If you’re a comic book collector, and a Batman fan, then you will know there are a number of Batman comics that are sought-after amongst collectors. One of these is Detective Comics #27, the first comic to feature the Caped Crusader, while the other is Batman #1.
Batman #1 is a significant issue because it introduced two key characters into the Batman mythology: Catwoman (originally called The Cat) and the Joker. The comic gave both Bat-foes their big break, and if you own a copy, and it is in excellent condition, you could be sitting on a small fortune.
How much? Well, according to The Art Newspaper, this week a near mint copy of Batman #1 sold for a whopping $2.2 million at auction.
The comic – which went under the hammer at Heritage Auctions in Dallas – fetched this princely sum due to its historic significance, as well as its condition. Batman #1 was graded 9.4 (out of 10) by the Certified Guaranty Company, which means it is near mint and possibly the best copy of this issue in existence.
What’s perhaps even more interesting to note is how much Batman #1 has increased in value over the years. The comic – written by Bill Finger, and featuring art from Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, and Sheldon Moldoff – was originally priced at just 10 cents when it hit comic racks back in 1940.
This particular copy was taken to auction by comic book dealer, William Giles. William’s late father, Billy, bought the comic from a bookstore back in 1982 for the price of $3,000, and it remained in the Giles collection until going to auction this week.
Speaking about the sale, William said: “(My father) always knew it was the finest and would have been so happy it has been recognised as the very best.”
To date, this edition of Batman #1 is the second most expensive comic to sell at auction. The most expensive comic is Action Comics #1 (aka the first appearance of Superman), which sold for $3.2m in an eBay auction back in 2014.
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