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    Detective Comics #1 (DC, 1937) CGC VG+ 4.5 Cream to off-white pages. The best copy we've ever offered of an issue we would call one of the ten most valuable comic books in the hobby. While Overstreet ranks this issue at #19, the Guide doesn't list a value higher than VF for this book, unlike any of the other top 20 books. This one's $70,000 VF Guide value is higher than that of Batman #1!

    As of this writing, CGC has only certified seven unrestored copies of this issue, so you can see why it's famous for its scarcity.

    This is the first issue of the comic series that gave the company DC its name. It's the first comic series (or at least the first successful one) to be devoted to a single theme, in that pre-Golden Age time when the anthology comic ruled the newsstands. The cover character is a Fu Manchu clone named Chin Lung, drawn by Vin Sullivan.

    Speaking of artists, you'll notice the name "Eldon Dedini" written on the cover of this copy. This copy did indeed originally belong to that longtime Playboy artist, who was 15 years old when this comic came out. Overstreet 2010 VG 4.0 value = $22,000. CGC census 7/10: 1 in 4.5, 4 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0700827001 and purchase grader's notes if available.


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    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
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