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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Ultimate List of Golden Age Key Batman Issues


The previous article of key Batman issues only covered some of the Dark Knight's top villains. This series will cover the important and valuable Golden Age Batman key issues every serious Batman collector should consider owning
. Many of these Batman comics are extremely rare and expensive investments, but they are some of the Batman best comics to invest in.

This is the holy grail of Batman comics to invest in for sure. The first appearance of Batman is no easy find and it's one of the most valuable books out there ever. Commissioner Gordon is Batman's first and oldest supporting character in the character's mythos.



DETECTIVE COMICS #27
1st appearance of Bruce Wayne & Batman
1st appearance of James Gordon  

This is the holy grail of Batman comics to invest in for sure. The first appearance of Batman is no easy find and it's one of the most valuable books out there ever.

A CGC 8.0 of this comic broke record sales back in 2010 by selling for $1,075,500 at Heritage. There are only 65 total copies in the CGC Census currently, and the highest grade to date is a Restored 9.4 NM. 

Even a low grade copy will put a dent in your bank account if you aren't super rich, and there aren't many low grade copies in the CGC Census either.

I really don't have to say that Batman is one of the most popular DC Comics characters in their universe, and this is a no brainer as a solid comic investment.

Commissioner Gordon is Batman's first and oldest supporting character in the character's mythos, and both Batman and Gordon were created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. This Golden Age comic investment has the cover date of May, 1939.   

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DETECTIVE COMICS #28
2nd Appearance of Batman

It may not be the 1st appearance of Batman, but that still doesn't mean this Golden Age 2nd appearance of Batman isn't valuable or anything to sneer at concerning it being one of the best comics to invest in out there.

No doubt that it's rare and will be no easy find whatsoever, but it will cost you some major moolah also. This 2nd appearance of the Dark Knight is seen in a 6 page story in this issue.  

No Robin just yet, and during this time, Batman fought common crooks like jewel thieves, bank robbers and gangsters. They were mostly one-off villains, and his more well-known and recurring gallery of villains would pop up in later stories. 

So far and not surprisingly, this comic also has a low CGC Census. There are only 36 registered copies in the census, and the highest is a Restored 9.2 NM minus.

The highest Universal Label for this well-known key issue comic are two 9.0 VF/NMs. There's also two Restored copies of that grade as well. Detective Comics #28 has the cover date of June, 1939.






DETECTIVE COMICS #29
2nd Batman Cover
1st named Batman villain
1st appearance of Doctor Death

Alright, he's no Joker for sure, but Doctor Death was the first named and recurring super-villain for Batman. Doc Death is a mad scientist and in his first appearance in this issue, he develops a lethal poison that he uses to extort wealthy Gotham citizens.

Of course, this kook meets the Batman, and our Dark Knight foils Doctor Deaths evil plans. The villain would reappear in Detective Comics #30 or the next issue to face off with Batman again. 

Not sure why no one is noting this comic as Batman 3rd appearance in comics, but then again, I'm not sure if he appeared in another comic outside of Detective Comics during this time. Oh, well, I think it may very well be his 3rd appearance.

This comic has a total of 54 registered copies in the CGC Census so far, and the highest is a 9.6 NM+. It's a Universal label as well, and a CGC 5.0 sold in 2011 at Comic Link for $31,000!   

Yowsa! Who says comics are child's play? Detective Comics #29 has the cover date of July, 1939.     

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DETECTIVE COMICS #31
Classic Batman cover
1st appearance of the Monk
1st appearance of Julie Madison
1st Batplane & Batarang

Another glorious Golden Age Batman key issue comic right here, and it's full of key issue goodness. For starters, Julie Madison is Bruce Wayne's first love interest in comics, though the mack daddy would have several. 

Julie Madison didn't recur that often during the Golden Age, and maybe had five or six appearances. Despite that, this comic has what's deemed as a classic Batman cover, and I do admit it's pretty cool looking for sure.

This significant issue also see the first appearance of the Batplane and the Batarang. Definitely two iconic gadgets and vehicles that the Caped Crusader is well-known to use throughout his career as a super hero and comic book icon.

