SUPERMAN VS BATMAN: WHO WILL BE THE VICTOR?
“We have a classic confrontation in Superman vs. Batman with Action Comics #1 CGC 5.0 going head-to-head with Detective Comics #27 CGC 6.0,” explained ComicConnect’s COO Vincent Zurzolo. “Both amazing copies showcase the two most-important characters of the Golden Age and, as of this writing, have each eclipsed $600,000 with three weeks of bidding to go!”
It is important to keep in mind that both of these lots(as well as all items in this auction) carries no buyer's premium. This makes a huge difference when investing at this level.
ACTION COMICS #1 CGC 5.0 VG/F
The most important comic book in the history of comic books. This is the introduction of the archetype of all other heroes to come. Superman transcends comic books and pop culture. He is an icon of Truth, Justice and The American Way! Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman is quite possibly the most recognizable fictional character in the world. The creation of two struggling sci-fi fans from the Rust Belt, the Man of Steel became an instant icon to depression-era readers, and easily transformed into an icon of American spirit and spunk during the brutal days of WWII. Since then, he has lasted as both a beloved character and a symbol of modern hope and vigor, making this first appearance not just a piece of comics' history, but of American history as well.
If you collect comics, you want this book. If you don't collect comics, you want this book. Everyone wants it. Few collectors are privileged, lucky, or determined enough to own the comic that started it all, the first appearance of Superman. Experts bandy about that fewer than a hundred copies are known to exist. This is it, Action Comics #1, the beginning of superheroes. As an anthology, the Superman episodes on pages 1-13 make up the first of the book's eleven adventure stories, and explain the character's origin. Superman was sent to Earth as a baby from a far-away planet possessing super powers, he grows up, rescues people in distress and captures crooks, and he's been doing so ever since. Almost nothing in this catalog would exist today without this comic book. This is a definitive artifact of Americana and is of genuine historical significance. This book should be in a museum. Rest assured, whatever this sells for, will look cheap in a short period of time.
DETECTIVE COMICS #27 CGC 6.0 FN
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.
Here, Batman swings into action for the first time, and as a result, we have one of the most desirable and valuable comic books to own and, historically, one of the most-important comics ever printed. An enduring part of American entertainment history, Batman has a darker, more hard-boiled personality than Superman, adding mystique to the superhero concept that has been widely imitated ever since, but never replicated. After Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics, the series shifted focus from its erstwhile adventure anthology format to feature the brooding vigilante.
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