First appearance of Batman could fly to $500K

NEW YORK – A CGC-graded 6.5 copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939), the first appearance of “The Bat-Man,” is expected to bring more than $500,000 when it comes across Heritage Auction Galleries’ auction block at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) on Feb. 21-22.

“If you’ve followed the sales in recent years of this prime pop-culture collectible, then you know that the issue is currently the second most valuable comic in the hobby,” said Ed Jaster, senior vice president of Heritage Auctions, “behind only Superman’s debut in Action Comics #1. This comic has held down the No. 1 spot before and it’s certainly possible that it could return there. Batman is a stronger character than Superman in the minds of many

Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white to white pages, first appearance of The Batman, and a highly sought after piece. According to Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide with a 6.0 CGC rating is valued at $252,000 and $630,000 at 8.0 rating. (Photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries)

Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white to white pages, first appearance of The Batman, and a highly sought after piece. According to Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide with a 6.0 CGC rating is valued at $252,000 and $630,000 at 8.0 rating. (Photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries)

a fan right now, and has certainly been a bigger box-office hit in recent years.”

“This particular copy is notable for the near-complete absence of smudging or staining on the front cover,” added Steve Borock, consignment director at Heritage Auctions. “Of course, the cover image by Bob Kane is one of the most famous in the history of comics.”

An undeniably classic piece of Silver Age comic art, John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man #121 cover for “The Night Gwen Stacy Died,” is creating huge buzz within the collecting community, as it’s expected that it will bring $200,000 or more.

“In the minds of many, this comic book was the moment that Silver Age ended and comics lost their innocence,” said Barry Sandoval, director of auction operations for the Comics Category at Heritage. “Spider-Man and the Marvel Age of Heroes were never quite so merry after this dark story, which fans still talk about, and which is still one of the most shattering deathblows in comics. We expect top collectors will come after this piece with everything they have.”

For more information about Heritage Auctions, visit www.HA.com.

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