Oh, where does he get those wonderful toys? 

The Monk is another significant and early recurring Batman super-villains. He is a vampire and is messing around with Batman's girl Julie Madison. Bruce Wayne says, Hell, no! He then has to give the blood sucker a good whompin' Batman-style!

This bad boy has a CGC total registered copies of 78 with the highest grade being a Restored 9.2 NM minus. Highest Universal grade is one 8.0 VF!

A CGC 8.5 Restored copy sold at Heritage for $17,925 in July of 2012. A CGC Universal 4.0 VG sold at Comic Link for $38, 557 smackers, making it yet another one of the most valuable Batman key issues. 

Classic cover is by Bob Kane, and Detective Comics #31 has the cover date of September, 1939.

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DETECTIVE COMICS #33
1st origin of Batman
1st appearance of Joe Chill
A huge and massively important Batman key issue, and this is the comic that reveals Batman's origin for the first time. I think every comic fan knows this origin story and it is iconic.

We also see the 1st appearance of Joe Chill, the robber who coldly guns down Bruce Wayne's mother and father in front of his young eyes. This traumatic event would send young Bruce Wayne to aspire in donning the famous cowl and becoming Gotham's most feared and revered vigilante detective.

Not a comic in huge abundance out there in the secondary market. There are a total of only 76 registered copies in the CGC Census currently. 

The highest graded copy for this Golden Age bad boy are two 9.2s, one of them being a Restored copy. A CGC 8.0 Universal sold for a whopping $92,612.50 at Heritage back in February of 2012. Just year prior to that 8.0 CGC sale, the 9.2 highest CGC grade for this comic sold at ComicConnect for $194,000!

There's also a CBCS 9.4 Restored copy that has surfaced recently in the market as well.

Good comic investment? Definitely one of the better Batman comics to invest in for sure. Detective Comics #33 has the cover date of November, 1939.

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DETECTIVE COMICS #36   
1st appearance of Hugo Strange
Origin of Hugo Strange
1st finned Batman gloves

This issue marks Batman's first major villain ever, as well as Dr. Hugo Strange's origin story.  Strange is another mad scientist who uses his brilliance for evil purposes.

We also see the well-known trademark fins on Batman's gloves for the very first time in this key issue. I had always thought that those finned gloves were always a part of Batman's original costume, but I be wrong there.

Currently there are only 64 copies in the CGC Census at the time of this writing, and the highest graded copy is a Restored 9.0 VF/NM. Highest Universal are two 8.5s, and there are three Restored copies for that grade as well.

One of those 8.5 copies sold at ComicConnect for $44,500 back in 2011. First appearance and origin of Hugo Strange in this issue, and Detective Comics #36 has the cover date of February, 1940.

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DETECTIVE COMICS #38
1st appearance of Robin
Origin of Robin
1st Tony Zucco

The dynamic duo as they are well-known for, but they wouldn't be so if Robin the Boy Wonder never debuted. Well, he does in this comic, and this key issue also reveals his origin story as well.
So I could pretty much go on and on about how this is an important comic, but we all know that it is. Dick Grayson is a widely popular and loved character not only in the Batman mythos but in DC Comics in general.
Dick Grayson and his parents are part of a circus acrobat group called, "The Flying Graysons". Before a performance, Dick hears two gangsters try to extort the owner of the circus.
The owner refuses and the two gangsters sabotage the trapeze wires with acid. Dick's parents are sent falling to their deaths when the wires snap.
Before Dick can talk to the police, Batman appears and warns young Grayson that the two henchmen work for a powerful mob boss named Tony Zucco. Dick asks to be his aide and Batman agrees to train him.
When he is ready, they both go after Zucco and the rest is comic book history. This key issue 1st appearance has only 98 in the CGC Census as of this writing. 
Highest copy is a CGC 9.4 NM and it is a Universal. In 2005, this copy sold at Heritage for a whopping $126,500!
Don't have to say it, but definitely one of the top Batman comic investments out there. Detective Comics #38 has the cover date of April, 1940. 
  
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