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Friday, March 29, 2013

Part 4 To The Ultimate List of Golden Age Key Batman Issues

We are wrapping up this list of golden age key Batman issues, and Part 4 will be the last concerning key issues in Batman's golden era. This list will be short and sweet and these comics are direct preludes into what becomes silver age Batman.

Detective Comics #233 comic cover
Detective Comics #233 

  •  First appearance of Batwoman
  • Intro Kathy Kane
  • Origin of Batwoman

Before there ever was a Batgirl, there was a Batwoman that was introduced in the early dawn of Batman silver age comics. Her alter ego was Kathy Kane, and why she was created by Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff with writer Edmond Hamilton under the direction of editor Jack Schiff was to further expand Batman's universe of characters. 

Batwoman was introduced as a love interest for Batman. The reason for this was to clear up allegations that Batman was a homosexual contained within the book Seduction of the Innocent. Written by Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent alleged that comic books were a negative influence on American kids and caused juvenile delinquency. Whatta putz!

ebay - This is not an easy key issue to find. Both ComicLink and Comic Connect have none available. Of course, ebay has a few various copies of this silver age Batman key issue. If you're on the hunt for this issue, be sure to click the link to check them out.

 Detective Comics #235

  • Batman origin
  • Batman's costume origin
  • Reveals Bruce Wayne's father wore Bat-costume to fight crime

Not only does this issue retells Batman's origin in flashbacks, it also reveals a bit more about Bruce Wayne's mysterious father and that Thomas Wayne was actually a crime fighter marked for death. Discovering this in his father's diary, Batman learns that Joe Chill was just a tool for gangster Lew Moxon. Thus, Batman and Robin go after the real man behind the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. 

How easy of a find is this key issue?

ebay - There are only a few copies of Detective #235 on ebay, but none of them are CGC graded. One is up for auction at the time of this writing, and has 6 days left. You can click the link to check it out. The link will bring you directly to ebay's search results for this issue.

Comic Connect - More unslabbed and lower grade copies of Detective Comics #235 has been located at Comic Connect.

ComicLink - Finally a copy that's CGC graded. However, it's not a high grade book, but a 5.0 VG/F- (Very Good/Low Fine). Still, if you prefer graded books, this key issue is no easy find. It won't hurt to check it out.

Now, finally, I can say we are heading into the silver age Batman key issues that any serious Batman collector and comic investor needs to consider having in their collection. If you missed the other parts to this list of golden age Batman key issues you can visit the links below to check them out.

<<Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Or, you can just jump straight ahead, click the link, and read Part 1 of the list of silver age Batman key issues>>> 


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