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Friday, March 29, 2013

The List of Silver Age Batman Key Issues To Invest In!

Taking up where we left off with the golden age, we now venture into this great list of important and valuable silver age Batman key issues. Finally, right? It should be noted that the silver age of comics beginnings is typically marked by Showcase #4 published in Oct, 1956. Showcase #4 featured DC Comics revised, new version of Flash, and DC would quickly revise other popular characters such as Green Lantern during the silver age.

Batman #103 cover image
Batman #103
  •  First silver age Batman issue

The first ever Batman issue from the self-titled series that marks the Caped Crusader's adventures into the silver age. This is often an over-looked key Batman issue, but it shouldn't be. The silver age was an incredibly important era in comic history.

This comic also has one of the few rare appearances of Bat-Hound, but thank God the mutt was cancelled pretty quickly. All in all, this issue is often an over-looked Batman key issue comic to invest in. - Two copies are available here. One is going up for auction April 6th of this year, and there's another available as well. Both are lower grade copies, but none are CGC or PGX. This key is still pretty affordable in lower grades.

Comic Connect - A copy of Batman #103 is at Comic Connect for the time being, and it's also a non CGC, lower grade copy. 

ebay - One copy available on ebay for this key issue. Click the link to be brought to ebay's search results concerning this silver age Batman key issue.

ComicLink - Finally, a CGC copy located and available. ComicLink has a CGC graded 6.0 (FINE) available for those of you who don't like buying unslabbed (non-graded) comics.

Detective Comics #236 image cover - 1st Silver Age isue
Detective Comics #236
  • 1st silver age issue for this title
  • First Bat-Tank

As the key Detective Comics #235 is the last golden age issue for this title, Detective Comics #236 marks the very first silver age issue for Detective Comics. Although not really significant, this issue also has the first appearance of the Bat-Tank, but the Bat-Tank never really became an important trademark vehicle or weapon like the Batmobile or Batarangs. 

ebay - One lower grade, unslabbed copy available on ebay. 

Comic Connect - One low grade copy here, non-CGC.


Batman #105 comic image
  • 1st Batwoman in Batman series
  • 2nd appearance of Batwoman anywhere 

In this key issue we have Batwoman's first ever appearance in the Batman comic title, and her second appearance in comics. Batwoman made her debut during the late golden age of comics, and is on my list of important golden age Batman key issues. If you missed the very first appearance of Batwoman, you can find it by clicking the magical blue link.

This silver age comic investment is quite pricey in higher grades as well as even lower grades. I've found some copies of Batman #105 and you can check them out below.

mycomicshop - Two copies are available at Both are consignment items and neither are CGC or PGX graded.

ebay - Quite a few copies available on ebay, but they're in the lower grade range of Very Good and below. Higher grade silver age Batman key issues will be a hard find, and so will CGC graded copies of this issue.

Clicking the link will bring you to the search results page for Batman #105 on ebay.

ComicLink - Speaking of a CGC copy, it seems that ComicLink has one available, but it's a 3.5 (Very Good minus). I'm telling you, high grade silver age Batman key comics aren't easy finds at all.

Comic Connect - There are two copies here, but both are neither CGC or PGX nor high grade. The asking price isn't too bad, however, and below or near guide for their grades. You can always submit an offer also. It's worth a try. 

Detective Comics #265 comic cover imageDetective Comics #265
  • Origin retold with new facts

Another re-telling of the Batman origin but with added new information. This key issue expands further on the Batman lore, and the new facts seem to be important enough for this comic to be a pretty sought out and expensive silver age Batman key issue in higher grades. However, finding a high grade copy is another mystery altogether that would even have the world's greatest detective thrown off for a while.

ebay - Lots of unslabbed copies of Detective Comics #265. Most copies of this issue on ebay seem to be in the lower grade. 

ComicLink - A CGC 6.5 (FINE+) is available to be bid on or to buy it now. This is the highest silver age Batman key issue that I could locate so far as of this writing.

Detective Comics #267 comic book cover image
  • First appearance of Bat-Mite

This first appearance is an often over-looked key issue Batman comic. Bat-What? Bat-Who?

Bat-Mite is actually a pretty cool character. Remember the Superman villain Mister Mxyzptlk? Bat-Mite is an imp just like Mxyzptlk, and also seems to possess near-infinite power. 

However, unlike Mxyzptlk with Superman, Bat-Mite idolizes Batman and sets the superhero up just to see his hero in action. More a nuisance than a supervillain, Bat-Mite often leaves upon realizing he has angered his hero. 

