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    Detective Comics #1 (DC, 1937) CGC GD/VG 3.0 Off-white pages. Here's the first issue of the comic book that gave DC its name! Detective is the longest-running comic book series of all, having been in continuous publication for 67 years and counting. It was only the third title DC published, following More Fun Comics and New Adventure Comics. Overstreet ranks the premiere issue among the 15 most valuable comic books of all. That's if you can get your hands on one: Overstreet and Gerber both term the issue "scarce." Adding to its significance, it's the first successful comic book ever to be devoted to a single theme. That theme was of course detection, and too many gumshoes to list made their first appearances here. The most notable was hard-boiled private eye Slam Bradley, who was a regular in the comic for the next ten years. He was created by none other than Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Other artists in the issue are Creig Flessel, Fred Guardineer, and Paul Gustavson. A word about the cover: the character is often mistaken for Fu Manchu, and though that Sax Rohmer character did appear in later issues of Detective, the fellow you see here is Chin Lung, drawn by Vincent Sullivan. This is one of only three unrestored copies that CGC has certified to date. CGC notes, "Cover detached." Overstreet 2004 GD 2.0 value = $8,333; VG 4.0 value = $16,000.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0625019002 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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