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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More Copper & Modern Age Batman Key Issues Part 2

Welcome to even more Copper Age and Modern Age Batman key issues. I believe this is Part 2 so far, and many of the books in this part should be snagged at CGC 9.8s or higher for it to be investment worthy. Only one at CGC 9.6 will still be considered a good investment comic. You'll find out which one it is soon.

If you missed Part 1, just click that blue thing you just passed up to go back and give it a looksie. Alright, let's get this thing started.

Batman The Killing Joke

Surprise, Surprise, another influential story written by Alan Moore in the world of comics. Batman The Killing Joke has been a fan-favorite story for quite some time. 

I remember this one-shot story back in the day and even owned a copy as a kid. In it, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) is shot and paralyzed. Brian Bolland does the amazing art for this graphic novel.

This comic has been valued moderately in the past, but has recently become quite pricey in CGC 9.8s. It's a Copper Age comic and should be snagged at 9.8, the lowest a 9.6 if you want it just to have it.

eBay - Quite a few options for CGC 9.8s. One is up for auction and ends real soon. May be the best option to get this Batman key issue for less than a hundred. Also, one whopping CGC 9.9 at a pretty decent price. Damn, if only I had more money in my budget, I would snag that 9.9 in a heart beat!

ComicLink - One available for sale here. Asking quite a bit for it though. I think the seller needs to drop the price.

ComicConnect - Two CGC 9.8s located. If there are no auctions on eBay for The Killing Joke, you may want to consider these two options. They are reasonably priced.

Batman: Sword of Azrael #1
  • First appearance of Jean-Paul Valley
  • First appearance of Azrael (Jean-Paul Ludovic Valley)
  • Death of Jean-Paul Ludovic Valley
  • First appearance Order of Saint Dumas

Four part limited series written by legendary comic writer Dennis O'Neil, this key issue has quite a bit of important firsts. The obvious one is the first appearance of the character Azrael, who is the father of Jean-Paul Valley. Of course, he dies in this issue so the actual Azrael character we know of, Jean-Paul Valley, his son, can become the next incarnation of Azrael.

We also see the first appearance of Jean-Paul Valley as well in this issue. The character of Azrael has become a popular one, and is probably one of the more popular Batman characters created during the modern age. He is definitely not the most popular, though.

This issue came out in October, 1992.

eBay - No CGC 9.8s at the time of this writing, but there are a few 9.6s. That could change, though, and most likely will. Best to keep an eye out for this one.

Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1
  • First appearance of Bane
If we are talking about the most popular of Batman characters created during the Modern Age of comics, it has to be Bane. This is the only Modern Age comic character to have been in two Batman movies, despite whether both portrayals were written poorly or not.

Batman: Vengeance of Bane is a two part limited comic series and issue #1 is the official first appearance of Bane. This series, along with Batman: Sword of Azrael are important prelude comics to one of the most important and famous Batman stories during the Modern Age.  

No longer a sleeper. CGC 9.8s are already selling at the $200 mark and primed to pass it pretty soon. Issue #2 of this limited series is also a good buy. It's selling around the $100 mark. This issue was published in January, 1993.

eBay - A little more than a handful of options for CGC 9.8s, and only one left at the fixed price of $200. 3 CGC 9.9 copies are on the mighty eBay for over $1000. Wow. No doubt the first appearance of Bane is getting up there in value.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.8 copies. The one on eBay is cheaper.

Batman #492
  • Beginning of the Knightfall storyline
This is probably one of the most popular, hyped up, and favorite Batman stories during the Modern Age of comics. Like I mentioned before, the preludes to this storyline are the comics Batman: Vengeance of Bane and Batman: Sword of Azrael. 

The Knightfall story does cross over into Detective Comics as well, and a handful of writers are credited to the story. Dennis O' Neil is, of course, one of them, but other writers include Chuck Dixon, Jo Duffy, Alan Grant, and Joe Moench.

Still a highly under-valued key issue, and surprisingly you can snag this for well under a hundred bucks. This issue debuted in May, 1993. 

eBay - Only four options on eBay. Three are CGC 9.8s and around $50. Only one is for $54.95.