This key is no easy find, but I've located some copies. -  Low Very Good found at mycomicshop for this first appearance of Bat-Mite. Only one copy available so click the link to check it out before somebody else gets smart and snags it.

ebay - Two copies on ebay. Both non-CGC and in the lower grade area. Still may be worth a look if you don't care for slabbed comics!

  • First appearance of Mr. Freeze
  • Origin of Mr. Freeze

Whether you prefer to spell his name Mister Freeze or Mr. Freeze, this super villain was actually first introduced as Mr. Zero in the world of comics. The character's super villain name was later first changed to Mr. Freeze on the 1960's Batman T.V. series. Yep, that's a true story in the historical chronicles of Batman.

Thank God that happened, too. Mr. Freeze is so much catchier than Mr. Zero. Anyways, this is a major silver age Batman key issue that will no doubt produce a nice dent in your wallet, but will be quite worth it for anyone looking to own some rare, Batman key issue comic investments.

mycomicshop - the wonderful online comic store has two CGC copies available for sale. One is a 4.5 Very Good Plus and the other a straight-up Good 2.0.

ebay - There are quite a few copies on ebay, and a few CGC. However, most are in the Very Good range. Watch out for the Toys R' Us reprints. You may think you're getting a hell of a deal on a rare and hard to find Batman key issue, but it just very well may be a reprint.

Comic Connect - 4 more copies are available at Comic Connect, all in the lower grades as well. No CGC copies available.

Batman #129 imageBatman #129
  • Origin of Robin retold 
  • Batwoman appearance

An early re-telling of Robin's origin makes this comic somewhat of a silver age key issue to get. This issue also has one of the few appearances of Batwoman as well. Batman #129 isn't a cheap comic to get either. A low Near Mint will cost you over $700 or more. That's if you can find one that's high grade. Finding mid-grade copies seems to be quite a hunt for many early silver age Batman keys. CGC copies seem to be even more of a hunt.
Well, let's see what we've located here!

ebay - Various copies are available on ebay, but no CGC copies. Also, most seem to fall in the Very Good range. 

Comic Connect - CC has one available lower grade copy available for sale. It's also an unslabbed or raw book (not CGC or PGX graded), and clocks in at a low Very Good.

Detective Comics #298 cover - 1st Silver Age Clayface
Detective Comics #298
  • 1st silver age Clay Face
  • Intro Matt Hagen

Many characters in the DC universe got revised or updated during the silver age, and Clay Face from the Batman universe was no exception. This issue introduces Clay Face II, and the character of Matt Hagen who had an unfortunate accident with a pool of radioactive protoplasm and takes up the mantle after the original Clay Face, Basil Karlo.

This issue is one of the major key issues within the Batman silver age era, and one of the best comics to invest in concerning silver age DC Comics. It also happens to be quite affordable in lower grades.

ebay - A lot of unslabbed copies on ebay. Most are in the lower grades, but there was a mid-grade and upper mid-grade copy I saw in the search results. Click the link to check them out.

Comic Connect - Low grade, VG- (low Very Good) available at Comic Connect. Affordable copy!

Batman #139
  •  1st appearance original Bat-Girl
  • Intro Betty Kane

Before there was Barbara Gordon, the Bat-Girl we all know of today, there was Betty Kane who appeared as the first and original superheroine to claim the title. Not too many people know this, but now you do.

Much like Batwoman, the original Bat-Girl was created because of allegations of Batman and Robin being homosexual. However, DC editor Julius Shwartz began pulling out characters like Bat-Mite, Ace the bathound, and the original Bat-Girl from the Batman stories to try to undo the campiness that plagued the title at time. 

Why is this a key issue? Well, this character did help pave the way for Barbara Gordon to become the new Bat-Girl, and the character has become a DC fan-favorite. 

ebay - The only place I could find available copies of this Batman key issue is at ebay. At the time of this writing, there are no CGC copies and most are unslabbed lower grade copies. If you don't mind much about very good copies for certain key issues, be sure to click the blue link above and check them out.

Be sure to visit the link below to read Part 2 of this list

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You can also check out my list of golden age key issue Batman comics to invest in. Just visit the links below:



  1. Hey mayhem!!!love what you have done here. I mean with the part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 giving me the choice of which section I can jump too. Please do this with all your lists. Also is there any way you can do a magazine list. Such as marvel preview. Savage sword of Conan. Epic Illustrated etc. That would be cool. Thanks

  2. Hey mayhem!!!love what you have done here. I mean with the part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 giving me the choice of which section I can jump too. Please do this with all your lists. Also is there any way you can do a magazine list. Such as marvel preview. Savage sword of Conan. Epic Illustrated etc. That would be cool. Thanks