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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Comic Book List Of Batman Villains & Their 1st Appearances!

To accompany the post of the greatest Batman villains and worst, it's only natural to give you guys the dish on which comic issues these bad guys and gals made their 1st appearances. Since we're talking about Batman, many of these comics will be quite hefty in value. Some of them are for total investors, and some are for the normal collector/investor like you and me.

Don't be discouraged, however. An investment is an investment, and despite whether these villains are truly awesome or plain flat out cheesy, most of these key issues will always be in demand and sought out. So let's get to it, shall we?
1. The Joker & Catwoman 
(1st Appearances in Batman #1 1940)
9.2 NM: $285,000

2. Bane
(1st Appearance in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1)

3. Two-Face
(1st Appearance in Detective Comics #66)
9.2 NM: $9,000
4. The Riddler
(1st Appearance in Detective Comics #140)
9.2 NM: $10,000
5. Scarecrow
(1st Appearance in World's Finest Comics #3)
9.2 NM: $5,600
6. Harley Quinn
(1st Appearance in Batman: Animated Adventures
1st comic book appearance in The Batman Adventures #12)
9.2 NM: $3.50
7. Rha's al Ghul
(1st Appearance in Batman #232)
9.2 NM: $350.00
8. Black Mask
(1st Appearance in Batman #386)
9.2 NM: $8.00
9. Hugo Strange
(1st Appearance in Detective Comics #36)
9.2 NM: $22,000
10. Poison Ivy
(1st Appearance in Batman #181)
9.2 NM: $550.00

11. The Penguin
(1st Appearance in Detective Comics #58)
 9.2 NM: $9,500

There you are. A list full of key issues that introduce some of the greatest Batman villains ever. Most of these are unbelievably expensive. If you can afford them, hats off to you. If not, I completely understand, amigo!


  1. Hi TCM, great blog. I want to ask a newbie Q.

    Some comics on eBay mention "104cm" in the description as if that is a desirable thing to get. What difference does the size make to the comic's value?

    An example is here:

    I'm interested in the investment potential of comic books, but I don't have $1000s to invest. Maybe the odd few hundred every so often. Is there a list of 20 comics due to rise that are within the reach of mere mortals?

    Thanks! Ash

  2. Hiya Ashley and thanks for stopping by with the question. As far as I know the 104 cm doesn't mean much. The reason that comic is so pricey is because of the 9.8 CGC Universal grading. Not to mention that it's Ra's al Ghuls first appearance, origin of Batman and Robin retold, and last 15 cent issue.

    A 9.8 is an extremely high grade copy for most bronze age comics. A Very Fine/Near Mint non-CGC copy of Batman #232 is around $232 dollars. A Very Fine copy is $114.

    You don't have to be a pedigree comic investor, although most pedigree comics that are very high grades do rise in value a lot faster and you'll be able to get a higher return investment on them. However, I am just a mere mortal and most key issue silver age and some bronze age key issues, I can't afford tens of thousands of dollars for one book.

    In that case I just go with other grades I can afford...for example, I have an Amazing Spider-Man #6 at Very Good. That was under $300.

    There are many silver age and bronze age keys that are going to rise that are still within the reach of mere mortals. I have them all throughout this blog. You just have to pay attention to what grade you can afford to invest in.

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  4. Hi again TCM, check it out.

  5. Now that Guardians of the Galaxy is announced, I'm trying to find a Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in great shape. Not too many graded highly: 6 by CGC at 9.6.

    Is that because it's square bound?

  6. Another Q. What's the economics of submitting a comic to CGC? Can you buy a relatively high grade (9.2+) cheaply and increase its value by submitting it?

  7. Hi there again Ashley. To answer your first question about why there aren't so many graded CGC copies at 9.6, that can be do to a variety of factors.

    For one, Guardians of the Galaxy is not a popular title nor comic group, and there haven't been too many collectors out there to send in their copies of the 1st appearance of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Super-Heroes #18.

    Two, perhaps, there aren't many of this comic that received a high grade of 9.6. This could also be because not that many collectors are sending in this issue to be graded. The demand for that book will increase as the movie nears production, so maybe when that happens more will start to send in copies of that issue to be graded.

    As for the second question: I'm not sure I follow what you're trying to ask there. If you're talking about buying an unslabbed or ungraded copy cheaply and submitting it to CGC will it increase the value?

    To answer that question largely depends on what issue and the demand for that issue you are talking about. If your sending in a common issue in low demand and it comes back a high grade, the value increase wont be that great because nobody really wants that issue.

    However, if it's a key issue in high demand and rare to find then yes, you can increase that value. CGC grading is universal, which means most collectors and comic dealers accept that grade. Unslabbed books are harder to sell if you are not a dealer, but with a CGC grade on it, the haggling and debate about it's worth is lessened.

    Getting certain key issue and high demand comics CGC graded will be easier to sell at, near, or even more than it's Guide value.

  8. Ashley Cotter-CairnsJuly 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    [not for publication Thanks for your answers. Your website RSS feed is in my comic investing app. Maybe you could promote it to your readers?]

  9. Ashley, I was thinking the same thing. I took a look at it, and it looks awesome...a great tool that I think many comic fans and collectors will benefit greatly from. I will surely write up a post about it when I get the chance.

  10. So I have an interesting question. The Mad Hatter's (Jervis Tetch) first appearance in comics is Batman #49. According to canon, his second appearance doesn't come along until the 1982 in Detective Comics #510 yet, according to DC Wikia, he makes an appearance in an Elongated Man story in Flash #208 (1971). I guess my question is, what is your take on this? Would this be considered Jervis Tetch's official second appearance and first Silver Age appearance?

    1. Okay if we're talking about the Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch). There were two. The original golden age Mad Hatter was sent to Arkham shortly after his debut. The imposter Mad Hatter first appeared in Detective Comics #230. This was discovered when Jervis Tetch reappeared during 81-82.

      It is Jervis Tetch's official second appearance in Detective Comics #510. As for his silver age published appearance, he had none. The silver age Mad Hatter was an imposter.