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DETECTIVE COMICS (1937-2011; 2016-) #27
NM: 9.4
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PUBLISHER: DC
COMMENTS: 1984 Oreo Cookies giveaway; ow pgs
1st app Batman by Bob Kane; one of the top three most important comics ever published! Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)
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1984 Oreo Cookies giveaway; ow pgs
1st app Batman by Bob Kane; one of the top three most important comics ever published! Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)


Detective Comics #27 hit the newsstands in March 1939 with the first appearance of Batman—just 11 months after the debut of Superman in Action Comics #1. Both issues would become major works of pop culture, and still continually set new records at auction.

Investors will immediately recognize the outstanding opportunity that this book presents. A total of 77 copies of Detective #27 are listed in the CGC census; there are only 8 unrestored copies graded higher than 6.5. This stunning edition displays with an unusual beauty, as well, with the colors of the classic cover remaining remarkably sharp.

The book’s contents are just as notable. “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate” introduces readers to the Dark Knight and wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne, as co-creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger also establish the crimefighter’s relationship with Commissioner Jim Gordon. The story is notable as a time capsule of Batman’s debt to pulp heroes, with Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego happy to throw thugs from rooftops or grimly approve of a murderer’s demise in an acid bath. The whimsical socialite is also revealed as our hero in the final panels, continuing a tradition going back to Zorro and the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Of course, debut appearances and first issues carry their own impact as investments. Last year saw a copy of Superman #1 7.0 sell at auction for $1.62 million, and Detective Comics #27 and Batman #1 have over a decade of consistent record-breaking sales. With (at least) ten Batman-related film and television projects in production at the start of 2024, copies of Detective Comics #27 are set to maintain their value as a comic collectible and artifact of American history.



Artist Information

Joseph Shuster was a Canadian-American comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1.


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