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DETECTIVE COMICS (1937-2011; 2016-) #38
CGC VF+: 8.5
SOLD ON:  Tuesday, 05/19/2020 11:40 PM
$38,123
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PUBLISHER: DC
COMMENTS: off white pgs; Sl (P): ct; spine splits sealed; cleaned, reinf
Bob Kane/Jerry Robinson cvr/art; origin & 1st app. Robin (Dick Grayson)
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off white pgs; Sl (P): ct; spine splits sealed; cleaned, 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.


This restored copy of the first appearance of Robin certainly has that newsstand fresh appearance, the peach background wash is solid and smooth, while the Dynamic Duo’s capes are colored with resplendent yellows and blues. This book is a smart buy at any grade, with the scarcity of copies available on the market, restored books are enjoying a newfound respect, there is simply no downside to owning this important key.




Overstreet Guide 2019 VF+ (8.5) value = $97,063



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Artists Information

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.

Sherrill David Robinson known as Jerry Robinson, was an American comic book artist known for his work on DC Comics' Batman line of comics during the 1940s. He is best known as the co-creator of Robin and the Joker and for his work on behalf of creators' rights. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.