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    Detective Comics #33 (DC, 1939) CGC FN- 5.5 Light tan to off-white pages. This issue is the twelfth most valuable comic book of all according to Overstreet. In the 2004 Guide's ranking it even surpassed Detective #1, and it's now the second most-valuable issue of the title, ranking behind only the hallowed #27. The reason for all the fuss comes in the first two pages of the book: the first-ever telling of Batman's origin. A look at the cover is enough to tell you how early in Batman's career this is: he's wearing a gun holster on the cover and in several panels of the story. The cover and art are by the Caped Crusader's creator Bob Kane, reportedly with an inking assist by Sheldon Moldoff. The backup features include the usual complement of detective tales, including Speed Saunders (with Fred Guardineer art), Larry Steele, Slam Bradley, and the Spy. When copies of this issue do turn up, they usually bear a purple label, so we were particularly pleased to see that this one's an unrestored book. Only four unrestored copies of this issue have been certified with higher grades by CGC to date. CGC notes, "Store stamp on 8th, 22nd and 29th page." Overstreet 2004 FN 6.0 value = $11,250. CGC census 12/04: 1 in 5.5, 4 higher. From the Northern Lights Collection.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 0105509001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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