comic cover, it is a fervently sought after collectible, regardless of restored, or original condition, this book is a big deal. The extensive professional restoration performed on this book has given it a new life, the colors are vivid, and the spine and edges look terrific. If you want to join in on the battle royale expected over this copy, be ready to duke it out with some real heavyweights.

Overstreet Guide 2020 VF- (7.5) value = $106,275.

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Artists Information

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.