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    Batman #3 (DC, 1940) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. "Highest-graded copy" and "offered without reserve" are two phrases the collector loves to hear, and both apply to this lot!

    Discussion of any copy of this one starts and ends with the black cover, and this copy's cover looks superb. We also like the centering of this copy, since you'll often see other copies of #3 printed a bit crooked.

    The issue is notable for its classic cover art (usually credited to Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson), as well as for having the first time Catwoman appeared in costume. That makes this the first appearance of a costumed villainess in all of comics!

    This is one of several comics in the auction that are from the intriguing collection of Eldon Dedini, who was in his late teens when this issue was published and who went on to become a noted illustrator for Playboy and other publications. His earlier books had a handwritten number on the cover (apparently documenting chronological order), while the later ones such as this item continue the numbering, but with the more elegant-looking stamp seen here.

    Even in an auction with several choice Batman items, we expect this to get a lot of attention!

    Overstreet 2010 NM- 9.2 value = $18,000. CGC census 7/10: 1 in 9.4, none higher.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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