Batman #497
  • Bane breaks Batman's Back

Countless of villains have all tried to break the Batman in some way or another. The Joker, Two-Face, Riddler, you name it. However, it was Bane who actually succeeded and broke Batman's back, leaving Bruce Wayne a paraplegic.

Bane is the only villain in the DCU to defeat Batman to such an extent, and if it were not for this accomplishment, I doubt the character would be as popular as he is today. The Chris Nolan Dark Knight Rises based the movie off the Knightfall storyline.

This one of the best Batman key comics from the Modern Age to seriously think about investing in soon. 9.8 CGCs are still under a hundred bucks, but it won't be long before they start nearing the hundred dollar mark. Do not bother with 9.6s on this comic. This comic is a 90s comic and was terribly over printed. The best investment comic grade should be 9.8 or higher.

The cover I used on here at the top of this listing is the newsstand edition. The original printing has an extra black cover as depicted in the image to the left. Watch out for 2nd printings. This came out in July, 1993. 

eBay - No problem finding this one CGC 9.8 and for well under a hundred dollars. Quite a few options to choose from, but only a few have cheaper prices. Early bird gets the worm on this one.

mycomicshop - A few auctions going on for this Batman key comic. All are CGC 9.8s and some have already started.

The Batman Adventures #12
  • First appearance of Harley Quinn in comics
If you want to know what is the most valuable Modern Age Batman comic out there, it's this first appearance of Harley Quinn. This is the first appearance of her character in the comics. She was first introduced in the cartoon series.

No doubt that Harley Quinn has become a hugely popular character and is one of the most over-cosplayed characters out there. I am surprised her character has yet to make a big screen debut yet.

This key issue is extremely valuable in CGC 9.8, and it keeps getting more and more expensive as time goes on. It's nearing the $700 mark already. Make no mistake, this is one of the most sought out Batman key comics on the market for the Modern Age. Overstreet is way behind on the value of this comic.

 The Batman Adventures #12 came out in September, 1993.

eBay - Super in-demand now. No problem finding 9.8 CGC copies for sure. You may want to go with a CGC 9.6. Because of the demand for this comic, 9.6s are still great investment comics.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.8 copy here.

I'm not gonna list ComicLink's and ComicConnect's on here, because the price the sellers are asking for are ridiculous at the moment. Your best bet for online purchase is eBay or mycomicshop.

Alrighty, that concludes this Batman key issues list for Copper Age and Modern Age comics for now. Of course, when more start revving up, I'll be sure to expand this beast.

Until then, if you missed the previous part, just click the link below to go back, or you can continue with more key issue goodness and click the Brave & The Bold link below as well. 

If you haven't already, you can check out my other lists for Batman golden, silver, and bronze age key issues by clicking the blue links below. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned.


  1. No love for Terry McGinnis, huh?

    1. Heya Mathew's not that at all. I've been meaning to expand more on these older key issues lists. Just haven't gotten around to it. There are quite a few modern Batmans that have 1st appearances that should be put on here. I do plan to extend this key issues series in the near future.

  2. Hi. I see Batman #497 on ebay with cgc rating going for $65 or so. They have the black strip at side and all. One is called 497D. What does this mean? Some are a lighter colour than others. What year was original issue out? They gonna cost me about €70-80 with postage and duty, worth it?

    1. Actually will cost closer to €100 or $110.

    2. $110 for Batman #497 is a bit much even for a 9.8. The D in the case of this comic means Direct Edition. N would mean Newsstand.

      Direct Editions were distributed to comic shops. Newsstand were submitted to other businesses other than comic shops like grocery stores for example.

      Often, comics will refer to variant covers with B,C,D,E etc.

    3. Thanks. Well that's is the cost I'd have to pay with with shipping and duty. Think its $65 or less from seller. Found an un slabbed one for $16 dollars excluding shipping. Looks pretty good condition. Would that be a better buy?

  3. Great info!! Looked forward to seeing more. Especially with the New 52.