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    Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC VF- 7.5 Cream to off-white pages. The first appearances of the Joker and Catwoman are two big reasons why this issue is #6 on Overstreet's list of the most valuable comic books. And only five copies of this issue have been graded higher by CGC (none of them NM- or better, the highest-graded in the census is a 9.0). The importance of the Batman series can be seen from this simple fact: it has been in continuous publication for 65 years. This first issue was created from the inventory of Detective Comics (which explains why Robin doesn't appear in one of the stories), but the two villains who debuted here topped any that had been seen in Detective! The malevolent Joker was by some accounts intended to be a one-issue character only, and what was originally his death at the end of the issue was modified to be a non-fatal injury. And as for Catwoman, who's still called "the Cat" here, what set her apart was not so much her appearance or any gimmick, but rather the fact that there was an instant attraction between her and Batman. It's seen in this very first story as Batman "accidentally" lets Catwoman escape (Robin isn't fooled for a second, though). Also of note are a retelling of Batman's origin and a classic (and much-imitated) cover by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson. Overstreet 2005 VF 8.0 value = $50,000. CGC census 11/05: 2 in 7.5, 5 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0082775001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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